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Today was a Day of Relaxing… We did take down the tree (Answer the cat was climbing it) and we cleaned out ALL DRESSERS belonging to kiddletts- Boy, do I have a few bags ready for Goodwill this next week. Lar clipped all of my coupons and I entered them into the computer. (we use www.TheGroceryGame.com and www.PracticalSaver.com).
And that was about it… I tell you, I needed a day like this! 🙂
The girls and I got our shopping lists ready for Elsie Flannigan’s Style School (Loni got me to sign up for this class… I am REALLY looking forward to it)
And we made a few Hair clips for the girls. I LOVE having Girls… Especially for the girly things that we make together!
I hope that everyone had a FANTASTIC Christmas. It was a bit sad for me, as this is the first Christmas without my Grandma. I so missed her, although it was GREAT to see my mom put up a handful of her santa’s. My Grandma collected Santas. (I will have to take photos to post).
Here is a RECAP of our Christmas this year.
I hope that everyone had a GREAT holiday as our family did. 🙂
It’s Christmas Eve and the countdown to Jesus’ birthday has ended.
For our family, we are going to a Christmas eve service at the Heights Church here in Prescott. We are making our annual Lasagna (I am making white Chicken this year) and We open one present tonight… PJ’s so that kids are in “new” jammies tomorrow morning for photos.
We read T’was the Night Before Christmas AND the Birth of Jesus.
I found this AWESOME article online: http://www.scrapjazz.com/topics/Themes/Holidays/Christmas/2500.php
I have been using empty paint cans for YEARS. Out local Ace Hardware carries them for less than $5 each. Here is the article!!
Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas
by Georgina Hefferman (Dec 7, 2009)
It doesn’t matter how organized you think you are, when it comes to Christmas gifts there will always be someone you have forgotten, such as a friend, a child’s teacher or a work colleague. It can be useful to have a few spare gifts on hand – a box of chocolates or pampering set for example – but these can seem quite impersonal and if you do not use them this Christmas you will have them hanging around your house for years to come. Before you know it, the gift is out-of-date and you end up throwing it out with the trash or donating it to a raffle. Yes, I am speaking from experience! Anyway, it is nice to give a thoughtful gift, but also one that has a meaning for the recipient.
I have discovered a great way to plan for these last-minute gifts, but without the worry of any waste and by using things you will probably find around your house already.
It is a really simple idea but one that you can jazz up as much or little as you like. My tip? Go and purchase some glass jars. That’s it. You can pick them up for very little money when you are doing your weekly shop, they are easy to store in a pantry or in a cupboard and you can use them for all kinds of storage solutions from dried pasta in the kitchen to buttons in your craft room – if you don’t use them for gift giving.
Now of course, the jar on its own wouldn’t make a very good gift, but it’s what you put inside that counts.
Here are some ideas for what you could put inside:
When you start thinking about things you could put in a jar, you will realise the possibilities are endless. You can make your jars look pretty by delving into your stash and decorating the outside with patterned paper, ribbon and a tag explaining what is inside. Cover the lids with pretty material or stickers. You could create a few jars for one person and present them in a gift basket with some shredded paper and cellophane wrap, You could etch the glass jar with the initials of the person you are giving the gift to using a product called Armour Etch. In addition you could add a touch of Christmas with flowers, candy or cinnamon sticks.
If you haven’t got jars, then you may find some of your scrapbook packaging would be useful for the same thing. I have used some old Prima flower mini paint buckets that I have decorated and then filled with homemade chocolates and peppermint creams. Here are the recipes.
1 egg white, peppermint essence to taste and icing/powdered sugar. Mix it all to make firm dough, roll mini balls and chill.
You need: 300g plain chopped chocolate, 1/2 cup of cream, 2 tablespoons of brandy, 90g of butter. Melt the cream and butter and bring to a boil, pour over the chopped-up chocolate and when stirred smooth add the brandy. Stick it in the fridge and stir occasionally. After about an hour it will be firm enough for you to mold into shapes and then roll in cocoa powder. Chill and voila!
1 packet of Oreo cookies, powdered sugar, an 8 oz package of cream cheese and melted chocolate to coat. Crush the cookies in a food processor until finely crumbled. Mix in a spoon of powdered sugar and the package of cream cheese. Mold into balls and chill in the freezer while you melt the chocolate. Cover the balls in melted chocolate and chill again.
I hope that helps you with your last-minute gift giving. Have a great Christmas!
Time for making it easier at the end of the week!!
We are making a casserole … Making it easier for the next few days. Here is a YUMMY ONE!!!
Brown 1 pound Hamburger with one onion. Add 2 cans of black beans and 1 can of diced chopped tomatoes, 1/2 c of green enchilada sauce and garlic and pepper to taste. Let simmer and bubble.
Blend 1 block of Cream Cheese and 1 medium can of diced chilies. Stir in Cilantro to taste. Spread evenly on 12 flour tortillas, folded in half with the mixture on the inside and layer them in a 9×13 glass dish.
Pour the meat mixture over the top of the tortillas. Add a layer of cheese, a layer of plain tortillas, another layer of cheese and the rest of the enchilada sauce that you have left over. (I normally buy a meduim size can.
Bake for 40 minutes on 350 or until the middle if hot and bubbily.
Serve with Sour Cream and guacamole.
By the way… this freezes AWESOME!
Everyday, we do a new mini craft or a project in our house. December of course is 100% Christmas themed.
GREAT SITE to find kid friendly activities – http://familyfun.go.com/christmas/ – I have been getting their magazine, didn’t realize that there were SO MANY ideas online from their magazine!!!