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The Final Countdown…

Christmas is quickly approaching.  I think I’m done (OK, to be honest I have a couple of presents to wrap for sister and BIL).  I boxed up all the cookie tins and they are ready for delivery.


I still have to clean up all the nonpareils that are coating my floor.  But I’m happy that I had Ella’s help with the cookies this year.

I’ve missed her help these last few years.

 

As usual, Ella did a great job on the tree.  It’s nice not to have to climb up and down on the chair any more.

And of course, with Merry here for her Christmas visit, we never know what we’re going to find.

The night before we got the tree, the elves thought Ella missed a spot when we moved the cubby.

Then hanging out with Ella’s new gnome decoration that we found at the Pakenham General Store on the way home from the tree farm.  By the way, if you watch the Halmark Christmas Scavenger Hunt movie, you’ll see ‘our’ tree farm a number of times (including their covered bridge).

Then last Saturday while Ella was at a sleepover with her girlfriends in Arnprior, the elves had a serious looking meeting with all the stuffies!

And finally, last week we FINALLY got some snow.  It looks like Christmas.  Everywhere looks like a Christmas card.  Though we didn’t need the sudden drop to -32C (-25F) windchill that we had the other day.

How’s your Advent going?  Mine’s ticking along a little faster than I want.  I had a bit of a stomach bug last Monday and that seemed to throw off the entire week.  Now I feel a bit behind.  I did get a bunch of cookie dough made up over the weekend.  I also baked a batch of spritz cookies, my Christmas cake, and steamed the Christmas pudding.  This morning I’m taking a break from baking to get some wrapping done.  I’ll add some pictures to this post later today (their all on my phone right now).

Monday:

roast pork my favourite way

Tuesday:

bacon and eggs (and Ella French toast or perogies)

Wednesday:

leftover pork

Thursday:

chicken gyros

Friday:

sticky garlic noodles

Saturday:

oven fried chicken

Sunday:

Salisbury steak in CP -Ella’s favourite

More ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie

 

I really should change this to say Menu Plan Tuesday, but oh well.

Book club is wrapping up.  Next week we are having a Dickensian supper and a double feature of A Christmas Carol, Alistair Sims/Muppets.  Should be fun.  I’ve made the plum pudding already and will make the caramel sauce on Monday.  Not too much this week, trying to wrap up school before we start Advent/Christmas holidays.  I’m done shopping (just waiting for a couple of parcels).  Hopefully we’ll get our tree late this week or early next, then I can wrap and enjoy the season.

Monday:

bacon, eggs, and vegan potato pancakes (sorry I lost the link)

Tuesday:

roast chicken

Wednesday:

hot chicken sandwiches

Thursday:

chicken pot pie biscuits

Friday:

slow cooker honey garlic meatballs with homemade meatballs

Saturday:

chicken a la king -one of Colin’s favourite uses for leftover chicken

Sunday:

roast beef -I want to start having my Mom (and maybe Colin’s Dad and step-mom) for supper on Sundays during Advent, so we’ll start having nicer suppers on Sundays.

 

What’s cooking at I’m an Organizing Junkie?

Oh look!  Menu Plan Monday actually on a Monday!  Nothing too exciting this weekend.  Colin is working for the new neighbour a bit, so he was gone all day on Saturday.  We went to Eganville for lunch out on Sunday, then I came home and had a nap -ha ha!  I made a slight change to last week’s menu.  When I went to get the leftover ribs from the freezer I saw the package of chicken wings.  Since I can only make wings when Ella’s not home (crazy child) I decided to pull out the wings instead.  I planned to make the honey lime wings that we like, but somehow I’m out of lime juice.  So I hit up Pinterest and found Garlic Parmesan wings.  They were yummy and didn’t fill my house with smoke like the honey-lime ones do sometimes.

Busy finishing up the house tidy before Advent starts and we have supper out with friends coming up this week too.

Maureen finished up our new pictures.  They are so beautiful, I love how she makes this old farm look great.      Here’s a few:

 

 

 

Monday:

chicken cacciatore

Tuesday:

steak souvlaki

Wednesday:

leftover chicken cacciatore

Thursday:

bacon wrapped venison backstrap

Friday:

vegetarian pot pie

Saturday:

turkey

Sunday:

??

More ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Not sure what’s up with Ginny and Yarn Along, but Nicole is still doing her Crafting On.  I’ve been working on a few things this last while, but haven’t finished much.  I did whip up a thank you present for Maureen.  It’s a cowl made with Knit Picks Swish – a lovely, washable merino.  Check it out here.  Don’t worry, my Ravelry page is set so everyone can see my projects.

We were in Pickering for a short visit over the weekend.  I’m always so tired after we come home, especially since I do most of the driving these days.  We didn’t do much, but Saturday afternoon, Uncle Stefan and Auntie B took us to an arcade.  Ella had lots of fun playing all the arcade games and winning ‘tickets’.  There was a go-cart track too.  Ella had fun, but was disappointed that the carts go so much slower than her dune buggy.

Belinda raced too.  Colin thought it was funny that the 2 people without a driver’s license were the ones go-carting.

My favourite yarn shop in Bowmanville has moved.  Tina’s bought the old Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce building in Orono!!  How cool is that?!

Parking in ‘downtown’ Orono is certainly easier than in Bowmanville.  It’s a quick off and back on to the highway too.

Check out the cool balcony!  But guess what the best/coolest part was???

THE VAULT!!  I mean, how cute is that?  Wasn’t terribly big inside, but then again the old farmers wouldn’t have had that much cash to stash at the bank.

I didn’t do a Menu Plan Monday last week since we were going away.  I made the most delicious roast on Monday and we just ate variations all week.  Here’s the recipe.  I used a sirloin tip that was on sale.  It was so good that Colin and Ella both raved over at every meal -all week!  It is definitely on my ‘make again’ list.

So what’s up this week?

Monday:

leftovers

Tuesday:

Czech goulash

Wednesday:

spaghetti

Thursday:

shake and bake chicken with stovetop stuffing

Friday:

chow mein

Saturday:

ribs

Sunday:

leftover ribs

More great ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie

 

Menu Plan Tuesday

I get so busy with leaving early for book club Monday mornings that I forget to get my Menu Plan Monday posted on time.  I need to take a few minutes and schedule these ahead of time.  Oh well, you didn’t miss anything.   We only had spaghetti yesterday because the chicken was still frozen solid in the fridge.

Monday:

spaghetti

Tuesday:

roast chicken and dressing

Wednesday:

hot chicken sandwiches

Thursday:

chicken and dumplings

Friday:

BBQ pork ribs

Saturday:  All Souls’ Day

chicken cacciatore and roasted potatoes

Sunday:

leftover chicken and dumplings

More ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie.