A Quote

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sending Thanksgiving Greetings!

This year I am sending Thanksgiving Day greetings.  My Mom is so good about sending traditional greeting cards through the mail.  I want to get into that habit, plus the little ones love getting mail.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Menu/The Grocery List

On my Countdown To-Do List this week was finalizing our Thanksgiving Dinner.  Not only did I finalize it, I also typed up the Grocery List and a menu plan for the whole week.  This way I can concentrate on the laundry and the cleaning and playing with baby.

The Menu/Grocery List
Thanksgiving Dinner
Mashed potatoes                                          potatoes, milk, butter
Buttered corn                                                 frozen corn
Turkey                                                             turkey
Cranberry sauce                                           cranberry sauce
Stuffing                                                            bread, mushrooms, onions, butter, milk
Cole Slaw                                                       cabbage, carrots, mayo
Crescent rolls                                                  rolls
Pumpkin pie                                                   store bought, this year
Gravy                                                              gravy

Pulled Pork Barbecue                                    Pork Roast  (Make extra)
Cole Slaw
Buns (Buy extra)

White Chicken Chili                                       Chicken tenders, McCormick’s spice,
                                                                        White Beans
                                                                        lettuce, cheese, sour cream

Barbecue Pork Tacos                                                Taco Shells, Cheese

Spaghetti and Meatballs                             Pasta, ground meat, seasonings, cheese,
                                                                         Sauce  Make extra meatballs

Turkey Casserole

Meatball Sandwiches

Easy Chicken Casserole                                Chicken Tenders, cream of chicken soup
                                                                        Sour cream, butter round
                                                                        crackers, onions.

Swiss cheese
Chocolate chips

Now to Shop!
Peace and giving,

"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends."-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Countdown to Christmas, Week Four

I've been staying up with my Countdown.   You can see Week 3’s Countdown here  This is my Countdown for the Fourth Week of November:
1. Send Thanksgiving Day cards.
2. Be thankful for all you have, and all that you've accomplished to this point.
3. Enjoy your Thanksgiving! You deserve it.
4. Send out invitations for the Christmas Ornament Exchange.
5. Pick up Advent candles.  Advent begins Sunday.
6. Begin addressing Christmas cards.
7. Choose a decorating theme for Christmas.
8. Are you having any parties during the month of December? Begin planning the menus and guest lists.

Peace and giving,
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Week 3 of Christmas Countdown was
1.         Continue shopping for gifts;
2.         Update Christmas card list;
3.         Purchase or order Christmas cards.
4.         Make and freeze a batch of baked goods;
5.         Start collecting boxes/gift bags to use for gift wrapping, or make our own. 
6.         Start wrapping gifts as they are bought. 
7.         Finalize Thanksgiving dinner menu and entertainment plans.
1.       Ordered three Visual Land Prestige Tablets for B and J and J. Checking off that list!
2.       Updated the Christmas card list.
3.       We did neither this year as I have SO many (it is a weakness when it comes to buying Christmas cards, I love ‘em!).  We shopped the collection.
4.       Baked a batch of cut-out sugar cookies and stored them in the freezer.

5.       We are going to do a little of each. We bought a few rolls of paper at the Dollar Store and we will have E paint some brown shipping paper to use for smaller gifts.  I know I mentioned making envelopes using templates from Mirkwood Designs but forgot to put in the link for which I apologize.  It is here.
6.       We got off to a late start, but we’ve made up for it.
7.       The Thanksgiving Dinner menu has been finalized and the grocery list written out.  We plan to just relax and enjoy!

Peace and Giving!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Light Up Night, Pittsburgh 2014!

Tonight, downtown Pittsburgh kicks off the holiday season with Light Up Night.  This past week, the stores and businesses have been busy decorating.  The Holiday Market has been built and wired and ready for shoppers in Market Square.  Macy's Holiday windows will be revealed this evening. The huge Christmas Tree will be lit, There will be lots of music, shopping, eating and fireworks. This is a fun evening and I am always surprised by the number of people who venture to town (despite the cold temperatures) on Light Up Night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eight Favorite Thanksgiving Themed Films

Along with adoring holiday themed books, I also have a love for holiday themed movies.  I really do.  Below is a list of a few of my very favorite Thanksgiving Themed Films.  I look forward to watching them this time each year.  

Thanksgiving Themed Films

1. Planes, Trains and Automobiles - John Candy, Steve Martin – What Thanksgiving is really all about.

2. Jack and Jill – Adam Sandler. Fun!

3. Home for the Holidays  - Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Holly Hunter, Robert Downey, Jr.  This file is one of my absolute favorites.  Going home for the Holidays has never been more fun.

4. Pieces of April – Katie Holmes. This film is different, and I like it.

5. What’s Cooking?– Mercedes Ruehl.  Love this film!  

6. The Big Chill – Star studded cast including, Glenn Close, JoBeth Williams, Tom Berenger.  I can't even count the times I have watched this film. What a soundtrack!

7. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – The Peanuts Gang – it’s not a holiday without them.

8. Holiday Treasure – Jason Robards. I watched this as a young'un and it has always stuck with me.  I really like it.

Do you have a favorite?

Cheers to a Happy Day!