Skip to main content

Tuesday Coffee Chat

Today I am guzzling coffee during Coffee Chat time. You know how most people suffer from Hump Day on Wednesdays? For me, it's Tuesdays. I think I feel rested up and inspired over the weekend and then overachieve on Mondays. Then Tuesday mornings hit and I am a zombie. And as I sit here on the couch with a blanket on my lap and two doggies snuggled up close, I know that in about an hour I am going out to run and it's dark, cloudy, windy and a cold 35 degrees that feels like 25 with the wind.

But for now ... Time to share that favorite holiday recipe.

Do you have your Christmas menu prepared? We do traditional turkey and fixins on Thanksgiving, so I always want to do something different on Christmas. I always start the morning with biscuits and gravy and cinnamon rolls for my family and my parents. Then in the afternoon I prepare a large dinner for anybody who can be here, including extended family.

This year's menu consists of:

Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Pork Loin
Party Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Stuffed Mushrooms
Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Apple Salad
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Sweet Potato Cornbread
Pumpkin Spice Cake Roll
Pecan Pie Bars

One of the favorites out of that menu is Stuffed Mushrooms. I adapted a recipe from the Pioneer Woman a few years ago and the men of my family love it when I make these. They go quick!

This menu is one of the reasons why I will soon be braving the cold for my run. 


  1. We traditionally do a turkey at Christmas... but I like the sound of doing something different like the pork loin. Especially if we are not having a big crowd. I did Thanksgiving this year, so my sister will do Christmas at her house. But I love, love stuffed mushroom caps, and yet I have never tried to make them. Should definitely give this a go at some point.
    And I feel ya about the exercise! I've kicked everything up a notch these final weeks before holidays, just knowing that it's the most fattening time of the year!! LOL


Post a Comment

We all know that in this crazy world of homeschooling, we need all the (adult) support we can get. Please leave a comment if you so wish!

Popular posts from this blog

Cells ~ It's What's for Dinner

Dawson made edible cells on Friday.

He made an animal cell pizza ...

and a plant cell chocolate chip cookie ...

He reviewed what he's learned about cells the past two weeks, and I had dinner made by someone else. Win, win!!

I am linking up at Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.

Ketogenic + Restless Legs = Insomnia ... Um, No!

Okay, I have been eating ketogenic for five days now. I have gotten through the carb detox headaches and have settled into a macro plan of 5% carbs (no grains), 20% protein, 75% fat.

The upside is that I like the idea of limiting my body of all of the glucose which will help my minor health conditions.

But there are definitely downsides!

The first is that I am having a hard time getting in enough fats under the strictures of the diet. Who knew it would be hard to eat fats? The real problem is that the fats I want to eat then include a consumption of protein and/or carbs and then throws off my percentages. Still working on that one.

The bigger issue is that for the past couple of nights I have had trouble sleeping, and I have had restless legs.

Sleeping is one of those things that I do well. I go to bed at the same time every night (for the most part) and get up at the same time each morning. I can fit in a 15-30 minute power nap in the afternoon and have no trouble going to sleep at n…

America: The Story of Us ~ Episode 3: "Westward 1" Lesson Plans

This past summer, when I planned our lessons for this year, I was enthralled with how much information was in Episode 3 ~ Westward. It couldn't be done in just three weeks, as I had intended for each unit. So, I broke Westward up into two separate units: Westward 1 and Westward 2. This week I will provide the lesson plans for Westward 1. We spent three weeks on this part of the unit.

We readThe Captain's Dog by Roland Smith. We read an equal number of pages each day to cover the three-week unit (Suprisingly, Dawson did not enjoy this book as much as I thought he would. With him being such a dog-lover, I thought he would appreciate it more. But it just didn't have enough action for him. You'll find that he's hard to please when it comes to literature. I actually really enjoyed The Captain's Dog and thought it was a great piece of historical fiction.)

We watched the entire Episode 3, did the discussion questions/video quiz for the episode and the vocabulary words…