Happy Valentines ??

If this month doesn’t slow down, I’m going to be addressing Valentines before I get all my Christmas cards done.

Crazy Kids

Crazy Kids

This weekend I shopped, CHEERED FOR THE SOONERS!!, ruined a batch of “Puppy Chow”, took Lexi to see the play “The Nutcracker”, went to dinner and now it is Monday.   I’m the organized,efficient one and my time is disappearing – so for those of you who fly by the seat of your pants – my brain freezes over thinking about it.

I am looking at making a major life change after the first of the year.  Necessity – but I feel a calming peace.  No details, but please pray for us.

Today I am sewing.   I am not even putting on my shoes today.  Call me or drop by with your ripper and a SF Mocha Latte – but I am focused on marking a few things OFF my list.

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Puppy Chow

1 (12 oz.) box chex type cereal (I’ve used rice and corn Chex and Crispex)
1 (12 oz.) semi-sweet morsels  (I’ve used milk choc)
1 c. peanut butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 stick (8 tbsp.) butter
1 lb. powdered sugar
  • Melt together chocolate chips, peanut butter, vanilla and butter. (stove top or microwave)
  • In a large paper grocery bag, pour 1/2 of the powdered sugar.
  • Add the cereal
  • Pour chocolate mixture on top and add remainder of powdered sugar.
  • Roll up bag and shake, shake, shake.
  • Sample and whats left:   Store in airtight container.

Chex Mix

I make several batches of this to munch on as well as give away.  Yesterday, I found Chex cereal for $1.59 at our local Buy For Less.  On the wheat Chex box was a peelable coupon for buy 3/ $3.00 off.   Add seasoning, mixed nuts and pretzels – and you have a delicious, economical holiday treat!

Lori reminded me about making Puppy Chow.  <–click for recipe

Savings can be applied to elastic waist fat pants purchase.  🙂

Our Advent Tree

A certain handsome, otherwise sensible male adult in our household who shall remain nameless, has used the above pictured hideous substance since he was a hormonal teenager.   My duty-driven 10 year old daughter, the official light helper, tree trimmer and recycle queen thought there had to be a way to reuse the plastic containers.

Behold….

Our Advent Tree

A Bible verse is affixed inside each lid and a small treat tucked in each day.  We cut out circles and mod-podged them to each lid.  (After soaking out the wintergreen scent and pulling off the labels).  A hole was drilled in the bottom of each plastic bottom and we screwed them onto a piece of thin plywood.  We can reuse this year to year.

A Tree in the Living Room

We put up our tree in small increments this year.  The installment plan.  The kids and I got the tree upright and waited on Keith to put on the lights.  Lexi is his official helper.

Lexi is the official decorator.

She had some help from Paul Bunyon.  Maybe 3 ornaments and a photo shot worth.

I’d say she did a pretty darn good job!  Thank you Lexi!

Our rotating Christmas tree.

Thankful Weekend

Lexi and Grandma made Turkey Cupcakes.

On Thanksgiving morning, we went to my niece’s home in Norman.

Here are our men, after chopping the firewood and hunting wild game for our Thanksgiving meal.

While the girls peeled, whisked and ground the corn.

4 generations of women prepared enough food for 5 generations with enough for leftovers.  Big  John braved the kitchen to carve the turkey.

Then there was this.

even Nicholas joined in the snooze fest.

No rest for the ladies – we were up at 3:15 A.M. the following morning for our annual pilgrimage to shopping centers.

Then the highlight of the holiday – Sam Bradford and the Sooners.   Thanks for sharing this picture Des!

GO OKLAHOMA!!

Over the meadow and through the woods..

to Grandmother’s house we went.

The weekend before Thanksgiving, we took a much needed break to visit Keith’s family in Missouri.  This is the view from his parent’s back deck.   Peace and quiet with lots of critters to observe.   We had a good visit and they even get Oklahoma football here in the wilderness!   Oklahoma 65 – Texas Tech 21.  Ouch.