Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Um, Santa You Forgot...

'I wish' .... Santa would have remembered _____ was on my list!

Oh, Santa- You forgot a few things... Things that have been on my list for a few years now.... Um, I am hoping you don't put me on the naughty list for posting your forgetfulness for all the world to see..but come on!!! How many times does a girl have to ask?!?!

I have been working on it on my own.. but I am not having much luck-please Santa, Grant me the ability to hide my facial expressions!!!
It is such a horrible problem.. One a girl like me should never have... It kills me to hurt peoples feelings...but sometimes my face gives me away... for instance in the grocery store last week... I didn't mean for my jaw to drop when I nearly ran into a makeup-less co-worker of mine, I didn't mean to indent my eyebrows when trying to figure out a gift from a friend. I didn't mean to smile really big when a certain someone text messaged me (causing everyone around to ask me who it was..).. Why o'why does my face betray me daily?
If I am happy, sad, disgusted, scared, or angry everyone knows it before I even say a word. The people around me are well aware of this..they often take advantage of my little problem.. when someone wants to know if they are wearing the right outfit, got a cute haircut...they always come to me...because they know my thoughts without even asking.. It is a problem and Santa.. and I think its time you did something about it..

Oh yeah, and why your at it.. help me say NO to CARBS, Fried Foods, and just one more bite.....
I know it's after Christmas and all..but it is kind of your fault for forgetting right??? Um, don't be offended when I leave a ginkgo galoba pill
(it should help with your memory)
and a glass of
water instead of your
regular cookies and milk... You
might wanna lay off the carbs to...
Um, just sayin'

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas 2009

Christmas 2009 has already come and gone! I just can't get over how swiftly the holidays passed this year. As always I had a wonderful Christmas... it was just different this year...

For one thing was the weather was nuts!!! On December 23rd It was 56 degrees outside.. it was lovely and everyone was enjoying the weather. Families were outside, birds were singing, the sun was shining..Ok Ok, you get it. It was nice out : ) But once the sun went down.. so did the temps and something ugly blew in..rain and wind! The rain and wind turned into sleet and snow...and before I knew it... we were all trapped inside our homes! In just of a matter of hours. It was nuts. I didn't want to be trapped in my own home so I drove over to my parents with an over night bag. Since my parents and I live in the same town, I never spend the night...EVER.. so my Mom and I were excited about this....

My Mom was in the kitchen putting the last minute things in the oven and mixing up different dips and appetizers. I was in the living room with my Dad watching the weather channel. We had family that was supposed to join us for Christmas Eve dinner.. they called and said, they were coming earlier to beat the bad weather! So I started helping my Mom and we were trying to hurry things along..when we got another phone call..they couldn't make it. The roads were to bad! When we got the call we were all standing in the kitchen, we looked at each other and died laughing.. Sure we were sad that weren't going to make it but we were cracked up about our dinner! Only 3 people were going to be there..and enough was prepared for 15- but that is not even the funny part!! We cooked all the side dishes and the other part of our family was bringing the Turkey and Dressing and the HAM! So we sat down to a meatless meal, it was one we will never forget!

After our enormous meatless meal- we all sat down and watched the Christmas Story. It is hilarious to watch with my Dad! Everything cracks him up and he has the best belly laugh ever... it makes me laugh just to see and hear him laugh... My dad hits the hay early so my Mom and I stayed up most of the night talking.. it was really nice. I really enjoyed being snowed in with her...

I slept in my old room. It was weird how everything was different... I laid there and was flooded with tons of good memories. I was feeling very nostalgic, trips down memory lane are good for the soul. I let myself get lost in the memories and fell asleep to the faint familiar hum of snores from down the hall. The next morning when I woke up my mother said:

Mom: How did you sleep?
Me: Wonderful, I don't remember having such fabulous sheets growing up...
Mom: Um, I don't think they sold New Kids on The Block Sheets in 1000 Thread Count, Becky!
Ha Ha Quick Mom, real quick...

My Mom decorated one of her bathrooms really cute this year... It is a super inexpensive way to decorate for Christmas... I am hoping I remember to do this next year... : )

In the rush of trying to get my things packed before the storm hit.. I forgot my camera so I didn't take any pictures of my family this year... that is really weird for me.. I am going to be a tagging fool when the facebook pictures start popping up!

I did get a picture of my boy Lou with his Christmas tie on... He loves it! Can't you tell.. Oh, and he is laying on one of my favorite OU quilt! Hand stitched and made with love.. my favorite kind : )

My family eventually all got together and we exchanged gifts and laughs. We loved on one another and talked about the days gone by... we talked about the upcoming year... and just had a wonderful time... So yeah, Christmas 2009 was different..but it was still wonderful.
I am blessed beyond measure.
While cruising action alley @ Wal-Mart this caught my eye and cracked me up! I thought I would share...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Crack

I have never been much in the kitchen and I have never claimed to be.. to be honest- I am just lazy! The cooking is fun but the cleaning up STINKS. So unless I get a whim I spend very limited amounts of time in the kitchen. There has been days upon end that I never even enter the kitchen. *Gasp* I know, right?

But I stumbled upon a recipe the other day...that caught my eye and I immediately had to make it. I called up some friends and I told them I was going to make something..and they all began to worry about me.. I quickly calmed their fears.. after I told them how easy it was to make..

So even though several other bloggers have made this and passed it along.. I thought that I would too... I hope you try it. It is so very yummy and delicious.


1 sleeve saltine crackers

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup real butter

2 cups chocolate chips

¾ cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and line a 10" x 15" with foil (the kind of sheet that has raised edges!). Spray with Pam, or grease VERY lightly with butter. Cover the cookie sheet with a single layer of saltines. Bring butter and brown sugar to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Pour over the saltines, and try to spread it as evenly as possible.Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. When you remove it, the caramel mixture will be molten and boiling; allow to cool about 3 min, or until you can see the crackers distinctly, which will have shifted while baking. Push them back into order with a fork or knife.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the toffee and let sit for about 5 minutes to melt. Once melted spread chocolate evenly. If desired, sprinkle on pecans and press lightly into the chocolate. Let cool a bit and then transfer to fridge to harden.

Once hard, break the candy into small pieces and place in an air tight container.

And share it.. because if you don't....