DIY Christmas Countdown

DIY Christmas Countdown ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany has no space in her room for her Christmas tree this year and made the decision not to put it up. Of course, that does NOT mean that she is going without Christmas decor. She already had some white “twinkle” lights up and didn’t want to remove them so she added the multi-color lights to them.

Then she got some of her favorite ornaments and hung them on the strand of lights. :) But it just wasn’t quite complete so she got out some of her large drawing paper and put two pieces together. Then she used a marker to draw a Christmas tree spread over the two pages. Finally, she added numbered ornaments, one for each day until Christmas (or maybe it is Christmas Eve, I’m not sure). But then she colors in the highest number decoration each day, thus counting down the days until Christmas. :)

I thought it was such a cute idea that I just had to share it with you. Here’s what it looks like.

DIY Xmas Countdown ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat’s the picture with the pretty ambiance. Here’s how it looks with a flash, so you can see it well. ;)

DIY Xmas Tree Countdown ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe’ll work her way up the tree until she colors in the star on Christmas day (or eve, whichever it is she chose, since we basically have Christmas both days).

DIY Countdown Closeup ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is a very simple countdown that can be made easily with supplies you have on hand right now.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Dewd, Baecube, Bermuda, Zailz

This week’s diva challenge is to use the new tangle Dewd. Thankfully there was a video showing how to use it, so I was able to get it half decent the first time out.

The Square One: Purely Zentangle focus tangle is Zailz by Loretta West. Then there are two from Pattern-Collections including the pattern of the day for both yesterday and today. Today’s is Bermuda by Ina Sonnenmoser, which I did not do justice. Yesterday’s was Baecube by Barbara Steyer.

I really enjoyed drawing most of these new-to-me tangles. Baecube, in the center of my tile, is quite easy and can look quite nice, if shaded properly. It is fun to draw.

I didn’t think I’d like Zailz but I was pleasantly surprised. After reading the tip about imagining drawing a lower case cursive “s”, I really warmed to the tangle. I like the shape of that letter so that made it more fun to draw.

I decided to just draw a couple random lines within my border and ended up with three sections. I wasn’t sure I’d use all four of the tangles when I started. I kept imagining Baecube in the center. I wish I’d have drawn it a bit larger though.

Here is the tile before I started shading it.

DC#343 unshaded~ Lifeofjoy.meI actually drew it with Dewd along the bottom but preferred it this way after drawing it all. But after shading I decided I liked it a little differently oriented.

Here it is shaded.

Shaded DC#343 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think I need a new blending stump, as my blending leaves a bit to be desired. The day got away from me, so I’m just calling this done.

I appreciate your comments! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a good week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Holiday Desserts

Usually for the holidays, I make Apple Cake,
Slice of Apple Cake ~ LifeofJoy.me
Pumpkin Bars,

Pumpkin Bars ~ Lifeofjoy.mePumpkin Pie,Pumpkin Pies ~ LifeOfJoy.meand Apple Crumble Pie.Yummy Apple Crumble Pie ~ LifeOfJoy.me

I had it down pat, getting it all baked in the shortest amount of time. Bars first because they mix up quickly and bake quickly too. Then the pumpkin pie. It is another quick mix recipe but takes a bit longer to bake. So up next is the apple crumble pie, which takes a bit longer to prep because of the peeling and chopping of apples. Ending finally with the cake.

But this year is way different! We are on Trim Healthy Mama (THM) which means none of these recipes are on plan. So I made Cinnamon Butter Bundt Cake Cinnamon Butter Bundt Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.mefor breakfast in place of the Apple Cake. Let me tell you, it was delicious! Usually I bring home three-fourths of the cake but this year I only brought home about 1/3 of it and it was all gone the next day. Scrumptious! (Don’t let this not-so-good picture fool you. It is really great.)

Cinnamon Butter Bundt Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is a recipe from the recently released Trim Healthy Table cookbook but is also available at the link above the picture of the slice of cake.

