December 2023 – What a nice spring we’re having…

Dec 31 2023
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I always start writing our end of the month blog posts pretty early on in the month. So its the 15th of December 2023 and it is currently… RAINING. Some pretty funny hazing on Facebook has begun as the few brave souls wish for a white Christmas and… not many people agree with them lol. A brown holiday in December would be a welcome change for me as well. I actually don’t think that’s ever happened here in northern MN before… This rain will turn to snow this evening but there’s no chance of it sticking around.

There’s a little worry talk (of course) about when it gets real cold we need snow for insulation for our septic tanks and our water lines. Not to mention we’re in a drought and just need the moisture really badly besides.

But our ten day forecast says the weekend of Xmas will be over 40 and the entire rest of December 2023 has consistent highs in the upper 30s.

After getting over 90 inches of snow last winter I am totally fine with no snow! (Somehow that record breaking snow total only translated to about 4.5 inches of rain…)

I’ve been catching you guys up on the work we did in the garage over October but haven’t yet told you about my current project which is, once again, my office workshop in the house lol.

Will this be like the 5th time I’ve tackled that poor room now?

Yeah.

Guys, I just could never get it right.

So I went nuclear.

Nuclear meaning as far as a person can go without actually “gutting” the room lol.

My post last week showed you guys how I painted, hung and moved the work bench and cabinets out in the garage. (Not to mention we did a ton of purging and organizing out there.) Once I got that task done a lightbulb went off in my head.

SO MUCH STORAGE.

(Don’t worry I’ve got lots of blog posts coming out about all of this.)

And there was SO MUCH in our workshop that did not, in any way shape or form, need to be kept warm in the house all winter.

December 2023, I am still stunned by just how much I was able to move out to the garage and my gosh you guys – it felt so good.

Patching walls with spray foam and sheetrock mud. With the decision to tear out all the wood "wainscoting" in

Patching walls with spray foam and sheetrock mud. With the decision to tear out all the wood "wainscoting" in

Patching walls with spray foam and sheetrock mud. With the decision to tear out all the wood "wainscoting" in

I swear it feels like the room can breathe again or, maybe more accurately: after it being so cluttered for so long, it is now a space where I can breathe again.

My nephew came home from college over the holidays and we had a fun “Southern BBQ” themed party for him before Xmas. With several of us cooking we made an impressive spread of BBQ pulled pork, short ribs, baked beans, collard greens, jambalaya, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, hush puppies and lots of deserts.

Like with Thanksgiving my mom hosted Xmas at her new house too and I hate to admit it but I am really enjoying not hosting anymore.

(For the last five years our place was really the only place big enough to host holidays.)

So much less stress than I ever realized!

All we have to do is show up and help? Yay!

We even got the presents hauled over to her place several days before hand so we really literally only had to show up the day of.

Mom decided to skip the “norm” this year and made turkey supreme with salads and roasted veggies. (I love our traditional Xmas feast but it was really nice to do something different and a lot less labor intensive.)

Our turkey supreme is the most requested recipe we’ve shared over the years because it is STUPID GOOD.

I’ve tried to find it online but the closest recipe I found had the addition of a pound of cream cheese in it… which certainly couldn’t be bad! But it is one more ingredient and this recipe having so few ingredients is definitely a perk. (Of course after melting it all together go slow when adding it to the turkey – everything is a little approximate.)

Turkey Supreme
one 6 lb. turkey breast, cooked and shredded
2 to 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1lb of Velveeta cheese
1 stick butter
salt & pepper to taste
Melt the broth, Velveeta and butter, pour on top of shredded turkey, keep warm in a crock pot and serve on buns.

I hope you a all had a fabulous December and holiday!

As usual I start writing our end of the month blog posts pretty early on. Its the 15th of December 2023 and it is currently... RAINING.

As usual I start writing our end of the month blog posts pretty early on. Its the 15th of December 2023 and it is currently... RAINING.

As usual I start writing our end of the month blog posts pretty early on. Its the 15th of December 2023 and it is currently... RAINING.

As usual I start writing our end of the month blog posts pretty early on. Its the 15th of December 2023 and it is currently... RAINING.

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