The weather was beautiful!
The kids really enjoyed playing outside in Grandpa and Grandma's big yard!
They also felt pretty swell sportin' some vintage outwear.
Can you hear the 80's calling back that hat on McClain?
After a wonderful meal of turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, fruits, veggies, and pumpkin pie (can you believe I didn't get a picture...too busy eating, I guess!)
Cody, his brother Kipp, and I all headed back to Des Moines to get ready for
I was raised to be apart of this madness.
It's in my genes...really!
Don't believe me? Ask my mom!
She and my dad left at 3:00 am to go shopping!
This year, though, rather than joining the chaos--
I worked it!
Seriously, I have never been so happy to have a job as a "sacker"!
My sister and I took the midnight shift at Gymboree.
It was super fun to be on the "retail" side of things!
(plus, I got some incredibly GREAT deals...so I guess I didn't really make any money)
Cody "captured" the madness...and then went home and went to bed!
We returned to more beautiful weather!
A little airplane flying with Grandpa and Uncle Kipp...
A beautiful sunset!
Then we had a "Christmas" morning fun!
Here are all the cousins with Grandpa!
Kimi (4), McClain (3), Kolby (1), Cloe (6), Carson (3), Kiara (2) and one bun in the oven...
The boy cousins were all spiffed up at church on Sunday.
The girl cousins were equally as beautiful, but I didn't catch them...
We love our cousins!
The end of the post and there's been no pictures of food or recipes?
Here we go: Cranberry Orange Bread!
I love all things cranberry!
Here's my sneaky spin on an old recipe.
Cranberry Orange Bread
2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. sucanat (dehydrated cane sugar) or 3/4 c. agave nectar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 c. butter
3/4 c. orange juice
1 tsp. orange zest
1 c. fresh cranberries, chopped
Sift dry ingredients and cut in shortening. Combine orange juice, zest, and egg. Mix together enough to moisten, carefully fold in cranberries. Bake in a lightly greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for one hours.
*I sprinkled the top with a little additional sugar.