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The Christmas tree that I had no intention of taking down, finally has met its end. Good news!  There is an afterlife, somewhere in our town it will be living a new life as mulch.  The whole tradition of the tree is a bit odd. The tree farms, the painting (I am strictly against painted tress, that is just going too far), the shipping of trees around the country all for them to be hanging onto life inside some house for round about a month. Decorated, lit up, celebrated, holder of presents, giver of wonderful pine aroma, only to be dumped back outside and abandoned. Weird. I was sad to see it go, and will happily go through the whole strange process again next year. The decorations are put away and Christmas is officially over in the Ford household. But not before we tested Mason out as a contender for next years tree. He doesn’t smell as nice, but he sure looks festive.

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I have tried many, many, MANY, different hummus recipes and it turns out the easiest one is the best. You have got to make this. Enough said. Here you go, you can thank me later.

Hummus

New Vegetarian Cooking
Rose Elliot

Ingredients
1 15-ounce can Chickpeas(Garbanzo beans)
2 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
sea salt (or regular salt)
4 TBsp Tahini (Sesame paste)

Drain a 15-ounce can of Chickpeas, reserving the liquid

Process chickpeas in food processor with garlic, lemon juice and a little salt until the mixture is smooth as possible, adding a little of the chickpea liquid if necessary.

Add 4 Tablespoons of Tahini and process again until gloriously smooth and creamy, adding more liquid as you go-you probably won’t need it all.

Taste it. Add more salt if needed.

Serve in a bowl or spread out on a plate. Sprinkle with a little paprika or drizzle some olive oil on top-if your into that kind of thing.

That’s it!

Hummus

 
Mix in if you like:
artichoke hearts (I add a few in while processing, and then stir in a bunch of chopped artichokes at the end)
toasted pine nuts
roasted red pepper (I would do it the same way as the artichokes)
roasted garlic

Eat it with toasted pita chips, tortilla chips, crackers, pretzels, or maybe assorted veggies if your feeling healthy.

USE IT AS A SANDWICH SPREAD! Good-bye Mayo!

Make my favorite sandwich with hummus instead of mayo and you will be in love.

Good quality French Bread-sliced
spread hummus on each bread slice
top with Boarshead Ovengold Turkey
slice of tomato(salted and peppered)
thinly sliced red onion
greens-spinach, romaine, whatever you like

or a BLT
good bread, bacon (baked), lettuce (something crunchy) tomato(salted and peppered), and hummus

Keep it in the refrigerator, it lasts a long time, but you’ll never find out how long because you will eat it so fast.

 

Julie took this picture with her phone and has sent it to me like 3 maybe 4 times? She knows how monumental this picture is and she also knows how much I procrastinate. So here it is. Dad and me, me and Dad…..SMILING! …and the grinch’s heart grew three sizes that day…” I had to move across country to realize it, but my Dad does love me and I think he might even miss me!

 

We saw Matt the least on our trip and somehow Maiya seemed to connect with him the most. She has a collection of old cell phones and play phones that she plays with every day. And every single day since we got back from Michigan (over 4 months ago!) she calls MATT!

 

Hellooooo out there! I’m not sure if anyone is still reading this. So if there is anyone out there still reading-thank you for your patience. Since it has been so long since my last post I have a massive amount of words floating around in my head that should result in a blog post for every day this year. Ahem, should. But you got to start somewhere right? For now here are some pictures and some random information you may or may not want to know about us.

We had a garage sale this summer. Clint practically forced someone to take our fake Christmas tree because we could not sell it for the life of us. This is our REAL tree. Small and cute and smells like PINE! I have no plans to take it down.

This is our pal Rudolph. He is locally made by a father and son. My new favorite decoration!

Mason made a “Christmas Superhero” costume. Yes Mom, that is the Christmas countdown calendar…aka cape.

Maiya likes to dress up in Mason’s shoes and hat. Notice she got the shoes on the right feet!

Mason was in a “Winter” program for pre-school. He is a natural on stage. (Stay tuned for video)

In-between songs he gave the audience thumbs-up. Like, yeah, we are awesome, you know it.

“Yay Snow!”

Until the past few days, the weather here has been pretty warm. Like lunch picnics in the backyard a few days before Christmas warm. The week before Christmas we got a dusting of snow. We were all so excited that we rushed out in all of our snow gear to play in the snow before it melted that afternoon. It was unlike any snow I have ever seen. I think it took longer to get dressed and undressed than it did to play in the snow. After, we had hot cocoa with candy canes and watched Rudolph. It was magical.

Mason LOVES to eat snow. Maiya, not so much.

Stella spent almost the entire time outside with us. I think she is part polar bear.

I can’t get over these snowflakes!

Mason started Taekwondo recently. He has learned more in 4 classes than 4 months of pre-school. More on that later.

Best state for cookie making! I didn’t bother with Colorado shaped cookies. Square. BORING! One year I will connect the UP and LP with the Mackinac Bridge. It will be epic.

I found this hat in my memory box. Mom do remember this? Do you have any pictures of me wearing this? I figured if it lasted this long someone must have made it for me. Turns out it is hand-made….in Taiwan. Mom, do we have any relatives in Taiwan?

Tutu #1!

Star Wars!!! Grandma, I LOVE you!

Special “Soundbytes from Mason”

Mason is very serious in his acting. The other day he dressed up in his Boba Fett costume. He wanted to act out the scene in Star Wars with Boba Fett and Jabba so he was telling me that it was time for me to go to the Rancor. I was trying to put my make-up on so I said I couldn’t go until I put on my face moisturizer. So he waited. “Are you done yet?” We start debating over whether or not I would survive the Rancor attack (Maiya’s ladybug pillowpet) and Mason tells me in the most serious voice “This Rancor can kill people. Even those with moisturized skin.”

Making gingerbread people for Grandpa Ford. Maiya was insane with the sprinkles. And if you think the cookies have a lot of sprinkles, you should see inside that little belly!

Funny

Cutest Baby Ever!!!!!!

Christmas Day with Grandma and Grandpa Ford

Who are those weirdos?

Happy New Year!