Merry Christmas

This morning I got up early and made Christmas breakfast which was Scrambled Eggs and Salmon on French Bread and a Eggs Benedict.  It snowed last night so while Mark shovelled, I got breakfast on the table.  We had some big plans today but they didn’t work out.

The antibiotics Jordon is on played havoc with his system.  I knew last night that something wasn’t right but he hid that from us the best he could.  This morning he was sick and in incredible pain.  He contemplated going to the hospital for about an hour before some of the pain killers kicked in and he could sleep so instead of taking the boys snowboarding, we chilled out here and let him sleep.

Jordon woke up and felt a bit better.  I put the turkey in the oven and we had a traditional Christmas meal of:

For dessert, we had some fruit and a chocolate fondue.  Later that night, we made a Cooper/Jenner traditional Christmas snack and that is Cream Peas on ToastJordon’s grandfather grew up in the Great Depression and this was a Christmas delicacy at time when few in Saskatchewan had enough food to eat or could even think about giving out Christmas gifts.  It has been passed down through the generations and I really enjoy it.  So do the guys.

I think Jordon will be fine.  As he said, “It wasn’t that bad of day, I got to hang out with you guys and the dog.  What more could I want?”  Speaking of the dog.  Marley is horrible at biting the hand that feeds her if you are giving her a treat.  She bit down hard on his thumb and finger and immediately realized what she had done.  So she spent the rest of the day trying to make it up to him which meant while she was sleeping, crawling up on him and licking his face and cuddling up to his face.  I thought it was hilarious.  He did not.

Turkey-Cheddar Panini Recipe

Perfect for Christmas meal turkey leftovers.


  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 Tbsp. Miracle Whip
  • 40 g thinly sliced roasted turkey
  • 1 medium cheddar cheese slice
  • 3 thin tomato slices
  • 1 thin red onion slice
  • 2 tsp. non-hydrogenated margarine


  1. Heat panini grill.
  2. Spread 1 bread slice with Miracle Whip; top with turkey, cheese, tomatoes, onion and remaining bread slice.
  3. Spread outside of sandwich with margarine.
  4. Grill 4 min. or until sandwich is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Not a creature was stirring…

Well forget that, the dog is downstairs looking for food to get into like she does every night when the lights are turned off.  Studies have shown that dogs are sneakier when the lights are off.  I believe it.  Right now Oliver is laying awake thinking, “That dog better not be playing with my gifts.”

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  As usual our Christmas Eve was quiet.  I didn’t have to work today and spent it at home with Oliver while Jordon and Mark worked.

Christmas Eve is different this year in that Jordon is feeling much better than he was last year at this time.  Last year the doctors had pronounced him healed which meant he got dangerously sick just before Christmas.  Last Christmas Eve he came home and slept between work and gifts and then went back to bed.  It’s good to see him feeling better.

Sriracha to Go KeychainSo we did the same as we did as last year and I bought us a a pizza from Swan Pizza which we had at home.   After Jordon and the boys destroyed it, we sat down and handed out the Christmas stockings which is a Cooper tradition but one that I love.

In my stocking was some soaps, much needed moisturizer, toothbrush, nice pens, toothpaste, bath bombs, a wooden Yo-Yo, a magazine, socks, and a bunch of candy.  Jordon also gave me a keychain that holds Sriracha.  What a ridiculous and useful gift while on a road trip.

Once that was done we exchanged some gifts.

What the Guys Gave Me

Jordon gave me a new 10” Android Tablet for Christmas with an integrated keyboard.  I had wanted a netbook originally but when I saw the Microsoft Surface that my friend Janice has.  I debated between whether I wanted a WIndows or Android tablet and decided on the Android version.

RCA Viking Pro Android Tablet

The blue color is a surprise and the keyboard and trackpad is really nice.  So you know what Jordon for most of the night, downloaded a bunch of apps and got things all set up.  

Mark gave me a leather messenger bag for said tablet and it was full of some goodies.

Leather Messenger Bag

  • Samsung USB thumb driveA stainless steel Samsung 32 gb USB drive.  I may not be indestructible but this USB drive feels like it is. 
  • A Moleskine notebook
  • Assorted gel pens
  • A Moleskine 2017 weekly organizer.  Jordon saw one last year that Hilary had and I got him one for our anniversary.  He loved it and Mark got me one for 2017 and tossed it the bag.

It is a gorgeous bag and I am really happy he got it for me.

We have a nice camping cook set already but I was looking for one more lightweight 2 liter pot.  Oliver gave me a nice pot from GSI Outdoors that will make it easier to cook with for next summer.  He also gave me this new camping kettle and a camping frying pan.

Woods Cypress Kettle

Mark was pretty proud that he was able to purchase all of this gifts for Jordon, Oliver and I with his own money from work.  Jordon paid for Oliver’s gifts but Oliver picked out his gifts for me at Wholesale Sports, Canadian Tire and Atmosphere.  He was pretty happy with how they turned out.

