Back To Work

Well, I might be back to work but my mind is at home!

It really was a good day yesterday, easy and productive. The whole holiday was great!

I ended up putting the soup bones on the stove and will just freeze the broth! That will be Christmas dinner! A nice crusty bread and its all good!


I have been wanting a space to call my own and so this weekend I brought up the folding table, put a table cloth and a lamp and call it good!


Gracie loves it and it gives me a great place to let my creative juices flow!


My kid gave me an inspiration for a kids book and I am following it where ever it might take me!

It feels so nice to not have the cat smell in my house! I am so happy with that decision to pull up all the carpet.

Hey, tomorrow is my 38th payment. My necklace is growing!


I put my loop on a little early I just couldn’t wait.

22 more payments but who’s counting?!?


Busy Time

Hello! Hows it going? I have been so busy during this five day holiday!

Friday I took my kid golfing. Its the busiest most expensive day of the year but we got on the course, with a cart for $30.00! Can not believe that stroke of luck. They know her at that course!


Saturday we went to Osh and picked up our tree. I have learned that they are the cheapest, quality trees in the area. A noble fir, 6 ft, for 29.99. That’s a great deal in SoCal.


We got it home and set it up. We chose white, silver and red this year. While the boxes were out, I organized them by type in boxes so it will be easy to find by theme. I just have misc colorful and log cabin. When these get put away I will do by color, white, silver and red.













Of course we had to torment our Gracie, it a tradition!


And today I am home doing laundry. Have to go to grocery but keeping it really low spend! I have so much turkey left for the week.

I am going to freeze the carcass and make a soup for Christmas day. I will serve with a crusty bread and butter.

There we are, all caught up. Back to the grind tomorrow! :-(

Have a great rest of your day!



I hope you had the best Thanksgiving! Are you still full? I woke up and made our breakfast which consisted of fruit! It seemed like the right way to start the day.

Ok let me start by admitting that every year when I buy my boxed dinner from a grocery store I am a little nervous that it will flop! Maybe the turkey will be dry, maybe it won’t smell like thanksgiving, maybe it will feel sad because that is kind of the look you get from people when you tell them that is your plan.

But let me tell you right now that our dinner was probably our best yet!

Everything was so good, the turkey so moist and the sides so flavorful and it was all hot and ready in two hours.

We went to the store in the morning and picked up a few things and my kid wanted to make some cookies, i wanted to try out my oven temp!



Perfect! I just kept an eye on the oven and adjusted when it got to hot!

I added some seasoning to the turkey and it smelled divine!


It has funny little rope marks but so what! I put the sides in the oven, the rolls in foil on the stove and we were all set!






My kids dad brought deviled eggs, Martinelli’s and TWO pies!


He and I enjoyed champaign with cranberry juice and I saved a few berries to float!


My kid set the table and we had a stress free, delicious dinner.


We also Face Timed our family and that was another highlight of the day!

It went off without a hitch. When you are younger, and if you have time, space and help, cooking is ok, but for me, for all those reasons and more, I will never cook a huge meal again!

The parade and the dog show were wonderful too!

Hope you had a stress free day as well!


I Was Right!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

My kid and I both had the day off and so I took her to a movie, its been ages.

We watched Brooklyn.


It’s a wonderful movie, I highly recommend it.

If you are a long time reader you know that I have struggled with my oven! Today I wanted to use up some chicken breast and I found this recipe:


I was going to chance it but at the store I found a thermometer!



And I WAS RIGHT! I put the temp at 350 and that darn oven climbed well over 400.

But I finally figured it out and the mock casserole came out ok!



No carbs but loaded with dairy! I just can’t win. :/(

It still won’t entice me to use the oven but at least now I can bake cookies and not scorch them.

Tonight I made up the cranberries for tomorrow and I have to say I am feeling no stress about dinner tomorrow!

Remember last thanksgiving? My faucet decided to leak? Hopefully that wont happen and even if it does, I have a bathroom sink! ;/) See no stress! (Crossed fingers).

Have a great day tomorrow! No stress allowed.


Looking Forward!

Are you looking forward to a few days off? I sure am!

I realized something…This is my 4th Holiday Season in this BK!

Yep! 4 Thanksgivings and Christmas’s!

I an getting there, slow but sure!


I already have a 2016 calendar as well as that 2017 calendar up in my office.

I seem to keep a close eye as the months tick by.

I am waiting for this Sixty Payments to be over! Then I can tick off the months to retirement.

Although I was thinking this morning I should stay here as long as I can to spite them! NOT!

What are you waiting for?


Ready Set Go

Are you ready? I’m ready!


I know its not the cheapest way to make a dinner, but it works for me! Because of my quirky oven!

It comes packed up and ready to go!


Turkey and all the sides:




I make cranberries, hey, its stovetop!


And of course, some cheer:


The vodka was half price.
Kids dad is bringing the dessert and Martinelli’s.
I think we are good to go! What are your plans?