Getting back in the groove…

Dec 30, 2008

Today I have about as much energy as a slug. Getting back into the groove after all the hustle and bustle of last minute holiday preparations always seems to be hard for me. We open presents at our house on Christmas Eve. I love baking cookies all morning and afternoon, cooking the dinner and watching Ansley go nuts counting down the hours until we open presents.  It is all so much fun and seeing happy faces on our girls is honestly the best gift ever.

Love a wrapping paper filled floor...

and a happy face...

We had a wonderful visit with my mom and dad as well as my sister and her family. Alan, Ansley and I left to head down to Beaumont Christmas day. I love going home on Christmas day. Having the car filled with gifts and the excitement of seeing everyone is a feeling I always look forward to. Madelyn and Isabella were very happy with their gifts from Santa which is a good thing since he was sitting right in the living room as we had our family gift exchange. Madelyn always tells Dad/Santa thank you for all her presents. It is so cute. She really does believe. She would call this 1 800 line to track Santa and then call Mom to let her know where Paw Paw was so she wouldn’t be worried. I thought that was so cute.

in the middle of our gift exchange

Ansley and Isabella

I think what I love most about these photos is that they aren’t perfect by any means… dark lighting, flash flare, out of focus etc. everything happening so fast you just point and shot and hope you get a photo of someone to remember the moment… they are real life… and they are part of my life with the family I love so much. So to me they are perfect.

So now here I sit trying to get back into the groove of book deadlines, online workshops, CHA and other things in my near future. But all I can seem to do is reflect on the fact that another year has passed. I’m sure I will start moving at a faster pace than a slug sometime around 10 tonight as this seems to be when I get my second wind. If I don’t I’m not going to worry too much about it as I know I will be all set and ready tomorrow.

To all my blogging friends I wish you the most wonderful New Year filled with happiness and love. And if you are in the need for a really quick, simple and yummy dish to bring to a New Year’s Eve party here is the dish for you. It is my Mom’s Beer Sausage recipe. I have never met a person yet that has not loved it.

Mom’s Beer Sausage

3 Packages of Eckrich Sausage
2 Bottles of Chili Sauce
2 Bottles of Beer (any kind is fine)
1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar

Slice sausage into bite sized pieces, brown and drain off fat
In a bowl combine chili sauce, beer and brown sugar, stir until mixed
Place browned sausage into an oven safe bowl, pour liquid mixture over sausage, place in preheated oven at 350 degrees and heat until mixture is hot.  Serve while still hot/warm in a bowl or set out and have guests use toothpicks to pick up the sausage pieces.

Happy New Year my friends!

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