Christmas 2023


December 30, 2023

Christmas came and went, but not without some fun family time.

Sarah and I did a few Christmas planters for ourselves and family. Of course, we did a bunch of Christmas baking!

Baking is one of my favorite holiday traditions that Sarah and I do together. The planters rank right up there, too.

I felt a bit behind this year. Considering the two days prior to Christmas was a mad rush getting everything done, I think my feeling was correct.

I’m not sure if it was the weather with the lack of snow that made me feel like we had a long time until Christmas that put me behind.

This past Saturday when Sarah and I were grabbing a few last minute things, it honestly felt like it should be Thanksgiving not Christmas. It was too nice out!

I could have fallen behind because of our trip to the cities for Grandpa Todd’s 90th birthday. I wouldn’t have missed it for anything though.

I’m not sure what was the culprit, but I was behind and we still pulled it off.

Christmas was fun and it went without a hitch.

Little Soraya always sits across from me while we are eating. Thanksgiving she had a little tongue that kept coming out. I did NOT start it. I am innocent!!

Playing peek a boo through the candles was her Christmas fun!

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies


Bacon: This bacon-wrapped smokies recipe starts with a pound of bacon strips, cut into thirds.

Cocktail wieners: You'll need a package of beef cocktail wieners, which can be found in the refrigerator section of your grocery store.

Toothpicks: A toothpick secures the bacon to the wieners so the smokies stay together during the baking process.

Brown sugar: Brown sugar lends warmth and welcome sweetness.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Wrap each cocktail wiener with a piece of bacon; secure with a toothpick. Place bacon-wrapped wieners on the prepared baking sheet.

Evenly sprinkle brown sugar over the tops of the bacon-wrapped wieners.

Bake in the preheated oven until bacon is crisp and sugar is bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Joke of the Week

My Dear Wife, You will surely understand that I have certain needs that you, being 57 years old, can no longer satisfy. I am very happy with you and I value you as a good wife. Therefore, after reading this letter, I hope that you will not wrongly interpret the fact that I will be spending the evening with my 22-year-old secretary at the Comfort Inn Hotel. Please don't be upset—I shall be home before midnight.

When the man came home late that night, he found the following letter on the dining room table:

My Dear Husband, I received your letter and thank you for your honesty about my being 57 years old. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you are also 57 years old. As you know, I am a math teacher at our local college. I would like to inform you that while you read this, I will be at the Hotel Fiesta with Michael, one of my students, who is also the assistant tennis coach. He is young, virile, and like your secretary, is 22 years old. As a successful businessman who has an excellent knowledge of math, you will understand that we are in the same situation, although with one small difference: 22 goes into 57 a lot more times than 57 goes into 22. Therefore, I will not be home until sometime tomorrow.


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