1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? wrapping paper
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real is always best
3. When do you put up the tree? usually 2 weeks before
4. When do you take the tree down? whenever the needles get really badabout falling off
5. Do you like eggnog? yes
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Barbie House and RV
7. Hardest person to buy for? the parents
8. Easiest person to buy for? Julia
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes-one for the kids to play with anda snowbaby one
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? will not answer
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Miracle on 34th Street (1947 version)
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually in November but if I see something good I grab it
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? yes
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Kevin's aunt makes Krumkake -Norwegian dessert
16. color of Lights on the tree? white lights
17. Favorite Christmas songs?
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? stay home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yup
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? retail push of itall
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I love Hallmark ornaments
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Ham and corn casserole
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Everyone to be happy and get alongIn case I don't get to blog again before Thursday Merry Christmas!
Beer Bread - baked but need to cut it up
a pie - not sure which one yet -bought need to bake
things I need to do:
Make a menu for the holidays - done
buy groceries for Christmas dinner -done
finish the 12x12 pages of the kids for gifts
finish the ornaments I'm making
wrap all the presents -half way there
Six things on my Christmas wish list:
a camera case
ipod cord for the car
Wii remote charger
new Franklin Covey Planner
places I need to go this weekend
nail appointment -done
grocery store done
The card below with the deer I got from http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/
Aren't they cute? They are the creation of my department at work. And last week the cleaning person took it all away everything, including the wig on the left, the blonde one, that was my daughter's Sharpay wig from High School Musical.
It all went into the garbage.
his quilt and pillow, his favorite books and a journal which you fill out with what Barney did with your family for the weekend. Gee do you think Greg is excited?
Weird weather this weekend. First Saturday (opening day of hunting season) it was like 60 degrees and poured. Jersey had tornado warnings. We had some crazy wind here too.
Today it was like 36 degrees with crazy whipping wind. Julia is finally feeling better. She's going back to school tomorrow. Yay! She's been driving me crazy.
I made some cards tonight, however my camera battery died so I'll try to get pics later this week.
Saturday is Gregory's 5th birthday. How the heck did that happen?
Over here on the left that's Greg being Mater for Halloween.
Below, that's Julia in our trunk at Trunk or Treat. I don't get crazy with decorating the car, just looking to have fun.
So in other news, the dealership is holding my car hostage. Well not really but it's been there since Tuesday. Guess when I break something I do a really good job at it. I miss my car, I love my car. The car they gave me is fine, however I'm tall and long legged and the seats in this thing are not made for the long legged person. Okay back to the regularly scheduled program.
I've become obsessed with yet another author. Actually two; Kathy Reichs and Stephanie Meyer. Kathy Reichs started writing books, which has become the Bones series. And Stephanie Meyer has a series about a vampire family. It's quite interesting. I never thought I would be into vampires. But it's a great story. My friend from work borrowed the second book New Moon from her niece for me. If you are interested in finding out what others are reading check out www.goodreads.com, I like it because it keeps track of all the books you've read and gives you reviews of ones you are thinking about reading.
Okay what I was able to get done this weekend: clear some stuff in the garden, put up our Halloween decorations inside and out, cleared the island which was RIDICULOUS, caught up on some DVR'd shows.
I haven't been keeping up with 100 days of Christmas. So I just checked the blog and here is what's been posted since I last blogged on here.
Day 79-go through stocking stuffer box if you have one, look for things that can be stocking stuffers-I never remember to do this through out the year and end up buying things the last couple of weeks before Christmas. I will start a box/bag now to start filling
Day 78-check out dates for Christmas events-I've taken our daughter to see the Nutcracker before but we don't usually travel to far to see anything. We do however make sure we do a drive to see Christmas light displays
Day 77-play a game try a new game-Greg learned how to play guess who - suited to his age of course, but he likes playing it. We're missing pieces though. Maybe I'll put that on his birthday list.
Day 76-make popcorn balls-going to pass on this one
Day 75-take a walk collect some leaves and make leaf art-passing on this one also
Day 74-advent activity calendar-at Christmas time I have various Christmas books that I have wrapped in paper all in the christmas/holiday theme and we read one a night. Saving the Night Before Christmas for Christmas Eve. Each year, if I have a book that is two babyish for the kids, I give it away and purchase a new one.
Day 73-a project you've been meaning to work on-I swapped my seasonal clothes
Day 72-make an appointment for a Christmas picture-I'm going to have my friend take one so we coordinating dates
Day 71-check Christmas wrapping inventory-will do this over the weekend maybe tonight if I remember.
