Sunday, December 30, 2007
I lay all my responsibilities at Your feet. I am now yielding my heart, mind and strength to your awesome power and glory. I desperately need You.
Open my eyes, ears, heart and soul so that I'm not too busy to hear You. Teach me to walk, live and be in the center of Your will for my life. Use me as a blessing in the lives of my children, dear Lord.
Forgive me for my past mistakes, which can be better described as sins. I've been impatient, short tempered, self-righteous and it has made me a difficult woman to love and live with. Lord, starting today, fill me with the fruit of the Spirit: patience, kindness, humility, and gentleness.
Make me a woman who is not easily angered; guard me from being rude or selfish. Fill me with the strength to endure all things necessary. Your perfect love never fails. I praise you, and I thank you for saving me.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
1 cup of white sugar
Our Christmas was very fun this year. It started out at 2:00 a.m. on Christmas morning. Friends came over to play games for Christmas Eve and when we get started playing, we just do not know when to quit. My DD wanted us to go to bed so that Santa would come and I explained to her that Santa does not care if the adults stay up, its the children that must go to bed (wink, wink). So dazed and confused, she went to bed. Well she woke up several times asking if Santa was there yet and upset cause she was afraid he would not come as long as we were awake. Well after getting her to go back to bed, I decided we better get the gifts under the tree before she decides he is not coming and get really upset. On the third trip out, she saw that Santa did finally get there and so guess what, we had to do gifts right then. So our friends decided to leave and she called her big brother and he drove over and we had our Christmas at 2:30 in the morning. We were all pretty happy about that, cause that meant getting to sleep in the next morning. It was a fun few hours. Then we were putting the Turkey in the oven and off to bed we all went. After only about 5 hours of sleep, I was up preparing broccoli and rice casserole and Macaroni and Cheese casserole. We left our house around 11:00 and head over to my Mothers house where we had the most wonderful Christmas Day. We ate, exchanged gifts and played Chicken Foot till late in the evening. It was such a fun and relaxing day.
Here is the other great find I wanted to share. My DH wanted a potpourri pot for his poker room. We looked all over for one that was not so girly. No such luck. Everything had flowers. So I decided to alter one for him. We got this for 2.00. Here it is before
II have a few New Years Resolutions. I have not done resolutions in a long time, because I usually do not keep them, so why bother to make them. Well the only problem with that attitude is, that if I do not bother to make any, than how in the world do I expect to make changes in my life, that I really do need to change. So perhaps if I make a few, then I might be able to make those changes. If not, than I am no worse off. So here goes
Saturday, December 22, 2007
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
Directions:PREHEAT oven to 350° F. COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Pecan Pie Muffins
1/2 c. butter
1- teaspoon vanilla
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
1 c. pecans
Mix together 1/2 cup butter, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir by hand flour and pecans, until blended. Spoon batter in greased mini-muffin pan. Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes. Do not over bake.
In the Pecan Pie Muffin Recipe picture there is a black Teapot. Isn't it so cute. It is my new liquid potpourri pot. I found it and some of the treasures in the below picture this week. Its has become a holiday tradition for me to go to our town square and do some of my Christmas shopping. I find some of the best inexpensive treasures there. My family loves to receive things like this for Christmas gifts. My mother ask for a cut glass butter dish. She actually called and ask if she gave me her cut glass butter dish. The answer of course was "Yes" I felt bad that she had given me her only butter dish, but not so bad that I offered to give it back. I did tell her I would loan it to her. LOL!!! She said it was ok, that she could do without. The butter dish she gave me was for large blocks of butter. She really wanted one for the small sticks of butter. She said she would find something around the house to put butter in. Well my thought is, what holiday table is complete without a pretty cut glass butter dish. So off I went to find her one. While shopping for her a butter dish, I found some beautiful salt and pepper shakers and a cheese tray lid without a wooden bottom. I plan to put the lid on a glass dish, as soon as I find the perfect fit. I do love shopping the antique stores and thrift stores. I have other treasures to share with you, but they will have to wait till my next post. I have to get up early to go to my SIL to have my husbands family Christmas.
Jesus is the "Reason for the Season" Thank you Jesus for this time that we can be with our families and friends!!! I pray that all have a Safe and Merry Christmas. Amen...
