Happy Homemaker Monday 12.11.17

Good Morning!  I’ve been MIA the last couple of weeks.  Not much going on other then the bookkeeping projects I’m working on, but I’m enjoying the work.  We got our first snow this past week, maybe an inch, still some lingering on the grass.  Ben looked up the weather the other day on his tablet, and was so excited because he found that the south and the east coast have been hit by Winter Storm Benji, he was hoping it would come our way, but it didn’t.  Yep, that’s my son, loving that snow! Only two weeks until Christmas!! Hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit.

 Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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RECIPE I WANT TO TRY:

This looks pretty yummy, not sure I’d do it for a party, but something I’d like to try as a side with lasagna or spaghetti for dinner.

 

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This is a video that my oldest son co-produced with one of his friends.  He also did the lighting for it.  What’s fun for me to watch is seeing a couple of his friends as the actors, and some of the video was shot in town.  The guy who plays the “bully” is Josh’s friend he grew up with (he’s really a nice guy, lol), I have known him since he was 10, so I consider him as one of my kids.  I’m able to watch it and see the different details that went into it, knowing they did it on their own.  I’m just excited to see a group of young people working together on a fun project, not to mention the song is the type of music I would have listened to “back in the day,” who am I kidding, I’m still enjoying it today.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

We were able to do our decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving.  We had a nice warm weekend, so I put the lights up outside.  We didn’t officially turn them on until December 1, when our town did their holiday parade and tree lighting.  It’s the same floats each year, but it’s a fun tradition.  I always meet up with my sister and her grown kids.  Our town hall is decked out all in lights again this year.  A lot of the shops in town have decorated their windows for a window contest; some very beautiful displays.  My friend Kathleen owns the t-shirt shop, so they did a clever social media display, where you can go and take an “elfie” with Santa.  So I did that after the parade.  If you then post it, she enters you into a drawing to win a gift card.  A couple of the shops stayed open late after the parade, so Liv and I did a little shopping.  Well she did, my shopping is done.  The other day it was like a conga line outside my house, with the UPS, FedX and USPS trucks lined up to deliver my packages. Okay, maybe not exactly like that, but close. #onlineshopper

Friday night the kids and I went to the “newlywed’s” house, my nephew and his wife, for a Christmas movie night.  We watched The Muppets Christmas Carol, had pizza and holiday snacks with hot cocoa.  Even though we have seen these movies before it’s a fun time enjoying it with family.

 

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This is one of our newest decorations.  We have these built in little nooks in between the living room and dining room.  My mom loves the movie Polar Express.  Livi gave her the tickets for her birthday back in November, and the train was my dad’s.

Even though I have been working a lot.  My little corner in the kitchen is full of holiday cheer, so it’s not so bad working.  Plus this little guy keeps me company, sitting on my laptop.  Livi got that for me when we were out shopping the other night.  Polar Bears and Snowmen, my two favorites!

 

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Happy Homemaker Monday 11.20.17

Good Evening!!  It’s late, but it’s still Monday. 😀 I have two big bookkeeping projects I am working on, so that is what is occupying my time.  Along with planning for Thanksgiving, and figuring out when we’ll get the Christmas decorations up, once Thanksgiving is over.  Looks like Friday will be in the 50’s, so since I am in charge of exterior illumination, I need to take advantage of the nice weather.

Wishing everyone a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving!!

 Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

RECIPE TO SHARE:

This is one of the side dishes I make for Thanksgiving day, that my kids absolutely love.

Homemade Mac-n-Cheese

3 T buter

¼ c flour

1 t. salt

½ t. dry mustard

¼ t. pepper

2 ½ c milk

2 c cheddar cheese

1 c mozzarella cheese

1 box elbow macaroni (16 oz.)

Cook macaroni per box instructions.

