Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Today I got a big start on getting my daily routines in place before the big holiday push...I made a lot of progress...now for tomorrow's schedule...lol...gotta keep it up!!
Not much CIJ stuff other than looking through the notebook and doing two Organizing for Christmas Chats but I still feel good about my progress. Hope you all do also. Remember...a little here and a little there ....what a big difference!!
I''ll try to have a few interesting things for you tomorrow...oh perhaps a nice recipe!!!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
The Elve will arrive in a bag....gotta pick up one of those cloth Christmas bags...the elf will also ahve a little fleece blanket I am going to make or maybe a little sleeping bag. They will also bring some other accessories...I'll post more about them later...I am still chatting...LOL.
Also worked on post it note stand today....hope to get a picture up soon!!! I'll be back later to add more here!!!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
DAY 24...I hear that this evening starts the QVC...Christmas in July...I want to watch a bit of that later tonight as I never have before! I was a bit disappointed in the HSN one so maybe I'll actually find a few things this go round!
When college shopping with Kelsey today and she FINALLY managed to find a comforter bed set that suited her...gosh, everything was either too bright, too faded looking or in some horrid color or pattern!!!! So this week we managed to mark two big items off her list...a cute little red microwave we bought at Target and then the bedding set!! YIPPEE
Not a lot of Christmas getting accomplished here...but hey I also picked up three stocking stuffers so that's awesome...if I keep this up I might eventually finish this project!
As soon as I get the new notebook set up...I'll take some pictures...also want to get pics up of the Post-it note holders and the drink carrier...when I get one finished!!
Really tired...may need to go take a nap....more later!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
- They decoarate a miniature tree during the night
- They make green popcorn (or red)
- They escape and end up on the front porch
- They climb ino the branches of our big tree
- They make cookies and leave a mess
- They hide in the freezer where it reminds them of the North Pole
- They read books during the night and leave a picture of themselves doing it
- They make us breakfast
- They leave instructions and materials for an art project
- They turn on Christmas music...really really loud in the morning
Well those are just a few ideas...but you get the idea...so make some lists today!!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Since July is roaring past us. Today's tip is simple...I like to collect...fast, easy, simple, and cute ideas for decor, gifts, and parties. I print them (or tear them out of magazines) and file them in my notebook. They can not be elaborate...the idea is to find simple things. Then when the busy season strikes, I have some quick ideas at my finger tips.
Someone posted this link and I am happy to share it with you here on my blog.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I'm taking today off from Christmas in July to get ready for, cook for, and have fun at...Our Annual Summer Bash....Pirate Fest 2008...is this year's theme and we are the Pirates of Roanoke (our street) setting sail on Roanoke's Revenge....so back tomorrow with Christmas...But for now...
RRRRRRRRR....you ready to walk the plank!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Looking for a great gift for grandparents? Scrap a Calendar! This shows the July scrapped page and calendar grid. This particular calendar is spiral bound with a grid and a page protector at the top of each month. All you have to do is scrap 12 (12x 12 pages) and slip one in for each month! Kids art work make great items on the calendar too!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Day 17....and still blogging!
Thought I'd share some gift basket ideas today:
Barbeque Lovers Basket:
- Barbeque Sauce
- Spray bottle
- Chef's Hat
- Pancake Mix
- Tea (flavored or herbal)
- Flavored Coffee Creamers
- Canned Ham
- Bread or Biscuit Mix
- Recipe Cards with Favorite Recipes
- Juice Mix
- Recipe Booklet
- Recipe Cards
- Pretty Pens
- Recipe Box or Photo Album to use
- Recipe Stickers
- Pretty Box Dividers
- Recipe Stamp
- Pot holders
- Stickers or Seals
- Return Address Labels
- Address Book
- Book with "Sayings"
- Several Color Pens or Markers
Night at the Movies Basket:
- Variety of Gourmet Popcorn
- Popcorn Seasonings
- Bottle of Soda
- 2 Pretty Glasses
- Video Rental Gift Card
- Theater Candy (Walmart has it)
College Survival Basket:
- Cheese And Pretzel Packs
- M & Ms
- Gummy Bears
- Cheese or Peanut Butter Crackers
- Cup of Soup
- Hot Chocolate Packets
- Apple Cider Packets
- Large Mug
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Last year the week between Christmas and New Years I hosted a Winter Craft Sleepover for my two Great Nieces...and we made Winter Journals, some door hangers, and a couple other small items. This was a great way to extend the holidays...have to remember the holiday season doesn't end with Chrismtas Day!!
