Another Halloween in the Books!

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Another Halloween in the books!

I can’t believe Halloween is over already!  My grands and my youngest son went to two different treat streets on two different days. We didn’t really do anything on Halloween except go to my aunts and grill out with them.  I was “Halloweened out” anyway LOL.  We’ve actually started having fall weather here in MS.  It was warm on the days of the treat streets but not so hot that I was sweating. So that’s a plus.  We had storms come through the other day that brought a cool front with it so now we are having seasonal temps which for us is around 60-70 during the day and 40s and 50s at night.  And if you’re from the south, you know that is cool to us LOL.

Only 7 Weeks Until Christmas!

When the temps start dropping, it always puts me in a Christmas mood. Yes, I know Thanksgiving is before Christmas but it’s always good to get a head start on buying Christmas gifts.  My grands will need new clothes as they outgrow things so fast. I will probably check out Gymboree on Black Friday to see if they are having any sales (they usually do). My granddaughter loves getting clothes for her birthday/Christmas. My grandson is too young to care but I like to make sure he’s well dressed too. My youngest son is just now starting to care about clothes. He’s very much into graphic tees like the ones on Redbubble. My daughter, who is 17, isn’t too picky about what she wants. She usually just asks for clothes and maybe a video game. I have my oldest son and his wife to buy for also. I have never known what to buy him. I know the kind of things my daughter-in-law likes so it should be pretty easy to get my shopping done for her. Oh and on a side note, my daughter-in-law is pregnant and due in February! So I’ll have another little one to buy for next year. Wow…all this Christmas talk really makes me want to go and put up my tree right now, but I’ll wait until at least the weekend before Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving weekend. I have an artificial tree so it doesn’t matter how long I have it up.
Oh and before I close out this post, I’m going to try to find some awesome giveaways for y’all to enter. I’m sure there will be plenty with the upcoming holiday season.

Till next time guys…

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It’s November, y’all!

It’s only the 1st week of November and I’ve already seen several Christmas commercials. Not to mention, Wal-mart had their Christmas trees up before Halloween.  That’s just crazy to me because I remember when Christmas decorations weren’t in stores until at least mid November.

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However, I guess I can’t really say anything because I’ve been thinking about listening to Christmas music.  When it comes to Christmas music, I like the classics.  The newer Christmas music just doesn’t feel that “Christmassy” to me. I am not going to put a Christmas tree up until after Thanksgiving though. I used to put one up the weekend before Thanksgiving, but last year we bought a live tree and most of the tree farms don’t open until Thanksgiving Day.  I am sure I am going to have a fun time trying to keep 2 preschoolers, 2 babies, 3 cats and a dog from letting their curiousness getting the best of them and bothering the tree. And no, all those kids are not mine. I have an inhome daycare and those are the 4 who are here all day, plus there’s one who gets off the bus here after school.  Then of course, I homeschool my younger two kids..Whew..I think I need to ask Santa for a vacation LOL.

 

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Can I just rant for a minute?

I know that if someone reads this post, I’ll probably get a lot of backlash, and that’s ok. I have my opinion and you have yours. I have seen several people on facebook, and other places online,putting down people who even consider shopping on Thanksgiving Day. For some reason,November is always the month where people tell others when they should listen to Christmas music, when they should put their Christmas tree up and when to shop. I think it’s rather annoying how they will judge someone based on whether or not they go shopping on that day. I haven’t made up my mind if I’m going or not, but if I do, that’s my business. Burger King has been open on Thanksgiving Day for as long as I can remember. I have never seen anyone express outrage over that. And also, there are people in the service industry (fire dept, hospitals..etc) who always have to work holidays. Convenience stores have also always been open on Thanksgiving.
Most people are complaining that people who work in retail make minimum wage. Well, I can tell you from experience, Wal-mart pays above minimum wage. At least here they do. Working in retail stinks, I agree. It’s why I don’t work there anymore. However, it’s up to you to get a job where you don’t have to work weekends or holidays. My husband works a factory job. It’s not the most glamorous job in the world, but the pay is pretty good, he doesn’t work many weekends and he has the holidays off. Still, I know some people would turn their nose up at that job. But hey, if you do, and work in retail, don’t complain about having to work on the holidays.
I can assure you, when I do go shopping this time of year, I am not obnoxious. I don’t fight over things Most of the time, I go for the things that are not big ticket items. And I’m always nice to the ones who are having to work in that craziness.

So, I guess my point is, if you don’t want to go shopping tomorrow, or Friday, then don’t. But don’t sit back and judge those who do. It doesn’t make you any better. *steps off soapbox

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Chess Pie…yum!

My sister wants me to make a Chess pie (or as we call it in the South, cornmeal pie). I made one last year and it was a little too runny. So I’ve been looking for different cornmeal pie recipes online trying to find one that will work. This is the one I tried today and oh my, it turned out wonderful!
It’s pretty simple to make and the baking time really makes a difference!
So, even if you’re not southern, I think you’ll still enjoy this delicious dessert!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chess-pie/

1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla together. Mix in the eggs, then stir in the cornmeal, evaporated milk and vinegar until smooth.
3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 40 minutes. Let cool. Cut and top servings with whipped cream.

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