Saturday, December 31, 2011

See ya next year!


Good Bye 2011. You were a weird year, to say the least! I’m not happy that your done but I don’t feel bad about it either.

This year we learned a lot, for that I am grateful. We were able to care for our family and a few friends. There is enough food to keep us fed and there is enough money to pay for heat and a roof over our heads. Oh, and I can’t forget I got a cow named after me… so kewl!

The monsters have grown in size and in maturity. They are at that age that I know they will be grown and off to their own lives way before I’m ready to let go. But this year I was able to see the type of adults that I have raised. I’m proud of these monsters.

Enough of this year and on to the next! I have so many plans…. we will just have to wait and see if I have what it takes to make them happen.

By the way do you know resolutions are? They are your to do list for the first week of January…. LOL!

We are staying in and eating junk food with the monsters and having a safe new year’s eve. See you all next year!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Never to Early

My head cold is getting better as it travels down into my chest. So this is going to be one of those lets lay around and do nothing really. We played with the Wii today. Last night we got started on the Harry Potter Marathon…. one movie each night. Before the week is over we need to go to the zoo. They have the entire zoo strung with Christmas lights. Normally, we try and get done there before the holiday but this year I thought it would be easier to wait.

With New Year’s right around the corner, I thought that I should give some thought to it. I plan on going back to eating better, loosing more weight, finish the school course I signed up for and finally get the store opened.

Since we have the first week of the New Year off, I am hoping that we get some snow so that I can take the monsters sledding. We are really hoping for snow as the the monsters want to make snow zombies this year. I will get pictures cause this is going to be to funny!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Till we meet again

Its over! At least until next year!! Thank the Gods for that…. LOL! Everyone had a great time and loved all the gifts! There are a ton of leftovers so no cooking for a couple of days…. except for the stock and the bean soup!

But I have a raging head cold, now. I even took it easy this year and I still got sick. I am just up after a 3 hour nap. Hopefully, I feel better tomorrow….. I DON”T WANT TO BE SICK FOR ALL CHRISTMAS VACATION! Ok, that tantrum is done!

I will have pictures up when I feel better. We didn’t get snow, instead we had 40 degree weather. I loved the sunshine!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas


I wish you all a Joyous and Happy Holiday Season!

From My House to Yours,
Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 19, 2011

One Week Countdown

Right now I have one gift left to make and that is for Mouthy. All gifts have been bought and wrapped. Even the stocking stuffers are ready to go! I still need to make the cookies and candies. But since I cut the types down to three cookies and three candies, it shouldn’t be to bad.

Tonight I will be making toll house and chocolate candy canes & pretzels.

We are making really good progress on the shirt I am making for Grim. It is simplicity pattern # 2895. Just need to finish the collar, add the cuffs and the sleeves and it will be done.


Eventually I will make the vest to go with it. But I do still have material to make a second one in black. So I think that will happen before the vest. At least it will keep me busy all winter… LOL! Plus, I have this really cute gypsy skirt pattern I have been dying to try so I guess there is no time like the present!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday Ramblings

First I wanted to let you all know that the cornbread recipe that I posted the other day was really good. The only thing was that it was a little dry…. But that could be because I didn’t use buttermilk, I used the substitute instead.

I made Banana Snack cake yesterday! Huge success! You can get the recipe here.Valerie over at Prepared LDS Family has a lot of great recipes so check them out while your there!

Here is a recipe that I want to try but haven’t had the time yet to make. Vegetable Pot Pie Pockets…. They look so good! You can find the recipe at Budget Gourmet Mom.

Phelan over at A Homesteading Neophyte shared some love. And I think that this site could use a little more love as I plan on purchasing soap from them in the very near future. The soaps are called Abundant Life Botanicals. They can be found here.

Aren’t they pretty! And only .97 cents and ounce!!!

Domestic Witch is hosting the 3rd annual Christmas Balls Blog Party! If you want to participate or just look for new recipes head on over! I have taken part for the last two years and am looking for a new recipe to share!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Red & White Yummies!

