Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Is In The Air!

Christmas is in the air in our home and neighborhood! Just being together with our family for Thanksgiving and helping trim daughter #2's Christmas tree last night, sure bought out the holiday spirit within me. I am now in full swing for Christmas! Today I hear ladders clinking, staples snapping as we and our neighbors put up our house Christmas lights. Soon I will share with you some Christmas home decorating pictures.
Take a deep breath and enjoy the sweetness in the air! For starters, here are a few ideas to help make this Christmas extra special!
*Don't forget whose birthday we are celebrating!
*Be the first to wish everyone you meet a Merry Christmas!
*On a clear night, find the bright North Star & recall the story of the Wise Men.
*Enjoy a couple of meals illuminated only by the Christmas tree.
*Don't let a rude person steal your Christmas joy.
*This Christmas, give yourself the gift of living in peace with those things you cannot change.
*Take a shut-in a scrumptious Christmas dinner.
*Don't count calories from December 15 through January 2nd!!!!
*Give from the heart.
*During the month, crank up the Christmas music!
*Wear a CHRISTMAS apron while cooking in the kitchen.
*Throughout the holiday season, give your family the gift of a sweet disposition.
*Put something Christmasy in every room in the house.
*Remember that Christmas carols never sound better than when you sing them in church.
*Record a cheerful Christmas greeting for your answering machine.
*Watch It's a Wonderful Life.
*Pray that Heavenly Father will help you see opportunities to be a blessing to others this Christmas.
*Never ever, refuse a holiday dessert!!!
*Remember that peace on earth starts with peace in our hearts.
More to come...XO

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Girls Best Friend...Chocolate!

Oh YES, this is one of the YUMMIEST, if not the YUMMIEST dessert I have ever eaten! One of my "sweet" daughters Heidi, made this for our family dinner a couple weeks ago and it was a huge hit! She is letting me share her recipe with you! My kids laugh at how I want to take pictures of everything now! Boy, did I catch the details of this slice of heaven!!!
You must make this!
You will thank me...well maybe not! LOL! Enjoy!
Thanks Bunches Heidi! xo

Pudding Pie Surprise
1 c. flour
1 c. chopped nuts
1 stick butter, soft
2 (3 1/2 oz.) pkgs. instant chocolate pudding
1 c. confectioners' sugar
2 (8 oz.) cartons whipped topping
3 c. milk
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese

mini chocolate chips
2 Heath Bar candy bars
In medium bowl, combine flour, nuts and butter; mix thoroughly. Press into bottom of a greased 9"x13" pan. Bake 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
In medium bowl with electric mixer, cream the cream cheese, sugar and one carton whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate.
In large bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Beat 3 minutes at low speed until thick and glossy. Spread evenly over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until pudding is set.
Spread remaining whipped topping on top. Then sprinkle top with mini chocolate chips and chopped Heath-Bar pieces.
Refrigerate until ready to eat. XOX

Monday, November 17, 2008

Strawberry Patches

This passed weekend while visiting my son Nathan and his family,
my daughter-in-law Stephanie took me to the CUTEST fabric store ever! It is called Strawberry Patches located in Bakersfield, CA.
Oh girls, we sure had fun and it was hard to tear myself away from this store. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven!
Below is some fabric I bought to make some pillowcases
and aprons! Isn't the ladies undies adorable!
The ric-rac is a hugh 1 1/12 inches!
I can't wait to go back to play with the grandbabes Brayden & Sadie
and sneak over to Strawberry Patches!

If you are in the area stop by and say hello to Suzanne!
I dare ya not to buy some fabric! LOL!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Christmas Gift Idea...A Family Cookbook!

This was a fun Christmas gift to make and much appreciated by my daughters! I made 5 cookbooks...1 for me! I will continue to add to their cookbooks as time passes and more yummy recipes are found.
By making a family cookbook, you can start a tradition that will be passed down for generations to come!
3 ring binder, plastic sheet protectors, notebook dividers, adhesive type, rubber stamps, ink, die-cuts, 12x12 scrapbooking paper, and your imagination! Cut paper to the size of each side of the notebook and slide in. Type out lots of favorite family recipes, put in sheet protectors, and there you have a one of a kind cookbook!