Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book and Ornament Advent

T and I had such a good time last year with our book advent.  So, we are going to do it again this year!  :)  Here are the books I've selected for this year:

     A Shepherd's Gift
          by Mary Calhoun
     Careful, Santa!
          by Julie Sykes
     Christmas in the Barn
          by Margaret Wise Brown
     Gingerbread Baby
          by Jan Brett
     I Love Christmas!
          by Hans Wilhelm
     My Christmas Stocking, Filled with God's Love
          by Crystal Bowman
     My Merry Christmas and the Real Reason for Christmas Joy
          by Sally Lloyd-Jones
     One Snowy Night
          by M. Christina Butler
     Room for a Little One
          by Martin Waddell
     Saint Francis and the Nativity
          by Myrna A. Strasser
     Santa Mouse
          by Michael Brown
     Sugar & Spice - The Yummy Scents of Christmas
          (author unknown)
     The Christmas Story
          by Carol Heyer
     The Donkey's Christmas Song
          by Nancy Tafuri
     The Little Christmas Tree
          by Karl RΓΌhmann
     The Littlest Christmas Tree
          by Janie Jasin
     The Night Before Christmas
          by Jan Brett
     The Twelve Days of Christmas
          by Jan Brett
     The Very Snowy Christmas
          by Diana Hendry

Actually, this list is all of the books we didn't get to last year...which is most of
them!  :P

I especially want to read the book, The Christmas Story by Carol Heyer.  She (the author!!) was so kind to visit my blog and leave a comment last year!  :D

For the first 18 days of December, T and I will read a Christmas book and make an ornament each day.  Then on December 24th, T and I will read the book, The Night Before Christmas...and hopefully make an ornament!

We will see if we can manage to read more Christmas books and make more ornaments than we did last year!  ;o)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Day


We got together with my husband's extended family on Thanksgiving Day.  His cousin hosted the Thanksgiving meal...for all 23 of us!  At least she didn't have to cook the entire meal!  :D  Everyone contributed to the effort.  We were asked to bring mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, and sweet iced tea.

Here is T, ready to eat!  Actually, I think he had already started on his roll.  ;o)

After dessert, the children enjoyed playing together.  T found a toy guitar....
He looks like a natural, doesn't he?

And here he is...ready for his afternoon nap, I think!  :)

I know I was ready for mine when I got home!  :P

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Gingerbread Family

Tonight, I went ahead and made this gingerbread family meal for T's lunch for tomorrow.

(Tomorrow, T and I will be busy with appointments and pumpkin pie making!)

Here are some of the lunch details:

The gingerbread man sandwich is made on whole wheat bread with sprinkles for details.
The gingerbread woman sandwich is made on honey wheat bread with sprinkles for details.

The potato chips have an edible gingerbread man pick.  I cut a gingerbread man shape from pie dough using a mini cookie cutter.  Next, I baked it, and then I sprinkled it with cinnamon-sugar.  I put some peanut butter on the back of it to hold the toothpicks in place.

The cookies are Pepperidge Farm Ginger Family gingerbread cookies.

The applesauce is decorated with gingerbread man sprinkles.

My guess is that T will like his lunch...especially since it contains cookies, which is not usually the case!  :)

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Foot, Again

"Silly old bear," said Christopher Robin.

When I went back to see the orthopedist on Tuesday, I thought I was going to get an "all clear -- good to go" from him...even though my foot still is not back to "normal."
Silly me.

Instead, I was given a prescription for four more weeks of physical therapy.  At least he didn't use the "s" word:  surgery!  Not yet, anyway.  He told me that if (at some point) my foot does not continue to get better, and if (at that point) my foot is not fully functional, then surgery is in the picture for me.

You can believe these two things:
     I will be going to physical therapy twice a week, faithfully (even though I
          am tired of going to therapy).
     I will be doing my physical therapy exercises at home, faithfully (even
          though I am tired of doing exercises).

I'm so totally ready for my foot to be "fully functional," as my orthopedist put it.

