With the outdoor temperature as warm as spring, what better way to spend Christmas Eve than out in nature? The night before, severe thunderstorms crossed Kentucky and we were lucky to miss the worst of the action. We did endure very heavy rain on already saturated ground which of course resulted in flooding. Being the adventurer I am, I chose to visit Dry Fork Gorge in Edmonton, Kentucky knowing that the waterfall and creeks there would be flowing quite quickly. I chose to broadcast a couple quick videos on Periscope (see video below) while I was there.
After, we went to visit the old school in Edmonton, as always before heading home, only to leave sad that a large portion of the roof has fallen in. To see the stars was beautifully haunting and deeply troubling. How I love this vintage building. If only I could save it and prevent the impending demise. I made a note to return in the daylight as soon as possible to better see the damage and document via my DSLR. I hope I'm not too late...
Upon our exit from the school, I pulled over for a call from someone very important to me. This lady is like a mom to me and I'd dated her son for 6yrs. We've known each other a long time, yet I was still not expecting her act of kindness. Her call was to inform me of a surprise requiring cold storage waiting on our porch. I rushed home and found an unexpected gift. A plastic tote (so thoughtfully chosen in purple!!!), huge fruit basket, pumpkin pie, potatoes and most awesome of all...a ham! I'd wanted a ham so badly, but we'd been unable to get one this year. There was also two gift bags with presents for both kids. So amazingly thoughtful. Considering how rough our December has been (Long story coming soon), this 'Christmas miracle' helped me feel better.
Ironically, a sweet elderly man from down the road brought me a bag of turnips and greens which also made my day though I'd never realized how strange a vegetable I was exploring. The inside raw tastes like the love child of cabbage and radish. Once cooked, it's soft like a potato with a very faint cabbage flavor. If you enjoy Turnips, please comment with your recipes. I'm curious how you like them and I'm strangely inexperienced for one born and raised in Kentucky around classic southern homestyle cooking.
How was YOUR Christmas eve? Did you get out and enjoy nature like we did? Comment below, I'd love to hear about YOUR day! :)