Friday, December 2, 2016

BLOGMAS 2016 - Day 2 { Christmas Movies on the Must Watch List }


Good morning everyone, it is absolutely freezing here today.  I'm on the couch, with my puppy asleep on my lap and wishing I had a fresh cup of coffee to enjoy.

Actually......I'll be right back, I think I need a refill for sure, my hands are ice cold.

Annddddd I'm back, with a hot Pumpkin Spice coffee.  Yum!!!

If you're wanting to join in on the Blogmas 2016, here are the prompts.



BLOGMAS 2016 PROMPTS

Day 1 - The Christmas Tag
Day 2 - Christmas Movies on the Must Watch List
Day 3 - Christmas Wishlist
Day 4 - Christmas Playlist
Day 5 - Pictures and Memories of Christmas Past
Day 6 - Pot Simmer Recipes
Day 7 - Cookies to be Baked (can be a recipe you make every year, or some you want to try)
Day 8 - Favorite Family Christmas Recipe
Day 9 - How do you decorate?
Day 10 - Real Tree or Artificial Tree
Day 11 - Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Day 12 - Quiet Christmas or Family Filled Loud Party Christmas?
Day 13 - Christmas Cards (do you send them, show us your favorites this year, or tells your favorite cards to send whether vintage, or bright and colorful)
Day 14 - Advent Calendar
Day 15 - Christmas Party Food Ideas
Day 16 - Winter Tag
Day 17 - Christmas Wishes
Day 18 - Homemade or Store Bought (What are you giving this year)
Day 19 - Recap of Christmas 2015 in pictures
Day 20 -  Christmas Decorations Reveal (show us your tree, your home decor, your mantle, anything you want)
Day 21 - Holiday Family Traditions
Day 22 - Preparing for the big day (show us your wrapping skills, are you making lists, getting the house ready for guests?)
Day 23 - Post whatever you wish
Day 24 - Christmas Eve (Are you opening presents tonight, is this your big celebration, what are you doing)
Day 25 - Christmas Day


Alright now, today's prompt is pretty simple, I want to know what Christmas movies are on your must watch list.  Those movies that you have to watch every year, without fail, or those that best represent the season for you.

Here's my list:













Now that's not to say those are the only ones I watch, I've been known to be a follower of Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies and will basically watch anything that comes on.  Those are my faves though and I have to watch them every year.

What's on your Christmas list to watch?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

BLOGMAS 2016 - Day 1 { The Christmas Tag }

Happy December everyone!!!!

Oh my word, it is December, my favorite month of the year.  I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner, I haven't yet shopped for anything and I've just started getting my decorations out.  I guess I'm not as on the ball as many others are out there, but I'm also not as behind as I was last year.  I think I only really got started decorating about 2 weeks before Christmas.  Horrible!!!

Anyway, it's December which means BLOGMAS.  I'm so excited.

If you don't know what Blogmas is, it's a cross between blogging and Christmas, in which you promise to post every single day, whether on a specific topic or just in general.

I didn't do Blogmas last year, there was just too much going on, but I did it the year before, and you can check out those posts here.

So anyway, you ladies ready to jump in and join me this year???

I'm going to put up a list of topics, from day 1 to day 25.  I honestly just jotted down whatever I felt was significant or relating to Christmas, so I hope you all enjoy them just as much, and I hope to see a lot of participants.  AND I do promise I'll come by and visit you each day, going to make it a priority to do so.

Below you will find the list of topics in order.  Please don't feel you have to do exactly the same that I am doing, you can change it up if you want, or you can simply just post whatever you want for that day without it having to follow a specific list.  Just remember to add your name to the linky below so that I and others can come and see you :)


