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Friday, December 14, 2012


Every culture and even every family 
has its own Christmas time traditions. 
These are some ours.

A favorite dish in our family of sweet potato with onions and apple slices
with just a dash of nutmeg - subtle and healthy:)
a great way to pair with turkey or chicken 

How to make it:
boil the sweet potatoes in a separate pan,
peel and slice them
while sauteeing a sliced onion with butter till transparent.
Then add one or two (tart) Granny Smith apples
(peeled, cored, and sliced)
add 1/2 cup of water, and simmer till apples
are still crunchy (about 5 min.) 
Blend onions and apples in with sweet potatoes.

Activities with the (now grand) kids
baking, decorating,
with the older ones
even painting a watercolor 

Since we live in California, we try go up 
to the mountains 2 hrs away and have a day in the snow, 
but at least a walk -ah so beautiful and refreshing!

Every year a few new ornaments

2 years ago I started this collection of balls 
of the Huntington Library
These look more like eggs, 
with the fragile appearance of china - 
a flashback from the Christmas tree in my childhood

mostly don't finish till right before Christmas
Shhhh - knitted a cowl for my daughter in a 2-color brioche  stitch
on the reverse side, the pink dominates
( saw this scarf yesterday displayed in Antropologie - a clothing store)

This year my sacrifice ( in time) went to this little lamb
for our two-year-old grand daughter Peach
but that's what Christmas is about:)

What are your traditions in your 12 days before Christmas?

and last but not least
a merry Christmas to you and yours!

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Clytie said...

I love seeing your Christmas time traditions! I never would have thought to put onions and apple slices with sweet potatoes, and guess what I'm going to try this year!!!

You are so talented - I love the gifts you make!!! (I foresee your lucky granddaughter has a wonderful treasure that will be a lifelong companion!)

Maria @ LSS said...

Love sweet potatoes.

birthday rocks

eileeninmd said...

Christmas is a great time of year and I love seeing everyone's different traditions and ways of celebrating. I love sweet potatoes, yummy! The ornament is beautiful and I like the scarf. The lamb is adorable, what a cute gift. Lovely Green Day post. Have a great weekend!

LV said...

Some of the older traditions are so much better than the new fancy ones.

NatureFootstep said...

lol, one day in the snow is refreshing. But 4 months....

Well, christmas is on hold for now. We are aiming for new year. :)

Whitemist said...

I love apples and onions (my Alcacian backgound?), but never thought to put sweet potatoes with them - i will. So far it has again been a warn Autumn and i hope not to see much snow! It is good you must travel to see it!

Gary said...

Great idea re the sweet potatoes!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Heather Wilde said...

That's a fabulously decorated ginger bread man. Good enough to eat :)

HoodPhoto said...

So cute! Great submission to Orange You Glad It's Friday. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again this week!

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Jeannette StG said...

I've let you make comments for a while, since I can't find a place to reply. I am not for any kind of smoke, since I don't have a chimney on my head. So, please get a regular blog!

Thank you dear friend! I'll go to your blog to tell I added how to make the sweet potato dish.

Thank you! I love them too:)

Oh, I think I missed you:)Hope you have a great weekend!

I don't know what the "newer" traditions are, but maybe they'll turn up at the comments here!

That would be too long for me too! You could make a trip to a warmer area in the winter?

Am curious what you used to put onions and apples with? Glad we're having a lot of rain here.

Cassandra said...

Hmmn, yummy food; and surely making me hungry here.. LOL!

Visiting from MOM- hope you can stop by..

Luna Miranda said...

i like your new ornament--it's elegant. a walk in the snow sounds wonderful.:p

Leslie: said...

Well now, walking in the snow would be wonderful - the cold might unclog my nasal passages! LOL

abcw team

Roger Owen Green said...

Some people start playing Christmas music TOO early! I don't start until at least 12/12, but I'll play certain stuff until Epiphany!

Welcome back to blogging, and to ABCW.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely holiday traditions there -- isn't it fun to continue with the grandkids! (We did that 20 years ago -- I can't believe our oldest grandkids are that grown up now!)

Black Jack's Carol said...

I love sweet potatoes and those gingerbread cookies look delicious too! Also loved your beautiful little lamb. Our new tradition here is to catch a live performance of The Messiah.

NatureFootstep said...

A gret gingerbread creation. :)

lorik said...

That orange dish looks delicious - i would like it with a veggie loaf too! Great collection of pics! Happy Christmas:)