Author Archives: ~~Rhonda

Living in a small town, I share my life with my husband Russell (married in 1977), five children (one still at home), and six cats (one indoors, the others outside).

I teach an online class called “The Christmas Notebook” which is about all things holiday prep. The many facets of celebrating Christmas comprises one of my favorite hobbies. Other favorite things include gardening, reading, cooking, and scrapbooking.

double-decker autumn putz house

This little house is one of my original designs. I drew the pattern in 2012 and it remains one of my favorites. I decided this one would be an autumn Putz and found a card I could use for the base. I drew inspiration from the colors of the card for the paint I used […]

menu plan monday ~ october 23, 2017

This past weekend, I and my sisters and our sister-in-law got together for Sisters’ Weekend at our Dad’s house and made 197 dozen Christmas cookies and candies. We had the excellent help of our great-niece who loves to bake and loves to help. Our two brothers take platters of Christmas goodies to their customers each […]

menu plan monday ~ october 16, 2017

A few days late, but here’s the menu for the week. It was a busy week last week and it’s a busy, busy week this week, too, so the menu reflects that. Easy. Not much cook time involved. We enjoyed a five day visit from our Younger Son this past week. He and the cats […]

instant pot lemon garlic chicken

I found this recipe on the blog Living Locurto. I revised it just a bit. Today was the first time I made it and I was very happy with the way the chicken turned out. I used it to make Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts […]

menu plan monday ~ october 9, 2017

After a weekend of Christmas prep, I am ready to tackle the coming week. I have a new custom-order Putz church to finish, I need to continue the work of decluttering and organizing my craft room (a long-term project), and I also need to keep checking items off in my Christmas Notebook which contains my […]

links for my putz house tutorials

I decided to put all my Putz construction posts into one post for easy reference. . Building a Putz house This tutorial was written in October of 2009. Early in my career as a Putzer! I have fine-tuned my techniques since then and acquired a few helpful tools, too. I now have a funnel tray […]

it’s cookie time!

Every year, about this time, I start on the cookie and candy production for our annual Christmas Open House. Currently, I have four items in the freezer and will be making many more over the next six weeks or so. Of course, I have my favorite Christmas-themed measuring spoons handy. There’s no baking Christmas cookies […]

menu plan monday ~ october 2, 2017

September flew by! Here’s October and I am not ready for it! Love the season, but I just can’t imagine it is already here! We’ve been enjoying the relief from 90° temps the past few days. Much nicer to have the windows open and the air conditioner turned off. Saturday, DH and I went for […]

time for crustless taco pie!

I tried a new recipe this week. It’s called Crustless Taco Pie. I found it on the blog Simply So Healthy. Her pictures are prettier than mine. We didn’t add sour cream or other toppings. It was able to stand alone, though it would be very good with all those extras on top. I changed […]

kielbasa and cabbage…delicious!

We enjoy oven-roasted vegetables, and cabbage is one of our favorites. We often roast slices of cabbage with chopped bacon and olive oil drizzled over the top. Today I made roasted kielbasa and cabbage. Oven-Roasted Kielbasa and Cabbage Serves 4-6. Depends on if you serve it on its own or add sides. 2 14-oz. packages […]