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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

And I've Got Two Hours Worth of Video, Too. Every Minute of it More Riveting Than the Last.

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I have cute men in my life. What can I say?

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The precious little elf face I will try hard to conjure up in my head the next time I hear the magic phrase Mama, I'm done, come wipe me!


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What I look like in the morning. Except normally I have a travel mug, courtesy of some now defunct mutual fund company, held white-knuckle tight in one hand. The coffee was still perking at the time of this photo, because it was taken so ridiculously early that Santa wasn't even all the way back up the chimney yet.

It is a true testament to the Christmas spirit that I am even upright.

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Mr. Peabody spent the morning cooing happily from his saucer, generally with one present or another dangling out of his drooly little mouth.

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We gave Bean a pink Fisher-Price digital camera.

It was not used to take this picture, but it did inspire the thank-you hug captured herein.

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My sister and her family gave Bean a princess dress. The skirt LIGHTS UP when you press a button.

Now that's fashion, people.

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She said, and I quote, "Every princess needs a prince. To kiss her and wake her up."

"Yes, to wake her up," I agreed, "Then the princess says Thank you for the kiss, Mr. Prince, and now you may go on home."

Al laughed knowingly, because that's what I used to do to him back when we were dating.


We had a quiet, peaceful but really fun Christmas here. Al says it was his favorite Christmas EVER. (Okay, yes, he does say that every year.) But it WAS really special, being our first with Peabody. I think Bean loved having him with her, and seeing them together made me really look forward to next year, and the next, and so on. I know they're going to enjoy one another so much on special days like Christmas. Happy sigh.

For Christmas dinner, I went out on a limb and cooked a ribeye roast, which my mother kindly pointed out on the phone that day, is also known as prime rib. Who knew?

I will not lie to y'all, I was nervous about cooking up a piece of meat that cost that much a pound, particularly when I cannot recall the last time I prepared any meat at all that required actual temperature gauging and/or monitoring. Normally I cook meat that's not considered done until it has dissolved into a chunky paste on the bottom of my slow-cooker.

And that kind of precision-timing just works better with my current lifestyle, you know?

But I took on the prime rib, with my meat thermometer at the ready, and it came out beautifully. All I did was sprinkle it with garlic salt and pepper, sear it on all four sides and bake it at 325° for about an hour and half. I finished it by deglazing the pan with some merlot which I let reduce a bit before whisking in a pat or two of butter, to make a rich, flavorful sauce that got spooned over the meat at the table.

I also made a Brownie Swirl Cheesecake, compliments of the Ghirardelli chocolate people, and let me tell you, in one short ninety minute baking session, I have guaranteed myself another 20 years of happy marriage! Y'all might want to bookmark the recipe, because it is a) easy and b) OUT OF THIS WORLD. And it comes out lookin' quite PRO-FESHNUL, too. Yes indeedy.

And I think a cheesecake recipe is a good note on which to end this post, because if you click over to that recipe, you won't be coming back here anytime soon, that's for sure.

Bye now!








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20 comments:

  1. you have such a beautiful family! Peabody is just adorable and reminds me of my oldest son when he was little. Bean is a gorgeous little girl and i would kill for that hair and those eyes. You and Al are not bad lookin yourself even at the crack of dawn with no coffee lol. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Prime Rib/Rib Roast/Ribeye Roast = yummy to me! My dad and brother are both butchers so i recognize it no matter what ya call it. It sounds yummy the way you cooked it and any type of cheesecake is yummy!

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  2. My mom bought my daughter jeans that light up when she moves. She is going to be a HIT at school (sarcastic). I made your apricot casserole on Christmas to go along with the filet that my husband grilled. It was a HIT! Thanks for the idea!

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  3. LOVE the photos of your babies. I'm glad you had such a fun and yummy Christmas. :)

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  4. Oh, you're all adorable! I love the photos. :) I'm so glad you all had a great Christmas. xoxo

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  5. Al has the best smile EVER!!!
    Love the pics of the kiddos - they are so sweet I can hardly stand it. And although I'm sure you will protest mightily you look fabulous first thing in the morning...I mean it!

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  6. That cheesecake I can try, it sounds easy and delish. The prime rib, not so easy...deglaze, reduce, whisk, pat. These words may as well be a foreign language. Now excuse me while I heat my Lean Cuisine lunch.

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  7. I'm grinning from ear to ear. Such a wonderful time you all had. I love the pics. I took so few this christmas. LOL I'm nuts like that. Take 1524 pics of grass growing, and only 18 of Christmas. LOL

    thanks for sharing your beautiful family with me.

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  8. Now if only I could figure out a way to get the Ghirardelli brownie mixes here! :-) Seriously though, I'm sending this to my daughter who loves to cook. Thanks for sharing!

    On to the family photos. Too cute! May every Christmas be the BEST ever :-)

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  9. Those are the cutest babies in the world. I love them.

    You have a gorgeous family.

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  10. You are surrounded by cuteness in that house. Why - you even look cute in the morning! Now I'm off to look at a recipe which will probably add pounds to me, just by looking at it!

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  11. such a beautiful family. I am new to your blog and came across it through bliss and 5 minutes for parenting. I am really enjoying it.

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  12. such a beautiful family. I am new to your blog and came across it through bliss and 5 minutes for parenting. I am really enjoying it.

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  13. It all sounds good to me! Glad everything went well. You have such adorable kids.

    Happy New Year!

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  14. I am also grinning like a big goofball at all the cutey-cute-CUTEness here. What a beautiful, happy family.

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  15. Found your blog while blog hopping.
    I'm so impressed that you did prime rib... I'm a slowcooker gal too... but that recipe is inspiring. I'm on my way over to check out the cheesecake!
    http://elislids.blogspot.com

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  16. You and your family are just SO adorable.

    Steph

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  17. Oh my word you've got some cute babies!

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  18. Boo saw Bean's dress...she must have it now. Lovely...It is quite a beautiful dress though.

    So glad the dinner turned out. Hubby loves Prime Rib, I have a hard time with the prime price too.

    I am honoring you with an award tonight...head over and check it out!

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  19. I love all the pics lately!! I really need to get more of mine on the "puter", as A would say. I love your living room...what I can see of it!! and lastly, my dear friend...I can only wish to look so beautiful in the morning!! I primp before Christmas morning pictures, and still look like I need a few more years of sleep.

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