Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tasty Tuesday ~ Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

The snow has begun to fall...whipped up some homemade hot cocoa....perfect for snowy weather! I did half a batch, as it is just me that really drinks the hot cocoa here at home now that the boys are gone. I will be using some of it to add to some Christmas gifts.


Ingredients

10 cups dry milk powder
4 3/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups powdered non-dairy creamer

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine milk powder, confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder, and creamer. Stir till thoroughly combined. Store cocoa mixture in an airtight container. Makes about 15 cups mix, or enough for about 45 servings.

For 1 serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mixture in a coffee cup or mug, and add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Top with dollop of whipped cream or a few marshmallows, if desired.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

I am linking up with Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Head on over to find some other great bloggers.


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For Today... Dec 11th, 2017

The weather...Its 25° and snowing.

Right now I am... working...and trying to finish up this blog post

On my reading pile... "Girls with Swords"


Movies or Shows I watched this weekend... no shows this weekend

On my TV... Chicago Med is the only one on I think this week

On the menu for this week... Menu for the week:
Monday ~ pork chops, mashed potatoes, corn and rolls
Tuesday ~ sketti/garlic bread, and a salad
Wednesday ~ breakfast
Thursday ~ pizza
Friday ~ minestone soup and homemade bread
Saturday ~ ??
Sunday ~ ham, scalloped potatoes, corn and rolls

On my to do list... laundry, housework

In the craft basket...finished the granny square slippers... back to working on my afghan


Happening this week:
Monday ~ work, laundry
Tuesday ~ work, going to a local coffee shop for a Cookies and Canvas event with a friend (think wine and canvas)
Wednesday ~ work
Thursday ~ work in craft room, housework
Friday ~ groceries, errands
Saturday ~ nothing so far
Sunday ~ church

Looking around the house... I see lots of dog toys that need to be taken care of and all her blankets strewn across the floor... naughty puppy doesn't know how to pick up after herself..LOL

From the camera... we had two Christmas parties this weekend, the first was the hubby's work one, all dressed up and ready to go... (he refused a pic)


then Sunday night we had our church Christmas party


What I'm wearing today... paisley print leggings and a mauveish purple long sleeve top

One of my simple pleasures... spending time with my church family
On my prayer list... for a friends husband, having a medical procedure later today

A favorite Bible verse, devotion or quote for today...


In closing...Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week ahead is filled with lots of blessings!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

I am linking up with Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Head on over to find some other great bloggers.

If things look a little different, I changed up my background a bit... now to figure out how to get it to show up the same on a mobile device...this is proving to be a little more tricky for me. I may have to work on it a bit when I am on vacation the end of the month. Happy Monday everyone!


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For Today... Dec 4th, 2017

The weather...Its 47° with a high of 58° for today. The rain has already started, but at least its still warm out and not snowing!

Right now I am... working...and trying to finish up this blog post

On my reading pile... "Girls with Swords"


Movies or Shows I watched this weekend... We watched Faster yesterday afternoon, and then Walking Dead

On my TV... Chicago Med and Blue Bloods

On the menu for this week... Menu for the week:
Monday ~ lasagna roll ups and garlic bread
Tuesday ~ hamburs, fries and peaches
Wednesday ~ breakfast
Thursday ~ pizza
Friday ~ ??
Saturday ~ ??
Sunday ~ out with the hub

On my to do list... laundry, housework

In the craft basket...working on a pair of granny square slippers for me

Happening this week:
Monday ~ work, laundry
Tuesday ~ work, work out
Wednesday ~ work, work out
Thursday ~ craft day, housework OR out for lunch with a friend
Friday ~ groceries, errands OR out for lunch with a friend
Saturday ~ nothing so far
Sunday ~ church, out for lunch, home to veg

Looking around the house... its looking pretty good, not much to be done, just a little pick up for housework

From the camera... my planner spread for this week


Saturday night we had a gorgeous sunset - the picture just doesn't do it justice it was more pink, and just breathtaking!


we put up our tree this past weekend, and that I think is the extent of all that will be put up this year -kinda in a scrooge type feeling


and lastly a few pics of my sweet nephew Tucker with the preemie octopus my niece asked me to make for him


What I'm wearing today... purple/black/white lularoe pants, a black tshirt and a purple cardigan

One of my simple pleasures... being with my sisters in Christ and being able to freely talk without the judgement
On my prayer list... for an unspoken prayer for myself

A favorite Bible verse, devotion or quote for today...


In closing...Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week ahead is filled with lots of blessings!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

I am linking up with Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Head on over to find some other great bloggers.


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For Today... Nov 27th, 2017

The weather...Its 36° with a high of 50° for today. The sun is shining, so it shall be a great day!

