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Well if I have to finish the name of this post it should say,   Oh the Weather Outside is starting to look and feel like Christmas/Yule, kinda!  It is just taking foreva!!  But I had a nice relaxing thanksgiving with the in-laws and everything turned out delicious.  I hope that your turkey day was fantastical.  I am also very happy to announce that I am done with my holiday shopping.  All gifts are wrapped and ready to be placed under the tree, which I purchased tonight! I plan on putting the lights on in just a little while. YAY!  This is the first year that I have bought my tree so early. I hate waiting because as soon as you get it up and nicely decorated, the season is over and you didn’t get to enjoy it.  I am going to make sure to hold on to the holiday as long as possible.

So in honor of the Yule season, I have a cute, cheap project that is fun and can be a great gift for a teacher or shut in that needs a little pick me up!

Introducing the clay pot Christmas tree. . .

No watering or needles to clean. Just a little something to brighten your day!

You will need:

1  5 inch clay saucer

1  4 inch clay pot

1 3.5 inch clay pot

1 2.5  inch  clay pot

1 1.5 inch clay pot

1 topper of choice.

You can make this bigger if you want. It would be cute on a front porch!

Paint in your choice of colors

I used Apple Barrel brand Acrylic paint.

I chose a fun green, blue, pink, purple and gold.

Paint a nice thick coat of green on all the pots and saucer. (I painted 2 coats)

Let them dry completely.

Stack them!

I think it looks like it belongs in Who Ville!  Hehehe.

 

Now paint different size and color dots all over the tree.

I went back and added little yellow dots that look like lights.

When it is dry add your topper and there you have a cute little tree to brighten your day!

I thought this was just a nice little craft that started my holiday crafting spree with a bang!

I hope that you enjoy this and many other projects that will follow.

Until Then,

Wende

 


 

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Hellooooooo!

The weather here in Mobile has been delightful!!! Nice cool days with chilly evenings.  Great for Bonfires, smores, wine and warm blankets. My oldest 4 legged child is changing so much each year. It makes me laugh because he has really thick fur, but he is getting more cold natured every day. I have a little down blanket that he loves to lay on and then he likes to be covered and tucked in like a baby.  It is so cute. I guess I will need to buy him a really warm coat for Yule this year.    I have to say that all of this nice weather has inspired me to get busy baking and crafting for the holidays.   I have many fun easy projects that you can make and personalize for any family member or friend.

I found a recipe that looked as good as it sounded.  So I figured I would try it out and see how it tastes.

Asian Meatballs with Carrot Rice


1 cup white rice

1 carrot, shredded

¾ cup bread crumbs

1 pound ground turkey meat

3 scallions sliced thin

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

4 teaspoons hot pepper sauce

3 tsp sugar

1 garlic clove minced

2 tsp vegetable oil

Coarse salt

Lime wedges for serving

 

Pre heat oven to 450

Cook rice as directed. When you remove from heat add the shredded carrots.

Let stand 5 minutes covered, then fluff with a fork.

In a medium bowl combine breadcrumbs, 3 tbsp water, turkey, scallion whites,

Cilantro, fish sauce, pepper sauce, sugar, garlic and 1 ½ tsp of salt.

Mix gently until combined.

Roll into balls. I use a medium scoop from Pampered Chef.

In a non stick skillet add 1 tbsp oil. (Medium heat)

Brown meatballs on all sides.

Place on cookie sheet and place in oven for 10 minutes until cooked through.

Serve over rice with scallion greens and lime wedges.

Enjoy!!

 

I made grilled asparagus with our meatballs and it was delicious.  I guess you can add anything that you like. This is a great recipe.  We really enjoyed them. I think that you could change this recipe up very easily and make it your own creation.

I hope you enjoy it!

Until Then,

Wende

P/S

A great friend of mine gave me a sweet little gift in October and I wanted to share it with you. If you know me at all you will understand the laugh behind it.

Thank you Heatherton for a wonder and very thoughtful gift. As you can see I have put it to great use! Love ya.

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This past week was a busy one.  The Halloween weekend just got away from me.  I am still not used to working such weird hours.  But I have lots to share with you.

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was October 30.  I am the team captain for the Bosom Buddies. We had 12 girls join the team this year.  I had team shirts made up for us and they turned out great. Thanks to Darlene with D’s Sporting Goods here in the Mobile, AL area.  Over 15,000 people participated in this walk and together we raised over $325,000.  It feels so good to be a part of such an important cause.  I am already starting to think of ways to raise money for the walk next year.

After the 5 mile walk at 8:00 am I went home and rested for a while then got to work on some goodies for the Bonfire we planned that evening.

So here are some shots from the Breast Cancer walk and I will finish up with a recipe that is great for any party!

Team Bosom Buddies!

Team Logo

Some of our Lovely Team members.

These Guys were in it to win it! They were Awesome!

Starting Race view.

5 Miles later!

Everyone is ready for coffee and food!!

Need a ride? Call the Pink Yellow Cab!

This was great.

And now I will share  a little recipe I like to call “Chicken Wang Dip” aka Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip.  Every party I have I make sure to have this on hand.  It is the first thing to go and everyone loves it.

It is easy and you can tweak it to your liking.  I have even made it in a crock pot.

 

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
(3 cups shredded, cooked chicken)
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 to 1 1/2 cups buffalo wing sauce, to taste

(Texas Pete’s is the original, hands-down favorite but I can not find it all the time)
1 cup blue cheese dressing (ranch, if you prefer)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Poach the chicken breasts in lightly salted water, turning once, until just cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Remove them from the water and set aside to cool.

I use canned white meat chicken. It is fast easy and less clean up.

Meantime, whip the cream cheese and spread it over the bottom of a 9″ X 13″ baking dish.

Shred the cooled chicken by hand or in the processor.

In a mixing bowl, stir the chicken and buffalo wing sauce together.

Now pour the blue cheese dressing over the chicken mixture. ( I add the dressing into the above mixture and blend well)

Spread the mixture atop the cream cheese.

Top with a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese.

Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 20 minutes or until heated through.

Ta da…! Buffalo Chicken Dip, ready to serve with celery sticks and scoops of all kinds.

In the unlikely event the dip lasts long enough to cool, you can warm it in the microwave.

I also made sausage balls for the party.  This recipe was posted earlier but here it is again. I have only the one photo this time, but if you look in the earlier post you will find the complete version.

 

Sausage Cheese Balls

1 pound sausage

4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

2 1/2 cups Bisquick baking mix

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, combine the sausage, cheese, and dry baking mix. Mix together, and shape mixture into walnut-sized balls. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Serve hot!

This was just a little get together of goodness.

We had spirits and food and we ate smores until we were sick!

It was a great time!

As I become acclimated to my new work and sleep schedule I promise to be diligent on posting more goodness.  I mean hey the baking and crafting season is among us!

We must be ready!

Until Then,

Wende

 

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