When they arrived we had some snacks, watched a Christmas movie and played around some. Then we worked on crafts. This is a super way to use up some random supplies cause kids use a variety of items and aren't quite as picky as we may be when it comes to art! Then we ordered pizza and watched another movie. Pizza was a nice break after all the holiday fare and so easy...lol. We were planning to play some board games after the movie but they wanted to craft a bit more so we did that instead. Finally I popped in another movie and they crawled into their sleeping bags.
I'm planning another similar Winter Craft Sleepover this year so I need to think of a couple easy craft items that they might enjoy...Can also do a new journal is they are interested. I'll try to have several things for them to choose from. Once I figure them out I'll post the ideas here at the Rudolph Day blog!!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Day 14....and the focus is gifts....today is part one of our virtual project...cleaning and organizing the gift closet. So I will be working on that from 8-12 and hopefully make some progress....it is sort of a mess right now.
I have three categories of gifts..
- 24 Days of Christmas gifts. These gifts are given on December 1st in a bag...each is individually wrapped and numbered so they can be opened one each day. Most are smaller gifts...gum, notepad, ornament etc...but just something fun to build up the excitement during the month...LOL This year quite a few of the ones I am giving are crafted items.
- Stocking Stuffers...you all know what these are. Little fun gifts to tuck in the stockings. Last year some of mine ended up being too large for the stockings...so this year I am working a bit on that aspect!
- Gifts for Family and Friends...this is the BIG one! I also pick up some little work gifts also so need to access how things are going with all these gifts!
Off to do a couple things so I can give the gifts my full attention here in a short while...if I do really well...I may reward myself with a trip to Target later....maybe the dollar spot will help fill some needs on the Stocking or 24 Days gifts list!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Today's been sort of a slow day...too many routine things to do. I did work on compiling the recipes and I think this will make the actual party prep a lot easier when the events arrive.
This week I will be mostly working on our Summer Bash...Pirate Fest which is Saturday...maybe get in a couple Christmas things...you just never know around here!!!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
With the focus on the kitchen and baking today it's a good time also to keep that master ingredients list handy ....I still have not finished compiling it like I wanted to....so the Christmas notebook will hang out with me in the kitchen today as I clean, organize, experiment with cookies, and put together DIBS....I'll add some notes here and there as things pop into my head!
It won't be all fun and games because I will be working around the kitchen cleaning as well but it just "works for me" to focus on one room a day otherwise I find myself running here, there, and everywhere and accomplishing VERY little!
But hey....cooking and food....love it... so the kitchen (with a little cleaning and decluttering) can become my FAVORITE room in the house. Nice and comfy!! Welcoming and Inviting...the center of our home!!!
Friday, July 11, 2008
- A Storybook Christmas...based on Christmas stories and characters
- Christmas Around the World...make a travel tree and other things.
- Winter Wonderland: snowmen, snowflakes, ice etc
- Buttons, Bows and Mistletoe: use them in creative ways
- Wine Wonderland: wine tasting, decorate tree with corks and wine charms
- Dreaming of a White Christmas: all white and silver
- Merry Christmas Fiesta: Mexican menu
- Country Christmas: quilted ornaments, rustic decor etc
- Victorian Christmas Tea: dainty teacup candles, lace doily, tiny fans and umbrellaS
- Candy Cane Christmas...decorate with candy canes and red and white,
- North Pole Workshop: decorate with elves and Santa stuff...maybe use this for a Make and Take Christmas party...with crafts to share..
Love theme parties...and I'm still working on mine for this year!!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Yesterday's virtual crop/crafting was fun. I actually got something accomplished!! LOL...we had a small but mighty group and I think posting helped keep us going so we would have something to post about!! I have to look at the Calendar and get our next Christmas in July crop/craft set up...We had some people drop by to read and visit with us even though they weren't able to join in the crop...which was nice too...just like having friends drop by.
We will look at the possibility of doing it once a month if there is interest from the members at MHH. So let me know if it is something you would like to see featured once a month!
Today's CIJ...for me is going to be CALM....(I think)...you never know around here...but I have quite a bit of "regular" stuff to get accomplished today! So on the list for Christmas:
- Watch Olive the Other Reindeer...didn't get to it yesterday
- Read Part One: A Christmas Guest (our CIJ book)
I have tons of other "to dos" but I won't bore you with them...LOL....good luck everyone and I hope you are at least getting a few things done during this glorious month of holiday focus!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Here's a little crafty tip...I'm sure some of you already know it...create craft kits...gather the supplies for each craft and place them in zip loc bags or show boxes or whatever works for you...then when you want to work on a project...everything is there right at your finger tips...if you are like me...sometimes before I get back around to working on something..the pieces get scattered like dandelion seeds in the wind...this ensures that you will have what you need WHEN you have those small windows of time to work on it!!
