Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Taking Care Of Myself Tuesday…

Ok, so I decided there was no time like the present to get started on my “Daily Blog Topics”. And the topic for today is “Taking Care Of Myself Tuesday”

I know as Wives and Mothers we always tend to put ourselves last. So, One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to try to take care of myself a little bit better. Whether that be physically thru diet and exercise. Or emotionally thru journaling, etc.

Quite honestly, I haven’t actually thought this topic all the way through. So, these posts may a little scattered at times. One Tuesday, I may be sharing my weight loss journey. And another Tuesday, I may be venting about our latest “crisis”. But please bare with me..

One thing I do know, is that these post may tend to be brutally honest. I notice some times while blogging I seem to “sugar coat” some of the things I blog about. For example if something is really bothering me at work or home, I am often afraid to share my “TRUE” feelings., etc. for the fear of being rejected by my blogging friends.

Well, no more..part of taking care of ourselves is being able to get down and dirty. I will be sharing it all..my REAL weight, the “drama” we deal with being  parents of TWO teens, etc. The REAL Carrie!!

Do any of you tend to do that? “Sugar Coat” some of your posts in fear of sounding like a crazed lunatic?!?!? If so, feel free to join me in “Taking Care Of Myself Tuesdays”..where us MOMS can share our everyday trials (weight loss, work, home life) without judgment!!

Hugs!! Carrie♥



Monday, December 28, 2009

Same Ol, Same Ol’…

As you may remember, in my last post, I was talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Well, today at work, while I was working  daydreaming..I was thinking about my “list”. And let’s just say, it keeps GROWING!!

But while I was working daydreaming and thinking about that “list”. I knew one of the number one things was going to be better organization.

And one of the ways I was hoping to get better organized was to come up with some “Daily Blog Topics”. I just feel that my blog tends to be boring. Same ol’, same ol’. And whenever I feel that I don’t have anything interesting to blog about..I generally won’t blog. And I really rather not do that!!…

So, I think I am going to start having a “Daily Blog Topic”, Such as..

MONDAY-Menu Planning Mondays

TUESDAYS-Taking Care Of Me Tuesdays (i.e., diet, etc..more on this resolution later)

WEDNESDAYS-Wood Shop Wednesdays

THURSDAYS-Tour My Home Thursdays

FRIDAY-Food Friday

SATURDAY-Sewing Room Saturdays (i.e. crafts, etc..another resolution) 

So, what do you think?  How do you come up with fresh new blog topics? Or do you all feel that same way I do? …

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year From Our Home To Yours!!

I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas!! I know I did..it was so nice to spend some good quality time with family. We had such a nice time eating yummy food, playing games and just spending some good ol’ R and R with one another.

Christmas time to me is always such a warn and cozy time of the year. I always seem to have this peace about me. And as much as I hate to admit this, I tend to feel a little depressed whenever all of the festivities are over.

But during the upcoming week, as I am taking down the Christmas tree and all of the other decorations. I will try to reflect on the New Year and all it has to offer.

The New Year always represents a “clean slate”, a “fresh start”, if you will. A time to make positive changes. A time of endless possibilities. So, in saying all of this..I ask do you make New Year Resolutions?

I know all of the statistics say that the majority of  people tend to break their New Year Resolutions but being the “list maker” that I am..if makes me feel a little bit more organized. Like I have goal for the upcoming year.

Hugs!! Carrie♥

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

Good evening ladies!! I hope you all had a wonderful Saturday. I had a very BUSY but also a very PRODUCTIVE day. I left the house around 9:0o this morning and picked my Mom up to go shopping. And I am proud to say, actually started my Christmas shopping. Believe it or not, I actually got the majority of it finished today.

Nothing like some major power shopping the Saturday before Christmas with all of the other “crazies” to get you in the Holiday spirits! LOL!! But it really was a very enjoyable day with my Mom.

Then this evening my husband and I spent some much needed QT together. We went to Historical St Charles, MO where we had some dinner and strolled down Main Street. It was SO pretty!! COLD but pretty. But the cold just gave me an extra excuse to pop into my favorite Prim shops. LOL!!

Anyway, in the town of St. Charles, they celebrate an Old Time Christmas that is just the neatest thing. I will try to share more pictures tomorrow...but for know, there is more things to check off that list!!

Hugs!! Carrie♥

A Little Bit Of This…A Little Bit Of That…

OMGoodness, is it really SIX days before Christmas?!?!? I still have SO much to do and so little time to do it. And when I say that, I am NOT even kidding. Put it this way, I only have ONE Christmas gift bought. Yes, you heard  me correctly ONE!!

But there has just been so much “stuff” going on between work and home the past few weeks. But I have to just MAKE the time!!

BTW, I wanted to thank all of you that left comments on my “Parental Advice” post. It was very appreciated and I really already knew the answer, I just needed the reassurance!

I know I may be a little late (again) for Colleen’s Homemade Holiday but as the saying goes, better late than never right?!?!  So, here is another tried and true appetizer recipe you can use this Holiday Season.

Buffalo Wing Dip

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank's Red Hot®)
  • 1 cup Ranch-style salad dressing
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese and hot pepper sauce until well blended. Mix in the Ranch dressing, chicken and Cheddar cheese. Spread into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. If oil collects on the top, dab it off using a paper towel. Serve with tortilla chips.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Parenting Question

Question for you all...should a 18 YO still have boundaries and rules? And if so, would you still ground them for breaking one of those rules? Even if they work two PT jobs, go to school and pay for their own cell phone bill and car insurance?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

It is beginning to look a lot  a little like Christmas around here. With Christmas only being 17 days away, I would love to be able to say that I was a little further along in my Christmas decorating, shopping and baking than I am.

However, I was able to get most of the inside decorated this past weekend. Which, BTW I have really realized how very few “Prim” Christmas decorations I actually have. Oh well, guess that will give me a reason to go  shopping. LOL!! Not to mention, finish up a few of the “Prim” Christmas projects I am working on..

But with my husband working as much overtime as he has, the outside still needs some finishing touches. Maybe this coming weekend, if not before. I would really like to be able to share some pictures soon!!

How about all of you? Are you all finished decorating? I  know I have already seen some of pictures and let me just say how warm and inviting all of your homes are!! You have given me so many ideas!!

I do have question though, in many of your pictures I have seen a lot of greenery in your displays. I was just wondering is it real? Or fake? And would you mind sharing where do you all get it?

Hugs!! Carrie

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Homemade Holidays @ Colleen’s

Hey ladies, I think I maybe late for Colleen’s Homemade Holiday Friday , but I guess as the saying goes better late than never.

Tonight I decided to change things up a little bit. And share a tried and true dessert recipe versus an appetizer.

Trust me this one is SUPER easy!!



  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in the egg and vanilla. Add cake mix, and stir until well blended. Roll into 1inch balls and roll the balls in the confectioners' sugar. Place 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Live Writer

This post is a test for Live Writer!! I personally was getting bored of the of the same old look of my blog, so I have been playing around with some new fonts and Live Writer.