Sunday, December 4, 2016

A BIG SURPRISE FOR THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST

See if you can GUESS where I was on
SATURDAY NIGHT!
Here's a hint!
I have to tell you a bit of the back story.
Grab a cuppa coffee or your vodka drink of choice,
sit back and read.

Kris & I "met" online blogging and we 
"connected" on many levels,
love of home, love of family,
love of her handy-dandy husband, Terry,
love of all things pretty.

One day out of the clear blue 
A MAN CALLED ME.
I didn't recognize the number and debated
on whether to answer.
A voice that I didn't recognize said-
How would you like to come down here?
WEAR A NIGHTGOWN!
BRING SOME $1 BILLS!
BRING 5 LOTTERY TICKETS
and
I WILL PICK YOU UP AT THE MOTEL 
OF YOUR CHOICE!

What went through my mind---
Hmmm...Axe murderer looking for a mark?
MANY other things went through my mind.
(Actually he offered to let me stay with them
but I didn't want to put that on Kris)

He wanted to surprise Kris with ME
for her 
GIRLFRIEND PARTY.

As I walked into the house
~which, let me tell you, her pictures
do NOT do justice to her house-
you have to see it in person to
really appreciate it~
I came in through the back door
as Terry pretended he forgot his wallet
so he could drop me off...
I held a gift bag high up so it covered my face.
Kris was watching me-
and it took her just a few seconds
to realize that it was 
Nana Diana-a real person in real life time!
You can read her 'take' on it here.

We were like BFF's from the first moment on.
Okay- first off- my hair---
I had tried to neaten it up 
by pulling part of it
up and back...
yeah---well- you can see how well that worked out.
Terry said he recognized me in the parking lot by
ALL THAT WHITE HAIR!  lol

Kris is even prettier in person than the picture shows!

WHAT A PARTY!
Okay-
First of all - the FOOD!
And did I mention her friends 
MIGHT BE CRAZY?
This one seemed to ZONE OUT 
right in the middle of
THE PARTY!
I won't name her because 
I don't want her family 
to put her in
THE HOME (yet).
The lady next to her (Sandy)
was wearing a blinking necklace all night.
Luckily, I am not seizure prone because
I sat next to her---

We partied in Terry's 
FIREMAN  CAVE
(much to his distress)
I won't mention that someone,
who shall remain nameless, thus, blameless,
might have broken one of his shelves off the wall.
Not that the party got wild, or anything,
you understand!

Kris had gifts & drawings-  
the gifts that were exchanged 
went to benefit a 
CHARITY OF THE GIVER'S CHOICE!
It was a wonderful night!

I am SO glad that I showed up in
PAJAMAS
with 
DOLLARS
and
LOTTERY TICKETS.

All that was missing was the
POLE DANCING FIREMAN!
Although Kris assures me that he 
does that at home when they are alone...
which sets THIS BOY a'howlin'....
And that's all I'm gonna say about THAT!

Thank you, Kris, for a wonderful,
wonderful party!

Guess what!
I am coming next year and bringing
ALL MY GIRLS
with me!

You can blame Terry for this WHOLE MESS!~

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Happy Happy Birthday, Sweet Cheeks!

I CANNOT BELIEVE
you are
TEN YEARS OLD!

Because if YOU are TEN
then I am.....
thirty, forty,fifty, sixty, 
OLD!
Your birthday was yesterday
but you were out of town..
so, today, this is for you, 
Sweet Cheeks!

My Little Girl is Growing Up!

Look how cute you were at age 3!

Let me take you on a short journey

that started TEN YEARS ago..

The angels sang the day you were born.
You were so small when you were born-

You came early and 

spent 15 days in the NICU.

Nana visited you everyday 

and held you close to her heart.

Then-

When you got home your sisters loved on you

and you grew strong and healthy.
You were a cute toddler-

even when your mom 

thought you were a chicken.
You were such a happy little girl...
Sometimes though you were just 
ONE HOT MESS!

And one time at the 

Christmas Tree Farm

a bush jumped out and grabbed you.

Instead of rushing to rescue you 

your mom had the 

presence of mind to take a  picture 

so that we could all laugh!
One day you ran away from your 

pretty princess outfits
and showed up

dressed for a magazine cover

for downtown Green Bay.

We were so proud of you!
You love the Packers!
You love to dance!

And you love school!

For the first time ever you did not 

have to wear a uniform on the

first day of school.

You ultimately decided you 

LIKED wearing a uniform better!
You love your family, too!
And 

WE LOVE YOU!
Happy Birthday, Honey!

I hope I live long enough to see you 

wearing something like this someday!

