I am a cleaning fool this week! Today, I conquered Gracie's bedroom and the downstairs bathroom. Organizing, dejunking, rearranging. Loving it! I am always amazed at how much "stuff" can end up under a bed that is "promised" to be clean already! I'm also amazed at how I see things that "some people" never even notice! Needless to say, we've got things clean and ready for whatever Santa brings! Tomorrow, Quayd's room and the coat closet. It doesnt' take much to make me happy!
Natalie and I raced up to the Richmond Pepperidge Farms Cookie Outlet/Plant. It was Mint Milano Day. Mom asked while she was there yesterday and they told her that she should come early or they'd run out. Natalie and I were stunned that they were gone in fourminutes!!! My new favorite, however, are the Pepperidge Farms Gingerbread! Pretty tasty!
Here's one of my favorite things about Christmas... collections. I've got snowmen, nativities, St. Nicks, and this is one of my favorites...Trees! This year, the trees are not seated in the midst of a lit garland because I used the garland elsewhere. But, when standing on the ground, it's up above my china hutch and you could never really see that garland anyway. I love a little collection of anything Christmas! Start a collection today!
I was deciding what to make for dinner and rediscovered one super chicken recipe!
Sour Cream Chicken
12 Chicken Breasts. Dry with a paper towel. Mix one Packet Italian Dressing Mix with 16 oz Sour Cream. Coat the chicken breasts with sour cream mixture. Then coat with crushed cracker crumbs. (I usually use Keebler Club or Ritz.) Place the coated chicken on buttered cookie sheets. Add chunks of butter on to top of the Chicken Breasts. Bake at 350, covered for 1/2 hour. Remove cover and continue baking for another 1/2 hour. SO GOOD! Enjoy!
From friend, MaryAnn's last year blog, I loved this idea! Perfect for a dinner party! I've got lots of little rings that go on stemware, but I'll definitely be using this idea in the future. I can see it at my next Witches Brew already! (minus the snowflakes, of course!) But, today, I'm thinking red and white! love it!
As requested, here's the recipe for jello popcorn. This would be a great treat for a kids party or make a fun treat for kids to share with their friends. I'm picturing the Christmas M&M's poured into the mix before baking!
one huge bowl popped popcorn (I used airpopped, but 2-3 bags of microwave would do it)
1 cup light Karo syrup (Lonica called for twice as much but that's what I had on hand)
2 cups sugar
1 large box of Jello (I used lime for green popcorn)
4 tablespoons Butter (optional)
In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine corn syrup, sugar, and jello. Stir until everything is dissolved and bubbly (about 90 seconds of a full rolling boil, stirring constantly). Stir in the butter, if desired. Pour over the popped corn and stir quickly to combine. Enjoy! Spread on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake 10 minutes at 350. Remove from oven and stir. As it cools, it will become crunchy.
And here's a tradition that I highly recommend this season. Whether you have a houseful of kids or it's just you and your sweetheart, gather the blankets and pillows, pop some popcorn, get a bottle of bubbly (sparkling cider, at our home) and spend the night sleeping "under" the Christmas tree. Share memories of past Christmases, Make some new ones!
This week is whizzing by! Relief Society Christmas Socail tonight! Datenight! Gracie speaks in church on Sunday. Preparing my own lesson for week after next. All this plus get ready for Liza! She's almost here! I can't wait! Enough said!
Remembrance, like a candle, burns brightest at Christmastime.