Monday, December 31, 2007

Welcome 2008!!!

MySpace Happy New Year

I hope you all have a wonderful safe New Years Eve and a new years filled with lots of good things and wishes that come true!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Remember this before

Remember this little shelf I found by the side of the road on an evening walk? I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it, but after viewing some blogs with Christmas pictures I got an idea of where I wanted to hang it. Dan was tolerant enough to hang it for me right before Christmas so I could decorate it for the holiday meal. So here it is after! It is hanging in my diningroom now....
...and I really love it there. It is housing some of my snowmen now but after the holidays I think I will decorate it with some of my tea cups!

On the second day of Christmas....

First I want to thank everyone who left holidays wishes....I was not ignoring you...I was actually having computer problems and was not able to blog...can you believe it- on Christmas no less. So Happy Holidays to all of my blog friends
The holidays were wonderful. We got to visit with family and Christmas morning breakfast was perfect again this year! Santa (Dan) was very good to me this year. I got 6 new beads for my bracelet, 2 pairs of Crocs, lots of hazelnut chocolates, some new pink kitchen gadgets, sweatshirts, 2008 Farmer's Almanac, a new pink pocket calendar, lots of new snowmen around the house, a digital picture frame and keychain and a CAMERA TRIPOD!!! No more blurry flashless pictures!!! Ofcourse I had to try it right away! It is AWESOME!
Now that my computer is fixed I will be stopping by all your blogs and checking out your holiday posts!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Christmas

It has been a wonderful day so far.....Santa was good to all of to deliver more presents and have Christmas dinner!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Twas the night before Christmas...

Today I have last minute shopping and some floors to mop, tomorrow mornings breakfast to start and Mass tonight. The table is set, the presents are out and the countdown begins...

Merry Christmas and may it be filled with love and family and happiness.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Our trip to the city

Friday we went to Hartford to see the display at Constitution Plaza. First we went to City Steam to eat dinner. It was delish.
Then we went to see the lights. It was so bitterly cold we practically ran through the plaza. The lights were beautiful as usual, and I would have gotten so many more pictures if it weren't for the fact that we were freezing!!!
Not even anyone else there to take a family picture for us!
Maybe there will be another time we can go and take some better pictures!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

It's winter time in the city....

So, it's a week until the big guys stops by. I still have to get a few presents and have finalized my Christmas morning breakfast menu. I still have some wrapping to do...but I am pretty much on track. I really love this time of year... the only thing that would make the holidays better would be a nice snow fall. Not the icy mess we were dealt this weekend, but nice white fluffy snow, and enough to make snowmen with and enough to make everything look clean and white. Off to hit the stores to find that just right gift that I am searching for!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Deck the halls....

Finished up some decorating this weekend as well as most of my cookies.
Watched about a million Christmas movies...gosh they are all so sappy.
Oh yeah, even Little House on the Prairie had a tear jerker Christmas special!
And, of course, we had another storm this weekend. We didn't get much but some sleet...but it was enough to make things messy outside. Today we have a school delay, I can't see why, the roads are clean and dry...but here we are, waiting till it is time to go to school.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Do you see what I see???

Yes that is snow. It's a snow day. We are having a big storm. I went to the market this morning to stock up on milk (we were out and that is a necessity with cookies!) and bread and baking supplies to bake lots of cookies. And this is what it looks like from my windows at noon today!

That cute house in my neighborhood

I have mentioned this house before as well as posting some pictures at different seasons...but I just love this little cape. They usually have window candles, maybe they are not done decorating yet....I will have to check back again with them soon.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My corner isn't empty anymore!

Dan and I were finally able to pick out our tree this weekend, and I put the lights on it while Matthew was at work, so when he got home he could do his ornaments. I love his paper pointsettia and paper plate snowman....all his childhood handmade ornaments. Plus each year the kids each got a new store bought ornaments as well. Sometimes they would give one to each other, sometimes I would give them ones, and sometimes they would pick them out themselves. It is a nice start when you move out on your own and your first Christmas comes along and you have a nice stash of sentimental ornaments to hang on your first Christmas tree.

My virtual Christmas cookie swap

I am not a huge fan of peanut butter cookies, but when I saw this recipe I really wanted to try them. They looked good, and let's face it, anything with chocolate is ok with me!!!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unwrap the peanut butter cups, put them in a plastic container and then put them in the freezer. (so they won't melt too fast when you use them later)
Sift togther the flour, salt, and baking soda and then set aside.
Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy, then set aside. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk (I use just a splash more milk to make the cookies more moist) to your sugar mixture. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mix well.
Shape these into 40 balls (I got 38) and place each ball into a mini muffin pan (I used a cookie sheet and they worked out just as well!). Bake at 375 degrees for about 7-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. I sprinkled some with sprinkles. Cool and remove from the pan.
They are soooooo good, I cannot tell you how hard it was to not eat them all. The chocolate is melted and warm and the peanut butter is soft and sweet!!!! They are simple and good.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas

Some of the new guys!

