Monday, November 13, 2006

Well Hi everyone, come on in....

I don't think you want to stand out there in the rain and cold, it's foggy and miserable. Come sit with me for a bit, I've got hot "Foglifter" coffee freshly ground and brewed, and I also have some Cream Danishes and some Chocolate Donuts. I'm always prepared for the crowds LOL

It's just another Manic Monday here in Tater Land. I have to laugh because when Jasmine first started Kinder
garten, she couldn't get to school fast enough, she was up earlier than me and ready to go. As the years have gone by, I kept telling her "you know this enthusiasm is not going to last very long" LOL

Well DUH, she's in second grade now and getting her up in the morning is worse than giving birth...really I could pop out a few kids faster than I can get that child out of bed.

She's also learnt that if she acts sick or really tired, that I think twice about sending her to school (not really, but she believes it LOL). So unless she's running a fever, throwing up or really really sick, she's going. I think she's finally getting the message!!!

So it's monday, we have a whole new week ahead of us, and I know I'm going to be super busy again, honestly, don't even try to call me on the phone, chances are I'm not here or too busy to get to it. Besides, like I've said before, I'm NOT a phone person, loosing someone's phone number is a GOOD day for me LOL
I should have been a hermit, I think I would have fitted in perfectly with that kind of lifestyle, isn't that sad???

I got my menus all done for this week, if you look to the right, you'll see it under Dinner Time and also at Laura's "Menu Plan Monday". There's yummy stuff being cooked all over blogland, my mouth is watering. As for my own menus, you can see things such as Slow Cooker Smothered Steak, Cornish Pies, Pastitsio etc....mmmm, yummy!!!

I'm trying to avoid running to the store today, I'm in one of those days where I really don't want to deal with kids and people??? Is that even possible, when you live ON.EARTH?!?!?!

But really, my trips to the stores are usually very stressful, there's the chasing after the kids, the yelling at the kids to stop fighting, the trying to grab everything as fast as possible only to get home and realize you've forgotten something as important as toilet paper....then have to wipe using napkins or worse PAPER TOWELS. Yeah, I've done that before!!!

And if that is not bad enough, you are all stressed and then get to the checkout and there i
s ALWAYS some single, hot, skinny, woman in front of me piling on vegetables and healthy stuff, while I start throwing in fruit snacks, chips, cookies, sodas and anything junky imaginable, it's not that I DON'T have the healthy stuff but for some reason, the bad ones always come out first. But what can you do huh???

I'm expecting a package from home, isn't it great when you know you're getting something from the family??? This one brings yummy goodies in in too, and some more curry powder, so I'm dying to get it. It also brings one of my all time favorite things...Bolo de Mel (Honey Cake) from Madeira.

It is SO good and it's been about 8 years since I've had any, so I can't wait to bite into it. It's one of those cakes that keeps very well, and lasts a while. I'm still looking for the best recipe for it, when I do, I'll be sure to share it with everyone :)

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and me being lazy and only this weekend removing the Halloween decorations, I was trying to come up with something fast and easy to make as a decoration for Thanksgiving, but I also wanted something that I could keep until Christmas. That is when I came upon one of my favorite Craft Blogs and found THIS...tell me is that not the perfect little garland???
For the leaf templates, go here. Guess what I'm making this week?!?!? AND, I also found a tutorial for a faster way to make pompoms, and the kids and I will be making some Turkey's for decorations. Just like the ones on Shanna's Mantle.

So there you have it, that's just some of the stuff I'll be working on this week. I also want to get started on the Christmas Name Ornaments, remember I put some up every year with the names of everyone in the family that can't be with us. Over the years I've used the plain ball ornaments and then decorated and wrote the names on them, but those were either broken by the kids (when they were little) or by the cats we used to have. Now I'm going for something made out of fabric...still having a hard time deciding on the pattern etc.

I have errands to run and house to clean, plus some clothes to iron AND I need to run to the post office to mail off the Family Portraits, yeah, that's how busy I've been that I totally forgot about those and I'm sure the family is wondering where they are, plus I have a book that needs to be mailed off for Paperbackswap. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever just fall down completely burned out, but I've also realized that I'm not one to lay around, I get bored really easily and twitchy...if ever you see me sitting on the couch and my eye starts twitching, giving me something to do, don't just stand there ok??? LOL

As you can see I have a lot on my plate right now and just not enough time in the day to get it all done. I do however plan on making some time to email my family and friends and come and visit your blogs. I think I'm pretty much caught up on everyone, but I know there's some I haven't made it to you yet. Soon, soon!!!

Have a blessed day,

Swedish Meatballs anyone??? It's one of those recipes that I always fall back to when I'm busy and don't have the energy to remember what to make with the ground beef. Going to serve them with some Butter Rice and some Green Beans :)

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  1. Wow, you are one busy lady. I laughed till I had tears with your comment on popping out kids faster than you can get Jasmine out of bed.

  2. Yikes! You totally ARE busy! Sounds like lots of running around for you! ENjoy your cake (and eat it too! LOL)

  3. My goodness! You are very busy lady today. Hope you get your package today with all the goodies you're waiting for. Have a great day.

  4. That little leaf garland is adorable. And how fun to be anticipating a package. Whew! Just reading about your week makes me want to take a nap. It's a good thing you have about twice as much energy as all the rest of us! It'll be fun to see how your week plays out.

  5. the leaf garland is great - I'm sure you guys will have fun making that!

    Enjoy that package from home when it arrives!

  6. I have trouble getting my kids out of bed too. No matter what time they go to bed they never want to get up unless it's the weekend, then they get up too early.

    I wish I could try some Honey cake. I love cake, all kinds.

    You sure do sound busy so I hope your week goes well. I try to avoid the store whenever I can. It is absolutely no fun shopping with kids in tow. Half the time I forget things because I am so busy chasing the kids around that I get tired and quit. Doesn't that sound like a great idea? This usually ends up with me having to go shopping more often. Maybe I need a plan B.

    Enjoy your package. It's nice to have something to look forward to isn't it?

  7. I'm not much of a phone person either.

    The garland is really cute, is it made out of felt?

    Hope you take some time out of your busy day to sit down and eat a piece of that cake!!

  8. Jasmine is a smart little girl. lol The garland is so pretty and so is your white fireplace! That Honey cake sounds yummy but I can't imagine anyone being able to make it any better than you! lol Everyone knows me as a multi tasker too, but lately I could use some extra time too! :) Can't wait to see Luke and Laura's wedding and how they are going to pull this off too...I mean wow!

  9. The Honey Cake sounds good honey. And packages from wonderful....I wish you everything your heart desires in your care package.

  10. This morning I couldn't seem to get away from the phone. The constant ringing. I'm one of those people who has to answer a ringing phone.

    The cake sounds really good.

    Have fun with the garland.

  11. The honey cake is jus yummy...Ilove anything thats sweet..and have a soft corner for cakes...heres some more lip smacking recipies and some cool and innovative stuff ...jus peep into my Holiday Blog....

  12. All you had to say was swedish meatballs and I got a major craving for them! LOL! You always have the yummiest food on here! What a lucky family you have!

  13. I remember the days well that you are talking about with the coming and going of the little ones. They grow up so fast. I love the leave decorations and.......hi..hi..are you awake? lol...Have a good and busy day.

  14. Good luck with the that's my maiden name :o)

    You are such a love (as they'd say 'oop' north of England) I wish you were just over the road with your cake and coffee :o)



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