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Wow, it’s been a busy week.

Off to get our tree last Tuesday.  Had to stop for our annual height chart picture.

Ella found a great tree.

Just a nice amount of snow this year -so much better than last year’s rain.

Ella loved the snugly bunnies in the cafe.  This one is named licorice.

Before we left they hit the hill a couple of times.  Ella thinks they need an escalator.

Ella did a great job decorating the tree (Daddy did lights and garland).  My job is unwrapping the ornaments.

The Elf mischief continues.  Who knows where we’ll find them every morning.  Luckily we caught Faith before she stared to nibble Ella’s gingerbread house.

And now for the reason you’re reading this, my knitting for Yarn Along this week:

Some Christmas socks for Colin.

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Had a wonderful Gaudete (Joy) Sunday at church this week.  The Sunday School kids did their pageant this week.  Ella was a great narrator.  Nice and clear!  I tried to get some pictures, but my darn Ventolin has me shaking too much to take pictures with my phone.

Baking is high on my ‘to do’ list this week.  I’ve got  batch of speculatius cookies made and a batch of sugar cookie dough in the freezer waiting.  I think I’ll get started on some shortbread today, they taste better if they get a chance to ‘age’.

You’ll probably note that there is no leftover chicken in this week’s menu.  That’s because I forgot to get the chicken out in time.  Instead I cooked up the ham that was languishing in the freezer.  I had to do it over two days (since I would be away a lot of Sunday) and the smell of cooking smoked ham was driving Colin crazy.  I think he literally said ‘mmm’ with every forkful.

Monday:

grilled cheese

leftover ham and scalloped potatoes

Tuesday:

tomato soup

hamburger casserole (new crock pot recipe)

Wednesday:

oatmeal pancakes

leftover ham

Thursday:

chicken vegetable soup

leftover casserole

Friday:

wieners & beans

chicken Parmesan

Saturday:

bacon & eggs

French fries

Sunday:

boeuf Bourguignon

More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Today is the anniversary of losing Isobel.  Hard to believe she’s been gone 4 years now.  Miss you Mom.

 

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We’re getting a bit of snow this morning.  Don’t think it’s supposed to add up to much, but it’s nice to cover the grass and mud.

It’s a good thing we went to church in Ottawa again yesterday.  They made some significant changes to the pageant.   Ella was frustrated with the changes, it would have been worse if she hadn’t been there to see how they worked.  My girl doesn’t like change.  Pageant is next week, so not much time for practice.  Luckily, the narrator (Ella) doesn’t have to memorize, just practice so she can read it smoothly.

Monday:

ham sandwiches

hot beef

Tuesday:

chicken vegetable soup

steak

Wednesday:

pizza

perogies

Thursday:

Caesar salad

turkey chili (new recipe)

Friday:

tuna sandwiches

Swedish cakes (if I have beef leftover)

Saturday:

beef barley soup 

Sunday:

roast chicken

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Wow, December already!  How are your Advent/Christmas plans coming?  To be honest, our living room still looks a wreck.  Just can’t seem to get it cleaned up.   At least I’m done my Christmas and grocery shopping.  Now I can avoid the stores until the craziness is done.

We’ve had a bit of rain the last few days and Colin got the last of the carrots dug up.  I canned some carrots and potatoes.  I’ve never done this before, so I only did a few of each to make sure we like them.   I’m trying a new soup recipe today to use up a few more of the carrots.  Then it’s time to put the pressure canner away until after Christmas.

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Some Christmas knitting to share this week.

Faux Isle fingerless gloves for Ella’s skating coach.

No extra reading going on this week.  Busy getting some custom sewing done and finishing up cleaning the house.

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We were in the city yesterday for the first Sunday of Advent.  I wish Ottawa was closer so we could go more often.  They are so welcoming and Father Murray actually remembers us.

We also stopped by the mall to visit with Santa.  I forgot how long the line-ups can be.  We’ll have to make sure we remember to go mid-week next year.

We were an hour!

Ella had a good visit with Santa.  Not sure what was with the weird reindeer with feathers.

Monday:

pizza

leftover goulash

Tuesday:

corn chowder

pork chop dinner -crock pot

Wednesday:

pizza

Mc D’s because it’s groceries

Thursday:

French onion soup

sloppy Joe’s

Friday:

hot dogs

baked ziti (new Pioneer Woman Dinner book)

Saturday:

leftover ziti

beef stroganoff (new Pioneer Woman Dinner book)

Sunday:

lendenbraten

More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

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Yarn Along is a little late today.  Had to wait until Ella went to bed since everything is Christmas related.

First up are these fingerless gloves for Ella.  She loves wearing these even in the house.  I saw the foxes and they were too cute not to knit.  I might even make Ella a pair of fox socks (but not right now).

Look what I made!

Santa costume for the Calico critters.  The only problem is that it only fits Nurse Bunny, not one of the Daddies.   Hopefully that won’t bug Ella too much.