Sunday, November 20, 2016

BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE!

Well as i am here laying in bed waking up for the third time today i noticed how cold it is outside the blankets.  Yes, we have heaters for the house i just forgot to get them out of the shed because you know I am still recovering from surgery.  However, I am such a lucky mom my kids did help me cover my plants with sheets to hopefully save them through this cold spell. Then I wondered why it felt so cold and holy cold snap its 36 degrees.  By golly I forget we get this cold this is Florida.  But no seriously I prepped earlier today, my kids prefer blankets to heaters and I got out thier coats for school.  I just hope hubby remembered to take his coat out of his trunk. Well everyone stay warm where ever you are tonight.  Also, I dont care if I sound like a public safety announcement please heat your home safely.

                              

Thursday, November 17, 2016

TURKEY DAY 2016!!

When I was a kid I would have to say Thanksgiving was such memorable occasion.  It didn't matter whose house it was at but for me we were all together as a family.  My Grandmother whom I was extremely close to even said she would have done anything to have those days back again once all of us kids had gotten older.  If we got to my families house early the first thing us kids would have done was watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  My Poppy normally would join us kids for this while sneaking us kids little candies. Then after the parade we would go to my cousins playroom and hangout, then once the ladies of the house had to finish prepping everything the adults would put us in our warmest coats and send us outside, When we were at my aunt and uncles house that would include our uncle taking us on turns through the woods in tubes or in the cart behind his three-wheeler.

Then there was the dinner!! We had the adult tables and the kids table, us kids used to joke we couldn't wait to get to the adult table. Finally when we were finally old enough they combined the tables and made it one,  I guess the joke was on us.

I miss those days still but family grew apart for whatever reason and we got older. However one of the things I always remember is the food.  God there was always a huge amount of food and people wonder were I get it from when it comes to my dinners.

Some of these foods I still do till this day!  Why not they are still a family and friend favorite and to me they are still traditional as can be.  Here are lists of the food we used to and some new things we have added over the years.

First would be the appetizers:
Mozzarella Sticks
Celery with Cream Cheese and Cranberry Sauce
Pigs in a Blanket 
Vegetable Trays
Chips and Dip
Deviled Eggs
Corn Fritters
Pickles
Olives
Meatballs
Crab Cakes
Cheese and Crackers

Then there was the dinner:
Besides the Turkey(s) there was also Ham
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Corn
Peas with the little Pearl Onions in them
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli and Cheese
Fried Cauliflower
Cranberry Dressing
Sauteed Mushrooms
Gravy
Biscuits
Corn Bread

Then Deserts:
Cheesecake
Cookies- Assorted and all homemade
Apple Pie
Cherry Pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Cake

God I know I am forgetting a lot but remembering the food came in second to remembering the family that we had the time with.  As a adult I can honestly say I miss my family being together like we used to when we were little,  It didn't matter who you were when we were together we were family all the differences were put aside for that one day.  I think the biggest part of it is my Grandparents being gone now.  How I would have loved to have had one more big family Thanksgiving with them. Oh how I would have loved to have had my poppy meet my little boy they would have gotten along so well if he was still with us. I could see the look of joy on my Grandmothers face seeing my oldest married and happy. Or how she would have been joyful on how my other three teens had gotten so big and beautiful,  Nothing made Grams more happy then knowing her Grand kids.

Don't get me wrong I am very blessed and thankful for everything I have this Thanksgiving.  But I am also Thankful for the past that I had with my extended family.  Although we don't get a chance to see each other or talk to each other I love them just the same,  Maybe one year we will all come together again and remember all of those who went before us.

Hold those you love near and dear and have a Wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving.
If you can think of any goodies that I forgot please leave me a comment below!

--Angie


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING ON THE CHEAP!!!

Hello from the recovery room!! As many who follow me on my Facebook page and The Blog's Facebook Page knows that I had out patient surgery yesterday.  Well; I am home and recovering and as hard as it is for me to say relaxing.  As someone who is always on the go I am not used to sitting and doing nothing, my Crazy has been put on a slow warm right now.  But it has given me some awesome time to run through Pininterest and find some amazing things to share with you for some quick, easy and cheap things to do this holiday season!!  Remember first and foremost homemade gifts are the best!!  I am always getting hints for homemade!  These amazing pinner's have some fabulous ideas so check out their blogs and pages!! So lets start...