Well for today in case you couldn't already tell....my focus is scrapping and crafts...so many in the works and very few finished!! So I will clean and organize the crop desk and shelves today as well as gather supplies for crafts and projects together!! Then plan on joioning me from 4-8 Central time on the Magical boards of Magical Holiday Home...to do some actual work on crafts. I will be posting updates every 30 minutes or so!! Hopefully others will join in!!
More later....in the meantime...keep enjoying the wonderful thoughts of the holiday season!!!
Monday, July 7, 2008
- Recipes: I am on the last book from the library and then I can return the three recipe books!!!
- Baking Plans: I am going to fill in that baking planner today if I have to just make something up....LOL
- Menus: Making progress here as you can see from yesterday's post...still a few more to get in place however!
- Stocking Stuffers...this is from yesterday but it did not get accomplished...gather them...and get some sort of order to them or I will end up with a big confusing MESS
- Craft Items: I want to get my supplies gathered so I can see what else I need to pick up! Ideally putting together some craft kits so I can grab and work as I have some time!
- Notebook: work on my lists...updating and filling in as I go
Well that's a lot...who knows...this might be my list for the whole week!!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Well yesterday I sort of hammered out the menus...
Gratitude Brunch in November:
Cheesy Bacon Muffins
Egg and Bacon Casserole
Fruit Cup Parfaits
Coffee and Hot Chocolate
Orange Blush (signature drink)
Christmas Tea in Early December (I hope)
Cranberry Tea (hot)
________ Tea (hot)...need to pick this yet
Iced Tea of some fruity variety
Orange Ginger Fruit Dip with Fresh Fruit
Christmas Cheese Ball and Crackers
I'll hopefully be back later today with an update of today's projects.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I do recommend the salad recipe from yesterday and HERE it is...this would make a nice additon to a buffet table or Christmas or Christmas Eve dinner...nice and tasty and a bit different too!
Bacon Swiss Tossed Salad
1/2 cup mayo (honestly I would use 3/4 cup..the half just wasn't enough but I might have had too much lettuce.
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
6 cups mixed salad greens
1 medium red onion sliced...I would dice...my family didn't like the larger chunks of onion
1 package (10 ounce) frozen peas (thawed)
8 ounces sliced swiss cheese (julienned)
1 lb bacon cooked and crumbled (I used two packs of bacon bits..Oscar Mayer)
In a small bowl combine the mayo sugar, salt and pepper. In a large bowl layer a third of the salad greens, a third of the mayo mixture and then onion, peas and cheese. Repeat the layers twice cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving add the bacon and toss. Yield 6-8 servings.
PS: I would resist the urge to use shredded swiss because I really think the strips added a nice touch to the salad...next time if I have more time I will use real bacon and see how that affects it BUT overall it was very good and I got lots of compliments on it!!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Not sure how much Christmas will get accomplished today what with all the festivities....one thing I will be doing is trying one of the new recipes....it's called Bacon Swiss Tossed Salad and sounds yummy...I'll let you know how it turns out. this came from one of the Christmas Cookbooks I checked out from the library. It might make a nice addition to a buffet or as part of a Christmas or Christmas Eve dinner.
I may spend some time..."listening" today for some hints or ideas of gifts for family members and jot them down in my little notebook so I won't forget. Gift giving is so much easier if you have a couple of ideas for possible gifts!!
Hope everyone is enjoying Christmas in July as much as I am. Won't have time until LATE tonight to check the othe Rudolph Day blogs...there's just so many wonderful inspiring things on them!!!
Over at Magical Holiday Home members are all making a little progress here and there...It's wonderful....a little is better than none!! I need to get to Walmart and get my wire for the angel project...a bit worried about this one because as CC pointed out...it look simple and hard at the same time!!!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Christmas Cheese Balls
4 (8oz.) packages of cream cheese
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 can (2 1/4 oz.) chopped ripe olives (drained)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Minced fresh parsley, chopped pecans, and paprika
In a small mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and the cheddar cheese together. Stir in the pecans, milk, olives, garlic and salt. Divide into thirds. Roll each into a ball. Roll one ball in parsley and one in nuts. Sprinkle the third one with paprika. Cover and refrigerate. Remove 15 minutes before serving!
Today I will be working more on recipes and menus. I hope to get back to you a bit later with another recipe or two!