Over at Jamie Cooks It Up!, Jamie has these yummy looking White Chocolate Cherry Cookies! You have to head over there and get the recipe. I know I said I was only going to do a couple cookies this year…. But I think I am going to be adding 2 more!

Then I found these! Ashley at The Shine Project has PinWheels! Oh I can’t wait to try both of these out!


Monday’s Projects


I am making crockpot chili for dinner as Picky monster and I will be at bowling practice and I don’t want the rest of the family to starve… LOL! But I vowed that once the convenience products ran out that I would be making from scratch. Of course I go to the cupboard and there is no mix for cornbread. Good thing I picked up a bag of cornmeal awhile back. So the picture above was taken from CAN YOU STAY FOR DINNER? Blog…. The recipe is here! And did you know that you can use 1tbsp of vinegar and a cup of milk as a buttermilk substitute? I didn’t but do now. LOL!

I have been working my fingers to the bone since I found this site LOST IN STASH, picture and pattern. I absolutely love these. I have an entire box of them that I will be adding to the store in January! If you want to learn how to make them go here.

I still need to sew up the tablecloths for the living room. Just add it to the list!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Weekend Adventures

This weekend wasn’t quite as productive as I would have liked it to be. But my mom is helping me to learn how to read a pattern. I can sew, but I have never really tried to do anything major. Over the summer I bought a ton of patterns from Joanne’s. One of them is a cowboy type shirt and Grim picked out white and black cotton for the shirts. Since it is winter and most of my stash of to be finished project have been finished it was time to sew. I think that we will be working on it for a couple more weeks. It is very slow going.

I cleaned the hallway. Washed the walls, floor and all the doors. Next will be the bathroom. I got 2 loaves of bread made and 2 that I only let rise once and put in the freezer. I really hope they turn out. It will be so nice to be able to just thaw and bake. Oh, and I made more instant oatmeal. The monsters aren’t complaining to much about the lack of cold cereal. I am hoping to have time this week to make more pancakes.

I still need to make cookies. Just add it to the list!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

300 in 3

After my miserable start in October, I tried harder in November. I got 60.8 miles in. For a two month total of 80.28 miles. I would have done more but my heel having issues. So far this month I have only done uncounted walking. Not enough to even consider. But realistically, I did more in two months then I had done in awhile. So this challenge wasn’t a complete waste.

On to other news….

I went to have my teeth cleaned today. The molar that the crown broke off in the earlier part of the year is now infected. No wonder I have been feeling crappy. I am on amoxil and have an appointment for January to have it yanked out. YEAH!

I was able to get the two main gifts sewn up. I still have one more to try and do. I just don’t know if I am going to get the time to do it. Way, to many people in and out of the house at all hours. Every one is on a different schedule. If there is a will, there might be a way… LOL!

I am going to try and get some baking done this weekend. Hopefully, all of it. This year I am only making toll house, m&m, almond cookies and buckeyes. I might dip pretzels in chocolate, this is debatable though. Not important to me… LOL!

Next week we have practice, 2 competitions, 1 meeting for IEP, dentist for Grim, plus a secret shopper assignment for me, oh and Christmas party at the bowling alley. Then the week before Christmas we have two practices.

I can say that I am not stressed out this year. Loving that!


Monday, December 5, 2011

Wow, Where did the week go?

I have been busy running around finishing up the last of the Band Performances since last Wednesday. Then we had 3 bowling practices and league on Saturday. All the while trying to get some things taken care of for Christmas.

I made calzones with the leftover turkey and Stromboli with sandwich pepperoni. I have also been working on a new pattern for dishclothes. I will share later as I didn’t take any pictures yet. But I do have a ton done as I have been sitting and waiting most of last week.

This week is already no better. We had our first competition tonight. I’m not sure if we won or not… Will find out on Thursday at practice. I was able to get some sewing done. Can’t say what cause I have some nosy readers… LOL! I still have at least 2 more projects to get done. Oh, bread bags have been started. Need to do more though. Once I open the store I want to have a big selection of items to sell.