Friday, November 30, 2012

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere


I did it, I'm all ready for Christmas! (well decoration and clean house wise). I don't know about you but I am completely  exhausted ! My week has been extremely busy to say the least and I'm so ready for an Egg Nog & Brandy while relaxing by the fireplace Friday night.  
Shopping will have to wait until next week because this gal is going to enjoy a rainy lazy weekend indoors while admiring all her hard work.
Our Exchange sign ups end tomorrow and I can't wait to get you all paired up with your exchange partners, this is going to be so much fun!! 
I want to thank you all for linking up with us through our blog hop this week, it's by far the biggest we've had and I am really looking forward to reading more from my new followers.

Hope you all have a safe & wonderful weekend!

Not Your Ordinary Green Bean Casserole


This is by far the best green bean casserole I've ever had!
The recipe was handed down from my ex mother in-law and my daughter and I love making it 
every chance we get. I'm telling you once you make this recipe, you'll never go back to the ordinary recipe, it's really that delicious!

Ingredients:
2 bags regular cut green beans
4-6 slices bacon chopped
3 inches of velvetta cheese cubed
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
4-6 mushrooms washed and sliced

Directions:
Pour Beans in hot water until completely thawed
Completely strain water from beans
Cut bacon into small pieces
Add soup, mushrooms, bacon and cheese to green beans
Get your hands dirty and mix it all together (remember to take off rings! I have cooked my rings before in with this meal!)
Bake for 60 min at 325 degrees

Enjoy!!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Weekend Social Mix Blog Hop 11/30-12/2


Welcome to the weekend everyone!  What well laid plans do you have this weekend?

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If you like what you see please leave a comment with how you're following and your bloggy address so we can return the L♥VE if we like what we see!

2.. Link your blog post up using the linky tool below! It can be ANYTHING! Why? Because it's FINALLY the weekend! Ya baby!!

3. Visit a few blogs that you’ve never been to before and leave a comment/give a follow– you might “meet” someone new that you will L♥VE!

Everyone ready?  Be sure to leave me a comment that you're following and we promise to follow you back!

Email us, if you'd like to be a guest co-host, at MWML11@Yahoo.com 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Busy Busy Busy Me


Oh boy! so much to do, so little time. Day 5, I am done decorating the house and two Christmas trees, moving furniture, floor scrubbing, furniture/rug shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry & blogging. I need a "Super G Cape". Woke up early to get Grandpa off to the airport for his final trip of the year and I am preparing to paint the kitchen as soon as I finish my coffee. Haven't had much time to blog but I have enjoyed reading all of your posts this morning.
Our New Year's Exchange sign up ends Saturday. If you haven't signed up yet there is still time and we would love to have you join us! Please click the button on my page for more info. For those who already have, I can't wait to Ring in The New Year with you =) it's going to be a lot of fun!
Well I'm off to painting, I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ( With Linky)


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Da Bears


Grandpa is really happy with his Chicago Bears Christmas Tree that I put together for him in the family room (gotta love the helmet tree top).
We ordered a few more ornaments to add to his growing collection and a Bears tree skirt that should be here in a few days. Now grandma is off to the living room to decorate our second tree.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Mirror Wreath


My entire life is in this mirror, it was given to me by my mother a few years before dad passed away and was handed down from his mother and grandmother. I remember as a child how beautiful it always looked above the fireplace in my grandma's house. Now at over 100 years old it hangs in my home above the mantle. Every face of every person in my life has looked into this mirror at one time or another and I often think if it could talk "Oh the stories it could tell". One day it will be handed down to my own grandchildren and the faces of time will also cherish the memories and thoughts of how many loved ones have looked into it.
I started my christmas decorationg today and was looking for a different way to decorate the mantle this year. I wanted to add something new, something that would stand out. I was browsing through Pinterest and google images and I came across so many beautiful ideas "Oh that's really pretty" Oh look at that".  I really didn't want to spend a lot of money on new things since we already have years and years of decorations, so I decided to do what I normally do and for the first time ever decorate the beautiful mirror that hangs above it. I found this wonderful idea on Pinterest so off to Michaels I went to purchase a Christmas wreath, lights, ribbon, bulbs and flowers. I got home grabbed a few zip ties from the garage, sat down and put this together in just minutes. I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out and just how beautiful it looks on the mirror of my life.






