We interrupt Christmas blogging to watch the Survivor Finale! Woohooo! Now, for this family, there's really nothing on TV until January!
from the camera
from the kitchen
Sorry, no recipe today. But, I highly recommend that cocoa station, if you haven't put one together yet! Cocoa mix, marshmallows (BTW, I did not misspell it on that print yesterday... that's the way I found it on Pinterest), toffee bits, mints, caramels, candy cane stirrers, cups, napkins, and a fun tray or basket for the presentation! You need ! Mine goes up as soon as the Christmas decor comes down and stays up until the weather starts to feel more like spring than winter! Isn't this one fabulous!?
from the heart
Today's challenge is to pray for someone you don't really care for. I just heard news about someone who was not very kind to me years ago. YEARS. Honestly, I feel for them. Since I heard the news, I've actually wanted to speak to them and say,"I'm so sorry you are going through this." I know that they wouldn't really care to hear my "I'm sorry." So, I decided that it would be a good Christmas Challenge to pray for them instead. Everyone has someone that's made them feel bad at some point and time in life. Today, say a prayer for them. You will be able to feel a little more forgiving, I'm certain! It worked for me!
Yet, another, "Could this be any more simple?" idea! Grab those glass apothocary jars and put them to use! This will also be a fun one at Easter time in pastels!
from the Spirit
True happiness comes only by making others happy. ~ David O. McKay
from the Corbridge's
The ham is bought! A week from tonight, we'll be nestled all snug in our beds with visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads! It's coming too quickly!
Today's excitement... Birthday lunch with Natalie (her birthday, not mine...heeheehee) at Cafe Sabor. Good times! After lunch, I picked Kelly up to help her run an errand while she was on her break and gave her her new girl elf on the shelf! Kelly was as excited about the elf as Zaylee is! She was going to wrap it in a dishcloth and put it inside the fridge, then have Zaylee grab something out of the fridge. Zaylee has been looking everywhere for the elf at their home since she returned last Friday. Kelly had mentioned that she'd seen an elf, but it kept disappearing. I can't wait to hear how it went! Kelly is doing great. We are proud of her progress! Zaylee is quite happy!
Tonight, Doug and I watched the Survivor finale and that was our big day.
A few other random thoughts...
My Bosch Kitchen Mixer is DYING. I give it minutes. (in use, that is.) I'm praying it survives the Christmas Rolls. (I believe I said that same thing on Thanksgiving Day, but it's nearing the end of it's mortal probation. ha! Doug and I priced new ones tonight. OUCH! But, Doug must have his blender drink and I must make our bread! The old one was purchased in 1977, a few days after our honeymoon. I think it's done well! *Which is why we want to replace it with another Bosch! THE BEST!!!*
Mom got her calendar and loved it! I hope Dad will too! All the mail has gone out. All packages are wrapped. I stopped by Doug's work for his lunch break today and he mentioned a "want", so I did run and pick it up for him. He'll be totally surprised! I just hope I bought the right thing. The fun of being done early is that you can pick up odds and ends last minute surprises without the stress of "I need" and enjoy being out in the hubbub!
I made brussel sprouts for dinner. Here's the recipe... if you could call it a recipe. I put half a purple onion and a bag of fresh brussel sprouts into the food processor and chopped them finely like a coleslaw. Sautee them in about 4 tbsp. of olive oil and add 1/2 to 1 tsp. minced garlic, lots of salt and pepper. Cover them and cook, stirring frequently, for about six minutes. They'll be done. Squeeze half a large lemon over before serving and stir. that's it! Doug tasted them and asked, "Is this broccoli?" They don't even taste like brussel sprouts! The kids loved them. If you are a fan, try it! You'll like it!
Bedtime! Life is so dang good! Live JOYFULLY!