Sunday, December 30, 2007

That's not all fur, I've got my coat on...

This will get your blood pumping...

Celine doing Tina's 'Simply The Best' - long intro, but she's really rockin' - crank up those speakers girlfriends, and give this a listen....


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Oh Mellie, I think I feel a fit of the vapors coming on.....

Only women of a certain era will fully appreciate this....true story.

A Michigan woman and her family were vacationing in a small
new England town where Paul Newman and his family often visited.
One Sunday morning, the woman got up early to take a long walk.
After a brisk five-mile hike, she decided to treat herself to a
double-dip chocolate ice cream cone. She hopped in the car,
drove to the center of the village and went straight to the
combination bakery/ice cream parlor.

There was only one other patron in the store. Paul
Newman, sitting at the counter having a doughnut and coffee.
The woman's heart skipped a beat as her eyes made contact
with those famous baby-blue eyes. With a slow smile, the
actor nodded graciously and the star struck woman smiled
demurely.

Pull yourself together! She chides herself. You're a happily
married woman with three grown children, you're fifty years
old, not a teenager! The clerk filled her order and she took
the double-dip chocolate ice cream cone in one hand and
her change in the other. Then she went out the door,
avoiding even a glance in Paul Newman's direction.

When she reached her car, she realized that she had a handful of
change but her other hand was empty. Where's my ice cream cone?
Oh for heavens sake did I leave it in the store?

Back into the shop she went, expecting to see the cone still in the
clerk's hand or in a holder on the counter or something. No ice
cream cone was in sight.

With that, she happened to look over at Paul Newman. His face
broke into his familiar warm friendly grin and he said to the woman,
"You put it in your purse."

Friday, December 28, 2007

The Gingerbread Village...


CLICK ON INDIVIDUAL PICTURES TO ENLARGE










We used both the Williams Sonoma Train pan and their Vintage Cars pan for this. It was a total experiment this year, I baked the train using a spice cake mix, and then I baked the cars using a vanilla cake mix. We all agreed that the spice cake gave the train a richer, brown color that worked better with the candies than the vanilla cars.

It was a great experience, we all enjoyed it, but ESPECIALLY Tonia. She had an absolute blast doing this, and as you can see from the expression on her face, she loved how it turned out.

This will definitely be an annual event for us, it will be fun to see what we come up with next year.

A few handy dandy tips if any of you decide to try it...

I had the gingerbread structures prebaked, that way all the family had to do was decorate, which of course, was the fun part. I went to Mr. Bulky in the mall and bought the candy. You can just buy what you need there, instead of having to buy entire bags of candy, and they had a great selection. Then I went to Walgreens and bought the little 39 cent ice cream sundae cups (which I had some of anyway, I love those little plastic cups, they are great for a lot of things) to put the candies in, no mess that way...Also, the prebaked train got stale, so it was really firm and easy to work with. I baked the vintage cars the morning we decorated it, and they were soft and much harder to work with. For the frosting, I bought cans of Wilton icing at Wally World, red, white, green and yellow, and it was really easy to attach the candies using this icing. For the basic structure, I used super glue, that was much easier than trying to using frosting.

Hubby painted the locomotive black, and the caboose red, that was a nice touch. I think in the future, we might also paint some of the cars. If you try and put icing on the entire car, it just looks globby, the paint works much better.

Obviously, we aren't eating this!!!


I think that if you attempted to do this whole project in one evening, it might get overwhelming, but this worked out really well. It's still time consuming, but oh so much fun!!! Christmas carols, s'mores, and later in the evening a little vino, and we had a rockin' good time....

~ jan

Something new for you to try...

Okay, Christmas is over, we're all bloated from binging on cookies, we're avoiding the scale, but help is on the way -

There is a new program online called FigWee. It's in beta version now, which means if you register NOW you won't EVER have to pay a fee for it... I checked it out this morning, it's pretty slick, you can do an online food diary, a results log, it has a forum area, and it not only gives you calories of food, but shows the actual food and the portion size, lots of goodies to help keep you motivated... So go to their site, click on the quick tour, it will walk you thru each step of the site and show you how it works. It's easy, very user friendly....

