Monday, December 31, 2012



Sunday, December 30, 2012

Happy Sunday!

 Joining Unknown Mami today

Happy Sunday!
The last Sunday in 2012!!
We've had a wonderful relaxing holiday this year!
Lots of snow 
Lots of slugging on the couch
Lots of reading & movie watching
Lots of family time
Lots of eating
Lots to enjoy
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and your family the 
Merriest of Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas eve eve eve eve

It's Friday and the eve of the eve of the eve of the eve of Christmas Eve! 
Wow it's finally here the last hurrah before Santa comes! 
Are you ready?
I am......well kinda
I'm still waiting for a few gifts to come via mail 
I hope they come today! 
We also need to bake some more cookies!
Oh and shop for Christmas dinner!
What's for dinner at your house?
Traditional meal?
It's just the three of us, kinda nice we can do whatever!
It's gonna be steak, mash potatoes, asparagus, sweet potato pie and yummy rolls!

It' suppose to start snowing today at 4pm and another storm tomorrow 
they say it will be very cold and the snow will stick around for Christmas!
I really hope.....there is something special about a white Christmas! 

I do want to say with four days until Christmas my neighbors down the street need to take their pumpkins and corn stalks down...seriously it's officially winter TODAY! And to the several other houses in town with pumpkins and thats not okay! 

Happy Friday!!
Stop by Mrs. 4444's 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Joining Joyce @

1. How will you spend 'the night before Christmas'? 

We will probably eat Mexican food and watch a Christmas movie and attend Mass.

2.  What is one thing you are not?

A  supporter of guns!

3.  Fudge-are you a fan?  Your favorite flavor?

Yes but only once a year....I like vanilla 

4. Did you attend any craft/vendor fairs in the month of December?  Do you prefer homemade goodies or the more professional stalls? Are you giving any homemade gifts this year? 

No I didn't attend any. I like both homemade and professional...I miss the craft fairs in Utah...the talent there is amazing. If putting candy in a jar is considered homemade than yes! 

5. What's your favorite type of holiday gathering? 

Casual and anything involving food, laughter and good cheer! 

6.  We're approaching a new year...what's going to be different in 2013? 

I hope to be employed and working on losing weight and being healthier.

7. Share a favorite scripture, quote, saying, or song lyric relating to peace.
John Lennon- Imagine

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I'm still so sad and consumed with the tragic loss of life in Newtown, CT. My heart like many will ache for a long time. I'm conflicted because this violence disgust me ,but my other random thought is how bummed I am that my two favorite shows ended this week...Dexter and Homeland! Probably  two of the most violent shows out there...I really believe that violence on TV and video games etc...are a contributor to todays violence amongst many other factors of coarse...we could debate this forever so in the meantime...I'm praying for peace and strength for Newtown, CT! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

So many tributes this weekend honoring the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary
My heart like everyone else is broken
The senseless tragedy is unfathomable 
SNL opened with a tribute of Silent Night
sung by the Manhattan Children's Choir

God Bless the 26 victims and their families

Thursday, December 13, 2012

My Christmas vignettes

I love this time of year and I'm really enjoying my home this time of year as well. Every where I look I feel the warmth of the it doesn't hurt having my family all under on roof too! Every year I say I'm going to put out less and less and believe it or not I did....except every inch of my house has something Christmasy!

How about you did you over decorate or put up less and less this year?

Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Joining Joyce @
1.  So, when did you last take a walk in the woods? A stroll along the beach? A drive going nowhere in particular in the car? 

It's certainly been awhile....probably last did a fall foliage drive. 

2.  Are you sending Christmas cards this year?  About how many do you send?  Photo card or something more traditional?  How do you display the cards you receive?

Yes I sent a card this year, about 75. I do a photo card on I just have to pick the style, add the picture and they do the rest. I always order extra for the people I don't have addresses for and to send local. I tape the cards I receive on to my back door into my garage, this way I see them as I come and go. 

3. What's a word you've heard too much of in the past week?

Fiscal Cliff

4. December 13th is National Cocoa Day-are you a fan?  Plain or flavored?  Marshmallows or no marshmallows?

Yes I'm a fan...our local Tim Horton's has a sea salt caramel hot cocoa once you've had that nothing else compares! 

5. What is something you do to help alleviate the hectic pace of the Christmas season?

Online shopping....but I have to say I was at the mall last night and it was dead. 

6. Besides jewelry, what's a favorite sparkly-glittery item in your home or closet?

I have some new glittery  snowflake ornaments on my stairway garland that I'm really enjoying this season.

7. Share a favorite line or two from any Christmas carol.

Deck the Halls..........Fa la la la, la la la

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Our favorite Mexican food restaurant caught on fire yesterday. I'm really sad, we finally found a place that has real authentic Mexican food like in the West. I'm not sure if it will reopen or if it's gone for good. I do feel really bad for their employees nicest hard working people ever.
I'm going to miss my swimming pool size margarita's! Boo hoo! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Shoelaces for Christmas winner

The winner for my giveaway is Vicki from Life in my empty nest
Stop by and congratulate her and see her amazing Christmas decor! 

There is still time to order this wonderful book 
available at
Amazon site shows it sold out but Craig assures me they have copies, so go ahead and order. 
It's a great holiday gift.

Happy Tuesday
and Congrats Vicki!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Peppermint Kisses

 Have you tried the Candy Cane Kisses?
They are to die for!

I pinned this recipe on Pinterest from The Recipe Critic 
She has every recipe known to man on there.
If you're on the hunt for something new go there!
Katelyn and I made these..which means
Katelyn made them and I helped!

These are SO delicious!

