A Little This & That!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
FIRST I want to say that somehow WINTER got lost on it's way to Nebraska! We are having the most gorgeous weather -- yeah, I know it won't last, but it sure I nice out and I am fully enjoying it. CHRISTmas at Faithfulness Farm was low key, relaxing and wonderful! We enjoyed each other's company (and held closely - by phone - those we love and couldn't be with this year). There certainly was an abundance of great food. I got out and ran both yesterday and today to try and counter that abundance of food, lol. My kids served as the chef's and did fabulous jobs. I was (and AM) quite spoiled by those who love me.

So, when do you take your Christmas decor down? I did put away some of the Christmas dishes yesterday and will probably take the trees down over the long New Year's weekend. Some of the more wintery things stay until I start thinking about Valentine's.

Tomorrow is the last day to get entered in for the Gooseberry Patch's 101 Soups, Salads and Sandwiches & Faithfulness Farm Goodies GIVEAWAY. As a BONUS, leave a comment on this post and tell me about a new dish you tried that will become a holiday staple -- for me it was Pioneer Woman's Burgundy Mushrooms -- YUM!!

Looking forward to the new year and ALL the BLESSINGS that will bring. I have some ideas for a few little things here at Faithfulness Farm that I look forward to sharing with you all.


  1. Lynnie said...:

    Bonus Entry WOOT! I made a coconut cake from scratch, fresh coconut grated, used coconut milk as a substitute where the recipe called for water.. it was uh-MAZing! It is our new desert on the Christmas Table!!
    Happy New Year!

  1. LyndaLoo said...:

    Not sure I left a comment......but I would love to win a Goosberry Cookbook. And a 'new' recipe for me was clam dip......oh so easy!

    Dot's Clam Dip

    Garlic powder
    2 tsp lemon juice
    1 8oz cream cheese
    1/2 tsp salt
    small can clams in broth
    1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

    Mix it all together and let it rest for a few hours.
    Great served with potato chips.

  1. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Gail! Things were a little crazy around here as I got sick the day before Christmas Eve.

    I'll probably leave all the decorations up until right after the New Year weekend.

    My favorite new recipe for the holidays is a pear tart served with cinnamon whipped cream.

  1. loretta said...:

    Thank you for a chance to enter! I'm just now seeing this, so, glad made it

  1. loretta said...:

    As a bonus entry, a dish I will be making from now on is a simple sausage, salsa, and cheese dip. A friend brought it to our church Christmas party and it was a real hit.


  1. Lisa Cox said...:

    Well, it wasn't quite a new dish. I just changed up an old recipe and it turned out delicious! I took my normal boring cinnamon raisin bread recipe and substituted diced apples for the raisins. It turned out so good that I made a second batch and turned them into cinnamon rolls.

  1. Glad you had a nice Christmas Gail! I take everything down over New Year's Weekend, but then I bring out my snowmen just for fun! Of course we had something like 1,000 feet of snow here in Philly over the last two years... so I'll be watching them closely:@)

  1. Oh, Happy New Year to you and your family, too :) :) I can't to hear what you've got up your sleeve :) :) Sounds exciting :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  1. Jennifer Gail said...:

    My Aunt brought Baked Mac and Cheese, It was a hit:)

  1. Balisha said...:

    We leave our house decorated until after Epiphany.
    Our new recipe is simple. The kids named it "Ritz Sliders" Put a half a warm meatball on a Ritz cracker, top with a square of cheese, put in microwave until cheese is melty...then top with a small dill pickle slice. We did paper plate fulls of these and they kept disappearing as we nuked them. I just used a frozen meatball. Super easy with good flavor.
    I really enjoy reading your blog..Happy New Year.

  1. Kathleen said...:

    Our tradition has always been to leave the decorations up till the Epiphany. Until I started blogging I never knew anyone who did it sooner! Christmas week till New Years is a time to visit and entertain here.
    I made a Yule Log for the first time this year, and a sweet and sour pork appetizer that was good.
    Good for you on the running! Our weather has been great too, some change from last year at this time when we were in the middle of a blizzard!
    Glad your Cmas was good, and many blessings to you in 2012!
    I would love a chance at the book, thanks!

