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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Meatballs



2 lbs. ground beef
1 pkg. Stove Top stuffing for chicken
1 cup water
2 eggs
1 bottle barbecue sauce
1 (16 oz.) can cranberry sauce

Line 2 - 15 x 10 x 1 pans with foil and spray with cooking spray. Mix first 4 ingredients. Shape into balls the size of walnuts and place on pans. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes until done. While they are baking, mix barbecue sauce and cranberry sauce in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add meatballs to sauce and coat evenly.





has been a whirlwind of activity and business.  It is hard to believe we are so close to Christmas.   What have we been up to?

-  Christmas party for Deanna (with her volunteer group at the thrift store)

-  Shopping trip for Deanna without Mom (I don’t like shopping so Deanna was thrilled to go without me)

-  building a horse shelter and hanging a new gate

-  dinner with friends

-  going to Peak Theatre (play was “Maggie’s Getting Married)

-  doing laundry with a friend as a gift for someone (a gift of service)

-  numerous choir practices

-  numerous choir performances (locally and out of town)

-  choir xmas party

-  Mug Up

-  Deanna helping out Nana wrapping gifts (she loves wrapping gifts)

-  Deanna volunteering at the Thrift Store

-  picking up my nephews from school

-  Deanna babysat twice

-  birthday party for my nephew and then having friends and family over afterwards

-  meeting with our facilitator in Red Deer

-  attended a musical recital that our friend Nicole was performing in

-  lots of music practice (Jordan is teaching himself some Christmas songs)

-  kids working for the ranch

-  new animals arrived for Deanna’s petting zoo (xmas gifts)

-  attending a xmas concert for our nephews

so that brings us up to date …..

what else is happening for the rest of the month?

- a birthday gathering for a friend of Deanna’s

-  going to watch the movie “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”

-  a sleepover for Deanna

-  Christmas gift shopping

-  menu planning and shopping for the next two weeks

-  decorate the xmas tree

-  wrapping gifts

-  two trips to the Calgary airport

-  my cousin Stephanie and her family staying with us for a week

-  visiting my grandparents

-  xmas dinner with Wes’s family

-  xmas dinner with my family


AND of course all the every day things that need to be done and all the things that jump into our schedule. 


I am looking forward to a quiet January (hopefully it will be quiet).  :o)



We must try these soon…


Pizza Cups from theTaste of Home. Here it is:
• 1 tube (11.3 ounces) refrigerated dinner rolls
• 1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce
• 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
• 1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
• 2 ounces sliced turkey pepperoni, chopped
• 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
• Separate dough into eight rolls; cut each into quarters. Press dough
• onto the bottom and up the sides of miniature muffin cups coated
• with cooking spray.

• Spoon pizza sauce into each cup. Sprinkle with onion, green pepper,
• pepperoni and cheese. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until
• crusts are browned and cheese is melted. Yield: 32 appetizers.
These are so good. The kids love them for lunches, and they are great for a party food.

Beyond The Box – Meet Steve and Ray


These two guys are my favorite podcasters --

We are two guys who have been encouraging each other in the journey outside the bounds of institutional religion for several years now and share many of our candid thoughts and questions in our podcast, "Beyond the Box".
We don't claim to have a corner on the truth, and there doesn't seem to be any topic or question that is "out of bounds" in our discussions. As we say in the intro to each podcast, we're just two guys thinking out loud, exploring the wide open spaces of our freedom in Christ. Come with us and explore life beyond the box!

Ripple checks out the couch…

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they are still here :o)


Well I am happy to report that all the new animals were still here this morning.  We were a little afraid they might escape in the night and what a mess that would have been to deal with this morning.  But they are all here.  Yay!!!