In large saucepan, melt butter over low hear.  Stir in flour, salt, mustard and pepper until smoth; take off heat.  Little by little, stir in milk until smooth.  Stir constantly for 10 minutes on heat until thick.  Lower heat stir in cheddar cheese, velveeta cheese, and mozzarella cheese until melted.  Mix in cooked macaroni.

Pour into greased casserole dish.  Sprinkle paprika over the top.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

 

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WHAT’S HAPPENING:

I have also been working on two of my stories.  There’s another Word Weaver Writing Contest for November.  Since I couldn’t decide on which one to choose from, I will be entering both.  There’s still time, the theme is “Relationships.”  Yep, right up my alley 😀  If you’re a writer, this is a fantastic opportunity, there are some really good prizes, and working with Dan is a lot of fun.  He has also added two more “celebrity” judges.  You can find all the information here.

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Happy Homemaker Monday 11.13.17

Good Afternoon!!  I missed last week, as I was recouping from a stomach virus.  Ugh!!  It hit the whole house, but it’s that time of year.  Hopefully we will be healthy for the holidays, as we have had the cold/flu here already too.  We did get our first sight of snow, but it barely left a trace, so I really don’t consider that the first snow, lol.  Looking forward to those first couple of inches with those big beautiful fluffy flakes.

Hope everyone has a great week.  Stay warm and stay healthy!!

 Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

Breakfast Sausage Sliders.  I have been doing breakfast for dinner lately making pancakes, eggs and sausage.  These look really good too, I don’t think I would use the Monterey Jack cheese though, that seems too cheesy for me.

 

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 WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Not much is going on.  I’ve spent the last week getting caught up on stuff.  With the holidays coming, our town will have it’s usual holiday parade, and all the decorations will be going up around town.  Recently a new coffee shop opened up, which we have needed in our town for some time.  It’s actually just a block away from me, so I can walk on over and enjoy the atmosphere, and a nice cup of joe.  My oldest son has been wanting to write screen plays, so he goes over there to do his writing, and I’ve been doing some writing there as well.  We both agree it has a bit of a “Friends” vibe to it.

 

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Happy Homemaker Monday 10.30.17

Good Afternoon!!  Happy Halloween!!  Looks like a sunny but very chilly day for tomorrow, but I am sure that won’t stop the Trick-or-treaters out here.  This will be our fifth Halloween here, and it still amazes me how many kids will come by.  Last year my mom had gotten about 450 pieces of candy, and we ran out around 6:30 pm.  That’s with giving each kid one piece.  It’s fun to see the costumes, and it’s nice to see that kids still have fun doing this. The boys had fun carving their pumpkins.  Check out FAVORITE PICS to see their master pieces.

Hope everyone has a great week!!  We gain an hour at the end of the week. Woo Hoo!!

 Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

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RECIPE I’D LIKE TO TRY:

This looks really good.  Low Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower.  I’m not a big vegetable person, but I do love cauliflower, and with bacon? Yes please!!  Found at Kalyns Kitchen.

https://www.facebook.com/LowCarbZen/videos/10155778399208908/

 

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I find this so interesting, and would love to do this.  Elijah and I have been looking into our family tree, it’s his year long school project for History. The school has given us full access to ancestry.com so that we can research.  But I think these DNA results would be even more fascinating.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Since Friday, I have been participating in a Halloween Hop on FB.  What is a Halloween Hop you say?  It is a group of authors/bloggers joining together and sharing their published works, and offering some giveaways from Friday until Tuesday.  It is called a Hop, because we end our posts with a link to the next author to “hop” on over to visit.  Follow all the links and it creates a complete circle, and you’ll end up back at my page.  Here is the link to my FB page, I am offering a chance to win a paperback copy of The Box Under the Bed.  Other authors are offering gift cards or some other gifts, to enter the giveaways, you just have to like and/or comment, it’s fun!!

https://www.facebook.com/CarrieAnnAlexis2017

It’s a good time for a creepy read!!  Once all the candy is passed out, the costumes are put away, and the kids have come down from their sugar high…curl up with some hot cocoa and a good book.

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