So, if you're pumped to once again lose those extra pounds, this could be a real help. And if you aren't going to worry about the weight til January 2, bookmark the site!

I would go ahead and register now, cause once it's out of beta it costs $$.

Check it out HERE

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Holy Batman and Robin, WHAT HAPPENED???



One of the gossip sites posted this picture of Cher and her daughter, Chastity. Yep, she's that cute little blonde girl who used to sit in Daddy's arms on the Sonny & Cher show. Wow, she's all grown up now... And if I don't get a handle on my food intake, I'm gonna look like an older version of her. As my friend, Peg told me last week, "Girlfriend, Weight Watchers has gone all to shit!"

Sad 4Time to reign it in, but it was fun while it lasted....

I've had computer problems today, that's why no gingerbread house pictures. I'm up and running again, I'll post them in the morning. They're worth the wait...

~ jan

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Tomorrow....

The gingerbread village is finished, dusted with snow and ready to photograph tomorrow in the natural light. Check back, we all think it's a goodie for a first attempt.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, there hasn't been time to blog, thank goodness for easy picture uploading...

The dogs are SO tired, omg, they are just pooped. Maggie was in her little hidey-hole between the sofa cushions, where she snoozes every day, and Tonia snapped her picture. Munchie and Oreo were sharing a bed, poor little fur kids, they are all Christmassed out....

I'll post those pictures for you tomorrow. Hope you enjoy them.

~ jan

Gingerbread village coming soon, check back...



Saturday, December 22, 2007

We did it the old fashioned way....

Ryan, Lindsay and I have been in the kitchen today. We baked a cheesecake, a batch of snickerdoodles, mexican wedding cookies,Reese Cup peanut blossoms, molasses cookies, and a batch of the Artisan Bread, most of which Ryan stirred by hand...

I was telling Ry that when I was a small child, we didn't have a mixer, and when Mother would bake, Daddy would stir. It's hard work stirring all that batter, but he wanted to give it a try, so he stirred the cookies by hand and the result was creamy smooth cookie dough...

Here's links to what we fixed in case you are interested. I've made the molasses cookies since the boys were little, they are big and moist and really fragrant. The mexican wedding cookies are a family tradition, the Reese Cup Blossoms and the Artisan Bread are new for us this year, and who doesn't love Snickerdoodles.

Just click on the name of the food for the recipe.

King Arthur Flour Snickerdoodles
Reese Cup Peanut Butter Blossoms (I substituted miniature Reese Cups for the Hershey Kisses)
Molasses Cookies from Silver Palate
Mexican Wedding Cookies
Artisan Bread

And the recipe for the Bon Appetit Cheesecake is -
CRUST:
1 package crushed graham crackers
3 Tablespoons sugar
4 Tablespoons butter -- melted

FILLING:
4 8-ounce packages cream cheese -- room temp.
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla

TOPPING:
2 cups sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to
350F. Lightly butter 9 or 10 inch springform pan.

For crust: Combine walnuts, graham cracker crumbs
and butter. Press compactly onto bottom of pan.

For filling: Beat cream cheese in large bowl of
electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, sugar, lemon
juice and vanilla and beat thoroughly. Spoon over
crust.

Set pan on baking sheet to catch any butter that may
drip out. Bake 10 inch cake 40-45 minutes or 9 inch
cake 50 to 55 minutes. (Cake may rise slightly and
crack in several areas; it will settle again, cracks
will minimize and topping will cover it up.) Remove
from oven and let stand at room temp 15 minutes.
Retain oven temperature at 350.

For topping: Combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla
and blend well. Cover and refrigerate. When cake has
finished baking, spoon topping over, starting at center
and extending to within 1/2 inch of edge. Return to
oven and bake 5 minutes longer. Let cool, then
refrigerate cheesecake for at least 24 hours or,
preferably, 2 to 3 days.

This is wonderful plain, even better with cherry or strawberry
topping...

The quality of this video is AMAZING. Takes a minute to download, be patient. it's worth the wait.. ~ jan

Friday, December 21, 2007

Oh, ladies, do I have a recipe for you...


My daughter-in-law, Lindsay is a HUGE fan of Starbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bars, so I whipped her up a batch from a recipe I got online. They were, as she says, VUNDERBAR!!!

Soooooo, yummy, and very similar to the original Starbuck's Recipe. I posted them for you on Jan Can Cook, so click here and check them out. They are SO pretty, too - a great treat for your family this holiday weekend. ENJOY!!!

~ Milly and Dilly....

Thursday, December 20, 2007

And finally...



We've done as much as we can for now. I have to bake the final batch of train cars, then it's the family's turn. They get to do the fun stuff, put all the candies on the cars, make the marshmallow snowmen, add some more trees, eat the s'mores and drink the hot chocolate. Then they dust the whole thing with snow and it's magic... we hope... Winking

Progress.... more to come...


And so it begins....


Today was a trial run on the little Williams Sonoma Gingerbread Cake I told you about. I made it EXACTLY like they told me to in the instructions. Of course it didn' work, instructions are always wrong, it puffed up way too much, so I fixed it - I took dental floss and cut it even with the top of the pan, turned it upside down, and TADA, it's a TRAIN!

Now this is just my first run-thru, and I used a spice cake mix, looks like the original train in the picture below was a vanilla cake, but you can see what I'm trying to attempt. I have some air bubbles in it, I need to tweak it, obviously, next I think I'll try that vanilla cake instead of the spice one, too.

I'll be boring all of you with this as it progresses, LC is going to build the board to put it on, we're going to make the track ahead of time, and the kids will all decorate it Christmas Eve...



And, finally, the picture below is what I hope it doesn't turn out like. I Googled Williams Sonoma Train Cake images, and this one showed up. Holy Schmoly, SURELY we can do better than these people did.... This is more of a train WRECK than a cake... Click on the bottom image and it enlarges, you can see detail..

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree...


Munchie loves to nap next to the wooden goose on the ottoman in
front of the fireplace. She ALWAYS points her little head at the tree. Silly little dog.....


My dear friends and family,


Somewhat embarrassing to admit, I'm not getting an annual bonus and
Christmas is tight this year. I will be making bedroom slippers for you all as
gifts. Please let me know your sizes. You'll most likely agree that it's a
splendid idea, and should you wish to do the same, I've included the
instructions below:

How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads:

You need four maxi pads to make a pair.
Two of them get laid out flat, for the foot part.
The other two wrap around the toe area to form the top.
Tape or glue each side of the top pieces to the bottom of the foot part.

Decorate the tops with whatever you desire, silk flowers (this is most
appealing), etc.

These slippers are:

* Soft and Hygienic
* Non-slip grip strips on the soles
* Built in deodorant feature keeps feet smelling fresh
* No more bending over to mop up spills
* Disposable and biodegradable
* Environmentally safe
* Three convenient sizes: Regular, Light and Get out the Sand Bags.

Awaiting your response. It's crucial that I get the right size for each
one of you.


MERRY CHRISTMAS !! Hysterical My dear friends and family, And beware of strange boxes!

Just a reminder...

If you haven't visited my Holiday Goodies pages, you're missing out. Lots of tried and true great recipes there from yours truly and her girlfriends, the Butter Cream Fudge recipe is AMAZING, as is Veronica's Macinac Island Butter Pecan Fudge. ALL the recipes are great, we make Lindsay's Cheesy Artichoke Dip every year, and we'll be having John's Hot Chocolate, and don't forget your little furry friends, ours will be getting a batch of doggie treats from that page.

Click here to see what it's all about
...

Lawdy, Lawdy.....

You got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run...




Just had to publish this picture of Sharon Stone this morning. Girlfriends, take a good look at yourself before you leave the house to Christmas shop today. Whatever is this woman thinking??? I know what she's thinking, I'm still young, I'm thin, I'm hip. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Eeeeekks, that headband, and that slash of horrid red lipstick. She looks like Norma Desmond. Ahhhh, you younger readers are saying, who's Norma Desmond??? GOOGLE HER....

