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Managing a Household / Re: Monday, December 11, 2017
« Last post by Cheryl on Today at 08:38:10 AM »
Good morning.

I wish I had better news to report, but I am sitting here in the hospital with my mother waiting on the doctors to make their rounds.

Please pray for us.  Thanks.
Managing a Household / Re: Monday, December 11, 2017
« Last post by pamgonzo on Today at 07:25:49 AM »
Good Morning Alice and any who may follow.

Our weekend was quick, but nice.  We went to see "The Man Who Invented Christmas"  Friday.  It was a pretty good movie.  About Charles Dickens and how he came up with A Christmas Carol.  Not sure how accurate it was, but  I enjoyed it.

Saturday I stayed home and wrapped gifts.  I still haven't gotten that done. I get a little bored and distracted, so I move on to doing something else.  I know I would feel so much better if I got that task done, so I will work on it again today. 

Sunday we went over to my in-law's church. (they live 2 hours away).  They were having a special Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe, the bishop from Detroit was there, so we went for the event.  It was really nice.  But a lot of time on the road. I know my in-laws appreciated us being there, so it was worth it.

Mexican for dinner tonight. Local son is coming over to eat, so it will be nice to see him for a bit.  His gf graduates from college Saturday, so we will send her gift with him.  Need to pull that together today too.

Will work on laundry today between wrapping gifts. I have put that off, so I need to get on that.
First, will put some beans in the crockpot, and some chicken in another one so all I will need to do around dinner time is make some rice.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!
Managing a Household / Monday, December 11, 2017
« Last post by Alice on Today at 07:04:57 AM »
Good Morning,

I came to work in pretty good weather but an hour later it was a big amount of snowfall and the roads are now covered, the cars in the parking lot are covered and all the walkways are covered in snow. We're going to get a fairly decent amount of snow today.

It was a bit wild weekend. My son works two jobs--one local and one out-of-town. The local one is M-Th but the out-of-town one is Fri-Sun. 12 hour shifts. I have a brother that live near his out-of-town job that my son can go live with during the weekend which is really, really nice. So on Thurs. night we suggested he go there so on Friday morning he could get to work without having to drive through the snow. That first time is always the hardest but we went with him to help him find the easiest route and to help him acclimate. It was a good decision because Sat. morning was a big snowfall and being near the lake shore there was a lot of lake effect snow. So he stays there either Thurs. night or Fri. night through Sun. morning. After his shift on Sunday he drives home. It is a blessing to have family willing to help out! The first night was the roughest but the other nights he slept just fine.

I didn't sleep that first night because I felt like a mean mother pushing him out like it did, but with good intentions. The rest of the weekend was just fine. I gave mom a perm on Sat. and then a little grocery shopping but still the weekend just flew by. This is also the week my daughter comes home from Italy from her semester abroad. That time went by quickly. I'm ready for her to come home now. Then next week if all goes well, my other daughter hopes to come home for Christmas. There is still a lot of unrest in Honduras as no president has yet been appointed. Lots of demonstrations and riots going on. She is ready to get home for a while.

Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, December 7, 2017
« Last post by Alice on December 07, 2017, 11:26:58 AM »
Sorry to hear that Cheryl! Wishing things would get better.

Don't worry about us here. We'll keep things alive even if it is just two or three of us.  Mama comes first so keep doing what you're doing. Don't try to do too much because that stuff can wait.  Mama needs you now. Keep strong.

Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, December 7, 2017
« Last post by Cheryl on December 07, 2017, 11:21:03 AM »
I am here, but I'm afraid I am just a big downer. :(  With my mother being in the hospital for so many days, I am worn out emotionally.  I'm doing good to get the basics done, much less anything extra.  I hope to be back here soon with better news.
Managing a Household / Re: Thursday, December 7, 2017
« Last post by pamgonzo on December 07, 2017, 09:12:44 AM »
Good Morning (barely) all.

I was so busy yesterday, I didn't even turn my laptop on.  Went to my weight watchers meeting, walked at the mall, and then grabbed lunch.  After that I headed south about an hour. 
I wanted to buy some tickets to a show for a Christmas gift for my son.  It is a show about a hour from here.  I went to buy them on-line, and there was an $11 fee for each ticket.  I was buying 4, so that was $44 more than the face value.  :o Are you kidding me?? I thought, I could just drive down to the box office and still be ahead, so that's what I did.  It's in the same town my hs bestie lives in, so I popped over to visit her for a couple of hours as well.  All good.  Just made for a long day.

We too got snow. Not really excited about it, but we have been pretty lucky so far, so no complaints.

Your dinner sounds good Alice.  This is what I found re: alcohol burn off:
A recipe using a higher percentage of alcohol heated briefly will retain more alcohol than a recipe using a lower percentage of alcohol heated for a long time. For example, crêpes suzette flambéed with Grand Marnier will retain more alcohol than boeuf bourguignon made with red wine that has been cooked for several hours.