  1. I usually take everything down on New Years day. Not sure when I will do it this year though. It's been very crazy and hectic for me this year so it really is very nice to hear of others like yourself who have leisurely enjoyed the holidays as they should be! I sincerely mean that am very glad to hear it! Happy New Years to you too! :)))

  1. My newest recipe I found and love is for Cuban pork tacos with salsa made from fresh pineapple!
    I tired to email you with some general conversation but your email listed on your blog didn't work.
    I found your pinterest and I'm in love with some of your stuff, especially the jar page and the cast iron.

  1. Donna said...:

    I would love to win the cook book, I use Gooseberry Patch books all the time, most my favorite recipes are from those books. I made a Crab Dip for my son to take to a party, it was well received and enjoyed, from a Gooseberry Patch book. Thanks for the chance to win!


  1. I recently tried Pioneer Woman's perfect pot roast and we loved it!


  1. BumbleBeeLane said...:

    I made salted pretzel cookies.Oh my goodness will be making them all year.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    Let's see I made hash brown casserole, which I have made for someone else before, but not for us. To kick it up a bit I added bell pepper and bella mushrooms. It is lovely how spoiled you are my dear Gail. Oh and I do not need to win (cause I did recently) I just love to talk with you. ♥O

  1. Love this bonus entry. I made Parmesan Puff Sticks from StoneGable and they were a big hit. I should have made even more as they were gone in a flash. Great with soup!


  1. Mrs.T said...:

    Thanks for this bonus entry opportunity... not sure if I entered earlier or not.

    A new recipe I tried for Christmas dinner was a Cran-Apple Sauce. Very simple, it had apple juice concentrate in it and was spiced with a bit of nutmeg and coriander. I will definitely be making this to go with our Christmas roast pork from now on.

    Oh, and those Ritz Sliders above sound amazing! I will be trying those!

  1. Jacqueline said...:

    Lovely weather here in Utah too! The snow can stay in the mountains!!

    My new dish that will definitely be a repeat is Mint Meltaways, chocolate mixed with coconut oil. I have tried making these for years, little did I know how easy it is with coconut oil. We dipped them in chocolate and they have been a fav. Now I am going to make them with almond flavoring!

  1. Rae said...:

    Would love to win this awesome gift! Our new dish was Crockpot Dressing from Southern Living...even the kids loved it!

  1. Rae said...:

    I would love to win this awesome gift! Our new recipe was Crockpot Dressing from Southern Living...even the kids loved it! We aren't taking our decorations down until January 7th...Happy New Year!

  1. Rae said...:

    Would love to win! Our new recipe this year was Crockpot Dressing from Southern Living...even the kids loved it!! We'll leave our decorations up until the 7th...Happy New Year!

  1. Shug said...:

    Oooo laaa laaaa...I have such big hopes that I win this!!

    all of my stuff is down and packed away....On the shelf, waiting for 12-2012. I would leave the lights up all year round, but not sure the neighbors would go for that...


  1. I start putting Christmas things away but don't take down the tree until New Year's while watching the Rose Parade...just my way. I too am bringing out some snowmen for a few months! hugs, Linda

  1. OhioPioneer said...:

    I will be undecorating at the gentleman friend's house on Monday and here at home on Tuesday. I like to get it all put away before I go back to work. I myself didn't try anything new but my oldest son who hosted Christmas Day dinner and who is the cook at his house tried the sausage and apple stuffing recipe from Joy of Cooking, tweaking it a bit by using Italian sausage, and it was delicious!

  1. Pam said...:

    Glad your having milder weather. We've been enjoying it here also. I take my stuff down on New Year's Day, although I have taken the Christmas tablecloth off the table and put away the tins of Christmas cookies (OK, I ate them all, so there was nothing in the tins anyhow).

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