Christmas tree

When I started to put up our artificial tree, there was the middle part missing, so we threw it away and got a Balsam Fir at ACE Hardware. It was so nice having a live tree again.

Daniel 21 day Fast is going well – it’s been 24 hours – yay ~ ! !

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kimchi and recipes

I got a daikon radish, so wanted to make Kimchi. However, it is not really necessary to have one, I found out. Here is easy vegan kimchi.

Today was 67 degrees ~ took a nice walk. Tomorrow a cold front moves in; after all it is December ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to start a Daniel Fast tonight ~ 21 days ~ it will be finished by Christmas ~ maybe I will look happier after doing this than in this picture ๐Ÿ™‚ Mainly omit bread, dairy, sugar, processed foods, etc. It will be fun and good discipline. Wonder if I can go to 4 swimming classes this week. We will see.

pizza pull-apart and airplane plant

I’ll document my busy morning. Most mornings I like to read a bit of the Bible, jump a little on my mini-tramp, go to swim class at YMCA, or work around the house. Today I wanted to make the pizza pull-apart recipe I found. I also got tired of all the little airplanes coming off the airplane plant, so I potted a bunch up to give to the Mission Thrift Store – they love to get them!

I usually make sourdough bread at least 3 times a week; I decided to use part of that dough for my pull-apart pizza. Here it is rolled out into a rectangle and then covered with plastic so it won’t dry out too much. It remained there about 1 1/2 hours.

Next I cut up the cup ofย  Brussels sprouts while making the white sauce. Spread on the white sauce and then the Brussels sprouts, cheeses and pecans. (Here you see the correct spelling and capitalization of Brussels ๐Ÿ™‚

Next comes the messy part – separating it into 5 pieces, then cut into 5 or 6 stacks, placing stacks against each other.

Then into the oven. I also made mac & cheese, heated up corn-on-the-cob, added to yesterday’s salad and took some cookies out of the freezer – ta da – – that’s our lunch !

We liked it ! Chuck washed dishes – thanks, Chuck!

The recipe – pizza pull-apart:

1 pkg. pizza mix (or your own dough)

1 c. shredded Brussels sprouts

1/3 c. blue cheese crumbles and more for garnish

1/2 c. Mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/3 c. chopped pecans

3 T butter, melted

salt and pepper

White sauce:

3 T butter

3 T flour

3/4 c. milk

Pinch nutmeg

salt and pepper

Preheat 350 degrees. Spray loaf pan. Oil or use parchment paper.

Roll out dough to 12″X20″ rectangle. Pour on white sauce, then Brussels sprouts, blue cheese, Mozzarella cheese & pecans.

Cut rectangle into 5 strips. Put on top of each other and cut into 5 or 6 stacks. Place stacks against each other in loaf pan. Bake 30 minutes, then pour butter on top. Bake 30 minutes more. Remove and cool before serving.

White Sauce: Melt butter. Whisk in flour, add milk, whisking. Thicken 5 minutes. Add nutmeg and salt and pepper.

And here are the plant pictures ready to take to thrift store as soon as the cardboard dries out from the watering.

Our Christmas elf-it picture – the video is funny – We have here Scott, me, our 2 children who are adults now and don’t live with us and Chuck who does live with us. What a riot!

elf-it

 

Beautiful day for Missouri history!

We went to Sibley, MO for the Fort Osage Living History day.

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The above says Daniel Boone was here in 1816. Found his picture in the visitors’/nature/history center.

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The troops (re-enactors) were lined up ready for lunch.

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I got a video of them marching to lunch, but it’s only on my instagram here. It’s private, but I could use more followers!

The visitors’ center has an unusual method of heating & cooling to read about here:

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The Mighty MO. Lewis and Clark decided this area would be a good place for a trading fort.

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A marker of 200 years.

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Inside the center:

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short 2 day trip

We went to Warrensburg and Knob Noster State park. Nice, but no more will I stay in a basement airbnb place – just not as fun as when you have the whole thing. People are on top and basements are usually not as nice. Besides, I figured out I spent about 1/3 or more of my college years in basement apartments. Also, today would have been my mother-in-law’s 94th birthday, but she passed away July 13, 2015. Bless her soul ! ! !

The Red Oak leaf is on the right, and the White Oak leaf is on the left. The Post Oak is a variation of the White Oak.

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This is at a lake in Warrensburg.

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