I have been taking a few photos and editing when I have a chance.
Hats off to medical people everywhere!
I have been taking care of convalescing Mothers and Mother in Laws. Some of the medical aspects of what I have to do make my head spin.
Things have settled into a routine and I am coming to terms with the fact that I have a 20 hour a week part time job. I am also always on 24 hour call/ 7 days a week.
I did eventually get the Christmas decor put away. A week later I got out my regular “pretty stuff”. I did make a quick trip to Ikea before my Mother in Law was released from the Rehab center (for stroke recovery). I had decided to make new curtains for the kitchen window. The least expensive way was kitchen towels from Ikea :- } Next post I will add photos of my “pretty stuff.”
The good news is for now, everyone seems to be stable. Things are not rosy and Christmas will be bittersweet, but will deal with it.
On my son’s 24th birthday my Mother in law had a stroke. I took her to the ER where she had been several years earlier for a trip and fall while walking her dog. She is now in a rehab center where she used to work and has a steady stream of employees coming to visit and catch up.
The next morning my Mother, who had been vomiting all night was taken by ambulance to the ER at big northern California medical center and teaching hospital. She in currently in the Oncology floor.
Two Grandma’s fell ill with in 15 hours of each other. Our two families have been doing a lot of miles visiting. My children have double travel miles.
Chocolate Chip Muffins
2 C Jiffy Baking Mix
1/2 C Sugar
3/4 C Milk
1 egg (slightly beaten)
2 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 bag Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Heat oven to 400 degrees Mix ingredients by hand or in a stand-up mixer. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for 15 -20 min. or until skewer come out clean. Makes about 14
Who would have thought my daughter would be such a resource for recipes. Sure on the internet she finds cool make-up, which nail polish brands to skip and lots of “feels”, but lately she has been finding the yummiest sweets and dishes to try out. The latest is Pumpkin Ginger Spice Cupcakes from Julia Graf. These are awesome! We had a good time baking for hours. Yes, baking pumpkin puree from scratch can take awhile. We are in California and opted for baking the pumpkin in the oven like a acorn squash. I put water in the pan in an effort to “steam” it. It worked pretty well. We cooked them at 400 degrees for 50 min, turning them half way through and keeping an eye on them towards the end.
Mashed up with a fork
Cutting up crystallized ginger. We did not have the fresh and I was not going to buy it in addition to the crystallized.
This batter was very yummy!
Filling the liners 3/4 full. We made a double batch. 28 cupcakes.
All done and a quick photo before eating!
Is it to early? I don’t think so.
I am also the person who like to see seasonal decor up and available in the store 2 or months ahead of the actual time. I like to see what is available, what is new, what are the prices. For us it takes time to save up the money if there is something I have my eye on.
I know people complain and complain “Christmas already?! We are not even through Halloween” I guess they have their reasons, but I don’t think they realize how many people out there are like me.
Well the retailers do. And then there is the whole craft industry and folks who make their gifts and decor. 4 week before Christmas to make these things will not work and the crafters and craft industry thank goodness know this.
Christmas Card Photo- I can not decide which I like better.
For this one I found the template at Poofy Cheeks and followed the links to Chelsea Peterson Photography Facebook page. I used a combination of Photoshop and Foto Fusion. I needed a chalkboard font. I found several here at Fonts Cafe .
For this one I found the template at I Heart Faces and downloaded the zip files. I used a combination of Photoshop and Foto Fusion. I used Photoshop to change the color. I used Foto Fusion for the type.
It is silly, but I have never been so excited to send out Christmas cards. Last year at the Christmas season the realities of 3 years of unemployment and scattered temp jobs and unemployment insurance stopping while it was decided if we could have an extension or not made for a Christmas that was not. If it had not been for a kind family bringing us food straight from their pantry and refrigerator, we would not have even had food that week.
I could not send out cards, there was not even money for stamps.
There are several recipes on the Internet for this. I found this on Pinterest, followed the links, but never pinned it.
Blueberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast
*what I did is bought a jar of Wild Blueberry All Natural Fruit at SaveMart for under $4.00. I spread the jam on between the slices before cooking and a bit on top before eating.
Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until fully combined. Add blueberries and beat again (or I spread the jam on between the slices before cooking). Spread cream cheese over half the Texas Toast slices and sandwich together with remaining bread.
In a shallow bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and cinnamon. Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium heat and add a knob of butter. Dip sandwiched bread into the egg mixture for about 20-30 seconds on each side and then place into the frypan. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining bread. I had a little extra left, so I saved it for the next morning made it again.
Dust with icing sugar, serve with fresh blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.
I received a hand-me-down itouch. I was playing with the camera for these photos.