CREAMSICLE CHICKEN – PAN SEARED CHICKEN with CREAMY ORANGE SAUCE

This recipe is tender, juicy, looks elegant and pairs wonderfully with any green vegetable.  It is truly my intention to try AT LEAST 1 recipe a week from my RECIPE SCRAPS.  I now have one more scrap of paper gone!

CREAMSICLE CHICKEN – PAN SEARED CHICKEN with CREAMY ORANGE SAUCE serves 4
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (see notes)
3 tablespoons brandy
1 1/4 cups orange juice (see notes)
4 green onions, minced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
6 ounce orange yogurt (see notes)
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon water
scant tablespoon avocado oil
Orange slices for garnish
Jasmine rice, prepared per package

  • Heat avocado oil in a heavy skillet over medium0high heat.
  • Generously season chicken pieces with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Saute’ chicken breasts 2-3 minutes per side until golden.
    Remove chicken to plate, tent with foil and keep warm.
  • De-glaze pan with brandy.
  • Add orange juice, garlic and green onions.
  • Bring to a boil for 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to simmer 2-3 minutes.
  • Whisk together cornstarch with water.
  • Whisk cornstarch mixture into yogurt.
  • Whisk yogurt mixture into pan sauce and adjust seasoning.
  • Simmer until thickened and cooked through.

NOTES:

  • If you prefer 8 thighs can be substituted easily.
  • I sometimes use a pineapple orange juice to alter the flavor a bit.
  • YOPLAIT orange cream works beautifully.

OUT WITH THE OLD (2018) & IN WITH THE NEW (2019) – HAPPY NEW YEAR

It’s the last day of 2018. Can you believe we made it?  Sometimes I really wonder how we made it through the last several years with all the ups, downs and challenges thrown our way.  Many times it actually felt as if actual gauntlets were thrown down in BOLD FACE challenges.

There were heartbreaking losses of loved ones and fur children, major surgery and life adjustments, a MAJOR move brought on by family betrayal as well as many other happenings that have taught me just how strong I really am.  ALL and ALL I am grateful to be alive and here to learn from those lessons.  I am declaring 2019 the year of POSITIVITY and am going to embrace it with an open heart AND an open mind to learn from the lessons of the past.  That said, I obviously don’t know what is in store for me this next year, but I’m praying for a much easier and productive 2019. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and I pray your year is also filled

with JOY, HAPPINESS, HEALTH and FAMILY!

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY – week 1 of 2019

GOOD MORNING sweet ladies and HAPPY NEW YEAR. Can you believe another year has passed us by? May 2019 be one of your best years ever and fill you with happiness and joy.  We don’t celebrate out much on the new year anymore, that stopped when we had dogs and they hated the fireworks and noise so we started staying home for a quiet evening.  PLUS we never had to worry about being on the roads with ice, snow or those who had had too much to drink.  This year though the pups are no longer our reason, but it will be much the same.  I’m making a batch of black eyed pea chili with the left over prime rib from Christmas and we’ll watch movies and snuggle. WHATEVER you do this evening be safe and have fun.
There is one day a week and 2 memes that I do regularly to help keep on track;  Happy Homemaker Monday over at Sandra’s blog,  Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and Menu Plan Monday over at Laura’s blog, I’m an Organizing Junkie. I made myself 2 new, brighter and lighter badges for this year, BUT I’m also trying to add back in a bit more blogging with where I also like to blog hop for inspiration and creative ideas.  I fell a bit out of it last year with finishing the HOUSE FROM HELL and the move, but here in 2019 I will get back into the swing of things in the evenings as we watch television.  Doing this helps with my inspiration for cooking, crafts and even trips to take.  It just takes a bit of organization in the beginning and then you’re able to stay on track regularly. I just keep a spiral bound notebook where I attach a printed page of link ups where I check off the 3 links I’m sharing that week.  By checking off the blogs as I join in I also get a satisfied feeling of completing projects.  I’m including that list at the end in case you want to check any of them out and/or join in 😀

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE It’s been pretty nice the past few days since Christmas with the sun coming out in time to set and create some gorgeous sunsets!  But, that also make it much cooler at night with being clear so we’re still on the crisp side with highs in the 40’s during the day and down into the upper 20’s and lower 30’s at night.  We’re supposed to get back to rain by Friday.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Today is Blueberry Green Tea, a banana and some rice krispies.

