Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Chicken, Potatoes and Spinach With Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

And, it is Very Good.



This recipe is from the website Damn Delicious. Check it out. This is a better photo. It is not a very good photo taking day here where I live.

I am very happy to tell you that I have NOT had anymore trouble with the computer scam. Everything has been "very quiet" and that is the way I like it. I have not been doing very well, however, with my motivation to work with learning Windows 10 and my new compute. I'll get there eventually. Buy the way, I really like the new wireless printer. 

We have had a couple days with sunshine. However, another rain storm is "on it's way".  Hopefully, our snow pack higher up will start to increase so our drought problems won't be so serious.

Very little Christmas decorating going on here in my home this year. Here is a little reminder of days in the past.







I look forward to next year when hopefully I will be able to decorate like I have in the past. Because I really like decorating. I just have not been able to do it this year.

I'll be back when I have something to blog.

Happy Day to You.

Mary

Friday, December 25, 2015

White Christmas - Almost

 It started to snow about 8 PM last night on Christmas Eve. However, it was very little. This morning it is bright and sunny but with a stiff chill in the air. Beautiful.
What ever you are doing today I wish you all the love that this Holiday Season is meant to bring into our lives and if you are feeling challenged by life's struggles, I pray that God will bring hope, good health, warmth, smiles, strength, optimism, good and close friends, faith, shelter, nourishment for mind and body and whatever will bring bright light into your life.
And, a big Thank You to all  who serve in our military and their families who give so much, even their lives to protect us and provide the freedoms that many do not have. Dear God keep them safe!

Love One Another.

Mary

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Eve Of Christmas - - - Hope You Have Been Good


Wishing All A Very Enjoyable Christmas Eve.

Mary

*California Weather. Surprisingly, this afternoon about 3 PM we had two tornado warnings in nearby counties. Significant damage was noted on TV. Also, the snow level is getting lower. Chain control is in effect less than a mile from my home! It just may be a White Christmas. Lily and I are nice and snug!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Table Is Set

And, I had a lot of fun! I did not spend a lot of time unpacking boxes but chose to keep it simple with items that I was able to locate easily. I did not even have to go to the store for anything. The red chargers are from the Dollar Store, white plates I have had for many years and the salad plates are Royal Stafford - Christmas Home - from Ebay.
The sterling silver flatware is the "Damask Rose" pattern that I chose at the time of getting married in 1959. It is Heirloom Oneida Sterling Silver 1946.  I only have a couple place settings but it is nice to see it on my table.
This little nativity is Lenox Divine Light Holy Family which I purchased after Christmas last year. There are little battery lights in the bottoms. I like the simplicity as well as the fine detail of the porcelain. And, it fits nicely on my small table as a centerpiece.
The napkins are from years past, the bow ties which I made into napkin rings are from the dollar store. I placed them in thrift store Pier 1 imports small bowls, Poppies.
Now, I am using votive candles for the first time that I bought in England in 1999. I was taken to Prices Candle Company in London. I was told that Prices supplies all the candles for the Royal Family. I had never seen so many candles in one place in life. Beautiful! These candles are scented spice cinnamon. I thought it is about time that I use them!!! So nice.
The red glasses are a thrift store find. Below, do you see the black bauble hanging from the red wine glass? It is a knitting marker that I made years ago and gave as gifts.  I think it ties in nicely with the black on the plates and napkin rings.
The lovely heirloom fine crystal which you can see on the far right are from My Special Man.

I hope you had an enjoyable time joining me in this little creative activity that brought joy to me. It looks like I am ready for my Christmas Day dinner.
Blessings To All.

Mary

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

When You Live Alone


Some times it is necessary to hire some "outside help". At this busy time of year you may have to settle for less than your first choice. However, I have found that on occasion, the training of the alternative help can be quite impressive! Now, don't ask me what I am smokin' or drinkin'. I would just like a cup of coffee please, preferably Caramel Maachiato!
Just thought this was kinda cute, especially on this chilly morning that we are having. I sure hope the "outside help" remembers the cream! And, I would like mine in the holiday mug!

It is always nice to have a cup of coffee ready when a new magazine comes in the mail. This is the only magazine subscription that I have. And, it is special because My Special Man would always make sure that he was current on my subscription. It looks like there is one more issue yet to come on the subscription.
Frequently, we would watch together Americas Test Kitchen show on Saturdays PBS TV. It seemed like I always learned something that was new to me.
This coming year I hope to do more cooking and try some new recipes. I have always enjoyed cooking (for the most part) but it was a lot of fun to cook for someone else. It is just different. Especially, since I never felt like I had to cook unless I wanted to. Such a gift!

I imagine there is a lot of cooking going on about now in preparation for The Big Day. I am doing something different this year that I have not done in the past. Our local community club serves a free Christmas dinner every year at the Native Son's Hall. And, they will also deliver! In the past on one occasion I have gone to the dinner and it was extremely good and enjoyable with lots of people. I went alone (short walk from my house) and sat with people that I knew. However, everyone is very friendly. They have Santa Claus, Christmas Caroling and "the whole works".

Well, this year it is very cold here by California standards and the forecast is predicting snow fall at my elevation of 2000 feet. So, I have ordered a dinner to be delivered to me here at home where I will be nice and warm and cozy. I do not feel the least bit deprived and I am sure it will be a nice little treat with all the yummy flavors - - - and no kitchen mess to attend to. Lily and I may just find that a little nap may be in order afterwards.

I am feeling tremendous Gratitude for Feeling So Good.

Blessings.

Mary

Monday, December 21, 2015

I Walked Across The Street

On Sunday morning and went to Church.
It has been close to a year since I have attended Sunday church services. But, it felt very good and I received a very nice welcome from so many church friends. There were a lot of new members and the church was almost filled. This was the last Sunday in Advent as well as the children's and youth's holiday pageant. The story of the Christ Child was presented in a very nice lighthearted performance with appropriate moments of laughter. I guess I would call it a "modern day" version of the pageant I remember and was in as a child.

As I wrote yesterday, I am going to start living a life again with more interaction with my community. It would be so nice to develop a friendship with another woman that I could do fun things with. So very many of the people that I have known, have passed on, especially during the last few years. During church today an announcement of a another members passing was made. And, on December 30, it will be one year since My Special Friend passed. And, I miss him so much.

Let the one's you love, know of your love NOW.

Lily update - Continues to be about the same. Happy and Loving!

Mary

I Think I Got Bumped To The Bottom

I Think I Got Bumped To The Bottom
Did I do Something Wrong?