Monday, December 27, 2010

Meet Me On Monday!

Welcome to my more 'personal' blog.  Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read. Do you want to know who the person is behind all those words? Every Sunday Java from Never Growing Old will post five get to know you questions that we can copy and paste into our own Monday meme post. 


I hope you also drop by my book blog BITSY BLING BOOKS. I have lots going over there too!


What is Charlie doing for New Year's Eve?
I'm really lame.  I never, ever do anything on New Year's Eve.  For me, New Year's Eve ranks right up there with birthdays -- I can't stand it.  It means another year has gone by and I'm getting older.  I know, that's a negative way to look at it. Instead, I should be celebrating all the good accomplishments and looking towards the bright future.  Yeah, yeah...I think I will be reading in bed and grumbling about stupid drunks and the neighbors damn fireworks.  Bah-Humbug and all that....


How tall is Charlie?
I'm taller than a bread box, but shorter than an offensive line man. I'm around 5'5 -- maybe 5'4 if I'm shrinking.


What is Charlie's favorite pudding flavor?
I don't like pudding -- it's slimy and reminds me of baby food -- or things you eat when you're sick.  Yuck 


What room of the house does Charlie blog the most in?
It's a tie between the living room and my bedroom.  I split my blogging time equally so neither part of the house feels left out.  

What is Charlie's best physical feature?

I would say my full lips.  When I was younger fleshy lips weren't all the rage -- but now everyone is plumping or injecting to get what I was born with!  However, my husband would probably say my hazel eyes that change from brown to green depending on weather and mood.  He's an eye guy and an eye doctor.  Naturally, he would fall for a great pair of marbles ;)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Be JOLLY By GOLLY!!!

Be JOLLY By GOLLY!
The Master Bedroom "Mama's Tree"
I have two trees in my home. A formal one in my family room (see Bitsy Bling Books) and my precious "Close To The Heart" tree in my master bedroom. This is a very special tree because it is decorated with all the ornaments my kids have made for me over the years. Also, on our honeymoon in Hawaii my husband and I purchased our first Christmas ornament. Since then, we've made it a tradition to buy an ornament from every place we visit on vacation. We've gathered a fantastic collection and each year that I put them up I think about all the good times our family has shared. They weren't perfect vacations, but that is what made them so special. I've got some great and side-splitting stories, most of them involving my mom. Yes, grandma went along with us on several adventures. As I hold the hockey stick ornament from Whistler, I think about the time grandma decapitated the kids snowman on skies.


This year's ornament was purchased just last month during a get-a-way in San Francisco. I bought a handmade fish from a small store in Chinatown. I didn't realize until after I shot the photo that behind it is the ornament we purchased from the Hotel Coronado when we vacationed in San Diego. So far the farthest I've journeyed to buy an ornament is Venice, Italy. Yep, I bought a tiny carnival mask in memory of the trip.


Artist styling of Gabe
As I mentioned, the memories on the tree aren't just from places our family has visited, but also include all the adorable handmade gifts my children have made for me over the years.  I cherish the school projects and we giggle every time we hang them.  My daughter inherited the artist gene, while my son is athletically gifted, he is more challenged in area of crafts.  We still love him, even though we laugh at his expensive!  This year was special because it was the first time I've decorated the house without him home.  He is a freshman student and football player at the University of Nevada.  I miss him terribly, but am very proud. He comes home Thursday and to celebrate I decided to post a special creation he made for me during first grade. I'm certain he had a little help.  OK, he had a lot of help!


What's On Our Table:  Christmas Favorite


Cheesy Potatoes
1- 2lb. pkg. southern style hashbrowns, thawed
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 chopped onion
1- stick of butter, melted
16 oz. sour cream
salt (optional)


Mix all ingredients together and spread in a 9x13 pan.


Bake 350 for approx. 1 hour or until potatoes reach desired tenderness




Homemade White Hot Chocolate  
Easy slow cooker recipe
Prep time: 5 mins.


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips

  • Garnish:
  • Whipped cream
  • Candy canes


Directions

  1. Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and white chocolate chips in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and candy canes, as desired.

Servings 10
Big thanks to Melissa at Through The Looking Glass and Jen at Unedited for hosting the 
Be Jolly By Golly Blogfest!

To see my "Patriotic Christmas," and get another yummy recipe, visit my book blog:

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Worst Christmas Present, Ever!

I've been fortunate to receive gifts that I love.  I have a husband who gets me and a family that is very in tune to my likes, hobbies, interests and style.  This leaves me with only one way to humor myself, to giggle at the worst gifts my friends and fellow bloggers have received over the years.

I want to know your White Elephant -- or the worst gift you've heard someone else received.  Here is a few I'll share to kick things off!

1. Snow tires (from husband to wife)
2. Brake pads (from husband to first wife)
3. Brakes (from same husband to second wife!)  Yep, he's repeating his mistakes.
4. A year's supply of Weight Watcher meals (home delivery)
5. Hair removal system for a girlfriend
6. Toilet plunger

Okay....it's share time.  Spread the joy and let people know what gift NOT to buy this season.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

So Lame, But It Came To Me In A Dream

With everything that's been going on lately, holidays, web hijacks and huge giveaway promotions, I've put writing on the back burner.  Honestly, I've been ignoring the voices in my head because I just don't have enough blocks of time to dedicate to a story this time of year.  However, whatever is dying to get out just won't leave me alone.  I've always been the type of writer who didn't put much stock in plot derived from 'dreams' and often crinkle my nose at those who claim this form of inspiration.  It greatly pains me to say that I had the most intense dream last night. Yes, the story that I'd been ignoring simply wouldn't be ignored any longer.  I woke up with a booming headache.  Being skeptical, I waited for my mind to slowly forget the fragments of the dream sequence, but it stuck.  I then proceeded to rationalize what a stupid idea basing a plot line on a dream was and tried to shove any notion of it aside.  Still, after hours of distraction, the story I dreamt about remained clear, in fact, it grew in clarity and now has grown inside my imagination to the point that I really can't ignore.  If a writer can be haunted through a dream about a story that needs to be told, I think I'm experiencing it.

*Crinkling my nose*  I will be lessening my time online to concentrate on producing this dratted thing that is dying to get out.  As my friends and family know all too well, when I'm submersed in writing I become even more of a recluse.  Interruptions are a big no-no!  Yes, the evil wicked witch is working sign is going up on the office door.  As usual, I will be taking breaks throughout the day and will check in and (god-forbid) if I get blocked, I'll appear in public for brain cramp relief.

At the very least, I need to vomit some of this creative goo onto paper.  It's a bit out of my comfort zone, but even if it sucks -- I must try because for some strange reason, this idea wants life.

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