Have a good day, everybody, I'm going grocery shopping. Ry and Linds are coming in and Dilly's my little baker. Oh, I do love having someone to be in the kitchen with me. Actually, Ry said he will be in there too. That's no surprise, that boy does love to cook.... And Dilly's a great baker, so we'll being having yummy smells at our house. Stop by for coffee and cookies... For real stop by....

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A little Christmas info from Heavensville...

Thanks to Stephani's Serendipity for the idea to do this. I snagged her theme, filled in my own info...

Favorite winter beverage? Hands down, has to be the Starbucks experience. No drive-thru for this girl, have to sit in their comfy chairs, listen to the jazz, chat up my girlfriends... such fun...

Favorite Christmas candy? Has to be those darned peppermint softies, that I FINALLY found at CVS, thanks to V... I do love peanut butter fudge, too, ohhhhh and as a child Mother made the BEST divinity with black walnuts.

Favorite candy cane flavor? I'm a traditional girl, has to be red and white striped.

Favorite Christmas cookie? Favorite cookie ANYTIME is Oatmeal, soft chewy ones with lots of pecans and raisins, even at Christmas. Our family's Aunt Ruby Walsh's Mexican Wedding Cookies are a close second. Our family loves my sugar cookies, too.

Favorite Christmas song? I'm a huge fan of Baby It's Cold Outside - fave album this year is James Taylor at Christmas - oh, he is sooooooo smooth....

Favorite Christmas movie? Holiday Inn, I've loved it for years. Of course, you already know that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a tradition at our house, but Holiday Inn is hands down favorite.

Favorite Christmas colors? Can't beat red and green. Love the golds and the silvers, burgundy, too. But red and green are such happy colors.

Actual color scheme of YOUR decor? Gold and burgundy, go figure...

Favorite Christmas tradition? Cooking with our old family recipes. And we ALWAYS argue about opening gifts early, but we never do. Just wouldn't be right.

What is your tree topper? It's an old world Santa.

How are your outdoor Christmas lights displayed? Just little gold twinkle lights on a tree at our front door, surrounded by snowmen sitting on my concrete bench.

Inquiring minds want to know ... small bulbs? OR large bulbs? I have small lights - my favorites are bubble lights though, and the old fashioned big multi-colored ones.

Favorite holiday icon collection?? Snowmen, Snowmen, and more Snowmen. I love them, give them to my Dillys, too.

What is YOUR Holiday budget? Budget? I always kinda have one, I always blow it. It's Christmas, people...

So the real question is what kind of tree do you have? Is it real or fake? prelit? Green or flocked? Most years I have two, one in the living room, and one in the family room one decorated with the boys sock monkeys that mother made when they were children and their teddy bears, and all of our favorite ornaments throughout the years, but I didn't put it up this year, just a blingy one in the living room. It's fake, it's green, and it's loaded with stuff... and unfortunately it's NOT prelit...

What do you consider the very best gifts are? homemade? or store bought? I love homemade ones, they are so special, but I'm always behind, so I buy. This year, a lot of it online, and in the future, maybe all of it online. So easy...

Which is better in your opinion? surprises galore? OR being a sneaky peeker? SURPRISES GALORE! I HATE TO PEAK, NEVER DO...

Monday, December 17, 2007

I've been out shopping ALL afternoon, I'm soooo tired now...

Tehehehehehehe

You could all probably use a laugh this morning. Barb sent me the following... Good one, girlfriend...

I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.

I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, 'If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?'

'No, I had to stop drinking years ago', the homeless woman told me.

'Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?' I asked.

'No, I don't waste time shopping,' the homeless woman said.
'I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.'

'Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?' I asked.

'Are you NUTS !' replied the homeless woman. ' I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!'

'Well,' I said, 'I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight.'

The homeless Woman was shocked. 'Won't your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.'

I said, 'That's okay. It's important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.'

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lemon Sticky Pecan Rolls

Okay ladies, heads up on this one. My friend, Nisha was at a coffee Saturday morning, and her friend Kathy made these rolls. She's made them for seveal years, and Nish says they are AWESOME! Easy, too.

