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    Happy Halloween

    Posted by K on October 31, 2008

    I’m a little bummed today, we’re not going to be able to go on our trip because yesterday our van decided to die.  It’s either the battery, starter or something else.  Hubby is looking into it, but at this point we’ve cancelled our reservations and are planning an at home halloween.  On the plus side, we were able to vote this morning, it only took us about 20 minutes, I was so worried we were going to be in line for hours, but they had their shit together this morning.  In more halloween related news, Pardon the Witches!

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    Memorial day

    Posted by K on May 22, 2008

    Monday is Memorial Day so we are throwing common sense to the wind and going out of town.  Gas prices are now $3.85 here.  My dilemma is I NEED to get away from the everyday.  I’m about to crack!  Plus this weekend is my family reunion in North Carolina.  So we are going to drive there (and spend loads on gas I’m sure) and camp to make up for the cost of gas.  If we couldn’t camp we probably wouldn’t be going.  Even the cheap hotels are still $200 for the weekend.  Most of my family isn’t going this year for one reason or another, so that was another consideration.  Each year we cleanup and put flowers on the graves of my mother’s family that is buried up there (there is probably 35-40 total graves).  Someone needs to do this, and I won’t let it go undone.  Hopefully it will be the chance to relax that we all need and a chance to spend some quality time with my family.  Also it’s our last trip with Ray before she goes home June 6th.

    Posted in holidays, Travel | 1 Comment »

    Happy New Year!

    Posted by K on February 7, 2008

    We went out to dinner for Chinese New Year last night. Our exchange student was feeling homesick. New Year is their biggest holiday and she always spends it with her family. I think she felt better after dinner. She spoke with her family before she left for school, since there is a 13 hour time difference. Basically New Year’s came while she was sitting in Chemistry class. Here’s how she taught us to say Happy New Year in Chinese. The words at the top are spelled how it sounds, not spelled correctly.

    happy new year

    (shin nian kuai la)

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    Yuletide Trivia

    Posted by K on December 11, 2007

    by Dorothy Morrison found here

    • Modern-day astronomers say that the famous Star of Bethlehem wasn’t a star at all. More than likely, it was either a comet or an astronomical phenomenon caused by the conjunction of several planets at once.
    • According to historical records, the first American Christmas festivities took place in Jamestown in 1607. The celebration was a device to cheer up the forty settlers who had survived living in the New World. (The original number was one hundred.)
    • Because the British Parliament felt Christmas was a heathen holiday, they officially abolished all related festivities in 1643.
    • The historical records of 1836 show Alabama as the first state in the Union to give Christmas the status of legal holiday. Oklahoma was the last state to conform; they didn’t declare it a legal holiday until 1907.
    • The first commemorative Christmas stamp was issued in Austria in 1937.
    • Donder (not Donner), was the original name of the reindeer who helped pull Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. He was paired with Blitzen, whose name means lightning.
    • The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written specifically as a sales gimmick for the Montgomery Ward Company in 1939 by one of their employees, Robert L. May. The little book was given freely to every customer who shopped there during the holiday season.
    • The candy cane first gained popularity in churches, where it was given as a treat to children who behaved themselves during services.
    • Eggnog wasn’t always the creamy, rich drink we know today. It’s a derivative of a seventeenth-century ale called “nog.” The Irish celebrated each Christmas Eve by drinking a pint or so, for in their country all pubs were closed on Christmas Day.
    • Gingerbread houses became popular holiday gifts during the nineteenth century after the Brothers Grimm released the story of Hansel and Gretel.
    • St. Francis of Assisi introduced the singing of carols to holiday church services.
    • The first American carol—a song entitled “Jesus is Born—was written by Reverend John de Brebeur in 1649.
    • At midnight on the Christmas Eve of 1914, German gunfire suddenly halted and was replaced by the singing of carols. At daybreak, the German soldiers began to call out “Merry Christmas” to their foes. Before long, both sides had declared a truce, shook hands with each other, and exchanged gifts of food, cigarettes, and liquor. The merriment and goodwill lasted for three days.
    • Along the shores of the Mississippi river—especially along the Louisiana coastline—bonfires are lit on Christmas Eve. Their purpose is to guide the way for Father Christmas.
    • The image of Santa as we know it today was popularized by none other than the Coca-Cola Company.
    • St. Nick doesn’t get a vacation after the winter holidays. Since he’s also the patron saint responsible for Greece, Russia, sailors, merchants, pawnbrokers, bakers, prisoners, children, and wolves, he’s a very busy spirit year ‘round.

