Friday, November 30, 2007

Christmas Movies & Cocoa

I wanted to let you all know of the great Holiday movies on this weekend....grab some hot cocoa and cookies...and lets get in the mood for celebrating....Enjoy this weekend of December...the Advent Calender begins this Sunday.....I will have some more Christmas things to talk about on Monday....have a great weekend everyone!

November 30, Friday

Songs of Praise Christmas Directv Channel 103 Runs til Christmas
If You Believe Lifetime 12 PM
Frosty's Winterwonderland ABCfamily 7 PM
The Polar Express ABC 8 PM
Christmas with the Kranks FX 8 PM
A Grandpa for Christmas
*NEW Hallmark Channel 9 PM
A Carol Christmas Hallmark Channel 11 PM



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December TV Listings:


"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
~ Luke 2:14


December 1, Saturday

Christmas Everyday ABCfamily 7:30 AM
Like Father, Like Santa Lifetime 11 AM
Christmas with the Kranks FX 12 PM
Little House - Bless All the Dear Children Hallmark Channel 1 PM
Home for the Holidays Lifetime 1 PM
Santa Who? ABCfamily 9:30 PM
The Santa Clause TBS 10 PM
Richie Rich's Christmas Wish ABCfamily 11:30 PM
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Cartoon Network 1 PM




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Jingle All the Way ABCfamily 1:30 PM
Off Season Hallmark Channel 3 PM
Christmas Child Lifetime 3 PM
Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus Hallmark Channel 5 PM
The Christmas Child TBN 5 PM
Mary, Mother of Jesus TBN 6:30 PM
Meet the Santas Hallmark Channel 7 PM
TV Land 24-Hour Merrythons TVland 8 PM - 10 PM
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
*NEW NBC 8 PM
All I Want For Christmas
*NEW Hallmark Channel 9 PM
Holiday Switch
*NEW Lifetime 9 PM
The Santa Clause TBS 10 PM
Santa Who? ABCfamily 11 PM
A Boyfriend for Christmas Hallmark Channel 11 PM
Off Season Hallmark Channel 1 AM


December 2, Sunday

Richie Rich's Christmas Wish ABCfamily 8 AM
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale Cartoon Network 9 AM
The Man Who Came to Dinner TCM 9:30 AM
Jingle All the Way ABCfamily 10 AM
The Waltons The Children's Carol Hallmark Channel 1 PM
All She Wants for Christmas Lifetime 1 PM
The Nativity Story HBO 2:30 PM
A Boyfriend for Christmas Hallmark Channel 3 PM
A Hobo's Christmas WNDY 4 PM
Elf USA 4:30 PM
The Thin Man TCM 6 PM
The Santa Clause TBS 6 PM
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer CW 6 PM (check local)
What I did for Love Hallmark Channel 7 PM
The Night they saved Christmas ION 7 PM
A Town Without Christmas Lifetime 7 PM
The Shop Arouund the Corner TCM 8 PM
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Disney East 8 PM
A Christmas Memory ION 9 PM
Pictures of Hollis Woods
*NEW CBS 9 PM
Finding John Christmas Lifetime 9 PM
In the Good Ole Summertime TCM 10 PM
The Nativity Story HBO 10:30 PM
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Disney West 11 PM
The Bible TBN 12 AM
One Magic Christmas Hallmark Channel 1 AM
Glenn Campbell Christmas TBN 2 AM
Lifestyle Magazine Christmas Nostalgia TBN 3 AM
Help! It's Christmas TBN 5 AM
Finding John Christmas Lifetime 12 AM
Christmas At The Tennessee GAC 1:30 AM









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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Miller is 2!

Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday my sweetie boy Happy Birthday to you....
I will love you no matter what even if you pout

I love our craft time together

One of your first smiles would light up a room
You look so good in stripes sweetie
This time last year...the BIG ONE!
Exhausted from the day

I love you sweet baby....life is complete for all of us.
We love you with all our hearts,
Daddy, Mama & Sis

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Cup of Cheer

I thought I would start posting on different things for Christmas. I posted some favorite recipes yesterday and thought today I would give you some ideas to get you in the spirit of Christmas. I have read on several blogs people not in the mood for the holiday. Maybe this will help some.