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY I saw an image on INSTAGRAM I immediately fell in love with, so I made myself one to work on being more productive, positive and happy… and then I saw another one I also made for myself and together they will work in tandem to keep me focused.

I’m also doing a “THANKFUL” jar again this year.  You jot down one thing you’re grateful each week, place it in the jar and then read them all on New Year’s eve next year.

And then I also saw this one.  While I can no longer have sugar I LOVE the inspiration behind it. 😀

FAVORITE PHOTO(S) FROM THE CAMERA

Sunset December 28th 2018

Munchkins Christmas Eve 2018

INSPIRATION

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE / WEEKLY TO DO LIST & HOUSE PROJECTS /  APPOINTMENTS

  • LAUNDRY… sheets, towels and casuals
  • LIVING AREAS… vacuuming, dusting
  • KITCHEN… straighten pantry
  • YARD… nothing
  • BLOG… party links, pinterest updates and some recipe updating
  • CRAFTS/PROJECTS… nothing this week
  • APPOINTMENTS… nothing this week
  • TO DO… paperwork

I’M READING

  • The Misadventures of Catie Bloom: a romantic comedy (Bloom Sisters Book 1) by Brooke Stanton

WHAT IS ON THE DVR, DVD OR ON THE LIST TO WATCH – we rented a few Netflix movies over the weekend

  • ALPHA – pretty good coming of age move
  • RIVER RUNS RED –  we had trouble getting into this as it moved very slow and actually didn’t even finish it.
  • A SIMPLE FAVOR –  scary movie (in a really weird way)!

shows I like to watch in general:
COMEDIES – Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, The Good Place, American Housewife

MILITARY, POLITICAL & CRIME DRAMAS and a couple that qualify as comedies – NCIS, NCIS New Orleans and NCIS LA, Criminal Minds, S.W.A.T., Madam Secretary, Seal Team, Blindspot, Macgyver, Law & Order SVU, Blue Bloods,Elementary, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, 911

DRAMAS & REALITY – The Good Doctor, This Is Us, The Resident, the Amazing Race, Dancing With the Stars, American Ninja Warrior

SYFY – Z Nation, the Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Flash, Supergirl, DC Legends, Orville, Midnight Texas

COOKING – Guy’s Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay, Dessert Wars, Worst Cooks in America, Kid’s Baking Championship, Master Chef Jr., Master Chef, Southern at Heart, Best Baker in America

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

DESSERT

MONDAY – FRIDAY

GREEN TEA,

BANANA & YOGURT

CHICKEN or TUNA SALAD

MONDAY

BLACK EYED PEA CHILI

TUESDAY

R.E.D. recipe experiment dinner night COWBOY GOULASH

WEDNESDAY

C.O.R.N. clean out refrigerator night

THURSDAY

Potato Crusted Beef Stew

FRIDAY

Chicken Lasagne

SATURDAY

Chicken Biriani

SUNDAY

C.O.R.N. clean out refrigerator night

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

WHERE I LIKE TO PARTY

SUNDAYS
DISHING IT & DIGGING IT at Rustic & Refined
INSPIRE-BE-INSPIRED Sunday Features at Denise Designed
NIFTY THRIFTY SUNDAY at Meet Our Life
OVER THE MOON at Marilyn’s Treats
SOUPER SUNDAY at Kahakai Kitchen
SUNDAY’S BEST at Mother 2 Mother
SUNDAYS AT HOME at Celebrating Everyday Life, Love of Home, Starfish Cottage, Little Farmstead and My Soulful Home
THAT DIY PARTY at DIY Show Off

