Wednesday Blues

Since I just realized this failed to post Wednesday night here it is now and I’ll post again later.

Oh the joys of decorating the yard. I really have the Wednesday blues. Not only am I sad that a few of my Christmas lights decided to stop working, my ankle, knee and shin are actually blue with a little black and purple. Thankful just some scrapes and bruises. Me-0, Stairs and Extension Cord-1. They win I’m not going for best 2 out of 3. Guess that’ll teach me to watch where I’m walking when steps and extension cords are involved. However, on a positive note, I’m happy with the way the inside is looking and one side of my yard is looking pretty fun!

Since returning from our trip the hubby has been away on business and I’ve been trying to catch up on the unpacking. But in between all that, I’ve managed to be a little crafty. My friend’s little girl is having a birthday party soon and asked me to make some bows for the goodie bags. So yesterday I spent my free moments making her these 10 purple, pink and black rockin’ bows

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And today I got to craft and decorate for Christmas. I saw this snowman on Pinterest and could wait to try it out. I still need boots and arms but I think he’s looking pretty cute!

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I was pretty excited about the hat. It was the first sewing project I’ve tried since being home.

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Hopefully in a few days I’ll have everything put away and the house completely cleaned and pictures of a fully decorated house. But for now I’m gonna rest my poor knee and ankle and regroup for my attack on the house tomorrow.
Good night!

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Home Again Home Again Jiggety Jig

It’s time to head home. And since I have roughly a 14 hr car ride ahead of me, I apologize if I begin to ramble. This is always the worst part of the trip. No matter what happens during the week, the laughs, arguments, sickness (allergies) and all other family dramas, leaving is always hard. I first moved away when I was 12. My sister and I would visit during the summer for a month or so and then head back before school started. Then sometimes there were the holidays. But as we grew older the visits became less frequent because of school, work, kids and all the other responsibilities that we receive with age. Now we visit every Thanksgiving and at least once during the summer. I really wish we lived closer.

The overall trip, as always, was a blast! The kids all loved getting to play together (10 under 10), the adults had fun talking, cooking and crafting. And my Nanny had fun watch/help all of her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids do all the above. It’s was great. We all managed to be in the same house at the same time and have a great meal together. And ever meal at Nanny’s is a great meal. One of my favorites is Chicken Spaghetti

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Boil chicken
Spaghetti
add can cream chicken or mushroom Ro-tel
Velveta.
After spaghetti is cooked and drained add all ingredients. Super simple and delicious.
Other faves from this week include: homemade chicken and dumplings, broccoli cornbread, cornbread dressing, lemon icebox pie, cake cookies and pumpkin roll. And since I’m in car and on my phone the pictures of the above can’t be added. I’m adding the cake cookies to my list to make for my christmas cookie exchange. So easy to make.
Box of cake mix any flavor
1 stick room temp butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
8oz cream cheese room temp
Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth, add vanilla then beat in cake mix. Cover and set in fridge (overnight if possible) at least 2 hrs. Roll into balls (about a tbsp) roll in powder sugar, place on cookie sheet. Bake @ 350 for 10 min and cool for 5 min. Can also add coconut and pecans.
But believe me when I say all was DELICIOUS!

And like I said eating is not all that occurred this week. There was also crafting and shopping. Nanny and I were up a few nights until after midnight working on something. She helped me get my sewing machine working, I made some hair bows to match outfits she had for my niece, and we worked on a few things together. I taught her a new way to knot no see blankets and she taught me how to make snap bags

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I showed her how to make leg warmers and she showed me how to make pillow case dresses

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We also made my puppy a new dress (yes I dress my dog and she loves it)

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And a new bowtie for my cousins pup

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We also made some wreaths

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20121125-102530.jpg one I started for my aunt. She can’t decide what she wants to add for Christmas. And thanks to a blog by gentlestitches I browsed thru some of my Nanny’s buttons for a future project.

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And to take a break from the eating and shopping, my sister, aunt and I went shopping!

