Let It SNOW!!

Of course it was dry as a bone here–snow-wise for Christmas. Booooo. What is Mother Nature doing?!

I mean, seriously, we ordered snow for the big day but SOMEbody must have missed the memo…until January. Well, fine then.

At the risk of sounding ungrateful, I must say–Christmas snow, January snow… it’s all just incredibly beautiful and if I had my way–we’d have a gentle blizzard that would keep us all indoors for a week.

Sounds like heaven to me.

That’s my dream. A winter wonderland, right here in my own yard.

Even if it’s in January.

Cheesy Ham Chowder

Some nights, when it’s reeeeeally chilly outside, when it’s rainy or snowy or windy or all three–nothing tastes better than a steaming hot bowl of creamy, thick, cheesy chowder. Yummmmmm. This lovely little dish will warm you right down to your toes–100% guaranteed or your money back.

Heh, heh.

 

Cheesy Ham Chowder

Ingredients:

1 medium onion diced
1 cup sliced carrots
1 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
3 cups whole milk
1-1/2 cups water
2-1/2 cups cubed or canned potatoes (drained)
1 can whole corn, drained
1 T chicken bouillon granules
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1-2 cups diced ham
pepper to taste

Directions:

In a Dutch oven saute the onion and carrots until tender.
Stir in flour till blended.
Slowly add milk and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
Add potatoes, bouillon and pepper.
Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Add cheese and ham and heat till cheese is melted.

 

Cheesy Ham Chowder
 
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups cubed or canned potatoes (drained)
  • 1 can whole corn, drained
  • 1 T chicken bouillon granules
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 cups diced ham
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven saute the onion and carrots until tender.
  2. Stir in flour till blended.
  3. Slowly add milk and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Add potatoes, bouillon and pepper.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  6. Add cheese and ham and heat till cheese is melted.

 

Snowman Army

I found this sweet little snowman pattern just a few days before our family Christmas party.

It whipped up so quickly that I made another one.

And then…and then…and then and then and then… AHHHH!!

They were just so dang cute that I couldn’t stop!!

Before I knew which way was up–I had a pile of sweet, sturdy little snowmen! Turns out I had one for each of my kids and my sister and my sweet friend.

In the words of our favorite boy wizard, “It was like MAGIC!!”

If you’re feeling the crochet snowman bug too–you’ll find the pattern here.

You’re very welcome.

New Chicks In Town

Oooh, how well I remember the days of collecting a million eggs from my sweet little chickens and sharing them with my kids. We LOVE eggs in this family!!

Eventually, my knees got so bad that I couldn’t chase them (Masha) down the street when they’d (she’d) get out. Then, I spent almost a year at my daughter’s house after two knee replacements and a total foot reconstruction. It was a sad, sad day when I had to give my little girlies to a friend with a small farm.

Fast forward to NOW as that same sweet daughter has a flock of chickens all her own and shares the eggs with us. I guess it’s one of those “what goes around, comes around,” sort of things–

just in an eggy sort of way.

 

Turkey Nugget

Soooo–many times when I’m making a little crochet character, I’m nearly overwhelmed with supreme selfishness…

to the point that I want to finish the pretty thing and throw it in my purse…

and leave the country….

to keep it for myself, instead of giving it to the person it is meant for.

So far, I’ve always pulled myself together, mustered up a little maturity and sent–whatever it is–on it’s merry way.

That is…until now.

This little turkey nugget was just so CUTE that I was over come.

I couldn’t help myself.

After much deliberation, I’m afraid I kidnapped him and hid him away in a secure location and…you know…

made another one.

No one will ever know of my treachery and dreadful deception.

Except that I just told you.

Dang it.