P.S.  If you don't know what in the world I'm talking about, you can read my last post about my foot here.  :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Carousel, Act 2

I made this meal for T for lunch today.  It is based on the musical, Carousel, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

  • playing cards > rectangular-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with candy decorations (for the 10 of stars and the Ace of flowers)
  • money > tossed salad of romaine lettuce (for bills) and carrots (for coins)

Synopsis of Act 2

Everyone reminisces about the clambake.  Julie sees Billy trying to sneak away with Jigger and, trying to stop him, feels the knife hidden under his shirt.  She begs him to give it to her, but he refuses and leaves to commit the robbery.

While they wait, Jigger and Billy gamble with cards.  They stake their shares of the anticipated robbery spoils.  They don't know that Mr. Bascombe already has deposited the mill's money.

The robbery fails.  Mr. Bascombe pulls a gun on Billy while Jigger escapes.  Billy accidentally falls on his knife.  Julie arrives just in time to see Billy die.  Julie strokes his hair, finally able to tell him that she loves him.

source:  Wikipedia

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Carousel, Act 1 (continued)

I made this meal for T for lunch today.  It is based on the musical, Carousel, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

  • sailboats > boat-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with pretzel masts and paper sails
  • herring > goldfish crackers
  • clams > lemon cookies

Synopsis of Act 1, continued

More than a month passes, and preparations for the summer clambake are under way.  Julie and Billy are married now.  Julie confides in Carrie that Billy, frustrated over being unemployed, hit her.  Billy arrives with his ne'er-do-well whaler friend, Jigger.  The former carousel barker is rude to Enoch and Julie, then leaves with Jigger, followed by a distraught Julie.  Enoch tells Carrie that he expects to become rich selling herring.

Jigger tries to recruit Billy to help with a robbery.  However, Billy declines since the victim, Mr. Bascombe (Julie's former boss), might have to be killed.  Mrs. Mullin enters and tries to tempt Billy back to the carousel, but he would have to abandon Julie.  Billy is mulling it over when Julie arrives and tells him that she is pregnant.  Billy is overwhelmed with happiness, ending all thoughts of returning to the carousel.

Determined to provide financially for his future child, by whatever means, Billy decides to be Jigger's accomplice.  The whole town leaves in sailboats for the clambake...and Billy, who earlier refused to go, now agrees to join in.  He realizes that being seen at the clambake is integral to his and Jigger's alibi.

source:  Wikipedia

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Carousel, Act 1

Since we ate out for lunch, I made this meal for T for supper tonight.

It is based on the musical, Carousel, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Here are the details...

three carousel horses > horse-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a striped paper straw placed inside of each

sparkling star > star shape cut from pie dough, baked, and sprinkled with powdered sugar and coarse sugar

starbursts with sparkling star picks > tortilla chips

Synopsis of Act 1

The musical begins with Billy polishing stars Up There...and then flashes back to how it all began....

Two young female mill workers in 1873 Maine visit the town's carousel after work.  One of them, Julie Jordan, attracts the attention of the carousel barker, Billy Bigelow.  When Julie lets Billy put his arm around her during the carousel ride, Mrs. Mullin, the widowed owner of the carousel, tells Julie never to return.  Julie and her friend, Carrie Pipperidge, argue with Mrs. Mullin.

Billy arrives and, seeing that Mrs. Mullin is jealous, mocks her.  As a result, he is fired from his job.  Billy, unconcerned, invites Julie to join him for a drink.  As Billy goes to get his belongings, Carrie presses Julie about her feelings toward him, but Julie is evasive.  Carrie has a beau too, fisherman Enoch Snow.

Billy returns for Julie as the departing Carrie warns that staying out late means the loss of Julie's job.  Mr. Bascombe, owner of the mill, happens by and offers to escort Julie to her home.  She refuses and is fired from her job at the mill.  Left alone, Julie and Billy talk about what life might be like if they were in love, but neither quite confesses to the growing attraction they feel for each other.

source:  Wikipedia

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Yesterday, I made this meal for T.

  • Gumdrop Gully is gumdrop fruit slices candy.
  • Pretzel Palace is Rold Gold Tiny Twists Cheddar Pretzels.
  • Animal Alley is animal cookies.
  • The path is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (honey wheat bread and whole wheat bread) cut into little squares.
  • CANDY LAND is Scrabble Junior Cheez-It Crackers.

I'm not sure T made the connection between his meal and the board game, Candyland.  It's been so long since we've played the game.  Nonetheless, T enjoyed his meal!  :)