I’ve had a lot of things going on in the past month and a half. As I said before it was kind of a rollercoaster at times. My grandson was born October 4th and my hopes to meet him at Christmas were not looking good. My son is in the Army and his Christmas leave was denied. Well, we all kept a positive attitude, even though we were saddened by that news. We just said when it’s meant to happen, it will happen.
I also have not met my son’s wife, Crissy. I talk to her…a lot! But, we have never met. So, this made me sad too. We would have to wait longer until we met. In the last three days though, things changed. My son’s Christmas leave was approved. Derek (my son) and his wife discussed things and then made a surprise phone call to me. How would I like to spend Christmas in Texas with them? How would I like that?? I would LOVE that!! I was literally jumping up and down on the phone!
We have most of the details worked out, I don’t have the exact dates yet but, will soon. I just am thrilled to be able to spend Christmas with my son and his beautiful little family. I can’t wait to hold my grandson. I can’t wait to meet Crissy. I can’t wait to hug my son (it’s been over a year and a half). I can’t wait to cook for them. I can’t wait to kiss all of them. I can’t wait to hug all of them. I JUST CAN’T WAIT!! I have a perma-smile on my face as I type this.
It’s not a Miracle on 34th Street but, to me it’s a miracle at Apartment 1313!
I have my bags packed to stay 3 months but, shhhh don’t tell them. They don’t know this part yet 😉 I don’t think they’ll mind, I’m a good cook…ha ha ha!
If you seen my post on facebook, please forgive the repetition but, personally I think everyone needs to hear this story a few times. Just kidding 😉
So, that is my happy news and with that I’ll leave you with an easy cheese ball recipe for the upcoming holidays. I made this for Halloween when friends were over and it was a hit. I’ve made it since then just to enjoy it again. It’s really good but, so simple!
Pineapple Ham Cheese Ball
2 (8 oz.) packages softened, cream cheese
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple
1 c. thinly diced ham
2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided into two 1 cup portions
1 bunch finely chopped green onions
2 t. Lawry’s seasoning salt
Crackers of your choice
Cover tightly in wax paper and refrigerate overnight.
Remove cheese balls from fridge and unwrap.
Spread remaining 1 cup pecans on a plate, roll cheese ball/log into pecan pieces. Sticking loose pieces to the cheese ball.Put cheese ball/log onto a new, clean plate and serve cold with crackers.*Note: This made quite a lot. I actually made two cheese logs and froze one, I just used it at a later date. It was just as good as when I originally made it. So as a time saver you can always freeze the ball/log, unthaw, roll in pecans and serve when needed. A great idea for unexpected guest too!