02 December 2014

Breaking from Blogging . . . for now.

My poor blog has been so neglected lately . . . . although it's not the only thing in my life that has been neglected lately.

So I'm officially putting my blog on break.

November was an incredibly busy month around here, and so far December is shaping up to be even busier, if that is even possible (which, apparently is very possible). Besides all the Christmas festivities, of which there are a lot of, I'm taking a four week intersession class. Sixteen weeks of Literature cramped into four short weeks. Over Christmas. Yikes! So no blogging, unless I'm desperate for some kind of break. Or for that book I promised I would review (but haven't received yet).

I will try to write a Christmas recap post the last weekend of the class, which is also the weekend before regular classes for the spring semester start . . .

Why was November so busy you ask? Well . . . I cooked a lot of food for people, and that was before Thanksgiving even started (my Italian Sausage Soup won best soup of the DMOC!), we had a lot of illness run through the family (them, not me, oddly enough), had some extra doc appointments, and my organization just wasn't up to par. Plus the school work. And Mike and I started doing a Bible study with some friends on Sunday nights, which occasionally involves hosting (which I am really enjoying!), but that means a lot of deep cleaning. Plus the usual activities like Science Camp.

You know, now that I look back on November, I'm not sure what all the busyness was about - it sure felt super busy though! Maybe all that mental busyness is wearing me out. Me and my deep thoughts that never stop . . .

I did complete four Shutterfly projects that I am super excited about! (Cyber Monday is the BEST day of the year to order from Shutterfly, by the way.) I read some books (still not done with the Return of the King, but I'm almost there!). I've gotten into "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and they are really interesting - it's a nice mix up. And they are kids books, so they're super easy to read. Not mindless, but you don't have to think too hard if you're an adult reading them. And the books are fairly amusing.

I've been making lots of new recipes, just trying to mix things up a bit. I have a few small cookbooks, so I've basically been giving them to Mike and telling him to write down the page numbers of the ones he wants to try. I'd say about 75% of our meals each week have been new. The mix up has been good. My trifle has been requested quite a bit recently, so I've made that several times in the past month - I've started experimenting with flavors.

Lemon raspberry trifle cupcakes
Thanksgiving was really great - we had some friends come over and we had a nice, quiet day. The morning was very low key and the family stayed in our pajamas until noon (I worked on Shutterfly stuff), and I started cooking in the afternoon. I made candied yams, deviled eggs, watergate, homemade cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. One of our friends brought a turkey and pie, and another friend brought a Honey-Baked ham - yummy! All of our kids played really well together too - which was really nice. Overall, it was a really relaxing, wonderful holiday.
If the food weren't there, you would be able to see my counter! That's a huge deal, for those who know me.

Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm in my last week of school (I'm actually procrastinating on school work right now in writing this post) and I've got a few things left to finish up. My new class is already open for viewing, but I'm trying not to let it distract me before I'm finished with my other classes.

Well, got to get going . . . goodbye 2014!

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season. Stay safe and don't forget the real reason for the season - Jesus Christ! :)