Day 70-make sure you are ready for trick or treaters-we usually miss them, my husband and I both go out with the kids on Halloween so no one is home, but just in case someone does walk up, I do leave the candy bowl on the deck table with a note that says "Help Yourself"
Day 69-pick a craft to do with the family for the holidays-I will look into something the kids and I can do.
Okay this weekend I have a stamp camp at my friend's house it's with a cute cupcake set from the new Stampin Up catty, I will try to post my creations once they are done. We also have other normal house things to do. I hope to get some pictures of the kids playing in the leaves this weekend.
Have a good one!
Day 87-make apple crisp-mmm, how I do love Apple Crisp. However I am participating in a Biggest Loser Contest at work. This would not help my weight loss. lol
Day 86-Halloween party-we won't be having one of those.
Day 85: Start decorating for Halloween-while my fall stuff is up I haven't yet done the Halloween decorating. I will do this on Oct. 12th.
Day 84: Look for family's Halloween Clothing-my kids don't have anything right now. I do have a tshirt and sweatshirt.
Day 83: Go through gift list, are there people you can make a handmade gift for? I have already started this list. Just trying to figure out what I'm making everyone.
Day 82: Will the family be dressing up together? no
Day 81: Take a fall foliage ride-I get to do this just about everyday. I have a beautiful ride along Route 17 in the Catskills. It provides beautiful foliage.
Day 80: Start going through the catalogs that are coming for holiday gifts - I started doing this as well.
Today at my work place is the Bake Sale I mentioned the other day. It’s to raise money for my friend who has Lupus. So far it’s going great.
As I said Monday, I’m participating in Ali Edward’s Week in the Life album. It’s fun and hard at the same time. I just hope I follow through and do these pages. See Ali’s blog link to the right to check it out.
So tell me if you’re reading this blog, what you think of any of the new shows that are on? What have you watched? What have you liked? Or disliked? I’m loving The Mentalist so far and Fringe. I think that’s the only new shows I’ve seen so far that I’ve really liked.
Some of the blogs I read share their Menu Plans for the week. I shop on Fridays. So that's as far as my menu goes to.
Monday-hamsteak, french fries and vegatable
Tuesday-Longdon Broil with potatoes and vegatable
Wednesday-Pork Chops with french onions
Friday-pizza - I don't cook on Fridays
I'm trying something this week from Ali Edward's blog http://www.aliedwards.typepad.com we'll see how it goes.
I'm busy this week preparing for a bake sale at work. I have a dear friend who has lupus and there is a walk Columbus Day weekend in New York City that a few people from work participate in. I haven't made it to the walk yet, but I do give a donation and make goodies for the bake sale. We were really fortunate last year and made about $200. We have new tenants at our workplace this year. We are hoping they make that number go up. I'm making the following: Triple Layer Peanut Butter brownies, Coconut Bar cookies w/Macadama Nuts, Cheesecake cookies, mini monkey breads and maybe some Irish Soda bread. Doesn't that all sound yummy. If you want to check out the team I put a link to the right. 100% of the money donated goes to research. Check it out.
Day 99-print out calendar pages-done
Day 98-list of who you need to get gifts for-done
Day 96-family members wish list-working on it
Day 95-get out fall decor-done
Day 94-celebrate fall-will do next weekend
Day 93-Who are you voting for-I think it's a hard decision yet again! done
Day 92-Christmas Cards- I usually make about 30 and then buy store bought for the rest of the people. I actually try to buy my cards after christmas on major clearance sales. I checked and I have some but might need to buy another box or 2. And I have the ideas on the cards I'm making and I am just waiting for the supplies to start them. done
Day 91-I have a great little book I like to use for Sending my cards it's from Current http://www.currentcatalog.com/600189.html?AS=1&keyword=christmas+card+book - done
Day 90-Verify addresses for those on your christmas card list. I am updating this as well.
Day 89-Plan a family outing for fall. My family goes to http://www.danielpiercelibrary.org/pumpkinparty.html every year, it's great fun. - done
Day 88-Get your kids to pick a halloween costume. I always have to have their costumes ready early because the Pumpkin Party mention in Day 89 is the first Saturday in October. This year we are seriously saving money. My son has a John Deere toolbelt w/tools and a hat. So I'm going to dress him up as he says: "worker Greg" and Julia is going to be an Olympic Athlete. I have a sample medal from a High school coach that is red, white and blue so I thought. This will be an easy one. I do however need to get the sweatsuit in red, white and blue. That I'm doing this week.
