Monday, November 19, 2018

MONDAY MORNING PUMPKIN & PROZAC

Well,
the countdown is on,
isn't it?

I am sitting by the fireplace
with my morning
cup of 
"Thank You God Coffee".

In our rental I am looking
towards our dining area
and loving my 
opaline pumpkin.
I am headed to work in a bit
and starting to plan on how to deal
with the upcoming
Thanksgiving Day.
I think this will work.....
Here's hoping YOU have a
STRESS FREE
Thanksgiving!

Happy Monday!
your photo name

Friday, November 16, 2018

POKE ME WITH A FORK-I THINK I'M DONE!

Does anyone remember that commercial?
The one with the line that went-
Poke me with a fork I think I'm done?

Well, I remember hearing the ad and it was
often repeated by a little neighbor boy, Brett.
Brett also carried a NAKED blond Barbie doll around 
AND he called it Mrs.Kosmoski!
SERIOUSLY!
.....and now you know my real name.....

Anyway- That might have been 
a tad too much information
so let's move along to cooking, shall we?

It's all about turkey right now
but if you are looking for an
EASY recipe to use leading up to
THANKSGIVING--
this might work!

I am basically lazy when it comes to meals.
There- I've said it.  It's true!
So, that means 
I LOVE EASY MEALS.

Does this look EASY?
Well, it is.
Brown 4 pork chops in 1 Tablespoon of butter over 
Medium-high heat.
Kinda fuzzy picture, huh? 
Hey!  You want perfect pictures?
Buy a magazine!
Or visit a blog with a better photographer.
I'll work on it.
While those are browning,
Core and slice about 5 - 6 apples.
I used 2 big Honey Crisp and 
3 or 4 Braeburns that I had.
Use more apples than you think you will want 
because they cook down.
Throw them in the crockpot.
Sprinkle heavily with cinnamon 
(or Apple Pie Spice-that's what I used)
and 1/3 cup brown sugar.
Place browned pork chops on top of apples.
Salt and pepper them to taste.
Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.

I served ours with rice and broccoli
and coffee in a Pumpkin cup.
Trust me- there will NOT be any leftovers!

So- Here's the recipe-

Slow Cooker Pork Chops & Apples
4 boneless pork chops
4-5 large apples of choice
Cinnamon  or Apple Pie Spice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple juice or apple cider.
(I used cranberry juice this time)
Salt & Pepper 

Brown pork chops over medium high heat in 1T melted butter.
Core and slice apples and toss them in crock pot.
Sprinkle with Apple Pie Spice or Cinnamon
(I would estimate I used 3 or 4 teaspoons)
Sprinkle with the brown sugar.
Pour apple juice over it.
(I didn't have any apple juice/cider so I used Cranberry juice and it was delicious)
Layer on the pork chops.
Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.
Enjoy!

AND - if you see one of THESE lying around
naked please DO NOT call it
Mrs. Kosmoski!!!
I don't want the neighbors to talk.

your photo name

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CHRISTMAS FANTASY HOUSE!!!

While the momma's away
the girls will play!Momma Cat is off on a 
belated honeymoon
(in Canada)
Yeah- I know- who goes to Canada
this time of year, right?

I am staying with the girls
while their mom is gone.
On Saturday, I took two 
of the girls 
to the 
Christmas Fantasy House in
Milwaukee, WI.
Grandgirl#3 was engaged in
 tryouts with her dad.

All proceeds from the walk go to the 
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE!

Always before it has been a
mom/daughter/daughter-in-law
Christmas walk here in our own town.
Sadly, they have cancelled the
Christmas walk the last two year...
so--on to a new tradition, I guess.

Ready for a peek?
Bear with me on the pictures.
I am having a terrible time with the new
PicMonkey---don't get me started.
Anyone else having problems?

Anyway- the 
~FANTASY HOUSE~
was beyond amazing.
Each decorator took a different room
in the multi-million dollar home.

Here are some of the things we saw:
Staircase side of the living room.
The bows on the stairwell post
The living room was lovely-
The kitchen was decorated by:
READY?
Goodwill!!!!  LOL
Yes. It.Was.
There were garden stakes behind the headboard in 
one of the guest bedrooms:
and that guest bathroom was delightful.
A dress form dressed for Christmas
A trio of trees in a bedroom
A little girls's room in pink and silver
There were elves in the laundry room
They had hung their clothes to dry:
 There were elf wreaths on hangers, too.
Every little boy's room needs a 
Christmas teepee, right?
There was so much more to see-
but I won't overload you with pictures.

I don't decorate for Christmas until after
THANKSGIVING
but it was fun to look and dream and plan.

