Tuesday, December 10, 2019

USE THOSE BEAUTIFUL CARD BOXES AS GIFTS (WITH A TWIST)

I have done a post about this before
but I wanted to do it again
just in case you need a
Little sumthin/sumthin to take along
to give as a little gift.

AND you can use those beautiful boxes
that Christmas cards come in---
you know the ones that are so pretty
you don't want to throw them out.
Here is a use for them.
It's the sweetest little gift ever!

This is 
THE EASIEST HOMEMADE
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
ever.
I wish I could tell you where
I got the recipe but I can't remember.



Here's how to take the box below
and turn it into a 
special gift.
Don't you hate to throw them away
because they have such pretty
"faces"?
They make wonderful little
Candy Boxes.
Open the box and line it with tin foil.
Butter the tin foil.
Then make this:

EASY PEASY PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE

In pan over medium heat melt
2 sticks of butter
When melted stir in 
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy.
Like this.
Stir in one teaspoon REAL vanilla.
Add 3 cups CONFECTIONERY SUGAR
(not granulated)
(That old tin scoop belonged to my Mom-Good Housekeeping 1954)
I beat it quickly with a hand mixer
(it sets up fast) 
and then pour it into the 
buttered foil lined box.
Put it in the fridge to harden
and as soon as it sets up
lift it out and wrap it in 
parchment paper,
then wrap it with a piece
of ribbon and place it
back in the box.
 I pick up odd knives all year here and there
and include one in each box.

Or you can buy real knives at
Wallyworld for about 59 cents each.

The fudge stays fresh
until they cut it.

Put the lid on and it presents
like this when opened.
 Recipe:
SMOOTH AND EASY
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
2 sticks butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups confectionery sugar
In saucepan:
Melt butter
Stir in peanut butter and vanilla.
Use hand mixer (or mix by hand)
and quickly
mix sugar in. It sets up fast.
Place in tinfoil lined box and
set in fridge until hard.
This is the smoothest peanut
butter candy I have ever made.
This recipe makes two card boxes 
full OR 1 8x8 buttered pan.
It's quick, easy and just
a sweet little surprise.
Save a few pieces for your friends.
 Let them eat this while you sip
black coffee or diet Coke.
Remember...
The fatter THEY get the 
THINNER YOU LOOK
next to them!

It's nice to have some
HEALTHY SNACKS 
this time of year, too.

Have a GREAT DAY...
I will be finishing up a couple of 
Christmas gifts tonight and then
I AM DONE!!!-
Well, except for cooking, baking, washing, ironing, cleaning, scrubbing,disinfecting,
need I go on?????

CALGON--TAKE ME AWAY...
for all of you youngsters...
that is an old ad for relaxing 
in a bathtub!
(which I used to do while floating a
plastic bowl of M&Ms in the tub
while four kids were screaming
outside the door)...
now THOSE were the days!!!!

Happy Tuesday!!!


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Sunday, December 8, 2019

PICK YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TABLE-RESULTS

WOW!
What the What?
I thought that I could
put together this post in a 
few minutes...lol..
WRONG-O

Seriously~
What is WRONG with you people?
You all leave me such fun comments
and I want to repost them all--
but I can't.
So, I will get right to it and only
make a few
snide complimentary weird comments
as I seat you at your table.

First, I want to tell you that I will be bringing
Laurie (Where The Spruce Trees Grow)
to each of your tables to visit.
She will be the one holding my arm,
because she has been very open about
being blind now and needing some help
finding her seat--er....chair.
Anyway, when you see her-
shove over and make room, m'kay?

Here were your choices~

Plus I had to Add #10
for all the whiners that insisted on plaid.
Seating is as such:

Table #1-Naturally Lovely
Tom!(yay-he picked a table this time), Vee, Tete, Patti, Dolly, Lorrie-(requested NO puddlegums-look it up-lol). Jane, Penny, Tessa, Melanie, Krishna, Mxdoxis,  Cecilia, Dewena & Carolyn.

Table#2-Jewels Galore
Ma, Linda/LaCarte, Rose, Carla, Lorraine(paid me a lovely compliment-I can see I have HER fooled), Pam & Linda/Fairy Blogmother

Table #3-Simply Red
Kathy (didn't like ANY of them but settled on this one) 
Sandi(but prefers plaid-as you will see-she moved), Debra, Jack & Sherry(our travelers), Happy, Sally, Jan/LowCarb, Terri D, Michelle, Saimi, Kim, LaTane, Jan Edmonds, DebbieDabble, and last, but not least,
Woody(Hey!  We suckered another guy in)!

