Thursday, November 29, 2007

BFS #10

Part A: Please share your Favorite Christmas/Holiday Cookie Recipe(s)!
Part B: Share a memory, story or tradition about baking any Christmas/Holiday goodies.
Part C: Share a verse that is upon your heart this week.

My FAVORITE Christmas/Holiday Cookie Recipe would be a recipe I found off of
several years ago...and that would be... (I try to make some soon and post a pic)
1 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon*
2 teaspoons cloves*
2 teaspoons ginger*

Cream together butter, sugar, and molasses. Add eggs and mix again. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Roll into small balls and then roll in sugar. Bake at 375*F for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 6 dozen.

*Can add more to your desired taste

These are great dipped in white almond bark!

I have two memories...One memory I have is about those cookies above...When we lived up in WA I made goodie bags for everyone that worked with my of the things I put in the bag was those cookies. Our friend, Jesse, liked them and I can't remember if he asked for more and I made them a bag full or exactly what...but I remember that somehow Jesse got more...he and Adrienne car pooled to work together and one evening they got stuck in traffic. Adrienne was really hungry and happen to have received a batch of my cookies that day...Mr. Jesse didn't even have a chance...Adrienne ate them all!!! LOL!!!

A FAVORITE Christmas baking memory is when we were living in our RV for a time, and came back to TX while dh had to work in AZ (or was it WA? LOL!!!) We stayed in our RV down the road from some dear friends (the one's I wrote about the other day in Houston). My friend, M, and I decided we would have a baking day. It was SO much fun...we made sure we made lots of cookies and I took lots of pictures! I even threw flour on everyone to make it look like we were hard at work (you know like the old Rice Krispies Treat commercial)

A Verse...

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.


I've been trying to change my template...that's not a problem...figuring out how to save my widgets are...everytime I go to change the template and save the widgets I get some weird code...~C you out there to help me? :) anyone??? I want a nice Christmas template...not that I don't like this one, but it's time to move into the Christmas season...or at least a party mode-since my bday is getting closer...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007's what for Breakfast...

Last night dh and I along with dd#2 and ds went over to see some old friends. Dh has known this couple since before I even knew him. They are a wonderful Christian couple. They've been married for 25+ years, but have never had any children. we asked them if they would like to go out for dinner...they said they really would rather have us come over and have some pizza. No problem, my kids love pizza and then we can hang out and visit instead of feeling rushed. When we got there, the pizza had already been ordered. I walked into the kitchen and T is pulling pizza out of the oven. Not one pizza, but two, three, four, five, six, seven...SEVEN PIZZAS....LOL!!!! There was the four of us and the two of pizzas???? Who was gonna eat all that??? I called dh in the kitchen and he asked, "T, good grief...why'd you order so much?" LOL... Her response was something like, "Well, I didn't know if St (#1dd) was gonna be with you guys or not and then everyone likes different pizzas...I got a couple pepperoni pizzas, and then a couple combos, a couple other kinds...we need a varation." After we finished eating...I went into the kitchen to tidy up a bit...there was four and a half pizzas left over...LOL...they tried to send some home with us...the kids took a I figure T and J will be eating pizza for a while. :P

Monday, November 26, 2007's MONDAY....

It's Monday after Thanksgiving...I'm tired...I have stuff to do...I'm not sure if this is worse than a regular Monday or not...or IS this a regualr Monday? I don't think so...a Monday after a holiday is definitely NOT a regular Monday...but this much is is still the day the LORD has made...I WILL rejoice and be glad in it. Blessings to all of you!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Black Friday...

This year I had most of my Christmas shopping done at least well over two weeks Black Friday wasn't as exciting as usual. We had planned on going to the outlet mall at midnight Thursday, but then changed our minds...partly because we were tired and partly because we were expecting company...friends from we ended up heading out to the new Target (and thankfully not near the mall) at about 5:15...the doors open at we had to wait...not a long line...dh and I sent the kids out to wait...well they were the ones that wanted to go to Target and look for some special on PSP...okay, now before you all think we are the most horrible parents on the face of the was our 20 yr old dd and her bro (our 11 yos) decided to stand out with her...Goodness knows why dd wants a PSP...whatever...and it was in the middle 30's so they didn't freeze to death...yes, THAT is cold in TX...but mind you we did spend some time in Alaska, during the winter, a few years ago...and the two can't be compared!!! Anyhow...we went to Target...the PSP that dd wanted they either didn't have or only had so few (it was a limited quantity thing) that they were gone before they had time to run back there...I got the kids Electronic Monopoly and Electronic Life and a remote Dodge Charger for dh...

