Thursday, December 24, 2009
What a wonderful Christmas Eve. We enjoyed a candlelight service at our church and the pastor had all the kids come down front as he told the story of the birth of Jesus. Afterward, we had Penne ala Vodka for dinner with homemade garlic bread. The most fun of all, at least for the kids, was opening presents! The kids had a great time. Kate was so excited to get clothes. Hayden got his first pocket knife. Sarah got a Turquoise fuzzy robe and Rachel got the exact Webkinz she wanted.
Posted by Audra at 11:26 PM
Penne Ala Vodka Sauce
1 package sausage (Italian Turkey)
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
1 large can crushed tomatoes (28oz.)
¼ cup vodka
½ teaspoon salt
½-1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
¾ cup fat free half and half
1 cup skim milk
Cook garlic in olive oil for about 2 minutes, add sausage; cook until sausage is browned. Add tomatoes and vodka and simmer for about 3 minutes (this cooks off the alcohol). Season with salt and hot red pepper flakes. Add the half and half and milk and simmer 2-3 minutes. Serve over Penne Pasta.
Freezing instructions: Cook as directed above. Allow to cool and store in freezer bags. Thaw in the refrigerator 24 hours before serving. Heat the sauce in the microwave, on the stovetop or in the crockpot (High 2 hours or Low 4 hours). Serve over Penne Pasta.
The original recipe called for1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream, but I altered the recipe to be lowfat. I also used turkey Italian sausage and the original called for Italian or Breakfast sausage.
Weight Watchers Points: (sauce only)
Made with Turkey sausage
1cup= 4 points 188 calories
½ cup=2 points 94 calories
Made with regular Italian sausage
1 cup= 6 points 251 calories
½ cup=3 points 126 calories
Or, if you'd like to try this link, I uploaded the recipe to Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen Website.
Posted by Audra at 11:23 PM
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Today we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family. We had 23 people for a fabulous lunch. My dad decided to cook Chicken Fried Steak for our dinner. It was so good! We had a great time getting things ready and eating lunch and then a fun time watching the kids open presents. When they were done, we played 'dirty Santa' for the adults gifts. It was so fun! I really feel God's provision in this move back to Texas. It is an incredible feeling to be with family during Christmas. If you're struggling with that, just move away for about 14 years and you'll have a different perspective. We didn't know what we were missing. Last night, we drove around an looked at Christmas lights with Pa Bob and Meme while we ate popcorn. My kids love making these memories. Rachel even wrote about it in a project she did for Christmas. We are blessed beyond measure!
Posted by Audra at 11:14 PM
Posted by Audra at 10:35 PM
Hayden's class had their Christmas party this week. They had pizza, cookies, made a craft and did a gift exchange. They each brought a wrapped book and sat and listened to a story and passed the book each time they heard the word "snow". It was fun to be able to go celebrate with Hayden's 1st grade class.
Posted by Audra at 10:02 PM
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
A little shooter!
The kids table.
The kids table.
They licked the platter clean!
John gets a little help with the lights.
The Beatles Rock Band
Sarah plays a little football with the cousins.
We had such a great time celebrating Thanksgiving! We hosted my family the Sunday before Thanksgiving and had 23 people for lunch! Then, the kids were out of school and we headed to Lubbock to celebrate Thanksgiving with John's side of the family. Of course, when we go to Lubbock for Thanksgiving, somebody goes to shoot guns. Being back home sure is nice. We love being close enough to celebrate holidays with family. Don't get me wrong. We LOVE our military friends. They were our family for 14 years. We really enjoyed inviting friends over and having Thanksgiving dinner together, but there is nothing better than being close enough to celebrate each holiday with everyone. Our kids just asked me 'how many Christmas's ' we are going to have. I think that is funny. Until now, it's mostly been one. Now, we have my family, then Christmas with us and then with John's family. It keeps growing... We love it.
Posted by Audra at 10:07 PM