A 2003 study by the USDA’s Nutrient Data Laboratory shows that the amount of alcohol retained in food can range from 5 to 85 percent, depending on the preparation method. For baked or simmered dishes with alcohol mixed in, after 2 1/2 hours of cooking time, 5 percent of the original amount of alcohol is left. But when the alcohol is added to a boiling liquid and then removed from the heat, 85 percent of the alcohol remains.

Seems like you should be fine since it is a crockpot recipe. 

Not sure what I am doing for dinner tonight.  Something chickeny I think.  Will grab some out of the freezer, and figure it out later.
We did leftovers for dinner last night, so that was easy.

More gift wrapping today.  Need to gather a few more things together as well.  Just getting it all in one place to make it a little easier and quicker.

Not too much else happening here.  Just more Holiday prep and planning.  An ongoing thing these days!
Would love to hear what you are all up to!
Managing a Household / Thursday, December 7, 2017
« Last post by Alice on December 07, 2017, 08:45:00 AM »
Good Morning,

It is snowing and has been for most of the night. We woke up to at least 3+inches of snow and it's still snowing. Blah!  Lots and lots of traffic accidents this morning.

Hubby and I went to another Aldi grand opening this morning hoping for THE GOLDEN TICKET but this time received $10 gift cards. We used those right away and checked out at $20.02 so we paid 2 cents for our two bags full of groceries! $20 off is better than nothing. Now I'm off to work for the day.

We had friends over for dinner last night. I made a tater tot casserole, salad, and apple crisp. It was a wonderful time together. They didn't stay late so we got to bed on time. This morning I decided we need a crockpot meal tonight. So it is bourbon chicken. A new recipe that I'm trying so we'll see if I like. Does anyone know if alcohol burns off in a crockpot? I'm struggling with that and really don't know how that will work. I don't want to feed my son an alcohol filled meal for lunch at work. That would be bad.

How is your day taking shape?

Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
« Last post by Alice on December 05, 2017, 12:26:13 PM »
I just now thought about checking what's going on. Kinda late for me.

I want chicken enchiladas tonight but I have no recipe, no thawed chicken so it might just be a dream. Blah, no food tonight.

Just having a chill day. Work, lots of wind and it is cloudy which make it feel dreary and dark. I think that white stuff is surely on its way.

I really have to get a dinner idea going shortly and then time to go home and read a book for a while. I do need to relax tonight. I've been so busy that I can't risk getting sick.

Managing a Household / Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
« Last post by pamgonzo on December 05, 2017, 10:06:27 AM »
Hi all!

Popping in to say hi. 

Sorting and organizing Christmas gifts today.  Hoping to get some wrapping done.  Making a list to see what I still need to pick up.
I think it is mostly gift cards at this point.

Hubs & I aren't doing much for each other as far as gifts go.  We are hoping to go to Mexico next fall to visit family, so we are going to put any money for gifts towards that goal.

Hope all of you are doing well.  Would love to know what you are up to for the day.
Just realizing I need to come up with a dinner idea for tonight.  Ugh!  Will get that resolved before I get back to my gift duty!

Managing a Household / Re: Monday December 4, 2017
« Last post by pamgonzo on December 04, 2017, 08:36:03 AM »
Oh Alice. How frightening for your daughter, and for all of your family as you wonder what is happening and what will happen.
Will keep all of you as well as Honduras in prayers.

Our weekend was busy and a lot of running around.  We went to Mackinac Island Friday.  Went to their community tree lighting, and then to a couple of parties with some of our friends.  Got up early Saturday morning to catch the first ferry off island at 8:30.  At least it seemed early since we were out late.  Drove 4 hours to Mother in law's birthday party.  Stayed there for a couple of hours, and then drove the 2 1/2 hours home.  It was a long long long day!

Sunday we decorated our tree and tried to sort and organize all of our ornaments.  I pulled a bunch out for our son & daughter in law.  Things that he made growing up, or were gifts to him through the years. 

Today I need to run to the post office to mail a couple things and get stamps for Christmas cards.  I have the cards ready to go, just need to stamp them.
Also need to run into Aldi to get a couple of things.  Bananas, eggs, a few things like that.  Nothing major just fill ins for the week.

I have to figure out what we will have for dinner tonight as well.  Probably something with chicken, but I have no idea at this point. I haven't been too inspired as of late.  Too many things to take care of with the holidays coming up, so have been a little distracted.

Hope all of you are having a good day.  Rain here, but decent temps.  Apparently a huge cold front moving in tomorrow with snow in the forecast by week's end.   :P

Would love to hear what you are up to, and how your holiday preparations are coming along.
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