Monday, December 31, 2012

Day 31 ~ Reflecting on 2012

Well, this is the last day of the #HOLIDAYPHOTOADAY meme I've been participating in. I believe I managed to post a photo each day capturing the month of December. Sure, some were doubled up on various days to make up for what I missed,
but I did it nonetheless!
For this the final day of 2012, I'd like to share a few of our highlights from this busy year!
  • Our niece Jewel graduated from college in Jacksonville, Fl
  • Our nephew David graduated from college near Chicago, Il
  • My cousin, Garin, married his beautiful Casie
  • My niece Jackie and her family visited us from Paraguay & I got to introduce her to Taco Bus
  • The RNC came to town
  • My Aunt Phyllis made her debut on ESPN
  • My sister & her family visited in June which afforded her a rare chance to be with our dad on Father's Day
  • Our first born moved into his first apartment
  • Our baby turned 15
And Agustin & I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 30 ~ "Jingles" Goes A Fishin'

 I enjoyed participating #HOLIDAYPHOTOADAY meme with Social Savvy Mom and Kerry Bergman. Tomorrow, my final post will be about my goals for the new year, 2013.

Before allowing me to pack him away with the other Christmas decorations, our buddy "Jingles" wanted one last excursion for the year 2012. I couldn't resist his begging so I gave in and let him hang out at his favorite "fishin' hole" before being placed in his storage box. I'll miss this little bear and all of his shenanigans!

If you've followed my posts throughout December, I'd love to hear which of "Jingles" predicaments you enjoyed most.

Good bye you naughty little bear!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Day 29 ~ Tis the Season for the 7 Day Diet Weight Loss Wonder Soup!

After all the rich and delicious foods during the holidays,  my husband and I are so ready to detox and eat healthy. I've heard rave reviews about "The Cabbage Soup Seven Day Diet" being a quick start to weight loss and a great way to detox. It's supposed to help rid your body of uric acid build up. I think I tried this years ago and felt much better afterward. So here's the recipe and the week's instructions to go with it just in case you'd like to give it a shot!

(If anyone has tried this before, I'd love to hear your review. I think I remember my sister Rita doing this a couple of years ago!)

Recipe type: Soup
  • ½ head of cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 14 oz can basil, oregano, garlic diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • few shakes of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add celery, onions, bell peppers, and carrots.
  3. Saute until slightly tender.
  4. Stir in garlic.
  5. Pour in chicken broth.
  6. Stir in tomatoes and cabbage.
  7. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
  8. Cook until cabbage is tender.
  9. Stir in oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt (if using)
  10. Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

This recipe came from Divas Can Cook which is
Old School Cooking For The Modern Woman.
Make sure you go check out the website for more great recipes.

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I will start this after New Year's party! ;)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Day 28 ~ Just the Right Medicine for Me Today


 Having had several days of pain with an R.A. flare, I needed some relief. I'm so thankful for praying friends and the power of prayer! The good Lord saw fit to send me some relief today and I'm happy to report that I was able to do some light housekeeping. Not only did I feel well enough to change the sheets on our bed, I also had the "oomph" to put away Christmas dishes and silverware. That's so much more than I accomplished yesterday!

I love using my Lenox flatware during the holidays!

Days 24 - 27 Catching up on my #HOLIDAYPHOTOADAY

Well, I can't believe Christmas has come and gone already. Due to my son having strep throat, hubby just getting over a terrible bout with the flu, and me having a flare up with my R.A. - we didn't do our traditional Christmas Eve homemade Mexican meal. Agustin and Josh both had to work on Christmas Eve anyway. So Shane and I stayed home and rested.

Agustin brought us some delicious Mexican food from Cantina Laredo.

 Beans & Rice
 Fixin's for Steak & Chicken Fajitas

 Platter of gourmet cookies dropped off by neighbors on Christmas Eve & a "Tres Leches Cake" dropped off at hubby's work on Christmas Eve from a former employee. So sweet!


 We found "JINGLES" the bear in another predicament on Christmas morning! It seems he had a craving for some chocolate kisses during the night while we slept!

My sweet family posing for our annual picture with the tree. My poor hubby was recouping from a terrible bout with the flu and Shane (in green) was still sick with strep throat. He really didn't want to leave his comfy couch to pose for this! You can't tell a bit from his expression, can you??? ;)
 I was pleased we were just able to get him *vertical*!!.

On Christmas Day, we kept it pretty low key. Extended family came over for a nice meal and gift exchange. None of us bought a lot of gifts this year. I didn't feel well most of the month and had only shopped twice.  I had only bought a couple of things for Shane. I gave out checks and restaurant gift cards mostly. Agustin and I had agreed not to buy each other anything; but I did end up printing out a photo our son took of us on one of our date nights and put it in a new frame that I hadn't used yet. I wrapped it up for him and he seemed very pleased when he opened it.
Day 26 ~ The photo I wrapped up for hubby.


Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 23 ~ Jingles the Bear caught "in the act"!!!

