A big batch of Christmas cut-out cookies waiting to be frosted

Ashley and I baked for a week. Cookies, pies, candy, and finally Will’s Cheescake (you can find this recipe and more in my pantry cookbook). I had to laugh though. Due to our generator running, I didn’t have power to the half of the house where my hand mixer plugs in and thought I’d just mix the cheescake filling by hand. But I just had turned my back and heard a whirring. David had put one of the beaters from the mixer into his cordless drill and was mixing the filling. We all burst out laughing! That’s homesteading genius at its best.

David figured out a way to mix the cheesecake filling in a jiffy.

We fixed a big ham and garlic mashed potatoes to go with it, along with the usual rolls, green bean casserole, and assorted pickles, jams, jellies, etc. My sister Sue and nephew Sean along with Ashley’s dad Troy and our son Javid all came. (Bill and his family are coming next Saturday for a second Christmas celebration as they stayed home for Christmas.)

Javid joined us for Christmas and we all had a great visit.

The dogs and even Mittens were dressed in their holiday sweaters Ashley had bought them on Black Friday sales. So we had a great meal and plenty of good visiting all the way around. While we were visiting Will spotted a pair of wolves crossing our beaver pond! Everyone got a look and Sue even got a kind of fuzzy but great photo. They were trotting so there wasn’t time for lots of good photos, but everyone was awed. Merry Christmas to us all!

Hondo in his Christmas sweater and collar, waiting for Santa

— Jackie


  1. A very happy new year wish to you, Will, and your family. Hope 2018 brings you good health and many joyful moments!

  2. Hello Miss Jackie and Will! Your Christmas sounds lovely. Here’s wishing you a joyous New Year!!!

    Love, Sheryl (Pyro)

  3. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with family. Stay warm in this arctic blast in Minnesota and thank you for sharing all your knowledge with us. Merry Christmas.

  4. It sounds like a good time was had by all and David with the drill was just the ticket. I will have to remember that one. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yourz.

    • We loved the drill! David used it on our Victorio tomato strainer and it worked pretty well there, too, when his arm got tired turning the handle. Happy New Year!

  5. Jackie, Christmas was white in Nebraska. Now cold. Zero degrees this morning with promise of below zero tonight. Two Christmas celebrations in one day made for the best ever Christmas here.

    Headed toward the New year with excitement and anticipation.

    Have a great day.

    Nebraska Dave

    • Yep, it was cold here. The news said the last time Christmas was that cold was when Franklin Roosevelt was president. We had -35! Today was a heat wave….8 above zero! Happy New Year.

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