Saturday, November 29, 2008

Miller


Today we celebrate you.
Happy 3rd birthday Miller.
We love you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm going to take a break from blogging through Thanksgiving. I'm in need of some good ole fashion family time. Madison is out of school tomorrow so it's a given. I'm cleaning the house today and have alot to do......enjoy your time with family and friends...remember to thank God for your blessings.....Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

Monday, November 24, 2008

My Day Book



For more day books go on over to see Peggy @ The Simple Woman

For Today...November 24th


Outside my Window...it's dark and wet. It rained all night...a slow steady one.

From the learning rooms...we are not focusing on anything but Thanksgiving...I have a few crafts to make with Miller. A pilgrim hat and some turkeys...with finger paints.

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.

From the kitchen this week...Tater Tot Casserole, Tuna Casserole.....Thanksgiving Feast..leftovers....Coconut Cake...and more leftovers....maybe pizza out one night when we are tired of leftovers.

I am wearing...my silk robe

I am reading...holiday cookbooks...getting ready for grocery lists and menus still doing this from last week. ( I got new cook books last week)

I am hoping...to get Miller's gifts wrapped tomorrow. Sponge Bob is his new best friend.

I am creating...my Christmas Card List.....going over it.....


I am hearing...the garage door go down as Scott has taken Madison to school.


Around the house...tomorrow will be laundry, bathrooms to scrub and sheets to strip....Friday will be dusting and cleaning hardwood....my carpets get cleaned on Wednesday so this is good.

One of my favorite things...a hot chocolate bar.

Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...gymnastics, church, Miller has a haircut, my nail appointment, carpets getting cleaned, going to the library to find the movie Planes Trains and Automobiles....we always watch it the night of Thanksgiving...and laugh. Miller's birthday is Saturday so baking cupcakes and preparing for that too....

A picture thought for you.....Miller last year at Thanksgiving....

Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Weekend.


So I'm going Christmas shopping today. I hope you have a stress free weekend...and enjoy the moment.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Throwing things out there


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

Turkey Day Orders

I got my orders Saturday on what to bring/cook for Thanksgiving lunch....here goes

* 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

My day book


FOR TODAY....... November 17th

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...

For more day books go visit Peggy over at The Simple Woman's Day Books...


Friday, November 14, 2008

A Woman




Every woman should have ........an old love she can imagine going back to.
........and one who reminds her how far she has come.
........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

Talkin

So it's 2 weeks today from Thanksgiving. I cannot believe it. Mom gave me the menu last night...my orders were to bring...mashed potatoes...corn casserole...Coconut Creme Cake...and an appetizer. So I will be cooking the day before....at least on the cake. We are having a carpets cleaned the day before Thanksgiving as well.
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

Chit Chat

It's a rainy dark day this morning. It is supposed to rain all day long. And into tomorrow. That is okay as we are staying in all day. Cleaning floors and finishing up laundry. Working on a craft with Miller. Catching up on some shows. Madison has Volleyball and Gymnastics tonight and I have a jewelry party to attend....so I need dinner fast. I may make my Burrito Pie and cook it before I leave....being done when we come home.
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

Monday's



For more day books go on over to see Peggy @ The Simple Woman

For Today...November 10th


Outside my Window...there is a thick layer of frost on the ground. The air is really cold....27 this morning.

From the learning rooms...this week I want to focus on veterans. Scott was in the Air Force and I want Miller to know this. So we are going to Work on the Letter A....and paint airplanes.

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.

From the kitchen this week...Veggie Beef Soup with Amish Bread, Fries and Beef Bake, Candy Chicken and pumpkin bread.....just some of the things cooking this week.

I am wearing...gap tee shirt and pajama pants

I am reading...holiday cookbooks...getting ready for grocery lists and menus still doing this from last week.

I am hoping...to find some bedding for Miller...he is going into the big boy bed the week of his birthday.

I am creating...lists....lots of them.


I am hearing...the shower come on.


Around the house...I need to clean floors. Clean bathrooms, strip sheets and do some laundry.

One of my favorite things...a hot cup of coffee on a cold winter day snuggled up in a chair with my favorite quilt.

Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...gymnastics and volleyball two times this week, an eye Dr appointment, a nail appointment, a jewelry party to attend, my bible study, grocery day, Scott's birthday, MOPS in the evening, maybe some Christmas shopping too.

A picture thought for you.....

Friday, November 07, 2008

Some holiday fav's


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.

Cherry Delight

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.


Kahlua Cake

1 box of Devil’s Food Cake

1 box instant vanilla pudding

2 eggs

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.

Serves 10-12

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


Oreo Truffles

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.

15 servings.


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.

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.

Artichoke Appetizers

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.

Baked Havarti

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.

Pecan Clusters

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