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Friday, November 28, 2014

Looking ahead...

As we go from Thanksgiving into Christmas, I need to change my blog template. I think this is the one I am going to use. I will probably do it tonight or in the morning. Today is Black Friday and I am heading out soon to do some shopping.

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While I am out, I will be stopping at some Christmas tree lots to check out what is available. I love a real tree.

I hope Walmart has wreaths and small poinsettias on sale again this year. I used to pay $20 for my real wreath at Christmas. Picking one up for $4.48 makes me a lot happier. I need to get me 3 or 4 of these little poinsettias so I hope they have the .88 cent ones like they normally have. 

We are considering the possibility of an electric fireplace this year. Our house is a little drafty and we currently just use a space heater in the living room, but I would much prefer to have one of these beauties. I am going to compare prices and then we will decide.

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One thing I know we are getting is a new TV for the living room. One with a DVD player. We found one we liked at Sam's. Another one of those "we will decide later" items. 

Well, I will be heading out today for some major shopping and lunch with my daughter-in-law. Tomorrow will be more shopping with my daughter. I save up for this weekend and try to get as much done as possible. Whether you are a shopaholic or just prefer to veg out all day, I hope you have an awesome weekend.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wrote this earlier in the week so it would post today. I'm not blogging today because I am going to enjoy some much needed family time.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The day before...

I don't know how much prep work you all do the day before Thanksgiving, but I usually bake all my chocolate goodies today and fix the eggs, noodles and potatoes for our potato salad and macaroni salad. I envision a lot of happy Pyrex time later today.

Hubby likes to use this bowl to mix his potato and macaroni salads in. It promises to be a Town & Country Pyrex holiday.

I still have some more last minute cleaning to do, but it shouldn't take that long. I can't wait for time with my family tomorrow and the enjoyment of my favorite meal of the year. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I'm all about the desserts...

We have a wide variety of desserts for Thanksgiving. There is plenty to choose from, plenty to send home with the kids, and plenty of leftovers for the weekend. Hubby makes the pies and I make the rest. (These pics are from last year). I always make a Duncan Hines Swiss chocolate cake with my Mamaw Eden's homemade chocolate icing recipe. It's a big hit. 

And I wouldn't dare have a holiday without making the chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookies that have been in my family for generations. My son usually gets a bunch of these to take hunting with him the next day. 

I make brownies but make them as cookies so they are easy for a grab and go snack.

That is all completed on Wednesday evening after I get home from work or first thing Thursday before hubby puts the turkey on. But every Thanksgiving, right after I run out and get the paper, I make the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls for breakfast with a cup of ice cold milk. It is my favorite way to start the day. I am funny, I won't touch the dessert before the family arrives.

I sample a little bit of everything on my dessert plate after dinner. But then when the day is done, I have a snack with a piece of graham cracker pie as I look over the Black Friday ads one last time. 

Then Friday morning, I get up at 4:00 and have me a few of the cookies with a cup of cold milk before I start my day. Don't judge me too harshly ... they do contain oats and I am drinking milk so I just consider it my bowl of oatmeal before starting my busy day. 

Well, that has all made me hungry. Have a great day.
Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend wrap up....

It was an awesome weekend. Saturday morning started off with picking up Alexis and Colby to spend the weekend with me. When we were getting ready to leave, my son came home with a big 9 point buck he had just gotten. They love deer meat and all I can say is to each their own. Of course, I only ate deer meat one time and nobody told me what I was eating. I must admit it was good.

I took the grandkids and headed out to the shop. First stop was Toys-R-Us. Colby had to check out the four-wheeler. 

They got to meet Geoffrey at Toys-R-Us and thought that was pretty cool, even if he didn't have much personality. He was a little bland. Alexis walked away and said "He needs to learn to be a little big more animated." Guess her trip to Disney this summer set the precedence.

Afterwards, we went to the mall for lunch at Chik-Fil-A. They wanted to stop in the play area so we did that for a little while.

And I can't pass up the little rides without letting the kids enjoy them. Colby told me he was Tennessee Vol and he was driving this Gator back to the Florida stadium. If you live in Vol country or our a Vol fan, you would find the humor in that.

Next we headed to Walmart to get a ham for Thanksgiving. Hubby took care of getting the turkey. 

On Sunday, we had Thanksgiving dinner for the kids in Children's church and everybody wore Pilgrim or Indian hats. Alexis's feather kept flopping over so she fixed that by bending them under. 

After church, we just went home and vegged out all afternoon. I took them home about 3:30 and then headed straight back to go to choir. It was a great weekend.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Busy weekend ahead...

Heading out this morning to send these out to Mom for my nieces to get on Thanksgiving Day. Just a little something I made for them to get started on their Christmas decor. I did them as a "grab bag" with no tags. Everything has the same thing only different. They can switch around if they want to once they are opened. I am hoping my sister will get some pictures so I can blog about them all opening the bags and holding up their gift.

After I stop at the post office, I'm picking up two of the grandchildren to spend the weekend. I plan on taking them shopping and to get some Christmas ideas on what they want this year. It's going to be a great day.