Tuesday, December 1, 2009

before and after week - my Christmas present

Today's before and after theme:
My Christmas Present.

Each year my mom and dad struggle with what to get my siblings and me for Christmas. Two years ago, they gave us the. best. present. ever. They decided to repeat it this year:

I took this BEFORE picture of the present over Thanksgiving



While I do not yet have an ACTUAL AFTER picture yet, tonight we had a glimpse of what it will look like:



I think I will wait to explain to the boys exactly how THIS BEFORE present translates into several packages of frozen beef AFTER. Right now, thanks to Mom asking them if they wanted to see their mom's present, they are just worried how we will keep these things in our backyard. Our neighborhood bylaws include a no-fence policy.

By the way, I actually COOKED that steak, sweet potato and broccoli tonight. The steak was only slightly overdone, but the wine overshadowed that. Grilled steak necessitates red wine as an accompaniment.

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16 comments:

  1. Angie,
    Those kind of presents are perfect. Ours will come after the holiday....gotta love parents/in-laws who farm!
    Way to go on cooking supper - for us tonight it was nuggets and french fries with green beans. (Yes, still must have some balance in the junky meals).
    Can't wait to see your next before and after.
    Gretchen

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  2. You cooked! That is a good thing. And necessary if you're going to be the proud owner of a side of beef.

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  3. Your dinner looking a-maz-ing! YUM!!!!!!

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  4. First: HA HA HA HA HA HAHAHA
    when I saw the cows and they were the before.. I knew what was coming :-)

    Red wine and steak.. perfection :-)
    MWAH, sweets

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  5. You can't go wrong there...the kiddos will understand.

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  6. If only it would cook itself.

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  7. Great before and after! What a wonderful idea for a Christmas present!

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  8. That meal looks so sophisticated and fancy-schmancy. Especially with the sippy cup in the background. ha ha

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  9. Way to go cooking a meal with multiple components and even a glass of wine!

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  10. Looks yummy! I should have come to your house for dinner :}

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  11. Still enjoying your blog and it really seems like you're doing a little better these days. All of those prayers from all of the world must be helping...or at least I hope! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season...and please keep writing!

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  12. YUMMY!!! Red Wine and Steak - can dinner really get any better than that??? Proud of you for cooking for yourself!!
    Ashley

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  13. And this is why I too love my parents house. The farm raised beef (and piggies) that get sent our way!

    Nothing quite as good as from your parents farm beef!

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  14. When I was little I raised three little piglets. One day I fed the before going to school and never saw them again. The foster parents took them to be slaughters while I was gone. Nobody ever told me that they would some day be the food on the table. I am still traumatized by that event. Please be sure to explain what's going to happen long before the charcoals are ready...

    xoxoxo

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