Monday, December 28, 2009


Here is picture for thought I am best friend, my comic relief, my late night wrapping partner...and a wonderful Godly man that I'm so blessed to be married to!
FOR TODAY December 28th, 2009...
Outside my window...Softly falling snow....finally!
I am thinking...about laying on the couch soon by the tree watching a movie alone! lol
I am thankful for...Christmas break with my family for 2 full weeks, I miss them when it's over and being so thankful for a Savior who was born to save us so we can live a life for HIM!
From the learning rooms...Wii games? is that learning? lol
From the kitchen...not much other than some cookies later...another fun part of break, eating out or at someone else's house! I did make roast chicken a few days ago though! ha
I am wearing...jeans, t shirt, and black zip up hoodie
I am creating...a relaxing atmosphere for my family to enjoy for the rest of this week, candles, put away a few decorations and moved around the "snowmen" for the remainder of Winter!
I am watch a movie, take a short nap and go to Cracker Barrel with Mike and the kids for dinner!
I am reading...Snow Bride, by Debbie Macomber
I am have the most relaxing evening!!
I am hearing...PURE quiet...
Around the house...HOLIDAYS!
One of my favorite things...Christmas break....sleeping late, staying up late especially
A few plans for the rest of the week: Afternoon date with Mike on Tuesday, both girls are having friends overnight Tues. and I have a Gingerbread village kit for them, and a New Yrs. Eve get together with my parents, Mike's brother and aunt with supper, games and fun!! Hoping to go to the movies with Mike and the kids on New Yrs. day and relax! We'll probably take down the trees this weekend and leave up the frosty mantle and the Snowmen of course! What a wonderful Christmas it's been and and enjoyable and relaxing break......Just what we all need to refresh and prepare for a long winter! I hope we have mounds and mounds of SNOW!! Happy New Year to all my bloggy friends!! I hope you don't have too many resolutions to make! lol
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Friday, December 25, 2009

The day has come...Merry Christmas!

The Birth of Jesus
1At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2(This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5He took with him Mary, his fiancĂ©e, who was now obviously pregnant.
6And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
The Shepherds and Angels
8That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
15When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


These are so good and remind you of Pecan Sandies or whatever your family calls those little powdered cookies! I added Christmas sprinkles to mine that's why they look green and red polka dotted! ENJOY!
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups flour
(10-oz. pkg.) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE SWIRLED Holiday Morsels(or white if you can't find the swirls)
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
Powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter, sugar, vanilla and salt in large bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in morsels and nuts. Shape level tablespoons of dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set and lightly browned. Remove from oven. Sift powdered sugar over hot cookies on baking sheets. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Spinkle with additional powdered sugar, if desires. Store in airtight contains. Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Friday, December 18, 2009


These are in my top favs for Christmas cookies.....or goodies!! My good friend Dawn makes them every year and always brings them to my Christmas party and in the last few years has given me my own private stash to enjoy! ha All these years that I've loved them I've never made them so with her permission.....I did and am posting it! yum It's so easy and reminiscent of a Butterfinger!
1 Box Extra large Cheez Its
Peanut butter (I adore Jif myself!)
1 bag Milk Choc. chips (or you can use disks)
Spread peanut butter between two crackers, press together and dip in melted choc. As you will see I used an 8 x 8 glass dish and it was perfect for dipping with tongs. Place on Waxed paper and place in the refrigerator for half an hr. or so! You will love these! Sprinkle with Christmas sprinkles to add a pretty touch! ENJOY and thanks Dawn!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Trying things out!

This was an experiment that turned out to be delicious and everyone (accept Grace of course! ha it has spinach in it afterall! ha) Enjoy!
1 box No boil Barilla No boil noodles (have you seen these? they are awesome!) or you can use reg. and boil them
1 Jar Spag. sauce (I used the extra large one!)
1 Jar Alfredo sauce
1 bag fresh spinach (You could use frozen) NOT canned!
1 8 oz. pkg. Mini Portabella sliced mushrooms (or white button)
2 C. Mozzarella (shredded)
Parm. cheese
Saute spinach for just 1-2 mins. in a Tb. water, just until wilted. Drain if needed, and remove to a bowl, add 2 Tb. butter to pan and saute mushrooms for about 5 mins. Layer the first two layers with spag. sauce, spinach, mushrooms, Alfredo sauce, and make the two remaining layers with remaining spag. sauce and Motz. cheese! Bake according to the box. Let sit 5-10 mins. before cutting! Top with Parm. cheese! It was delicious and the spinach was so good! and the Alfredo was so creamy!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Give Away!

My friend Danielle is having a cute give away on her blog! Go check it out! She has cute and fun give aways over there alot! I've won some cute Coffee snuggies for your hot cup, a book and a 3 month membership to Jumpstart online games! fun stuff!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

tis the season for reindeer treats!

Reindeer treats are the easiest and yummiest treats you can make! Grace has a bake sale today at her school and they like small individually packed treats so they are affordable to the kids! I found these adorable folding bags at the dollar store in packages of 4! so cute! there's a cellophane window to show what is inside!
Fill a baking sheet with small reg. pretzels, place a Hershey Kiss on top of each pretzel and bake at 300* for 2-3 mins. (I test if it's melting enough to push an M & M in it by pushing on it with my finger, if you don't feel a hard center you're good to go!) Place a red M & M in the center and push down. Let cool a few hours. If you need them quicker, put them in the freezer for just a few minutes!
Now I laid awake one night thinking of all the GREAT combos you could make with these since there are SO many flavors of Kisses these days, so here goes: Coconut kiss with a whole almond on top! Cherry kiss with a candied cherry! Milk chocolate Kiss with a Snowcap on top! Caramel with a whole Pecan! Mint Kiss with Mint M & M's......just to name a few of the combos you could do!! Off to the bake sale! ENJOY!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Outside my window...Christmas lights on the house across the street
I am thinking...about going Christmas shopping all alone with Mike tomorrow night!
I am thankful for...a big blessing in our finances we've prayed about a long time!
From the learning rooms...doing an Advent devotional each night and learning neat things about the nativity and Christmas
From the kitchen...Reindeer treats for a bake sale! a pretzel with a melted Hershey kiss and an M & M pressed on top to look like Rudolph's nose!
I am wearing...PJ's and a fluffy warm robe!
I am creating...a beach glass necklace for a friend (she collects it and gave me a jar for Christmas last year and I treasure it, and I thought long and hard so I hope it works! lol)
I am lay in bed and work on the necklace!
I am reading...Mrs. Miracle
I am wrap gifts tomorrow afternoon!
I am quiet...BEDTIME!
Around the house...It's looks ALOT like Christmas!
One of my favorite things...that it looks ALOT like Christmas!
A few plans for the rest of the week: Christmas shopping, Macy's Christmas band concert, our church Cantata and lunch with an old friend on the weekend!
Here is picture for thought I am sharing....Grace as a Shepard in the kids musical!

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