This guy is really rustic. I like the birdhouse thing he's got goin' on!

I really like this guy, he is sorta primitive, but still so cute!

It's time to get the Christmas china out and create my Chrismas morning menu and shopping list. With the kids not being so little anymore breakfast is moved back from 7 am. When they were little and woke Christmas morning I didn't want them to have to wait for Grandma and Papa and any uncles or aunts showing up to open their presents, so we had breakfast early. Now, we can sleep late. And I don't have to wake up at 5 am to get the food ready!

A great story

My brother sent this story to me today and I thought it was worth sharing!

A man decided to write a book about churches. He began by flying to San Francisco and started working east from there. Going to a large church, he began taking photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the wall and was intrigued with a sign, which read 'Calls: $10,000 a minute.'
He asked about the phone and the sign and the pastor answered that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to God. The man thanked the pastor and continued on his way.

As he continued to visit churches in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis , Chicago, Milwaukee , and around the United States , he found more phones with the same sign and the same answer from each pastor.

Upon entering a church in Boston, he saw the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign read "Calls: .35 cents."

Fascinated, he asked the pastor, "Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I have found this golden telephone and have been told it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could talk to God, but in the other churches the cost was $10,000 a minute. Your sign reads only .35 cents a call. Why?"

The pastor, smiling benignly, replied:
"Son, you're in Boston now, home of the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics!
You're in God's Country- It's a local call.”

Monday, December 10, 2007

Karma Baby!

I love the saying "what goes around, comes around"! Today, especially I am thinking of someone that I knew and that I thought of as a friend who recently lied about me. Not that that in itself would make me feel so angry at this person, or any person in fact, but that it was done to hurt me. This person was a co-worker and as such I felt that we were equals. Now that I see the true person she is I have no problem with what can only be construed as karma coming around to bite this person. I am an especially honest person. If you ask my kids what is the worst thing they could do to me, they would tell you it would be to lie. I am honest to a fault, and sometimes even the people I love have to bear the brunt of my honesty. When someone I know is dishonest, they know not to include me in their little story. When one of a friend couple of ours was cheating, I told his wife. Now, I admit to telling some innocent white lies... like when someone asks if I like what they are wearing, if it makes them look fat, if I like a new piece of furniture, etc. You get the idea. I don't see the need to hurt their feelings because we have different tastes....but I will not lie for people who are hurting other people. That should go without saying that I will NEVER lie about something illegal or unethical. I find lying to be an especially violating thing to do to a person. My ex lied to me the whole time we were together. It was so difficult when the truth came out. I was so hurt by a life of lies I was living. Fortunately, this person cannot hurt me like that and in the end the pain she will cause herself will be justice enough, but do I wish I was a fly on the wall when Karma comes back to bite bet!!!

On a brighter note, my "baby" turns 17 today. Wow, time has flown by at warp speed. He is so independent, and smart and he is turning into a fine young man. He took this picture of me just the other day...he is so funny when he gets hold of my camera!!! And, yes I did just get all my hair chopped off and it feels so nice!

With the holidays rapidly approaching I have to spend considerable time now doing what shopping I have left, finish decorating the house and bake cookies as well as finish making some ornies! Busy busy busy for the next 2 weeks. I love it, though since this is my favorite holiday time!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Waiting for the tree.....

Yeah, this corner is still waiting for the tree....I don't even have the slightest idea when we will get one...hopefully this weekend, after we have Matthew's birthday dinner on Saturday. I can hardly believe my baby is gonna be 17!

Woke up this morning to a light dusting. It was enough. When I returned home from driving Matthew to school I slipped and fell on my @$$!!! First snow- first fall!!!
Today the plan is to finish cleaning the windows and change the sheets on Matt's bed. He told me he is cold at night so it's time for the flannels! And since the window's haven't been washed in over a year I have to do it now in the cold. Luckily we replaced all the windows in this house to the tilt-in kind and they are easy to do, but it still doesn't make the job fun!
Joy of joys, for Matthew's birthday he asked for a 3 foot sub from Big Y. Talk about making my job easy, all I have to do now is order the cake! And clean!!!