Saturday, December 08, 2012

Kelly's Korner Family Holiday Tradition ~ No Traditional Dinner

This week's Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life topic is Family Traditions.

In our house we prefer to have a non-traditional dinner. No turkey, ham or roast beef allowed. It's nice to eat something different. This year we're going to be enjoy a feast of Chinese takeout from China A Go Go.

Check Out The Work at Home Jobs at Rat Race Rebellion : Free Legitimate Work From Home Job Opportunities


Work at Home Jobs: Free Legitimate Work From Home Job Opportunities  

Even though I'm no longer working, due to my health,  I still like to occasionally check out the job listings. I actually found my full time work at Century Link at Rat Race Rebellion 2 years ago!

Rat Race Rebellion offers legitimate work at home and telecommuting job opportunities at their website. You can sign up to receive their daily job listing as well as stopping by their website to check out their permanent listings via Facebook or Twitter.

Christmas Decorations on Pinterest

I'm having such a great time visiting Pinterest for Christmas inspired pins. If you're looking for ideas or want to add them to your boards check out the ones I recently discovered.
cardboard reindeer head
advent pillow

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Joy sign
photo wreath

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

baby, it's cold outside sign

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

snowman pillow
snow globes

Friday, December 07, 2012

Easy Butter Cookie Recipe ~ Semi Homemade Mom

Easy Cake Mix Butter Cookies - yellow cake mix, cream cheese, butter, 1 egg, vanilla, 1/4 cup powdered sugar from Semi Homemade Mom

Wow! An easy to make cookie recipe! Sounds like I'll be baking this one this weekend.

UPS Found and Delivered My Package Today!

PS package arrived closed.

It issue starts with me putting the wrong apartment number on the order with Puritan's Pride a week ago. (brain fog) This week, I received a notification stating that it was at our front door. No package at our door. So I contacted UPS Twitter for help. Per their follow up email, the UPS delivery person stated they delivered it to not only the wrong apartment but wrong building! I was advised per UPS' email to check with the person who might have my package or contact Puritan's Pride.

This morning, I called Puritan's Pride customer service to advise them of the lost package. While I speaking with Jill, customer service, she advised that UPS had my package and were going to delivery it today! She offered to place me on hold, contact them, and verify that they had the correct address.

When Jill came back online she advised me that UPS had the correct shipping address and that my package would be delivered today! She also corrected the apartment number in my account! Kudos Jill!

Thank you UPS the follow up. And Puritan's Pride for the great customer service! I'm a very happy customer.

5 Minutes for Mom Pin It Friday ~ More Christmas Trees

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

wine bottle tree
I love the apples in the can. Now every guest can take one with them. (and it's healthy)
hanging ornament tree
Oh Purple Tree!
a funnel tree

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Will You Be Snail Mailing Christmas Card This Year?

I love receiving Christmas cards! Some of you are so creative DIYer's. And then there are those of us who appreciate a handmade card and will purchase them from a Etsy store! It's fun to send and receive them. Many times, I'll hear from people via email or Facebook when they've receive our card. (That's so sweet of them!)

This year, I'm participating in the Christmas Card Exchange at Workplace Like Home (again) and sending cards to family and friends.

Will you be snail mailing Christmas cards this year?

Benefits of Massage Therapy for Arthritis

Now this is my idea of a Christmas or birthday gift.  I'm saving my Massage Envy gift card for my birthday, in January. 

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Office Depot Has Quick Personal Delivery Service

Yesterday, the phone rang and it was Office Depot delivery person calling to confirm that I was home to receive my order. About 20 minutes later a gentleman showed up with my package. Wow! I can't remember every experiencing a delivery like that!
Office Depot has definitely redeemed themselves since my negative in-store customer service experience.

Our First Christmas Card Has Arrived ! Dec 2012

How fun when I spotted a Christmas designed envelope in the mailbox this afternoon! I love receiving Christmas cards.

Holiday Mug Swap! A Package? For Me!

I love getting the mail, seeing a slip to pick up a package from the office and seeing my name on it! It's also a treat when I have no idea what it is!

On December 17, we'll be revealing what we received from this year's Holiday Mug Swap!

Cookie Baking Time: Snickerdoodles

It's time to fill up Mr. Snowman cookie jar !
The cookies on the left were baked on a cookie sheet. The ones on the right were baked on a baking stone. Baking stone wins!
I'm a huge fan of using a baking stone for cookies. My husband and son like to use the cookie sheet.
The cookies on the left were baked on a cookie sheet. The ones on the right were baked on a baking stone. Baking stone wins!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

My Church is On the News: The Church Online Campus on News 3 - Las Vegas, NV

  It's so cool to see The Church of Southern Nevada, on the local news, for their online campus today!  I had attended other online church services before settling in with The Church LV ,as we lovely call it, 3 years ago. 

Pastor Benny Perez has a definite passion for the Word.  This church strives to have the online campus be part of the brick and mortar church.  I really love that!

