Saturday, December 27, 2014

Making a List, Checking it Twice

Boo arrived Christmas night for a visit.
Boo's latest interest is Skylanders.  I found a few YouTube movies for him to watch yesterday while I made breakfast.
Suddenly realizing I didn't want to waste the day cooking, I made a list of major items of importance Boo and I wanted to accomplish.  First, I taught Boo that crossing of the item you are currently completing is a great way to start a list.
However, we had to finish breakfast.  Melissa commented that she didn't know the joys of poached eggs until she joined our family.  We also had homemade bagels.
Horsing around wasn't on the list.  We did that anyway.
Legos.  All little boys love Legos.  Big boys, too.
My marble game game, as Boo calls it, is a hit with everyone.  There will definitely be more of that!
The snow was perfect.  I got out all the sleds, but I was the only one interested in sledding.  I practically had to drag Boo outside.  No one came with us.  I had to coax Boo onto the sled, as he did not remember previous trips down this hill.
It's very satisfying to talk something up big and then laugh all the way down the hill.
Ok, he was ready to go on his own.  Papa Ben helped out with the camera.
Boo wasn't too sure, but off he went!
I love to teach people new skills!
Item #5:  Frost cookies.  So good.  Other people in the house enjoyed the fruits of this project.
Wii was a challenge.  Although I own this machine, I have never, ever played before.  I was being taught by a 5-year-old who didn't want to slow down to sound out instructions.  No matter, I ended up scoring one more coin than Boo and WINNING!  He had fun, too.
The major project attracting everyone else's attention was this.  Or, to be more precise, the grill it's being cooked in, aka, The Big Green Egg.  Those words must be spoken with respect, by the way.
Family members from afar were receiving updates.  Details.  Minutiae.  I'm surprised this gadget doesn't connect to the internet.
The extreme focus to the project brought perfection.
I am a big fan of my new roasted potatoes.
The asparagus was cooked in the microwave.  It was perfect, too.
The corn was seasoned and grilled.  Maybe December corn isn't the best, but it was definitely edible.
My rolls need no explanation...

But Sammie's portion might.  I'm not going there.

I actually promised that this picture wouldn't be posted, but I couldn't resist.
This is how a family eats together.
Have you ever eaten prime rib off the bone?  Next:  Ribs.  The brisket is already on.
And more marbles.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Big Green Egg Christmas

Yesterday we opened the Big Green Egg to prepare some pork for a lovely Christmas Eve meal.
I made my wildly delicious mango-roasted-poblano-pepper salsa.
And what did Santa bring this morning?  More food for thought.