I think one of my favorite family traditions are "Snowballs." This one stems from my mothers side of the family. In fact, she did it every Christmas with her family and cousins. Snowballs are serious business with serious rules. And there must be strict adherence by all parties! This year I happened to be in charge of making the snowballs so I did them the "Rebecca Way." Actually they were the most delicious we have ever had! Click for the recipe here.
April 20: Boston Marathon...Goal: Complete with a smile, and enjoy a fabulous vacation.
July: Spudman Triathlon...Goal: Conquer my fear of Open Water and achieve a PR.
This is a three-fold mission...eat meat sparingly, use the grains/crops of the field as our staff of life, use herbs more effectively.
Sing 1st v. only unless specified
Joy to the World
Away in a Manger
Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains
Angels We Have Heard on High (3rd v)
Children sing v 1...
Come to Bethlehem and see, him whose birth the angel s sing
Come adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord the newborn King
We Three Kings
We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we've traveled so far.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain following yonder star.
Oh star of wonder, star of night. Star of royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.
Silent Night (All verses)
3....Son of God...
I ran it off 4 per page. Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful and sacred night!
Growing up we had this great tradition of chili and cornbread on Christmas Eve. Here is a yummy recipe I derived for a church chili cookoff. Admittedly it didn't win anything, but those people who appreciate meatless, healthy meal met this recipe with rave reviews. I wish my family loved chili, because I do. They don't. So I make this and eat it for a week. I can't make it too often!.
Buckwheat and Black Bean Chili
from the kitchen of Rebecca
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large yellow bell pepper,chopped
1 large red bell pepper,chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon real salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
4 cups black beans
2 cups steamed buckwheat (cook as you would white rice, available at health food stores)
2 14-ounce cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups water or vegetable broth
2 teaspoons real maple syrup (or to taste)
2 teaspoons molasses (or to taste)
2 cups steamed Wheat Berries (cook as you would brown rice)
Juice of 1 lime
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Saute the first five ingredients over medium heat. I put black beans, wheat and buckwheat in my pressure cooker and cook together for about 25 minutes. Or you make cook them separately on the stove top or in a rice cooker. Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on high for 5 hours. Reduce to low and continue to simmer until ready to serve.
This is Miriam after she was chased onto the fence by Brim. The little trouble maker. I have never seen her fly so high!