Wednesday, December 16, 2009


I just finished our Family Calendar....shhhh.... Mom, when they arrive, please give the second one to Will & Sherri. I knew I wanted to make these again, but I wasn't sure it was going to happen. Shew. I will not wait until the last minute next year....made it with 20 min to spare. No, I haven't ordered our cards and I'm not sure I will. I'm still debating. One benefit of waiting until December arrived is that I do the monthly pages with photos from that month. SO....I had some Advent photos and even one of the play for December's page. LOL

We held our last Bible study of 2009 today. We've voted to go to the Onsen next week. It's our Christmas Party.....I toyed with suggesting we wait a week to maybe talk Windy into going (::snort::) and take my girls too...but I decided if I hope to get the girls there it will probably be best not to have a whole group going?

Mom, they made it. Thanks. The kids are very excited to see something besides the lone box under the tree. Though, I HAVE had our Christmas books spread out under the tree and guess I'll need to move them. ::grin::

We ran out of little gifts to hide last night.....guess I better think of something for tonight.

I can't remember if Mike said he'd be home late tonight or on time...guess he'll surprise us. I think I'll go make some 3 Cheese Garlic Chicken Pasta.

Bre will be home in 7 days
Krista will be home in 9 days
Jamin and Josiah will be home in 11 days

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Dairy Hollow House Skillet-Sizzled Buttermilk Cornbread

*This is our favorite. EVERYONE eats it.

From 09 December

1 C stone ground yellow cornmeal

1 C unbleached white all purpose flour (I ground Prairie Gold)

1 T baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

2 - 4 T of sugar (Rapadura/honey - adjust milk amount)

1 1/4 C buttermilk (or 1 C yogurt mixed with 1/4 C water)

1 large egg

1/4 C mild oil

2 - 4 T butter

Preheat oven to 375*. (It really needs to be HOT).

In a large bowl combine cornmeal, flour,baking powder, salt, baking soda, and sugar. If baking soda appears at all lumpy, sift in. Stir well to combine.

In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and oil.

Place a 9 - 1- 1/4 in skillet over medium heat (author uses #7, mine is #8 ), add butter and heat until the butter is sizzling seriously. Tilt the skillet to coat the sides.

As the butter's melting, quickly mix the wet ingredients with the dry, and using a wooden spoon, stir together with as few strokes as possible. Don't beat it; don't smooth it out. Scrape the batter into the hot, buttered skillet - if you've gotten it hot enough it will sizzle as it goes in - and pop it in the oven immediately.

Bake until golden brown on top, 25 - 30 minutes. Cut into wedges; serve hot.

*Taken from "Passionate Vegetarian" by Crescent Dragonwagon. This would be a great Christmas gift. I first saw it in the library, then got it from Paperback Swap. I love READING this cookbook, that will make sense to some of you. ::grin::

Tonight, for a quick dinner, I cooked sloppy joes in the skillet, topped it with cornbread and cooked it all at 400* for 20 min. These were a bit dry...more sloppy next time. ::snort::

From 09 December

You can find more tasty eats on my Recipe Index.

Bre will be home in 8 days
Krista will be home in 10 days
Jamin and Josiah will be home in 12 days

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...