BLOGMAS 2016 PROMPTS

Day 1 - The Christmas Tag
Day 2 - Christmas Movies on the Must Watch List
Day 3 - Christmas Wishlist
Day 4 - Christmas Playlist
Day 5 - Pictures and Memories of Christmas Past
Day 6 - Pot Simmer Recipes
Day 7 - Cookies to be Baked (can be a recipe you make every year, or some you want to try)
Day 8 - Favorite Family Christmas Recipe
Day 9 - How do you decorate?
Day 10 - Real Tree or Artificial Tree
Day 11 - Stocking Stuffer Ideas
Day 12 - Quiet Christmas or Family Filled Loud Party Christmas?
Day 13 - Christmas Cards (do you send them, show us your favorites this year, or tells your favorite cards to send whether vintage, or bright and colorful)
Day 14 - Advent Calendar
Day 15 - Christmas Party Food Ideas
Day 16 - Winter Tag
Day 17 - Christmas Wishes
Day 18 - Homemade or Store Bought (What are you giving this year)
Day 19 - Recap of Christmas 2015 in pictures
Day 20 -  Christmas Decorations Reveal (show us your tree, your home decor, your mantle, anything you want)
Day 21 - Holiday Family Traditions
Day 22 - Preparing for the big day (show us your wrapping skills, are you making lists, getting the house ready for guests?)
Day 23 - Post whatever you wish
Day 24 - Christmas Eve (Are you opening presents tonight, is this your big celebration, what are you doing)
Day 25 - Christmas Day


Day 1 - The Christmas Tag  


✨Whats Your Favourite Holiday Movie?

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.  I have to watch it every single year and it never gets old.  Funniest, cutest movie ever.  Just love it :)

✨Whats Your Favourite Christmas Colour?

Red, absolutely red. 

✨Do You Like To Stay in Your PJs Or Dress Up For Christmas?

I always dress up, mainly because we have guests every year and I don't like walking around in pjs.  That and the fact that I'm usually the first up and cooking breakfast etc. 

✨If You Could Only Buy One Person a Present This Year Who Would It Be?

This is a hard one.  I love buying presents for everyone.  I would have to say my husband though, because he works so hard all year round to provide for us and allow me to stay at home and take care of the kids and everything else.  He deserves to be spoiled, for sure. 

✨Do You Open Your Present Christmas Eve Or Christmas Morning?

Christmas Eve.  Always have and always will.  Though we do save the Santa presents for Christmas morning. 

✨ What Do You Like To Do On Your Christmas Break?

What's that?  lol  As a stay at home mom, and mom and wife in general, I don't ever get a break, so not really sure how to answer this one.  I guess I do like taking a day here or there where I do minimal housework and try to relax as much as possible.  Watch movies, or catch up on shows, do some crochet, read a book and drink coffee or tea. 

✨Any Christmas Wishes?

For health for everyone in my family, and currently, for this country to pull together and stop being so divisive. 

✨Favorite Christmas Smell?

Pine tree.  One of the reasons I always get real trees for Christmas, there is nothing like the smell of the pine needles in the house. 

✨Favourite Christmas Meal Or Treat?

All our Portuguese goodies we have on Christmas Eve.

✨What are you doing for the holidays this year?

Staying home and having family visit.

✨What’s your favourite holiday drink?

Eggnog.  LOVE IT.

✨Candy cane or Gingerbread men?

Ooohhhh I like both, but I would probably go with the gingerbread men. 

✨What’s your favourite holiday/Christmas song?

White Christmas

✨What is most important to you about the holidays?

Being with family and remembering the real reason for the season.  I don't like to make it too commercialized, I prefer to keep it simple and keep it to the basics :) 





If you're joining in, don't forget to add your name below so we can come by and say hi.



Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday - 11/28/2016


Happy Monday fellow homemakers!!!

Are you ready for another week?  Are you ready for Christmas just around the corner?  Oh my, I don't even know what to think about that, it's a little surreal thinking that a whole other year has gone by and we're almost done with 2016.  Goodness.

Anyway, let's get cracking with our Happy Homemaker Monday, shall we? 



As I look outside my window:::

Gorgeous skies this morning, I actually had to snap a pic.  How pretty is that?

  
Right now I am:::
In the living room, trying to wake up.  I didn't sleep well last night, got up multiple times to use the bathroom, thanks to the bottle of water I downed right before getting in bed hahaha
I also had some insomnia going on.  It has been a few weeks since I've had it so not sure why it reared it's ugly head again. 

Thinking and pondering:::
About Christmas coming up, about the schooling the kids are behind on, about a lot of things I have in my mind.  It honestly feels like a tornado in there right now, swirling my thoughts constantly.
  
On my bedside table:::
Bible, some devotional books and some kleenex.

On my tv:::
General Hospital
Dr. Phil
Vlogs
Couple new shows I haven't yet watched but really want to

Playing on the radio:::
Vlog playing in the background as I type up this post.   


