Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Vacation Kick-Off

I'm a girl who is always looking for a party.

Oh wait, that's my sister.

What I am always looking for is a reason to celebrate. And to slack.

Our kids are not in school yet, but we celebrate Christmas vacation like it's our job in life.

Kick-off was Friday.

We started the evening by delivering these to our neighbors.

We don't really know our neighbors (a downside to country living) and I decided it was time to change that. One of them thought we were trying to sell him the cookies. Whoops.

We headed home to bake up a pepperoni/onion/banana pepper pizza. It's our family fave.

Only this time I made the dough from scratch. I had never done this before, even though I've had the recipe and the active yeast for nearly a year. Active yeast is in the same camp as bobbins and whole chickens - they intimidate me.

The pizza was pretty good, mostly because of this sauce. The crust was a little crunchy on the edges. (How does Papa do it??)

We changed into our jammies while the pizza baked, then we settled in at the coffee table for a double feature of Frosty the Snowman and Max Lucado's The Crippled Lamb.

For the grand finale, we all camped out by the Christmas tree. What this means is that Cory and I effectively went to sleep around 8:30. Pretty amazing.

We both felt a little crippled ourselves the next morning, but this is one more tradition that we'll keep in regular rotation.


  1. Now that pizza looks delish. Seriously, I am totally freaked out by whole chicken(s) too. Totally clueless with them and yeast, too. Bobbins... i am getting more comfortable. Not hanging out with the bobbin in my spare time, just not as freaked out.

  2. I also love vacation/slacking. And I love Ruby's jammies. Polka dots make the world go round.

  3. Sounds like such a fun tradition, makes me smile just to think of the family fun you had.
    Keep the ideas, and recipes commin'!

  4. You mustn't fear a whole chicken. Or yeast. I need to take you under my wing. :0) Are you afraid of bobbins as in sewing machine bobbins? Dear sweet girl.

    I used to sleep under the tree as a little kid. I loved looking up the tree, with all the colored lights, and the smell. Gosh, I can just feel it now, and I just know there's a Barbie Country Camper under the tree.

    You have a sweet wonderful family.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. YUM! I have been on this banana pepper kick, I must try this. I hear ya on the whole chicken thing. I buy one with the best intentions, it sits in the freezer for a month, and then I just end up giving it to my mom. I think it's the thought of cleaning it. I'm not into sticking my hand into "cavities".

  6. Merry Christmas cousin, to one farm girl to another!!!
    P.S. I want to get Tricia Reece and I + kidlets and come see you after winter. I miss seeing some our customers!!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a delightful week!
    Kara & Darcy tooooooooooooo

  7. I'm so excited to have a homemade sauce recipe. I've been looking for one. I think I'm going to nominate you for Mom of the Year. Except you have one mark against for making your kids eat pizza with onions and banana peppers. I didn't know that was possible.

  8. I think your pizza looks yummy!!! Camp out nights are so fun...but yes the effects for Mommy and Daddy the next day aren't so fun:)

  9. This post makes me hungry...
    Thanks so much for your kind comment.
    Have a fantastic Monday!

  10. I love the tradition of sleeping by the tree - too cute!

  11. We have a sleep under the tree night too! Although, last year Meg stayed in her crib, she just couldn't get comfy enough, but I think this year she'll love it!
    Your pizza looks great. That's our New Year's dinner tradition. A great crust recipe is on All Recipes and it is called Jay's Pizza or something similar.

  12. Looks like lots of fun is being had at the Flowerpatch Farm!
    Hope you guys have yourselves a very Merry Christmas!! Beth. :)

  13. Oh what FUN!

    We gave mini loaves of banana nut bread (no yeast!) to our neighbors... trying to break the ice. It's pretty funny the responses we get! Oh HOW do we love our neighbors as ourselves when we don't even know their names??!

  14. Pizza you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer? I don't know why all the dough recipes say to mix up the yeast w/ warm water first, because you don't really have to do this. You can just put the flour, yeast, salt in the bowl, mix up and then slowly add warm water will "stirring" w/ the mixer. I make pizza at least once a's my fav. food and I consider it healthy because it's homemade =)

  15. That pizza looks divine! I need that recipe. I love banana peppers and think I need more in my life.

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