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!

Monday, November 13, 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 been a few weeks since I posted. I hate that I now work on Monday's, it seems I just can't get my stuff done like I have in the past and it frustrates me to no end! I miss having my normal Monday routine! Sigh. Happy Monday all!


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For Today... Nov 13th, 2017

The weather...Its 36° with a high of 41° 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 The Fall a Netflix original

On my TV... Chicago Fire - PD, Grays, Blue Bloods, This Is Us, Will and Grace, The Brave

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

On my to do list... laundry, housework

In the craft basket...The camper set has me stumped at the moment.... put it aside for now, will get back to it later. I am working on a shawl right now, no pics as of yet. I did whip this octopus out to send off to my niece for Tucker


Happening this week:
Monday ~ work, laundry
Tuesday ~ work, work out
Wednesday ~ work, work out
Thursday ~ craft day, housework
Friday ~ groceries, errands, get nails done, and Lici to get hers done
Saturday ~ moms slumber party
Sunday ~ church, home to veg

Looking around the house... I can see that with my work schedule change, I have been neglecting the housework. I need to get myself back on track and get a new routine in place!

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


What I'm wearing today... yoga pants and a black tshirt and purple cardigan

One of my simple pleasures... cozy Sunday's curled up with a blanket and a book
On my prayer list... For my Uncle Mike and his continued recovery from his stroke, and 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!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Teacup and Mug exchange

From a link I saw on of the blogs I follow via another weekly link up I saw a post about a Tea Cup and Mug Exchange that was being hosted by The Enchanting Rose and thought it would be fun to be a part of. I have just recently started to like tea, and have always loved all of the little tea cups and saucers, so this would be a perfect link up to join to add to my tea cup collection.

I received this lovely tea cup, saucer, firewood tea and firewood jelly from Carolyn in Alaska. I have yet to try the tea, but excited to try some thing new!



You can see all of the other participants at The Enchanting Rose blog.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tasty Tuesday ~ Cheddar Bacon Potato Soup

Its soup weather!!! This is one of my favorite ones to make!! Enjoy!



Cheddar Bacon Potato Soup

Ingredients
1 pound of bacon, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
5 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
6-7 cups chicken stock
1/2 pound velveeta cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or to your liking)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cup instant potato flakes

Directions
Fry bacon until crisp. Remove from pan, drain off all but 2 TBSP of the grease, then add the onions and celery, cook until transparent. Add the chicken stock, potatoes and spices. Cook until potatoes are tender. With a potato masher, mash the potatoes to your likeness, I like a few chunks left in ours. Add the potato flakes, stir well, then add the cheeses. Do not bring to a boil once you add the cheese.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tasty Tuesday ~ Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters

Ingredients
2 cups flour
1/2 sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups apples - peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup cinnamon sugar

Directions
Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or electric skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Pour in the milk and eggs; and stir until well blended. Mix in apples until they are evenly distributed.

Drop spoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil and fry until golden on both sides, about 4 minutes depending on the size. Fry in smaller batches so they are not crowded. Remove from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and drain briefly on paper towels.

Toss with cinnamon sugar while still warm.