On the menu for this week:::

Monday -  Spaghetti Bolognese, Garlic Bread
Tuesday - In and Out Burgers, Fries  
Wednesday - Orange Chicken, Steamed Rice
Thursday - Turkey Pot Pie, Salad
Friday - Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Potato Salad
Saturday -  Roast Pork Tenderloin, Rice 
Sunday -  Slow Cooker Ham and Beans (using the leftover ham bone from Thanksgiving)

On my to do list:::
One last load of laundry which are the bed sheets.  I did all my other laundry yesterday, matter of fact spent all day doing laundry.  Pain in the behind!!!

Homeschooling....still catching the kids up.  My kids have been quite awful with school this year, they are just not into it AT.ALL, which is quite frustrating.

Continue organizing and moving things around.  Want to start getting my Christmas stuff out as well.


What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::

Starting Part 9 of the Sophie's Universe Blanket.  Hoping to maybe finish it this week or at the very least get it very close to finished. 


My simple pleasure:::
Homemaking.  Truly, I know that sounds old fashioned or dumb to some, but it's something I have such pleasure in doing, and especially now that I'm getting back into it. 


Lesson learned the past week:::
That I need to focus on my own actions and reactions.  It's easy to blame others, to say that I am easily annoyed lately because I feel like I'm getting no help.  But I also need to stop and look at myself and how I'm acting or reacting to these things, and snapping at people is not exactly going to make things any easier.  So I need to work on myself.  Not an easy thing to do, matter of fact it's not even an easy thing to admit to, we would much rather blame others than take ownership of our wrongdoings. 
 
Looking around the house:::
It's clean, did all my major cleaning yesterday.


From the camera:::





Bible verse, Devotional:::

I picked today's verse because I think it goes with what I was talking about above.


And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. - Luke 6:31



Monday, November 21, 2016

{ Thanksgiving, what I'm making, what they're making }


Well friends, it is here.

We are just 3 days away from a holiday that I truly love.  A holiday that brings families together around the table, that allows us to indulge in the most delicious of foods without worrying about expanding waists.....at least for that day.

This year we are having about 16 people over for Thanksgiving.  It's a lot of guests in my home, but I get so excited when family is coming over and we're doing a big get together.  I love eating, I love food, I love family, I love chatting and laughing and playing games and just having a wonderful time.

With all that said though, as a woman, a homemaker, it usually means a lot of work in the kitchen and home just to prepare for the guests.  Some will be staying overnight for a few days, some are just coming for the actual Thanksgiving and unfortunately leaving due to work commitments, or school etc.

If I had the money, I would do it all on my own, make all the food, provide everything and not allow anyone to do any work.  I truly do love cooking and being a homemaker THAT much.  But it's not possible, so we always break it all up and everyone pitches in.

Right, so let's see what is on the menu for these 16 people, shall we?






Fried Turkey 
Roast Turkey
Glazed Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Corn Souffle
Greek Salad
Deviled Eggs
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Stuffing
Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake
Pecan Pie
Dessert (not yet specified)
Cherry Salad


Sandra - Fried Turkey, Ham, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Homemade Dinner rolls, Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake
Cindy - Corn Souffle, Cherry Salad
Hayley - Roast Turkey, Greek Salad, Deviled Eggs, Dessert
Carol - Pecan Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing

As you've probably noticed, it seems like I'm making most of it, and that's quite alright because I'm a stay at home mom, so I have the time, and not to mention I can make things in advance.

The dinner rolls, the pumpkin pie cake, the casseroles, and even the Ham, will all be made on Wednesday.  The only thing I really want to worry about making on Thursday is the actual fried turkey.  My time needs to be then spent playing hostess, making sure we have everything we need, making sure everyone is comfortable etc.

Now let me give you some of the recipes that I'll be using.




Fluffy Dinner rolls




Everyone is bringing drinks, also bringing breakfast items such as pastries and juice etc. We really do try to have everyone help out however they can to make it a wonderful get together.

We will be playing card games, board games, visiting, chatting, drinking coffee, sitting by the fire and enjoying each other's company.

Just one thing is not allowed in my house, and everyone in the family already knows it.  NO POLITICS DISCUSSION WHATSOEVER!!!

Anyway, I hope my menu gives you some inspiration if you're looking for some right now.  I would also love to know what you're all having, where you're going, if you're staying home and hosting or going to a family members home etc.

