Saturday, November 22, 2014

And there were potatoes and onions.....

Snowy mountains

Good evening folks, how are you enjoying your Saturday night?

I am currently sitting in bed, under my nice warm comforter, watching some vlogs on the Roku and typing up this post.

Saturday.....so what did I do today?

First I have to tell you that the snow is finally all gone, save for what is left on the mountains.  I'm fine with that because honestly it was just ice at this point and making everything so difficult.

We woke up this morning to no Wifi.  I love technology but sometimes I feel it is such a pain in the behind, especially if it decides to conk out.  We sat on the phone, or rather my husband sat on the phone with the techs for a while to try and get it all back up and running again.

It's fine now, obviously or I wouldn't be here right?  Haha

Once that was taken care of, Curt had to head to work so he dropped me off at my sister in law's, as we had to head to Walmart for some Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner shopping.

It's always a treat when we get to go just the two of us, we catch up, we laugh, we ogle and ooohhhh and ahhhhh all the cute things we see and take our time without having to worry about kids or husbands.

By the time she dropped me back off at home, my hubby was just arriving himself.  We came in the house and then realized that he had forgotten to get firewood, so we headed back out again.

Potatoes and Onions

We got the firewood we needed and then on the way back home we saw a farmer selling potatoes and onions on the side of the road.

50 pound bags for $10. I mean, can you believe that? That is a steal!

Picked up one bag of red potatoes and one of the onions. Guess what I'll be doing tomorrow. Yes, freezing pounds and pounds of potatoes for future meals.

Fries, hashbrowns, mashed potatoes, twice backed potatoes. I'll also pickle some onions and freeze some as well. Busy busy day I'm thinking.

Fruit Cake

I'm running a little late this year on my Fruit Cake. Usually by this time I have it made already, but time has just gotten away from me.

Not a problem, I actually got my Fruit Cake baked today and it has received it's very first rum dose. I'll keep it stored tightly wrapped and every few days I'll give it a little more booze.

It smells SO amazing, I want to dig in already.

Fruit Cake

Hubby and I also made it to the storage to put away the Halloween Decorations and grab our Christmas ones. I am dying to start putting things up, but I've been good.

Problem is, now I have everything at hand and I don't think I'll make it past tomorrow without at least my Village going up. Oh goodness.

Enjoying the fire

We've spent the rest of the day watching movies and enjoying the fire.

Christmas with the Kranks....have you watched that one? We watch it every year, along with a few other favorite Christmas movies. We also watched Free Birds which is the animated one about the Turkeys trying to save Thanksgiving. It was really cute.

Yarn

And I've also been messing with my yarns and trying to figure out what I'm doing with some of them. Planning, thinking, finding patterns etc.

So yeah, that is what my Saturday was all about. I think I may just watch a girly flick on Netflix tonight, I feel like something cute so I'm thinking either Scents and Sensibility or The Real Jane Austen Documentary?

Ugh, decisions, decisions!

Either way, I better get out of here if I'm going to watch anything before falling asleep, and with this rain coming down outside I may just conk out within the first 30 minutes.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thank goodness it's Friday!

I was so ready for today to come.  Actually, I try not to think that next week is already Thanksgiving and I have so much to get done before then....but we'll skip that part and just concentrate on the here and now, and the fact that I'm thrilled it's Friday and this week is over.

I want to thank you all for the prayers and thoughts for my doctor's appointment, it went extremely well and I got a clean bill of health.

I do have to go for my first mammogram now that I am 40 years old, and I can tell you that I'm NOT looking forward to that, like, at all.  It's not that I don't know what to expect, because I do, had one done at 18 years old because of a lump on my breast, which turned out to be just fibrous and disappeared within a few weeks.

Anyway, yeah, I am going to be making the appointment and getting mine done the beginning of the year.  Oh goodness, I so don't want to, but I am also the type that knows these appointments are important so I just suck it up and get it done.  It's necessary :)

Foggy morning

Been waking up every morning to very foggy weather and oh so cold. Can you believe that the snow from last week is still laying around? Geez!

Icicles

There are also thousands of icicles throughout the town, every single house has them, cars are driving around with them hanging from the bottom and it's just an icy mess out there. This part of the cold weather, I don't like. Either snow, or not, but the icy slippery stuff is not what I call fun.

Morning coffee

Started my morning with a nice cup of coffee, is there any other way to wake up? I don't think so, matter of fact I don't think I'm fully awake until that very first sip.

