Monday, December 29, 2008
I feel like I've been away from my blog for too long. But the past week is a serious blur. Squeezing in time to sleep was tough, let alone blogging. Between school parties, choir concerts, wrapping presents, welcoming out of state relatives and keeping kids under control, I'm surprised I can even think straight enough to write a post. But it was all so much fun, even if it will take me till next summer to recover.
Besides enjoying the heck out of the gift giving and the looks on the kids' faces at present time, I loved baking this year. Giving cookie boxes and trays as gifts is lots of fun. Like I said before, I did start early this year with the baking, so to make up for the extra time I had from baking so early, I made more cookies than I needed, lol. The two top pictures are from the cookie trays I sent to our local library (what a great bunch of people!) and to my husband's work.
"Isn't it funny that at Christmas something in you gets so lonely for - I don't know what exactly, but it's something that you don't mind so much not having at other times."
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I hope everyone has a wonderful and very Merry Christmas and that the day helps create some cherished memories. And don't forget to eat your fair share of sweets. After all, it is Christmas!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
"I'm not overweight, just chocolate enriched."
-popular bumper sticker
Monday, December 15, 2008
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, cook cranberry sauce for 35 minutes, stirring frequently until reduced to 1 cup. Cover and chill 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and melted butter. Press firmly on bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake for 8 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in melted white chocolate.
Spoon 1/2 of batter into prepared pan. Spread reduced cranberry sauce over batter. Top with remaining batter. Bake 45 minutes or until almost set. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Chill 8 hours before serving. Can be frozen for up to 1 month. To serve, garish with fresh cranberries and brush with melted preserves, if desired.
"What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day."
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
"When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, we hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago, and etched on vacant places are half-forgotten faces of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know."
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow."
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Happy 12th birthday to my baby girl! I know everyone says it, but I can't believe you have grown up so fast. From my littlest to my tallest, you have been a joy, a source of pride and my little spitfire. I love you so much. Have a wonderful day!
Monday, December 8, 2008
"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."
Friday, December 5, 2008
"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Use only one word answers. It's harder than you think!
1. Where is your cell phone? pocketbook
2. Your significant other? working
3. Your hair? reddish
4. Your mother? confused
5. Your father? distant
6. Your favorite thing? kids
7. Your dream last night? disjointed
8. Your favorite drink? tea
9. Your dream/goal? moving
10. The room you're in? living
11. Your fear? dying
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Virginia
13. Where were you last night? home
14. What you're not? rested!
15. Muffins? yuck
16. One of your wish list items? chocolate
17. Where you grew up? Virginia
18. The last thing you did? clean
19. What are you wearing? jeans
20. Your TV? off
21. Your pet? dogs
22. Your computer? laptop
23 Your life? good
24. Your mood? tired
25. Missing someone? brother
26. Your car? great!
27. Something you're not wearing? bikini!
28. Favorite Store? Wal-Mart
29. Your summer? busy
30. Favorite color? blue
31. When is the last time you laughed? dinner
32. Last time you cried? weekend
33. Who will/would re-post this? friends
Monday, December 1, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
1. For health, which if you have, you are truly rich.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
"I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."
Friday, November 21, 2008
-Mitch Hedberg, American Comedian, 1968-2005
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
1. What do you do before bedtime? After the kiddies are in bed, which takes most of the evening :), I usually talk with my husband about how our days went (this is harder on the nights he works late). Then we try to watch a movie or catch up on a favorite T.V. show. We usually get less than an hour before one of us is falling asleep! Once I'm in bed, that is my time to read in peace. I'm reading J.D. Robb's latest In Death book. What a great series!
2. What is your favorite sound? My kids laughing. Every once in a while, one of them will laugh at something and it's more than just a giggle; it's a pure pleasure, joyful kind of laugh. To me, it sounds like how an angel would laugh.
3. What were your childhood fears? I had lots of them, mostly centered around my parents who abused me. I was afraid of dying or being left alone to fend for myself. I was afraid of other adults, esp. mean ones. Separating the abuse and real fears all kids get is hard to do for me.
4. What place have you visited that you can't forget and want to go back? I usually vacation in most of the places I love like the ocean, Williamsburg, West Virginia and Virginia. One of my favorite places to go is back to Danville, Va where I grew up. And I would love to visit Savannah, Ga someday. I heard it's beautiful.