20121125-102856.jpg Yep we ventured out into the wilds of Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. And wild it was. Some people are crazy! There are always things on Black Friday we want but never enough to trample others, argue with some one, or run through a store like there’s a fire licking at my heels. We will try to get to a store an hour before opening to get in line or stand beside coveted items but there are some people who are scary. They get that crazed look in their eyes and you can almost see them thinking of ways to get people out of their way to get the newest or best low priced item. I was amazed by the number of people out and about and how excited they were over $8 crock pots, $3 pillows or $1.50 towels. I watched people climb over each other for the $8 crock pots. It was funny and scary. I grabbed my $8 waffle iron and blender and snuck away to watch from the sidelines. I also didn’t sprint to these items or initially know about these items. While the others flew thru the newly opened JCP doors and proceeded to run like the hounds of jells were nipping at their heels to the left I, being very curious as to what would cause this reaction, followed at a much slower pace and more direct path. And what a scene I beheld. But seeing and opening and a waffle iron I slipped in grabbed and was quick to be gone before a I was trampled. And after a 15hr shopping trip I have to say we were all very satisfied with our finds. Some of which were lucky finds hours after the initial start. Over all I was able to purchase everything I needed for family there so I didn’t have to worry about shipping later, a few small items for The Kid and a few fun family items like the waffle iron and my new carry on

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On The Road Again

Over the hills and thru the woods to grandma’s house we go!

So I didn’t read the website right and Santa’s Candy Castle wasn’t open today but we did manage a stop at The Christmas Store and The Holly Tree. Where I got some cute Christmas deco.

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No cocoa or nice list certificate but hopefully on our trip home we can swing by again.

I however still remain extremely excited because with in the next 4 hrs I will be at Nanny’s and the Thanksgiving festivities will begin! I can’t wait to see everyone and I know the kid is super excited to see his cousins. Plus I will be out of the truck and will be able the stretch and move and walk around. This leg of the trip is the shortest only 4 1/2hrs compared to yesterday’s 8hrs but it seems so much longer. So for now I gaze out the window at the dwindling hills and all of falls brown glory

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If anyone is traveling today or later this week, safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving!

Woohoo Monday!!!

Woohoo Monday!!! That is definitely not the most common word used to describe Monday but today it is the way I feel! The last few days have been filled with cleaning and laundry and packing. One day I WILL learn how to NOT over pack.

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It’s almost time to leave for out Thanksgiving trip. In just a few short hours we will be loaded up and on our way to our first stop, Santa Claus IN. I’m so excited I barely slept last night. It could have been a mixture of excitement to leave and the remnants of excitement from the movie I watched before bed. Yes, I will admit it. I’m a Twilight fan! I by far like the books over the movies (I usually like the book better then the movie) but the last movie was by far the best. Back to my trip, I can’t wait to see my family! Typically we only get to visit twice a year. I believe this will be our third this year. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite trips though. We hang out, we cook, we shop and we craft. There will be pies and turkey and ham and tons of other awesomely homemade treats. We will scrap and make bows and hopefully my Nanny can fix my sewing machine. The kids and dogs will play and it’ll be great!

But before we get all the way to Nanny’s house, we will make a stop in Indiana. We have been stopping in Santa Claus on our way home for the past 4yrs. It’s became part of out Thanksgiving tradition. This year we are stopping on our way to Thanksgiving Dinner. We visit the Santa’s Candy Castle, where we get a hot chocolate (27 flavors), maybe a piece of handmade candy, a new Christmas book, and check the naughty/nice list. Checking the list has become one of my favorite parts. Kids are able to chat with an Elf via the North Pole Network. They answer a few questions about the past year, tell Santa what they’d like and then they are presented with a certificate for being on the nice list. The owner prints this certificate and in front of the store presents it to the child and everyone claps and cheers. The owner is super nice and great with kids. They also allow the kids to make snow. Other stops we make include the Santa Claus Museum and Village, Santa Claus Christmas Store and Evergreen Flower & The Holly Tree Gift Shop.

I could go on and on but I’ll save some for another post.