Even though you told me I can't 

SIT UP FRONT IN THE CHURCH

because I might

ACT UP!

Seriously?  Me?!!!!

Okay- Okay-you have me pegged 

but just remember

THE NUT DOESN'T FALL
 
TOO FAR FROM THE
 
NANA TREE!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Sweet Cheeks!

Love you to the moon and back!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

TAKE ME-TAKE ME-TAKE ME--Home said the Gingerbread Boy!

I did a post about this a year or two ago.

Several people said 

they had never seen anything like it.

I thought I would post before it

gets any later in the season

in case you want make these for 

your own home.

I have been doing this since my

own kids were small.



You know how a front door says 

WELCOME

when you come in?

Those sleigh bells are off the horses my 

father drove as a young man.

So -there's my 

Happy Hello!

BUT I like my door to say

GOOD-BYE

when someone leaves, too.

And I like to say it NICELY

Unlike some people that will say-

Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

How do I do that?

I let my visitors take a little memento

of their visit with them.

It is called 

Cut and Run Take

Here they are my sweet little

GINGERBREAD BOYS

hanging in a row.

Here's how to make this sweet little door hanging.

Roll out Saran Wrap about 2 feet longer 

than the side of your door.

Lay your Gingerbread Boys in a line 

on the center of the plastic wrap.

leaving about 4-6" between them.

You could also do this with any sturdy

cookie- like a sugar cookie cut 

like a snowflake or star.

Flip them upside down making sure that they

are still in the center

Pull the plastic wrap to the back

overlapping it so they are enclosed 

all the way around.

Gently flip them over and using ribbon

tie a knot above and below EACH one.

Hang some children's scissors on

some curly ribbon from the top

to cut the saran wrap.

When you cut them apart 

you will cut between the ribbons 

leaving each one fully encased in plastic wrap.


Here I am making a cut between the ties.

You start with the bottom one and 

each person can cut off a gingerbread boy 

to take along when they leave.

I hung them on a nail hidden on top of the door jamb.

shhhhh-MyHero hates nails anywhere

I dressed the top with some greenery and red balls.

I love  Gingerbread Boys, don't you?

Sometimes I feel sorry for them though.

Poor things.
pinterest image

The one on the right hears about like 

MyHero does-especially when it comes

to trying to get a chore done!


Now- get in that kitchen and start baking!

As for me..

I will be pushing the gingerbread "boys"

around at the VA this morning

and then I am tied up for most of the day.

Have a great Tuesday! 


OH!  And THIS YEAR I am going

to do this with 

SNOWFLAKES instead of 

Gingerbread boys.

I'll post a picture when I get that far.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

FRENCH TOAST FROM LEFTOVER PUMPKIN PIE!!! Yep- It's true!

Well, I already KNOW you all
think I am crazy..
so I might as well add to my legend!

I wasn't going to post this weekend
but this is too good not to share
while you still have leftover
PUMPKIN PIE!

WHAT do you do with 
LEFTOVER PUMPKIN PIE?
Well, if you live with ME
you might just get a piece of
THIS!
Well. you will notice that I didn't
POLISH the silverware for you!
Shhh..close your eyes and only look at the toast, m'kay?

Do you have some of THIS around your house?
You know the crust gets kinda 'soggy'
and it loses a bit of its appeal, right?
Well, cheer up!
I have a FIX IT for you!

Here is what you will need:
Scrape a few tablespoons of pumpkin pie
off the crust and spread it on
one slice of 
WHITE BREAD.
(It does NOT taste nearly as good 
on whole grain bread-sorry)
Spread some softened CREAM CHEESE
on the another slice of white bread.
Whip 2 eggs with about 1/2 cup of 
half and half and 
a teaspoon (or more) of GOOD VANILLA!
Put the two slices of bread together and
DIP THEM into the EGG MIXTURE.

They should be saturated but not too soggy.
Place it in a preheated buttered frying pan
and cook over medium to medium-high heat.
Oh! Yeah! Baby!
Wait til ol' bj over at Sweet Nothings 
sees this-
She is gonna think she died and went to
BREAKFAST HEAVEN!
She is my
"recipe tester"!

Now, I also made another one but forgot to 
take pictures.
Same thing EXCEPT-
Spread one side with Cream Cheese,
Add 2 Tablespoons leftover Cranberry Sauce,
Put a few thin slices of turkey breast 
on the other side.
Dip in egg and fry just like regular french toast.
Different and OH SO GOOD!

Easiest way to start a fight at the 
DESSERT TABLE!
You all have a great rest of the weekend.
I am recovering from a 
FRENCH TOAST COMA!