Merry Christmas!

 

Hoping everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

:)Vicki

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Gingerbread Cookies

This is a really yummy gingerbread cookie recipe! Madison made up the cookies and icing for us, and we had fun decorating together.

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Me, my husband, our cabin in the woods, and pet dinosaur. 🙂

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McKenzie’s, Quentin Jr.’s, and Madison’s , and my gingerbread houses.

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First Row-McKenzie. Second row-Quentin Jr.(His sad gingerbread man represents your average North Korean citizen. He loves to study his history). Third row-Madison. And last row-mine.

Gingerbread cookies are a ton of fun!

:)Vicki

Christmas Baking: Cream Cheese Cookies

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Cream Cheese Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 12 cups flour

 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
  • Stir in flour until well blended.
  • Drop dough by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet (or use a cookie press). If desired, make an indentation in the center with your thumb or other object; fill with preserves, or press candy into center.
  • Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven.
  • Cookies should be pale.

Tastes like a sugar cookie, only fluffier.

Happy Baking!

:)Vicki

 

Venison Meatballs Recipe

There is always an abundance of ground venison this time of year. Our ground meat is mainly from the ribs and neck.  I have found it’s ok to use it in any beef recipe. A lot of people look for recipes specifically for venison to get rid of the gamey taste. We don’t have a problem with our meat tasting gamey. My husband guts his deer in the woods, hangs , skins, and quarters them as soon as he gets home. The meat is then packed in ice and worked up over the next week. Just drain the water as your ice melts and replenish with more ice. My uncle gave us meat that he had done at a butcher once. The ground meat was very bloody, and the steaks were bloody and still on the bone. We couldn’t eat either one. It all has to do with how you care for your meat.

I wanted to find a meatball recipe that everyone loves because we like BBQ meatballs along with our Christmas Eve snacks. This one was a hit. We tried it last week with a jar of our homemade BBQ sauce and last night in our spaghetti.  I have to say my son hates spaghetti but discovered he loves spaghetti and meatballs!

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Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 34 cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 teaspoons minced sweet onions(I used 1 tsp onion powder)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 egg

 

  • In a large bowl beat the egg.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend together with your hands.
  • Roll the mixture into 1 1/2″ balls with your hands and place on non-stick cookie sheet so that they are not touching.
  • Cook in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes at 450 degrees.
  • Turn meatballs over half way through cooking.
  • The meatballs will not be fully cooked at this point.
  • Add to your favorite sauce and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Serve over pasta.

Fast, easy, and very tasty!

:)Vicki

 

 

Christmas Is Upon Us

Christmas really is the best time of year. There’s nothing better than celebrating the birth of our Saviour.

Thanksgiving was great. Quentin worked until 3:30, so me and my kids had all day to prepare dinner. Anyone else work retail? You just learn to roll with it. 🙂

Quentin has harvested 7 deer already. We are enjoying the meat for sure. Our venison favorites have been corned venison and a new venison summer sausage recipe. I will be back to share more about what we do with all that meat!

There have been some really cold nights already, and we even woke to ice coming down yesterday morning. We used it as an excuse to skip church and curled up on the couch together to listen to A Christmas Carol audio book.

We got a Great Pyrenees puppy back in October. He’s not only the most beautiful dog I’ve ever seen, but he’s gentle and calm and makes our days a little brighter. Yep, I love that crazy puppy. 🙂

Our garden is still producing! I am picking lettuce, kale, and radishes. We are also starting to get eggs! I think about half of our chickens have started laying. We had to start all over mid May after a predator wiped out our entire flock. We currently have 6 Americaunas and 6 Buff Brahmas.

I am going to share some pictures from the last little bit but will be back more often to share with you some of our Christmas season.

And in case you’re interested and have missed seeing my menu, this week we’re having:

Spaghetti & Meatballs, Baked Potatoes, & Broccoli & Cheese

Hamburger Steaks, Oven Fries with Fry Sauce

BBQ Sandwiches, Baked Beans, & Peas

Stroganoff & Mashed Potatoes

Steak, Baked Potatoes, & Green Beans

Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Onions, Peppers

Homemade Pizza

Take care and check back soon!

:)Vicki

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I almost forgot, Stormy is a first-time mommy!

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Andre says hello!

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Venison meatballs with our homemade apple BBQ sauce.

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Today’s lunch straight from the yard. Kale, radishes, and eggs. Dessert was leftover apples from last night that had been frozen from our trees. So good!