#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

A lovely, quiet Christmas

I hope you’re enjoying the same. 

Wendy, Jeremy, and Jeremy’s mom, Sherri, joined me last night for Christmas Eve dinner.  We had a wonderful time, and dinner, a prime rib roast from Schwan’s (I wanted EASY) turned out well.  It was late when we parted company so I FELL into bed and slept like, well, a rock.  :)  I didn’t get up until around 10 am, which is LATE for me, and it was totally delicious. 

Now it’s nearly 5 pm on Christmas Day, and we are getting together again soon to open gifts, eat turkey and socialize.  With no small children in the immediate family, we can get away with such leisure.  :)

I have to tell you about the turkey, though.  (Just call me Julia Child.)

Since we’re not planning a formal dinner, I tossed the bird into the oven around noon, resting in one of those supermarket pans–the idea is, we’ll just nibble on the turkey and not bother with all the trimmings, since we just did that at Thanksgiving and, anyhow, we like the leftovers best.  I poured chicken broth into the pan, covered the bird with foil, and set it in the oven at 350.  A while later, I went back to check–I’ve been puttering with art projects and gemstones most of the day–and I frowned.  There was NO broth or juice in the bottom of the pan.  Say what?  I added water and shut the oven door.  About an hour later, I start noticing a burny smell in the air, so I checked again.  No broth or water this time either–it had all leaked into the bottom of the oven.  Yikes!  I turned off the heat, let the stove cool down, wiped up the mess, and resituated the turkey in another, sturdier pan–after climbing onto a chair to retrieve one (of three) from a high, dusty shelf in the mud-room and, of course, washing the thing.  The lesson: I have too many roasting pans, for one thing.  Perhaps if there weren’t three of them, most likely purchased because I couldn’t find one when I needed it, there would have been one in the kitchen, ready to use.  For another, those tin things are not good unless you double them up, and why do that?   It means tossing both of them into a landfill after the meal, one is already too many.  So I’ll be giving away the two extras and therefore simplifying my life, albeit in a very small way.  :)

We’ll be choosing this weeks’ winners tomorrow, and I’ll post the results on Friday.  This is the last week for the Barnes and Noble/Amazon $50 giftcards, but do not despair if you don’t win.  Lots more prizes and contests coming up, I promise.  Keep commenting, my friends.

Through the coming week, we’ll be talking about “Desire Mapping”, among other things, since New Year’s Day is coming up in just one week.  For my part, instead of just deciding on goals, I’ll be looking at the feelings achieving certain objectives would give me.  By the way, the author of “The Desire Map Experience” is Danielle Laporte.  She has a great website, blogs and sends out a newsletter.

Be blessed, my dear friends. 

And remember that the God of all universes loves you very much.

52 comments to “A lovely, quiet Christmas”

  1. Ruth Ann Kiger
      · December 25th, 2013 at 8:23 pm · Link

    Just want to share a little piece of myself this Christmas evening. My only grandson (have 4 granddaughters) proposed to his sweet Emily last night. He came to me a few weeks ago and told me of his intention and asked if he could give her the ring that his real grandfather gave me in 1955. You see, he never got to know that man in my life because he was killed after we’d been married 20 years. His father (my son) was only 9 years old when he lost his dad, but now my husband still holds a place in our lives, and my grandson is so much like him it’s just a joy I had to share. What a great Christmas gift.

    • Ruth Ann Kiger
        · December 25th, 2013 at 8:37 pm · Link

      I had told my grandson long before if he ever found the girl he wanted to marry, he could use either my rings or my mothers (his great grandmother) and I would be honored. I even have the little single band my daddy gave my mother in 1934. So happy this holiday.

      • Gloria
          · December 25th, 2013 at 10:42 pm · Link

        That is such a sweet story. Congratulations to your grandson.

    • linda
        · December 26th, 2013 at 1:37 pm · Link

      What a beautiful thing to share. God bless!

