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!! Michael and I were out of town all last week.  Michael’s Dad had surgery. He had his kidney removed. It was bigger then they thought ended up being about the size of a football. But surgery went very well! And his Dad is doing so good. We are all very thankful that everything turned out so well.  

He is at home healing now. But I am sure he is going to get antsy as he can’t drive for 3 weeks. And he can’t do lifting until February.  Michael and I have business over in Denver 2 times in January so we will bring them another batch of movies. I gathered up most of my old movies (Quiet Man, North by Northwest, From here to Eternity, Giant and a couple of Michael’s old westerns) plus all 5 seasons of Alias and brought that over last week. I am hoping that keeps them busy for a while but will bring over more in January too.  

While in Denver, Michael bought his sister, Mom and I Christmas coloring books and then each a box of 64 crayons.  And so every evening we would color while watching a movie. It was so much fun to color!  We also got a chance to go to World Market while in Denver - okay 2 chances as Michael’s sister had never been there so we took her. Really Michael and I are so lucky they don’t have one here in Grand Junction as it is our favorite store and often can’t resist spending money there. Our main reason for going there though is that Michael needed to pick up coffee beans. He loves their coffee! I also had some tea while there so we picked up some PG Tips which is Englands number 1 tea. I am a black tea drinker and the PG tips was quite good. We also picked up a few stocking stuffers for each other. But really we drool through the whole store as there are so many things we like.  

Being gone for a week really made things busy before we left where I just didn’t have time for much. And now that we are back - my to-do list is looking a little dauntless.  I decorated Monday. And today I working on gifts.  But also dug out all my recipes and will start baking tomorrow. I have lots to get done by this time next week. I told Michael that I am not really feeling it this year the holiday spirit and anyone that knows me probably has their mouth hanging open in shock about now - just as Michael did when I told him. I am hoping it will come as the more traditional holiday things I do. Michael said we need to watch Polar Express. I hope we can get the tree up tonight or tomorrow night and then watch the Polar Express after so we have the glow of the lights while we watch the movie.  I am sure it will hit me at some point.  

What else...Food of course!  

Last night I think Michael and I were in food heaven. I made ham and bean soup and it turned out excellent. Better then ever.  My mouth is watering as I type about it. We had a ham a few weeks ago and saved that ham bone and it just made that soup.  

Saturday was Michael’s birthday but we were coming home that day so I made sure we celebrated on Sunday. I made cinnamon rolls for breakfast. And then for dinner his favorite - Beef Stroganoff. It turned out really good too. I took a cheap steak and cut it in strips and put it in the crockpot with onions, garlic, a cup of beef stock and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. I cooked it so it was falling apart tender and then added the ingredients to make the sauce (except the sour cream) the last hour and half. And then the last 15 minutes added the sour cream.  It turned out really good. For dessert I made what Michael is calling Maple Heaven Cake. I am not happy how it turned out though so until I get it better I won’t be posting recipe or pictures.  But it basically was a yellow cake with maple and vanilla extract. And then a butterscotch buttercream frosting (that turned out perfect). The cake was a little dry.  I think I either over mixed or over baked.  

Tomorrow I making teriyaki chicken and noodles for dinner. And enchiladas for Friday night.  

That is about it....I think that is a good catch up post.

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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 10, 2008
    • Hi Darby! I’m so glad Michael’s dad came through surgery well. I know the recovery will be long for him, but it sounds like you’ve loaded him up with plenty of entertainment to help while away the hours.

      I’m also glad I waited until lunchtime to read your blog, since all the food descriptions have made my stomach growl. ;)

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