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.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
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
Mashed potatoes potatoes, milk, butter
Buttered corn frozen corn
Cranberry sauce cranberry sauce
Stuffing bread, mushrooms, onions, butter, milk
Cole Slaw cabbage, carrots, mayo
Crescent rolls rolls
Pumpkin pie store bought, this year
Pulled Pork Barbecue Pork Roast (Make extra)
Buns (Buy extra)
White Chicken Chili Chicken tenders, McCormick’s spice,
lettuce, cheese, sour cream
Barbecue Pork Tacos Taco Shells, Cheese
Spaghetti and Meatballs Pasta, ground meat, seasonings, cheese,
Sauce Make extra meatballs
Easy Chicken Casserole Chicken Tenders, cream of chicken soup
Sour cream, butter round
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
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
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
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!