Either my parents or my sister gets some donuts usually, so I decided to make some donuts. Blueberry cake donuts are a favorite of mine, so that’s what we made. Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of them. :( I guess we’ll have to make them yet again. ;) Yes, Tiffany made some more Saturday night so we’d have some Sunday morning. And yes, they are all gone with nary a picture. Consumed in one sitting. Needless to say this recipe is a keeper. :)

I also made a pecan pie with sukrin gold fiber syrup. It is a keto pie and delicious. I never had pecan pie growing up. There were a few times when I thought about making one but the corn syrup always hindered me. So when I saw this pecan pie, I had to try it and I’m so glad I did. This is the same one I made for the Holiday Bash at church a few weeks ago.

Sukrin Gold Pecan Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe has added a revised recipe to the video description for people that cannot have the Sukrin Gold Fiber Syrup because it spikes their blood sugar. So, if you cannot use or simply don’t have or prefer not to use this marvelous syrup, you can still try her recipe.

I also found a pumpkin bar to substitute that was pretty similar to what I used to make. It had some extra spices that I didn’t care for but my kids did. Tiffany made it again Saturday night for our dessert because it too, was gone by Friday night. ;) I had her use only cinnamon and I liked it better BUT I made an addition I’ll share on a future Tuesday. (Aren’t I mean? :D )

Pumpkin Bars ~ Lifeofjoy.meThese pumpkin bars are really good though. They are nice and moist, just like they should be. When I took them out of the oven, I wasn’t sure they were done, but I just trusted the recipe and am glad I did. :) They were so moist. They weren’t overly sweet either.

We are so used to bringing home so much dessert and eating it over the weekend that we ate all these up before the weekend was even over. I had intended to give our sweet mail carrier some sweets but the pigs in this house didn’t give nobody a second thought. :D So, now we need to make more goodies to share. :) Yeah, that’s the reason! hee hee (In our defense though, we were so busy and noisy in here, decorating and stuff that I didn’t even hear when she came on Friday. I’ll make it up to her but it’ll have to be after I buy groceries again. :D )

I’ll be sharing pictures of making these recipes, as I make them again (and link back to the original for the written recipe then too). I’m going to be trying some more recipes over the next few weeks, allowing myself to have some “s” desserts instead of mostly “fuel pull” desserts this month. I’ll be happy to just maintain my weight this holiday season and work on losing again come the first of the year. :) (For those that don’t know, “s” desserts are more like keto, low-carb desserts and Fuel Pulls are both low in carbs and fats, better for eating at the end of the day.)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure did!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Preparing to Bless My Honey

12 Days of Christmas ~ Lifeofjoy.meThere’s a blogger whose husband’s birthday is something like December 14th. So she decided to bless her hubby with twelve days of Christmas beginning on his birthday and going to Christmas. This works really well for her situation and I totally understand why she does this.

However, my hubby’s birthday is in October. Also the Twelve Days of Christmas refers to the twelve days from Christmas to January 6th, which is Epiphany when the Magi finding baby Jesus is celebrated. Because of this and the fact that the days leading to Christmas are so busy, I choose bless my man for those twelve days.

Now I don’t do this every year, so don’t go thinking I’m some kind of wonder woman or something. And this year, I’m thinking of suggesting that the hubs and I take turns, so it would be every other day. Of course, I could just do a combination of all the one’s I’ve found and really mix up what I do for him.

So during these twelve days, which would only be six days if we rotate, I do something nice, special, or “spicy”, if  you get my drift, with or for him. From previous years, I have found that he prefers a foot massage over any other massage, so I’ll be sure to include one of those. Some new intimate apparel is another great idea for a day. His favorite dessert and me taking out the trash for him one day are two more I can think of right now.

There are several twelve days of Christmas lists that can give you some ideas. I went to find a couple and was literally looking for a half hour and finally just had to call it quits. There are so many ideas floating around that you can surely find something that appeals to you.

I hope you’ll take some time and plan a little something special for your love for this wonderful holiday season.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Changes to Tradition

It’s been a busy week. Thankfully I managed to make my menu for two weeks last week and was able to get most of what I needed for it as well. :) This meant that I did not have to go to the store on one of the busiest grocery shopping weeks of the year! Yay! Having said that though, I did have to have Michael (and Sean) pick up a few things for me: distilled water for one and probably the biggest one too. We get twenty-one gallons a week and there was no way I was getting that many the week before. I’d have no where to store it!

Brian, Lauren, and Liam came Wednesday night and spent the night here since they live two hours from us. It was great having them here!

Family ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe’s getting so big!!!

