Black Friday Insanity

Have you ever been a part of the Black Friday Insanity

One year I tried it.  It was insane, but fun!  At the time, there were three kids at home and as usual, I wanted to make a dollar go as far as possible.  It was the first Black Friday I didn’t have to work in the office.  Usually whoever my boss was at the time required me to stay in the office that day because he had to stay home with the kids while the wife went shopping at 3 o’clock in the morning.

Now?   I have too much tryptophan in my system from eating too much turkey.

If you are a die-hard Black Friday shopper, this list will be of no benefit to you.  You have already set up camp in your prime location.  If you were lucky, someone brought you a plate of turkey from home.  If not, you probably just had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.   Of course, if you make decisions on the fly, check out this site.  There is quite a bit of information here:

Black Friday 2010

Just click on the link above

Have a Sassy Black Friday!  Watch your “deals” to make sure you are getting what you think you’re getting…then visit your favorite spa for your favorite treatment!


1621 Rumors and Today

It’s rumored in 1621 Pilgrims and Native Americans participated in 3 days of Thanksgiving. 

Well, this year we have it whittled down to one day.  I don’t know about the 3 day thing with only Mom doing all the food.  Today shall be as interesting as the fall of 1621.  After it’s over, I am running away!  It all started 2 days before Thanksgiving when I was informed I would be doing all the cooking.  None of the food was even purchased.  There is an unfortunante and sad reason for this, but last-minute surprises can or cannot be fun.  You need to remember, all of this is happening in a strange-to-me-kitchen and none of my customary tools, pots and pans.  Oh how I miss my knife block and thick bottomed pans………All the kiddo’s and near-kiddo’s will be happy for the Mom-cooked-meal.  I suppose that’s why the guest list continues to grow.

Today I have one son and his family who is missing from today’s festivities but as far as missing them, they have no idea how much!


Have the Happiest of Thanksgivings

Recent Reasons for me to give Thanks!

1.  I am near most of my children and their children

2.  We have a new house to move into

3.  A child and his family took us in while house looking

4.  The gas will be turned on in the new place on Tuesday and we will have heat!

5.  This empty nester will soon chirp again!

Thanksgiving Dinner Traditions

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here. 

My life has been nothing short of Thanksgiving every day.  But for Thanksgiving Day, there are some traditions we hold true to.  First there’s the turkey.  The way the turkey is prepared may differ from year to year but the turkey itself is traditional.  My favorite way is for Mr. B to smoke the big guy.  That won’t happen this year since the smoker is buried somewhere in the storage unit.

You may think me a bit strange but Thanksgiving Dinner is not a favorite!  My absolute favorite is the leftovers from this feast!  Love the sandwiches, the rest of the repast and the informality of the relaxed atmosphere.  The “busy-ness” is over and it’s time to relax.  If the rest of my family would be happy, I would make dinner the day before and leftovers would be the feast.

There is one recipe that is truly a family favorite.  It’s our Fruit Salad.  I remember having it as a kid and it was one of my favorites then.  I think everyone that has ever tasted it has fallen in love.  This may seem far-fetched but this is such a favorite that when all the kids are together, I have to triple this little gem.  To be honest, it’s not a recipe that I have readily shared.  But the time has come.  How can I keep something so delicious to myself?!  The glorious thing about this recipe is not only the flavor and texture but you make it 24 hours ahead of time.  This is a must-do or it just won’t be the same.

Holiday Fruit Salad

 2 cans Pineapple slices in heavy syrup *see note
1 large can Fruit Cocktail well-drained
1/2 bag large Marshmallows cut in quarters**see note
3 large Bananas sliced

Dressing – Part I
2 each Eggs beaten
4 tablespoons Sugar
4 tablespoons Vinegar

Dressing – Part II
1 pint Heavy cream

* Note: Drain syrup and use to dip the banana slices in to keep from turning brown.

**Note:  You can use the mini-marshmallows but the flavor is not the same.  To cut the marshmallows, dip scissors in a glass of water as necessary.

Drain the pineapple and cut slices into approx. 1″ pieces (reserving the juice). Drain and add the fruit cocktail. Slice the bananas, dipping in the pineapple juice. Cut marshmallows in quarters and add.

Dressing – Part I:
In a small, heavy saucepan combine beaten eggs, sugar and vinegar. Stir constantly, cooking to a pudding consistency. (Be careful, this stage will be achieved quickly.) Remove from heat and cool completely.

Dressing – Part II
Whip heavy cream adding sugar and vanilla to taste. Gently fold in the egg mixture. Fold into fruit salad.

Cover with plastic wrap. Chill 24 hours before serving.

Yield:  8 servings

The Cutest Little House

Today I saw the cutest little house.  What’s nice, it really isnt’ a tiny house!

When you first walk in the front door, the room is actually an enclosed porch.  That’s so nice for cold winter days, it makes a nice air-lock.

The kitchen is a little smaller than I normally like but the lay-out is very workable.  The only really really sad part is the stove connection is electric and I’m a “cookin’ with gas” kinda gal.  I have a love story going with my five burner gas stove but it will have to go back into storage.  Hopefully, something can be done about that in the future.

What you can’t see is there is a full basement with a built-in food cellar!  I am sooo excited!  The upstairs has two bedrooms and a big bathroom with a nice deep bath tub for good long bubble baths!   Mr. B is excited because it has a separate shower.

You should have been there when we were looking at it.  Mr. B was going to let me check out the upstairs.  Well, since I decided he needed to see it, he was doing the crab-walk up the stairs while I carried his walking aide. 

There’s also a nice oversized 2 car garage behind the house.  The yard isn’t too large but there is enough room for a decent garden.

Home Sweet Home!

Trials and Blessings


Yesterday was a day of both trials and blessings.

For the trials, Mr. B may have a real problem with his foot.  The orthopedic surgeon will be will be conducting both an MRI and a CT scan today.  Seems he may have what is called Lisfranc.  That’s a problem having to do with the tendon and the bone.  I won’t go into details except to say that depending on the results of today’s tests, surgery may be the next step.  If there is a real problem and is left untreated, he could lose the ability to use his foot.  In my opinion, that would be more than unfair since Mr. B’s sight is at an extreme minimum.

At this point, we are praying the tests are only a precaution and not a confirmation of a doctor’s concern.

Yesterday, the crutches are gone and the walker is here.  The orthopedic shoe/sandal is out and the boot with the air pump is in. 


This was the highlight of my day!  Kid #3 looked fantastic!  In the last year, I have now seen all 5 of my kids.  

Kid #3 had to meet me near his house because I had an incomplete address.  But here is the 1st face I saw this afternoon.

Now his cutie little daughter has blossomed into quite the little chatter-box.  I enjoyed the giggles of daddy and his daughter all afternoon.  It was an afternoon of three generations sharing a special moment.

When we walked in the door, I was greeted with paws on the shoulder and facial kisses from this big boy ~ what a surprise!  Now when I say facial kisses, I don’t think this Tank missed one little spot…

But in all honesty, every day for the last week has been a blessing!  Kid #2 and his two little happy faces are no less of a joy!  At the moment, Mr. B and I are staying with Kid #2 and his family while looking for a place.  I couldn’t ask for a sweeter daughter-in-law-to-be either.

My cup runneth over with blessings!  Later today, I’m expecting one more blessing when the test results come back. 

Did I mention that when I got home last night I had the best chicken tacos of my life?  Oh My Gosh!  They were delicious!!!!

Never forget to count your blessings every day…

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