Monday, December 16, 2019

Totally Random Catch Up Post! :-)

December 16th already..... Christmas is almost here and a new year is fast approaching. What a year it's been! Last year at this time I was in the hospital finding out I have heart failure and almost not making it.... I am so thankful they treated me in time and that I'm here another year to celebrate. I feel so incredibly blessed.

I wanted to do a little blog catching up and also to share a link to a great website for designing your own online cards, digital invitations and more. I have enjoyed using it myself and I know it can bring a smile to those receiving it. It is called Paperless Post and this is the link Enjoy!

I've been doing some baking and these are some hot cocoa muffins, not too sweet! You can add icing to make them sweeter if you prefer ;-) 

Now if you are really looking for sweetness, you'll want to make this Gingerbread fudge I made! So very sweet! Good though, tastes just like Gingerbread :-) I sent a bunch to Jerry's work and they were pretty happy.

This is one of my favorite breakfast sandwiches to make. It is a scrambled egg on toast with mashed avocado! So yummy :-)

   Salmon is also another one of my favorite dishes to make, I added roasted parsnips and sweet         potatoes along with steamed green beans for dinner one night. So delicious and healthy!

Christmas decorating is complete and most of my shopping is done. Here is some of the decorations we have on our porch.

Our porch swing is one of my favorite places to be. Even today here in the South it is almost 60 degrees! Makes it easy to enjoy outside time for most of the year.

                                       One of our trees inside that we have in our sunroom.

My dad has his trains set up and this is just a couple pictures of them. Always turns out so nice every year.

                                       I'm still busy wrapping a few last minute presents!

Advent calendars are in full swing! The girls have a chocolate one and a Harry Potter one this year also that they open each day.

                                          The elves have been very mischievous this year ;-)

                  This one was Jerry's idea, lol..... we all have fun moving them around now.

We did get some bad news the other day. A very good friend of ours whom we consider family fell 40 feet out of a tree stand and by sheer grace of God survived.... however he landed on both feet breaking his shin bone through the skin and shattering his other foot. He is still in the hospital and receiving several surgeries to try to get everything back together. He could certainly use any available prayers. We've been visiting him at the hospital and taking care of their home and cat while they are there. There is a Starbucks at the hospital and Kathleen was enjoying a cold cocoa drink, we stopped in there on the way home one day.

Hayley is back for winter break from Appalachian State and we are so happy to have her home. We missed her so much!! I know it's going to fly by!

They are going to be playing in the bowl game in New Orleans this weekend!!!! Way to go App State Mountaineers!

                         And for your viewing pleasure a sweet photo of our cat Penelope, lol.

One evening I was sitting down enjoying a great book Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner and enjoying the lights of the Christmas  Tree.

If you'd like to see some of my recipes and more of what we've been up to, I will post my latest YouTube videos down below. I have been participating in Vlogmas, which is basically posting a video every day in December. It's been a challenge to get them up each day, lol. But I've been enjoying it. I'll post a few and you can find more on my channel. Thanks for watching and helping me grow my community there!

                                              Hope you are having an amazing December!

                                                                      Many Blessings,


Patti said...

It's great to see a new blog post from you! It would appear that you mostly are a You Tuber now, right? I almost never go on You Tube, so I can't keep up with you there.

I love your porch swing! And so beautifully decorated it is. Your tree is gorgeous as well.

How is your dad doing? I'm sure holidays are extra difficult for him. This is our second Christmas since Gary's mom passed away. It breaks my heart to address packages to just my father-in-law. I miss Mom all the time, but holidays I miss her more.

I know you will enjoy every moment that Hayley is home. I'm sure she's glad of the break from classes and assignments.

Love and hugs,

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

It's nice to see a post from you, Jill. I can see you have been busy with your sweet family. I know you will enjoy Christmas with your daughter home. Nice decorations, good food, and family are great combinations for joy! Merry Christmas!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a newsy post! All the yummy food photos made me hungry though. And I must say, Penelope looks grumpy in her photo. Did you wake her up to take it?

Barb said...

Beautiful post!! Merry Christmas, Jill!!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Great to catch up with you! Have a very Merry Christmas!

McVal said...

I hope you had a wonderful time with all the family there!
Those foodie items are making me hungry. Dieting like crazy over here but the scale news IS dropping so I'll keep it up.