So, I published them on Jan Can Cook - Click Here to Access Quickly -

I'm going to have them Christmas morning with Strata. Tonia ADORES Strata, so we have it every Christmas morning, I'll also do fresh fruit with this, pineapple and maybe strawberries, too.

If you want an easy, do it the night before recipe, this one's for you kids...

~ jan Chef 2


Eartha Kitt, the ORIGINAL Santa Baby , lookin' pretty foxy for an old dame...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Bread to try...

I was listening to Splendid Table this morning on NPR, and they had a couple of artisan bread bakers on, and they were telling all about their no knead refrigerator bread. They stir it up, put it in a plastic bucket and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. They said after a week or so, it tastes a bit like sourdough, it sounds fascinating to me, and EASY. They pinch off a piece, then bake it on a pizza stone in the oven with a broiler pan filled with hot water on the bottom rack to create steam and make a crunchy crust.

I posted the recipe on Jan Can Cook. Check it out HERE...

Or, if you want to listen to the actual podcast, you can do it online at splendidtable.org -

If any of you try this, let me know how it turns out...

~ jan

Yeah, I know I have a red tongue... V told me where to find those soft peppermint candies. Yep, I've been into them this morning....


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

How cute is this????





This is Jes, Ang's youngest, with her much loved pooch, Chino.

Chino's a house dog, now. Poor feller, his dog house was invaded by a squirrel. For real it was, and Chino hasn't set foot paw in it for months now.

Hey, this dog has a good gig going, it's lots more fun living in the house anyway...

I'm so proud of Veronica....

My buddy, V, has just built and published her first webpages. And she did an absolutely SPECTACULAR job, too. She bought books, read, and figured out how to do it all by herself! Veronica is really arty, so when she told me she was going to do this, I had no doubt that she would build great pages, and she did an amazing job.

Veronica grew up in South Haven, Michigan and has fond memories of visiting Silver Beach Amusement Park as a child. She has spent a lot of time researching, emailing, and compiling information for her site and today she threw the switch and published it.

So, go check out her pages, it's quite the nostalgic trip down memory lane. Good job, Veronica, GOOD JOB!!!!

Welcome 15Check out her site at rememberingsilverbeach.com, or click HERE!


My little Tutti-Fruitti...

Well, as you can see the header is FINALLY fixed, I feel SO much better... So......

Little Miss Maggie Moo is wild about oranges, WILD for them. She even likes those icky Florida ones. The other day I saw her trying to bury something in the couch. Well, actually she doesn't bury it IN the couch, but ON the couch, she puts her treasures in plain site and thinks she has hidden them. I didn't know what it was, and on closer inspection, it was an orange peeling, much chewed, I might add. Now why would she like to chew on an orange peel. You would think that she would hate the strong taste of it, but apparently not.

Just now, I walked to the kitchen, and there was half of an orange on the floor, and she had been having herself a really good time with it. I haven't a clue as to how she got it, apparently I ate half of an orange, didn't realize I didn't eat the rest and she snagged it.

So now I have this citrus smelling pooch asleep in her bed on my computer desk. Not complaining, though, I've smelled MUCH worse...Roll Eyes 2

Jan, 'doin the happy dance now that the header is working...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Blogger is having problems tonight...

I know, the picture is blurry, but it isn't coming from this end, the Blogger server is having issues, hopefully they will resolve it soon, in the meantime - Grrrr.......

I got ripped off...

Do you remember me telling all of you how Nisha told me that California oranges were so much better than Florida oranges, and that she was right on, as she usually is. I've been buying the BEST oranges at the grocery this month, and ALWAYS California navels.

But, a few weeks ago, before I knew the difference, LC told me that some lady was selling oranges at work for the Kiwanis. And I have fond memories of big crates of oranges from long ago that we used to purchase from these organizations as a child. So, naturally, I tell him to go for it.

