Well the weather outside is frightful….

Hello everyone. I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been working like crazy and getting ready for Christmas. And this weather is nuts! One day it’s sunny and the next, it’s below freezing.

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We just got our first snow last night here in Arkansas. Some worse than others. But besides the ton of snow (ha ha ha-we just got a dusting), the temperatures are sooooo cold. Brrrrr.

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Everyone stay warm and have a Merry Christmas from my family to yours!!

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Ode to a Computer…

Hi everyone. Today is a sad and terrible day for me. I just list a very old, very good friend. My laptop.

‘Ol Red and I have been through a lot together.

From the first day I held it in my arms 9 years ago, I felt something special. And I had such high hopes for it. I just knew it would do wonders. When it needed energy, I plugged it in. When it was sick, I took it to the doctor. I took care of ‘Ol Red.

And it did! It connected me to my family that lived far away, it played games and music and it entertained my kids and I for many years. It kept my secrets, my pictures and videos, my memories safe. It showed us the world.  But that’s not all.

‘Ol Red helped me achieve my dream to become a published author. Yes, with Red by my side, we wrote not one but two wonderful stories together.

‘Ol Red was there for me and I was there for it. When it needed energy, I plugged it in. When it was sick, I took it to the doctor. We made a great team.

But lately ‘Ol Red’s health has been steadily going down hill. First, it began to lose energy quickly and had to be plugged in more often. Then eventually, it was able to wake up on it’s own without a shot of electricity. We went on that way for a long time until today when it’s life force, the cord giving it energy, gave up the fight.

So sadly, today, January 7, 2016, I have to say goodbye to ‘ Ol Red. We’ve been through a lot together and I will never forget you. You were my first laptop and you will live in my memory forever.

Goodbye old friend….

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Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here!

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Hi everybody. It’s only 4 days til Christmas. My how the time has flown. It’s a little unbelievable.

But in spite of that, have you got your tree up?

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How about the decorations?

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Stockings strung up with care?

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Christmas wreath on the door?

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And don’t forget the mistletoe!

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And of course a question everyone always asks: “Have you got your shopping done yet?”

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For some, Christmas is all about religion:

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For others, it’s the  magic of a child opening a present:

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And singing Christmas songs to spead the joy of the holidays:

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Regardless of how you will be celebrating this season,  in the end, one thing we can all agree on, it’s all about spending time with those you love:

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So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours! Enjoy!

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Cheesy Jumbo Shells

Hello all. Here is another, super easy, tasty meal to make for your family.   


INGREDIENTS:

1 Lb of Hamburger Meat 

1 Box Jumbo Shells

1 Can of Spaghetti Sauce

1 Package of Shredded Cheese 

  
DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Boil shells
  • Cook hamburger meat
  • Once cooked, add spaghetti sauce and cheese to hamburger meat  
  • After draining the shells, stuff them with the cheesy hamburger mixture  
  • Top with the extra hamburger meat   
  • Top with cheese  
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes  
  • Add some garlic bread and a salad and enjoy!!  

Stuffed Chicken Breast

I made this for my family last night along with homemade mashed potatoes, white gravy, and French style green beans with a creamy butter sauce. A definite DO for the chicken lovers out there….. 

 INGREDIENTS:

  • Thick chicken breasts
  • Sliced uncooked bacon
  • Shredded cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Cut a “pocket” into the chicken breast, careful not to slice all the way through
  3. Fill the pocket with a slice of bacon and shredded cheese
  4. Bake for 1 hour
  5. Remove and cover with more cheese. *You can add more bacon on top if you want*
  6. Bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese is well melted. 

Add your favorites sides and enjoy!