Be the first to wish everyone you meet a Merry Christmas.

Go see a small town Christmas parade.

Don't count calories from December 15th through January 2nd.

Mend a broken relationship with someone during the holidays.

Take a basket of goodies to a notoriously grumpy neighbor.

Be nice to sales personnel. They're often wearier than you are.

Don't schedule yourself too tightly during the holidays. Before making an appointment, ask yourself, "Can this wait until after Christmas?"

Take a holiday family photograph each year in the same spot, such as by a favorite tree in your yard. In years to come, you'll have a wonderful record of the growth of your family, as well as of the tree.

Make an effort to attend every Christmas party you're invited to, even if you can only stay a few minutes.

Adopt a needy family for the holidays. Let members of your family buy a present for the person closest to their own age.

Fill your house with the holiday fragrance of cloves, orange peel, and cinnamon sticks simmering on the kitchen stove.

Don't despair if you are short of cash. Be creative. Looking back, you'll discover that the Christmases when you had the least money were the ones that left you with the best memories.

Let go of a problem you can't solve. Enjoy the season.

Hang a favorite Christmas ornament from your car's rear view mirror.

Sprinkle confetti in your Christmas card envelopes.

Chill a dark sheet of construction paper. Take it and a child outside and rediscover the wonder of snowflakes.

Take a basket of goodies to your local fire and police stations.

Wear a smile and a Santa hat when you walk through the mall.

If a child gives you a homemade gift, convince him it's your favorite gift of all.

Purchase a special Christmas sweater and wear it often.

Choose a Christmas tree that's a little too big for the room.

Tie a wreath with a big red bow to the grill of your car.

Organize a progressive dinner.

I will have some more closer to December to help remind us of this special holiday. But try to remember it's not the traffic jams or running through the malls after that one toy.....focus on others.....that is the one gift we all really truly want after all.

Talk to you all tomorrow...I'm off to do some Christmas shopping.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Some holiday favorites

Today I thought I would share with you all some of my favorite recipes....since the holidays are upon us...we can all use a good one now and then.

First I'm posting Paula Deen's Chicken Divan...it is wonderful and worth making......

2 (10-ounce) packages frozen broccoli, chopped
6 cups shredded chicken, cooked
2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon curry powder
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the outer wrappers from the boxes of broccoli. Open 1 end of each box. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes, until thawed. Drain the broccoli and put into a casserole dish. Add the shredded chicken.

In a medium bowl, combine the soup, mayonnaise, sour cream, Cheddar, lemon juice, curry powder, salt and pepper, to taste, and wine. Whisk together to make a sauce. Pour the sauce over the broccoli and chicken. Mix well with a spatula.

Place the mixture into an 11 by 7-inch casserole dish or 2 (9-inch) square disposable aluminum foil pans that have been sprayed with vegetable oil cooking spray. Pat down evenly and smooth with a spatula. Combine the Parmesan, bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle over the top.

Bake for about 30 to 45 minutes.

Cook's Note: Try topping with Cheddar or Gruyere cheese.


Next I thought I would share Steaming Hot Holiday Punch

Steaming Hot Holiday Punch
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3 cups apple juice
3 cups orange juice
6 cups cranberry juice
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 tsp powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp cloves
3/4 tsp nutmeg
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Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy pan. Bring to a boil and turn to simmer for a few minutes. Put punch in a crock pot on low to keep warm. You can add Dark Rum to this if you want.


Wicked Delight is made every year at my home and we love it......trust me you will too

1 Large Jar Dry Roasted Peanuts UNSALTED

1 box small pretzel sticks

1 small box Golden Graham Cereal

2 cups of pecans

12 squares of white chocolate almond bark

Melt White Chocolate in a double boiler or in microwave

Mix nuts, cereal and pretzel sticks. Pour chocolate on mixture.

Stir and coat well. Spread onto wax paper to cool….store in an air

Tight container….

Makes a lot.



