Saturday, December 27, 2014

Best slow cooker vegetarian chili EVAH!!!!

 Yes folks, I kid you not, this chili is THE BEST and easy and slow cooker and gets better each day!
I actually got it from Kristina over at Pioneer Woman at Heart 
Her family raved about it so I thought I would give it a try and they were right on!  The recipe is actually from Real Simple magazine
Their picture is prettier.
I was playing around with a new photo editor called Ribbet which is supposed to be just like the old Picnik photo editor.  I did not touch up the "fog" pictures other than to put a watermark on them.  This was what I woke up to this cozy.  It's the closest to snow we're going to get! LOL!  I have no idea what made the trees sparkle as there was rain but no light to speak of but there they are..... it was just as if someone had strung little white lights on them.

 I've made some sugar cookie dough so I'm off to finally make some Christmas cookies.  Remember, Christmas is a season, not just one day so this is par for the course for me.  In fact, I do try to live Christmas every day in my heart just not my pocket book! LOL!
I hope you are all recovering nicely and not regretting your Christmas spending.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the gifts I sent and that is such a great feeling. 
Happy Trails!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Day After Christmas!

It was a beautiful day here yesterday and got into the 50's with the sun shining all day
I was going to fix a ham dinner but I'd been feeling really tired and drug out so I didn't but I did take a walk with the girls thinking the fresh air would do us all some good.  I felt really tired this morning and achy and wondered if I caught something when I went to Wal-Mart the other day? I went to make my second cup of coffee this morning (the first had done nothing to get me going) and looked down, only to realize I had been drinking decaf for the last few days!  OMG!!!!  No wonder I've felt so terrible!  I quickly made myself a cup of the full-strength variety and I am happy to report I am back to my old self and all the aches went away too!  Whew!  For a minute there I thought I was getting sick or old or both!  LOL!
I received some really cool things for to me anyway.......I love anything cowgirl and this zippered bag is awesome!   I like the "boss lady" part!
I got this sign from Sam and cool......did I mention I love rustic signs too?
and what's not to love about Mary Engelbreit anything?
  I got tags, a journal, stationary and a pen!  I hope she does more of the animals dressed up in clothes...I have a thing for critters dressed up and living "human type" lives.
A hand carved wooden tray that benefits women all over the world.........
Some handmade Lemon Grass soap that smells SO good and 2 paper mache moons for me to decorate...did I tell you I love the moon too?
And Penzey's Hot Chocolate Mix...always a winner!  If you have not tried it you must...THE BEST!  There's a mint flavored one too.
The little blue can is magnetized on the bottom with a see-thru top which I have seen people put on the side of their frig with spices in.  I just need about a zillion more! LOL!  It's a start though.  How handy would that be?  And you can write on the lid with magic marker.  I think I might have seen it in Mary Jane's Farm magazine.
And last but not least, my new neighbor came over this morning (thankfully it was AFTER I had some real caffeine) and brought me a card and some cinnamon rolls for Christmas.  First time in 13 years of living here that a neighbor has done that even though I did it for the first 3 years I lived here.  She said she is so glad she has me for a neighbor and that goes "ditto" for me! 
Happy Trails!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my wonderful friends that visit here!

I hope all your Christmas wishes come true and that you have a day full of peace and love!
Happy Trails!