Thursday, November 22, 2012

Stuffed Beyond Stuffed


God has blessed me on so many levels, I can't express how thankful I am for that. We enjoyed a wonderful thanksgiving with family today, ate way more than we should have and even though we were miles apart from many of our loved ones the day was filled with love and gratitude.
You certainly can't top the California weather this time of year either, it was absolutely beautiful with temps in the mid 70's and clear blue sky's, it was beyond perfect.
I hope you too had a blessed day with your families, had plenty of good food to eat and found much to be thankful for.
Now that the Christmas countdown has officially begun, I am really looking forward to having my mother come stay with us next month. We will be doing a lot of baking together and daily preparations for our family Christmas gathering. For the first time in years grandpa and I are opening our home to all of our family members (all 60+) to drop in and share some holiday cheer =) I am definitely excited and can't wait to get started with decorating this weekend.

What are your plans for the Christmas holiday?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Wishes

 
Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving My Friends!

Monday, November 19, 2012

FaceTime

Grandpa bought me the new 4G LTE iPad (an early Christmas present) and I got to do FaceTime with my grandsons today for the very first time =) How amazing it is to be 2,600 miles away from them and have it feel like we were all in the same room (minus the hugs). I was able to talk to and watch Mikey crawl for the first time, I got to visit with Jake and see how cool his room looks since it's all been painted and I got to meet his friends. I am happier than a Pardoned Turkey at Thanksgiving and ever so grateful for such an awesome gift.

Thank you Grandpa I <3 You

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thank You, Thank You


Thank you all for linking up with us this week through our Social Mix Blog Hop.  Special thanks going out to Dawns Disaster for Co-Hosting.
I hope you all have found and followed some great new blog friends, I know I did.
This is going to be a very busy week for everyone so I want to take a moment to wish you all a very Blessed & Happy Thanksgiving.

If you haven't already, Please take a moment to sign up for the Stocking Giveaway and do consider joining us for our New Year's Cocktail Glass Exchange. The buttons for both can be found on the left of my page.

~~Thank You~~

GIVEAWAY: Stocking of Goodies



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Grandma's 1st Giveaway Yay!
I really wanted to do something I thought you all might enjoy participating in.
 This is my way of saying Thank You! Thanks for following, for participating in my hops, for signing up and sharing our button for the "New Year's Cocktail Exchange" and most of all, Thank You for all of your wonderful blogs that I enjoy reading everyday.
 
25 Days to enter
Open to US/CA Residents & Ends 12/10
Stocking Stuffed with Over $70 Value of Goodies

$10 Starbucks GC
$15 Target GC
1 Small Yankee Candle Scented Jar (Holiday) $15.99 Value
1 Pair Black Knitted Gloves $11 Value
1 Black Knitted Scarf $15 Value
1 Christmas Ornament $7 Value
Stocking $3
Enter Below
GOOD LUCK =)

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Black Friday


Well here we are 5 days from Black Friday. How many of you have actually camped out overnight to be one of the first in the doors for great deals? Do you do it every year? Is it a family tradition or do you go with friends? What is the best deal you've ever got? Have you ever seen someone go completely crazy in a store you were in?
I have personally done Black Friday twice in my life, once with my daughter when she was still in high school and once by myself. I swore I would never do it again.
Back when my kids were little and the Power Rangers first came out (early 80's) I have to admit I was one of the crazy moms that did whatever it took to make sure the Green Ranger was under the tree on Christmas Day. I just had to complete my sons set, so standing in line for a day and running through the store to be the first to grab one was a must! HaHa. Those days are long gone for me and I believe anything I need to purchase can be done in the days after the rush or online. My time and safety are much more valuable and important to me now. Saving a few bucks for 1 or 2 items and having to deal with people going berserk all day isn't on my "To Do List" this Friday.

Is it on yours?