I usually sit at my kitchen table and sip my coffee while watching the movement outside, the fog rolling in, the cars driving by and the sun trying to peek out through the clouds.

I've been so busy the past week, school is starting to wind down for the winter break so we are working hard on our lessons, we've had a birthday and Tae Kwon Do, and late night run to the Dollar Store because I forgot to buy my dishwasher detergent, doctor's appointment and preparing for Thanksgiving.

Knackered I tell you, and so ready to just sleep early and wake up late this weekend.

Afternoon latte

There have been afternoon latte breaks while checking out the mail, lots of reviews coming up, they always seem to amp up during the holiday season, so there are a few to look forward to next week. Jamberry Nails, Lucky Leaf, Leafware.

Someone has been so cold and shivery that she seems to be in a cold induced coma. She makes me laugh with her sleepy droopy eyes. I've given her a blanket just for herself, and even though she wears her little sweater she still snuggles under the blanket for long afternoon naps.

Sleepy Lola

And at the end of every crazy busy day, there is a crackling fire to keep us warm and to help us wind down for the evening.

Crackling fire

So yeah, looking forward to this weekend and actually looking forward to next week.  My husband is on Thanksgiving break from college and we'll be taking a break too from school, so lots of family time, good eating and gearing up for Christmas. 

I am so excited for it this year, I don't know why, but I am counting down the days until the 1st of December so that I can go and get my tree.  Yay!

Well friends, I am going to take some Motrin as I'm a little bit sore today and have a pounding headache, and then I'm actually going to call it a night.

Hope you've all had a good productive week and are looking forward to some rest as much as I am. 

See you all in the morning :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ClickRoastDeliver.com - Coffee Review AND 20% Off Coupon

Coffee review

Who loves coffee as much as I do?  Raise your hand, but raise it way up high so I can see.

Aaahhhhh I see many of you do.  But if you're anything like me, it's hard to find that good coffee sometimes, the one that you really enjoy and don't mind paying a little bit more for it, because you know that in the end it is well worth it.



I was contacted by the folks over at ClickRoastDeliver and asked if I would like to try their website.  They are a small independently owned upstart company in Seattle.

So what exactly do they do? Well simple.....

CRD have partnered with some of their favorite local third-wave coffee roasters to put good, fresh-roasted coffee into the hands of the consumer.  Currently they are working with 8 roasters, based in Seattle and on the West-Coast, and are looking to gradually expand their partnerships with roasters all over the country.

An order, once placed on the CRD website, is immediately sent to the roaster, who then roasts the beans, and ships directly to the consumer. Through this process, the coffee received by the consumer is usually even fresher than the beans available in the roasters own shops.

CRD's mission is to support the local roasters that they love (and the coffee that we drink!) and they want to introduce these coffees to as many people as possible.

Look, I am a huge coffee lover and a bit of a snob.  I don't like coffee that is bitter, I like one that I can drink even without sugar or milk.  If it's smooth and tastes good, I'm in coffee heaven.

But what I was really trying out was the ClickRoastDeliver website.  I was curious as to how long it would take for the whole ordering process to go through and then how long it would be before I received my coffee in the mail.

It was such a quick process, the longest honestly was me trying to decide which coffee to order.  I decided to go with the Victrola and boy am I glad I did, it is delicious and I'm really enjoying it.

Cup of Coffee

I went in, picked the coffee I wanted, quickly entered in my information and hit order.

I am not even kidding you when I tell you that I placed the order on a Wednesday, and by Friday morning my coffee was in the mailbox.  I mean, THAT quick.

Something else I noticed, the minute I opened the envelope it came in, the most amazing glorious coffee scent wafted out.  It smelled like it had just finished roasting.  *drool*

I don't think I've ever come across a site that shipped so fast and with such delicious coffee.  I'm sold, honestly!

Here's the best part, they kindly offered a 20% discount for my readers, when you order your coffee through their website, just enter CRD20 at checkout.  It is good for one use per person.

Go on and give it a try, you may just find your favorite coffee already listed or you may come to find a new favorite.  I know I'm enjoying the Victrola!

Coffee review

Busy Busy Week!


I was doing so well, updating every single day and then this week came along and I've been so busy I haven't quite had the time to come in and do anything.

It's just been one of those weeks for me.  Matter of fact, I haven't even cooked dinner the past two nights.

