O Christmas Tree

Okay, so technically this is my second Christmas, but I wasn’t really old enough to appreciate much last year. And last year was a little crazy in our house. We had just moved and Mommy wasn’t even really sure she was going to do anything for Christmas because we were going to spend Christmas Eve with my Oma and Pop and Christmas Day with Granma and Granpa. Mommy did break down and put up some decorations, but we didn’t get a tree.

This year we are having Christmas at our house and everyone is coming to us. And we got a tree.

We got our tree today, as a matter of fact. We went to a farm and walked all around and picked out a tree and Daddy cut it down. I helped push the cart we used to carry the tree back to our car.

That sort of thing works up quite an appetite, so it’s a good thing Mommy was thinking ahead and put dinner in the Crock Pot before we left the house. That way, when we got home, we had a delicious dinner waiting for us. And it was delicious. You want to know what it was, don’t you? Well, here’s the recipe – I’m not sure what to call it, other than yummy:

You’ll need 3 small granny smith apples, cored and cut into chunks (Mommy left the peel on ours, but you could peel them if you prefer,) one large can (or two small cans, or a bag) of sauerkraut, six bratwursts, 2 cans of whole new potatoes. These amounts made enough for the three of us for dinner, the dogs to have some mixed with their kibble and some leftovers for about two  adult lunches this week.

Put everything except the potatoes into the crock pot. Mommy put the bratwursts on top, but if you want them to brown a little, you should put them on the bottom. Turn the crock pot on low and walk away. After 4 hours (or more, depending on what you have to do that day) open it up and give it a little stir. Add the potatoes (drained) about half an hour before you’re going to eat – they really only need to be heated through. We ate it just the way it was and I couldn’t get enough of the bratwursts. I suppose you could skip the potatoes and pile this unto hotdog rolls. My Daddy suggested we might put the bratwursts on a hot grill or in a hot skillet just to sear them on the outside before putting them into the crock pot. Maybe we’ll do that next time. If you try it that way, let me know how it turns out.

I’ll have another recipe for you soon. As I said, we’re having Christmas at our house this year and Mommy and Daddy are going to test drive some of the recipes they’re planning – especially for the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve! I can’t wait.

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