I make this next one Christmas Eve Morning...a BIG hit.
Overnight Carmel French Toast

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 12 slices French or Italian-style bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Caramel Sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 2 tablespoons corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  2. Pour sauce into a 9x13 inch baking dish and sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans. Place 6 slices of bread on top of the sauce, sprinkle with the remaining pecans and cover with the remaining 6 slices of bread.
  3. Combine eggs, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt in a blender. Pour egg mixture evenly over bread slices, cover the baking dish, and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove the French toast from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until lightly brown. Drizzle sauce over the toast right before serving.
  5. To make the Caramel Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter and 1 tablespoon corn syrup. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
I also do alot of cream cheese with Hot Pepper jelly in Red or Green with Wheat Thins alot.....also Tina @ Antique Mommy gave me this appetizer last year and it is to die for...

Sausage Dip

1 pound of Sausage browned
1 can of Rotel...or diced tomatoes with green chili's
1-2 packages of cream cheese

Put in a crock pot and serve with Tortillas Chips....it is wonderful

I have been looking for some new ideas so if you have any send them my way I'm always up for a new Holiday meal....I hope you enjoyed these...I will try to post more throughout December...Have a great day!






Monday, November 26, 2007

Monday Stuff

Well good Monday Morning. Thanksgiving is over. We had so much food to eat and alot of good memories going on. Miller enjoyed green beans the most. The beginning of the holiday season has arrived. People have Christmas lights up all over my neighborhood.
Miller's birthday is Thursday so we wont get started on decor until after that. I have ordered his cake and presents are wrapped and ready.

The weather here has been really cold. In the 20's. Our local high school football team won Friday night and we are really excited and proud of them.

Back to school today. Madison has Vollyball practice twice this week and gymnastics. Not too bad of a week. I'm going to run around with mom one day this week looking for some garland for the front door. And maybe some other things for the holidays. I have been looking through Holiday magazines.

My birthday is coming up the first week of December. I need some suggestions on what to do. We can go to Nashville for the day shopping, or to nice a resteraunt around here....I just don't know what to do. Any ideas out there?


I'm going to do my meal planning....for more meal plans go see Laura....

Monday...Sausage Pasta Soup with homemade bread....

Tuesday....leftover soup and bread

Wednesday...church dinner

Thursday.....Meatloaf, mashed Potatoes, green beans.....Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake....Miller's Big day...so I made his favorites.

Friday...Taco Pizza....Friday night football

Saturday.....Potato Soup with toppings in the crock pot while we break out the Christmas Decor.

Sunday......Leftovers

I hope you all have a great Monday I'm going to do some things around the house.....Happy Monday!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday is officially over....

As I sit here and write this...Black Friday is coming to an end. All the early shoppers should be home waking up from their afternoon nap or still out there. I for one did not venture out into the craziness. Madison and mom did however and got a few bargains. Miller and I stayed home and made all our gifts in a jar....we did M&M Cookies, Dreamsicle, Chocolate Pecan Shortbread, and Almond Joy Brownies.......I'm not going to start making candy until the tree is up. I don't put our tree up until after Miller's birthday so we can separate the two for him...my mom always did this with me as my birthday is December 8th.

Madison and Scott have headed out tonight for the big local high school game. If we win we go to state...yes state. This is the same school I went to and Madison goes to....pretty exciting.

Miller and I are staying home...we have had leftovers and watching some Winnie the Pooh and chilling out from all the holiday excitement. Tomorrow we go to Scott's parents house for yet another Thanksgiving.

I did however get some on line shopping done and feel good about it...

So what all are you doing this busy holiday weekend? Getting Christmas decorations out...or still eating turkey...or shopping for that perfect gift? Let me know....talk to you soon.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

From our house to yours.....Happy Thanksgiving
Scott, Jen, Madison & Miller

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Works for me

This one is pretty simple...when it gets crazy in the house....especially with the holidays approaching...bathrooms get neglected. So...before I go to bed at night I take the toilet bowl cleaner and pour it into the toilet. I leave it there over night....I do this about 2 times a week...in the morning I go through and flush them all. It saves me time and helps me out and the kids are not complaining about a nasty rim around their toilet.....It works for me.....and it's easy and fast.

