Monthly Archives: November 2009

menu plan monday ~ november 30, 2009

Here’s one of my Putz houses nestled in the guest room Christmas tree. This one was too big for the display stand. I’d like to make more of the houses to put on the tree. This is the busiest week of the year for us. So much to do to ready the house for our […]

silver and blue

The Christmas tree in the guest room has a silver and blue theme, with a lean toward a vintage feel. The tree has white LED lights that have a bluish cast. The tree rotates. So much prettier in person, but you get the idea. 🙂 By the way, this is the tree I spray painted […]

a new headboard for the guest room

The bed in the guest room has been changed out more times than I can count. Several different frames, some in there more than once, and the bed has waffled between a full and a queen size. I couldn’t find pictures of the other frames that have been in there, but here’s the iron bed […]

menu plan monday ~ november 23, 2009

A quiet moment of contemplation. But just a *moment.* We’re too busy to stop for long! Monday chicken stir-fry over rice Tuesday spaghetti / meatballs salad peas corn garlic bread Wednesday hamburgers homemade buns chips Thursday turkey in the crock pot stuffing ham mashed potatoes homemade rolls broccoli casserole green beans with mushroom cream sauce […]

dining room window sills

When my DDIL helped decorate a few Saturdays ago, she put together one of the dining room window sill displays. I wanted to do something different than the blue vases I used last year. I love those, but am trying to take the cobalt blue out of the room. This is what they looked like […]

date balls

One of my favorite Christmas not-a-cookie treats are Date Balls. They are delicious. Thanks, again, to my friend Mellanie who shared this recipe with me. Date Balls (Makes about 90 pieces.) 1/2 pound butter (2 sticks) 1 pound dates, diced or chopped 2 c. sugar Cook over medium heat 10 minutes, stirring constantly. DO NOT […]

crock pot rotisserie-style chicken

I made the rotisserie-style chicken in the crock pot for supper today. Instead of using a whole chicken, I used three boneless, skinless chicken breasts and six boneless, skinless chicken thighs. The seasoning is delicious. DH and DD both liked it, so we’ll be having this again. Wish you could smell this delicious chicken. The […]

menu plan monday ~ november 16, 2009

Christmas decorating is moving right along. We made the snowflakes for the front door last week. We cut the paper into rectangles to fit the window panes. It’s always fun to see what kind of designs we end up with. 🙂 Here’s the menu for the week. See anything you like? Monday beef stew Tuesday […]

living room mantel

This weekend, Genny and I finished the living room mantel decorations. The pictures are framed Christmas cards that tell the story of Christ’s birth. I added a little detail to the gold cloth on the mantel by using the hot glue gun to attach a bead trim to the hem. It added a nice extra […]

sugar cookie crisps

Sugar Cookie Crisps I found this recipe (called Sugar Cookies X) at in November of 2000, and I’ve been making it ever since. They are sugary and crispy delicious. Preheat oven to 350*F. In a large bowl, mix till creamy: 2 c. white sugar 1 c. vegetable oil 1 c. butter 1 tsp. vanilla […]