The other problem I had was that I didn’t finalize which recipes I was making until Wednesday. Yep, Wednesday. As in the day I was making them. I know, I’m pitiful! I finally decided on pumpkin bars instead of pumpkin pie and in the end I realized that I should have made a pie too because Michael went off plan and ate a piece. So both will be on my Christmas dessert list. ;)

Last week I went Christmas shopping with Tracie, my baby sister. ;) Her girls came and stayed with Tiffany and then spent the night.

Tiff and Girls Played Games ~ Lifeofjoy.meToontown was played! Even Sean and I joined in the fun that night. We all made deer and became The Herd.

Pass the Pigs ~ LIfeofjoy.meIt was fun, even though Ashlee ended up with a headache and hasn’t acquired the ability of swallowing pills yet and I no longer have any liquid pain reliever in the house. I did, however, have some chewable aspirin. She was better the next morning but both she and Tiffany were not feeling good on the following day. :( Oh well, at least all were good in time for Thanksgiving.

After the holidays last year, Mom told Tracie that she couldn’t do things like she had been doing them and that we needed to do something different in the future. We have entered the future. ;) This year we gathered at my sister’s house. Mom and Dad took stuff over the day before and Mike did the cooking, aided by Tracie for authenticity. ;) Tracie is huge on traditions and wanted to be certain that there was as little difference as possible. I appreciate how much she loves our family and how we have done things throughout the years. Unfortunately, I changed things up because of our family being on Trim Healthy Mama.

Mikes in the Kitchen ~ Lifeofjoy.me

In the past, I have readily admitted that our Thanksgiving meal is a huge carb fest. ;) So this year adjustments were needed to how much food was cooked. Mike (yes, Tracie married a Mike/Michael too) volunteered to make cauli-tators for us. I brought some sprouted wheat rolls in lieu of the provided Grands biscuits. He and Tracie really gave a labor of love, getting up at four something in the morning to get the food started (we eat by noon). I caved in and had the noodles cooked in ham broth! It was delicious and today I am back on plan. :)

Kitchen Work ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe took Christmas pictures today too.

Picture Time ~ Lifeofjoy.meDad sets up his camera on the tripod with a timer and jumps in the whole group photo. Then just grands and then each family and then Dad, Mom, my siblings, and me. Sondra and her family live in Missouri and couldn’t make it this year. I don’t remember what cracked us up but . . .

Laughter break ~ Lifeofjoy.meMichael always likes to be silly. Here was his “take one more” shot.

Funniness Ensues ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere are a few candid shot I managed to remember to take. ;)

This one was after dinner. Liam was so tired so Tracie walked him in the stroller up and down the driveway. Success: he fell asleep for a while. But that is not why I took this shot.

Not the Norm ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt is usually the other way around, kids on electronics and parents at the counter talking. =)) Tracie, Lauren, and I were in the kitchen talking at the time that picture was taken. Mom on her phone and Dad on his tablet. :)

Mom likes her card games. She and the grands played Play Nine.

Grandma and Grands Game ~ Lifeofjoy.meOf course, there was electronic gaming in the game room, which is conveniently open to the living room. :)Game Room ~ Lifeofjoy.mePhone games ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a good day. Much thanks to Mike, Tracie, and their girls for all they did to make it happen.

I hope I don’t have to wait too long to see these lovies again.

Sweeties ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is getting a bit wordy, so I’ll share the food I made on Tuesday.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I know I will. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

P.S. Even though I got home at a decent hour, I was very tired last night. I thought I'd just relax for a bit and before I knew it, I was nodding off and completely forgot about writing up this post. So it got posted late but hey, it's up now. :)

Happy Thanksgiving and Cinnamon Bear

Thanksgiving and Cinnamon Bear ~ Lifeofjoy.meI hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I am celebrating at my sister’s home with my parents, sister, her family, and of course, my hubby, kids and sweet grandson. :) (I count my daughter-in-love in with my kids, I’m not skipping her.)

Cinnamon Bear ~ Lifeofjoy.meHave you heard of Cinnamon Bear? It was an old radio show with 26 episodes that aired in ’30’s, ’40’s, and ’50’s. It aired 6 nights a week beginning Thanksgiving night and went until Christmas.