For more Works for me Wednesday's go see Shannon @ Rocks in My Dryer.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

5 Thing meme

Karen at Over the Back Yard Fence tagged me on this one. I didn't take pictures as in my previous post you can see photos of my home....I hope you enjoy this.

I'm tagging Andrea, Sandra, Laura and CeCe.......this should be fun.


5 things I’ve always wanted to do:
Go to Ireland and rent a home in the hills with my family for a month

Go to New York City with my mom and ice skate and shop (we were supposed to go this year but it got canceled)

Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Plantation in the south for a week with Scott

Go to Hawaii with my family

Go to the Martha Stewart show or Paula Deen’s show….either would be pretty awesome for me.

5 things found in my bag:
My wallet

My make up bag

Tampons….you asked

Starbucks gift card

On the go Crystal lite tea pack

5 things in my wallet:
My debit card

Cash

Drivers license

Receipts for the holidays

My donor card for being a Bone Marrow Donor...I haven't been but have been tested

5 things I’m currently into:
The Holidays

Cooking new meals

Blogging

Getting together things to start Homeschooling Miller in January for Pre School

Organizing menu's and parties

5 things in my room…………

I’m in the Family Room….go see my previous post to see the room

Our Big Screen

My fireplace

My red couch

My sconces on the wall

My great feather arrangement on the fireplace


Hope you all enjoyed.....have a great Tuesday for I'm cleaning and getting ready for the holidays this week.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Welcome to my home

WELCOME EVERYONE!



So the outside photos have not been updated......I will later though....this was the day of the inspection.

Good Morning. As promised I'm showing my pictures of the house we prayed for and waited for. It's not all done...I still have some decor issues to deal with.....but....I wanted you all to see it before we get decorating for the holidays and well you will see it again. I wanted to do before and after shots but I have worked with Blogger all weekend and I'm worn out. So grab some coffee and special creamer and come on in.

Here is the kitchen where I spend most of my time.....all of my time lately. The other picture is above stupid blogger is wearing me out....literally.




Second, this is our family room I went with red and golds and blacks....I have always wanted a red room. Well...I have it now.

For some reason my Dining room picture didn't take very well......it's pretty simple though.
Here is our foyer....I have never had a foyer...and if you look closely you can see our hardwood...I have never had real hardwood floors....I do now!

This is our bedroom. Pretty Simple.I like it that way.



Here is Miller's room.
I wished Blogger would have let me post more on his room....it is very cute.








This is the lonely room. The front living room. I haven't found any furniture yet for it. And I don't want to feel rushed so I'm taking my time with it. It has one piece of furniture in it and I'm painting it this winter for a project....
Here is the hall bathroom....the kids actually. You can see the Potty Chair...no he isn't potty trained we are just getting ready for the first of the year.


Madison's room is not on display as she would not clean it...so wait to see hers at Christmas when I participate in Boomama's Christmas tour...

I hope you all enjoyed this....as we did too.

Thanks for stopping by...come back soon.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Have a great weekend


This is my mom's street...the street I grew up on. The trees looked wonderful yesterday so I took a picture of them...you cant see how beautiful they really are.

Come back and see me on Monday. I'm posting the before and after pictures of our house. The house we prayed for the house we put blood, sweat, tears and some cash into. I know alot of you have been wanting to see the inside for awhile...so me and Madison are going to work on it this weekend. So come back and take a tour of Casa De Le Jen........

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Gobble Gobble!

Good morning everyone. Karla @ Looking Towards Heaven is hosting A Gobble Gobble Some Good Stuff .....she is wanting our Thanksgiving Menu's.....so here goes

My mom cooks this meal...I help.

Turkey & Her Mom's Dressing
Green Beans
Corn Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Giblet Gravy
Broccoli Salad
Cranberry Salad
Homemade Yeast Rolls
Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallow topping

Pumpkin Pie with French Vanilla Cool Whip
Derby Pie
Cocunut 3 layer cake

She always has House of Grace Tea and Coffee with Baileys too

My Corn Casserole was what my grandmother always made and she passed away last April...so I'm sharing this recipe and the House of Grace Tea.....it's wonderful.

