Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I'am thinking....of the places I need to go today.
I'am thankful.....for so many things...family, friends, my church, my home....my GOD.
I'am going...to several places today...Hobby Lobby, The Limited Too, the Mall, Sonic for gift cards for the holidays along with Starbucks gift cards.....and to get my nails done...a busy day...Miller is going to momma's.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Scott is off work today. We are taking Miller to the library and to lunch. Big day out. I love days with Scott. He is so easy to do things with. We got Miller's bedding this past weekend...jungle safari to stay with his room decor. His bed will be set up on his birthday while we pre occupy him.....big surprise.
We had our Thanksgiving dinner at church last night. I love turkey and dressing and I love it when the ladies at church cook it. They do such a great job. Our bible study was powerful last night. we had some woman break down and it was good.....good they felt the holy spirit talking to them. A friend of mine's husband was saved on Sunday so God is all around me.....holding me up, encouraging me and holding my hand. God is so good.
As for the next couple of days....I'm doing some major Christmas shopping, some birthday shopping, dinner with my dear aunts (I cannot wait to do)....and a day to myself....a MOPs Council meeting on Saturday.....which should be awesome, and Sunday back to church.
We are going into the holidays and life is good......enjoy your day!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
* My 3 layer Coconut Cake....made from scratch.....it takes 2 days to make...but worth it.....
* Corn Casserole
* Mashed Potatoes
* Appetizer...which is a jalapeno/sweet relish on cream cheese with tortilla chips....yummy!
I'm making Sausage/Cheese muffins for breakfast that morning. We are having our carpets cleaned the morning before that so I will be in the kitchen cooking....
What do you have to make for Turkey Day?
Monday, November 17, 2008
Outside my window...cars are passing to rush off to work...in this cold morning of 37 degrees
I am thinking...about a woman I used to know who passed away from cancer yesterday morning..she was only 48.
I am thankful for...for our God..that we have him to turn to in time of need
From the learning rooms...we are going to talk about Indians for Thanksgiving and pilgrims working on the letter P and I
From the kitchen...Chicken and Dressing, Roast with the fixins, Sausage bean Soup with homemade bread, spaghetti and meatballs...just a few things that i will cook up this week.
I am wearing...pajama pants and tee
I am creating...lists for Christmas...still
I am going...to the skating rink with a friend today for a play date for Miller.
I am reading...Southern Living cookbooks for Christmas
I am hoping...for a quiet week with making lots of memories
I am hearing...Miller chase the dog
Around the house...cleaning bathrooms, laundry, and dusting the furniture
One of my favorite things...making candy during the holidays
A few plans for the rest of the week:a playdate, gymnastics, Thanksgiving dinner at church on Wednesday night, my bible study, the library for story time, and lunch with a friend
Here is picture thought I am sharing...
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Friday, November 14, 2008
........enough money within her control to move out, rent a place of her own in case she ever wants to or need to.
........something perfect to wear if the employer or a date of her dreams wants to see her in a hour.
........a youth she is content to leave behind.
........a past juicy enough that she is looking forward to retell in her old age.
........the realization that she is actually going to have an old age and some money set aside to fund it.
........a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
........one friend who always makes her laugh, one who lets her cry.
........a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone in her family.
........eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, a recipe for a meal that will make her guest feel honored.
........a resume that not even the slightest padded.
........a feeling of control over her future.
Every woman should know.......how to quit a job, break up with a boyfriend, and confront a friend without ruining her friendship.
.......when to try harder and when to walk away.
.......how to have a good time at a party she would never have chose to attend.
.......when to try harder and when to walk away.
.......how to ask for what she wants in a way that makes it most likely, she will get it.
.......that she cannot change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents.
.......that her childhood may not have been perfect but it is over.
.......what she would or would not do for love or more.
......how to live alone even if she does not like it.
......whom she can trust, whom she cannot and why she should not take it personally.
.......where to go, whether it be her best friends kitchen table, or a charming inn in the woods if her soul needs soothing.
.......what she cannot accomplish in a day, month and a year.
......how to fall in love without losing herself.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I do love this time of year. Miller turns 3 right after Thanksgiving. We have gotten him a Big Boy Bed....I have been looking for bedding for him. His room is done in Safari Animals....I have found some things but nothing great yet. So if you know of something that I don't know about it...let me know.
Miller and I have some things to do today. We need to run to Kohls and then grocery shop. The dreaded grocery shopping. My two times a month thing. By the time I leave I'm drained and seeing things....no really...I normaly nap that day.
We are watching our budget as it is that time of year. I scale the cabinets and look for meals before menu planning.
A few meals I came up with are....chicken pot pie, homemade pizza....breakfast...tuna casserole...now for the meals i need to buy for....roast and potatoes...sausage bean soup....hashbrown bake....spaghetti...chicken and dressing....taco casserole....the rest of the nights are either leftovers or frozen pizza...or eating out...thats it for dinners for us for 2 weeks...how did I do? I dont freeze many meals as I never have much luck with this. I enjoy cooking though. Although I'm including cleaning supplies, medicine, cards, trash bags in the mix....hopefully I can do it all under $200....fingers crossed.
I'll keep you posted....talk to you soon.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Making lists for Thanksgiving and have been going through cookbooks and magazines for Christmas ideas.
Do any of you make lists this early?