It is an adventure of Paddy O’Cinnamon. Here is a synopsis if you want to know more details. On this webpage you will find all 26 of the audios. Finally, they are also available on this page, and if you go down to Now Try Download Land, you can download the original coloring book (mind you they are very childish drawings) that your kids can color while listening or later for fun.

The episodes are very short so you should be able to find a few minutes, even during the busy days of December, to listen to an episode. If you do happen to get behind, they are short enough that you can easily catch up again. But we have some extra days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, so you have a little wiggle room. So maybe my sister Tracie and her girls will finally make it through all 26 episodes this year. ;)

One word of caution though, this does have Santa Claus in it. I sure wish I could find the old You Were There Nativity series. I listened to it once a LONG time ago on the radio and have never heard it since. Well, that’s a topic for another time. For now, go download the audios and make some memories with your kids. :)

Until next time, God bless,
Michele ºÜº

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Bunzo Paradox Duotangle

Since this week’s diva challenge is a duotangle, I cannot combine it with any other focus or daily tangles. I did look at some Bunzo tutorials because I did not recall exactly how to draw it. Oh, I could have guessed but I thought I’d just do a quick refresher and I was glad I did.

It appears that the “official” way to draw Bunzo is with crescent shapes and not loops. Bunzo is not one of my go-to tangles but I enjoyed drawing it today. :)

Paradox is one that I love and have used since I first found Zentangle around seven years ago. I love how it has so much depth to it. Of course, I’ve struggled with how to shade it but am pleased with how it turned out today.

I considered drawing a string but instead went with putting Bunzo a little off-center and then Paradox behind it some how. I wasn’t sure until I actually started penning Paradox just how I was going to accomplish this but it came to me at the right moment. ;)

I considered adding more sections of Paradox but just felt like I was done (and I wasn’t even in a time constraint either :D ).

Here is the tile before shading. Well, I don’t consider the striping on Bunzo to be shading, so that is why I say, “before shading.”

DC#342 pre-shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used my Micron 01 for most of the blackening but ended up using my Pixma graphic 1 to fill in those larger spaces without scratchiness.

Here it is after shading.

DC#342 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI only used my standard #2 pencil for shading. In real life it looks a bit darker. And as always, when I see it larger like this, I can see a little where I didn’t get the pencil marks blended as thoroughly as I would have liked but that’s the difference in my lighting and eyesight and the bright light of the scanner. ;) (Yes, I’m making excuses. LOL)

Here it is a bit smaller. ;)

DC#342 ~ Lifeofjoy.meSee how some of those lines disappear? :)

I really appreciate your kind comments over the last several weeks on my tiles and shading. Shading is an area where I have really grown. I was so afraid to shade in the beginning; afraid I’d mess up the nice work I’d done and now I’m glad for it to cover up my not so nice line art. :D

I got a couple different shading books, which I guess have helped me but they both want you to pay attention to “light source” and that just isn’t always necessary with me. They generally forget that a light source can be pointed directly at an object. :D I always keep in mind how I saw Rick and Maria add some graphite shading on videos; it was always simple and added to the final look so much.

One thing that did really help from Eni Oken’s Shading Fearlessly book was to add more layers of shading and to keep going back over it. That is one thing that I generally apply, even if I’m ignoring “light source.” ;)

Thanks for stopping by. Here in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, so I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Filling Seasoned Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Filling Seasoned Eggs

Nicely seasoned fried eggs that fill you up.

Before Trim Healthy Mama (THM), I liked eggs. Before my low carb days, I’d eat them with well-buttered toast, one piece per egg. Of course I also preferred them with fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, and the like. ;) I only ever tolerated the whites; they just weren’t that tasty to me. And never did I even consider an egg white omelet! Is there any wonder I had a problem with my weight?

Enter various diets, messing up my metabolism, and finally the THM way of eating. I was struggling with getting the weight to move. I saw THM has a Stubborn Losers Menu, actually three of them. So back in September, Tiffany and I decided to give it a go. It worked wonderfully and I’ve incorporated some of the meals into my weekly menus. This is one of them, which I changed ever so slightly. ;) (in the THM Cookbook pg 243).

With this recipe I am able to eat just eggs for breakfast and be fine until the next meal/snack three hours later.

