Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saturday 9

Its been a long time since I last participated in this fun Saturday meme. You can see the others that participate in this fun meme at Saturday 9.

Silent Night

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here is today's questions!

Saturday 9: Silent Night (1957)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) How well do you know "Silent Night?" Without looking up the lyrics, could you sing along with Elvis? I can, one of my favorite songs

2) The Christmas with Elvis album hit the stores in October 1957. Were you already preparing for Christmas back in October? nope... the older I have gotten, the less I have to do/shop for so I am usually just waiting until the last minute...lol

3) Clearly Elvis liked a flocked white Christmas tree. Is your tree flocked, aluminum or pine green? Real or artificial? Or do you skip the whole tree thing altogether? No flocked tree here, its a pine green artificial tree.

4) Back in the late 1950s, Elvis left his hair its natural brown color. In the 1960s he began having it dyed black. Do you have a salon appointment scheduled between now and year end? I do not, but am thinking about possible getting mine cut before I leave for Florida on the 27th.

5) Have you ever peeked, looking for a Christmas gift you know is hidden for you somewhere in the house? I have....shhhhhhh

6) Which do you prefer, candy canes or gingerbread? candy canes

7) Is anyone receiving a home made or do-it-yourself gift from you this year? yep...its a part homemade part store bought

8) Do you wrap holiday gifts in paper, or do you take the gift bag route? I am more the gift bag route these days!

9) This time of year is big for charitable fundraising. Here's your chance to plug a cause or organization that's near and dear to you. I don't have any that are near and dear to my heart... the one I donate to every year is the toys for tots.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Miracle Season

I want to share a movie trailer with you, Miracle Season. I am looking forward to seeing this next April.. my birthday weekend to be exact 4/13. I am thinking its going to be a girls weekend kind of movie.


THE MIRACLE SEASON
Release: April 13, 2018
Director: Sean McNamara
Writers: David Aaron Cohen, Elissa Matsueda
Producers: Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon, Mark Ciardi, Scott Holroyd
Genre: Drama
Cast: Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Danika Yarosh, Erin Moriarty
Production Company: LD Entertainment
Distributor: LD Entertainment / Mirror

SYNOPSIS
Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girls' volleyball team. After the tragic death of the school's star player Caroline "Line" Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.

THE MIRACLE SEASON Official Channels
WEBSITE: Miracle Season
FACEBOOK: Miracle Season
TWITTER: Miracle Season
INSTAGRAM: Miracle Season
#LiveLikeLine

ABOUT LD ENTERTAINMENT
LD Entertainment is an independent film studio that finances the development and production of elevated and thoughtful films, television and theater. Founded in 2007 by veteran television and film executive Mickey Liddell, LD Entertainment has produced numerous award winning films covering all genres.

LD's recent films include the Academy Award nominated "Jackie", starring Natalie Portman and directed by Pablo Larrain, "The Zookeeper's Wife" starring Jessica Chastain and directed by Niki Caro, and "Megan Leavey" starring Kate Mara and directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Past films include "Anthropoid", with Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, "The Grey" starring Liam Neeson, and "Risen" starring Joseph Fiennes and Cliff Curtis. LD's also produced and received Oscar nominations for the poignant and complex films BIUTIFUL starring Javier Bardem and ALBERT NOBBS starring Glenn Close. LD recently received 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, for the Broadway hit "Dear Evan Hansen."

LD Entertainment is in post on three films: "Dog Days" an ensemble family comedy from director Ken Marino, "Jacob's Ladder" starring Michael Ealy and directed by David Rosenthal, and "Fast Color" directed by Julia Hart and starring GuGu Mbatha-Raw. LD's "Forever My Girl", starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe is set for a wide release in January 2018.

ABOUT MIRROR
Mirror is a theatrical releasing company that believes in allowing creators to maintain individuality with their brands while thoughtfully approaching marketing, publicity, and distribution.

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.