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I Shouldn't Blink

This year, as it does every year, Christmas has arrived all of a sudden!

The Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare keeps me busy from October 1 through December 7th, VERY BUSY. Lots of hours and miles! In January that turns into a nice commission!

Then, on the 8th of December, Jennifer and I went on a 10th Anniversary cruise to the Caribbean for seven days. Wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed our time away and NO CELL SERVICE after 8 weeks of having a phone practically attached to my ear.

We are back and the annual flurry of church-related activities and family stuff has my head spinning. But I didn't let that stop me from making a batch of 74 pork and green chile tamales and 33 cheese and jalapeƱo tamales yesterday, a little carry-over from the years we lived in Mexico. Christmas time is tamale time. At our house, we eat them year 'round.

Family coming in from Texas today or tomorrow. Big day at church tomorrow filling treat bags and nursing home gifts. All day Sunday with a special program in the morning, carols at the nursing home in the afternoon and then the evening service.

Then it's off to Branson with the whole tribe for a few days, with a quick trip to my maternal grandmother's house for a few hours. She couldn't handle much more time with ALL of us! Ha.

I'm loving the renewed interest in this site and reading the writings of bloggers who have rejoined, as well as the writings of the new folks.

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

posted on Dec 21, 2018 9:31 AM ()


The penny is supposed to rattle due to the bubbling of the water, and when the steamer pot runs dry you don't hear it any more, so are reminded to add more water.
comment by traveltales on Dec 26, 2018 7:58 PM ()
People around here make tamales for special occasions and sometimes bring them to potlucks. One lady said her mother made them very chile hot so people would eat fewer of them. I know people make a big deal about making them - several get together to make big batches. I don't mind turning out a few at a time for one or two meals for the two of us, always put a penny in the bottom of the steaming pot so I can hear when the water runs low. There are some Mexicans who came up to the guest cabin every summer and I asked them how they make tamales, thinking I'd get some tips - found out they buy the dough already made at one of those small Mexican stores. Their assembly method wasn't any different from my method, and their filling wasn't anything special.
comment by traveltales on Dec 24, 2018 8:16 PM ()
In that respect, I slightly resemble your mom and her angel food cake. I insist on making my own masa, filling and salsa. What does the penny do? I've always sweated that part of the process!
reply by jerms on Dec 24, 2018 8:43 PM ()
You have been very busy but you seem to thrive on it. Enjoy the season, love to the family. (P.S. Doesn't it infuriate you that the Orange Porker keeps demonizing Mexicans?)
comment by tealstar on Dec 22, 2018 11:27 AM ()
I think I DO thrive on it. And YES, there are many things that frustrate me about the president!
reply by jerms on Dec 24, 2018 6:18 PM ()
How fun it all sounds!! I loved my Christmas card with all the pictures.
You and Jennifer deserved the time away and I am so glad that you had it.
Love to all.
comment by elderjane on Dec 22, 2018 5:49 AM ()
Thank you, Jeri! We're keep intending to drop by, but we're always dashing off to somewhere or dragging in from somewhere late! I'll try to post our Christmas picture here.
reply by jerms on Dec 24, 2018 6:20 PM ()
I miss your stories about life in Mexico, and it was so nice when you and Jennifer got married. It doesn't seem like 10 years already. I enjoy making tamales, keep some corn husks handy in case I get a craving. To fill in the gap in between ambition, I found an old 1920s recipe for Tamale Loaf that we enjoy nearly as much. It's not the same as the Tamale Pie recipes that are more like corn bread topping on chili con carne, it's tamale filling layered in the masa mixture in a loaf pan. Well, now I'm hungry!
comment by traveltales on Dec 21, 2018 7:26 PM ()
Your taste for tamales intrigues me. Where did you experience them first? We miss living in Mexico sometimes. It was a much simpler life style for us. However, our life here is very satisfying. Much love to you and yours! Merry Christmas!
reply by jerms on Dec 24, 2018 6:24 PM ()
Merry Christmas to you and your family especially to your maternal grandmother!!
comment by greatmartin on Dec 21, 2018 3:16 PM ()
Hey there! She's a real card, that one, but we love her dearly!
reply by jerms on Dec 24, 2018 6:25 PM ()

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