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One of the most treasured items that I have from my childhood is my grandma Patty’s pasta maker.  I was feeling very sentimental during the holiday season and really missing the traditions of my younger years and spent quite a bit of time thinking about memories made with my aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins.  All of the reminiscings made me think about that old pasta maker.  So I dug it out and announced to the girls that we were going to have some Christmas Eve fun!

When we gathered at our family Christmases when I was a kid we would traditionally have chicken noodle soup or chili.  I decided we would continue this tradition in our home, but that we would make our own noodles.  We had chicken leftover from a whole chicken that we had roasted and homemade noodles would be the perfect addition to our homegrown chicken for a Christmas dinner of homemade chicken noodle soup.

The girls were excited to get to use the pasta maker and I enjoyed showing them Grandma’s signature on the bottom and telling them how I used to run slices of bread through it just for fun.  I have seen grandma’s signature on it several times, but this time it made me wonder why she had it labeled.  Did she take it to a large gathering where they made lots of noodles? Maybe a church or family gathering?  Not sure, but it did make me wonder.

The girls quickly got in the groove of kneading together our ingredients. My job was to roll the sheets of dough out and then they took turns running the dough through the machine and then laying the noodles on the table to dry.  I won’t deny that there were a few arguments over whose turn it was to run the crank on the machine and a bossy older sister telling a younger sister that she wasn’t laying the noodles out correctly, but even with that we still had lots of fun and made some memories. 

I have included the recipe that we used for our homemade egg noodles here.  We decided to make a double batch so we would have some extras for beef and noodles sometime this winter. Do you have any special meal traditions around the holidays?  Have you ever ran a pasta maker?

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Happy Friday!  What a crazy week of polar vortex it has been, 4 snow days in a row is wild!  I think the girls were starting to get tired of not being able to play outside and get some fresh air, one probably wouldn’t admit it, but I think she was even excited to get back to school today!

At Christmas time as a fun family gift we decided to give the gift of time to each other. I gave each person in our family three manila envelopes with different dates on the front. Each person had to plan a fun family event for the month and put it in the envelope and then on the 1st of the month we will open the envelope and make plans to do the family activity.

Ellie had January and she had roller skating and supper out in her envelope.  We truly had every intention on going to Roller City on a Tuesday night, but the weather has not cooperated. So...we did our January outing tonight on February 1st!  🙂

Roller City is such a fun local place for all ages. I remember going to Roller City as a child and I think the best part of going as an adult is how it doesn’t feel much different, it is like a blast back into the past especially when they play songs by Tiffany!

We are super excited to open our February envelope!  I told them they had to wait until tomorrow since we did our January fun today. 😉

What fun things do you do as a family? Any ideas for us?

From the gravel road-

Jen

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