Happy Monday Friends!
I hope it's a warm and cozy one and that you're ready for this week ahead! We had a nice productive weekend around here. We ran lots of errands. We got the majority of the rest of our Christmas shopping done. We just have some small fun "filler" kinds of things to pick up yet. I mailed out fun packages at the post office. We worked as an assembly team and got our Christmas wrapping done on all the gifts we had around here.(well at least my Hubby, Annie, and I did...Aaron had hockey or else he's MIA now that he has his license - Lol!) There are still more that I've ordered online that are being shipped to us yet. Plus, we accomplished a lot of home chores around here - including putting out some Christmas things outside. Yay for being productive! Now onto the week...
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
We had such a pretty little snow yesterday (only about an inch or so). Today is more mild and in the mid to upper 30's and is melting most of it already. The week ahead looks much cooler, though, with most days in the 20's and a chance of a little more snow.
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Annie & I baked some eggnog muffins with streusel topping this weekend. After all that work I had to have one this AM with my coffee, right? Especially since calories don't matter this time of year. ;)
RIGHT NOW I AM:
I'll give ya one guess what I'm listening to. Lol! If you said Christmas music you're right!! Today it's the Amy Grant Holiday Pandora station. I'm finishing my grocery list I need to accomplish this week. We have some relatives coming over for a game night this weekend! Yay for game night! I'm also writing in my calendar for the week the appointments coming up, errands I need to run, things around here that need finishing for the holidays etc. Such a busy time of year - but a fun busy!
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
I see puddles in the driveway. And the last bits of snow over the grass are melting. The clouds have broken up quite a bit and the sun is even coming out right now!
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Pretty tidy overall. A little kitchen clean-up needed and laundry (of course!)
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
A few things around the house. I'm going to finish the last of my Christmas cards (last batch to go). I also need to start the calendars I make on Shutterfly each year for my my Mom and my Aunt. They love them personalized with family photos and I put in all the family birthdays etc.
I used to make one for my MIL too. It was helpful for her for many years to keep track of birthdays and other things. The boxes were nice and big for her to write appointments in. When my FIL cleaned out a lot of their closets a year or 2 ago he gave me some of her old scrapbooking things and many of those calendars were in there because she loved the photos in them and had kept them. (cue eyes welling up) I miss her so much - especially this time of year. She loved the holidays so much too. Sorry for the sidetrack.
I've tried starting several new books, but get sidetracked too easy this time of year!
ON THE TV TODAY:
I did watch the Holiday baking championship last night. And I love that the Great American Bake Off started last week! I have some Christmas movies taped too. We're still catching up on several shows too. Shark Tank, Blindspot, and The Profit.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: waffles, sausage, hashbrown patties, fruit
TUESDAY: meatloaf (& bring some to my FIL), cheesy potatoes, veggies, whole wheat dinner rolls
WEDNESDAY: Salad bar night. I'll put out a big bowl of leafy greens with veggies in it and spread out different toppings next to it and dressings. Everyone builds their own. I'll have hot rolls on the side.
THURSDAY: Chicken & veggie stir fry with cashews, rice
FRIDAY: family over for game night:
ME - slow cooker hot beef sandwiches with BBQ sauce, pan of mac and cheese, fruit salad, kid friendly dessert (probably rice krispies bars with Xmas sprinkles), cold drinks and Tom & Jerry hot toddys.
MY MOM - buns for the sandwiches
MY AUNT & UNCLE - green salad/veggies, adult dessert
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
Some fun holiday cards, gifts and baking plans for gifts too! I'm having such fun with my friend Sandra's blogmas of Christmas (of the blog Diary of a SAHM) - I hope to join in and post for day 5 later today!
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
I might bake something new this week - not sure yet.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Oh my doesn't that sound delightful??
FROM THE CAMERA:
Some Ruby love! From her pretty haircut and Christmas ribbons....to frolicking in the snow yesterday.
One of my favorites parts of this time of year are cozy nights. Loving my new candlesticks I got this year to put in my front windows.
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: