Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sad to put away...

Our Christmas quilt made by my most talented mother in law!

Santa Visit 2014

I can't describe Savannah's excitement as we were in line waiting to see Santa...she was just thrilled and kept repeating what she was going to ask him for....Here are two pics from the line...

And so it was our turn...and Savannah went right up to him and said "Hi Santa Claus" was sweet, she had a little chat with him and then it came time for the we brought Cal onto his lap...and this is what we got!  Santa was VERY good with her but by the looks of this picture, he was frightened!  Such a sweet memory...

Our 3rd Annual Ivy Mill Way Holiday Happy Hour

Christmas 2014

Wonderful memories were made this Christmas - some highlights...

- Calvin saying "treeeeee" and loving puzzles and books.
- Savannah getting the top two things she asked for, a Frozen Guitar and a microphone
- Savannah's performances with her Frozen Guitar and a microphone...we learned "when the saints go   marching in" and she made up a song about Ham...which we had for Christmas dinner.
- So much sweet laughter
- Matching PJ's and lots of time in them!
- Savannah waking up on Christmas and thinking there was snow outside...
- Our annual day after Christmas Waffle House breakfast

Christmas fun with Grandma

Artie the Elf

Cookie Baking 2014

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

We had so much fun getting into the Christmas spirit this year.  Special thanks to our friend Brooke - she gave Savannah this wand that turns on the Christmas tree lights as well as the blinking Rudolph nose!

The Hyatt had it's annual family celebration which was a Frozen Theme!

Calvin made friends with the Pastry Chef, he my kid or what?!!

Linder family in the photo booth!!!

We loved that Lindsey was in town from Denver and we all enjoyed visiting with her and her family!


Monday, December 8, 2014

A keeper...and crowd pleaser!

 Spinach Lasagna - Southern Living December 2014

  • 1 (24-oz.) jar pasta sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 2 1/3 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 32 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 ounce fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (10-oz.) packages fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 12 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 (12-oz.) jar roasted red bell pepper strips, drained


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 2 ingredients and 1 cup cream. Separately combine ricotta, next 2 ingredients, and 1 cup Parmesan. Sauté shallots in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Remove shallot mixture.
2. Add one-third of spinach to Dutch oven; cook over medium-high heat 1 minute or until wilted. Place spinach in a colander; drain. Repeat with remaining spinach.
3. Cook butter and flour in Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add 1 1/3 cups cream; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; add spinach and shallots.
4. Pour 1/2 cup sauce mixture in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with 3 lasagna noodles. Layer half of spinach mixture, half of roasted peppers, 3 lasagna noodles, and half of ricotta mixture over pasta. Repeat layers; top with 3 lasagna noodles. Pour remaining sauce mixture over top. Place baking dish on a foil-lined baking sheet.
5. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Top with 1 cup Parmesan, and bake 15 minutes. Let stand 30 minutes.

Sunday, December 7, 2014