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Jan
30
2009

SHARE the LOVE (Valentine Giveaway!)

This giveaway has been on my mind since before the last and very recent one. Valentine’s Day holds a special place in my heart. I will get to the business-end of this post later.  For now you have to endure some sap.

Valentine’s Day 1975 was the date of Husband’s and my first date. Thirty four years ago…is that right? Is that possible? I can tell you exactly what I wore on that date to our school’s Valentine’s Day Dance. I wore a pair of dark washed very high waisted jeans and a color block shirt that was mustard, navy and cream. The shirt had a superfluous hood but I thought it was very cute.  That was our first date (I was 15) and we have never looked back. It was quite the whirlwind romance.  Well, unless you consider the fact that we weren’t old enough to get married. for another 3 years.

I suppose as we approached “middle age” and passed 30 years of marriage we have both wondered what it was.  The connection.  It is not that common for our species to mate for life these days. I think much of it is that when we were together we could just “be”.  I don’t have unreal expectations of him. And he doesnt of me. We hung out at school, had classes together, played chess after school. Oh and were pretty much inseparable during waking hours after that first date.  We didnt fight and bicker.  I didnt flip my hair and stomp off in a tiff accusing him of  “being a guy” or “not treating me right”.  We instantly liked each other the first time we met.  He was smart and unusually mature for his age.  He wrote me poems and drew me pictures and held my hand.  We were both good at math – him better.  We were both good at chess – him better.  He could cook and made us pizzas after school. He didn’t kiss and tell.  He was sincere, honest, worked and unlike so many men (and women) was not constantly looking for “a better deal”.  We complimented each other’s personalities.  We loved each other.  And that was that. And it still is.

And then 21 years later our sixth and youngest, Benjamin, was born.  A surprise indeed as he wasnt due until March 4.  But weighing in at 8# 2oz, he and I were ready!   Awwww…warms the the cockles of my heart to think on these things. So yes, Valentine’s Day is special to me.

Okay, okay.  Enough  I know.  As I said, I have pondered on what should be the gist of this giveaway.  Something I love…something I believe the winner will love….what do I love???? I love coffee.  I love chocolate.  I love books and magazines. I love aprons. Okay…that’s it!  A bag of my personal favorite Farmhouse Blend (yeah, I blend it myself) Coffee,  a box of homemade fudge ~ I make a mean batch of fudge~ and it will mail well,  a copy of the Valentine’s edition of Porch.  You don’t know Porch??? Well why not? Oh…and yeah, another apron. Ho hum.  Just kidding.  Yes!  Another OOAK NotQuiteJuneCleaver Apron. Something red and dotty maybe?

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Now get over there and check them out! Just click on the picture.

Okay here’s the deal.  You know the routine.  Leave a comment and consider yourself entered.  I will add your name to the, now approaching legendary status,  Mason Jar.  I will draw a name on Feb 9th and on the 10th the package will go out Priority Mail to the winner. I suppose it goes without saying that the winner must have a US address.  Customs gets CRAZY over perishables and coffee!

Okay now SHARE the LOVE! And post it to your blog – don’t be selfish now, you know your friends would like to play too.  You don’t want to be that kid at school who didn’t give EVERYONE a Valentine.  You know the brat I am talking about.  You remember.  Elementary School, you spent the day before Valentine’s Day making paper bags decorated with hearts and your name, and then that night you carefully signed the back of those cute little Valentine cards and with chubby little fingers you managed to get them in those envelopes that were always just slightly smaller than the card itself.  Then you wrote on the outside of  the envelopes the name of a classmate, being very VERY careful to check off the list the teacher gave you so as not to miss someone.  Your heart raced a bit as you wrote the boys names, wondering if they would think you liked them or LIKED liked them.  Then there was The Brat. Usually a girl for some reason, who would deliberately leave someone out.  Everyone got 29 Valentines except a few, sometimes only one which was even worse, because she didnt think they were worthy.  I always hated that kid.  My stomach churns right now thinking of it.  THE girl in my first grade class was Delores.  I would know her today if I saw her.  Prissy and snarly with an evil laugh even as a 1st grader.  So don’t be that kid!  Share the LOVE!  Here’s you a button to use. Leave me a comment, grab the button, post it and link back to me. Sweet and simple.

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Jan
02
2009

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?

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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!

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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.

Dec
22
2008

Warning: Whirlwind Approaching!

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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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