Sunday, January 2, 2011

Officially Over

Christmas 2010 Porch Picture
Front L to R:  Audra, Brian, Maverick, Amanda, Baby Correa (under the Sweater), Jerry
Back L to R: me, Little Man, Evan and Zack (the hunter)
Missing from photo: Kathy and Troy
Gracie was not with us this Christmas

Just got home from delivering Little Man and his Momma and Daddy to DFW.  The holiday is officially over around here.  We had lots of fun; ate lots of food; and enjoyed lots of love.  Life is good.


 Audra, did the beautiful topper for the chocolate torte.  Dana, the bacon wrapped asparagus couldn't be easier.  Snap the tough ends off the asparagus.  Wash and blot dry.  Drizzle with olive oil; sprinkle with garlic salt; wrap bundles with bacon.  Roast at 425 degrees until done (you can roast at whatever temp you are cooking other items at the same time).

Most of the time, I just do asparagus drizzled with the olive oil, no bacon.  I sometimes like it roasted for about 10 minutes so it is tender-crisp; sometimes, I like it roasted until it is crispy on the tips, almost like an asparagus chip.  With the bacon, I roast until the bacon looks done.


Oh, how we enjoyed breakfast-sharing with the Little Man.  He shared clementines and blueberries, his favorites, with Pop Pop while Pop Pop fed him pancakes with syrup.  A good exchange and so sweet to watch.  I couldn't have asked for more this Christmas.   Life was very, very good.

25 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Sorry the vacation is over - know how you love your family there - i'm in the same position as you - well here's to a great new 2011!

sandie

Susan said...

What a lovely family photo!! It is hard when the children leave again. We just need to start planning the next visit, right?

nanny said...

I am so glad you had everyone with you.....The pictures truly show the joy of the season!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Such fun. I miss my little ones, too. I babysat Leila on new year's ever over night. She is growing too fast. Mom goes back to work tomorrow after this long time off. Her husband's aunt will be babysitting her. I may have to start helping in March when daddy goes to the day time shift. His aunt said she can't keep her everyday. Right now it is sporadic because of his schedule and he doesn't go in till 2. She keeps her grandson two days a week, too. It kills my back when I keep her and I don't know why. Oh, well. I told them I could help a couple days a week, too not every day. Wait and see.

podso said...

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful Christmas. It looks so from the photos too! Happy New Year!

California Girl said...

Happy New Year! you are so lucky you can get together with your family on a regular basis.

Great photos & that torte looks divine. Little Man is toooo cuuute feeding his grandpa.

Artist Terri Smith said...

What a lovely family gathering! It sounds like one of the Best Christmases EVER! Sweet Tanna, I ate so much during the holidays till I'm actually afraid to get on the scales. :)) But I have to tell ya..tomorrow I'm preparing that asparagus recipe! Sounds absolutely wonderful! Sending you a big hug from Georgia, Terri

Christine said...

What a great family picture!
Don't know all the faces, could you do a who' who?
Endings are hard, especially when it's with a cutie like Little Man.
But it's a New Year, a new beginning, cheers!

Betsy said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

the family pictures is just lovely!

Dana said...

Sounds like you guys had a great visit. Thanks for the asparagus recipe. I make it a lot like you do but need to try it with the bacon!!!

Debbie said...

I'm so glad you had that time together with your family. When my girls were growing up it never occurred to me that they would both move away. Now time becomes really precious when we visit. But that's ok. You have a beautiful family.

Katherine said...

So glad you guys had such a nice visit! I'm sure LM was such a joy to have in your home. It was great seeing you, even if it was brief. Your home is beautiful and so warm and inviting! Happy new year to you and Evan!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It looks like you had a wonderful holiday! The little ones make it so special, don't they? Wonderful photos!

From the Kitchen said...

Y'all look so happy! I know it was wonderful having your sweet family around you. Little Man is growing so fast and cute as a button. When's the next visit?

Best,
Bonnie

Bonnie said...

I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed going back through your archives. What a great blog you have! I stumbled upon it today and have been immersed. I garden , cook, sew and knit. And my husband and I have restored 3 old homes so I am enjoying everything about your blog. Thanks for providing an hour of enjoyment.

Carol............. said...

It's hard to get a family photo where everyone looks great...but you DID IT!

I'll have to steal that flower topper on the torte..just beautiful!

Lauri said...

Your family photo is awesome! Definitely a framer! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful holiday. Good food and quality family time -- what more to ask for?? Happy New Year!

Julie Harward said...

I love your family picture and it sounds like a wonderful time together! ;D

Deb said...

hard sending them home I'm sure...congrats on the new grand baby on the way..love the family photo...

Jill said...

What a handsome looking family! Amanda looks so cute in her red sweater! The torte looks WONDERFUL!

So glad you were all able to enjoy the precious time TOGETHER!

Diana said...

I LOVE that porch pic!!!! Special times with special people......

The Little Adventures of LueLee said...

Aww I really missed all of yall this year... But I am so glad to hear that yall had tons of fun :) I love yall so so so so so much and hope yalls New Year has started off AWESOME!!! Well school starts Monday so its time to pack up and head out.... I love you and miss you pass some hugs and kisses around....

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

i love your family photo... it is the moments we cherish.

Quay Po Cooks said...

That's a lovely family photo. Everyone looks so happy!

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs said...

What a beautiful family! Sounds like a marvelous holiday. And those bacon-wrapped asparagus? Wow! You got my stomach growling!

Love the blog ... and your lovely photos! I will be back!

Happy New Year!

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