MONDAYS
AMAZE ME MONDAY at Dwellings The Heart of Your Home
CELEBRATE YOUR STORY at Celebrate & Decorate and Sweet Sensations
COOKING & CRAFTING with J&J at Julie’s Creative Lifestyle
CRAFTASTIC MONDAY at Sew Can Do
HAPPY HOMEMAKER MONDAY at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
INSPIRATION MONDAY at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Our Southern Home, What Meegan Makes, Inspiration for Moms and Refresh Restyle
INSPIRE ME MONDAY at Domestically Speaking, Create with Joy and My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
MADE BY YOU MONDAY at Skip To My Lou
MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY at The Dedicated House
MELT IN YOUR MOUTH MONDAY at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms and
MENU PLAN MONDAY at I’m an Organizing Junkie
MERRY MONDAY at Where The Smiles Have Been and Our Crafty Mom
MIX IT UP MONDAY at Flour Me With Love
MOTIVATE ME MONDAY at Keeping It Simple, Rae Gun Ramblings, Pieces by Polly and Housewife Eclectic
PROJECT INSPIRED at The How To Home and Yesterday on Tuesday
SHOW and SHARE at Coastal Charm
SHOW AND TELL at Flamingo Toes
TUTORIALS & TIPS at Home Stories A to Z

TUESDAYS
DIY TUESDAYS at DIY Dreamer
INSPIRE ME TUESDAY at A Stroll Through Life
LOU LOU GIRLS FABULOUS PARTY at Lou Lou Girls
THE SCOOP at Confessions of a Plate Addict, Cedar Hill Farmhouse, Stone Gable and Worthing Court
TALK OF THE TOWN at My RePurposed Life
TREASURE BOX TUESDAY at Memories by the Mile
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME at Our Home Away From Home
TUESDAYS WITH A TWIST at Stone Cottage Adventures, Back To The Basics and God’s Growing Garden

WEDNESDAYS
SHARE YOUR STYLE at 21 Rosemary Lane and Kingsbury Brook Farm
WINTER BLUES WEDNESDAYS aka SWING INTO SPRING at DIY by Design
WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY at Eclectic Red Barn, Ducks in A Row, Marilyn’s Treats, My Life Abundant, Mom Resource, Engineer Mommy, Simple Steps for Living Life, 2JustByou
WOW ME WEDNESDAYS at Ginger Snap Crafts
WOW US WEDNESDAY at Savvy Southern Style with A French Twist

THURSDAYS
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS at Embracing Change
DAGMAR’S PARTY at Dagmar’s Home
FAVORITE THINGS at Katherine’s Corner, Vintage Mama’s Cottage, Eclectic Red Barn, Shoestring Elegance, Follow the Yellow Brick Home, Petite Haus, Marilyn’s Treats
FULL PLATE THURSDAY at Miz Helen’s Cottage
GRACE AT HOME at Imparting Grace
HOME SWEET HOME at The Charm of Home
I’M LOVIN’ IT at Tidy Mom
PIN JUNKIE PIN PARTY at The PIN Junkie
SHARE YOUR CUP at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
THIS IS HOW WE ROLL THURSDAY at 31 Organized

FRIDAYS
BLOGGERS PIT STOP at The Blogger’s Lifestyle
FOODIE FRIDAY at Back to My Southern Roots
HANDMADE HANGOUT at A Glimpse Inside, Gardners to Bergers, Too Much Time on My Hands and Twin Dragonfly Designs
HOME MATTERS at Life with Lorelai
PRETTY PINTASTIC PARTY at Coffee with Us 3, Annie’s Noms, My BIG Fat Happy Life, Divas Run for Bling, A Princess and Her Pirates, The Whole Serving, This Scattered Life, As for Me and My Homestead, Lynchburg Mama, Phoenix Mom Blog, Pop Shop America, Beyond Mommying, Sparkle Living, Frugal Family Adventures, Sword Fights and Starry Nights and Candace Woesch

SATURDAYS
SATURDAY SPARKS at Pieced Pastimes
SHARE IT ONE MORE TIME at Everyday Home
SWAY SHAREFEST at The Sway Life
WEEKEND COOKING at Beth Fish Reads
WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS PARTY at Crafts a la Mode

GRASSHOPPER BROWNIES

GRASSHOPPER BROWNIES
11 ounce package dark chocolate pieces
1/2 cup butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
Creme-de-Menthe Filling (BELOW)
Dark Chocolate Ganache (BELOW)

