Christmas · food · quilting

Enjoying My Vacation and Trying to be a Diva of Domesticity

Wow, two posts in one day.  I needed to post my stashbuster report, but I had so much more I wanted to share .  Since my holiday officially started on Saturday, here’s a peek at what I’ve been doing.  I don’t usually have all this extra time to do all these special little extras for my family.

Saturday, along with getting some quilting done, I dipped pretzels.  Not a difficult thing to do, but my family really likes these.  Plus, they are not chocolate, which I love, but can’t eat much of because of migraines.  So this is a Christmas treat that I try to do every year.  They look good as a holiday header, too, don’t ya think?


Today, (hope you are sitting down, brace yourself) I made homemade bread! And I don’t even have a bread machine.  Go me! Here is the proof.



Hmmmm…how do I make sure I have it rolled out to a rectangle that is 9″X12″? With my trusty Omnigrid ruler, of course! Isn’t that how any quilter would do it?


Almost ready to go into the oven.


And if that wasn’t a great enough feat in and of itself, I made meatballs, for spaghetti  & meatballs for supper. I’ll even show you the recipe for these.  Hopefully, you will be able to read it, by clicking on the image and enlarging it.  If you want to try these, and can’t read my Mom’s writing, let me know and I will clarify it for you. I got this recipe from my Mom, who got if from my Grandma, (my Daddy’s mom).  Other than that, I don’t know where it came from. But they are really good, and pretty darn easy, as you use the microwave. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge the recipe.


Before cooking.


Partially cooked.




In the sauce.


Ready to be enjoyed with a slice of garlic bread, made from the homemade bread! Yum!


Then, after cleaning the kitchen from all that, I got a head start on Monday’s cooking, by mixing up some of my Grandma’s barbecue sauce recipe, so that I can cook Lil’ Smokies in the crockpot with the sauce, for Christmas Eve finger/snack food day.

Hope you are enjoying your Christmas holiday, too!

9 thoughts on “Enjoying My Vacation and Trying to be a Diva of Domesticity

  1. Ive been reading my cookbooks and searching for recipes online all day today. I may even bake tomorrow!

    You are certainly the little Suzy Homemaker today! Have a great Christmas.



  2. Yummm! Everything looks and sounds good! What did you dip the pretzels in? It looks like white chocolate but you mentioned they aren’t chocolate? Or am I having a duh moment (once again…)? 🙂

    The bread looks yummy and the idea of homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce along with some hot homemade bread…. oh yum!


  3. Oh, wow! You *are* domestic! : )
    Those loaves look terrific, Randi; I can smell the wonderful yeasty ‘perfume’ of fresh bread. I’ll bet dinner was delicious. The pretzels look fun and much too pretty to eat.

    You have a very merry Christmas.


  4. I would have sworn I posted this comment last night, after Teresa asked…but I see that it isn’t here…hmmm…where DID I put that comment…?….LOL

    The pretzels are dipped in melted almond bark. I use Ambrosia brand. I like to spinkle the little candies on because they are pretty, but they tastes just as yummy without them, too.


  5. OMG, I’m drooling worse than my mastiff here! I can eat spaghetti & MBs until the cows come home and those look fantastic. Merry Christmas Randi!


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