First you want 1/2 cup of egg whites. That was three large eggs for me today. You can buy egg whites in a carton but I have a hard time paying over two and a half dollars for what equals about a dozen eggs, when I can pay a mere fifty cents or so for a whole dozen eggs and can either save the yolks for cookies or custard or even feed them to some of our animals but I digress. ;)

Egg Separation ~ Lifeofjoy.me(Yeah, not so easy to take pictures of things that require two hands. ;) I enlisted Tiffany for a few.)

Spray a skillet with either olive or coconut oil. Or since these are an S meal, you can use butter or coconut oil. I usually forget and opt to just spray my pan.

Griddle Sprayed ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really like this short-sided pan for this because it makes it easier to flip the eggs. I think they call it a griddle but all the griddles I’ve ever seen are rectangular.  =))

I add the two whole eggs to the measuring cup. I think that centers the yolks a bit better.

Eggs and Extra Egg Whites ~ Lifeofjoy.mePour them onto the hot griddle.

Filling Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow it’s time to season them with some onion powder. Yes I said onion powder. Try it! Seriously. It’s good. Also add some oregano. Okay, here is where I deviated from their recipe. You can use whatever herbs you like; oregano is my favorite herb.

You also want to add some salt and pepper and nutritional yeast. Don’t be afraid of nutritional yeast. It is very healthy and yummy. It gives it a cheesy flavor. I didn’t care for nutritional yeast with my first bite but I gave it a couple more tries and I really like it now. Sometimes you just have to tell yourself you like it. And no, this is not the bad kind of yeast that wreaks havoc on so many people’s bodies; this is very good for you and even considered a superfood.

Seasoned Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meSince I was taking pictures, my egg whites got a little browned on the bottom but I’m okay with that. ;) Flipping them is a trick.

I use a big spatula and my regular one to ensure that it is not stuck to the pan.

Flipping the Big Egg ~ Lifeofjoy.meBig Egg Flipping ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlipped Big Egg ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen it is finished cooking the egg white through I carefully ensure that it isn’t stuck to the pan and plate it. Sometimes I put my plate upside down on top of the eggs and flip the skillet over. ;)

Filling Seasoned Eggs ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, it stuck just a little, that is why you see that blaring white section in the middle, but it was good still. :)

Filling Seasoned Eggs ~ lifeofjoy.me

Filling Seasoned Eggs

Ingredients

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg whites (about 3 large eggs worth)
  • oregano
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Little coconut oil or butter or coconut oil spray for cooking

Instructions

  1. Melt butter or spray a large skillet.
  2. Put egg whites and whole eggs in skillet.
  3. Season with onion powder, oregano, salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast (if using).
  4. Flip when whites are nearly cooked.
  5. Serve when all whites are cooked.
http://lifeofjoy.me/filling-seasoned-eggs/

It is nice to fill up on something so healthy for you without abusing calories, which means, I’ll lose weight. :) Yippee!!!

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Spock and Kirk

Agree to Disagree ~ Lifeofjoy.meI have learned over the last several years (okay, probably more than that but I digress) the Michael doesn’t need to have things make sense. I, on the other hand, definitely do. If I cannot make sense out of something, I have a hard time going with it.

Michael and I have had discussions where he was going to do something a certain way and it didn’t make any sense to me. It seemed that his way was not the “best” way to do it, in my opinion. So I would ask him to please explain to me why he was doing it that way (or going to do it that way). Some times he would just say some thing like, I don’t know, I just am. Well that wasn’t good enough for me.

So then I’d explain why I thought a different way was better but he would still continue to go about it his way. This was bothersome to me. It seemed like he didn’t value my opinion but that wasn’t the case at all. It really didn’t matter how he did whatever it was, so it was really no slight to me.

At some point we watched a Star Trek movie; I don’t remember which one. But at some point I believe that Spock told Kirk that what he was doing was illogical. I could really relate with this. Kirk just did it his way even after Spock’s comments.