Monday, December 17, 2007
Here are the recipes for the Chocolate Chip cake and Chocolate Chip Cheeseball. This is the blogs that I stalk now for great recipes and where I found these yummy treats.
Cherry Hill Cottage
These ladies have the most awesome blogs for recipes and home decorating ideas. I truly enjoy reading their blogs and am now a huge fan.
Chocolate Chip Cake
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 package INSTANT chocolate pudding
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1- 12oz bag of miniature chocolate chips
Lightly spray a bundt pan. Mix above together in a bowl. Pour into bundt pan. Bake @350 for 45-50 minutes. Cool. Sprinkle powdered sugar if desired.
Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
1 pkg. 8oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. brown sugar
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Beat softened cream cheese, butter, & vanilla until creamy. Slowly add sugars until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Place mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a ball. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll ball in pecans. Serve with chocolate graham crackers or 'Nilla wafers.
Just wanted to let you all know that I am feeling much better about my Son moving out. I think I have seen him more in the last few weeks than I have in the past 2 years. He calls more and comes to visit way more. He came yesterday and spent the entire afternoon and watched the football game with my DH. I cannot explain to you how much that meant to my husband and to myself. We have not had that joy in a long time with him. I miss him more than I could ever express, but I think I am going to be ok now. Just wanted you to know that!!!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
SNOWBALL...... My DD's little friend!!!
HANK... my little friend!!!
These are called DJungarian Dwarf Hamsters or short, DJ Hamsters. They are so very tiny and adorable and very sweet and friendly. No nibbles on the fingers this time. Mr. Nibbles our rat was more than we could handle. So we thought we better go with something a little less nibbly!!! We kind of like our fingers and ears. These little guys never bite. They are very quick on their feet and kind of slippery little dickens. We first saw them at our local Shopping Mall. The man had 4 of them and you could not purchase them without purchasing the cage. He begin to tell us how rare they were to find in the pet stores and that these were the only 4 he had left for the Christmas season . Well I thought, rare or not, I am not paying 75.00 for 2 hamsters and a cage that I do not need. So with many tears shedding, we left the mall with the promise to go straight over to the pet store and see what they had available. We were so excited to see those same cute little, rare, hamsters just across the street. Kind of makes you wonder where his rare hamsters may have come from. Anyways, we fell instantly in love with SnowBall and Hank and knew we both had to each have one. Besides they work better in pairs. When my husband and I first met, he bought me a Chinese hamster which is of the same family as these little guys. I called him Heidi, cause I thought Heidi was a girl, until she grew these rather large tumor looking things on her hind end. We then discovered she was actually a he and those were not tumors at all. LOL!!! I still loved him all the same. He brought me such joy for 2 years. I have never forgotten him and that was 24 years ago. So when I saw these little guys, I knew I just had to have one. My husband said we needed to call him Hank after a favorite TV show we watch every week "Corner Gas" So mine is Hank and my DD's is Snowball. which is rather easy to see where her name came from.
1. I was born in Canton, Mississippi and grew up in the country.
2. My favorite TV shows are Greys Anatomy, October Roads, The Practice and Lost.
3. I am a night owl, thanks to the wonderful Internet and my laptop!!!
4. Love, Love, love, love, love, Carmel Frappicinos from Star Bucks.
5. Oh and here is something few people know about me. I love to dip my McDonald french fries into my vanilla milk shake. YUM, YUM!!! Ultimate goodness!!!
The list could go on and on. I guess you will just have to stay tuned to my blog if you want to find out more quirky things about me. (wink,wink)
Now its my turn to do the tagging. Lets see, who do I .....
Ok girls, its your turn!!!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Saturday morning I got up and went to our local High School Craft Show. I was there on a mission. Only to find myself yet another perfect Raggedy. I was very disappointed to find that my favorite vendor was very low on dolls. She had already been to so many shows, that she did not have enough time to replace with new ones. So either she had some too similar to what I already had, or she had them in pairs which was more money than I wanted to spend. I really mostly collect the girl Raggedies and like to keep my spending to 20.00 or less. So with lip hanging down, I went on about my way. I however did bump into the lady from the previous show and bought myself another resin set. They are just adorable. They are now taking up residency in my little hutch where they will be nice and safe from breakage.