1 1/2 cups powdered Sugar
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
1 tsp peppermint extract (opt)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup finely chopped candy cane flavored Hershey's kisses (I used candy cane bits still yummy) 
Granulated sugar (For rolling cookie balls in)
About 30 unwrapped Candy Cane Kisses

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
3. In large mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, butter, extracts, and egg.  Beat at medium speed scraping sides of bowl until creamy.  Add the flour mixture mixing until blended.  The mixture will be a bit crumbly.  Stir in chopped kisses.
3. Shape the dough into 3/4 inch balls and roll them in the sugar.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.
4.  As soon as out of the oven press a candy cane kiss in the center.  Put immediately in the fridge or freezer so that they keep their kiss shape.  
I found that you can do this two ways.  1- You can just press the kiss into the cookie and it will melt in the center.  It will still look really cute with the stripes but lose the kiss shape.  I LOVED the way they tasted when I bit into the soft cookie with melted chocolate.  or 2- You can either put them in the fridge or freezer to keep the kiss shape.  or I let my cookies cool for about 5 minutes and pressed the kiss down into it and put it in the fridge.  it hardly melted at all.  Both ways are awesome, I always warmed mine up anyway before eating so the chocolate was soft and gooey.... YUM these are so good!
5. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to a week.  If they last that long!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pinning Party

Do you pin?
Are you a Pinterest stalker?
I love Pinterest and have actually made many things I've pinned!
Katelyn and I got crafty over Thanksgiving break.
I bought two tall trees
 The bronze feather one on clearance from Hobby Lobby
And the red tinsel one from a store in Pittsburgh called Garden Ridge.
I knew I wanted to make more and have a little collection.
I bought four foam trees, a bag of buttons, white tinsel ribbon, 
white pom poms, foil discs and lots of pins!
With hot glue gun in hand and lots of pinning
I few burns and pricks later!


I just need to find a few star toppers! 

Linking up with DEBBIEDOO's

Don't forget my giveaway is still going on all weekend! 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Shoelaces for Christmas

James Miller is a typical teenage boy with an attitude. With Christmas just around the corner, James has a new car sitting on the top of his list. An entitled young man from a privileged family, James lives in his own perfect self-centered world until he receives news that shatters his young existence. Grief-stricken, he strikes out and eventually comes to realize that there is more to life than his own drama. This rich story reminds us that Christmas is a time for healing, and miracles do still happen.

I'm doing this giveaway today because I know Craig, he is a friend and past co worker. I read this book before it was released and loved it. It made me laugh and cry, reminded me what the season is all about. I knew right away It's a book you want others to read, a Christmas classic. The message of the book is a great reminder of how we should live our lives daily. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I have.

Here is a little bit of info on the author via Goodreads
Available at Eagle One Publishing
Also available at Amazon

Giveaway open until Monday. Leave a comment to enter in drawing.
Repost on FaceBook or twitter and receive extra drawing.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Random thoughts on this Thursday!

Yesterday my email was hacked....sorry if you received an email from me with link. Some how it was not my contact list but my sent file or who knows what. I've since changed my password. This seems to happen every year at this time. I do a lot of online shopping during Christmas could this be it? But seriously I hate hackers!

Katelyn is done with her first semester today.....she will be home tonight! I can't wait to see her, she is sick and certainly needs her Mom to take care of her. Even though I sent her with all the medicine in the world to relieve any ailment...I swear other than cough drops she hasn't had the time to take anything...ummmm!

On Sunday we went to the Our Lady of Victory Basilica for the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus performance of Handel Messiah. It was a beautiful performance in such an amazing setting, the Basilica alter is a replication of St. Peters Basilica in Rome. It's a sight to see.

Tonight I'm going to see Irving Berlin's White Christmas the musical with my theater group. It's received mixed reviews so I hope it is good!

So I have to say it's been quite a culture week and kick off to the holidays!

Tomorrow I'm doing my first giveaway on my blog. My friend recently release a book called Shoelaces for Christmas. It's a beautiful story one that makes you laugh and cry. I loved it so much I bought an extra to give away. So come back will be a nice classic to add to your other Christmas favorites.

Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Linking up with Joyce @ 

1.  Share your traditions surrounding the Christmas stocking. 
Growing up my parents always put a orange in our stocking, I always get the Terry's Chocolate them! 

2.  How many hours of sleep do you average at night?  Is it enough?
At least 7 it enough? Probably could use one more! 

3.  If you had to give up one thing for the remainder of this year what would it be? 
Maybe anything Pistachios! Or maybe beer! Or both! 

4.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (or Wills and Kate as I like to call them) have announced they're expecting a baby. Do you follow news of the Royals? 
I follow the news of  Yahoo and CNN and it was big news! I'm excited for them and love hearing about the Royals. 

5.  For me,  the sound of childhood is__________________.
Laughter, screams and bouncing basketballs. 

6.  Fruit cake-yay or boo? What's your favorite dessert made with fruit?
Yuck no fruit cake here...favorite dessert with fruit is Apple pie.

7. What is one thing you want to accomplish before 2012 comes to an end?
Finding a job.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
My girl is finishing her first semester, it's finals week and I couldn't be more proud of her. She has survived, thrived and done well, she is happy and adjusted and where she needs to be. As a Mom you can't ask for more....just seeing that smile says it all. 

Happy Wednesday! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Mantels

Today I'm linking up with The Lettered Cottage-Holiday Home link party! 
Christmas Mantels

I have five fireplaces in my house and decorate three of them.
I have several "collections"
One mantel is all my Santa's 

Another is my Snowman collection

And the last is just simple greenery, candles and few odds and ends

Check out the other mantels or link up!

Happy Tuesday! 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy December

❄❅Happy December❅❄
Have a wonderful weekend!

Photo source-Pinterest