Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's up Wednesday--Thanksgiving preview

Here is just a sample of what we are making today to get ready for tomorrow. . .

Coconut and banana cream pies

Yum!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

2014 Blue Jeans Week 47

So much to be thankful for!!!  We had our first snow the beginning of the week.  That was fun!  Didn't last too long when it got in the 50's, but it was fun while it lasted.  Got our 1/2 a beef for the next year--what a blessing!  Piano recital and our grateful tree round out our week.  Take a look. . .
Our first snow of the year!

Keeping warm one evening and enjoying a game.  The kids like this Q-bitz game.  

Cross Country awards banquet was this week.   The coach and the girls on the team get their awards.

Picked up our 1/2 a beef we get from a local farmer this week.  So grateful we can get that and get our freezer filled for the next year!

The snow is obviously gone and it was pretty warm out today, so I urged Ben to get our Christmas lights up when it was warm versus next week when it is supposed to be cold and rainy.  This is not one of his favorite jobs, but he does a great job, and it always looks so nice when we turn them on after Thanksgiving!  Thanks sweetie!

Piano recital--Mr J 

Miss E

Miss O

Miss A

My boys doing their duets.  So proud of all of them!  They did awesome!!!!

We continue our tradition of our Tree of Thanks this year.  Will keep adding to it this week so we get it completely full.  So much to be grateful for!!!!!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a great week!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday thoughts

 My random Friday thoughts. . .
Another good quote from my girls which they put in their lockers.  A fine line to walk.  

Getting ready for Thanksgiving and getting Christmas stuff done.  Have 2 gifts I am making this year.  Need to get those done.  This year our extended families did away with our gifts to siblings/cousins etc.  We decided to instead donate the money we would have spent to a cause of our choice.  I think this is a great idea!  We adopt a child at Christmas, but this year because of that gift change with our families, we are able to adopt two.  Adopt a child Christmas shopping is on our list for this weekend along with basketball games, piano recital, taking pictures and getting the house cleaned.  Ha!  We will see what we actually get done!  Also need to make our Grateful tree.
This was last year's.  So much to be grateful for!  Looking forward to these next couple weeks!

Enjoy your weekend!  Have a great one!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's up Wednesday--Turkey veggie tray and Thanksgiving prep

 Getting ready for Thanksgiving here.  We have hosted at my house for the last 8 years.  Thanksgiving dinner is more close friends than family.  My parents will be here plus my sister and her husband, but then just lots of close friends.  We look forward to it every year.  I am working on my menu and shopping list. Wanted to share what Miss A made last year.  She is doing it again this year.  It turned out so cute!   Her Turkey veggie tray. . . 
Just broccoli, peppers, carrots, celery, and then to make the turkey in the veggie dip she cut up the peppers for the feet, wings and beak.  The head is a water chestnut, or you could use a mushroom.  The eyes are mini chocolate chips.  It was a hit!

My 2014 Thanksgiving dinner menu. . .After we eat my friend Robyn and my Mom always share some Thanksgiving stories.  Then we always play football and then watch a movie.  It is a fun day!  Hope you all have a wonderful one!  Happy planning!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2014 Blue Jeans week 46

Had a good week.  It is getting super cold here and we got our first snowfall of the year!  Lots of fun!  Here is a look at our week. . .
Went through everyone's clothes to put away summer and get out winter.  Good bye t-shirts and shorts!

Got together with 2 of my bestest friends to make cute Christmas wreaths!  Sure love my friends!

A dear friend of ours had a baby this week, so we made them dinner and Miss E was so excited to hold the brand new baby!!

Miss O had to make a cell model for biology class.  She has been working on it all week.  Had to get a picture before it heads to school.  Don't ask me what anything represents.  Don't know :)  I haven't had biology is years and years and way too many years :)

Another basketball game for Miss E.  She is working so hard!  Sure proud of her!

Piano recitals are next week.  All the kids are playing solos, but Ben and Mr J have 2 duets.  It is fun to see  and hear them practice!

Ben and I got to enjoy a cold Saturday in the city together minus any kids getting our Christmas shopping done.  Sure love that guy!  We had fun and are almost done with Christmas shopping which is wonderful!  I like to get it done early and then just enjoy the holidays!

Have a great week!  Thanks for visiting!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday thoughts. . .

My random Friday thoughts. . .
Love, Love, Love Dr. Seuss!  We all have mountains to climb--every single one of us.   So get on your way!

My organized Christmas countdown started a few weeks ago.  Man, I love that thing.  Keeps me sane during the holidays.  I don't do everything, and I don't get all done before the end, but it sure helps keep me on track and way more on the ball that if I wasn't following it.  Highly recommend it--even if you are starting late, start.  It is very helpful!  I think I am going on 9 years doing it now.  Check it out here.

Getting ready for our first snow of the season this year. . . how exciting, I think :)  It is nice when you can just stay home and enjoy it and not have to go anywhere.  Otherwise, it isn't so exciting.  But my kids are sure excited!!!  Bring on the hot chocolate, a roaring fire, a blanket and a good book!

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's up Wednesday--soft molasses cookies

Tis the season to bake things that make your kitchen smell divine.  These fit the bill.  My amazing sister-in-law gave me this recipe years ago--like almost 17 years ago, and it is still a favorite.  Super easy and extra yummy!
Soft Molasses Cookies
3/4 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses

Mix the above together until well mixed.  Then add

2 cups flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda

Mix well.  Roll into small balls and roll in sugar.  Place on cookie sheet and slightly flatten with bottom of a cup.  Bake 350 for 6-8 minutes.  Enjoy the smell then enjoy the cookies with a big glass of cold milk!