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Limits In Your Blogger Blog


Blog Following Count. You can Follow a maximum of 300 blogs, under one Blogger account.
This was disappointing news for me this evening because I love to follow all who follow me. I received this error message that I had reached my limit of 300.  I had to go through blogs that weren't following me yet I enjoyed reading, to make room for my new followers. How many of you have hit this brick wall? 

Weekend Social Mix Blog Hop 11/16-11/18

Welcome to the weekend everyone!  What well laid plans do you have this weekend?

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We WILL follow back!! Please leave a comment with how you're following and your bloggy address so we can return the L♥VE!
2.. Link your blog post up using the linky tool below! It can be ANYTHING! Why? Because it's FINALLY the weekend! Ya baby!!

3. Visit a few blogs that you’ve never been to before and leave a comment/give a follow– you might “meet” someone new that you will L♥VE!

Everyone ready?  Be sure to leave me a comment that you're following and we promise to follow you back!

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There Goes Another Piece of My Childhood


Founded in 1930, Hostess owns brands that were emblematic of American food for generations. It's popular Twinkie, a snack cake with a creamy filling, was launched that year.
It’s hard to imagine a world without Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding-Dongs, but that is our new reality as Hostess Brands Inc. announces it’s plan to go out of business and close it’s doors for good. It's a sad day in America.

Grandma Sally's Cinnamon Walnuts


I absolutely love making these every year around the holidays. They are so simple to make and taste so incredibly amazing that I wanted to share them with you.


2 Cups of Diamond Walnuts 
1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Tbsp Butter
1/4 Cup Water
Melt butter add water and cinnamon mix well, then add sugar and cook over med flame stirring constantly until it comes to a soft boil. Turn burner off stir in nuts and coat well. 
Pour entire mixture out onto waxed paper, spread evenly and let cool. 
Break up and Enjoy!

You can double this recipe for a larger family and use almonds or pecans in place of walnuts. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Throwing in the Traveling Towel

It's been great but this gal is downright exhausted from traveling! Scottsdale was just beautiful, clear blue sky's with highs in the 70's and lows in the 40's. We arrived late Sunday afternoon with just enough time to get ready for a 6pm reception and then dinner at the Wrigley Mansion. We enjoyed a few cocktails while we toured this beautiful historic site and after that we sat down for a nice filet dinner in the very room where Mr. Wrigley himself used to sleep and eventually passed. Yeah I know, kind of creepy huh?
On Monday I decided to walk around the grounds of the hotel while grandpa was in conference it was absolutely breathtaking! All the pools and waterfalls really made me feel like I was somewhere tropical. The spa at the hotel was booked up so I drove to the nearest massage envy and hair salon to get an aroma therapy massage and my hair done before the evenings dinner party. Grandpa and I both enjoyed the night socializing and walking around even though it was held outdoors and the temperature was a bit too cold for my liking we had a very nice night.

Tuesday morning it was back to meetings for grandpa so I took advantage of one of the many adventure packages the hotel offered and went horseback riding for an hour it was so much fun. I wish they would have allowed us to take our cameras while riding because the desert and creeks below the hills were so pretty. I was able to snap this picture of my horse before we started off, his name was "Buck" and I have to admit the name made me a little nervous at first but he was calm as could be and so beautiful.

We are back home now just a week from Thanksgiving, I really can't believe the holidays are already here and that the year has gone by so fast, so much to do so little time.
 
I hope you all are considering signing up for our "New Year's Cocktail Glass Exchange" more information can be found by clicking on the New Year's Button located on the left of my main page. Please help us out by grabbing it and placing it on your own pages, maybe your followers would like to join us. The more the merrier! it is really going to be fun ringing in the New Year with our fellow bloggers =) and I personally can't wait!
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Motivation

If such beauty doesn't motivate me.. nothing will. This place is amazing! Scottsdale Az

Friday, November 9, 2012

Yum Yum Yummy!

