I can't believe we are already at the end of 2011!
We had a quiet Christmas - just the four of us and my parents. Husband has been ill for most of the holidays and is just beginning to be up on his feet and moving around again. The kids have both been working at their jobs over the holidays and really haven't been home much. Son works at McDonalds which is funny since he hasn't eaten at a McDonalds for about 6 years... and still doesn't. Daughter is working at a gift store and worked 11 days straight before Christmas and then right back again on Boxing Day.
2011 seems to have been a year where no matter what we did we couldn't seem to get ahead. With the terrible winter and summer we didn't manage to get the barn finished, many crops in the garden didn't produce and it was just a downer in general for our moods. Financially the year was also a strain due to the renovations on the rental house (after being left in very rough shape by the last tenants). And now it has been sitting empty for the past 6 months for the renos and listing. Hopefully it will sell quickly in the new year - it is in a good neighbourhood and is looking nice now, so I'm optimistic.
Over the past few days I have been working on getting some year end paperwork completed, and Husband has been working on a new budget for 2012.
Tonight will be a quiet one as well, as both kids are working (Son on a midnight shift and Daughter babysitting for the neighbour). I have been baking crackers for this evening snacks. I've tried a new recipe from 50's Gal blog, but something was missing from the ingredients she listed so I adapted it somewhat...
1/2 c butter
2 cups cheddar cheese (I used medium but sharp would be better)
1 1/2 c Flour
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 t paprika
1/3 c milk
Put dry ingredients into a bowl and cut in the butter.
Add milk and combine and form dough into a ball
Roll out dough on a floured surface until 1/8" thick and cut out
Place crackers onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Bake at 325F for 15 minutes
Remove and place on rack until cooled
I wish you all a very wonderful New Years Eve - be safe and if you are going out make sure you have a designated driver who is not drinking.
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR 2012
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