    • Denise King
        · December 26th, 2013 at 8:16 pm · Link

      Ruth, that is so sweet, Congratulations to your grandson. My Christmas was wonderful and today was even better,as I stated earlier my oldest friend is here from Texas, her sons,one from Ohio and the other from Texas. We spent all day reminiscing about old times,taking new pictures for further memories. I know we probably drove her husband and parents crazy lol ,it was a fun day. :-) :-) :-) :-)

  2. Maryjane Hoffman
      · December 25th, 2013 at 8:46 pm · Link

    Love your roasting pan story! My roasting pan is close to 100 years old as it belonged to my Mom’s, Mom and my Mom was born in 1914! I love it and use it for many things! Hope your Christmas was a Blessed one! Our’s was perfect and we got to share it with two of our three grandchildren so we were doublely Blessed! Merry Christmas!!

  3. Ruby Norwood
      · December 25th, 2013 at 9:10 pm · Link

    Lol, Linda with the roasting pan story. I use those pans from the supermarket also sometimes, that way,I want have to clean a roasting pan. It sounds like your Christmas was a good one. We had our daughter, son in law, granddaughter, and grandson for lunch today and then open gifts. It was very nice.

  4. Leanna
      · December 25th, 2013 at 9:11 pm · Link

    I have wanted to use those roasting pans for ease but my family would never let me use something disposable. I hade a cornish game hen for myself since I live eith vegetarians. We madr gingerbread houses after dinner.

  5. Patricia Taylor
      · December 25th, 2013 at 9:19 pm · Link

    nothing to say

      · December 25th, 2013 at 9:20 pm · Link

    Ah Linda sounds like you had a good Christmas. My husband & I did too, we had barbeque pork ribs with potato salad & beans. got calls from all three sons & one 11 year old granddaughter. Just a good day

  7. Donna VanSickle
      · December 25th, 2013 at 9:23 pm · Link

    Merry Christmas, Linda. Glad you’ve had a restful, if not trying in the kitchen, day. :)

  8. Lois Rotella
      · December 25th, 2013 at 9:30 pm · Link

    I had a nice quiet Christmas. I am happy you had a nice Christmas. That is kinda funny about the turkey. God bless and have a good rest of the week !!

  9. judy
      · December 25th, 2013 at 9:33 pm · Link

    You need a bag to cook your turkey in, it is less messy and all the juice stays in the bag. Hope you had a very good Christmas. We had ares last night. The kids came here and then they could stay home Christmas morning with there little ones and have there Christmas.

    • linda
        · December 26th, 2013 at 1:38 pm · Link

      :) Now you tell me!

  10. Sherry Wallace
      · December 25th, 2013 at 9:37 pm · Link

    Blessings to you Linda & all your family on this Christmas Day

  11. Brenda Buschmann
      · December 25th, 2013 at 9:38 pm · Link

    This sounds like something that would happen to me. Merry Christmas!

  12. Diane Sallans
      · December 25th, 2013 at 9:59 pm · Link

    We have a lovely visit with all the kids since Sunday and they are all departing over the next few days – so much fun with the newest 15 mo old member of the family – children can add so much to the holidays. :-D

  13. rosemary
      · December 25th, 2013 at 10:02 pm · Link

    Merry Christmas, enjoy your gift exchange.

  14. Connie Johnson
      · December 25th, 2013 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good day, we did also. Very tried tonight and going to bed early.

  15. gloria bare
      · December 25th, 2013 at 10:08 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a very nice holiday. I did as well. I don’t have a big family either. I was a single mom of 3 sons. I now have 2 daughters-in-laws and1 grandson who will soon be 15. We have dinner and then open presents and then we just enjoy the rest of the day catching up with our busy lives. I love this time of year, family happy times. Hope you have a safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  16. carole
      · December 25th, 2013 at 10:13 pm · Link

    I’m glad you had a nice quiet Christmas! I had a quiet one also and didn’t do any cooking for my friends did it all-my daughter made devil eggs and we had plenty of cookies to share. It was a wonderful day!

  17. Virginia Horton
      · December 25th, 2013 at 10:16 pm · Link

    Great story with the roasting pan. I don’t even own one. I always just throw my bird in one of the cooking bags. Add some chicken base, water, and onion, place it in a large sheet cake pan and let her cook. They usually come out pretty good. The past few years I just cook a couple of turkey breast, because that is what they want to eat. Spent yesterday with my family and today with husbands family. It was over all a great Christmas.

