Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hooo Are you? My Answers!!


1. Do you like to listen to Christmas music? I absolutely LOVE Christmas music! It puts me in such a good mood! I could seriously listen to it year around!

2. Are you one of those people who get all their shopping done early, or do you do most of it in December?
I am a half and half person...I do some before Thanksgiving and I do some in December as well! I like to leave a little for me to do closer to Christmas!

3. Do you set a budget on how much you spend on each person? Yes I usually spend about $20 to $25 on each person but if I can find something for them on sale then I usually do that!

4. Do you send out Christmas cards?
Most years I do but I am not sure if I am going to this year! I am just not feeling it...

5. Do you enjoy this holiday season or does it stress you out?
I like the holiday season but it sometimes stresses me out because I feel like I have too much going on! It just kind of depends!

Monday, November 29, 2010

~A Thankful Weekend~

Hello ladies! I hope everyone had a GREAT Thanksgiving weekend! I sure did! It all started with a Girl's Night Out with some of my girlfriends to see Wicked on Tuesday night! This was my 2nd time seeing it and I just ABSOLUTELY LOVE it! If anyone gets a chance to see it you should! It is wonderful!

Then Wednesday night some of my family members came into town! Thursday morning was a treat...My brother, neice, brother-in-law and I went Thanksgiving morning to the church to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to families around in the area. The church does this every year and it is such a eye opener to see all the families who don't have money for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone of them seems so appreciative of it! Even though they don't have huge houses, and they live in tiny apartments, it was so neat to see all their family members coming together and spending the day with each other! The first apt that we delivered to made me tear up because it makes me feel thankful for everything that I have...growing up I never had to go without and it is hard for me to see people who have to struggle to make ends meet. It brought tears to my eyes. I just feel soo blessed to have the family that I do, that I am able to have a nice warm house to live in, food to eat each and everyday. I am adopted and I am so thankful to be adopted by such loving and caring parents...they have done so much for me and my siblings! I don't know where I would be now if I wasn't adopted by such great people. I truly feel blessed!

I hope each one of you have a Blessed week!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Visions of Sugar Plums" (Part II)

I recently went to our local Hobby Lobby with my BFF and her daughter to get some small Christmas trees and ornaments! They were having such a great sale on Christmas items! Everything was 1/2 off so I definitely HAD to take advantage of that GREAT deal! I wanted a small tree to put in my kitchen to go with my Gingerbread/candy theme that I usually decorate with...I couldn't decide which way looks best so I will post a pic of both!

Here it is in front of the windows....

On my side table with a Gingerbread tree skirt...

I kind of like it in the chair in front of the windows...it gives a rustic feel to it! I'm sure I'll change my mind several times before Christmas! LOL

Hope you have a great week! Stay Warm!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Visions of Sugar Plums"

While visiting a local Hobby Lobby, I found the cutest faux Gingerbread men and candy picks! I HAD to get them because I knew I could make a cute wreath to match all my other Gingerbread men decor! I threw it all together along with some really cute red and white plaid ribbon and "Voila!" here it is:

It is going to go perfect with all my other decor! I can't wait to get everything out and start decorating! I will, however, probably wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating! As much as I LOVE Christmas...I don't want to rush it!

Thanks for looking! Have a great rest of the week!


Pink Hippo Party


A Little Knick Knack

Saturday, November 13, 2010

~Pumpkin Cream Cupcakes~

Last night, me and a couple of my girlies got together for a Girl's Night In! One of the girls made some delicious chicken and baked potatoes, another girl made green bean casserole, and I made dessert! I made some Pumpkin Cream Cupcakes that I found on the Kraft Foods website...they are DELICIOUS! I thought I would share the recipe with everyone!

what you need

1 pkg. (2-layer size) spice cake mix
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg

make it

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

PREPARE cake batter as directed on package. Add dry pudding mix and pumpkin; mix well. Spoon into 24 paper-lined muffin cups.

BEAT cream cheese with mixer until creamy. Blend in sugar and egg; spoon over batter.

BAKE 18 to 21 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 5 min.; remove to wire racks. Cool completely.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day!