  • In a medium saucepan, melt and stir 4 ounces (3/4 cup) of the dark chocolate pieces, butter, and the unsweetened chocolate over low heat.
  • Remove from heat; cool.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Grease foil; set aside.
  • Stir sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture in saucepan.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon JUST until combined.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring just until combined.
  • Stir in the remaining 7 ounces (1-1/2 cups) dark chocolate pieces. Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  • Spread Creme-de-Menthe Filling over cooled brownies.
  • Place uncut brownies in the refrigerator while preparing the Dark Chocolate Ganache.
  • Spread slightly cooled Dark Chocolate Ganache over Creme de Menthe Filling, spreading to the edges with a spatula.
  • Cover and chill about 1 hour or until set. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut brownies out of the pan. Cut into bars.
  • Place brownies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

CREME-DE-MENTHE FILLING
3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons GREEN creme de menthe
Milk (optional)

  • In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and butter.
  • Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.
  • Gradually beat in 1 cup of the powdered sugar.
  • Beat in creme-de-menthe.
  • Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. If necessary beat in 1 tablespoon of additional milk to make the filling slightly thicker than a frosting

CHOCOLATE GANACHE
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 11 ounce package dark chocolate pieces

  • In a medium saucepan, bring whipping cream JUST to boiling over medium-high heat.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add dark chocolate pieces (do not stir).
  • Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth.
  • Cool for 15 minutes.
  • Pour over brownies and QUICKLY spread evenly.

NOTE: You can substitute 2 tablespoons milk, 1/2 teaspoon mint extract, and several drops of green food coloring for the GREEN Creme-de-menthe.

CHICKEN BLT CASSEROLE

CHICKEN BLT CASSEROLE serves 6
12 ounces Barilla cellentani or rotini pasta
6 slices bacon, chopped, cooked until crispy
3 cups rotisserie chicken pieces
2 cups alfredo sauce (homemade or jar** – your choice)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 1/2 cups micro arugula
2 large green onions, sliced thin
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray 3 quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook pasta al dente per package directions. Drain well.
  • In a large mixing bowl toss pasta with chicken pieces.
  • Add alfredo sauce and toss until well coated.
  • Season to taste with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Fold in green onions, bacon pieces and tomatoes.
  • Cover and bake 25 minutes.
  • Top with cheese and return to oven uncovered for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Enjoy.

NOTES:

  • This recipe is good leftover. BUT is BEST FRESH because of the lettuce and tomato. 
  • RAGU makes a basil alfredo that is super yummy!

BANANA PUMPKIN MERINGUE PIE

When we go antiquing one of my favorite finds are old recipe boxes, BUT they have to be full of lovingly handwritten recipes!  Needless to say between these finds, cookbooks and magazines I have amassed a LARGE amount of recipes to try or if you will, scraps of recipes, hence the new meme name.

Years ago I participated in a meme called Magazine Monday in an effort to clean out magazines and cook booklets hosted over at the now defunct blog Cream Puffs in Venice. I’d love to revive that meme AND clean out ALL my scraps of paper, but as I don’t know how to contact her for her permission to use the meme, I’ve decided to create my own theme called RECIPE SCRAPS and even better it won’t be tied to a specific day 😀  I like not assigning a specific day to this theme AND even better these scraps of paper will go away forever as I try each recipe.

BANANA PUMPKIN MERINGUE PIE
1 pie crust (homemade or store bought – your choice)
1 can Libby’s pumpkin puree
6 bananas
3 eggs
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon FRESHLY grated nutmeg
pinch FRESH ground salt

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Arrange unpeeled bananas on cookie sheet and roast 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before handling.
  • Increase oven temperature to 375°.
  • Line a 9 inch pie plate with pie dough.
  • Lightly brush the edges of the pie shell with heavy cream to create a perfect, golden brown finish.
  • Peel bananas.
  • Add bananas to food processor and puree.
  • Add sugar, eggs, cream, pumpkin pie spice, butter, nutmeg and salt.
  • Add pumpkin and stir until JUST incorporated.
  • Transfer to pie plate.
  • Bake 50 minutes or until set around edges and only slightly jiggles.
  • Cool completely on rack.