The only other thing I want to share with the world is................................................. that my Son has moved out of the house. I almost cry to think about it. I would cry, but think I have already used up all of my tears. I have cried inside and out and off and on for over 2 weeks now. Part of me is happy and the other part is very sad. My happiness only comes from the fact that now I no longer have to dread him moving. He has talked about it now for a year and I have stressed and worried and tried to figure out how I could keep him home a little longer. He is only 20 and I feel like he was too young and immature. When he was younger, I always thought I would have to kick him out of the house most likely in his 30's. I guess that was just wishful thinking on my part. I just did not think he would leave home so early. Anyway, now that he has moved, I no longer have to stress over the idea and I can go ahead and deal with him being gone. That makes me happy, because I feel like that is a burden lifted from my shoulders. The worry that is. Not my Son. I love my Son and he has never been a burden. But the idea of him moving and the worry of him moving is now gone. He has moved!!!! The sad part is, that I know once they move, they will never be able to come back home. Yes, they can come back home and from what I hear from my friends, they most likely do come back at least 1 or 2 times before they are gone for good. (Suddenly as I type this, I think of the song on the country station with the lyrics Gone for Good, Good as Gone!!) Anyway back to what I was saying before my brain rudely interrupted me, my thought on that is and the sad part is, its never the same when they come back. Things change from the time they leave and come back. They change, parents change. Everything changes and Everyone gets set in their new ways. They can no longer live at home comfortably after having their freedom. They always have the itch to leave again. There is that feeling of feeling like you have no space or privacy. I know this cause I remember moving back in with my husbands parents. It was just weird. All we could think about was leaving and finding our own place. So my heart is sad knowing my baby boy has learned to fly and is now on his journey to a new life away from home. May God keep him safe!!!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
This recipe made me think of my Grand Laura. She always made bread pudding. I guess cause it was cheap, easy to make and went a long way around the table. I don't remember a lot about Grand Laura, cause I was young when she passed, but I do remember her making bread pudding. To this recipe, I added some icing. I made it with butter, confectioners sugar and vanilla flavoring. I thought it needed more comfort. I also used the 35 calorie bread for less calories. (Ha, Ha! Thats funny!!!) Like that is going to matter now. You could substitute the eggs, with egg beaters, to lower the calories and fat even more. I just made mine with regular eggs. Now that I know how it should taste, I will do some substitutions the next time around when I am feeling less stress and more health consious. That way I will have a idea of whether it taste better, worse or the same with the substitutions. The recipe as is, WARM AND YUMMY TO THE TUMMY!!!! Its a miricle, I already feel less stressed (wink, wink)
6 slices day-old bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Break bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
This is my poor memory block. As you can see, it just did not come together very good. It has such cute potential though. Maybe after the frustration of spending the entire day making this has passed, I will try again!!!!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Deanna made a fabulous Christmas Tree out of curled papers and a Styrofoam cone. I just fell in love with it and knew I had to go to Hobby Lobby and purchase everything to make myself one. Here is the website where Deanna found the tree idea http://murdocks.typepad.com/polishedtoperfection/2007/11/index.html This lady has made some wonderful Christmas trees. I wish I had taken my camera with me so that I could have gotten pictures of Deanna's tree. I loved the paper she used. The paper defiantly makes a huge difference in how beautiful they look. So after a fun evening, I came home and did a little reading on the website she shared with me and planned out my shopping trip to Hobby Lobby. On Saturday after a work picnic, I headed to Hobby Lobby with a couple of my friends. My friend Glenda gave me the best gift ever. I was so surprised when she said she had something for me. I was even more surprised when I saw what it was.
Again I used Basic Grey "Fruitcake" on my tree. I guess you can tell by now that I really do love this paper. So now for my tree, alls I need now is a topper. I plan to go back to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to find just the perfect star for my cute little curly tree.
Today, after sleeping very late, I went over to another one of my friends house and we worked on Christmas cards. She wanted to learn the prisma/mineral spirits technique. Together, we created a couple of fabulous Christmas cards for her to make for her sewing students. We had a great time Stamping and chatting the afternoon away!!!! I love weekends like this one. I cannot think of too many other things I like better than spending time with my friends.