Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

During this season of giving let us take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things.

May this wonderful time of year touch your heart in a special way.

Wishing you much happiness today and throughout the New Year.

Thoughtless Thursday

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Preparations...

I don't know about you, but I am in crunch mode now!  The good news is that the girls have been to the spa and are now looking spiffy and all ready for Santa to come!  They will probably sleep for the entire day today!

Wrapping has commenced and it is moving right along...but I do have to make a tape run.  For some reason, I always seem to run out of tape.

All the food has been purchased with the exception of a couple of things....that will be last minute purchases on Christmas Eve.  Fortunately, our local Wegmans is open fairly late that day.  Honestly, it seems as if most of the stores have extended their hours, with some staying open as long as 48 hours straight!  It's crazy!!  

They wonder why we get sick of listening to Christmas music.  Perhaps it is because the radio stations start playing it TOO EARLY!!  Maybe we would all enjoy the season a LOT more if the stores were not putting Christmas merchandise out on the shelves in JULY!  I kid you not...we actually saw items on the shelf at Sam's Club in July.

Onward and Upward...hope y'all have your preparations under control!!
Monday, December 22, 2014

The Christmas Card Count!

As of Today, December 22, 2014

Card Count Received

40 for Chloe and LadyBug

20 for Ma & Daddy

We just lay them on the floor to staple them on to the ribbons...then we hang them up on the stairway going upstairs...more pics to follow in the coming days!!

Hope you are getting ready for SANTA!!

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

LadyBug's Candy Cane Dreams

We are joining Sugar and Nola for Black and White Sunday!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday Before Santa!!

The girls are ALL Ready for Santa!!  They can't WAIT!!

Sepia Saturday

Hosted by Ruckus the Eskie and Earl's World

Friday, December 19, 2014

Baking for our Furry Friends

Are you in to Baking for the holidays??

Remember our furry friends!

Here's a few recipe ideas for you to try for your best friend!

Noel Nibbles

2 tablespoons honey
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cups white flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
2 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup unsweetened chunky applesauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. In a bowl, mix together honey, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add water, applesauce and egg and stir, mixing well. Add nuts. Spoon into a greased muffin tin, filling each cup two-thirds full. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on a rack and store in sealed container. Makes 16 muffins.

Festive Holiday Cookies

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups water
3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, combine applesauce, egg, peanut butter, vanilla and water. Mix well. Add flours, corn meal, oats and peanuts and mix well to form a dough. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until thoroughly mixed together. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut out shapes. Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes until lightly browned. Cool on rack. Makes 30 cookies.

My thanks to PetPlace for these recipes!
Thursday, December 18, 2014

LadyBug is Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree!!

LadyBug is showing off her new PARTY dress!!  

And then she got a little CRAZY!!!

She is VERY excited about Santa coming to visit and is trying so hard to be on her best behavior!!

Thoughtless Thursday