Open house last night felt like speed dating. They had three sessions each one about 20 minutes to 1/2 hour. I didn't think that was enough.
In just a few short minutes my weekend will start. And here is my list
Things to buy this weekend:
1. food for the week
2. birthday present for the little girl's party Greg got invited to
3. ice cream cake for Kev's bday
4. card for Kevin
5. Pizza- we always have pizza on Fridays
Places to go this weekend:
1. BJ's house
2. Walmart and the bank
3. Grocery Store
4. Pizza Hut for the birthday party
5. Sunday School
Things to do this weekend:
1. go stamp at BJ's house
2. Watch some things on the DVR
3. Watch the rest of the Bones episodes I have on DVR
4. Grocery shop
6. pull out clothes for Gregs that don't fit
7. wash kitchen floor
8. if it's not raining too hard I wouldn't mind pulling some of the weeds that I let over take the garden this summer
9. pull out clothes that I won't wear again 9. work on some cards
10. regular cleaning and organzing of our stuff.
Things to buy this weekend:
1. food for the week -done
2. birthday present for the little girl's party Greg got invited to -a Hannah Montana doll
3. ice cream cake for Kev's bday -forgot, will get Tuesday
4. card for Kevin -got
5. Pizza- we always have pizza on Fridays -yum!
Places to go this weekend:
1. Grocery Store -twice-I forgot cat food
2. Pizza Hut for the birthday party - it's interesting to see other people's family dynamics
3. Sunday School - done
Things to do this weekend:
1. Watch some things on the DVR - haven't done
2. Watch the rest of the Bones episodes I have on DVR nope
3. Grocery shop -yup
4. laundry -still working on it
5. pull out clothes for Gregs that doesn't fit - maybe
6. wash kitchen floor -uh no
7. if it's not raining too hard I wouldn't mind pulling some of the weeds that I let over take the garden this summer - it is raining too hard
8. pull out clothes that I won't wear again - nope
9. work on some cards - I did this!
10. regular cleaning and organzing of our stuff. - working on
Countdown to Christmas for today is to make a list of who the Christmas Cards go to. I have a book, I believe I bought it from current, that has everyone's address in it. I like it because it has columns for each year and you can check off who you sent to and who sent to you. It lasts about 5 or 6 years.
Tonight is open house, now I've already met Greg's teacher because we went in the day before school starts (he's a kindergartner) Julia's teacher we haven't met yet. I like to meet the teachers to see how they structure they're class room and try and get a feeling for them. We've been lucky so far and all her teachers have been enjoyable. Luckily Julia loves school so that helps tremendously.
Oh yeah and my ipod is Indiana currently. Hopefully it will make it NY by tomorrow.
So what else is on my list for today. I go see my frind Melinda today, she does my nails. I've been getting acrylic nails for years. It's really the only vain thing I do. I usually don't give that much thought to my hair or if I am wearing makeup but I do get my nails done every two weeks.
100 days to Christmas challenge-today's is about christmas cards. I actually need to see if I have any left. I usually hit the after christmas sales to buy my cards, or the dollar store. As a crafty type person I do make some cards, but I only give them to those I think will appreciate them. I have a couple of ideas for cards to make, now I just have to do it.
100 Days till Christmas daily to do is Day 93: making sure you are registered to vote. Well I am so that's already taken care of. But what are you to do if you aren't sure of either candidate. I'm leary of both so it's like pick the lesser of the two evils? I don't know. I don't like to get into politics so that's enough on that topic.
House organizing, still working on it. Not getting very far, I have great lists made, it's just the carrying them out ya know. Friday can't get here fast enough. For two reasons. One my ipod should be here - side note on the ipod I ordered yesterday as you know and I went online today to see if it shipped (it does say with in 24hours) and it says it shipped from Shezhen, CN - that's not Canada that's China. Any way I'm also going to my friend BJ's house, she's a Stampin Up demonstrator. And I'll be making stuff. I love making stuff.
Monday: Rosemary Dijon Pork chops, and oven potatoes w/ carrots
Tuesday: Bruschetta Chicken Skillet
Wednesday: Chop Meat Casserole
Saturday: venison stew with pasta and salad
I'm going to give you the recipe to the chop meat casserole my 8 year old loves it.