I think our little "Jingles" the Bear has been eating too many candycanes? What do you think?
 I should have warned the poor little thing
to ALWAYS lock the door for privacy!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 22 ~ Sleigh Full of Fruit

During the Christmas season, I enjoy using this little sleigh as a fruit bowl. I added the jingle bells for a tad more flair. Isn't it cozy looking, setting there on our breakfast table?

Days 20 and 21 ~ Part 2 of Peanut Butter Ball Making

Days 20  & 21 of @HOLIDAYPHOTOADAY
Capturing the Season in Photos
My mother and youngest son have gotten together to make these delicious Peanut Butter balls for years, since he was tiny!! This year was no different except for ... well you'll see if you watch the video at the end of this post! ;)
Shane & his grandma working diligently
while I'm in the office.

They call me in to snap some photos of their progress. I had been hearing an awful lot of giggling.

The finished product! They turned out so creamy and delicious!

Shane remembered his older brother likes his Peanut Butter Balls best if not dipped in chocolate so he built him a Christmas tree with the plain P.B. balls and decorated it! I think it's adorable!!

 Delilah was thrilled to help! She really cleaned that bowl well!

Just a few moments earlier, a lot of laughing and noise brought me into the kitchen. They were having way too much fun in there! This is what I found! Pay close attention to our "ninja-dog" Delilah!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Note Card Party at Vee's

 I was so happy to stumble upon A Haven for Vee tonight and find that she is hosting a Christmas Note Card Party. I'm excited to add my post to Mr. Linky and then head out to visit some new to me blogs!
To join in, come on over to Vee's Note Card Party!!

These are a few of my favorite things!

An ornament to remind us of the REASON for the SEASON!




A glimpse of our tree.

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A house we caroled at last year.


MERRY CHRISTMAS from our house to yours!

Day 19 ~ Capturing the Season


I love the warmth and coziness
that Christmas decor
brings to our home!

Click on photo to enlarge.  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 18 of Capturing the Season

Let the night of Grandma & Grandson Peanut Butter Ball making commence!
This year they had an extra helper - our new buddy Jingle Bear! He kept inching closer and closer!

 Delilah knew she smelled peanut butter!

Days 17 & 18 ~ Capturing the Season

Day 18 ~ Tuesday

My view right now as I sip on Apple Cinnamon Spice Tea and blog at my breakfast nook table. It's our front door waiting for you to come a knockin'!!!  Come on over and I'll fix you a cup and we can talk all night!

Day 17 ~ Monday

Our little friend, “Jingle Bear” made another appearance Monday, but he wasn’t being NAUGHTY---he was being NICE!!
Can you tell what he did to help out around the house on Monday?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Capturing the Season~Days 15 & 16

Day 15
Jingle Bear is at it again! He opened our mail! In doing so, he got the honors of opening our first Christmas Card of the season---

and reading it. (HOW RUDE!)
But he's so cute - I can't be angry at him!
Thanks to Andy and Natalie Williams for their sweet card!
Glimpses of our tree

Day 14 ~ Our Merry GRINCHmas Party!

It was a last minute decision 
but it all came together beautifully! 

We dressed in green - you know, like the GRINCH!

We ate green food and drank green liquids.

We love it when our house is full of NOISY friends!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 13 ~ Our 26th Wedding Anniversary

I married my 
"Knight in Shining Armor"
 twenty six years ago today!!!

This is how we looked last year on our anniversary day. We had just moved in to our new home and had spent most of the night unpacking and setting up housekeeping. We had talked about making reservations at Bern's Steakhouse, but due to the move, things were so hectic and we were so tired, the reservations were never made. (yeah, my fault) We did make it out to Chili's for dinner that night with our two sons joining us. It was the best 25th anniversary dinner I could have hoped for!

This year, our 26th, I am sick; so my "Knight in Shining Armor" zipped off to our oft frequented Chinese take-out place and brought my favorite to me, Orange Chicken! Yum! THEN...he was called in to work! A key player unexpectedly "quit" this afternoon and the restaurant is swamped. My husband didn't blink an eye but ate his Orange Chicken quickly, changed his clothes, and hurried out the work on his scheduled day off. You see, that's the kind of man I married! He isn't only my "Knight in Shining Armor", he is that valiant Knight for everyone in his life. I'm so thankful to be married to such a caring, hard working man of character who loves the Lord with all his heart!

Agustin & Pam
December 13, 1986

Honey, I love you so much and I'm sorry we didn't get to have a nice evening together on our anniversary. Sigh. Maybe next year? 

Day 12 ~ Candy Canes!

Once again, I'm playing catch up with my daily #HOLIDAYPHOTOADAY meme.

Wednesday, I stirred my coffee with a candy cane. I then commenced taking photos of candy canes. You know-trying to get in touch with my "artsy side". I failed.  ;) But my, aren't candy canes so pretty? They just scream out CHRISTMAS!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 11 ~ A Cute Surprise!

Well, it seems while we slept last night, our naughty little Jingle Bear got into some mischief that he couldn't get out of. Look what Shane found Tuesday morning when he reached into the cupboard to get a glass for his juice!!

Silly little bear!