#4-Perfect Pear Tree
A small, but wonderful group-
bobbi, Suz, Racheld, Cindy,
Marilyn, Ellen, Lisa K & Laura

#5-A Dearly Loved Table
Jenn(whined for plaid & moved when I posted it),
Theresa, Dawn, Carol (didn't like any of them-lol), Sandra(insists on an END seat-Liked 10 better but thought the chairs looked uncomfortable), Cindy/Creations, Keshakeke, Jo, Shelia, Julie,
Jenny-(the Pirate or Nomad-never know who she is going to show up as), Judy & Ellen(loves the vintage color)

#6-Grapefruits, Lemons & Oranges-Oh My!
Henny, Kay G, Nellie (is bringing a casserole)
and then we have THIS ONE:
Missy-Number one or is it number six? I really don’t want you to go to any trouble .. I can’t eat in the kitchen if I’m coming to your house.. I really appreciate the invite. I guess I better get serious about picking this table.. I have to take a second look. Hold on a minute.
I think I’m going to take number six. Number one looks like it has a lot of dirt on it. I’m sure you’ll have something to say about that. 
She also added that she COULD eat in the kitchen in a 2nd comment)  I don't need to say a thing-she did it for me.

#7-Starlight-Starbright
Vonda, Ann, Deserae, Sylvia,
Lisa M & this THIS ONE:
DJ-OK. This is so not easy. At first, I wanted #2 because you know...purple and teal. BUT then I saw #4. But then I realized that the cups and the tree decor didn't match. So that is totally out of the question. However, I did notice that at #7 the paper chain looked very much like dollar bills instead of just paper. So I am leaning toward that table. Because..money. If all this is too much trouble, just put me at the table with the guy that always brings the drinks. Maybe you could talk him into sitting at #7 and we can count the money while we eat.
So, Ron is sitting here-too-like it or lump it.

#8-Seeing Red & A Bit Of Blue
Jettie, LJK/Lauren, Sandi/DandelionTea,
Adam, Jeanie and
Louise(Insists on sitting by the fireplace)

#9-Sprigs & Bells
Kris, bj(and her date is Johnny Depp-don't ask-but apparently she has dumped Ron)
Diane, Fran, Susan Kane, Bless,
Doris, Rita, Linda/ItsyBitsy, Akasha,
(Buildmeup/Buttercup-sorry can't resist)

#10-PLAID FOR THE WHINERS
LV (NOT one of the whiners), 
Mevely(moved from Table#3),
Sandi/RoseChintz(also moved from Table#3).
Connie, Debby Ray. Terri S(said the plates take her breath away-hoping it's not an asthma attack-not funny-I know- give it up-you came here looking for abuse and I give it-no whining),
Lisa, Jenn-(MOVING tables-will bring pies to make up), Phyllis, Sheri/RedRose
and CHERI-(this is PART of what she said-Well, this is certainly hard!!!!! I thought about #4 because I love the green glasses (which I have my husband's grandmother's antique ones like them)....but the Pear Tree really isn't my thing!!!! Then I thought about #8 because RED is my favorite color...but it's maybe a little TOO RED. So I went with #10 because I love the plaid and it's more "homey"...I'm not a formal type of person! 

So-there you have it!
Another successful seating arrangement.
Now, I KNOW I surely forgot someone
so PLEASE let me know if I forgot you.
Some of you email me or leave your choice on FB so I hope I got all of you.
If not-SPEAK UP!

Off to watch 
The Packers
play some football.
Making chicken and wild rice soup
and started Zicam for the first time.
I will let you know how THAT goes.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR PLAYING ALONG!

Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon.
Back in a couple of days with
more nonsense!
SHAUGHNESSY

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR FRIEND LAURIE-WHERE THE SPRUCE TREES GROW

I have followed
Laurie 
since she started blogging,
I think.
Her first blog, as many of you will remember,
was called
In My Dreams I See.

Laurie has had many 
ups & downs over the years.
Many of you know her story,
that she had an accident at
a home she where she was working-
a brain injury.
A brain injury that affected
her eyesight---that most
important sense for an artist.

Her sight has gradually worsened
over the years,
along with a host of other problems
caused by the brain injury.

Now, sadly, her sight has been taken
from her AND to add insult
to injury (literally),
her blog disappeared.

She is back up and running-
of a sort-but is unable
to SEE the pictures
we post.