Chop Meat Casserole
1 pound ground beef
1 box of elbow macaroni
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
Approximately 2 cups Shredded mozzarella cheese (more if you really like cheese)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Brown up the ground beef, meanwhile boil the water for the pasta. Once the water has boiled and you put the pasta in, let it cook for only ½ the time as the package says.
Drain any fat from the ground beef and then put into a casserole dish. Drain the water from the pasta and then put into the casserole dish. Pour in the spaghetti sauce. Add mozzarella cheese and stir so it is mixed into the casserole. Then take the remaining cheese and sprinkle it on top.
Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Also I'm going to do a little catch up on the 100 Days till Christmas Countdown.
Day 100-make a binder-done
Day 99-print out calendar pages-done
Day 98-list of who you need to get gifts for-done
Day 96-family members wish list
Day 95-get out fall decor-done
Day 94-celebrate fall
I didn't ask my family members what their wishes are yet, because my husband will tell me nothing, and it's too early to ask my kids. I have some ideas for them, which I noted down.
I don't know how we could celebrate fall. I'll have to see if the kids did anything in school. But we'll talk about it at dinner time.
Anyway, the next step in the countdown to Christmas is the budget. And I already mentioned that I have a Christmas club, so over the weekend I will sit down and review that and my gift list.
This weekend I hope to move some flowers into a new home, some garden clean up. We were supposed to have a heavy frost last night, but it was 36 degrees this morning, so yes it was nippy, but no major frost. Bummer too, because I know my husband would love to see the lawn stunted at this point.
As far as organizing goes in my plans to get it together, I made a menu plan for the next week. And I have my shopping list ready, we’re really watching our spending so I’ve really been going over coupons, sale items and what not. It took me awhile last night to get it all together, but if it saves us money, then it’s okay.
There is also this site called www.ocpnet.org. It’s a site that guides you in sending expired coupons overseas to our military families, where they are allowed to use expired coupons. Check it out.
I also went around the last time I was in Walmart, Dollar General and Shoprite and wrote down prices of items we always use. I’m shocked at the difference in all the stores.
I think I’m going to follow the tip of http://smallnotebook.org/2008/09/17/a-solution-for-lost-papers-and-late-bills/ and I’m going to make the bill paying notebook. This way I can leave it on the counter in my kitchen where most of the mail comes in and just slide upcoming bills into it. First to find the items I need to make it. I already have a binder, just need to hunt down the rest.
Hurricane Ike blew through, windy and some rain but he lost all his bluster by the time he made it up here.
My birthday was Saturday. 35, it was okay, kind of hard, first one without Mom, so it wasn't much of a happy one. My kids made me cards, and Kevin took us out to dinner. We went to Albert's Liberty House. One of our favorite things about going there is all the nostalgia of Liberty's past. It's pretty cool.
Our cat Locky, managed to be around when the skunk sprayed over the weekend. He was a little stinky until Kev wiped him down with this stuff: http://natures-miracle.petmountain.com/home?gclid=CNaw5NHj4JUCFQIyxwod-HG2IQHe smells much better.
The kids are enjoying school. Open House is next week. I can't wait, I love talking to the teachers after a couple of weeks. See how the kids are falling into a routine. And with Greg, I'm very anxious. This has been a big adjustment for him. He tells me everything is good. But I want to hear it from the teacher ya know.
I need to get a picture of my garden, the black eyed susan's have taken over. I'll have to try and take a picture this week.
I made a good fast pasta/shrimp recipe last night. I got it from Kraft Foods website: Shrimp Pomodor Pasta
1/2 cup KRAFT Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb. cooked cleaned shrimp
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
HEAT large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add dressing, onions and garlic; cook 2 min. Stir in tomatoes; cook 12 min., stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed on package.
ADD shrimp to sauce; cook 2 min. or until heated through. Remove from heat.
DRAIN pasta; toss with shrimp mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
But I had leftover chicken so I made this last night:
-2 cups multigrain penne pasta,
-uncooked 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
-1-1/4 cups TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick 'N Chunky Salsa
-1 cup frozen corn, thawed -1 large green pepper, cut into short thin strips
-1 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Reduced Fat Four Cheese Mexican Style Cheese
COOK pasta as directed on package.
MEANWHILE, heat large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 2 min. Stir in salsa, corn and peppers. Bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 10 min. or until chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally.
DRAIN pasta. Add to chicken mixture; mix lightly. Sprinkle with cheese. Remove from heat; cover. Let stand 1 min. or until cheese is melted.
It's from www.kraftfoods.com Some of their recipes are quite tasty. And since the chicken was already cooked it took even less time.