I have taken this and helped myself curb frustration with Michael and how he does things by realizing that I am being like Spock and he is being like Kirk. Sometimes I even say, “That is illogical.” He’s gotten used to me quoting from movies, so this does not bother him. And it has the benefit to him of shutting me up. :D

Some times I will just say something like, Kirk and Spock. And other times I will just think it in my head. But the end result is still the same, I drop it and it ceases to bother me. ;)

I was shopping with my baby sister last week and she was telling me about a situation where she didn’t understand why her hubby was doing something the way he was and it frustrated her. I told her about this and said I think it must be a man-thing. But that thinking about it as Spock and Kirk helped me and she seemed to like it. So I thought I’d share it with you, in hopes that you can sometimes just drop a subject and not cause undue stress on yourself and/or your marriage.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Busy Fun

So last week when Tiffany and I ran our errands, we decided to take some leftover Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice soup with us in our thermos. It was such a good idea because we were able to eat a delicious THM E soup while shopping! Yay us!

Busy Fun~ lifeofjoy.meI’ll share the recipe next time I make it. It is really a wonderful soup.

It was nice because it was a bit chilly out, so we could really enjoy it’s warmth.

I had Tiffany take some pictures of the Holiday Bash and the decorations, otherwise, there would be none again. ;)

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe set the tables for all three holidays. The red table cloth went with all three holidays. The orange plates and napkins for Thanksgiving, green plates and napkins for Christmas, and black plates and napkins for New Year’s Eve.

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe have a variety of pumpkins on each table at the orange end.

Pumpkins ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe “goblets” were at each place setting for the New Year’s Eve bit at the end of the night. And then some black balloon weights with foil stars at the New Year’s Eve end. In the middle was a cellophane treat bag with a “present” in it–we put the horns in tissue paper and then in the bag, so kids wouldn’t be making a bunch of noise with them before “New Year’s Eve.” ;)

I had some great help on Thursday to set up the tables and decorate! Thanks Christy, Angie, Sharon, Ruby, Josiah, and Tiffany. You all are great and a huge blessing!

Christy and I brought some decor from home to add to the fun.

Festive Entry Table ~ Lifeofjoy.meOf course that is the only picture we have of the entry/fall decorations, but at least we have one. :)

On the day of the Bash, Tiffany and I were at the church most of the day.

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meThose are red potatoes in the roaster, which we seasoned with the usual suspects: salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. We also added a few pieces of chicken to further flavor them.

To keep us moving, we had some tunes playing.

Kitchen tunes ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, an amplifier so we could hear the music a bit better. :)

I printed out some Jesse Tree ornaments and started coloring them. Unfortunately I’m a bit of a slow, precise colorer. So, I still had about 18 to color that day. Tiffany helped me, okay, maybe I helped her, because she is much quicker than I am at it. ;) But then we had to get busy doing some other things and I still had one I hadn’t finished. So I had some help. :)

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy hero! Thanks babe!

I had a great serving team come in early to help!

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meHoliday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meHoliday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meHoliday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meSharon, Ruby, Angie, and Linda

Each person took their plate to get their food.

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.me

We had some entertainment in each section. (We didn’t get pictures of all of them. :( )

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meHoliday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe played games. One of them was a Christmas Bingo. I kept the words from last year but did not keep them in a covered container and I believe I lost some somewhere because obvious words like Joseph and Mary were missing. :\

We had door prizes and prizes for winning bingo. We got to learn a little bit about the people at our table. We had a man that had been a deputy at our table. :)

At the end of the night, I had Sean play a countdown video as everyone was poised with their horn and sparkling juice, and rang in the new year together. After which, every one pitched in and helped us whip the place back into shape for service on Sunday.

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meOf course, we had such a mess in the kitchen that it took us an extra hour and a half to get it cleaned. So thankful that we had some extra help volunteer to help us do that.

Saturday I crashed for about 4-6 hours. I made chocolate chip pancakes, my new favorite pancakes (from the new Trim Healthy Table Cookbook) for breakfast. Tiffany made the whipped cream and chocolate sauce to put on them. :) Then we chilled and watched some Eureka while the guys helped move a dining room suit and stuff to my sister’s house. Then I unpacked some Trim Healthy Mama package of goodies, made dinner, and made two no bake cheesecakes, one for my brother-in-law and the other THMified for us to eat at his birthday celebration on Sunday.

Sunday was a WONDERFUL day because I got to see this little cutie!!!

Sunday Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe kept going to his grandpa! It was so sweet. I was thrilled that he was so excited when he saw me! I was afraid he’d forget me. Love him to bits!

We had more stuff go on this week but I’ve rambled long enough for one day. I’ll share more next week.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº