Sunday, December 12, 2010
Hi..what a weekend..yesterday I wrapped a bunch of gifts, checked the herd with hubby, watched the oil rig move out, made pistachio salad and a cookie tray for the pot luck party.
The party was lots of fun, the community center was almost full..it was a retirement party for the local tire man who had been in business for over 30 years in our community. After the pot luck supper there were speeches and a roast..the guys were hilarious and told a lot of jokes and stories..had us wiping away tears from laughing so much! We sat with some friends that are neighbors and we had a great visit :) Then a musical jam session was a big hit , that also included dancing for anyone who wanted. We were ready to leave by 10 pm since today was another busy day.
We drove up to our daughter's about 4 hours away to celebrate my littlest granddaughter's 6th birthday..we had bbq burgers and veggies and salads. my son and his girlfriend were also there, and great-grandparents and the other grandparents. Everyone had a great time but the weather was really cold and then quite stormy almost the whole way home!!!
Now it's still stormy outside and very cold with the wind chill so I'm cuddled in pjs on the couch, having hot cocoa watching the glow of the Christmas tree lights..hubby even made a fire in the family room wood stove so it's quite cozy here..hope you're all keeping warm, where ever you are :)
I think tomorrow I'll try to catch up on my food and exercise logs, wrap the last of the gifts, do a bit more cleaning and decorating. Tuesday we have hubby's pasture Christmas party at Weyburn so I can pick up any last minute things I need for my early Christmas on the 18th. I sure hope the weather is better than today..I worry about the kids travelling!!
Well I think I should call it a night..it's been a fun and hectic weekend. Once I finish my decorating I'll post some pictures, I've been enjoying others blogs with Christmas trees and decorating..like a virtual open house or virtual progressive party!!
Keep on Sparkin'...
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Hi..I don't think I burned many calories on my Christmas baking marathon but at least I didn't burn any cookies!! haha!! The new stove works great and I got so much done! I made 14 different things..3 kinds of shortbread, poppy cock, fruit roll, toffee corn flakes, chocolate fudge with crushed candy canes on top, truffles, chipit noel crisps, cherry pecan cookies, peanut butter blossoms, that slice that has melted butterscotch chips, peanut butter and colored mini marshmallows..I call Auntie Bea's slice..after my Auntie, also the dough for sugar cookies and gingerbread men is chilling in the fridge for tomorrow. I have a few more things to bake..about 6 more and I'll be done :)
Instead of tea I'm having some water since I'm really thirsty..we went out for supper tonight and I had some french fries that were salty. We went in to town this afternoon to pick up some mini blinds for the living room and bathroom..they look really nice!! I asked hubby to go out for supper since I was pretty sick of the kitchen and cleaning up..a marathon baking is followed by a marathon clean up :)
If any one wants the recipes for any of my Christmas favorites just let me know and I'll post them on my blog..What are some of your favorite Christmas goodies? I'm always looking for new, yummy things. I have a couple new recipes to try gingerbread spritz and mint chocolate chip cookies :)
The treats yet to make are swedish tea ring for Christmas morning, maple pecan fudge, tarts..butter and pecan, and swedish raspberry delights!
I have special containers for each kind of treat and I'll also give a lot of them away..2 close friends are getting gift boxes filled with baking ..they are both working off the farm and one has a special needs son (her daughter also found out she's having triplets!! in March and she has 2 kids already!) I also want to make up a baking gift box for a slo-pitch team friend whose mother and sister have both just been diagnosed with cancer. I'll also give lots to my kids!!! And we'll have treats to last until spring :) especially since I won't be eating many myself...
I'm too pooped to drag out my Christmas tree tonight..the couch and lap top were calling out to me , so here I sit..tomorrow is another day :)
I should go enter my food on my tracker and then head to bed..Keep on Sparkin' and hope your Christmas preparations are coming along like mine :)
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Hi..home from Weyburn where I pretty much finished up Christmas shopping and bought most of the remaining groceries for our Christmas feast on the 18th!! I also found yummy new tea..Chocolatey Mint!!! I'm relaxing with a pot right now, I also made extra for hubby :)
Before we left I shampooed the living room furniture so it was all clean and dry when I got home :) Hubby had an appointment so we left around 8:30 a.m. Then we had lunch with the in-laws. Saw lots of friends so spent lots of time visiting :)
When we got home hubby checked the herd and moved them home..they're pretty well done fall grazing on the fields so now they'll be on the swath grazing for a month or more. While over there he stopped to visit at the oil rig and they are finished drilling and will set the rig down tonight and move out Saturday, next comes the service rig to see if it's a producer...
While he was gone I made supper..frozen meatballs in sweet and sour sauce and brown rice..I had a bit but mostly a spinach salad since we had lunch at KFC!! Then I put away the shopping and sorted gifts into gift bags and put the "stocking stuffers" into $ store cloth bags since no one will be here Christmas morning!! I found some really cute decorations..just what I don't need is more Christmas decorations...but I bought 2 anyway..a little stuffed cowboy santa in a cowboy boot stocking that was $4.50 then 20% off, also a cute tin wreath with a snowman on it for the front door...which was quite cheap too and 20% off, too.
I did a bit of decorating, tomorrow we'll run to town and pick up some mini blinds I ordered for the living room..then I can put up my tree..I put it in front of the window. Actually I cheat and when I put it away I wrapped it in a sheet and shoved it in the spare room's closet!!! So I just have to drag it out and fluff it up a bit.
After supper I was relaxing with a couple of new magazines I got..one of my many guilty pleasures..at least it's a non calorie one :) except for all the yummy Christmas baking ideas. I hope to start my Christmas baking tomorrow..should be able to get most of it done in a couple of days :) Then I'll have a variety of cookies to take to my daughter's on the weekend. It'll be fun using my new stove :)
Thanks to everyone who's been stopping by for tea and a chat..also for the compliments on my living room painting..I'll post some more pictures when I get it decorated :) I hope your December is going as planned..my goals are coming along nicely..weight is holding steady, my goal is to be down 2 pounds by the end of December so it's just mostly to maintain!! I have hardly had any time to ride my bike tho...that might be more of a January thing!!
It just occurred to me if we have all these people come at once for the 18th I will have to use the inflatable camping mattress for some of them!! We have a tiny house, not too bad for the 2 of us, and even for when we had 3 kids at home..but now they're all bringing significant other's and oldest daughter has 2 kids!! That's 8 extra people to find room for!! Quite a few years ago my oldest sister and her husband and 6 of her 7 kids and one fiancé came and stayed the week between Christmas and New Year's. The funnest part was one bathroom!! Hubby's best idea was to close the door and start a line!! haha!!
Well, I really should finish up my tea and this blog and head to bed...have a great day tomorrow..and keep on Sparkin'
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