Oh My Goodness! It's that yummy time of year when grandma's and moms alike start planning out all of the tasty holiday goodies they are going to prepare for their family and friends. I wanted to share one of my all time favorites with all of you. On top of all the other tasty treats I put together, these will definitely be included in my goodie platters this year.
Best Ever English Toffee Recipe

2 Giant 8 oz. Hershey bars, or 16 oz. (450 g) milk chocolate divided in half (Trader Joe's offers delicious 17 oz. bars of Belgian chocolate called Pound Plus that are excellent for this recipe)
2 cups (300 g) finely chopped walnuts or pecans. I use Almonds
3 cups (600 g) granulated sugar
1+1/2 lb. (681 g) SALTED real butter (do not use unsalted butter or margarine, or the recipe won't turn out right)
Recipe Directions:

Grate 8 ounces (225 g) or one of the chocolate bars and set aside.
Boil sugar and butter while stirring constantly on medium heat to hard crack level (300-305*F or 149*C) on candy thermometer. IT MUST REACH THIS LEVEL, NO MATTER HOW IT LOOKS.
Tip: Start off at medium high and then lower the temp as it gets closer to 300*F (149*C). Watch it like a hawk.
Pour mixture onto large ungreased cookie sheet with sides (jelly roll size) and immediately spread on the grated chocolate. Smooth over top.
Sprinkle half of the nuts on top. Cool till hard.
Melt the other 8 oz. (225 g) or other bar of chocolate in double boiler or in small saucepan on very low heat, stirring constantly.
Tip the cooled toffee out onto wax paper and spread other side with the melted chocolate; sprinkle rest of nuts on and cool till hard.
Then crack into small pieces with knife. Makes a lot!
~~~~ENJOY~~~~




Thursday, November 8, 2012

Weekend Social Mix Blog Hop 11/8-11/11

Welcome to the weekend everyone!  What well laid plans do you have this weekend?
This blog party is about letting loose after a stressful week and building online friendships! We want it to be an amazing party and you can make this happen!  Please copy the button and place it somewhere on your site so that others can join in on the fun!

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  2. Grab the button and/or post a link back here in your BLOG POST so your readers know how to get Social. We love having you guys link up and we do go through and read all your posts… so if you do not give credit, we will have to remove your link. That’s no fun, right? Right. So be nice and share a link! Sharing is caring!
3. Link your blog post up using the linky tool below! It can be ANYTHING! Why? Because it's FINALLY the weekend! Ya baby!!

4. Visit a few blogs that you’ve never been to before and leave a comment/give a follow– you might “meet” someone new that you will L♥VE!

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Thursday's Thoughts

We will be staying here at the Hyatt Regency
   
Well grandpa and I are going to be back on the road again this weekend for four days. The past two months have been filled with so much travel for us and we're not done yet. Sunday we will be driving to Scottsdale Arizona, I know it will be a nice trip as long as the weather cooperates.
Each year the Untited Trustees Association holds their annual conference with dinners, meetings and a big social gala. Grandpa and I have yet to participate in the daily activities that are  held two days before, but I always hear what a great time everyone has. They hold golf tournaments, fun sightseeing trips, bowling days and things like that. 
This event normally takes place in Las Vegas and in Vegas it's easy to find things to do. I usually visit the spa, walk around the shops or hang out in the casino while grandpa is in meetings. This year I have no idea what I will do to keep myself occupied during the day. I've never spent time in Scottsdale but I'm sure this beautiful hotel will have a lot to see and a wonderful spa, so that is certainly on my list of things to do (even if I just go for a pedi). Since we are driving there I'll be able to take the car around town to see what the beautiful city has to offer, I'm sure I'll find something.
Plans to see the Bears play MNF in San Francisco are still up in the air for the 19th, and then we will be spending Thanksgiving with family =). Grandpa may have to travel again to So. Carolina at months end and before you know it Christmas will be here (busy busy). Life is wonderful! I am ever so grateful and blessed that as we both grow older we have the opportunity to spend so much time traveling together since the kids are all grown and out on their own. However tiring and busy life seems at times, we are definitely enjoying it =) After all, isn't this what being a grandparent is all about?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Children and Giving



I was talking on the phone with my daughter today about how important her job is in raising compassionate, loving, respectful and educated children so they grow into successful, respectful, loving, caring,  well rounded young men and adults.