For now I’m going to double check my list and hope I have all I need. Have a great day and I’ll have Santa Claus IN pics tomorrow.

It’s Saturday!!!

Busy, busy, busy!!! But so excited! Almost Thanksgiving and I can’t wait!

Finished up leg warmers for a friend, added a date personalization to an ornament, and got my sisters “order” for personalized gifts for Christmas presents she would like me to make. And the best news…. I got my first Etsy sale! So excited. I’m glad some one else liked my little peacock as much as I did!

Today is out towns Christmas parade. It’s gonna be fun. I love Christmas time and even though its super early. I found Hot Chocolate Cupcakes at Walmart and Starbucks Salt Caramel Hot Chocolate. I thought they sounded like yummy before/after parade snacks.

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And then may a trip thru the Festival of Lights!

More laundry and packing for trip today. Hope y’all have a great Saturday Night!

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Yesterday’s Come and Gone

I was hoping to get a chance to write this last night but I was one sleepy girl.
So, Tuesday night I made Rustic Italian Chicken and I give it a thumbs up. I think after I add more veggies I’ll give it 2 thumbs up. I was thinking squash, zucchini, and some onion would be a nice addition.

Yesterday was another busy day. I realized yesterday that I only have 4 days (now 3) until we leave for Thanksgiving vacation. That means this weekend I’m gonna be a cleaning machine! I like coming home to a clean house after being away. Plus we always have tons of stuff we bring home. Between Black Friday shopping and Christmas gifts for the kid (easier then family shipping them) that the back is completely full and then the entry is completely full when we arrive home. Clean house means I have an idea where to place all the things we return with.
I still haven’t really had a chance to do too much crafting. I’ve just been finishing up a few leg warmers for a few friends. I’m sure that next week I’ll have nothing but craft projects to post. My Aunt and Nanny have already told me about a few things that are on our list.

This Book Fair at school as been so much fun. Today we also have a family style Thanksgiving dinner for the kids. This is the first year my son and I get to be a part of these activities and I’m really excited. I’m so thankful that I have the opportunity to be a stay at home mom and volunteer at kid’s school.
Hope y’all have a great day!

What A Day

What a day! Book Fair all week at school and I was there all day!

No time for crafting today. I volunteered at the school Book Fair this morning and ended up staying all day. It was a little hectic but a lot of fun helping the kids. Pre K and Kindergarten weren’t too hard. We were able to help them write down title and prices but those 1st and 2nd graders are definitely more independent. All were a little loud and rowdy, but who wouldn’t be getting to try and narrow down 100 books to just 5! Seeing their selections and hearing why they like the books was wonderful.
I was ready to come home at the end of the day. I was a little tired. I feel like I had 1000 conversations today and was pulled in 1001 directions but it was worth it to see the happy little faces!

And to top off my day, I came home to a wonderful smelling home. I love my crock pot! I knew I would not be in the mood to cook tonight so I threw some ingredients into it and now all I have to do is cook some pasta and dinner is ready. Recipe for the night is Slow Cooker Rustic Italian Chicken
When I opened an email from Pillsbury yesterday and saw the picture I knew I had to try this recipe. I’ll let y’all know what it’s like tomorrow. Now I think I’ll try to finish some projects before supper time. Hope y’all have a great night

Just Another Monday

Oh Monday you’re back once again bringing an end to the weekend.

I actually have nothing to complain about this Monday. Kids are off school today so no early morning fighting to get kid up and ready. No rushing to make sure that we have all school stuff together. It’s been a pretty nice day. Kid slept in a bit and I had a little quiet time this morning. Started on snowmen for my sister

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Worked on more leg warmers

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We got to have lunch with the hubby at Perkins. Not my fave but not too many choices close to home. Then a little shopping (didn’t find what I wanted) and off to the movies. Yes, we are seeing Wreck-It Ralph again. It’s really cute so I don’t mind. We’ll probably purchase the DVD too. But with no school comes friend time! Yay! We get to hang out with our friends today. M and I loaded up the kids and after the movie we will be enjoying Steak Night. A local restaurant offers $7.99 steak night with baked potato and their awesome cheesy bread and salad. I could eat the salad and bread every day and still want more. It’s one of my favorite local places.

