Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Menu & Goals

Happy Thanksgiving! I feel a bit odd that I'm not cooking much this week, but I have enough cooking coming up that I'm kind of relishing it too.

Mon -- Nacho bar
Tue -- Chicken & rice soup
Wed -- Vegetable beef soup
Thu -- Thanksgiving with friends, I'm bringing a pecan pie
Fri -- Pizza & salad

Breakfasts -- yogurt, apple sauce bread, fresh juice, hard boiled eggs

Lunches -- Salad, leftovers, cheese and crackers

Linked to: Menu Plan Monday

Last week's goals:
1) Iron {I started!}
2) Figure out activities for daughter's birthday party
3) Clean out daughter's room for big girl bed
4) Clean out guest bedroom
5) Make 8 loaves of bread to freeze for gifts

This week's goals:
Relax a bit and finish up what I didn't do last week.

Have a great week!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pre Holiday Cleaning

Researching my various holiday cooking requirements has given me a kick in the pants to clean out my cookbook collection again. I'm one of those people who would have a kitchen full if I could, and since I have a few new ones on my Christmas list I had to make room.

I went through yesterday and spent five minutes posting my books on For books I've had great success with paperbackswap.com, cash4books.net, and the amazon trade in program.  Four out of five had new homes within minutes!  This weekend I'll spend a half hour wrapping them, and they'll be at the post office by Monday morning.

I've also been cleaning out my closet. thredUP is kind of like an online consignment store -- you can go on there now and buy what you want.  But, to get the most bang for your buck, I suggest you first send them some of your kids' outgrown clothes.  They'll price them and give you credit right away.  There's no waiting for stuff to sell like at a traditional consignment shop.  You can either use the credits right there in the store, or have it applied to your PayPal account.

****Note: They're quite picky, so follow the rules they send with the bag.  Don't get upset with them, you'll get the same great quality back when you shop.

Moxie Jean is similar to thredUP, but I've found they are a little more flexible with taking clothes out of season.  Unfortunately they aren't taking new items right now, but you can sign up to be on their waiting list.  I first found them through a daily deal site, so keep your eyes out for that.

Are you cleaning out ahead of the holidays?

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Specials

Christmas cookies are no good without good movies to watch and stories to read while sitting by the tree. With that in mind, I went on a holds binge at the public library earlier this week. We own a lot of books and movies, but I wanted to spice up our collection. Here is what will be waiting for me at the library over the next month or so:

Movies:



Don't turn me into the authorities, but my kids have never seen A Charlie Brown Christmas.




Another piece of my misspent youth, I'm looking forward to watching Mickey's Christmas Carol and introducing my kids to Mickey beyond the club house.




I know my son will get a kick out of Home Alone. I just hope it doesn't inspire him to set too many traps around the house!

Books:




I could spend hours looking at all of Richard Scarry's drawings.




When I was a kid the only part of The Twelve Days of Christmas I could remember was five golden rings. These illustrations will help my kids remember better.




We've been reading all of the little house books this year, and I'm excited to revisit Christmas in the Big Woods,

What are you reading and watching this year?

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Festive Make Ahead Treats



Part of my strategy for enjoying the holidays is getting as much as possible done in November. That includes filling my freezer with everything from party nibbles, to gifts, to light meals to balance all of the butter and cream. Here are a few of my go to recipes.

For Parties:

To Gift:

Cookies For Santa:

Light Meals to Balance Out The Butter:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Menu & Goals

I'm scraping the bottom of the freezer to make room for turkeys and cookie dough.

Mon -- Sweet potato pierogies and chorizo, carrots
Tue -- Taco soup, salad
Wed -- Leftover buffet
Thu -- Garden soup, salad
Fri -- Pizza, salad

Breakfasts -- yogurt, apple sauce bread, fresh juice, hard boiled eggs

Lunches -- Salad, leftovers, cheese and crackers

Linked to: Menu Plan Monday

Last week's goals

1) Finish master menus & shopping list for holidays
2) Iron
3) Complete another crockpot freezer cooking session
4) Write and publish the final book review that I owe
5) Finish invites for Daughter's bday party

This week's goals

1) Iron
2) Figure out activities for daughter's birthday party
3) Clean out daughter's room for big girl bed
4) Clean out guest bedroom
5) Make 8 loaves of bread to freeze for gifts

Have a great week!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Twitterature November 2014

I'm so in need of a Twitterature this month that I decided to post a day early. I'm hoping to find a few gorgeous novels that will sweep me away and make me forget about all of the metro delays I've been running into lately!


This is the book that I will spend the rest of the year recommending to everyone I know and buying everyone for Christmas. If you were the type to pick holes in the science of Gravity (the movie not the theory) try The Martian.



I like Maisie Dobbs a lot, and can't wait to read more. This mystery that read like a novel reminds me of the Mary Russell series.



One Plus One was a super fun math meets romance escape from reality. It was my first Jojo Moynes book -- I've heard the other ones are less light so I'm putting them off for a while.



Reading Shopaholic to the Stars was like catching up with an old friend from my 20's. These books don't seem to have change over the 15 or so years I've been reading them. That's a good thing.



I'll always remember The Long Winter as the one where Ma finally loses it with Pa. I read this as a read aloud with my 6 year old, and we both enjoyed it.

Visit The Modern Mrs. Darcy's monthly reading link up to see what this is all about.  If you want to see all of the books I've read this year (97 so far!) check out my Pinterest page.
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