Tuesday, December 30
Monday, December 29
Now that the holidays are over I really am sort of sick of rich fair. I'm already craving the fruits of the summer season along with the light dishes. Luckily I went on a freezing binge this past year. I have lots of okra, corn etc. I can't wait until this spring/summer when I teach myself to can. Should be an experience. Who knew that the once pampered princess would turn frugal homemaker? If you would have told me this 4 years ago I would have laughed myself until I peed a little.
Saturday, December 27
Wednesday, December 24
Last post before I go crazy finishing the final touches before tonight. I still have wrapping to do and some re wrapping (thanks crumb snatchers), Christmas mouse prep, and the mountain of food to get ready. Everything is complete except the Ham, green bean casserole, rolls, and mom is working on the potato salad as we speak. Sometime today I have to take a tray to my dads who is under the weather and not up to joining us tonight. I still need to mop and do a fly by dusting.
Tuesday, December 23
Monday, December 22
I'm a little late on this. Been a long day of errands. Would have probably only taken me no more than an hour or so on a normal day but with the kids out for Christmas break, I had a little more to tow. Not that we didn't make it fun. Or I should say as fun as we could. My errands weren't so interesting. First the day started with me feeding the kids and quickly heading out. I made sure to take all my medication before, but I forgot to feed myself. On the way to the Post office to get my refund from a stamp machine thief, I got the shakes, cold legs and fuzzy head...insulin injections and no breakfast or lunch doesn't really sit well on the body. You would think after YEARS and YEARS this would be embedded in my brain. With no glucose tabs or candy, I made a B-line for Burger King. Not the most healthy choice or the fastest, but it got the job done. Anyway, the rest of the day was about the same...I ventured into Walmart of all places to pick up prescriptions and few groceries. I really think I've lost my mind to even go near that place this week. By the time we arrived home this afternoon I was in NO mood to cook. Thank gosh I was smart enough to throw a sirloin roast in the crock pot this morning. So the house smelled wonderful and dinner was done when I walked through the door. Gotta love crock pots.
- Smoked Turkey
- Green Bean Casserole
- Baked Mac & cheese
- 7 layer salad
- Potato Salad
- Chocolate pie
- Pecan pie
- Pumpkin pie
- Chocolate peanut butter balls
- Various Cookies/Candies
- Sausage balls
- Artichoke and spinach dip
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Mini Brie pizzas
- Spiced Pecans
- Various items brought by friends
- The wine will flow
Saturday, December 20
This weekend I decided to do some favorites of my parents. My mom absolutely loves cookies, but these melt her heart. In her words, they are perfect blend of sugary shortbread and an earthy nutty flavor. I wish I had known the secret in my teen years...I could have swindled so much. LOL
Friday, December 19
Wednesday, December 17
Tuesday, December 16
I recently had a friend comment to me on the relationship I have with my husband. She being a very cosmopolitan business woman making an art of balancing a career and family, didn't understand "our" family. The choice to live in traditional roles. She made mention of feminism, and how it was important to move women out of the kitchen and into more equal roles in the home and in society. She not so tastefully stated that by putting myself in the traditional role of homemaker was teaching my children the opposite and therefore disgracing the meaning of feminism and what so many fought so hard for.
Monday, December 15
- Monday- Waffles, sausage links, and fruit salad
- Tuesday- Smothered pork chops, asparagus bundles, and wild rice
- Wednesday- Sunday school Christmas party (lots of goodies)
- Thursday- Chicken Alfredo with broccoli and mushrooms, garlic bread, and salad
- Friday- C.O.R.N (clean out refrig night) for the kids, date night for parents (yay me)
- Saturday- Make your own PIZZA night and salad
- Sunday- Pulled pork Carolina style, slaw, and baked beans
Sunday, December 14
Truffles are another holiday favorite here. This is one I have yet let the kids help with. Well, for one they are for a Christmas party, and two, I always make a big enough mess by myself creating these. All are filled with chocolate ganache either dipped in dark, milk, and white chocolate or a mixture. I prefer to coat mine with a thin layer of tempered chocolate than rolling in coco powder, but they are fabulous either way. These little babies are so easy, yet look like you spent hours creating them. Honestly, the biggest challenge is trying not to dive into the bowl head first and eating your way to the surface. Recipe
Saturday, December 13
It's just adorable. It's the ornament I received in our annual Christmas Ornament exchange. My friend Jen did a fabulous job, and it fits right in our collection of eclectic ornaments! I love it! I'm jealous of her craftiness LOL.
Thursday, December 11
Wednesday, December 10
Tuesday, December 9
Monday, December 8
But in all seriousness, aren't they just too CUTE! I had her make all three of my crumb snatchers a set. So soft and well made. The kids adore them and when Mark saw himself in the mirror with his froggie hat he gave a big ole belly laugh. He thought he was so funny. Thanks a million Steph :) And if you don't open your own store I'm driving to MI and stealing your brand new gold knitting needles. Next on my list is felt play food, a new sweater for Holly, and braided hand bands. So you better relax those hands.