Tuesday night my husband was in the mood for frozen pizza and on his way home from work, picked two up, so no cooking for me.

Last night we went out to dinner to celebrate my niece's birthday.

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This little girl is now 18 years old. Or so it seems, because in my eyes and I'm sure her mom's and dad's, she will always be that cute little 1 year old running around with her Teletubbies doll.

Just another reminder that time really does fly and before we know it, the kids are all grown up.  I'm not looking forward to my own children reaching that age so fast, I want to keep them little for as long as I can.

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The weather here has been downright pitiful, cold, so very cold and foggy. We were sitting at 7 degrees yesterday, and I mean 7 degrees Fahrenheit which means -13 in Celsius. I am quite ready to hibernate somewhere nice and warm and only pop back out in a few months.

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Our mornings now look like this, and I don't know about you, but for me it doesn't really scream get up and go, more like lay back down and hide. But go we must, and get up we have to, grudgingly, but we do.

I'm making this post super short today, I haven't taken many photos the past two days, like I said I have been so busy.

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I'm going to finish this big cup of coffee.....

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Give Instagram a quick browse through and then I have to get my housework started. Start the laundry, do the dishes, sweep and mop the living room etc.

I have a doctors appointment this afternoon, you know ladies, the appointment we always love going to?????

Yes that one.

I would appreciate some prayers, I have some issues going on and need to get it all checked out, but aside from that I am always so nervous when I have to go to that yearly appointment that it actually makes me sick to my stomach. Ugh!!!

So yeah, prayers for everything to be fine, and for me to have the courage to get it over and done with.

I will try to pop back in later, may take some photos of my day as it goes, and have a quick chat tonight with you all. For now though, I really do need to get my butt in gear and get moving.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Blogmas 2014 - The 25 Days of Christmas



Hello my friends!

So I'm coming in today to talk to you about the month of December and Blogmas.  I know that Vlogmas is a huge thing on Youtube, but I don't vlog, I don't really like being on camera, and so I thought I would do a Blogmas this year.

It will be my first ever Blogmas and I'm quite excited to do it.  At first I thought I would leave it up in the air and just post whatever I came up with that day, but after thinking about it a little more, I decided that having topics would be better so that I don't draw a blank.

I sat down this morning and compiled a list from 1 to 25 with different topics for each day, with each one relating to Christmas and the holiday season.

If you want to join in, just save the above list to your computer and follow each day's prompt.  So number 1 on the list will be December 1st and so on.

I'm really looking forward to sharing our traditions, our tree, our food and all our Christmas memories and preparations during the next month.

If you want to join in, let me know and I'll put up a Mr. Linky every day :)

There really aren't many rules to participate, all I ask is that you don't change any of the topics and stick to the list, otherwise, well, it wouldn't be my list LOL

Even if no one joins in, I just wanted to put up this post and let you all know what to expect for the month of December.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - 11/17/2014

Good morning everyone, hope you had a wonderful weekend.

I enjoyed mine but honestly would have been happier with some extra hours, or maybe we need a day between Saturday and Sunday?  A Saday, or a Satsun?

Oh well, nothing we can do to change it now and here we are, the beginning of yet another week, let's see what it holds for us shall we?


The weather outside is::::
8 degrees and the weather app says that it feels like -1.  I concur, it feels like that and much more.  I am beyond frozen at this point, not even the central heating is warming this house up yet.  We are looking at much of the same for the rest of the week, so a very cold one indeed. 

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Right now I am drinking a huge cup of coffee with some Snickerdoodle Creamer (I do like this one).  Not ready for breakfast yet, but when I do have it, I am thinking toast and eggs. 

As I look outside my window:::
Blue skies, but everything is still white.  The snow hasn't melted and matter of fact, with this cold temperature, all the houses and cars are sporting beautiful icicles. 

Right now I am::::
Sitting on my couch with Lola sleeping up against me.  Typing up this post, thinking of what I have to do today and trying to stay warm.  Oh and I'm still in my jammies, I can't bring myself to change out of them just yet, I'm too cold.  

