Today was a quiet and productive one. The windows got cleaned in the living room and the house got aired out with a gentle, yet cool, breeze. The house smells so good after the fresh air traveled throughout the downstairs.
I did two loads of laundry and put them away after I washed the windows. The sink was clear of dishes until I made dinner. I made a mess that will be cleaned up in a few minutes. All of the food is put away and the dishes are rinsed, but they need to be washed and the counters and stove need a clean up.
I was feeling hungry tonight so I made some seafood and a baked potato. The potato was dripping with cheese and bacon. I haven't made myself a baked potato in years, but it sounded so good. Good thing is I had a potato in the refrigerator that was not cooked for the Thanksgiving dinner. Into the microwave it went then mashed and put back in with bacon and cheese on it. Yummo. I'm going to make a seafood chowder tomorrow using the shells and heavy cream. I have one container of chicken broth left in the freezer and carrots and celery in the refrigerator. Combined these items should make a good soup.
The rest period today was spent checking out the blogs and yoo toob videos I follow. There's some great frugal ideas for gifts that I may try. They are food gifts so I feel confident in trying them. If they were craft gifts, I don't think anyone would want to receive them from me. Unless it was a crocheted item.
The passing of my mother in law put me in a reflective mood. I get quiet and think a lot when I loose someone who has been close to me. I understand she was ready and knowing the kind person she was, I have no doubt she's a happy woman at this time. I do have to digest the event and was sad I was not able to attend the services for her today. I live 900 miles away and couldn't swing it. Even my kids who live 60 miles away couldn't attend the services because that part of the country is in the middle of blizzard snow storms.
Reading other blogs I see the women are busy sewing and creating beautiful things. I'm envious that I'm not able to do these things. I know how good I feel when I cook something special, I can't imagine how good it would feel to create something tangible. I'm pretty happy, though. with who I am, creativity aside.
It's been fun watching the videos on facebook today. I wish I knew how to get them here so I could show my readers some of them. There's one that Clay Riley put out with Santa singing I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas that's animated. It cute when the reindeer sing the chorus. I thought maybe it was on yoo toob, but no luck finding it. If it comes across your page, let me know if you know how to transport it here. I think others would get a smile from watching it.
You can check out this video if you're interested in creating nice gifts for Christmas from the kitchen.
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