MERINGUE
4 egg whites
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
pinch FRESH ground salt

  • Preheat oven broiler.
  • Beat egg whites until frothy.
  • Add cream of tartar and powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until stiff glossy curled peaks form.
  • Spread on filling being sure to seal the edges to the pie crust.
  • Swirl meringue with the back of a spoon to create decorative peaks.
  • Broil at least 4 inches from the heat source for 5-7 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Let cool 30 minutes before slicing.

NOTE:

  • Preparing your meringue in a freezer chilled metal bowl with freezer chilled beaters helps with the meringue success.
  • If you have a kitchen torch, you can also use this method as an alternative, but be careful to spread the flame evenly across the entire surface to achieve a uniform look.

ITALIAN DEVIL CHICKEN & TOMATO POTATO CASSEROLE

These two recipes go hand in hand for us.  The marinade on the chicken makes it sooooooooo tender and flavorful too. The tomato potato casserole is good, but add the sauce and it ALL comes together as GREAT & YUMMY! 😀

ITALIAN DEVIL CHICKEN & TOMATO POTATO CASSEROLE

ITALIAN DEVIL CHICKEN
1 pound Chicken tenders
2 ounces avocado oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
2 tablespoons Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
Wondra flour for dredging
1 tablespoon butter

  • Whisk together the avocado oil, lemon juice, garlic and hot sauce.
  • Season chicken tenders generously with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken pieces to a shallow dish and pour marinade over top.
  • Cover and chill 4-8 hours or overnight.

 

  • Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
  • Drain marinade off chicken pieces.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in flour and add to skillet.
  • Sear chicken pieces 2-3 minutes each side until golden and cooked through.
  • Remove chicken pieces and keep warm while preparing sauce.

SAUCE
4 ounces tomato pesto
1 cup Marsala wine

  • In the same skillet add wine being sure to scrape up all the browned bits.
  • Whisk in tomato pesto and simmer on medium high 5-6 minutes until heated through and slightly reduced.
  • Serve sauce over chicken pieces.

TOMATO POTATO CASSEROLE
potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
Italian Roma tomatoes, sliced thin
Vidalia onion, sliced thin
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
Parmesan Cheese, grated
FRESH basil leaves, torn, to taste
5-6 tablespoons Avocado oil
1/4 cup water

  • Spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Arrange potatoes in a layer, followed by a layer of onions and then a layer of tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle with basil leaves, to taste.
  • Season each layer to taste.
  • Repeat layers ending with the Parmesan cheese.
  • Sprinkle oil over cheese layer evenly.
  • Pour water over top.
  • Bake covered for 30 minutes.
  • Bake for another 30 minutes or until tender and cheese is golden.

BLOGMAS 2018 – CHRISTMAS DAY – DAY 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Just a little trivia: From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote the 12 days of Christmas carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church.  Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

  • The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
  • Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
  • Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
  • The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
  • The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
  • The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
  • Seven swans a-swimming represented the seven fold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
  • The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
  • Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
  • The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
  • The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
  • The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone – and, remember, the Twelve Days of Christmas are the 12 days following December 25th. The Christmas Season runs until Epiphany, January 6.


HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 52 of 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS sweet friends.  I know we all have tons to do today so let me get right to it.

All I can say is if you aren’t ready yet, don’t work so hard that you don’t enjoy it too!

Be sure to link up with
Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy homemaker Monday

and with Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE & WHAT I’M WEARING – I know this will surprise you, but it’s raining here LOL 😀 I do pray for safe travels for everyone traveling over the holiday, but I’m LOVING that I have no where to go and can just relax and enjoy it. It’s also in the mid 40’s where it’s supposed to be all week so we won’t have a white Christmas, but as the week progresses the lows will dip into the low30’s and even the 20’s so maybe New Year’s will be white instead.  I’, wearing a comfy pair of Levi’s, a long sleeve Christmas green t-shirt, thick fluffy socks (since I don’t even have to go outside today) and a gray sweatshirt.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE – Blackberries, blueberry green tea and cheerios

ON MY MIND / THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY Just a few jokes

FAVORITE PHOTOS FROM THE CAMERA Last Saturday was baking day with the munchkins to make the Giving Plates.  We had so much fun! We made Magic cookie bars, corn flake wreathes, grasshopper brownies, peanut butter balls and peanut butter rice crispy balls to add to the Brigadeiros and salted pumpkin caramels I had already made. 