I'm off to fold laundry and get ready for the day.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I'am thinking....of all the things I need to get done this week.
I'am thankful.....for healthy children and the roof over my head.
I'am going...no where today..it's cleaning day. The only day of the week I don't move.
A picture thought for you.....
Friday, November 07, 2008
For more fantastic Holiday recipes go on over to Overwhelmed with Joy....enjoy!
So Overwhelmed with Joy is hosting her Holiday Blogger Style Recipes again. I love this time of year. I jotted some of the families favorites down...I worked on it all week so I wouldn't forget a favorite. Some of these are appetizers some are candies and desserts and some a breakfast..and of course the rest is main courses or sides...I hope you enjoy them...have a good weekend...and go on over to see the rest of the ladies who are sharing their family favorites.
Cranberry and Apple Oats:
6 peeled and sliced baking apples(I used Granny Smith's be
1 16oz can WHOLE cranberry sauce
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 melted butter
Preheat oven to 375
Mix first four ingredients together
(apples, cranberries, cinnamon,& nutmeg)
Fill bottom of a 9 X 13 baking dish
Then in seperate bowl, mix together oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and melted butter til this forms a crumbly mixture. Spread over apple & cranberries and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
2 cans (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent rolls
2 tubs (8 oz each) Phil Light Cream Cheese spread
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla
1 can (21 oz) pie filling
1 to 2 tsp milk
Preheat oven to 350. Unroll 1 can of crescent dough. Place in greased 13x9 pan. Press onto bottom of pan to form crust, firmly pressing seams together to seal.
Beat cream cheese spread, 3/4 cup sugar, egg white, and vanilla with mixer on medium speed until well blended. Spread onto curst; cover with pie filling. Unroll remaining can of crescent dough onto large sheet of wax paper. Pat out dough to form 13x9 rectangle, pressing seams together to seal. Invert over pie filling to form top crust.
Bake 30-35 min. or until golden brown. Cool at least 20 min. Gradually add milk to remaining 3/4 cup sugar; beating until well blended thick. Drizzle over warm dessert. Cut into 24 rectangles to serve.
1 box of Devil’s Food Cake
1 box instant vanilla pudding
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup Kahlua
1 16 ounce container of sour cream
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Powdered sugar for sprinkling
Pre heat oven to 350. Combine cake mix, pudding,eggs,oil, Kahlua and sour cream in a large mixing bowl. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into a greased Bundt Pan. Bake for 50 minutes. Allow cake to cool…invert cake onto serving plate…Dust cake with powdered sugar.
For special occasion…drizzle with white chocolate.
My Aunt Betty’s Fruit Salad
2 cans pineapple with syrup
1 cup orange juice
½ cup sugar
1 bottle of Marcherrio Cherry Syrup..(pour just enough for color)
1 jar of Marcherrio Cherries sliced
2-3 oranges pulled apart really good….no skin
2 apples diced and peeled
2 bananas. sliced
Make night before….next day add bananas and sliced cherries….serve
1 package Oreo cookies – NOT double stuffed
1 – 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 package Almond Bark (chocolate or white)
Crush Oreos in a food processor. Add cream cheese and blend until it is no longer white. Roll into balls and refrigerate for an hour or so. Melt chocolate and dip Oreo balls into the chocolate. Set on wax paper until hardened.
Sausage and Cheese Muffins
1 pkg ground pork sausage
3 cups all purpose bisquick
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can condensed cheese soup
3/4 cup water
Cook sausage until it crumbles,drain, and cool.
Combine sausage, bisquick, and shredded cheddar in large bowl. Make a well in center of the mixture. Seperately stir condensed soup and water, and add to mixture. Stir until moist. Spoon into lightly greased muffin pans, and fill to the top. Bake at 350, 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Steaming Hot Holiday Punch
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
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.
Strawberry Kiwi Tini
2 cups ginger ale
1/2 cup vodka
1 tub CRYSTAL LIGHT Strawberry Kiwi Flavor Low Calorie Soft Drink Mix
2-1/2 cups crushed ice
6 each kiwi and strawberry slices
PLACE ginger ale, vodka and drink mix in blender container; cover. Blend until drink mix is completely dissolved.
ADD ice; cover. Blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into 6 martini glasses. Garnish each with a kiwi and strawberry slice.
2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 cans artichoke hearts
chopped and drained
1 cup Hellmann’s mayo
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
¼ cup red bell pepper finely chopped
1 green onion finely sliced
Roll dough out on lightly greased baking sheet. Press seams together to make solid. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Mix all other ingredients together and spread on partially baked crust. Return to oven and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly. Let cool a little and cut into squares. If you have extra topping put in a bowl and serve as a dip. Makes 24 servings.
1 pkg crescent roll dough
8 ounce round Havarti Cheese
Red & Green Apples
Unroll the dough ad press seams together with fingers. Gently wrap around the cheese. Seam will be on the bottom. Place on baking sheet. Bake according to directions on the dough package. Serve warm. Slice and combine with fresh apples.
3 cups pecan halves
2 tbsp of butter
9 squares of vanilla almond bark
Toast pecans by placing nuts on a baking sheet. Pour melted butter over the top and stir until nuts are coated with the butter. Bake in a 300 oven for 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes. Melt the bark in a large bowl in the microwave. Pour toasted nuts in the melted bark then drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Cool and store in air tight container….makes 24