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This is my late post from last Wednesday!:)  This is one of our favorite Christmas side dish recipes.  It is a very southern dish and I believe originated in the Junior League cookbook in Baton Rouge in the 70’s.  We have had it every year I can remember for Christmas.

Spinach Madeleine

Serves:   6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages frozen chopped spinach
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup spinach liquid
  • 1 (6-ounce) roll jalapeno cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery salt

Directions

Cook spinach according to directions on package. Drain and reserve liquid. Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add flour, stirring until blended and smooth, but not brown. Add onion and cook until soft but not brown. Add evaporated milk and reserved spinach liquid slowly, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Cook until smooth and thick; continue stirring. Add the cheese, Worcestershire, black pepper, celery salt, garlic salt, red pepper, and salt, to taste. Stir until melted. Combine with cooked spinach. This may be served immediately or put into a casserole and topped with buttered bread crumbs. This flavor is improved if the latter is done and kept in the refrigerator overnight. This may also be frozen.

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The anticipation of Christmas is the most fun!  Going along with my “list making and idea planning” in my 101 in 1001 days.  I am going to write out a list of all the things I would like to do this Christmas season.  Starting November 30 – Jan 6.  This list is in random order.

1.  Put the Christmas lights on the tree before we decorate it together!

2 Put Christmas lights up outside.

3. Wrap all the Christmas books up and let the girls open one everyday to read before Christmas.

4. Have a Christmas color day where everything is Red and Green. 

5. Make granola gospels.

6. Throw a “Happy Birthday Jesus” party.

7. Memorize Luke 2: 1-14.

8. Read through Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader.

9. Send Christmas Cards with Christmas picture.

10. Feed the birds…Make bird food….string cranberries and popcorn and hang outside on trees.  Read Eve Bunting’s The Night Tree.

11. Take husband out to dinner and to Laminaria Event at Botanical Gardens.

12. Make Friendship tea mix.  What could use instead of Tang?  Let me check at Whole Foods for some alternative! 😉

13. Decorate Gingerbread House.

14. Make reindeer food to spread on lawn.

15. Study six names of Jesus.

16. Take someone a “meal in a basket”.

17. Operation Christmas Child

18.  Read Jotham’s Journey.

19. bake cookies and ice with confectioners sugar icing.

20. Go to Night in Bethlehem at a church.

21. Go to Candle light Handel’s Messiah at Phoenix Symphony.(purchased tickets :))

22. Go to Christmas lights walk through neighborhood.

23. Do family service project.

24. Get a picture with Santa...

25. Go on hotel date with hubby…

26. Ride around and look at Christmas lights

27. Have a hot chocolate night and watch Christmas movie..

28. Make Starbucks cranberry bliss bars.

29. Listen to Christmas music..Add Christmas music to playlist

30. Attend Christmas Eve service.

31. Zoo lights

32. Go to the movies (Christmas Carol)

33. Go to the town Christmas parade.(missed this again this year….)

34. Go to Hometown Christmas at library. (missed this again this year!:()

35. Make Hershey Kiss advent calendar.  Lisa Welchel’s Adventures in Christmas has some great ideas.

36.  Kiss hubby underneath the mistletoe! 😉

37.  Make and take gifts to neighbors.  Maybe the Friendship tea this year or Hot Chocolate mix.

38. Plan and buy the Christmas outfits.

39. Grow an Amaryllis. (force bulb)

40. Put out the Nativity and the lumanaries Christmas Eve.

41. Make snowman soup and deliver as gifts.

42.  Start a new tradition ….. Elf on the Shelf! :0).  Check this blog out for fun Elf on the Shelf ideas.  Love this ….. so fun!

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