Besides the neighbor giving plates we made a couple plates for their dad’s fire station guys.  They took turns measuring, pouring, stirring and then all enjoyed decorating.  They got a real kick out of my “blue gloves”.  Mom and dad were able to get their packages wrapped while they were busy here 😀

INSPIRATION

Here’s a little holiday funny I saw on facebook over the weekend – just to make you laugh 😀

And so I made my own just for fun 😀

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE / WEEKLY TO DO LIST & HOUSE PROJECTS /  APPOINTMENTS

  • LAUNDRY… ALL caught up
  • LIVING AREAS… ALL clean
  • KITCHEN… ALL clean from munchkin baking day and ready for Christmas
  • YARD… nothing much
  • BLOG… some recipe updating, future post planning and even some holiday post planning
  • PROJECTS… nothing this week – this week is for relaxing and enjoying the holidays
  • APPOINTMENTS… NONE
  • TO DO… same old same old 😀

I’M READING – I’m still reading Yours after Dark, both series by Marie Force

WHAT IS ON THE DVR OR LIST TO WATCH – There are still a number of Christmas movies to watch

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

DESSERT

MONDAY – FRIDAY

GREEN TEA,

BANANA & YOGURT

CHICKEN or TUNA SALAD

MONDAY

COWBOY BEANS and GREEN CHILE CORN BEER BREAD

TUESDAY

PRIME RIB, SCALLOPED POTATOES, BROCCOLINI, SOUR CREAM FAN ROLLS, CRANBERRY RELISH

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

BANANA PUMPKIN MERINGUE PIE

SATURDAY

?? ??

BLACK EYED PEA CHILI

SUNDAY

?? ??

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

BLOGMAS 2018 – DO YOU KNOW WHERE SANTA IS? – DAY 24

THE HOLIDAY SEASON…
Usually the holiday season is an endless list of tasks and errands. Christmas Eve was usually at our house and then Christmas Day many times too. The last several years though the holiday season has been quiet, many times too quiet.

Personally, I love the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I’m a list writer and as a Virgo usually have my presents bought early and the Christmas cards ready to mail by Thanksgiving, many times they are even hand made. Having all this done and ready usually made it possible for me to go to the malls, get a nice cup of coffee and just watch other people hustle and bustle. Then I would go home and cook and bake and then bake some more!

I learned much of this from my folks. My folks would have the majority of their shopping done before Thanksgiving and then because of their hectic schedules dad would sit me down with all the gifts, a card table, wrapping paper, tape, bows and tags on the day after Thanksgiving and that was where I would spend the Thanksgiving weekend watching football and Christmas movies, eating leftover turkey sandwiches and wrapping gifts. When the gifts were done, I would start on the Christmas cards. Now this wasn’t an abuse of any child labor laws, it was how I earned a chunk of money for my own Christmas shopping. And dad was a generous employer.

Christmas Eve was spent at our house with the immediate extended family – grams and gramps, aunts, uncles and cousins and many times neighbors too. We would do a big buffet and then open all our gifts to each other and have a party.

We’d go to sleep happy and sated while waiting for Santa and then start Christmas day with stockings and brunch. By afternoon the turkey and ham were smelling great and we were ready to start all over. Oh it was the same bunch of people, but we would add a great aunt and uncle. Remember me telling you about Looney Louise?  😀 LOL we didn’t call her looney to her face, but it is what made her such fun mainly because she made us her cornflake wreaths with red hots and fudge! All of us cousins would sit on the front porch waiting for her and Uncle Herb to arrive and for our wreaths of course!   It wouldn’t have been Christmas without them!

Looney Louise MANY MANY years before she made us our wreaths!

As always I’m looking forward to the next holiday season just after this one ends, but knowing that the next one will be spent around family makes it already more special.

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa Claus is coming to town tonight. If you have kids, or are just a big kid at heart, you can track Santa’s progress as he travels around the world on NORAD.

Merry Christmas everyone!

May Christmas bring you joy, happiness and everything else you deserve!