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Happy Friday Everyone!

I have a few announcements for you this morning…

First I think my life is getting back to a bit of a normal pitch.  It was a rough couple of weeks but I think we are moving along now.  Like I said before when I am at liberty to reveal the details I will, but know everyone is well and gathering their ducks to get them in a row.

Second, I started a forum I would like to tell you about.   Just follow this banner and see if you think you would like to join.


AND I have three  FANTASTIC giveaways coming up in December.

On December 4th I will be giving away a copy of my cookbook NotQuiteJuneCleaver Bakes a Pie to one lucky winner and a copy of my calender to another – so two winners on one day! How to enter?  Same old way I will announce “let the fun begin” tomorrow and you will have until next Friday to enter under that post.  Then as soon as that drawing is done on December 11, I will announce the third one is underway with a winner being picked on December 18. This one is a very special giveaway that deserves the proper presentation so you will just have to wait to find out.  But lets say if you love aprons, retro, crafting, holidays…you will love this giveaway!

AND I will have in my possession in just a few days a box of my cookbooks, so if you want a copy personalized or sent as a gift, email me.  There will be a limited supply of the first shipment.

ALSO, I will have an announcement this weekend about a new venture I am participating in with other online biznisses – so check back.

Okay, I think that is it.  Watch for a giveaway announcement tomorrow…and much more just down the road.

Hope you all had a happy turkey day and we will talk again real soon!


Something silly…or is it??

I am up way too early this morning. I ate supper too late and have had indigestion most of the night. I finally just gave in and got up. No matter I have to drive to Houston and back today. It’ll be fine. Right? Anyway, I was surfing around and found this quiz…and I had so many windows open I don’t know the path I took. But I thought it was pretty telling. And hey, how’bout those eyebrows?


I’m a Bette — “I must be strong”

Bettes are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective.

How to Get Along with Me

* * Stand up for yourself… and me.
* * Be confident, strong, and direct.
* * Don’t gossip about me or betray my trust.
* * Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender, vulnerable side.
* * Give me space to be alone.
* * Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don’t flatter me.
* * I often speak in an assertive way. Don’t automatically assume it’s a personal attack.
* * When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember that’s just the way I am.

What I Like About Being a Bette

* * being independent and self-reliant
* * being able to take charge and meet challenges head on
* * being courageous, straightforward, and honest
* * getting all the enjoyment I can out of life
* * supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me
* * upholding just causes

What’s Hard About Being a Bette

* * overwhelming people with my bluntness; scaring them away when I don’t intend to
* * being restless and impatient with others’ incompetence
* * sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it
* * never forgetting injuries or injustices
* * putting too much pressure on myself
* * getting high blood pressure when people don’t obey the rules or when things don’t go right

Bettes as Children Often

* * are independent; have an inner strength and a fighting spirit
* * are sometimes loners
* * seize control so they won’t be controlled
* * figure out others’ weaknesses
* * attack verbally or physically when provoked
* * take charge in the family because they perceive themselves as the strongest, or grow up in difficult or abusive surroundings

Bettes as Parents

* * are often loyal, caring, involved, and devoted
* * are sometimes overprotective
* * can be demanding, controlling, and rigid

If you are interested you can go here and take the quiz.

Have a great Friday!  We have an appointment this morning with Husband’s surgeon for his follow up and then on to Houston to pick up Hannah.  I can’t wait hear all about her trip and upload some pictures!

Speaking of pictures…here is our tree in all its glory this photo is one my daughter Jessica took right before the present opening began…wow…that’s a lot of stuff!


I will post some more holiday pics in the next few days.  I can’t wait to show you the sewing box, serger, artwork and smell-good, personalized martini glasses and other goodies I got!

Hannah took my camera to Miami with her and I am still not terribly comfortable using Rachel’s Rebel Xti.  I am not even real sure that’s what it is called.

I took our tree down last night.  And swept up about a ton of needles.  It is kinda nice to have our living room back in order.


Warning: Whirlwind Approaching!


A whirlwind called “The Holidays”.  No matter how you prepare, what you make ahead, the last few days before whatever holiday is approaching are a whirlwind.  Frayed nerves, lots of coffee, endless list reading and checking off of completed items. Wondering if you have forgotten something or someone.  Remembering how you promised your little neice last year that you would take a box of cookies to the poor old guy who works at the garbage pick up station because in her mind 1)he’s too old to be working (I didnt have the heart to tell her he’s working off a DUI and this is his community service) and 2)obviously he doesnt have any family or they would be taking care of him instead of a man at his age working (I really don’t think he’s so much as old and has a lot of miles on him – ya know?).  Getting last minute gifts tied up.  I am doing a little basket of goodies for each of the families who will be here with us for the 24th.  That will be our big holiday gathering.  Everyone will be here for food and gift exchange.  Well almost everyone.  Oldest son and his little boy wont be here until Christmas night when we will get to enjoy the little man getting his gifts from us.  And really it will be quite nice as I remember how overwhelming the holidays are for little ones.  Sometimes almost to the point of NOT being fun you know?  But I will say this…I had NO IDEA how much work my mom actually put into the holidays until she was gone and it fell to me.  WOW.  I have a new appreciation for all she did to make the holidays special  for the rest of us.  I also know how stressed out she got, which trickled down to the rest of us.  I just wont do that.  I will do what I can do, pass off what I cant and then if it doesnt get done, oh well.  We have never not had WAY too much food and so far, I havent forgotten to get someone’s gift.

This year’s holiday notebook is getting a work out.  But I am happy to report I am on schedule as of this morning.  I made tons of candy yesterday and still made it over to Jessica and Jason’s for what we originally thought would be eating out and ended up ordering in.  What was I thinking?  And why didnt someone stop me?? I thought it would be fun to see the Christmas lights and go out and eat.  Maybe at Chilis…maybe at the pub?  Was I nuts??? Well, obviously.  We ate last night a little after 9 (how European of us) and ate Chili’s take out.  It was good and we had a great time.   But next year we either need to be at the eatery at 4 in the afternoon or plan on eating at home to begin with!

Yesterday’s List is completed.

  • Chocolate Fudge no nuts
  • Chocolate Fudge with pecans
  • White Chocolate Fudge with cranberries and almonds
  • Martha Washington Candy
  • Buckeyes

The buckeyes and and MWCandy has to be dipped today.  And I will make Eggnog candy, Pistachio candy, Date Nut candy and mix, makeand freeze the sausage balls to bake later, and make all the cut out cookies for Rachel to decorate tomorrow and Party Mix – ’cause if I make it ahead Husband will eat it all between now and then!  Then tomorrow I will put my hot wings on to marinate, make pecan tassies, cream wafers, Charlie Browns and be sure I have all my ingredients for my chicken corn chowder.  And tomorrow night I will move all my soups (except the chowder which I find doesnt freeze well and I will make fresh) to the frig to thaw for Wednesday night.

Wednesday I will line up all my ducks, check my lists and get everything set out after my house is clean. All I will have to make that day is biscuits and cornbread for the soups.   Folks will start arriving mid day I am sure.

Gotta run…have a lovely holiday everyone! I  will be posting pictures soon!

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