This weeks menu is basically request from my family, mainly from Mr. Kendra himself. Most of the time he doesn't care since he inhales most of my dishes with a vengeance...but every now and again he turns into Mr. Ubber Foodie and makes "wish list". As long as budget allows I'm happy to comply.
- Monday-Chicken, steak & shrimp fajitas and rice
- Tuesday-Stroganoff over egg noodles & salad
- Wednesday- Grilled rib-eye steaks, broccoli, and parmesan noodles
- Thursday-C.O.R.N (clean out refrigerator night)
- Friday- Make your own pizza night with salad
- Saturday-Make your own subs with tomato and basil salad (kids pick)
- Sunday- Pot roast, with roasted mushrooms, onions, carrots, celery, paired with garlic mashed potatoes and yeast rolls
Sunday, December 7
Old habits do die hard though. I sat there cozy in my bed, wanting, and NEEDING to sleep. I worried, "is it enough?", "who did we forget", and of course I am a natural giver. I admit its a bit selfish in a backwards way, but the best gift I can receive is watching excitement when people open the "perfect" gift(s) I painstakingly searched high and low for. But in lou of above mentioned life changes, the pressure to find everyone that perfect present...is off. Yet, the mind wonders.
If I were Santa Claus and could pick any gift or wish out of my sack, I'd give.....
- ...to my parents and those alike---affordable health care, paired with free prescriptions. May you have freedom from aches and pains.
- ...to my husband---a raise, better hours, and get out of jail (doghouse) free cards.
- ...to my friends---time to read a good book and have a long soak, ALONE.
- ...to my daughter---fulfillment of all your hopes and dreams, freedom from want or need, and of course full scholarship to the college of your choice :)
- ...to my sons---see list above and of course may you find someone as wonderful as your mother to wed and that I'll like her :)
- ...Holly (my super fab pooch)---a pair of pumps made purely of peanut butter and bacon
- ...to my loopies---google ground breaking hits, breathtaking photographs, one of a kind cakes, closer walks with God, sold gold knitting needles, skyrocketing sales, and the knowledge that they're making a difference in this world.
- ...For those that steal newspapers---a job delivering the Sunday paper without pay
- ...for all the homeless and mistreated dogs and cats---caring owners who will love and cherish them, and who recognize the responsibility of spaying and neutering.
- ...For Oprah---never mind..she can buy whatever she wants
- ...OPEC---a long wait in a line to purchase something they need yet cannot afford
I'm sure tonight will be another one of those nights. I'm sure to add to my list.
Thursday, December 4
Monday, December 1
Look around.... I bet you can find SOMETHING to be grateful for, even in difficult times. And as we count our blessings, there is no better way to show our gratitude than giving or helping others. I challenge each of you to do something for someone else. As you pass the Salvation Army kettles, throw in your pocket change. Or clean your closets and take a bag of clothes to one of their stores. They're a great organization that does a lot of good in the community. All the food banks (like Second Harvest or Helping Ministries) and homeless shelters desperately need canned and dry goods. Even if it's just a couple of cans, it will be greatly appreciated. The Salvation Army and malls (among others) have angel trees where you can pick a child's name and give them a Merry Christmas!
Another idea is "Santa For Seniors". There are many seniors in nursing homes and hospitals that are forgotten during the holidays. All they ask for are basic necessities like lotion, word puzzles, throws, slippers, toiletries and large print books. Nothing extravagant. Also, don't forget your veteran. Find a local VAMC (veterans medical hospital) near you. Another suggestion, every time you go to the store, buy a toy for the Toys For Tots bin! It could be a simple $1 item. Also as an animal lover, I'm a big supporter of the Humane Society. If you can't give a pet a home, you can still donate bagged or canned food, towels, and treats!
It's my goal to do as many of these things as possible, and I hope you join me.
For those that really do find it hard to see yourself as blessed or one of the less fortunate. Give a smile, hug or warm greeting and remember to include others in your prayers. That itself is a wonderful gift.
This week will be a little lighter since we all are dragging from such rich fair at Thanksgiving. Plus, with planning Christmas dinner, I want to keep my time in the kitchen and budget low.
- Monday-Meatloaf, creamed potatoes and green beans
- Tuesday- Oven baked ranch chicken tenders and broccoli rice casserole
- Wednesday-Black bean and pineapple quesadillas
- Thursday-Grilled steak and Cesar salad
- Friday- Homemade pizza and left over salad
- Saturday- Take out (kids pick)
- Sunday- Salisbury steak, wild rice, peas with pearl onion, honey butter yeast rolls