Wednesday, June 1, 2016

{A New Month}

A new month.
A fresh start.
30 days in which to......

Find a new wine.
Try a new flavor of creamer.
Read a book off my ever growing list.
Read a leadership book.
Find a new show on Netflix to binge on.
Plan our next road trip.
Lose 3 pounds.
Get 16,000 steps in each day on my FitBit.
Find a new podcast to listen to.
Develop a new discipline.
Make something new for dinner.
Try a pin or two off one of my Pinterest boards.
Get caught up on Call The Midwife.
Walk to get an ice cream treat from the gas station in our neighborhood.
Treat myself to a new summer outfit.
Invite a friend out for coffee.
Sign up for golf lessons.
Download some new music for my car.
Get a much needed pedicure.
Read a book in my bible.
Talk to someone new.
Start a prayer journal.
Go get a lemonade from Wendy's.
Send someone a text and tell them I'm thinking of them.
Kick a bad habit.
Find a new route for my daily walks.
And finally......clean out a closet!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

{The Thirteenth Day Of Christmas}

The Thirteenth Day Of Christmas was all about baking. And cookie decorating. And listening to Christmas music as we decorated our cookies. Then ordering pizza for dinner because we were not organized to actually cook anything after all of our baking and cookie decorating.

Friday, December 11, 2015

{The Eleventh Day Of Christmas}

The Eleventh Day Of Christmas we were supposed to go see a somewhat local production of "A Christmas Carol" but that fell through, so we stayed home. Which actually worked out fine, because three of the five of us had colds. And two of the five of us had been out Christmas shopping all day long. So, we stayed home and recuperated while we ate buffalo wings for dinner. Sad but true? We had our pj's on by 6:00pm and vegged the rest of the night in front of the TV. But our pajamas were our Christmas themed ones, so that counts! :)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

{3 Easy Fudge Recipes}

"For the love of fudge."
"Oh fuuuudddgge."
"Great Fudge!"

All titles I could've given this post. And yet? I chose "3 Easy Fudge Recipes" as my title. Go figure. All the same, I love fudge. I have for as long as I can remember.

Then again, maybe it isn't so much about actually loving fudge as it is the memories it gives me. To this day I can't not think about my grandma when I think about fudge. I remember her always making it at Christmas time. And she made it the good way. The labor intensive way. The from scratch way. My mother-in-law always made fudge from scratch at Christmas time too; and hers was always just as good as my grandma's.

But me? Yeah. I hate making it. I do still enjoy eating it. Especially when it's washed down with a big ol' glass of milk. And I do consider it a staple as far as Christmas baking goes. But you'll never find me putting all that love attention into making it. So, it's a lucky thing that over the years I have found three super easy recipes to use. All three take very little time. All three take very few ingredients. And best of all, all three take very little effort!

Semi-Homemade Recipe #1
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can condensed milk
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
In a saucepan, over low heat, melt chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Spread evenly into a foil lined 8 or 9 inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Turn fudge onto cutting board, peel off foil, cut into squares and enjoy.

Semi-Homemade Recipe #2
2 packages of chocolate chips
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons of butter

Combine all three ingredients in a microwaveable bowl and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir till smooth and combined. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan (for thinner fudge) or a 9x9 pan (for thicker fudge) and chill.

Semi-Homemade Recipe #3
1 bag of chocolate chips
1 can of frosting 
Pinch of salt
Dash of vanilla

Pour chocolate chips in microwavable bowl. Microwave in one minute intervals. Stirring in between until chips are melted. Add the frosting to melted chocolate. Stir to combine.  Add a dash of vanilla and a pinch of salt. Microwave for one minute. Stir again then pour into greased 8x8 pan. Chill till set.

So while my kids may never remember how I slaved over making homemade fudge every Christmas, they will remember that I made it. And that they liked it. And that I even taught them how to make it!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

{The Eighth Day Of Christmas}

For the eighth day of Christmas we got our pajamas on early and enjoyed a quiet evening at home watching Polar Express on ABC Family by treelight as we ate a dinner of crockpot meatball subs, potato chips and canned peaches.

1 Bag Of Frozen Meatballs
1 Jar Of Your Favorite Spaghetti Sauce
1 Package Of Hot Dog Buns

Empty bag of meatballs into crockpot. Pour Spaghetti sauce over the meatballs. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Spoon onto hot dog buns when you're ready to eat.  Top with shredded mozarella cheese or sprinkle with parmesan cheese if you want.