Sort of Festive

Is anyone else just not feeling it this year? I am trying to get in the mood. I love Christmas Lights. I love that our neighbors have all gone ALL out this year. Yards are full of lights, blow up characters, the whole shebang. It’s very nice and cheery.

Right around Thanksgiving Logan and I did some decorating inside the house, but since it’s just the three of us this year I decided to do minimal decorating. Our mantel is pretty much it.

During our lunch breaks Michael and I went and picked up a tree and then later Logan and I decorated it. We got a little tree this year. I like little trees sometimes and we aren’t entertaining this year like we did last year so it’s nice to just kinda do a little bit.

We put Logan’s angel on top 🙂 –I think he made it at daycare when he was like 2! <3

Kitties were loving the tree. They watched it all afternoon. Hopefully they won’t destroy it while we sleep!

Then I made dinner. I wanted to share this recipe because it’s pretty decent and nice for a cold, rainy night.

Cheddar Ham Soup recipe:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, water, carrot and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook until tender, 10-15 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Stir into undrained potato mixture. Add ham and peas; heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 331 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 772mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

Logan is getting older now so we have to wait to put any presents under the tree. Usually we’d just put them under there! But little bug can read now so…..! 😉

Jingle My Bells

I haven’t had a Christmas tree in about 7 or 8 years. The reason? I got cats. Fat Kitty is very mischievous and likes to get into EVERYTHING. Plus–he’s eaten every house plant I’ve ever had.

This year I decided it was time to see if in fact, Fat Kitty would destroy a Christmas tree. Honestly it hasn’t felt like much of a holiday without the decorations these last few years…

The rain paused long enough last night for Michael and I to pick up a tree. I wanted something small and cute. The tree lot had a cute puppy that helped me pick out the perfect tree.

I found the tree I wanted ($15 too!) and we went home. Fat Kitty was immediately intrigued.


He sniffed, nibbled, poked and prodded.


The tree was pretty dry so that meant I could decorate after dinner.


The tree is small and I only had a few decorations that I’ve saved.


Fat Kitty seemed bored after awhile. He went into the other room and laid on the couch, actually.


At one point Fat Kitty came out and batted around one of the foam ball ornaments I bought at the Dollar Store. I figured I’d put those unbreakable things at the bottom of the tree with the candy canes–and save the nice ones for the top of the tree.


Fat Kitty grew bored of the foam balls and left the room again.

Finally it was time for the lighting of the tree!

It looks so great! And it smells wonderful. I am so happy we have a tree! And this morning the tree was still standing and all of the ornaments were intact!

After the tree decorating and lighting I baked some cookies:

It was a great night! I am so happy we got a tree–after so many years of not having one. Plus it’s the first tree Michael and I’ve gotten together. I’m a romantic, what can I say?

On a side note, Fat Kitty will most DEFINITELY destroy wrapped presents under the tree….he LOVES ribbon, bows and wrapping paper. In fact he’s obsessed. We’ll probably wait to put the presents under there…

P.S. I am STILL sore from Monday’s Plie Squats!

QUESTION: Do your pets destroy your Christmas tree?  How do you prevent it?