Monday, December 11, 2017

Meal(un)plan Monday #48

Today I am visiting my mother and making one small trip to the grocery store for milk, ziplocs, and other random things, but we will eat out of the pantry and freezer this week so as to use up some stuff, give the grocery budget a break, and prep for holiday meals.
So please enjoy this pretty pop of color I spotted at Highlands on a dreary day, and know that we will be mostly eating leftovers and recycled dinners with maybe take-out Chinese on Sunday if I am successful in clearing out the freezer!

Friday, December 8, 2017

A thing of beauty

The Girl helped me put up the Kid's Tree, too.
That tree has is almost 50 years old, and we have put it up as an extra tree when we moved into Camp Rustown 20 years ago.  It lived in my MIL's attic for several years until she gifted it to us.  Many Christmas seasons have been celebrated around this tree.  Nevermind that it is obviously fake and is not pre-lit - when its decorated with all the kid ornaments from over 28 years, it is a thing of beauty.
I bought a new tree skirt for it this year from Michael's.  I would have loved to make it myself, but sometimes you have to admit you don't have the free time to sew one and just go buy one!  I love the red pom poms on it.  As we were decorating it, I told The Girl that these are the final collection of ornaments we were putting on it, because it was already almost too full, and all of you kids have aged out of kid tree ornaments.
Her:  Well, how many ornaments per kid, mom?  
Me:  I bought one for each of you until you turned 20.  
Her:  And how old is Bubbie?  
Me:  He will be 19 this Christmas.
Her: have two more to buy mom.
Me:  Oops.  
So the above little red truck is for this year! 
 Last year was an eagle and flag - to celebrate his finishing up on his Eagle Scout requirements.
 The red moon and star was from his first Christmas, 1998.  
He arrived Christmas afternoon!
 Two moose making mores over a campfire - he was 11 and loving camping.
And some glittery reindeer from 2015.  Sometimes I bought them to mark something, sometimes because I saw them and thought it would fit - this is one of those.
I guess there will be one more Christmas ornament for him next year, too.  And I'm thinking of swapping out the ribbons and wire hangers on them to twine like Pottery Barn uses - I like the combo of rustic and glitzy.
And I'm really loving this tree and all of it's special memories...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas plus one

Scout and Dutch will be joining us for Christmas, which makes me feel all kinds of happy! {I had to find an alias for her, as I did everyone else!}
I don't know a lot about her that I can share here, other than she is from Amsterdam and is pretty much on her own, except for us.  She is warming up to us, different as we are from her own family, I am sure.  But she and Scout seem perfectly matched in temperament and personality.
 Scout helping to cut down the perfect tree
She accompanied us to the tree farm the day after Thanksgiving and took family photos, even though she was missing a baby shower.  And she and Scout have been coming over on Sunday nights where we are gradually learning more about her, and she about us.
 Firstborn and Scout hauling said tree to the truck
Scout and  Dutch at the tree farm
Seeing her ever-changing haircolor makes me wish I could pull off purple, too!
One of the traditions I hold most dear is that of the Christmas stocking - you're never too old for one.  I couldn't find an appropriate one for her, so I used one of ours as a pattern and made one using fabric I already had.  It's not perfect, but I hope she will like it!
I think all it needs is some embellishment and her name on the front.  And now I need to finish up everyone's stockings and presents!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mealplan Monday #47

Monday - Hamburger Helper, corn (Bubbie cooks)
Tuesday - Ranch Pork Chops with onions and peppers, mashed potatoes, zucchini
Wednesday - 15 Bean Soup with turkey legs (from T Day!)
Thursday - Spagetti and Meatsauce, salad
Friday - Freezer find, veggie
Saturday and Sunday are TBD, but we will be busy both days!

Friday, December 1, 2017

5 thing Friday - Gus, Sidecar, Scout, birthday, Santa's helper

My sister and I have called a truce, of sorts.  We have been communicating about our Mother and we even came up with a schedule to call her and visit her.  That way, we don't double up and leave big empty spaces of time when no one is checking on her.
Gus approves.
Hubby and I visited Sidecar Tasting Room one day a couple weekends ago.  They have a cute little house in the middle of Dripping Springs.  Cozy places to sit...
...outside or in...
and a fun place to play a game of cards or whatever.  I love the vintage-y wallpaper.  And the Snake Charmer wine was delightful!
Scout and Michelle had us over for dinner at their new place.  Its so new, there are still boxes to unpack!  They made steaks with mushroom butter, green beans, and mashed potatoes with gravy.  It was all so good!  We met the three (yes, three) kitties and had a nice time visiting.
Birthday #57 happened.  Hubby bought me a pretty bracelet that matches a pendant he bought me a few years ago.  When I showed him how they matched he didn't even remember that he had bought it - but said he thought it was a pretty design (again).  He just happened upon the bracelet.  It was meant to be mine, I guess!
The Girl was a huge help to me over the Thanksgiving holiday, getting all the Christmas down and hanging ornaments and lights.  I could not have done it without her - I was so tired!  I think I ran the dishwasher twice a day and stood cooking til my feet throbbed!  But I had such a great time.  I am looking forward to Christmas!
Happy December!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bopping around in Burnet

Hubby and I had a mini getaway last Saturday after a fairly full Thursday and Friday.
He wanted me to see the new sign for Highlands up close and personal!  We couldn't talk the two older kids into going,so we jumped in the truck and headed out alone.  We stopped at Whataburger and got lunch, then took it to Highlands to eat al fresco.
 Then we stopped off at our (new) favorite place to watch a sunset - Torr Na Lochs.
It was warm on the patio in full sun, but not terrible.  We watched the owner's Longhorns amble around the stone patio, looking for their evening meal.  I didn't get a pic of that - I was too busy gawping at how HUGE they were.  Our wine lady assured us, they are not tame.
I think the winery closes at 5, but no one seemed to be in a hurry to leave, so we sat until the sun went down.  Then I was the only one who applauded - such an Austin thing to do!
 Next week is the wine pick-up party there, so we will enjoy yet another sunset together, God willing.
On the way home, we stopped at the Christmas Trail of Lights in downtown Burnet.  We were the only ones there - what a change from Austin, where you get to enjoy the trail with 5000 of your closest friends!
They even had something like the Zilker Tree.  Only it was just the two of us and fairly peaceful, even with slight traffic along 29.
Blurry pics notwithstanding, it was a sweet little trail.
Hubby waited patiently for me to come take his hand so we could walk.  It was a sweet end to our little getaway. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mealplan Monday #46

Monday - Buttermilk Baked Chicken, rice,veggie
Tuesday - BBQ Pork Roast, potato salad
Wednesday - Pot of beans, corn muffins
Thursday - Johnny Marzetti Casserole (freezer), salad
Friday - Apple Pecan Chicken Salad on Texas Toast, chips
Saturday is YOYO, Sunday is One Pot Tortellini with Sausage, salad


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