Seeking Help During The Holidays ~ Suicide Prevention

During the holidays many people suffer greatly with their depression. Many chronic illness sufferers, in my Facebook groups, comment on not feeling worthy. And then there's the loneliness and isolation that contribute to their sadness.

Please remember that suicide is never the solution to any problem. When I read the family and friends Facebook comments at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline it breaks my heart!

I definitely wasn't thinking of the pain I was inflicting on my husband and son. But at the time I was living with the severe pain, that was deep in my bone marrow. It was till I was committed to a mental institution, after a suicide attempt, and given a combination of anti-depressants, that I was finally free!

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Christmas DIY Decoration Ideas ~ Pinterest

I love decorating for Christmas every year! When I was working I would purchase something new for the tree and the house. These days I'm looking for inexpensive ways to decorate our home. Thanks to creative DIYer's and Pinterest I have plenty of ideas to choose from.

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Christmas cranberries mason jar
Plastic wrap crumbled up gives the illusion on snow in your vase!
Bottle Cap Snowman. great little Christmas gifts and ornaments
Snowman Wreath
Tie cinnamon sticks around your candles. the heated cinnamon makes your house smell amazing.

Monday, December 03, 2012

How About This Pancake Recipe? Easy Oven Pancakes

When I saw Easy Oven Pancakes as part of Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday I just had to click the link!

It to me to Lynn's Kitchen. According to her directions any pancake recipe that has 2 cups of flour or pancake mix will work.

Pour batter into a greased 12×15 or 11×14 pan and spread out evenly. Lynn's Kitchen states that she has done this in various sized jelly roll type pans and as long as they are close to that size it has worked.

Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes or until done. It will be similar in texture to a pancake when it is done. Serve with butter, fruit, jam or syrup.

I think this pancake recipe would work well for big groups.

Decorating the Apartment for Christmas 2012

My husband has been asking me when would I start decorating for Christmas since Thanksgiving. I was a bit surprised since I like to wait till it's actually December but Thanksgiving was early this year. (wasn't it?)

I knew I wanted to put the big tree someplace different. The office won out. I still have much to do but this is a good start!

I also decided to decorate our bedroom.
I framed the patio door with some old fashioned bulbs that I bought last year. I also decided to use cream colored ribbon to hang the wreaths. The side table was the perfect place for the advent calendar and a Santa.
I keep a few of our favorite Christmas cards every year and after seeing a similar way of displaying them on Pinterest I thought I would do the same. (a Christmas tree on the wall)
our living room wall.
Christmas tree garland along the kitchen bar.
Our main Christmas tree is in the office this year. Hubby did the set up and I decorated.
My husband loves this cookie jar. Now I need to bake some snicker-doodles and fill it up!
Another view of my hubby and I's tree.
A Christmas tea cup and saucer that I received from a women's tea a few years ago has a spot on a small shelf.

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 3, 2012

This week we'll be keeping meals simple and inexpensive. It's the end of the year, we have some bills that must be paid. Ugh! Marcus will be starting college next month and we're paying for books and supplies. So hubby will be working some overtime on the weekends.

I attended online church campus on Saturday night. We have several people who suffer from chronic illness in the group. It's always a highlight of mine to worship with them.

Enough about that, now onto this week's menu plan. Thanks Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday.
roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, salad

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

grilled cheese sandwiches and your choice of soup
chicken stir fry
homemade pancakes, bacon
crockpot pot roast, quinoa

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Holiday Twitter Party with Smart & Final « Rockin Mama™

Holiday Twitter Party with Smart & Final « Rockin Mama™

On December 5th, there will be a Twitter party with Smart & Final and the theme is Holiday Recipes!  Give me a shout out if you're there! @berrymorin.  Here are the details and RSVP information:

When:  Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 2 PM EST
Where: On Twitter! Just tweet with the hashtag #ChooseSmart using the custom Tweet Grid link
$250 in prizes
(3) $50 Smart and Final Gift cards to giveaway
(1) $100 Smart and Final Gift card to giveaway
Who to Follow:
Host: @rockinmama @SmartFinal
Co-Host: @themommyfiles

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Santa Run and Rock and Roll Marathon ~ Las Vegas, NV

This weekend was a busy one if you love to run!  The Santa Run at Town Square, in Las Vegas, was on Saturday.  This is a fundraiser for Opportunity Village .


10,000 runners dress as Santa Claus for Santa Run -

On Sunday, it was time for the Rock and Roll Marathon.  The locals know it's going to be road detours, traffic and another reason to add to the list of "Why Locals Don't Go to The Strip".

It's Time for Homemade Meatball Soup

I was in the mood for soup. Marcus wanted meatballs. So I decided to make Beef Meatball Soup.

start cutting up the vegetables!
It doesn't take long because I preheated the chicken broth and water so they were ready for the veggies and meatballs. Yum!
I don't have a recipe for this. I just add what I feel like. The whole family loves it!

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