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Smokies for the new year


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a busy weekend with all of our Christmas gatherings with family and friends. It was great to see everyone, but I’m ready to get back to normal …whatever that is.

My daughter Alyssa and her boyfriend, Travis, made it back from Denver last Thursday night and came to De Smet to stay with us for the night. It was wonderful spending some extra time with them.

Friday afternoon all the kids came over to celebrate Christmas with us. It was great having everyone together again. Our living room was packed as we opened gifts, and everyone caught up with each other.

Saturday, we went to Josh’s parent’s house for their Christmas. It was another big gathering with almost everyone there, except for his sister and her family who weren’t able to come because of illness. Fortunately, they were able to join us via Facetime when we opened gifts.

Sunday, we traveled to Dell Rapids to celebrate Christmas at my parent’s house. It was a smaller gathering with just us, my parents and my brother and his family, but it was a nice way to end our family gatherings with a smaller group. The only downfall was having to say good-bye to Alyssa and Travis as they had to head back to Denver that night.

Then, Monday night Josh and I went to Grumpy’s for our employee and family Christmas party. We all enjoyed pizza and the goodies that everyone brought. We had a white elephant gift exchange that was pretty unique with gifts ranging from a giant potato to gift cards.

It was a crazy, extended, long Christmas with all the different gatherings, but all in all, it was wonderful. The best part was seeing everyone and spending time catching up.

This week I’m sharing a great appetizer recipe that my mom made for us. It’s super easy with only a few ingredients and would be perfect for a New Year’s party. Enjoy and Happy New Year!


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