Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Busy day on the homestead!

I'm sure everyone is busy at this time of year.  I did get a lot done today but I stayed off of the pc too....hmmm....I wonder if there's a connection?  Anyway, I'm still cleaning and it feels so good it makes me wonder why I don't do it more often? LOL!  Last night I read Grayson's book that I got for him.  It was wonderful!  This book is for everyone and there are photos in the back.  It is the true story of Winnie the Pooh who was a real bear and the veterinarian who saved her.  What I did not realize is that the book is written by his great-granddaughter.  I wish I could be there to read it to Grayson but I know the whole family will enjoy that book!
I also read half of Uriah's Goosebumps book......the 12 Screams of Christmas...it is very good and I had a hard time putting it down! LOL! 
I said I would share some of my Christmas books with you.  I know I have more around here somewhere but I'll try not to overload you all at once.
 I love this book and I will read it again this year.....it brings tears to my eyes and really fills me with the Christmas spirit.  I would recommend it as a gift to anyone.
 I bought this book when I first moved to Arkansas and thought I would use it to make a real Southern Christmas dinner and I did but whoa Nellie was it rich!  One dish of Paula's would have been enough but I made the whole dinner using her recipes and it was just a bit much for someone who tries to eat fairly healthy most of the time.  So, baker beware....take it slow if you're not used to rich Southern cooking! LOL!  One Southern dish at a a time!
Remember these books that came out every year for Christmas?  I think I might have one more but really....how many of these do you need?  I've got a couple of their cookbooks too.  But they are so fun to look through at this time of year and maybe try a new Christmas cookie recipe or a breakfast casserole or side dish for Christmas day.  They also have so many tips and crafts and gifts to make.  It  reminds me of when my children were all at home and I'd plan a big Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and all the grandparents and Aunts and Uncles would come.  It was a lot of work but it made for some great memories.
I think this is book #9 of the Maggie Sefton Knitting mystery books. I read all the previous 8 and I was waiting until Christmas to read this one.
And my most favorite Christmas book is a true story of 4 sisters who grew up in Ames, Iowa and after they had their own careers and families they wrote about their childhood Christmas's and how they celebrated then and now.  There are recipes of their Mother's and theirs and it is just a heart warming book that always makes me feel warm and cozy at Christmas time.....a real "feel good" book.
Well, my bread is just about to come out of the oven so I had better wrap this up.  I hope you are warm and cozy where ever you are.....another "arctic blast" is coming!  The propane people came and filled me up today and the mailman was wearing shorts but he said by this weekend he'll probably be wearing a parka and gloves! LOL!  Crazy weather!
Happy Trails! 


  1. That blast is here already! Our high was 14F. Cold! It's supposed to be below zero by the weekend. I had heard about Winnie but have never read the book. I have, however, read Fleece Navidad and enjoyed it. I like all of her crafty inspired mysteries. Enjoy!

    1. Yes, it's here now too....it was 25 when I got up this morning...brrrrrrr!!!!

  2. I looked up Maggie Sefton's series and apparently, I read two of her books other than starting from the first. I'm surprised as I never want to read a series out of order. I'm thinking perhaps by now, Paula's cookbooks are healthier? I like the looks of that Midwestern Sisters cookbook. I think it's fun to learn the stories behind the recipes.

    1. I am that way too....I have to read them in order and with some it matters but with others it doesn't but how do you know? LOL!

  3. Oh Four Midwestern Sisters looks right up my alley! I will have to go find a copy. Thanks for the recommendation!


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