  18. Gloria
      · December 25th, 2013 at 10:34 pm · Link

    In one way, I had a quite day, and in another, it wasn’t that quite. I didn’t see a soul and Thank God, I had no more unexpected visits from across the road, but…

    I talked to 3 of my aunts and had to leave a message for the 4th one, as she is in a nursing home until tomorrow, I think it is. (I only have 4 aunts, total, left, on both sides of the family and only one is a blood relative. She married Mama’s oldest brother, but, she is also Daddy’s first cousin.

    I talked to my youngest son, all 3 grandchildren by my son that died, and my youngest brother. And, I spent 2 hours on the phone last night, talking to an old grammer school friend who’d lost her husband in October. And, I talked to another old school friend who had heart surgery recently, and a cousin, and a friend who is raising her great-granddaughter. The GGD is sick, so please, all say a prayer for her.

    All in all, it was a pretty interesting day.

    I pray that you, Linda, and all of the Bloggers have a good and
    Godly rest of the year, and a very Blessed New Year.

    • Gloria
        · December 25th, 2013 at 10:36 pm · Link

      Linda, I meant to ask if you got to spend any time with your mom over Christmas? I pray she is well.

  19. Pam B
      · December 25th, 2013 at 11:05 pm · Link

    Merry Christmas to you Linda.

  20. april
      · December 25th, 2013 at 11:15 pm · Link

    I have a roasting pan of my mothers i use every year at Christmas.

  21. Leisa Sellers
      · December 25th, 2013 at 11:42 pm · Link

    My husband and I spent a quiet Christmas day here alone at the house! Seems like more and more, that people are returning to the simpler way of doing things instead of all the running an buying! Shared plenty of photos and wishes with all our computer friends and and now am ready to sleep and recount in my dreams, all that I have seen and taken in today! many memories come from sch a day as today!! Bless you and best wishes for a successful New Year!!!

  22. Cheryl Kauffman
      · December 25th, 2013 at 11:47 pm · Link

    That reminds me of our Thanksgiving. I put a ham in one of those throw away pans and it had a hole in it and leaked on the bottom of my oven. It started smelling and smoking. The smoke detector went off and I had guests fanning smoke so the darn thing would shut off. I learned my lesson also.

  23. Sue Kirby
      · December 26th, 2013 at 12:38 am · Link

    Last year was chili dogs & French fries. This year lasagna & salad. I also had all 5 of the kids home for about 2 hours this morning. What a blessing! Happy Holidays!

  24. Sandra Wheeler
      · December 26th, 2013 at 1:30 am · Link

    I know that if I say I haven’t had a leaky pan the next time I use one I will so lets just say I have been fortunate so far. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

      · December 26th, 2013 at 2:09 am · Link

    Sounds like you had a interesting Christmas! Blessings to you and your family.

  26. Debbie
      · December 26th, 2013 at 2:13 am · Link

    Sounds like such a quiet Christmas Day that you needed the little adventure in the kitchen. Maybe it can go in your next story – everyone cooks a turkey sometime. Could be a disaster, or funny, or even romantic? My house was the opposite of yours this Christmas. 22 people aged from 2 months to 78. Lots of noise, lots of fun, and LOTS of food. No cooking tomorrow, or today since I just finished cleaning up at 1 a.m. Happy New Year! Debbie

  27. Julie Helsel
      · December 26th, 2013 at 3:54 am · Link

    Enjoyed your story. Spent my morning on the phone with family, they are all in different states. Had Christmas dinner with friends, ham with all the trimmings. we cleaned up and played some cards. had a good time. Wishing you Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  28. Becky Carter
      · December 26th, 2013 at 6:45 am · Link

    Happy New Year Linda. Can’t wait for the next book to come out. Glad your dinner turned okay.

  29. Nanci
      · December 26th, 2013 at 7:03 am · Link

    Sounds like you had quite the day…mine was very quiet, just cross
    Stitched the day away…

  30. Linda Scarchuk
      · December 26th, 2013 at 7:25 am · Link

    Happy Holidays to you too. Love your books…thanks

  31. Donna Lohrer
      · December 26th, 2013 at 7:26 am · Link

    Dear Linda, thank you so much for your kind words, they are so soothing to me. Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year!

