Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12 Days of Christmas

Hi there!

It has been non stop around here lately. Lots of school activities, scouts, and Christmas preparations going on. And I still have some Christmas sewing projects to work on, too! If you've been enjoying my "In My Home", I apologize that I didn't get one up this past week. It has just been that hectic!

Today, though, I want to talk about the 12 days of Christmas. As you may or may not know, the 12 days of Christmas are actually the 12 days after Christmas, beginning on December 26 and continuing to January 6, or Twelfth Night (also Epiphany). I thought it might be fun, however, to do a 12 days of Christmas countdown. I'm going to start on day 1 (today) with 12 things, day 2 will be 11 things, and so on. Let's get started!

On the first day of the Christmas Countdown, my blog friend gave to me, twelve Christmas songs to enjoy!

In no particular order...

1. White Christmas

2. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

3. The Chipmunk Song

4. I Wonder as I Wander

5. Little Saint Nick

6. Mary Did You Know?

7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings

8. Someday At Christmas

9. Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth)

10. Santa Baby

11. The Grinch

12. Marshmallow World

Of course there are many more, but these are some of my family's very favorites! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Monday, December 5, 2016

MPM (December 5-11)




Hi friends!

What a week...and it's only Monday! It's the first full week of December and the calendar is filling up. Today, Henry had an after school band concert rehearsal (and Padraic has scouts). Oh, and Rhonda had a play rehearsal, too. Tomorrow is the big concert for Millie and Henry, Wednesday I'm going Christmas shopping with my mom and then the kids and I are going to her house to help decorate her tree, Millie has a field trip on Friday, and Saturday Millie and I are going to DC with the girl scouts. Whew! And of course, being Monday, the puppy chewed up one of my shoes! It was my own fault for leaving it out! Here's what is on the menu for our busy week:

Monday: Going to my inlaws

Tuesday: Carnitas with fixings, rice

Wednesday: Kids and I are eating at my mom and dads. DH will have leftovers

Thursday: Turkey and rice casserole

Friday: Probably leftovers

Saturday: No one will be home...I'll be in DC, Rhonda will be at Busch, Padraic has a scout lock in, and Henry will be with in laws. DH is going to a friends house.

Sunday: Scalloped potatoes and ham, fried cabbage

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

In My Home This Week (Nivember 28-December 4)

Hello friends!
Can you believe we are already in December? Just a few short weeks until Christmas. I find it difficult to wrap my mind around it! Our December calendar is already filling up with activities. I purchased a calendar for next year this week so that I can start adding in January activities as the need arises. Here's what went on in my home this week:

1. I wasn't feeling well at the beginning of the week, so I didn't get much done at all. Thankfully I'm feeling better and I was able to do a few things towards the end of the week.

2. I made Butterscotch muffins for breakfast one day this week. I've been using this recipe for a long time and change the pudding to change the muffin. I've used this recipe to make blueberry and chocolate chocolate chip muffins, too. I wrote about it here.

3.I have lived in my current city for three years. The other day I finally went and got my library card! I checked out several mysteries (my favorite genre) and next plan on spending time finding some research books on herbal remedies, gardening, and maybe a cook book or two.

4. I got it into my head to clean the outside of my electric kettle. It was looking pretty dull. Considering I've had it for three years and barely wipe the outside of it, I shouldn't really be surprised. I sprayed it with my cleaning solution (vinegar and water) and had very minor success. So I sprayed it again and let it sit for several minutes. It came off a little better, but I really had to use some elbow grease and it wasn't all coming off. Hmmmm, I thought. What can I do? And then it came to me. Baking soda! I'm sure you were thinking that, right? :) I took a damp paper towel, dipped it in baking soda and rubbed it on the still wet from the cleaning spray electric kettle. It worked! The film came right off and it looks as good as new!

5. The kids and I put up the Christmas tree this week and watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. We enjoyed mugs of hot coco with peppermint whipped cream while we watched. The tree looks a little funny though...we only decorated the top half so the puppy wouldn't get any ideas about ornaments hanging from the bottom! lol!

6. I put up the winter decorations in the house. I'll share them later this week.

7. I read five of the eight books I got from the library. I started number six today.