Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Go! Tell it on the mountain, or on the way to Grammy's

The house is decorated, the tree is up, all is well, and my mom calls. "Would you be willing to come help me decorate for Christmas" she asked? Sure, Ave would love it! We could bake cookies, listen to Christmas music, and just relax.

Avery caught on quick to the music idea, for that was all she did on the way to Grammy's. Why play Cd's and the radio when you have a 5 year old who can bellow "Go tell it on the mountain" not once, not twice, but 8 times, and in between all that pausing to find the words and consistently popping Gold fish as if it couldn't wait.

GO! Tell it on the moooountain

Over the hills, and everywheeeeeere

Go! Tell it on the mooooutain, 
that Jesus Christ is born.


The song is forever embedded in my mind.

On another "note" (love a good pun) we made it to Gram's with some special things in mind. One being a cookie recipe posted by my good friend at Peas and thank you (Sarah) and of course decorating them, and also the rest of the house.

These Christmas cookie dough balls are fantastic. You can decorate them any which way you please. Although I wasn't able to help, you know, cause  she's 5 now  and she can make her  own balls. 

However, no two balls are the same.

Also each ball must display some sprinkle of red.

If you like eating cookie dough straight from the bowl, you will love these little addicting treats. I'm not allowed to say balls again.

While my mom started in on decorating........

While Ave made snowman think twice about his existence........ 

I made dinner. A really yummy dinner. A dinner worth telling on a mountain.

Sauteed chicken in wine mushroom sauce

The process

Saute chicken

Brown onions

Soften and brown mushrooms

Add the wine

Add the sauce

Oh ya!

Put the chicken back in

Heat through and finish off with olives

Sauteed chicken in wine mushroom sauce


4 chicken cutlets
1 onion, chopped
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup red wine( I used Pinot noir)
Almost a full jar of Cabernet marinara
hand full of chopped Katamala olives(optional)


Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, and saute in 1 Tb olive oil on medium high, until a golden crust is on both sides; transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Add an additional Tb of olive oil and cook onion until lightly browned and softened; add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and cook until mushrooms are tender and have turned in color a bit; add wine, and cook until almost all is evaporated. Pour in marinara, stir to coat everything, and place chicken over the top and cover for 5 minutes to heat through and thicken sauce a little. Add the olives just before serving if desire.

Still humming.........


  1. I can't help but be reminded of the saturday night live episode...all about "christmas cookies" or well, I think you know which one:)
    They really look great!! Even though I'm not ready to cook a chicken breast anytime soon the dinner looks very good.

  2. I am SOOOO glad you liked the dough balls. I love that picture of Avery with the Hallelujah! I kind of want to frame it for Gigi's room ;)