Happy Homemaker Monday - 11/21/2016


Good morning fellow homemakers, how was your weekend?

I spent mine working around the house and shopping for Thanksgiving.  I haven't forgotten about my Thanksgiving post, I'll have that up this afternoon or tomorrow morning the latest, so keep an eye out for that :)

Now let's see what we have going on around here on this Monday. 



As I look outside my window:::
Beautiful blue skies and not a single cloud in the sky.  It's not as cold as it's been the past few days but we're definitely done with summer :)
 
Right now I am:::
In the living room with Marley.  I just finished doing some housework and he's about ready for a nap and I need to get this post up, so I am taking a break to do just that.

Thinking and pondering:::
On Thanksgiving, I have a lot of people coming over.  You know it makes me think about how blessed we are to be near family.  For a very long time, holidays was just my husband and I and our two kids, and if he was deployed, it would just be the kids and I.  Since moving to Texas, we are able to celebrate the holidays with the family and have big reunions, it's just a joy.
 
On my bedside table:::
Bible, some devotional books and some kleenex.

On my tv:::
General Hospital
Dr. Phil
Vlogs
A Place Called Home ( only watched the first season and it's already on the 4th, I believe, so I want to try and catch up)

Playing on the radio:::
Smoky Mountain Christmas playing on my laptop.  Have you ever heard of this album?  Check it out if you haven't, I think you'll enjoy it.  :) 


On the menu for this week:::

Monday - We actually have to head to OKC this evening so will grab something out
Tuesday - Creamy Tuscan Chicken and Mashed Potatoes 
Wednesday - Spaghetti Bolognase, Salad and Garlic Bread
Thursday -Thanksgiving (Fried Turkey, Roast Turkey, Ham, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Homemade dinner rolls, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Greek Salad, Cherry Salad, Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake, Pecan Pie
Friday -
Breakfast for everyone - Slow Cooker Country Breakfast, Pastries, Coffee, Juice
Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - Turkey Pot Pie, Salad
Saturday -  Will probably grab some Chicken Express, it will be just us and the in laws. 
Sunday -  *Grocery Shopping, new menu kicks in.....In and Out Burgers and Fries)

On my to do list:::
Finish my daughter's laundry, and put everything away.  Iron son's fabric shower curtain that I washed.
Change bed linens


What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Still working on my beautiful Sophie's Universe blanket.


My simple pleasure:::
Listening to Christmas music or watching a Christmas movie on tv.


Lesson learned the past week:::
To continue to not listen to what I see or hear on the news or social media.  The past year has been truly devastating to watch, families turning on families, friends turning on friends, and Americans turning on Americans.  WE need God now more than ever and I believe it begins in each individual home.  It's sad to see so many people blindly following the destructive masses.  So I guess it's not so much a lesson learned, but more of a continuing lesson to me and to everyone else.

 
Looking around the house:::
I just finished some housework so it looks neat and tidy.  Smells amazing too as I have my wax burners going.


From the camera:::




Prayer List:::
For so many friends going through hard times, whether financial or physical or mental.  I want you to know that I love each and every single one of you and that my prayer is that the Lord, wrap you in His arms and deliver you from whatever is ailing your heart, mind or body. 


Bible verse, Devotional:::


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Crochet and getting ready for the holidays

Please don't pass out when you realize I'm posting, yet again.  hahah

I know, I kinda feel a little weird that I've managed to do it the past 3 days without fail, and to tell you the truth it's felt good to make a conscious effort to take pictures during the day, and get a post up every night.

I'm thinking that I should do Blogmas this year, to really make sure that I get a blog post up every single day, through December.  If I do that, I may just kick start my motivation so that I can go back to daily blogging.  What do you say?

Alright, well let me tell you a little about my day, didn't have much interesting going on, matter of fact, I didn't have any housework to do aside from the usual tasks, so I have spent today working on my crochet blanket and spending time with Marley.

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So this is what I was working on today, the roses.  I've never crocheted roses and I didn't know how it would turn out, but I must say that I'm finding them to be not only really easy to make, but so pretty.

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There's the first row all done.  I just finished the roses row about 30 minutes ago.  I have to crochet when I have time, and there's a lot of stopping and interrupting, which sometimes is counter productive when you're needing to pay attention to stitches. 

