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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Warm Heart Wednesday and Other Delights

I have been absent for a few weeks. Not because I enjoy missing my blog and not visiting yours but because life has been wild!  Please visit Ms. JennyWe are hosting Christmas with 21 of us present. We decided to go low key since Thanksgiving was such hard work. We are having a Mexican food buffet. Noelle bought tamales at our favorite Mexican restaurant and she is going to whip up a big batch of Mexican rice.

She pitched in and helped me buy all the ground hamburger for tacos. My hubby will make a big batch of green chili and it will be loaded with tender chunks of pork and Pueblo chilies. We will also have a batch of shredded beef for tacos and lots of extras like sour cream and avocado. I am hungry thinking about it. My hubby will make a homemade batch of refried beans. He bought me a pressure cooker this year and my niece Karla tells  me it whips up the best beans ever! The new models are so cool and even has a browning unit. My goodness, I remember mom praying that her pressure cooker would not blow the roof off the house! Times have changed. Please visit Sally
A google image of what my pressure cooker looks like. I will post food photos after the holidays. LOL!

No self respecting BoJon girl would celebrate the holidays without a potica. My daughter Noelle got in touch with her aunt Joyce in Pueblo and she is bringing a loaf to Noelle Christmas Eve. I was nervous and contacted Nick, the greatest guy ever, at Sunday. He sent a loaf out to me Monday morning and it arrived yesterday. He runs a wonderful business in Evergreen, Colorado. No one will ever replace my mom's potica's but Nick's come close. He warmed my heart for the holidays along with my daughter and her aunt. I am excited to see what kind my sister-in-law is sharing with Noelle. I guess I should mention with all the holiday festivities I forgot about ordering my potica!

So we are weird! Is that what you were thinking? I bet you thought why would they have a Mexican buffet with sLOVEnian potica? Ha Ha Ha! Because we are nice and normal. That is why! Other folks may have flan or sopapillas  but we like to live on the edge! Wink Wink!

Mr. Kitty is dreaming of a white Christmas with a tasty salmon fillet in his dish and perhaps some tasty treats on the side. He is watching his calories during the holidays. His new favorite spot is the top of the sofa. Silly Mr. Kitty. Please visit Sandee

Father Cyril Zupan was the parish priest when my mother was a young gal. He and all these other gentleman are posing for a nice picture long, long ago. One of those men was Joseph Steblay my mother's father. Oh the wonderful stories she would tell about him. The holiday season makes me yearn for my folks and all those who went before us. I am so happy my sissy gave me this photo. I was having a sad day yesterday just thinking about my folks and how  much they loved their own siblings and all got together during the holidays. I do not share that luxury with my folks. Some phamily just don't make time for their phamily siblings.

A Santa gift from Karla last year. I love it.

Mama's older brother Uncle Louie as a young fellow. Love that bow tie! He was the most generous man to all of the nieces and nephews. If you brought a friend along he handed out money to them too. He once told me he had "lucky money" and the more he gave away the more that came back to him. I miss Auntie Ang and all her Christmas Eve dishes and desserts she prepared. They were the kindest two folks you would have ever known and I miss them too during the holidays especially.
BoJon power! The best people created by the Lord Himself. This is how you say Merry Christmas in sLOVEnian! I know a handful of words and phrases.
Since I have missed two weeks I thought I would share an extra Love is....This is me getting my foot rub. Ahhhhh.........

CHRISTmas  is all about the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is about phamilies and kindness and being extra nice, something we need to work on throughout the year. Everyone of us. I did not wish to end on a political note, but have you ever noticed how cruel people can be to one and other? Regarding anything that seems to be a hot topic these days. I am appalled because you want kindness and concern for your cause or your group that you support but when someone disagrees you turn vicious and cruel. Something to thing about. With 2016 nipping our heels and 2015 coming to an end I decided I would choose two words and concentrate on them in the coming year. Forgiveness and Kindness. I think it is a good combination and I will share it here. I wish you all so much love and kindness during the holidays. Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas no matter where you are, who you are with or what you are doing. People often say do not make a big deal about the holidays, some are hurting. I am always eager to listen and although I am not worldly wealthy I can pray for you. Just ask. It is a simple kindness and it can work both ways. Don't ever feel alone, God loves you and you have many friends here willing to lend an ear or share a kindness with you. May God bless you and enjoy the CHRISTmas season.

