Friday, December 14, 2012

5 Question Friday ~ My Little Life

1. If you bake during the holidays, what is your favorite thing to make? I love baking cookies. My must bake cookies are sugar and snicker-doodles!

2. Present giving: Gift bag vs wrapped box? I love a wrapped box for giving. I just love using tape!

3. What do you keep your thermostat on during the winter/summer in your house? In the winter, we keep it around 60 degrees when my husband isn't home. My son and love to layer so it's fine for us. But when Dad's home I'll have it around 68-70 degrees. In the summer I keep it around 70 degrees.

4. When thinking of your "Christmas to-do list" what percentage "done" are you? I would say 15%. I'll be baking cookies, for gifts, this weekend. The shopping will be on the 21st.

5. Do you do the "Elf on a Shelf"? If so, is your Elf naughty and what shenanigans has he gotten into? I actually had to look up "Elf on a Shelf" but once I did I remembered the ones my mother had while I was growing up. So, back to the question. No, we don't have "Elf on a Shelf".

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Big Lot's Haul ~ December 2012

Marcus had a $50 budget this month. His haul: Big Lots paper towels $5, Listerine mouthwash bottles $6, Gillette Men's Body Wash bottles $4, Palmolive Classic dish liquid $3, Crest Pro Health toothpaste, large can of peanuts, Arizona and Peace Teas.

His total= $50!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

PBS and MASTERPIECE bring you a Downton Abbey Cast Panel & Discussion / ...

Mary Esposito Chicken Casserole ~ Ciao Italia

Chicken Thighs Casserole courtesy of Mary Ann Esposito.

I've been watching Mary Ann Esposito's Ciao Italia for more than 20 years, on PBS and Create. I love her use of simple ingredients that produce lots of flavors. Yum!

Here's a recipe that she shared on her Facebook page recently. I'm definitely going to making this!
here's her post.

Have you discovered how delicious chicken thighs are? Moist and tender and cooking in no time, they are the inexpensive alternative to pricey chicken breasts or cutlets.
Here is what I do with them; shake them first in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Then brown them quickly in a little olive oil in a stove top to oven type casserole.
Add a medium sliced onion, a couple of carrots, roughly chopped and either a couple of diced potatoes or 1 1/2 cups of gnocchi as I have done here.
Pour 2 cups tomato sauce mixed with 1/2 cup red wine over the casserole.

Cover and bake in a 325F oven for 35-40 minutes. A great one pot meal served with salad and fresh bread.

Doesn't that sound delicious?

Etsy Christmas Finds on Pinterest

Etsy offers many creative ways to celebrate Christmas. Here's some just a few that I added to my Christmas Pinterest board this year!

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Christmas Ornament Wreath Holiday Wreath Pink by TheBakersDaughter, $44.00

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Snowmen Ornaments for your Xmas Tree by laurelsbylaurie on Etsy, $15.00

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Needle Felted Nativity Set Three Wise Men by heartfeltpassion, $150.0

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Cardboard Christmas Tree Eco Laser Cut Holiday by seequin on Etsy, $18.00

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Pet Dog Cat Collar ACCESSORY Necktie by fingerstory on Etsy, $10.00

Source: via Rona on Pinterest

Addie Maye's Sweet Potato Pie & Crust Recipe by SheilasBlessings, $1.50

Dried Orange Slice Ornaments for the Tree

I decided to dry out some orange slices by following the instructions but...
I burnt them!
Marcus suggested once the oven was 250 degrees, place the orange slices in for an hour and than cut off oven. This is a much better result!
I used a needle to thread the ribbon through.
And found it place on the tree!
Here's a few more on the tree. Not a difficult craft project for this gal. I'll definitely do it next year!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL (Coming to PBS Sunday, December 30, 2012)

Calling all the "Call The Midwife" fans!  PBS is airing a holiday special on December 30, 2012, Sunday! 

I'm Making Orange Slice Ornaments Tonight !

I saw an online video a couple of weeks ago showing how to make orange slice ornaments. And since we had several oranges sitting in the fruit bowl I thought I would give it a try!

I've got them in the oven and will show some photos tomorrow. Have a blessed Sunday!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 10, 2012

My husband and I bought a ham shank last night at Walmart. I love that one can make some many meals from it. Last night was baked ham; this morning I made ham and eggs. We'll be enjoying some other ham meals this week too.

I still have chicken in the freezer. I'll also be making pancakes and a meatless meal for dinner!

Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday! Join us!
sour cream pancakes, pan fried ham

ham and potato casserole
Southern Macaroni and Cheese

red beans and rice
homemade ground beef and vegetable soup
pepperoni pizza for Marcus; supreme pizza for the hubby and me

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Why I Keep Notes of Your Pain And Mental Conditions

My medical doctor no longer has me taking Prozac after I advised her of my heighten anxiety while I was taking it. And since I had been off the medication for months she observed there was no need for it.

But she did lower my dosage of Trazadone from 300 mgs daily to 100 mgs. She wrote me a prescription which I had on hold at the pharmacy, till I needed it.

My recommendation for chronic pain and major depression sufferers, keep daily and weekly notes so that you can share them with your doctor. I've learned over the 12 years it helps make my appointments more productive.

There are many helpful online daily log websites, such as Patients Like Me and American Chronic Pain Foundation.

Jumping Tandem Sundasy ~ Please Fill Me Up with Joy and Peace!Romans 15:13

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Amen!

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