Corn Casserole

Corn Casserole

1 can Cream of Corn

1 can of Whole Kernel Corn

1 can diced green chilies

1 8 ounce package of cream cheese

½ stick of melted butter

Mix together butter and cream cheese until well blended.

Add the rest of ingredients and Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes

Until bubbly on top…..

My grandmother gave me this recipe years ago and I have tons of

People ask for it. She passed away April 2007

House of Grace Tea

House of Grace Tea

1 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of instant tea
3/4 cup lemonade (I use Countrytime)
1/4 cup of white grape juice

Add 1 gallon of water to all ingredients and mix....add a slice lemon to each glass.

She make this on special occasions and we all love it.....

To see who all is making what and for some good ole recipes go see visit Karla today.....
Gobble Gobble!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Life






One day she will look at this and say......wasn't life simple?














Madison & Miller at the beach 2007

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Just some things to get ready for


I just wanted you all to know some things going on in Blog Land.....Here goes.



Kisses of Sunshine is hosting her 2nd annual Homemade with love on Monday November 12th.....please go check her out I did this last year and got alot of homemade ideas and she has some great gifts to give away if you enter....



Kelli @ There's no place like home is hosting Giving Thanks on Monday November 12th.......During the week of November 12-17 (Monday through Saturday), I will be sharing decorating ideas, crafts, poems, songs, prayers, "after dinner" games, table settings, activities for children, and a daily cleaning schedule (with before and after pictures!). This should be alot of fun...so go check her out.

Boomama is hosting her 2nd annual Christmas of Homes on December 17th...this is always alot of fun so don't forget this one either!

Another great will be held at Looking Towards Heaven on November 15th this one is Gobble Gobble Thanksgving......Karla is wanting our Thanksgiving menus which should be fun so we can share ideas.

Kathleen over at The Open Window is hosting her 2nd annual Christmas Ornament Gift Exhange.....this should fun it is held on November 16th...

Overwhelmed with joy is looking for some great Christmas deals.....November 12th hers is called Hot Deals for a Cool Christmas.

I think I got them all....not sure...I hope at least...if I forgot one I will post again..I
will post on the party tomorrow but we had a really good time.....
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Friday, November 09, 2007

The Weekend

Good morning. The kids are up and life has started over today. Madison is getting ready for school while Miller watches Disney. I have a BIG weekend planned. Scott's party is tomorrow night with 16 people coming over. Yikes! We are tailgating it. I'm making Hot Wings, Meatballs, Pigs in a Blanket, Chili...hot dogs, cheese fries, we have cheese dip and Dill pickle dip coming I have ordered a Cookie Cake.....I'm doing up a veggie tray and some cheese. Maybe making my chicken dip...if I have time. We are stringing lights around the deck and the fire pit will be lit up. Ballgames in every room and food....for drinking we are making Strawberry Margaritas and Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch......it sounds yummy. The kids are going to granny's of course for the night!

So today I'm cleaning the house......preparing what I can get done today. Tomorrow will be cleaning up the front porch and getting the deck together....dusting and vacuuming. Setting up tables. We are excited...it should be loads of fun.

Miller has a cold though and I hope it just passes....Madison had it earlier and gave it to her little brother.....that happens I know.

Our highschool football team is in the playoffs so Scott will be at the game tonight....go Flash!

Happy Friday ya'll I'll tell you all about the party Monday.....maybe even with some pictures.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Slow Cook Thursday


I'm sharing an appetizer since the holidays are approaching....I love fast and easy things so here goes....

Chicken Dip

1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of chicken diced or shredded
1 can of sliced mushrooms drained
1 Box of Wheat Thins

Add all ingredients and cook on high 2-3 hours or low 6-7 hours.... Stir on occasion. Serve with Wheat Thin crackers....it's always a big hit with parties and small get togethers....yummy.
ENJOY!

For more Slow Cooker recipes go see my dear friend Sandra @ Diary of a Stay Home Mom...

