On Sunday evening we visited First Baptist Church in Odessa to see their annual Christmas program. We enjoy hearing our son, Mark, and his wife, Shelley, sing in the choir. They attend that church along with our grandchildren, Alexis and Shelbey, and we not only were blessed to hear the program.

On Sunday evening we visited First Baptist Church in Odessa to see their annual Christmas program. We enjoy hearing our son, Mark, and his wife, Shelley, sing in the choir. They attend that church along with our grandchildren, Alexis and Shelbey, and we not only were blessed to hear the program. It gave us an opportunity to visit with them and many other friends who attended also.

We arrived about 15 minutes early to assure a good parking spot (I hate long walks in super cold weather) and good seating for the program. We were sitting there watching people we had not seen for some time walk by when someone tapped the hubby on the shoulder and said, “Well there is Grouchy Bear,” and then asked how we were doing. It always makes me smile when someone does that because he sure is proud of his fame and his reputation for being grouchy.

Our shopping for Christmas is completed and all packages have been delivered. One very funny event happened in the delivery of one group of gifts. I sat the boxes and bags out on the bottom of our sidewalk in the back of our house to make it easier to drive the car up beside the spot and load the boxes directly into the vehicle. Then the Bear got busy doing something else, and we were delayed an hour or so before we loaded up to deliver the packages. Apparently a tiny mouse got into one of the bags and stayed there until the delivery was made.

After they carried everything in to our son’s home, our daughter-in-law saw some tiny little thing moving and realized it was a baby mouse. She thought it was so cute, and the granddaughters wanted to keep it! So they have been on a hunt to catch the little critter and put it into a cage. Go figure!

We have already had our family Christmas, so my decorating is done, my house is clean and all I have to do is cook a large roast and ham with all the fixings. Then I’ll see who shows up to eat. Some years it is a big crowd, and sometimes not.

My roast is always the same recipe, as it is the ones the gang loves the most.

 

Herbed roast

3 pound lean beef boneless rump roast

½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

minced garlic

1 cup dry red wine

1 cup water

2 cans beef broth

1 teaspoon dried thyme

3 bay leaves

Prepare crockpot for cooking with setting on high. Trim fat from roast and rub the meat with the minced garlic and cracked black pepper. Position in the crockpot and add the ingredients. Cook on high for two hours, turn temperature down to low and allow to cook for five or six hours. Remove bay leaves and place meat on platter. Allow to cool a bit before slicing.

Our gang loves cheese potatoes, so just chop up unpeeled red potatoes and cook until tender. Pour liquid off and add a couple of sticks of butter and a cup or more of shredded cheddar cheese. The preparation of a green bean casserole, hot rolls and a lettuce salad completes an easily prepared and very tasty meal.

Merry Christmas! See you next week.