Monday, December 31, 2007

Bring it on!!!

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope this year is a blessing to you. We are some wild and crazy partiers at our house. Hubby and I went to dinner with friends at 5:30 and everyone was at home by 7:30. We sit here now watching the Auburn-Clemson game ~ which Auburn just won!!!!!!! Hubby is on his laptop and I'm on mine. We are sticking with ESPN to see this idiot, I mean young man, jump a football field on a motorcycle. Can you believe it???? Aren't you just eat up with envy at our wild and crazy night? After 21 years of marriage ~ it's still all good!!!!!!!!!!!

I shared with a friend earlier today that I was making the same resolutions I made last year ~ NONE, absolutely none!!!!!! This enables me to enter the new year with no pressure and I'm not disappointed.

So here's to 2008 and hoping it's a good one!!!! I love you all. Joy, Bitsy

Friday, December 28, 2007

What color tree should you have??

Here's a fun quiz ~ this is how mine turned out!!!!!



You Should Have a Pink Christmas Tree


For you, the holidays represent a time of friendship and sharing.
You're happy as long as you're spending time with the people you care about.

You are passionate about the holidays, and that start of the holiday season makes you very excited.
You sometimes go a bit overboard in your celebrations. You just can't help it!

Passionate, easily excited, sweet, giving, love, friendship, sensitive, caring

Your pink tree would look great with: More pink!

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: The Muppet Christmas Carol

What you should bake for Santa: Rice krispie treats with red and green food coloring

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry, Merry Christmas!!!

I hope everyone in bloggyland has a wonderful, joyous Christmas and that Santa made all your Christmas wishes come true! He was generous as usual at this house. Hubby decided that he wanted to embarrass the kids, so at 7am on Christmas Eve, we were in the front yard, freezing, and doing this ~ just wish you could all see it live and in person in the dark ~ and I must say the garbage in the back and our dog barking just add to the ambiance! It is the epitome of red-neck. Merry Christmas ya'll. Just click to play and make sure your volume is on


video

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Peaceful Evening

Today was a busy day as most Saturdays before Christmas. My hubby cooked cakes and I had some errands to run. Our two grandsons are spending the night tonight and after giggles, gas, more giggles, more gas (did I say grandSONS?) he's touching me's, and more giggles, they are finally safe asleep. The problem with their giggle fests is that I can't say much because I'm sitting in the next room trying not to bust a gut laughing myself!!!! They are a hoot!!!

So now everyone is in bed and I am sitting in my den with the Christmas tree lit, it's quiet and I'm making snowflakes as peaceful as you please. Then a very deep thought came across this brilliant mind. . .

Is there actually a limit to how many people can be in Walmart at one time???? I'm just saying.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Fall Into Reading

Callipiddar Days offered up a Fall Into Reading blog to share books reviews and challenge us a bit to set a reading goal. Today, we end the challenge as the first day of winter approaches. Check out her site for reviews. So not to disappointment myself, I did not set some of the lofty goals others did. I knew it would be a busy fall! Here's how I finished!
I originally listed the following books:

Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon ~ finished that one right after it's release. Was fortunate enough to go to Atlanta and meet her!
Home to Holly Springs is the first of the Father Tim Novels. We will not actually be in Mitford anymore, but all the folks are mentioned! It was a good read ~ but I will miss Mitford.

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory ~ If you've read any of Gregory's other books about Henry VIII's wild escapades, you will love this one, too! It is set around Henry's last days and he is still hoping for an heir through his fourth wife Anne of Cleves and then his fifth wife Katherine Howard.

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn ~ This book was probably the most surprising book of all. It is WONDERFUL!!! Not only will you discover Santa's amazing life, you will be introduced to people you've read about in history, Mrs. Claus, and Santa's helpers. The history, forklore and customs shared from all over the world make this a magical Christmas read! I also have How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas by Jeff Guinn and can't wait to begin that.