I am sharing with all these terrific folks who spend time and give so much effort to share their thoughts at their blogs with us. Join us won't you please? Warm Heart Wednesday 
Thank you Jenny for sharing your painful journey with
 us regarding your health. Sandee at Aw...Mondays
Thank you Sandee for the smiles and many hearty laughs.
Thanks Sally for all the "Blues" you keep finding everywhere you go.


Cindy's Stitching said...

Merry Christmas. have a blessed day.

LV said...

A wonderful family post. I am with you, it is okay to break the traditional once in awhile. Wishing you nothing but the best with all your family. Think of you often and fun we shared.

Sandee said...

What a fun Christmas you have planned. Fabulous in fact. I'm glad all is well in your world.

Have a fabulous day and a very Merry Christmas. ☺

edenhills said...

Sounds like you're going to have quite the celebration! I'll have my family here tomorrow night and then go to my Dad's for Christmas Day. I love getting to spend time with family this time of year. Hope you have a wonderful day filled with family and fun!

jeannettestgermain said...

Hi Ann, sounds you're going to make a lot of food (the food you like!) Am curious about potica - is it a kind of a cake? Hope you got rid of your cold! Am glad you blogged this week so I can wish you a merry Christmas! May it be an unforgettable one!

Mevely317 said...

Merry Christmas eve, Anne!
I had to seriously stop reading this last eve because my taste buds were running out of control! :) Your Mexican buffet sounds perfect!
(I can't comment on the potica, since I'd never heard of it. Guess who's going over to check out that website?)

Love your chosen words ... Kindness and Forgiveness. That second one's a tall order for me, but something to which I should certainly strive.

Merry Christmas blessings!

Intense Guy said...

Merry Christmas!

Wandering Wren said...

Happy Happy Hols, ours is just about over for the day and I'm guessing your Mexican fiesta is in full swing!
Have fun
Wren x

carol l mckenna said...

Christmas sound loving and delightful at your house ~ Great foods too!

We had a great Christmas ~ Happy New Year to you and your family ~

We are wishing you the magic and love of the season all year,
artmusedog and carol

Susan Anderson said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas for you and yours. We always have Mexican food for our Christmas Eve dinner. Every year!


Su-sieee! Mac said...

After reading about your Mexican feast, I want a chile relleno. One of these days. No doubt your Christmas gathering was fun and delightful. Cheers to the Holiday season, Anne.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Betty said...

I remember my mother with the pressure cooker too. She'd say, "Stand back in case this thing explodes," while she'd be fooling with the top thing. I think she might have been releasing steam? This past year I bought a pressure cooked, but nothing fancy like your new electric one. I had never had one before and we've experimented with a few recipes.

I had no idea what potica was so I didn't think it was strange to have it with Mexican food! I had to look at the website. I usually cook Italian spaghetti and meatballs for Christmas dinner, but I made the announcement early that I wasn't going to cook a big meal this year. Instead we had cold cuts, potato salad, macaroni salad, etc. Everyone made their own sandwich. We had Christmas cookies for dessert. I baked cookies for the first time in many years.

I too have been greatly disturbed by the mean and cruel things that have been said this political season. I stay away from most social media. I think people have learned to "say" anything on social media and now for some it's become easy to say it publicly. The fact that so many are accepting of this behavior leads me to believe there's no going back. I hope I'm wrong.

I like your choice of words for the year!

Edna B said...

I don't think there is a rule about what sort of food we should eat on Christmas. It is a day to rejoice. So I say, eat whatever you like! I'm so glad your holiday was wonderful. Pogo and I had a wonderful Christmas too.

I loved the photos, and the dishes sound yummy. Today I'm off to visit an aunt whom I haven't seen in probably twenty five years. It's going to be a lot of fun.

You have a wonderful day my friend, hugs, Edna B.