What We Gave Mark

We gave Mark a new Head Matrix Rocka snowboard and bindings.  We had decided to give Mark a new snowboard a year ago but the one we wanted was from Costco and they have very limited supply.  This fall I was in Costco and asked them if/when they would be coming in and they told me the date.  I later confirmed it and Jordon went over that morning and picked it up.

Oliver gave him some snowboard boots while Marley gave him some new Ryder sunglasses with the attachment on the back to keep them on his face.  There was some gloves in there as well. 

Ryders sunglasses

A friend gave Oliver her snowboard and we got him a pair of snowboard boots.  Marley gave him a pair of goggles as well so first thing tomorrow morning we are heading to Diefenbaker Hill and the boys are going snowboarding while the dog runs down the hill and possibly (well probably) takes them out.  We may or may not be heading to Royal University Hospital later in the day.

Head Rocka Snowboard

Oliver gave me a GSI Javapress mug for my birthday and he gave Mark a red one for Christmas. .  This way all of us will have a coffee press to get us going in the mornings.  Finally Jordon gave Mark two travel related gifts.  He gave him a large duffle bag and Alistair Humphrey’s book, Grand Adventures.

What we gave Oliver

Jordon and I gave Oliver a 7” Acer Iconia tablet which he is going crazy with.  He is so excited he can finally text using Google Hangouts.  We had Lee, Brittany, Jerry, Gloria, and some other friends make sure they had the app installed and he has been texting people all night.   We also got him a case that has a built in Bluetooth keyboard.  He loves the fact that his tablet is the same as Mark’s and Jordon’s.

Jordon and Mark also gave him two helicopter models to make.  I see a kid with his hands glued to his forehead in my future.  There was a 3D puzzle of the U.S.S. Nimitz in his stocking as well.

Mark gave him two Nintendo 3DS games and a Huskies Athletics hoodie. 

Jordon and I also have him some new snowboard boots (a friend of ours gave him her snowboard) and Jordon did this…. :: Oliver's new weblog


Swiss Gear Backpack

Because every kid in grade three needs his own domain name.  Actually more and more of Oliver’s friends are going online with Facebook which has always make Jordon and I nervous.  Jordon has always wanted to teach Mark and Oliver how to write in public which is why he has helped them with their website and Twitter rather than Facebook.  In many ways the open web is nicer and more hospitable than Facebook anyways.

A few months ago we were getting something at Walmart and he wandered into the watch area.  Like Jordon, Mark, and myself, Oliver loves a cool watch.  He became fixated on this orange Coleman watch.  He asked for a total of one thing for Christmas and that was it.  So Jordon went back and got it and he was pretty happy when he opened it earlier tonight. 

Along the theme of hiking and outdoors, while he gave Mark a GSI Javapress Mug, he got back a similar styled mug from GSI that is insulated but lacks the coffee press.

For Jordon, Mark bought him a pair of carbon fiber hiking poles and a new microphone for his camera.  Oliver gave him a new Swiss Gear backpack with a new Gerber knife.  Marley got him a brand new razor and I got him the same Android tablet that we got Oliver and since we are now all using Android, I got us a Chromecast.

Once the gifts were opened, I made up a charcuterie board and then later we had some creamed peas on toast.  I know that sounds really weird but Jordon’s grandfather lived during the Great Depression and it was a delicacy they had on over Christmas as a late night snack.  The boys and I like it as was well and it’s a cool tradition to keep alive.

After that was done and some cleaning was done, it was time to call it a night.   Or time to write a blog post on your new tablet.

Have a good night everyone.  May your holidays be a great one.

Bread Machine Bread Recipe

This bread machine recipe is probably different than the one that came with your machine but it will be better.


  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine yeast
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the bread machine. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes. Add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast. Select Basic or White Bread setting, and press Start.

Christmas Dinner Recipe Guide

For those of you out there that are in charge of preparing your Christmas meal (and are either terrified at the thought or are looking for some new ideas), here is a list of recipes to make your day easier.  Hopefully your Christmas dinner is a good one.

Appetizer Recipes

Main Dish Recipes

  • Here is how to carve a turkey
  • Dessert Recipes

    Baked Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Dip Recipe

    Another rich and decadent snack perfect for a cold winter night or to serve up during the big game.


    • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen broccoli & cheese sauce
    • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne), if desired
    • 4 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
    • Crackers, as desired


    1. Heat oven to 375° F.
    2. Cook broccoli with cheese sauce as directed on bag. Remove from bag to large bowl. Using kitchen scissors, roughly cut up broccoli. Add cream cheese, half of the Cheddar cheese, the sour cream, mayonnaise, ground red pepper and crumbled bacon. Stir until well combined. Scrape mixture into ungreased ovenproof dish (that will hold at least 2 cups), and place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
    3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Cool 5 to 10 minutes before digging in.
    4. Serve with crackers.