  32. Kathy Andrews
      · December 26th, 2013 at 7:56 am · Link

    Merry Christmas Linda. Nothing subtracts from a relaxing day more than a mess in the oven! I am looking forward to the extended family gathering at Uncle Jimmy Lael’s house on Saturday. I wish you a happy and healthy 2014.

  33. Debra
      · December 26th, 2013 at 8:03 am · Link

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  34. Vicky
      · December 26th, 2013 at 8:08 am · Link

    Linda, I enjoyed reading about your turkey. It makes me feel better about my sometimes less than perfect attempts in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Dennis
      · December 26th, 2013 at 8:26 am · Link

    Nothing like having Christmas dinner at Perkins with your mom!!

  36. marilyn
      · December 26th, 2013 at 10:01 am · Link

    Have a wonderful New Year, and remember to keep positive thoughts the rest of this year!

  37. Emily
      · December 26th, 2013 at 11:11 am · Link

    Merry Christmas to all. Hope everyone had a great one!

  38. Tinna
      · December 26th, 2013 at 11:46 am · Link

    I agree with Debbie, Sounds like a scene in a future book…. I hope you got rid of the problem pan. Suggestion for the next turkey you cook. Fix it in a crock-pot. You won’t regret trying this I promise! Moist & delicious. Christmas here started early with a 10 year old boy. Oh the excitement of being a child on Christmas morning! The expressions, the smiles & the happy dances. With each new gift opened. I think we did good. Always a joy to read your posts. Thanks Tinna

  39. Alice Johnson
      · December 26th, 2013 at 1:25 pm · Link

    Sounds as if you had a great Christmas, not counting the smelly oven! My Christmas day began with my 9 year old great granddaughter texting me from S. Korea. She received a Mini iPad for Christmas & can text iPhones… oh woe is me! ♥ Granddaughter & husband came in for Christmas & left for AR this am. They left our balmy 70* weather & went back to 30*. We also had some of my daughter’s retired “teacher” friends over. A very nice day, spent a lot of time reminiscing! Most of them knew my husband. Do so enjoy your post! Brightens my day ;)

  40. zola udell
      · December 26th, 2013 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Glad to see another Christmas. By the way, how did the turkey turn out?
    Hope the rest of your week is SUPER.

  41. Joyce M.
      · December 26th, 2013 at 1:27 pm · Link

    That definitely sounds like something that would happen to me.

  42. linda
      · December 26th, 2013 at 1:44 pm · Link

    The turkey was delicious and the presents were great–I’ll be telling you all about my Golden Retriever grand-dog Margie’s gift in Friday’s blog.

  43. Juanita Rice
      · December 26th, 2013 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Now that turkey story is funny! :)

  44. Suzanne Mongan
      · December 26th, 2013 at 6:17 pm · Link

    I’m glad that you had a nice Christmas. Mine was nice as well. I went to my younger sister’s house and she is a very good cook. She has 3 daughters and the oldest one is married with a 11 month old son and expecting another baby in January. It was a lot of fun watching this little fellow opening his gifts and playing with the wrapping paper instead of his gifts. Have a very Happy New Year!!

  45. Sue Hodge
      · December 26th, 2013 at 8:40 pm · Link

    Glad all was good with family. We had a bless Christmas.

  46. debbie g
      · December 29th, 2013 at 3:18 pm · Link

    This is a little late in coming for your Christmas posting, but I must tell you about my turkey. Usually we have cornish hens, but I decided to try my hand at a turkey breast (about a 6lb). I put it in a chicken roasting pan. I figured if I used the deeper part of the set I’d be okay. NOT!!!! It kept on falling to one side, so one side got cooked better then the other side. Lord I was afraid I was going to serve the turkey with the poisoning you get from uncooked turkey. Next year we’ll try something else. Almost like the time I made 2 pecan pies while l was stationed in Germany. I did everything from scratch, to include the crusts. No holes or anything in the crusts. Well!!!!!!!!, after waiting for the cool down time my husband cut into one of the pies and then the other. The pecans for the top were fine but, directly under those was the crust and the filling was on the bottom. Both pies like that and there was no tears in the crusts. One of those unexplained wonders of the world. Or better yet a diaster!,,,,,,,,,,, Needless to say, I have nevered on those again, but funny.

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