The conversation turned to charity and teaching them to appreciate all that they have because there are so many less fortunate. We talked of donating a few hours time to a local church to box holiday dinners for the needy. I told her how great it made me feel last year to do just that. I expressed how wonderful  it would be to teach Jake this year that volunteering a little of his play time on a Saturday would help other families enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. I also suggested that she  take him shopping to pick out a Turkey and have him put a box together as a donation from the family.
When Jake was 5 years old, Jen started teaching him about giving to those in need. She taught him that in order to make room for all the new toys he would be recieving from Santa and family for Christmas and birthdays, he would have to go through his older toys and give them to the children that didn't have any. This was pretty confusing to a 5 year old and out came the questions.
Isn't Santa supposed to bring all the little boys and girls new toys on Christmas? Is it because they were naughty? Don't their Mommys, Daddys, Grandmas and Grandpas buy them toys when it's their birthday? Well, Jacob, it's not because they were naughty; its just that, sometimes, even Santa needs our help to make sure every boy and girl gets toys and even Mommys & Daddys need a little help too! Some Mommys and Daddy's don't have jobs, or they don't make enough money, and it's very hard for them to buy anything more than food to eat and clothes to wear. Sometimes, they need help from others like us. Mommy has a good job, and we have a nice home with lots of food to eat, and you have lots of toys to play with, so we try to help the others that don't. Do you understand? Yes mommy, I want to give this toy to the little boy that doesn't have one because it's really fun, and I know he will  like it. 
Three years later, 8-year old Jake graciously goes through his toys and boxes them up for the less fortunate every year. He has recently taken some of his smaller toys to donate to the treasure box at school so others can enjoy playing with them. Just the other day, he asked Jen if he could send something to the Marines. Jen said, "to the Marines? What do you want to send to the Marines?" Jake said, "You know, like a movie and things they need." Jen replied, "Wow! Yeah buddy we can do that." =) 
I am just so proud of him for sharing and caring and of her for what she has taught him.

What are you teaching your children and grandchildren about giving?

Bragging Rights

This is my youngest grandson Mikey =) Mommy took these photos to show off not only how down right adorable he is, but to show the wonderful job http://www.facebook.com/MCDesignsandProps 
did in making his cover. I just love them all and wanted to share with you.
 
 
My Two All American Boys xoxo
 
 

Bar Stool Economics



I always liked this story.
Bar Stool Economics
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $
1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
...
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. “Since you are all such good customers”, he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20”. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his “fair share?”

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. “I only got a dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, the $20,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!” “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!” “That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!” “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!” The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Be a Proud American

Vote Tomorrow


Motivation Monday

For each person who signs up during the duration of  our New Years Cocktail Exchange I willl personally donate $1 to the County of San Bernardino Children's Fund.

Children’s Fund serves children in three major categories:
    
~Daily Referral activity involves processing requests made by case managers and social workers.
~Community Outreach involves funding grant request projects and our annual toy drive.
~Proprietary Projects such as Endowment Scholarships at local colleges and universities, and the Children’s Fund Assessment Center.

Their mission is to prevent child abuse in our community; to ensure that at- risk children who are abused, neglected, impoverished, or abandoned receive adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care and education; and to provide equal opportunity for social development for these children.
There are children in need everywhere. I AM CHALLENGING ALL OF MY READERS & FELLOW BLOGGERS TO DO SOMETHING SIMILAR FOR THE CHILDREN IN THEIR OWN COUNTY/COMMUNITY.  Let's make a difference!!
God Bless

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday's Story


Well the past week started off on a very sad note with Monday night's storms on the east coast. So much devastation from mother nature in such a short period of time. Our thoughts and prayers have been with all who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy daily. Each of us is only one person, but we are all fortunate, so even the smallest of donations to those in need will help. I believe the American Red Cross is always the best way to donate in times like these.
