Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

This year I did not send out Christmas cards. Judging from my mailbox, many people didn't. Or maybe I just didn't get too many. :) Anyway, I just wanted to share some photos I took of the kids. I took them to the park earlier in the week to get some pictures for a project. It was a lot of fun and I was really happy with how they turned out.

December 2009

Big Brother

Big Sister

Lil' Sister

From our family to yours, may your CHRISTmas be merry and your new year be filled with HIS love!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Eating Guide-Just for Giggles

A friend emailed this to me and I had to share!

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, likefrosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like Pumpkin, have two apples and one Pecan. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention.

Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate and wine in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!" Have a great holiday season!!

Merry Christmas !!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Menu Plan Monday 12/14

Menu Plan Monday 12/14/2009
I am hoping for an easy week. Last week of work for a couple of weeks! :) I am looking forward to using the most of my two weeks off and stocking up my freezer with OAMC meals and breakfasts. So come back next week and see what I will be making! Here is this week...
Tuesday - Left over pork loin(thanks dad), mashed potatoes
Wednesday - Teryaki meatballs and rice
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - Tostada night
Saturday - Soccer party
Remember to stop by for many wonderful recipe plans!

This morning I made zucchini muffins. Here is the yummy recipe.
Mix together:
3 eggs - beaten
3/4 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups zucchini-grated
2 tsp. vanilla
Mix together in separate bowl:
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/ tsp baking powder
Add dry ingredients to zucchini and mix well.
Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes in paper lined muffin pan or bake 1 hour for loaf.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

It has been WAY too ling since I have done MPM. I love menu planning. It saves me time, keeps me organized, and makes me feel better. Time has really gotten away from me. I am hoping to keep up with this now. I really need to! Be sure to stop by for hundreds of recipes!

Wednesday - BLT's
Thursday - Girl Scout pot luck
Friday - Tostada night
Saturday - Meatballs/rice

Have a great week!