We went out for breakfast at IHOP and then headed over to Sports Authority...I got a Bowflex for my birthday/Christmas present...I've been wanting one for a couple of was on sale for $499...I think the regular price was $ I feel I got a pretty good deal...

We headed over to Costco for some meat and other supplies...we are expecting company...remember? When I went in I got a nice cookbook-I guess a thank you to their members...

Then we headed home...put stuff away...needed go back and pick up the Bowflex in dh's truck and get some veggies and stuff from the store. We went over to Walmart...(yes, for the readers that know me or read my old blog...I still shop at Walmart, but NOT near as often as I use to...I do most of my grocery shopping at HEB and anything else I try to get at Target...but every once in awhile...I do make my way to Walmart....) as I was walking out I ran into our friends that were coming to our house...well I ran into Mr. and 3 boys...Mrs.decided not to come...WHAT? decided NOT to come??? yet allows her dh and 3 of her 4 boys to come...what was she thinking???? and she CONSIDERS herself one of my friends? hmmmm....I must re-evaluate our friendship...anyone that knows me knows I don't do well with all boys...especially hers... :P

Monday, November 19, 2007


Bountiful Blessings

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Part A: Share at least 3 “Bountiful Blessings” that the Lord has abundantly provided. WOW! This one is very many things to be thankful for. A beautiful and loving family...great and caring friends...a beautiful home, my dh's great job, we are blessed to be a blessing...a wonderful church and pastor, a blessed summer filled with great memories of places we hadn't seen very many things...returning home and being back with my oldest dd, whom I missed dearly over the summer...I could just go on and on...great health...clothes, food, the opportunity to homeschool my children in the land of the free and the home of the brave...and that's just to name a few!!!

Part B: Share your Thanksgiving Feast {past or present} You may use Photos, menus, recipes, activities, traditions…Be creative! –”Who carves the turky?”, “Do you save the wishbone?”, “What do you serve for dessert?”, “Who hosts the Thanksgiving dinner in your family” ….my favorite…”What do you do with all those leftovers?”

Thanksgiving is usually different every year...last year we went to my brother and sil's...I've never seen so much food for Thanksgiving in my life! (and I usually cook quite a bit!LOL) Here's a pic of my bro and sil at Christmas a few years ago...(just sharing a pic of them)

Before that we had Thanksgiving at my house for a year or two and before that we went over to my dad and A's (my step mom) for Thanksgiving for about 3-4 years...Here's a pic of all together.

I think this wasThanksgiving 2001...that was the same year my grandma past away a few weeks before I'm posting a pic of her too...(we weren't that close, but I am reminded of her at this time of the year)

One Thanksgiving we spent on the road in Las Vegas! I got prime rib that year! That year I learned you could walk through a casino with kids to get to a restaurant!

My dh use to work shift work and often times we weren't together for Thanksgiving...that was so long ago now, I really don't remember what dd and I use to do.

If I cook we usually have...Veggie Tray, Raspberry Chipotle with Crackers, Turkey, Mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, creamed peas or broccoli (at least 2 of the 3), stuffing, cranberries, rolls, Pecan pie, Pumpkin pie, and Pumpkin cheesecake...My dh usually carves the turkey.

We don't usually save the wishbone...I think my kids use to break it...but I really don't remember...when I was a kid I remember my mom would dry it out and if I remember correctly one year she put silver glitter on it to put on the Christmas tree-weird...but I could be wrong...LOL!

LEFTOVERS...some usually get sent home and we keep some for ourselves...I tried to get rid of most of them by giving them away though...and I've learned over the years not to cook as much so we don't end up throwing tons away, after tiring from eating them for days...this year I look forward to trying to make one of the most delicious sandwiches I had when we were up in WA state. It was a turkey sandwich with cream cheese, cranberry sauce, I can't think of what kind of cheese right now and red onions! It was the best sandwich I've ever I'm anxious to try it!!! YUM!!!
I always make sure to get the Thanksgiving Day paper so I can get up early the next day and go shopping! I love to shop on Black Friday!!!

Part C: Post a Scripture that reminds you of your blessings!
1 Chronicles 16:8Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done


1 Chronicles 16:34Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever


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