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Works for me Wednesday




Today is another BACKWARDS edition of Works-For-Me Wednesday. Instead of sharing one of your brilliant life tips with Bloggityville, you ask your kind readers for their suggestions in handling a specific problem.

With the holidays around the corner...I'm looking for some easy meals to make or freeze. I love being on top of things for the holidays and to make things easy for me and my family. Also I'm looking for any candy recipes that are different and appetizers that are easy.....EASY is the word I'm looking for. Any bread recipes are appreciated too......thank you and Happy Holidays to you and your families....

For more Works for me Wednesday please go visit Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer......

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Typical Tuesday


Scott was home yesterday and finished the deck. He went and picked out his fire pit got it home and it was cracked.....so I'm taking it back tomorrow. He was busy all day yesterday working outside.

I was inside doing laundry and taking care of Miller. I did however get a Chicken Pot Pie made and froze it for the crazy months coming up. I plan on doing some more freezer meals....maybe one or two. Do any of you do these? Any ideas for me or tips?

We are busy today...Madison is out of school since it's Election Day. We need to go vote. We need to film a project she is working on with a friend. She has a Dentist appointment this afternoon...she needs 2 fillings. She has Vollyball practice and gymnastics. It will be nuts this afternoon. I think we will be eating leftovers and anything fast in between practices.

We got the okay from a friend who lives in California we can come see her next June.....we are very excited. We are planning on flying out for about 10 days....maybe tour the state. I have never been and we cannot wait....of course if you know me...I cannot wait to start planning the trip itself.

I'm going to address some more Christmas cards today. I'm almost done with them.
The leaves are really falling here and the colors are just beautiful. Enjoy this weather now for winter is not to far away.
Happy Tuesday all!

Monday, November 05, 2007

What's going on at our house


So today I have some things going on. I need to start preparing for this party we are having for Scott this Saturday night at the house. 18 people are coming. Yes..that is what I said...18! It's his birthday and we are doing a tailgate party. Pulling some trucks around back by the deck and putting coolers in them.....I'm hunting down Christmas lights today so I can wrap them around the deck for light. I also need to go buy his Fire Pit he wants this week sometime.
I'm going to spray paint my lamps in the Family Room black and paint my fireplace brass black.
Of course I have laundry going on as usual. And I tried some of Barb's recipes this weekend....her Taco Casserole and chicken Rigatoni Casserole they were AWESOME! Tonight we are having Potato Soup and homemade bread and a salad....yum.

I have been making my menus for the holidays and starting to compose a list of sweet things I'm making and gifts in jars. I need to go buy my jars this week. I plan on doing these with Madison Thanksgiving weekend...it should be fun. We are doing 12 M&M Cookies, 6 Dreamsicles, 3 Chocolate Shortbread and 3 Almond Joy Brownies......that covers 24 people on our list...hip hip hooray!

I hope you all are having a great Monday and a fantastic week.
Blessings!

Friday, November 02, 2007

The holidays


Well Halloween is over. That means the countdown is on for the holidays....Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every year after Halloween it seems to go so fast and boom its Christmas Eve. This year I have planned on being organized. I want to watch my momma make her mom's Dressing on Thanksgiving and listen to my dad talk to Madison about the pilgrims and watch Miller run through the leaves and giggle chasing a football my brother has thrown for him. This year I want to enjoy watching Madison and her friends decorate Christmas cookies and listen to them giggle over things at school. I want to hear Miller squeal with delight as we walk through the mall and he sees Santa from a distance. I want to take the time to smile and go to dinner with my friends and truly enjoy it. I want to smell the gingerbread cookies baking at my Mother in laws house while me and my sister in law make peanut butter fudge. I want to hear my kids laugh this holiday season have camp outs in the family room by the fireplace, decorate cards for the mailman and make gifts in a jar for our neighbors.
This holiday season I want to enjoy it with my family and friends. I don't want to be rushed or tired or irritated. I choose not too. I do however choose to be relaxed and enjoy this wonderful life we have. So please sit back and start getting menus planned out now, Christmas cards started stamped and finished......crafts started......so that when it's time to rest and enjoy that moment you will have it. Life is so short.....enjoy it right now!