What makes a Happy Home? I love to take care of my family. For me, creating a home that is warm and inviting, where everyone feels welcome is pure joy! The smell of fresh laundry just in off the clothesline, a neat and tidy home and garden, a good home cooked meal, a few desserts here and there, the love of family, friends and fellowship all help to make our home a Happy Home. Join me as we celebrate the holidays, the birthdays and the every days!
Friday, January 6, 2012
Cookbooks for Christmas
Every year Mr OP gets me at least one new cookbook. He knows how I love to read them. This year's new books are fab! The Weight Watcher Cookbook is from Pam. I borrowed hers last year and it had a ton of great recipes in it, so she got me one. Thanks again Pam!
The Farm Chicks are terrific. Have you read their blog? I love how their cook book has snippets of stories interspersed with the wonderful recipes.
There's one about aprons that I love. I'm an apron gal myself, and when our nieces come over to bake or cook they wear them too. I bought Miss Puddin one a few years back for Christmas - I guess she was 13 then. She asked for a few family recipes, so I made her a mini recipe book and gave her an apron too. It was a great hit!
Mr OP usually gets me a new apron every year too, but this year we cut back on gift buying and I really don't "need" a new one. I have several that both of my grandmothers wore and they are extra special. My Nan actually had the "hostess" type of aprons too. You know those frilly ones that are like the good table cloths that you use on special occasions.
She'd wear them for card club or special dinners. I think that they are kinda sexy. I have to admit, that Mr OP chose this one on his own with no hints from me. I watched the Pioneer Woman's mini- series on the Food Network and loved her - Mr OP took notice and liked her recipes. He admitted to standing in the book store just looking around and thought it would be perfect. He was right. I'm making her Jalapeno Poppers for dinner tomorrow night. They sound yummy and I already have everything needed to make them except the jalapenos. Be sure to click on the link and visit her website and blog. She's a great writer and her recipes sound yummy.
She loves her family and her Marlboro Man and has a sense of humor -this is the last photo in the cookbook. Ree also shares a lot of great recipes on her website. Check them out - I know I plan on making a lot of new things this year and these cookbooks will be a great start. I have to continue to modify them to be gluten free but I'm not discouraged, I'm looking forward to it.
Enjoy your weekend!