Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

...because we have so many blessings to count!
Yes, even when things aren't feeling so wonderful, you
 can always find someone who has it so much harder than you!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends...
and happy day to everyone else around the world.
I'm thankful for all of you!

This apple slab pie came out of the oven a little bit ago.
I tweaked a few recipes, used my own crust recipe, and decided
to drizzle it with salted caramel sauce just before serving.
If it's a keeper, I'll share the recipe soon!

Today I made cranberry sauce, stuffing, spiced pecans, a
cheese ball, apple slab pie, pecan pie, and a bacon corn dip!
Just mashed potatoes and rolls to go this evening!
After a pecan pumpkin cobbler in the morning for breakfast,
I won't want to cook for a week! (and I won't! haha)

My Cornish Game Hens are still thawing but feel like solid, frozen
rocks! haha.  Might have to help them along in the morning in a sink
full of water!  Oh dear! haha.....

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Around Here, Lately

  1. We've had fun watching this little Nuthatch run up and down the trunks of the trees lately.  He's been joined by a beautiful Woodpecker who has evaded my camera so far!
  2. The boys have yucky head colds so we just cancelled their day program today and the rest of the week so they could have an extended Thanksgiving break and time to recuperate.  And I admit it was nice not to pack lunches and sleep late this morning!
  3. Thanks to The Mister for coming home early so I could do the big Thanksgiving grocery trip this afternoon.  I am always amused at how many bewildered people there are in the grocery a few days before Thanksgiving.  They are clutching a list, worried and lost, and it's obvious they don't know where anything is located beyond their usual Swanson Frozen Dinners. I helped a few find the sage, whipping cream and one man was desperate to find the Velveeta. haha.
  4. I'm going to spend the day on Wednesday baking pies, rolls and a few other dishes that can be made ahead...probably like many other activities going on in kitchens all across the country.  The Cornish Hens are thawing in the fridge and I get laughed at every time I say how cute they are. :)  But they are!
  5. We had our first dusting of snow this week!  Just enough to cover roof shingles and nestle in curly leaves on the ground.  It didn't last through the morning but it sure made me smile!  We had several inches this time last year.  In contrast, we're supposed to reach 60 degrees on Thanksgiving Day!
  6. Along with my rebellious non-turkey Cornish Game Hens for Thanksgiving, I'm looking forward to a few other new dishes I picked out.  Stuffing baked in a whole pumpkin, Butter Pecan Sliced Sweet Potatoes,  and Apple Slab Pie. Yum.  
  7. Some of our favorite dishes will be there as always, like my homemade rolls, mashed potatoes, homemade whole cranberry sauce and deep dish pecan pie (which doubles as breakfast the next day). ha. 
  8. I'll be around to say hello and post again Wednesday night ...something brief....mainly because all work and no play makes for a very dull girl. haha.  


Saturday, November 21, 2015

In The Autism World, Lately

Sometimes, the notes that come home at the end of the day,
just make me laugh!  Like this one I got yesterday....

Friday, November 20, 2015

Favorites, Part 1 ~ Beauty

I saw a post idea from Marian at 
Miss Mustard Seed that I thought was great.
She listed out her some of her favorite products
from beauty, cleaning, health, etc.
I thought it would be fun to do ~ besides, who
doesn't want to be like Miss Mustard Seed?  I love her!
I decided to break up the topic into categories as to
not have a mile long post.  So here is the Beauty category!

I got quite a few facebook messages and emails asking me
what I use on my face over the last couple of weeks, so
this will answer those questions, too.
We all have our favorites, right?  Feel free to share 
yours, too...I'd love to know what products you
can't live without!

And I apologize to the guys that chat here...this might be
incredibly boring to you, unless you're looking for a nice
gift for your wife.  I'd recommend any of these!

#1 Natural Aqua Gel CURE.  
I use this every morning. It's the best selling
exfoliator in Japan.  I buy if off of Amazon.com.
One use and you'll see why it's so special! 
And it's addicting..haha....I've used it on my 
back, arms, hands, legs...well, you get the idea.

#2. Olay Regenerist Face Lotion.
I've used this for years.  Love it.
I use it morning and night, every day.
Walmart's copy cat is exactly the same,
and less expensive.  

#3.  Makeup by Cara of Maskcara.com
I follow her blog and she is full of lots of great tips.
Check out her Monday Makeovers ~ they are insane!
This is her own makeup line and she's the real deal ~
she's been behind the scenes with the Victoria Secret
models, etc.  She has lots of great tutorial videos, too.
As soon as I started wearing her makeup, I started 
getting questions and comments from strangers on
what I used on my face because my skin was beautiful
and I had a glow.  The skin is from the exfoliators and
the glow is from this makeup!

#4.  Tyme Curling Iron.
I have only had this for two weeks and it's a keeper!
A little pricey but definitely worth saving up for.
It isn't anything like any other curling iron you've ever used
and I actually had to watch some tutorials to learn
how to use it properly.  Amazing, really.  

#5.  Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser.
I've used this for years!  I'm past the age of breakouts
but I still use it because I love the way it removes makeup!

#6  Olay Regenerist Micro-dermabrasion Treatment.
I use this two step treatment every night.
One is an exfoliant scrub and the other a serum.
I've used this for years and it is probably
my very favorite.  It totally changed the skin
on my face...smooth, even, and fresh.
Your skin looks better with every use.

So, there you have it!
Do you use any of these products?
Or if you have your own favorites, I'd love
for you to copy the post idea or share here!

Next part will be Health!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November Rain

Smoke, napping the day away...

 "'Cause nothin' lasts forever, 
Even cold November rain."
....Guns N' Roses