On Tuesday night, the hubby and I drove 3 1/2 hours up the Southern California coast to Santa Maria because he had to make an appearance Wednesday morning and decided to take Sable, our Bassett mix. I was a little nervous because this was her first time in a car for more than an hour and she'd  never been in a people hotel, but she did really well. Once we got there and checked in, we had to smuggle her into the room, which happened to be up on the 3rd floor of course. Praying the whole time she didn't bark, up the elevator whispering, giggling and looking out for other guests we went. No barking, No accidents all was good =)... This was not our first experience with the hide the dog game. We did this once before on a spontaneous trip years ago with our 140 lb  Rottweiler, Hahaha I always laugh when we talk about that trip (great memory). All in all the night was quiet, we pulled off another "smuggle the dog in the hotel room" trip and although it was a short turn around we all enjoyed it.

Wednesday afternoon, when we got back in town, the hubby had some work to finish up at the office so I dropped him off. I happened to make it home with an hour or so to spare before it was time to hand out candy to all the little munchkins who grace us with their presence every year. Seeing all the mommy's and daddy's with their little ones always takes me back to the days when my own kids were little, and like every other holiday I  couldn't help but wish they were all still little and here with me.
Every year we look forward to seeing one particular family come by. I call them the mobile family because their cleverly created costume consists of something dad puts together using a wagon. This year all six kids were dressed as Coke bottles and the wagon was made to look like a six pack carrier (gotta love parents who are involved) it was great!  45 lbs of candy later, I picked  the hubby up and we all got a much needed good nights rest.



 


The next few days were uneventful until Friday evening, the hubby's birthday was Saturday and I needed to go out and get a little something. What do you give a man who has everything? I considered buying tickets to see Muse in January (he loves Muse) or getting Bears/ 49ers tickets for MNF in San Francisco this month, but with his hectic schedule, that thought is still up in the air. I picked up one of those edible arrangement baskets with a few balloons since I just so happened to stumble across a store here in town. Yummy!!


Saturday was pretty laid back, our grandson Jake called to sing Happy Birthday to Grandpa while playing the Cha Cha Cha on a guitar he just bought at a yard sale for $2, it was great!!  We decided to go to Mrs Knott's Chicken Restaurant @ Knott's Berry Farm  for birthday dinner, Wow! we are both still recovering from the food coma! If you've never been I highly recommend it, definitely the best home style fried chicken dinner in So. Cal. with all the fixings and a great history behind it too =)







Well, it's Sunday and week 9 of the NFL season, so you know where we will be today =) Have a great day everyone!
Don't forget to sign up for our New Years Cocktail Glass Exchange & Weekly Social Mix Blog Hop. The more the merrier!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!


Well Grandpa and I are off to the Historic Mrs. Knotts Chicken House for dinner and maybe a little wine tasting, haven't been there in years. Review to follow in Sunday's Story =) 

Participate in ABC’s ‘Day of Giving’ to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims


Participate in ABC’s ‘Day of Giving’ to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims: Disney and ABC will launch a “Day of Giving” Monday, Nov. 5 to raise money for hurricane relief efforts. Starting on “Good Morning America” and ending with “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC shows will encourage viewers to help those impacted by the storm by making a donation..


What will you do or have you done to help?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Weekend Social Mix Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to the weekend everyone!  What well laid plans do you have this weekend?
This blog party is about letting loose after a stressful week and building online friendships! We want it to be an amazing party and you can make this happen!  Please copy the button and place it somewhere on your site so that others can join in on the fun!

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We want our Blog Hop to include everyone so it's a Social Hop!

1. Follow the Hosts:

We WILL follow back!! Please leave a comment with how you're following and your bloggy address so we can return the L♥VE!
 
  2. Grab the button and/or post a link back here in your BLOG POST so your readers know how to get Social. We love having you guys link up and we do go through and read all your posts… so if you do not give credit, we will have to remove your link. That’s no fun, right? Right. So be nice and share a link! Sharing is caring!
3. Link your blog post up using the linky tool below! It can be ANYTHING! Why? Because it's FINALLY the weekend! Ya baby!!

4. Visit a few blogs that you’ve never been to before and leave a comment/give a follow– you might “meet” someone new that you will L♥VE!

Everyone ready?  Be sure to leave me a comment that you're following and we promise to follow you back!

Email us, if you'd like to be a guest co-host, at MWML11@Yahoo.com
 
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