Fingerprints of God by Jennifer Rothschild was my Bible Study this fall. Our group actually did the workbook and watched the DVD's but I read parts of the book as well. Jennifer is a great writer/speaker and has amazing biblical truths to about how God touches our lives with his comforting, encouraging, and soothing hand.

Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig ~ I have not read this yet because I've asked for it for Christmas! Hope my family reads this today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A Modern Girls Guide to Bible Study by Jen Hatmaker ~ I did not complete this one yet. Mainly want to see what her ideas were for Bible Study.

This was not on my list, but I listened to it on tape ~ does that count?????

Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson is another great book featuring Goldy Schulz and her uncanny way of involving herself in murder investigations ~ not to mention the recipes she shares!! I've listened to three of her books on tape and read one and want to devour them all!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Decked Halls!

BooMama is hosting a Christmas Tour of Homes! After checking out my slideshow, head over to BooMama and enjoy some more fun.

I've joined in with a slideshow of pics. Mostly of some of my favorite ornaments. You will be able to see I love Santa stuff. Even have a Santa bathroom. Click HERE for my tour slideshow!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Snow Day

No, unfortunately, we are not having a real snow day ~ and since we are still in drought conditions, we aren't likely to have one anytime soon. So I have to create my snow day via technology. Join the fun by clicking on the "Need a Snow Day?" link on the right!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Easy Cookies

My bible study is doing a cookie swap tomorrow night. I LOVE cookie swaps ~ actually I LOVE cookies!!!!! Since I was the "brilliant" one that planned this, I felt like I should make more than the 6 dozen I originally told everyone to bring! So 12 dozen cookies later, my kitchen looked like something that should be on a HGTV makeover show!

You see, I have a reputation of using EVERYTHING in the kitchen when I cook. Also, anytime I use flour or powdered sugar, well, watch out!!!!!!!!!!!! The cookies I made are super simple and really good. However, there is powdered sugar involved ~ and a lot of it when making 12 dozen cookies!

After cooling and counting, I placed the cookies on a platter all purty like and readied them for the swap. Then turned around to clean up. OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did I mention I was messy with powdered sugar?

There was powdered sugar fingerprints on the oven door, oven glass, and the timer and temp. button. Every countertop space had powdered sugar on it, the stove top, the sink, the floor, me, and the dog's back (because she stands at my feet the whole time). It was a hoot! I would share pictures, but I would be ashamed!!!!

So, for your powdered sugar pleasure, here is the recipe. Really, the four ingredients listed are all that goes in them ~ and it works amazingly. I did ask my hubby (who cooks) who in the world would ever think to put these 4 things together and make a cookie. Boggles the mind!!!

Easy Cookies
1 box cake mix, any flavor (lemon, strawberry, chocolate, etc)
1 egg
1 8-oz. thawed whipped topping
powdered sugar

Mix the cake mix with 1 egg. Fold in whipped topping (this does take some time and elbow grease because it becomes a sticky substance). Spoon or scoop mix into balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheet (I use parchment paper and cookies never stick and it's easy clean up). Bake at 325 degress for 10-14 minutes. 1 box will make approximately 4 dozen cookies. That's it, now eat 'em!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Soup-Tacular


It's that time of year! After reading this recipe, head over to http://boomama.net/ and check out the other soup recipes!

Hamburger Soup

3 Tbls. margarine
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef or ground chuck
1 (1lb., 12oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 - 1 1/2 oz. cans Consomme beef soup
1 - 1 1/2 oz. can French onion soup
4 carrots sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 to 3/4 cup tiny shell or bowtie pasta (uncooked)
grated parmesan cheese
1 bay leaf
other seasonings to taste: pepper, oregano and parsley
Optional: 1 - 8 oz. can whole kernel corn
Brown meat in margarine. Add all ingredients except pasta and cheese. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer at least 30 minutes. About 15 minutes before you are ready to serve, return to a boil and add pasta. Let boil uncovered for 11-14 minutes ~ or until pasta is tender. Remove bay leaf and serve topped with grated parmesan.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Good Morning!!!


I've finally decided to reveal my face to the world on my blog!!!!!!!