Right now I am... working...and trying to finish up this blog post

On my reading pile... "Girls with Swords"


Movies or Shows I watched this weekend... not alot of TV was watched this weekend outside of Walking Dead last night

On my TV... This Is Us

On the menu for this week... Menu for the week:
Monday ~ spaghetti and garlic bread
Tuesday ~ pork chops, mashed potatoes and corn
Wednesday ~ breakfast - thinking pancakes
Thursday ~ pizza
Friday ~ ??
Saturday ~ ??
Sunday ~ out with the hub

On my to do list... laundry, housework

In the craft basket...right now nothing, giving my arm a break for a few weeks

Happening this week:
Monday ~ work, laundry
Tuesday ~ work, work out
Wednesday ~ work, work out
Thursday ~ craft day, housework
Friday ~ groceries, errands
Saturday ~ putting up the tree/decor
Sunday ~ church, out for lunch, home to veg

Looking around the house... its looking like a little Christmas needs to show up

From the camera... my planner spread for this week


my new center piece


What I'm wearing today... yoga pants and a pink shirt

One of my simple pleasures... holding a new baby, and spending time with family
On my prayer list... for my newest great nephew to do well in nicu so he can go home soon with mommy and daddy - he is doing really well... hitting all the goals they have in place and gaining weight... he may be able to go home soon!!

A favorite Bible verse, devotion or quote for today...


In closing...Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week ahead is filled with lots of blessings!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tasty Tuesday ~ Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars



Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Ingedients
1 18 oz roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg, room temperature
½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 F.

Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper or non-stick foil. Set aside.

Spread a little more than half of the cookie dough onto the bottom of the baking dish and press down firmly creating an even layer.

Using a stand mixer or hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.

Add in the sugar and beat until combined.

Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth.

Pour the cheesecake filling over the top of the cookie dough base.

Crumble the remaining cookie dough over the top.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

I am linking up with Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Head on over to find some other great bloggers.

Its Thanksgiving week! I hope you all have a great week with family and or friends!!


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For Today... Nov 20th, 2017

The weather...Its 30° with a high of 48° for today. Its going to be a cold, cloudy day.

Right now I am... working...and trying to finish up this blog post

On my reading pile... "Girls with Swords"


Movies or Shows I watched this weekend... Binged watched Wanted a Netflix original

On my TV... Chicago PD, Grays, Blue Bloods, This Is Us

On the menu for this week... Menu for the week:
Monday ~ spaghetti and garlic bread
Tuesday ~ pork chops, mashed potatoes and corn
Wednesday ~ piza
Thursday ~ Thanksgiving meal
Friday ~ lefovers
Saturday ~ leftovers
Sunday ~ out with the hub

On my to do list... laundry, housework

In the craft basket...right now nothing, giving my arm a break for a few weeks

Happening this week:
Monday ~ work, laundry
Tuesday ~ work, work out
Wednesday ~ work, work out
Thursday ~ Thanksgiving, will be at the inlaws
Friday ~ staying home to avoid the crowds!
Saturday ~ nothing on the agenda so far
Sunday ~ church, out for lunch, home to veg

Looking around the house... Things are pretty much in order, as the hubs finally drilled another hole (for the cable cord) in the floor so I could rearrange the living room.... so changed it around and picked up last night!

From the camera... my planner spread for this week


the hubs and I - this past weekend was our dating anniversary - 27 years together..and I still kinda like him! (took this right before I headed out for my moms sleepover


this was after we got back from dinner and games at Dave and Busters - and after our relaxing time in the hot tub


What I'm wearing today... yoga pants and a teal and gray baseball style shirt

One of my simple pleasures... hanging out with friends
On my prayer list... for my newest great nephew to do well in nicu so he can go home soon with mommy and daddy

A favorite Bible verse, devotion or quote for today...


In closing...Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week ahead is filled with lots of blessings!

What is your favorite holiday movie?

Its almost Thanksgiving, are you getting ready for all of the yummy foods? I am so looking forward to that and the fellowship with family. We usually start making plans for how Christmas will go, and the boys will be putting in their requests for the foods for our Christmas Eve tradition of finger foods and movie night. Our favorite move to watch is A Christmas Story (with Ralphie). We never tire of watching this.

But lets get back to Thanksgiving, after our bellies are full others will be getting their lists made to go hit the sales for Black Friday, me I am going to try and talk the hubs into heading the theater to go see "The Man Who Invented Christmas", which releases in theater>s November 22nd.


Film Synopsis: The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.


Here is a little behind-the scenes Film Featurette:

I have a little Holiday Giveaway of beloved DVDs that feature the stars of our film. The giveaway includes a DVD combo-pack of the following movies:

The Sound of Music --  Beauty and the Beast -- A Christmas Carol
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The giveaway will be open through Black Friday (Nov 24th, 2017). I will do a random draw and post the winner of these DVD's on Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. To enter, just comment down below with what your favorite holiday movie is. Good luck, and don't forget to check out "The Man Who Invented Christmas" in theaters Nov. 22nd, 2017!