This weeks gonna be busy. I have PTC stuff all week plus getting house and laundry ready for out Thanksgiving trip next week. So a few hours a day at school working the book fair each day, all day Thursday for book fair and the family style Thanksgiving dinner PTC gives the kids. Hope to also finish up a few projects for a few people and gifts for others.

Hope everyone has a great evening!

Sunny Sunday

Today was BEAUTIFUL! Sunny, warm perfect spring day. Oh wait, sorry it’s mid November. Where’s the nice brisk cold, maybe a few flurries? Dont get me wrong I loved that it was so pretty but I would prefer a nice sunny day and a little chill in the air.

The nice day did aid in helping get the house Christmas ready. Icicle lights are now on the roof, net lighting stapled to the fence and a few net lights are zip tied around the trees. The rest I can do by myself after we return home after Thanksgiving. I can’t wait. I love Christmas trees and lights! I could keep my house decorated year round. I do in fact have a tree in my entry that stays up all year (I decorates it thru out year). At this moment 11-11-12, I have 4 trees up and decorated. 2-3 more will be up and ready over the next week. I know I’m crazy, it’s ridiculous etc…etc. my friends remind me constantly.

Any who, after getting some of the house prep finished I worked on some projects. Today’s were leg warmers and matching bows. 20121111-203757.jpg

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Hope y’all had a great weekend! Happy Veterans Day! Thanks all that served!

Too Early on a Saturday

Oh my I am awake way too early on this cold Saturday. I guess that means this wont be my only cup of coffee today

20121110-061913.jpg I am excited about today. Christmas in the Village, dinner at a friends and maybe getting lights on the house (we are having nice weather). So much fun stuff and it puts me one day closer to our Thanksgiving trip! I can’t wait! I’m so excited to see my Nanny, aunt, cousins, dad, and maybe my sister and niece.

My husband and I started going there about 8 yrs ago and now with our little one its even more special that he get the chance to visit. Our whole tradition includes trip there, Thanksgiving dinner, girls Black Friday shopping and stop in Santa Claus IN on way home. This year I’m a little upset about the shopping.

When I went Black Friday shopping for the first time 6yrs ago the stores started sales at 5 am Friday and now those same stores are starting at 8pm Thanksgiving Day!!! It’s called Black Friday! Not let’s make everyone even more completely crazy day. My family live in the boonies, we have to drive 1 1/2hrs for the pleasure of a Walmart, Target, Kohl’s and a mall. I’ve never had an item I had to have but I enjoy watching the fanatic shoppers and torturing my family members by making them wake at ridiculous hours and shop for 13 hrs straight. The last few years that’s changed. It’s not really torturous to tell my aunt it’s time to go when it’s only 8pm (last year) and now this year they want us to leave at 6pm (thank goodness I’m usually stuffed by then and need a distraction from that 5th dessert) to be there by 8pm sales?!?! RIDICULOUS!!!!

I only see that part of my family maybe twice a year. And while I love the shopping, it’s usually while the sane ones are sleeping. This whole experience has become a bonding time for us girls. It gives us time to just be with each other, no kids, no distractions. Just us, a car and the radio for 1 1/2hrs. So the big question is when are we shopping? I guess it’ll just depend on how crazy my aunt and I really are….

And so now that I’ve got that off my chest. I can focus on yesterday and why I didn’t get to post. So maybe I’ll do 2 today to get back on track. Yesterday kind of got away from me. I worked on some bows and leg warmers, had lunch and then it was off to the kid’s school for pick and set up for PTC’s Ladies Night. Then after helping there for a few and running to store for a few supplies, I had enough time to eat dinner, get ready and head back to Ladies Night to shop and take my turn working. It was a GREAT night! We had fun, the vendors had fun and we raised a nice amount of money for the kids.

Here are a few of my latest items. Bows for a friend, leg warmers, and I added to my snowman by giving him a family

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