Oh--and just so you know--
I did NOT wash my hands in 
THIS SINK!!!!
Would you believe that I did not get a 
picture of the two girls together?
BAD NANA!!!

And for those of you that 
DRINK A LOT OF WINE-
Save those corks.
Then you, too, can make
ornaments like these!
uh..huh...
just don't be working with the hot glue gun
to make these
WHILE YOU ARE DRINKING WINE.
You're welcome!

I may take up drinking myself---
I have 3 teen/pre-teen girls to
"lead to good decisions"
for the week!
Lordy--pray for me, will ya?

your photo name

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS

I am ashamed to say

that I don't

always think about what the cost

is for my freedom.

I don't always think about

the person that laid

down their life so that

I can enjoy the freedoms

this country allows.

I don't always think about

the day-to-day struggles that

some of our veterans must deal with...

the physical, emotional, spiritual end

of it.

I do think about my Father,

a vet of WWI (yes-WWI)-

He was a young man in the service

and an old man when I was born (53).

I do think about my Uncle Samuel,

that fought in the Korean War~

but I don't ever remember him

mentioning it.

I do think about my foster brother, Gene,

that was part of the Vietnam war years...

the war that wasn't a war,

or so they say.

I do think about my nephew, Scott,

that suffered permanent damage

when he was fired on as

he guarded one of

Sadam's palaces.

And, I do think about a man

that has a blog..

A man that I met in my blog travels...

you know when you hit that

Next Blog button on the top..

This is a man that gave it all

for his country...

and is now but a shadow

of his former self, on the outside..

Inside- he is a fighter of the

greatest magnitude.

I have a soft spot for 

Kurt The Krippled Warrior.

He lives a hard life but asks

for no pity or sympathy.


I also think about my 

old classmate, Tom,

that was a chief petty officer

in the Navy.

I haven't seen him in years but

I remember his infectious laugh.

I am sure he kept his

Navy friends laughing

with his wit and humor.

The only picture I could find of him

(along with his lovely wife)

Today, I raise a salute 

to EVERY man or woman

that fights (or has fought) for all of us.


God Bless Our Veterans

and those that are serving

our country today.

Without them- we have no hope.
your photo name

Monday, November 5, 2018

A PUMPKIN POEM--OUT WITH THE ORANGE-IN WITH THE WHITE


Oh Pumpkin,. Oh Pumpkin,

You used to be so bright.

You glowed like neon.

You shone like a light.


Now you have calmed down,

And I love the sight,

Now that you're painted,

A pretty off-white.
Yesterday, Yesterday,

You looked like this,
But I took the chalk paint,

and gave you a kiss.
Then, when you were dry,

Valspar touched your  face.

Oh!  How I love you-

You belong in this place.


The last rose of summer,

Graces this little vignette.

And I painted that gourd

while you were still wet.
Good day little pumpkins,

I am off to the races.

But I will return,

To see your sweet faces.
Here you were before

My lovely little gourd.
And here you are now-

On my cutting board.
Thanks for the visit,

Please stay a while,

I promise I'll try

To give you a smile.
Have a great day!!!!

And remember~

Put on your nicest dress when you go to Walmart-

because you never know when the 

paparazzi will be following you.

See what I mean?


You have been warned!
your photo name

Thursday, November 1, 2018

HAPPY NOVEMBER 1ST

I hung out at my daughter's house
last night.
One of her best friends was there
and we shared lots of 
giggles over past escapades
(theirs not my own).
The teenagers in the group were
especially interested in
WHAT DID MOM DO 
WHEN SHE WAS MY AGE?

Sadly (or not so sadly)
they had not done much of anything
they weren't supposed to do-
although they had 
"mouths" on them sometimes
and managed to get scolded by teachers
for things like cutting across 
several blocks to shorten their
'GYM WALK FOR EXERCISE'.

I do have some pictures that I need to get downloaded
and share with all of you.

But for now- I will leave you with this...
Marty McFly-
The Scuba Diver-
Dorothy-Wizard of Oz--as a blond!
Off they go~
The convicts-
and
The Cat!
I won't mention that she couldn't find
AN EYEBROW PENCIL
so she drew her whiskers on with
NAIL POLISH!
"Mom" might (or might not)

have had a word or two to say about that!

And- let's not forget
ELVIS!!
Ain't no hound dog at his house!

I am proud to say I only ate
FOUR PIECES
of 
HALLOWEEN CANDY!
AND
NO THEY WERE NOT GIANT CANDY BARS-
Thanks for asking!

I hope everyone has a wonderful first day of 
NOVEMBER
(and no sugar hangover).

See you soon!!!
your photo name