Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Eve 12/31/2012

Just a few more hours left in this year. And to chime right in with everyone else who sounds so cliche'  "This year has just flown by"!!

I am praying for a prosperous and blessed 2013.

The kids have one more day off tomorrow from school then its back to the normal routine around here for eveyrone. I have to admit having the hubby home and the kids home its been so nice. We did do a bit of running around for christmas this year a little bit more than I would have liked but we survived. That's the important thing right? lol I learned a lot and I know I can do better for Christmas 2013!! And that is the plan too!!

I was able to make more hm gifts this year than I did last year and I hope I am able to make more for 2013 than I made for 2012

I do believe the key is planning and baby steps. With our budget there is no way we can afford to shop all at once, nor do I want too, that is just too much stress. But being able to do a little bit at a time or make a gift here and there as the year goes along seems to be what works the best for us!! And maybe if I could learn a way to to keep up the momentum all year long would be great as well.

Another thing I would like to do is to have my groceries bought a month ahead at least for December. I gotta tell you hauling groceries in the snow and ice is no joke. Its not fun at all. Maybe if I make it a goal to be at least a month ahead I can save myself from freezing while trying to keep us fed. Not to mention I wont have to fight the crowds at the stores, geez that is an adventure all in its own, lol

So at least I have goals and plans in mind. Here's hoping that I can stay motivated and actually get it done, I am great at planning but the follow through, ugh I don't do well in that much, o.O

Well here's to a prosperous and Blessed 2013!! Cheers!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This weeks Menu 12/17/2012- 12/23/2012

Twas the week before Christmas and all 'round this place, this mama was scrambling, and trying to make haste!!!

Yep the week before Christmas, I am excited, and well not as stressed as years passed and trying hard not to wallow in my sadness as its another christmas without my daddy. I am doing better this year, I am almost done, I've got a few more things to bake a few things to pick up and then well it is what it is and I've turned my focus to Christ and my children where it should have been all along and I've come to the conclusion that if my heart is unburdened because I know I've put Jesus as a priority and my children above all else then I'm good. And I gotta tell you it is so freeing. I am not worried about what this relative or that relative thinks about the gift I'm giving. I am not worried at all. It is what it is and I can't change people so there's no point in my being miserable if it doesn't go exactly like a Hallmark commercial you know??

This year I have put my focus on Jesus is the reason for the season. I've done what I can to be sure that my children will have a nice enjoyable Christmas and that doesn't mean I've bought them the latest and greatest whatnot because I haven't. 

In years past I've been too caught up with what people mostly my relatives think of me. This year I am doing my best not to care what other's think of me. My heart is light with burden  but oh so full of blessings!!! God is so good!!!

Ok so now on to my menu:

Last night we ate out because we went to see the Christmas lights at the park and then went to eat with my mom afterwards, It was nice being able to spend time with her and the hubs and the kids like that I really enjoyed it!!

Tonight the kids have play practice for the Church Christmas play right after school, I'll be making nachos for dinner, quick easy and a hit with my kiddos!!

Wednesday I think I am going to make Cube steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and applesauce

Thursday is the Boy Scout Court of Honor, no idea what it is but we were invited, both of our boys are cub scouts so we are going, and they are serving dinner so we will take a dish to go with that.

Friday: I'm thinking something with rice maybe fahjitas??

Saturday is Christmas get together with my side of the family so everyone is bring appetizers, YUM!!

Sunday If I can make it to Costco, and we have the funds I think I would like to make something rich and yummy like Crab Cakes, hm hushpuppies, baked potatoes and a HUGE salad. Double YUM!!!

Whats for dinner at your house this week??

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Good Morning!! Happy December 1st 2012

OH MY!! December 1st!!! 24 days till Christmas!!

I gotta admit, I am not doing too bad!! I need to get a few more things and I need to stay busy baking and I think it will all come together just fine!!! I decided early on this year not to sweat the small stuff. We are going to have a nice christmas and the best part is it will be a simple christmas. Christ centered and small gathering at home. ♥ this!!!

Today I am up early baking a cake for a friend's step-daughter. She wants Ariel and flowers, lol of course she is like 4 yrs old today so she's pretty excited. I wracked my brain trying to figure out just how to make her cake special and unique but in the end I decided to use some Ariel and mermaid dolls on her cake, that way she gets a cute cake and a gift all in one.

There are a few craft shows going on today to that I would like to check out, might be able to find some more gifts!!! But that all depends on time!!!

Hope you have a great day!!