Yes, I've had to frog a row and I've had to pull apart 5 rows because I miscounted.  Oh well.  It's worth it, because it's looking absolutely gorgeous.

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I've been working on Thanksgiving lists, writing down what I need to make, what I need to buy and what I need to do.

Also moved a few things about to make room for all the guests.  This futon is usually in my daughter's room, but I moved it into the green living room to provide more seating and also if someone is staying overnight, I can quickly make up a bed.

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Got the fruit mix out, because I realized that I should have already made my Fruit cakes.  I am way behind ladies, like really behind on schedule, but I'll get what I need this weekend when I go grocery shopping and then get right on making these.

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Marley is growing fast, I mean, really growing fast, to the point where I feel like every day I wake up and he's bigger.  He has the sweetest face though, and is actually not a bad puppy. 

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Did the normal schooling with Nick today, oh friends, this kid still dislikes school immensely and getting him to do anything is quite a pain in the you know what.

But we managed to get some portfolios done and turned in which is a good thing.

Like I said, I've been working on Thanksgiving lists, menus etc.  I think I may do a post on that soon, talking about my Menu, what I plan on making ahead of time and such.  Maybe even do a Thanksgiving grocery haul.

Is that something that would interest you?  Let me know in the comments below, also let me know what kind of posts you want to see, if there's anything that I used to do that you would like to see me bring back or anything specific.

Well I best get this post up and get myself ready for bed.  Have a blessed, restful night friends :)



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Peek at my day

Good evening everyone, how was your Tuesday?

Well mine was pretty uneventful, at least in the homemaking department.  I got a few things done that needed tending to and then worked a little more on my blanket, talked to my grandmother, and meal planned.

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Copious amounts of coffee are needed lately.  Not that I am not a huge coffee drinker to begin with but seriously, lately I am finding myself needing it more.  Now before anyone panics and thinks I'm downing pots of coffee like water, I'm not.

I'm a bit of an exaggerating fool.  When I say lots, I mean 2 cups in the morning and maybe one in the afternoon if the weather is cold and rainy.

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Starting this one tonight, I need to do a review on it soon.  I love cowboys, love a good chick romance story and just look at that cover.....I mean....and it's titled Those TEXAS nights.  Yep, I'm sold.  Hahaha

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The blanket is growing beautifully.  This was up to row 53, I'm now starting row 55.  I'm excited because in two more rows I get to add beautiful roses.  Oh it's going to look gorgeous.  It already looks pretty phenomenal doesn't it?

Don't mind the missing front post stitch on the top row.  I didn't even realize I had missed one until someone else mentioned it to me.  Yep, had to pull the row apart and restart but thankfully, it was noticed right after I finished the row.  *Whew*

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Got through a good amount of laundry.  I hate seeing laundry everywhere, and to be perfectly honest and transparent about my current homemaking habits....with everything that has been going on, I've kind of slacked a bit in the organized department. 

This load took all day to fold.  I literally would fold one item, place it on the couch and walk off to whatever land my mind was in.  BUT it did get done, and put away.

I lie, it's still all on the couch.  It has been folded, the basket is gone, but it has yet to make it to it's respectful places. 

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Been teaching this handsome boy some tricks.  He is so incredibly smart.

We're learning to fetch.  And yes, I gave him one of my laundry yarn balls, which is one of, if not THE favorite toy of choice.

He's great at fetching, the returning is a whole other thing we're working on.  Kind have to wrestle it out of his mouth amongst growls and grunts hahah

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Does anyone else wash their shower curtain liners?

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I know that a lot of people out there just throw it out when it starts becoming manky, but I have always tossed mine in the washer and they turn out fine. 

I got to talk to my grandmother for about 30 minutes today.  Long enough for her to tell me that she does not want to be in the nursing home she was put in, even though she was fine with it at first. 

We have so many family issues going on folks, I would love to say that my family was great and everyone got along and loved each other dearly, like it used to be years ago.  But unfortunately since my parents divorce, last year, things have been painful to say the least.

I'm so over the drama and the anger and grief, the lies, the games, the name calling and finger pointing.  I have so much to worry about with my own life, and these things just bring on added stress which I really don't want part of.

Anyway, I don't want to bore you with the details.  I just wanted to really come in and show you what my Tuesday mainly consisted of.

I'm going to go work a few more rows on the blanket, watch a little TV, wait for my daughter to call me and then call it a night.

Blessings,