In honor of all the men and women who have or is currently serving our country, I would like to Thank You for everything you have done for us! Thank You for fighting for our Freedom! I am so glad that we live in a country where we have the right to live freely and get to worship how we choose! I am soo thankful for that! We are to lucky live in such a great country! God Bless each and everyone of you!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ready For Christmas!

Hello ladies! I would have to say that Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday! I love the bright colored lights...

The smell of sweet treats baking...
Wrapping Christmas presents {of course} while listening to Christmas music!

and last but not least...decorating my house with all kinds of Christmas decorations! I LOVE Gingerbread men so my house is always full of those little guys! {I think my hubby thinks I am nuts!!} I can't wait to start decorating! Since we have a little bit of Fall still left I just wanted to talk about Christmas since I am a little burned out on Fall...I am not normally like this but I am soo ready for the Christmas season this year! I have several projects I plan on doing and activities I am looking forward to! I would love to hear about your favorite holiday traditions, your favorite holiday decor, or all the sweet treats everyone will be baking!

Bring on the Christmas Season! Have a great rest of the week!


Monday, November 8, 2010

HOOO Are You? My Answers!


1. Name two things you consider yourself to be very good at.
I make a pretty mean cake (decorated of course!) and I am a very good listener...whenever anyone has a problem and needs someone to talk to they usually come to me because they know I will listen to what they have to say.

2. Name two things you consider yourself to be very bad at.
Saying No...it is very hard for me to say No to people and the other would have to be trying to small talk with people...some people might think I am rude or non-social but if I really don't have anything to say to someone I usually don't say anything.

3. Do you believe everything happens for a reason?
I believe everything happens for a reason even though I might not like what happens I know there is a reason behind it!

4. What is something you have eaten lately that you shouldn't have?
Probably all the pasta I had for dinner! LOL I think I ate too much of it and probably shouldn't have :)

5. Do you think the time should change or leave it alone?
I think the time should be left alone...it really messes everyone up and makes it hard to get use to! It usually takes me a week to get used to it!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

November-National Adoption Awareness Month!

Hello fellow bloggers! I just read that November is National Adoption Awareness Month!

"Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care."

"Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart - but in it"

On a personal note, I can say that I was adopted by my parents at a young age of 2yrs old. I was adopted along with 2 of my 4 sisters and have been blessed with wonderful parents who have given me and my sisters a great life! We were put in the foster care system and stayed there for several years until my parents adopted us. (My other 2 sisters were adopted by other families) I can honestly say I don't know where I would be if we weren't adopted by such wonderful people! They gave us a life that I could never imagine and I wish that every child in the foster care system could have a chance at a wonderful life like my sisters and I have had! I have a lot of respect for adoptive parents because a lot of children come from such difficult backgrounds and yet they look past that and love these children as their own! My BFF since childhood has a beautiful little girl that she adopted 5 yrs ago from India...it was a long process but she eventually was able to hold her beautiful daughter in her arms! Her little girl has grown into a wonderful little person and is full of life! Adoption is such a wonderful thing and I hope that many children are able to have GREAT lives because of it! I am soo thankful for the opportunities that I have had and the life I have because of it! I couldn't be more blessed!

I hope everyone has a GREAT week!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween, Hotdogs, and a Harley!

Hello blog friends! I had a fun filled Halloween weekend this year! How was yours? Mine started out with a fun Halloween party that I hosted at my house with several of my friends and their kiddos...I think there was a total of 6 adults and 9 kiddos! Then Saturday night I went with another friend and her daughter to a local ranch where they had all kinds of stuff to do like pony rides, a hayride, petting zoo, trick or treating, and more! Sunday (Halloween) I got to spend it with my BFF Terrell and her family! We had a cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs and then her brother took me on my first ride on a Harley! It was such a nice day for a ride and it felt soo good having the wind in my hair! (of course it was a short ride just down the street! LOL) Then after it started getting dark a few of us jumped in the back of her dad's truck and we went trick or treating with her daughter Mirrah and her friend Danielle! They got soo much candy!

{Here is a pic of me and Jon T on his Harley! It was good times!}

I hope everyone had a good weekend and have a good rest of the week!