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.


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!

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

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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