As I look around the house::::
My kitchen is in disarray from the weekend.  I don't know why everyone continues to use my counter space as their personal storage, drives me bananas.  The living room needs some tidying up too.  I need to open the blinds in the living room because it looks so dark and makes the house look very gloomy. 
On today's to do list::::
Laundry....Have 1 load of towels and blankets to wash.....and one load to iron.
Cleaning....In the kitchen, Unload the dishwasher and reload with breakfast dishes, sweep and mop.  Water the plants in the window will.
In the living room....Had to remove the rug to the garage, we got back from my brothers and Miss Bella had peed all over it.  It smells so bad.  I am going to vacuum it and carpet clean it in the garage before bringing it back into the house.  Dust and tidy up a bit.
In the bedrooms....make the beds, pick up and tidy up, open curtains and blinds and windows to let in some fresh air.  Vacuum.
In the bathrooms....clean the toilets, sinks and mirrors.
Homeschooling....prepare the lessons, both girls have quite a bit of work to catch up on.
Crocheting....Still have so many WIP'S.  This morning though, as soon as I am done with housework I have to get the 3 scarves made for the giveaway winners.  I didn't want to make them earlier because they would have been grabbed by someone and used.  lol
Cooking.....for lunch I'm making some Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches, and Dinner will be a Slow Cooked Pea and Ham soup, will also have sandwiches or yogurt and fruit.

Currently reading::::
Still reading my Diana Gabaldon Outlander series.
Doing the Glimpsing Heaven Review today, so stay tuned for that. 

On the TV today::::
My Downton Abbey is finished and I'm shattered, what am I going to do until the Christmas episode?
Not really sure what I'll watch today, but I might actually do a Christmas movie, it's that time of year for me when I start watching them.

On the menu this week::::
Monday - Slow Cooked Pea and Ham Soup, Sandwiches, Yogurt, Fruit
Tuesday - Sausage, Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo, Salad
Wednesday - Spring Chicken, Steamed Broccoli
Thursday - Chicken Korma Curry with Rice
Friday - Homemade Pizza
Saturday - Bacon Spaghetti, Salad
Sunday - Cottage Pie, Mixed Veg


What I am creating at the moment::::
Arm knitted scarves, crocheted snowflakes.

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::
Still haven't had a chance to post the new recipes to the blog.  I am horrible with my food blog, what can I say. 

Favorite photo from the camera::::

Sun setting

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::


PLEASE, don't add links to this list that are not part of the Happy Homemaker Monday. I've asked numerous times, and I'm frankly quite tired of having to remove links to other posts that shouldn't be in this list. Please be respectful of my request!

Glimpsing Heaven - TLC Book Tour

Glimpsing Heaven

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: National Geographic (September 2, 2014)

If you caught a glimpse of heaven, would you choose to come back to life? Many people alive today have experienced clinical death—a heart that has stopped beating, brain activity that has flat lined—and returned to life with lucid, vivid memories of what occurred while they were dead. Judy Bachrach, investigative journalist and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, presents their astonishing stories here, giving us a rare glimpse of life after death. She consulted the world’s leading scientific and medical experts on death experience to explore whether the science supports the stories—and now, in Glimpsing Heaven, her surprising discovery puts death in a whole new light.

394175 02: Journalist and author Judy Bachrach poses for a portrait September 19, 2000 in Washington, DC. Bachrach published a book, "Tina and Harry Come To America," which chronicles the British power couple of publishing, Tina Brown and Harry Evans. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/Getty Images)


JUDY BACHRACH is a veteran journalist, having worked at the Washington Post, the Washington Star, and Vanity Fair, for which she covered stories on Sylvio Berlusconi, Amanda Knox, and Stephen Hawking. She was educated at Chatham College, the University of Brussels, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. In the course of volunteering as a hospice worker, a path she initially chose to conquer her fear of death, she met numerous nurses, doctors, and scientists who have helped her with this book.

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I have always been fascinated by near death experiences, and any chance I get to watch a documentary, movie, read a newspaper article or a book on this subject, is a happy moment.

When I received the book in the mail, I quickly scanned through it's pages and at first was going to put it aside to start reading after I finished my current one, but I decided against it and immediately picked it up.

Let's just say that from the moment I read the first page, this book went with me everywhere, in the car while my husband drove us to base, on the kitchen counter while I made dinner, out on the deck while I sipped a cup of coffee.

I think what makes this a great, and fascinating book, is that the author mixes science with good storytelling to really convey what these so called "death travelers", are in essence, experiencing the minute they die.   She also interviews physicians letting us hear their side of the story, and all in attempt to help us all put aside our fear of death.

I couldn't put this book down and was so sad when it came to an end.  Would highly recommend it :)
 

 
 Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me with a review copy.