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    handmade pledge

    Posted by K on November 21, 2007

    Besides pledging to make or buy handmade items for others, the site is a great resource to links of all kinds of crafty goodies!

    I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

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    holiday gifts

    Posted by K on November 15, 2007

    The more I look into this homemade Christmas, the more I’m liking the idea of it. I’ve been scouring the web to find ideas. Now I’m just trying to figure out when I’ll get these things all done. Luckily, my stay at home hubby is helping lots. Well when he can, in between watching the little girl who can RUN around now, not just walk!

    Here’s another good list of ideas that are cheap/free

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    more holiday gift ideas

    Posted by K on November 13, 2007

    Do you have any cool ones to add?

    gourmet hot cocoa recipes
    chocolate peanut butter buckeyes
    crisp spiced nuts
    sugar coated pecans
    mitten ornaments
    cute felt hairbows
    grosgrain hairbows
    scotty dog stuffed animal
    wee bunny stuffed animal
    christmas pinatas
    Ruby doll
    owl pennant
    headbands

    Posted in handmade, holidays | 4 Comments »

    holiday giving

    Posted by K on November 13, 2007

    We’re poor, and it sucks majorly, especially around this time of year when everyone expects presents. Well maybe not expects, but I feel like shit going to a get together and everyone has a present for you and you have nothing for them. So I figure we have two options, don’t go, or make something. I was leaning towards not going, but my mother in law had a good idea to bake stuff. So here’s what we’ll be making, a set of 3 loaves for each family. The pumpkin bread I’ve made before, the others I still need to test. To go with the pumpkin bread, make my mil’s spread, take one package of cream cheese and mix in one cup of apple butter (add more if needed). Keep it chilled and it’s delicious on a slice of pumpkin bread. I found all the recipes at allrecipes.com If anyone is on a low fat diet, they’re screwed 🙂

    Pumpkin Spice Bread

    Submitted by: Delora Lucas
    Prep Time: 10 Minutes
    Cook Time: 1 Hour Ready In: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
    Yields: 32 servings

    INGREDIENTS:

    3 cups sugar
    1 cup vegetable oil
    4 eggs, lightly beaten
    1 (16 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
    3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    1/2 cup water

    DIRECTIONS:
    1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil and eggs. Add pumpkin and mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to the pumpkin mixture alternately with water. Pour into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-65 minutes or until bread tests done. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack; cool completely.

    Lemon Blueberry Bread

    Submitted by: Felicia
    Prep Time: 30 Minutes
    Cook Time: 1 Hour Ready In: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
    Yields: 12 servings

    INGREDIENTS:

    1/3 cup melted butter
    1 cup white sugar
    3 tablespoons lemon juice
    2 eggs
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup milk
    2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1/4 cup white sugar

    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan.
    2. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, 1 cup sugar, juice and eggs. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into egg mixture alternately with milk. Fold in lemon zest, nuts, and blueberries. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Remove bread from pan and drizzle with glaze. Cool on a wire rack.

    Banana Sour Cream Bread

    Submitted by: Esther Nelson
    Prep Time: 10 Minutes
    Cook Time: 1 Hour Ready In: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
    Yields: 32 servings

    INGREDIENTS:

    1/4 cup white sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    3/4 cup butter
    3 cups white sugar
    3 eggs
    6 very ripe bananas, mashed
    1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 teaspoons baking soda
    4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease four 7×3 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
    2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans.
    3. Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

    Ok I think I may try and make one of these for each family too with their name on it and the year perhaps?

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    Jack o Lantern

    Posted by K on October 30, 2007

    We got our hands all covered in pumpkin guts last night carving our jack o lantern for this year. My oldest daughter requested a happy face pumpkin, so my darling husband got to work on a design. See their handiwork below.

    and of course it wouldn’t be halloween without two halloween songs, sung by my sweet girl with her lovely southern accent!

    Posted in Halloween, holidays, Kiddos | 1 Comment »