She will follow along as best she can.
Please Please Please
pop by her blog and 
cover her with 
BLOGGER LOVE.
She will appreciate it
and you will be glad you did it.

The link is:
Where The Spruce Trees Grow

And, if you are so inclined,
say a little prayer that she
is able to deal with this
adjustment in her life.

Thank you all so much!
I will be back in a day or so 
with the results of
Pick Your Favorite Christmas Table.
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Friday, November 29, 2019

PICK YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPE

OKAY!
I am inviting 
YOU ALL
to my house for 
Christmas Dinner!

How should I set my table?

#1
NATURALLY LOVELY
floral table settings for Christmas

#2
JEWELS GALORE
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#3
SIMPLY RED
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#4
PERFECT PEAR TREE
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#5
A DEARLY LOVED TABLE
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#6
GRAPEFRUIT, LEMONS & ORANGES-OH MY!
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#7
STARLIGHT STARBRIGHT


#8
I'M SEEING RED (AND A BIT OF BLUE)

#9
SPRIGS AND BELLS
#10
ADD THE PLAID (for all the whiners)

So-there you have it!!!

Y'all know the drill
Pick ONE---
Yes-Read that AGAIN-
PICK ONE TABLE~!

I will apply my usual sass 
to the follow up post..
NO ONE is safe from being
targeted--so pick well!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!

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 (yep-still haven't found our 'new' home yet)
 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!

We are celebrating 
THANKSGIVING
tonight----don't ask.....
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Monday, November 18, 2019

I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!! A PECAN PIE FOR THANKSGIVING---YUMMMMMMMM

Do you know that hardly
ANYONE
in my family
likes nuts?

Can you IMAGINE that?
I can't!
I have always loved nuts!

Peanuts,
Almonds,
Walnuts,
Cashews,
Brazil Nuts,
Pistachios,
You name it- I love it.

But my FAVORITE of all time
is probably
PECANS!

Gotta love those pecans!
At Thanksgiving I always
make at least one
PECAN PIE.

Now I have always used a
traditional recipe for
Pecan Pie
but when I spotted this recipe
I thought it would be fun
to try it for
Thanksgiving.

This came from
If you can't read it 
I have typed it out here for you.

Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie

1- 10" pie crust (I use Pillsbury Dairy Case)
1 TBS powdered sugar
4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter @ room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 TBS all purpose flour
2 TBS milk
1-1/2 tsp vanilla (I use a bit more)
1-1/2 cups pecan halves

Preheat oven to 325º
Fit pie crust into 10" cast iron skillet
Sprinkle pie crust with powdered sugar

Whisk eggs in large bowl until foamy
Whisk in brown sugar and next 6 ingredients
Pour mixture into pie crust and top with1-1/2 cups pecan halves

Bake at 325º for 30 minutes
Reduce oven temp to 300º
Bake 30 more minutes
Turn oven off and let pie stand
in oven with door closed
for three (3) hours.

Serve with dollop of whipped cream

Just so you know-
there are many NUTS in this family
which lends itself to
much hilarity at family gatherings.
We don't all go out to eat at
restaurants very often because
the family gets LOUD...even though
most of us don't drink.
We laugh about everything
and some poor soul is usually the
BUTT of the jokes--
but the VICTIM changes
on a whim.
Anyone else have a family like that?

My Hero does his best to ignore
everyone and pretend he is just
a visitor at the table.
Yep- one in every family!

By the way,
I am home from vacation
and as soon as I figure out how to get
my pictures out of that darned
CLOUD
I will be posting some pictures.
I promise you will NOT see ANY
pictures of me in a bikini--
YEAH---Wouldn't want you to 
lose your appetite
before Thanksgiving.

Hmmmm...on the other hand-
maybe that's not such a bad
deterrent for overeating....
nah..........never mind..........


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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

SWEET CHEEKS PICKS/DROPS/SMASHES A PUMPKIN

If you have seen this before
I apologize.
I think it will be a recurring post
every Fall for me.

I couldn't resist

posting this again.

for all you

PUMPKIN PICKERS.

This is SweetCheeks

at two years old.

She is 12 now.

Here she is holding

THE PUMPKIN

she picked out.
..AND..

Here she is about 

15 seconds later.
Ummmmm.....

Poor SweetCheeks!

I love that we have a

moment like this forever

frozen in time.

Someday she will show this

to her own granddaughter

and smile a sweet

little smile of remembrance.

I hope you have a 

Smashingly good Wednesday..

and I mean that in the

NICEST WAY!;>)
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