Seriously how great smelling would these be!! Especially if you have a friend that just got a new place and are needing some Christmas decor with this clay your imagination is the limit!
NO COOK CINNAMON ORNAMENT CLAY- takes 1 minute to make & smells AMAZING!:

Do you have a steady hand with a paint brush.  Have a friend or family member who could use a great reminder of the season. Most dollar trees carry heavy duty poster board which I have personally used as canvas before.  Who wouldn't love a homemade picture!
May Your Days Be Merry & Bright - Print #Christmas #Food #Gifts
I know all my friends like candles.  So here is a great idea to use with your old mason jars, pasta sauce, or any old food jars with.  Be creative and its a great way to recycle!!
DIY Stenciled Mason Jar Candle Holder Christmas Lights Instruction - DIY Christmas Mason Jar Lighting #Craft Ideas:

Who doesn't like little keepsakes that can be reused each year!! Especially when its made with the kids help!!!
DIY No-Sew Sock Snowman Craft for Kids and Grownups. Such a fun DIY Gift Idea:

Here is one for that nature lover in your life!!!  Especially here in the south where birds don't leave.
A festive craft the kids will enjoy making and the the birds will love! A homemade birdseed Christmas ornament is inexpensive and exactly what your naked, winter tree needs.:

Now what about for you bakers!  Who wouldn't love to receive some amazing baked goods.
Easy Christmas Tree Brownies #BelongAtBCC:

These were just a few simple ideas that could help you along this Holiday Season!!  Presents do not have to be a expensive this holiday season if you do it from the heart.  Remember its not the price of the gift but the thought that counts!  If you have any idea's please post it below I would love to see them.

Holiday Cheer Everyone!
Angie


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

HOW A LITTLE TYPO MADE FOR A AMAZING CHRISTMAS TRADITION!

How The NORAD Santa Tracker Got Its Start

Okay guys and girls first for those who really know me they know that I am a compulsive obsessive person when it comes to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  I am also in love with a good story as much as the next person. So last year when I stumbled upon this story about how NORAD started tracking Santa I had a good chuckle.  Then to my surprise I was looking at pins on Pinterest tonight and behold the story of the Santa Tracker reappeared in my thread so I figured it was fate I had to share the story with the world. 

 The whole NORAD tracking Santa started because of a typo in the paper. Here is a picture of the ad that Sears Roebuck and Co. posted over 60 years ago.  They didn't realize it but that phone number was not to the Santa they had in place but to the Continental Air Defense Center (Now NORAD).


How would you have felt as someone who works at a military installation  getting a call on the red phone hearing a tiny little voice asking if they could talk to Santa.   However our military men who were working that night proved they were even bigger hero's by just going with it.  But what really warms my heart is that NORAD did not stop at a one time thing, This has become a tradition that has spanned the generations since 1955.  It has become such a tradition that NORAD employees plus others volunteer their time on Christmas Eve to make children happy. But seriously looking at these pictures in the CNN ARTICLE I think the volunteers are just as excited as the kids.

I mean seriously when NORAD releases this statement you know they have the spirit of the Christmas Holiday!

"Our constellation of defense satellites "uses infrared tracking to keep pinpoint accuracy on the heat signature from Rudolph's nose," NORAD says in its promotional materials. "Ground based radar tracking sites relay global positioning updates to our elite fighter pilots, who often escort Santa's sleigh through rough weather." 

On Christmas Eve I always run the Santa Tracker Application on my cell phone... And before you say anything yes I have it on my phone it goes live December first and then does a countdown till when Santa Takes off on December 24th, It however has a NORAD link and that is A+ in my book so the kids and we adults can learn about whats going on in our Military.  Plus don't judge me I have a Christmas Countdown as well!  Below is a shot of what the Tracker looks like in Goggle Play!

Or if you want you can check out the physical website HERE.  This website also goes live with Santa's take off countdown on December 1st as well.

As someone whose family has had a rough year with loss please remember what the holidays are really about. To some there are religious aspects but the underlying theme has been that these holidays are about family and friends.  Keep that door open to everyone who is in your heart and keep a extra plate at your table.  May you be blessed beyond measure this holiday season.

Angie

P.S. let me know what you think comment below!!