Monday Chit Chat

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Monday Chit Chat
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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 9:02am

Monday and the last shopping week before Christmas, is everybody ready?

Where will you be spending Christmas : at home, at relatives, in the Bahamas?  
If at home, what will you be serving?

Hope you all have a wonderful week.

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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 9:58am

Yes, I'm happy to say, I am ready for Christmas! Well, except for some baking, lol. We'll celebrate it here early, on Sunday the 23rd, with Colleen, Brian and Riley. The company Tom works for gives him a free Honeybaked ham every year, so we'll be having that, and buns if anyone wants the ham on them, and I'll make an easy crock pot potato dish called Cheesy Potatoes, as well as an appetizer called Drunken Sailors, lol (sausage cut up and slow cooked with bbq sauce, catsup, brown sugar - and a little Jack Daniels whiskey). I'll also make up a tray with raw carrot sticks, celery sticks, strips of red, yellow and green peppers, two kinds of pickles, the last of the dilly beans and a vegetable dip.  And I'll have wine, beer, or various sodas to drink.  And there will be various cookies and candy for dessert and snacking - if I get busy and make something besides the buckeye balls I made yesterday, lol.


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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 10:13am

Wow what a feast Ann.... what time shall I be there?

Sounds wonderful! also sounds like a lot of prep work for you this week.. are there things you can make in advance (other than the cookies of course).  I can not make any cookies this year and am still contemplating whether I should forgo the XMAS tree too.

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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 10:15am
HI Ann, I see that when you replied to the thread it showed up that you replied to me (for a change). When I replied back to you however, it showed up as I replied to myself.... wondering why this is so selective.... any clues anyone?
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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 11:51am

There really isn't a lot of prep work involved. The ham is pre-cooked and pre sliced, so all I do there is put it in a big electric roaster to warm up, then remove the slices from the bone to serve (dh does that). The potatoes mix up fast and just sit in the slow cooker, as does the sausage thing, and then it's just quick cut up some vegetables, or, in the case of the dilly beans and pickles, open the jars and put the stuff on the platter with store-bought dip!

And the cookies I'm spacing out making all week. Today is ginger cookies (a perfect batch, by the way, lol), tomorrow will be white chocolate macadamia cookies, and Wednesday will be a kind of peppermint bark. All easy to make and really good!

Most of the prep is going to be cleaning! I'm spacing that out, though, too, so I don't get too frazzled. A room a day should have the house looking good by Sunday, lol!


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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 11:56am
I have no idea what's going on with iV anymore. I see my post to you about prep work is to myself, and I don't know who this post will be to. It's getting so I don't even pay attention to who it says the post is to, lol!

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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 12:11pm

No consistency to who what replies to whom if that makes sense,

It does it all on its own no matter who we reply to :(




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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 12:13pm

Christmas at home , YaY!
Not sure on our meal yet .. so far I know we'll have our potato casserole as it's in the freezer, LOL
Probably a bit of ham & turkey too

Let's see,
Monday, Tuesday Wednesday fairly quiet I think
Making some turkey soup today, Yum!
Out to dinner Wednesday evening with my walking friend.
Need to do some light house stuff
Waiting for some packages so those will have to be wrapped.
Thursday oldest ds gets here so that will be nice
Saturday youngest does.

Hope you all have a great week :)




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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 8:25pm

Extra busy week!! Oh, my gosh, how am I going to get all of this done?!!

Monday...Went and picked up a few groceries early this morning while dh did his volunteer work. Then I went with dh to a check up with his hearing aid specialist. He put a new kind of speakers in dh's hearing aids and dh is hearing much better now!! So happy for him and for me too as I won't have to repeat everything I say as much!! We've been hanging out at home the rest of the day and will watch a movie tonight.

Tuesday...I go to the dentist in the morning to have my new crown put on. Have errands and Cmas shopping to do. Shopping with DD! & my youngest DGD as it's her 10th birthday. We'll shop for her at her favorite store and let her pick out her bday gift outfit herself from Grandpa and me. Don't know yet when we can have a family bday party for her yet. My TOPS meeting is that night and I'm crossing all digits that I have reached my goal!! We're having a little Cmas party and ornament exchange there that night and we're all bringing a food dish to share. It's my brother's bday, I'll send him a text. 

Wednesday...DH and I are going on a date for lunch at a favorite Italian restaurant in our Old Town district and then shopping for me at a nearby gift shop that I love!! We'll be celebrating my getting out of food jail!! lol! We'll shop at the Spice Merchant down the street, too, for Cmas gifts and probably stop somewhere else for more shopping too. Will relax and watch a movie that night.

Thursday...Errands..Christmas shopping..getting my haircut..watch a movie that night.

Friday...My monthly ladies brunch..fix Cmas foods..shopping..our pro soccer game is that night.

Saturday...Getting my nails done that morning..errands..our 1st Christmas celebration is that night with dh's family.

Sunday...Church and out for Chnese dinner. Wrapping Christmas gifts. Movie that night.

ACKKKKK...!!!! I'll start a separate thread about my three Christmases!!

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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 8:29pm

Everyone...If we all begin our replies every time with the person's name that we are replying to as the very first word, it would be so much easier to figure out who is talking to whom until IV gets their stuff together!! Most of the time that is done, but not always and it gets confusing sometimes when we forget. Anyway, just a suggestion. The main thing is to just keep talking!!Laughing

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Mon, 12-17-2012 - 8:41pm

Suzan...No, I'm not ready for Christmas. I have more shopping to do, watching for online bought gifts to arrive in the mail, have holiday foods to buy and prepare and no gifts have been wrapped yet!! Oh, and one more thing...I lost my Christmas list!!! Yikes!!! 

Christmas #1...DH's DD's house with her family (minus one son who is working on a cruise ship), DH's DS & GF will be there from OK and DH's X-wife. Always a fun time!! DSD is making homemade soup, don't know what kind. We're bringing yummy bakery bread to go with the soup plus a beef log & crackers, dip of some sort with chips and a bottle of wine. We give cash gifts to the three grandboys and the adults bring a gal gift and a guy gift and we choose numbers for which gift we'll get. One of the grandsons is a classical pianist and will play for us too.

Christmas #2...Will be Christmas Eve at the home of friends who are the inlaws of my DD2. We'll bring fudge probably and we exchange gifts with the host & hostess. She always makes a traditional Swedish buffet of delicious foods! Later we'll all go to our separate churches for Cmas Eve Services.

Christmas #3...Christmas Day with my family at my DD2's house. We haven't talked about what foods we want to make. We'll all bring something and we all exchange gifts.

There's another Christmas party the day after Christmas too and a wedding we're attending on the 29th!! Yikes...All that food!!! I'll be starving myself the week after to undo all the damage!!

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