Thursday, December 8, 2016


Walmart has a large amount of enticing small gifts that are difficult to pass by.  I suppose these are for co-workers and stocking-stuffers, but I thought, Why not buy some for my guys?

This will be a nice surprise for them just to carry off to work tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


When we were young marrieds, DH and I bought a fake Christmas tree; we still have it (and like it) all these years later.

I like colored lights the best, but DH wanted clear lights for this year.  It makes a beautiful tree.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


At lunch my husband asked the table in general, "Do we have any plans for today?"

The actual translation of this phrase is:

It is time to make Christmas cookies!

Every year we discuss the difficulties of making cookies too early in December because they get all gone by Christmas Day; every year they say "Just make more, make more!"  It was noted that December is supposed to be the month  of the sugar high, and it was also noted that maybe those routine blood tests which include glucose levels should be put off till January.  Someone also protested that making more would mean other trips to the groceries in order to buy more stuff, which is against the list-making rules (see earlier post).

But here they are.

This cookie is rather unique at our house.  Firstly, my husband says there is only ONE kind of Christmas cookie and this is it right here.  Secondly, it is tradition for the guys to make these together, not me.  They have an elaborate and exacting dance of how to put them into the oven, using different racks at different times, setting multiple timers, and taking them out at just the correct time to throw the Hersey kiss on top.

I have my snack plate ready!

Monday, December 5, 2016


The first thing I like to do when prepping for an occasion is to get the basics covered.  I love being able to go the freezer and pull out already-cut or already-browned food that is ready to throw into the pot.  Year-round, I do this with ground beef, onions, and celery.

Because the local store had ground beef on a one-day sale, I bought 10 pounds and browned it when I got home.  Now I can easily make sloppy joes, Mulligan stew, tacos, etc. when I'm in a pinch for time.

The onions and celery are next!

Sunday, December 4, 2016


Sometimes it's just easier to take a photo than to get things to work.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


While we often decorate and set up the Christmas tree over Thanksgiving weekend, alas!  ~~We were in Florida tooling around in kayaks and such.


So today is Decoration Day (not to be confused with Memorial Day in May).

I was touched that my son got out AND used the vacuum cleaner at his own initiative, to pave the way. He's a great guy.

Friday, December 2, 2016


I was directed to the annual December Photo Project by my friend over at Jonesey and so I'm looking forward to joining in on the fun in telling about what's happening at our house this time of year.

Given my tendencies to prepare (I'm OK with that, I hope you are too--see my previous post about working with your own personality), I'm happily beginning the season by deciding what I would like to do to make this year a great celebration.  It's time to get out the lists.

Here is last year's list.  It has the basic recipes I generally use each Christmas, along with the ingredients needed.  This saves me a lot of time in figuring out what needs to be purchased, along with hopefully preventing the tearing out of hair when I go to make a dish and find out I'm missing an ingredient.

Now it's off to the stores to find some decent (well...some lower) prices!