5. What has made you unhappy these days? I worry about the economy, not so much about job loss as trying to keep within our budget and making the bills and food money stretch. Because my husband works in social services, he isn't usually targeted when job cuts become an issue, though it can happen. But we are always scraping by because the pay is so poor. I also worrying that we are growing out of our house. We have one small bathroom and 5 people. It's a little tight! But I'm grateful we have a home so I try not to dwell on it.
6. What websites do you visit daily? My own blog as well as my favorite blogs on my blog list. Most days I visit Ebay and City-Data forum. Sometimes Youtube and always Google.
7. What’s the last song that got stuck in your head? John Mayer's CD Heavier Things has two songs- Clarity and Bigger than my body. I was listening to the CD today while I cleaned the house and both songs got stuck in my head.
8. What’s your favorite item of clothing? I have a thin, dark gray jacket with a hood that goes great over a simple white t-shirt or turtleneck. I also like my Levi's 550 jeans.
9. What is your dream for the future? I really want my kids to grow up healthy and happy. Boring, I know but I can't help it! I hope I can be there when they have kids too. I also would love to move back home. My dream of raising my kids in the South is pretty much shot, but I would still love to have them experience it with me and also so they could be closer to their cousins and other family.
Monday, November 17, 2008
"Come over to the dark side...we have candy."
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Clean seeds and place in large bowl. Add butter and spices. Stir very well. Line a 15 x 10 cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spread seeds out on pan. Place in oven and bake for approx. 20 minutes or until very dry and slightly browned. Cool and store in large plastic bag.
"Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth."
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
When America had an urgent need,
By Joanna Fuchs
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Castle Personality Test
You are a bit tentative when it comes to new experiences. You have to push yourself to try new things, but once you do, you love the adventure.
You like to think that people see you as dramatic and fascinating. You do your best to seem mysterious.
You are a very realistic person. You see the world as it is, flaws and all.
Right now, you feel very trapped in your life. You often feel like there is no way out of your rut.
Overall, your life is well managed and fulfilling. You enjoy every day, even if nothing out of the ordinary happens.
You aren't optimistic about the future. You worry about what will happen to the world and if we'll be able to clean up the messes we've made.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
"I've learned there are three things you don't discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin."
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them."
"We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment."
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
"In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective."
"The best time to listen to a politician is when he's on a stump on a street corner in the rain late at night when he's exhausted. Then he doesn't lie."
-Theodore H. White
Friday, October 24, 2008
5 Things Found In My pocketbook
grocery store receipts
5 Things I would do today if I could
read a book
eat (a lot!)
laugh (a lot!)
5 Things I love about my life
my sister and brother
5 Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do
own a successful business
move back home
have a big family
5 Things I enjoy the most
dinner and a good movie
laughing with my kids
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."
-Henry David Thoreau
Friday, October 17, 2008
"Researchers have discovered that chocolate produced some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can't remember what they are."
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Eons site does require that you provide a name and email address to take the quiz. But if you are like me, you just make up any old information and give them a yahoo addy you don't use often.
To take the quiz, click on the link then go to "lifepaths" near the top under the Explore heading. Then scroll down to Eons Longevity Calculator on the left hand side.
Let me know how you do!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
-George Edward Pickett
"We have everything here a scarecrow could want, the fall harvest, the beauty of the changing colors, apple cider, pumpkins and cornstalks."
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
I don't know about you, but this time of year makes me start craving food that is slow cooked. Food that makes you warm inside and makes the house smell wonderful all day. Not many people agree that cabbage is that food :) But when it's mixed with apples, cloves and bacon, the scent is reminiscent of the holidays. I never had red cabbage until I met my husband. His mother's family is from Germany and red cabbage was part of their regular meals. I never did get my husband's mother's recipe, but this is very close. Red cabbage reminds me of chow chow and other foods I've eaten in the south. Plus this is so easy to make it's not funny! It's a great side dish with chicken or beef.
“I want death to find me planting my cabbage."
-Michel de Montaigne
"Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man's head."
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
-Robert H. Schuller
Monday, September 29, 2008
“We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables - the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers - to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences."