Sunday, November 22, 2015


I've been staying up with my Countdown. Here's my Countdown for the Fourth Week of November:
1. Be thankful for all you have, and all that you've accomplished to this point.
2. Enjoy you Thanksgiving! You deserve it.
3. Send out invitations for the Christmas Ornament Exchange.
4. Pick up those Advent candles.  Advent begins Sunday.
5. Begin addressing Christmas cards.

Peace and happiness!


Saturday, November 21, 2015

8 Favorite Thanksgiving Themed Films to Watch this Season

My Eight Favorite 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.

Monday, November 16, 2015


Week 3 has officially begun.  
You can see Week 1’s Holiday To-Do List here and here, and Week 2’s here
To-Do this week:
1)   Continue shopping for gifts;
2)   Update Christmas card list;
3)   Purchase or order Christmas cards.  I have so many boxed sets that I really do not need to buy any for a few years.  However, there are so many adorable cards that when I see a set that appeals to me, I just have to buy them;
4)   Make and freeze a batch of baked goods (unfrosted cookies, bars, quick breads);
5)   Start collecting boxes and gift bags to use for gift wrapping, or do what K and I like to do – buy a roll of brown mailing paper from the dollar store.  Gather paints, stickers, ribbon, trim and create your own gift wrap.  One year, using an envelope template from Mirkwood, K fingerpainted on the brown paper and we cut out envelopes for money and gift card gifts;
6)   Start wrapping gifts as they are bought.  I must do this because I really do not like to wrap; and
7)  Finalize Thanksgiving dinner menu and entertainment plans.
Peace and happiness!


Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Grocery List

Thanksgiving – it’s almost here!  Okay, I realize it’s two weeks away but my paychecks are twice a month and that’s how I measure the time to each next big event in our lives. For instance, Christmas is three paychecks away.  Scary, huh?  So for me, Thanksgiving is one paycheck away which is why you will find me at the grocery store this weekend, shopping for our Thanksgiving dinner (plus the weeks leading up to the big day).  A few years ago, I wrote out a menu plan for Thanksgiving week and have used the same list for a couple of years now.  I figure it's already written and been family tested so it's become tradition.  And I do like tradition.  Here, I share with you my (totally genius J) menu plan and shopping list.

Thanksgiving Week Shopping List and Menu Planner.  

      The Grocery List
Thanksgiving Dinner
Mashed potatoes                                          potatoes, milk, butter
Green Bean Casserole,                                 green beans, mushroom soup, onions
Turkey                                                              turkey
Cranberry sauce                                            cranberry sauce
Stuffing                                                             bread, mushrooms, onions, butter, milk
Cole Slaw                                                        cabbage, carrots, mayo
Crescent rolls                                                   rolls
Pumpkin pie                                                    canned pumpkin, condensed milk
Gravy                                                               pie crust

Apple Dumplings for Breakfast

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                                             Leftovers from Thanksgiving

Meatball Sandwiches

Easy Chicken Casserole                               Chicken Tenders (or leftover turkey), 
                                                                        cream of chicken soup
                                                                        Sour cream, butter round
                                                                        crackers, onions.

Swiss cheese
Chocolate chips

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Hope your day is fantabulous, Son!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day 2015

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"

~ Maya Angelou

Thank you for the freedom we enjoy each and every day.