So he did, and OMG, girls, you should have seen what he brought home a couple of nights ago. It didn't even closely resemble a crate, it was this tiny little box of 12 shriveled, hard little oranges that looked like JUICE ORANGES from FLORIDA, and they tasted TOTALLY DRY, TOTALLY HORRIBLE, AND TOTALLY JUICELESS. What a RIPOFF!!!! Twelve little oranges for $14.00 - ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

Oh, those darned Kiwanis anyway, they should be ashamed of themselves. Learn from my mistakes, ladies, read that label and if it says Florida, PUT IT BACK!!!! It's definitely NOT a good thing!!!

Here's whats happening today in Heavensville...



I'm busier than a one-armed pimp in a b*tch slapping contest, but instead of pacing myself, I keep thinking up more things to do....

My latest is this:

A couple of years ago I bought this nifty little S'More Maker, and have I used it, NOT - but this is the year. I've decided that when the kids come home, we are going to decorate those cute little Williams-Sonoma Train Cars and make S'Mores.

So, what's the big deal, well, a couple of years ago I saw Martha Stewart make marshmallows, and naturally I thought it was just the neatest thing ev-er, so I'm going to give it a go. Click here for the recipe.

And today, I saw this site that had not only made homemade marshmallows, but also had made homemade graham crackers. Access the site HERE!

Now, my original idea was to do little gourmet S'Mores, using my homemade marshmallows, Andes Chocolate Mints, Squares of Dark Chocolate Dove Bars, Hershey's Special Chocolate Bars with Almonds, and Pepperidge Farm Chessman Cookies.

But now, I'm thinking I should try and bake homemade graham crackers. Hmmmm, sounds like a project for Linds and I. Dilly is the baker, she'll help me.

Also have to make doggie treats - it's a yearly thing, you can check out my recipe for them HERE. I posted this recipe a few years ago on Holiday Favorites, and it's a goodie... If you're in a hurry and don't want to use a bone cutter, you can always use a noodle cutter and cut them in thin strips. The dogs won't care. *grin*

~ jan

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Take a minute...

Grab a cup of hot tea, crank up your speakers and enjoy. One of my very favorite renditions of this song. What's not to love about Dolly. She's as sweet as Spun Sugar.... And gravelly voiced ole' Rod Stewart isn't bad, either...


This is why you don't ' bring this stuff home from the store....

I simply ADORE cherry covered chocolates, Brach's have always been my faves, but I never see them anymore.

So I'm shopping last week, and I see these individually wrapped Cellas Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries. I flip them over to read the nutritionals, and they are only 60 calories per piece.

Hmmmm, that's not bad, just one point each, so I buy them. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Betcha can't just eat one!!!

Oh no, Miz Piggy here has eaten the whole box of twenty-four, except for these token four that are left, and which will in all probability be consumed by tonight. I'm not bringing this stuff into the house ANYMORE!!!!! I'm NOT... I have NO willpower - NONE!!! And I might as well zero them out and calculate how many calories i've ingested - let's see, 24x60 = 1440 calories *huge sigh*

On a happier note, see the little Chef. My buddy V bought him for me years ago, and I always put him out at Christmas. He used to hold a gingerbread boy, and I actually still have it, just needs to be super glued back on....

Miz Piggy should do something productive like repair the little chef and leave the chocolate covered cherries alone!!!!!!

Friday, December 7, 2007

It's a family tradition...

It's the most STUPID movie, ever, but we all love it. We watch it year after year after year and laugh like we've never seen it before.... So, watch this trailer, and see if it doesn't give you a giggle, too.. ~ jan

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The M&M's letter to Santa...

You're looking at the typewriter in my living room. It's the one that Daddy used when he went to Lockyear's Business College in Heavensville in the early 50's. The older I get, the more I enjoy using things that belonged to my parents...



If you click on the picture, another window will open and you will be able to read the letter...

This is SO cute... CLICK ON THE PIX for an up close view...



See this Christmas Theme. For those of you who use FireFox as a browser, you can have it, too, thanks to my buddy, Hooterville, she ALWAYS finds the good stuff...

If you're unsure how to install it, it's easy - here's how.

CLICK HERE TO INSTALL IT, now you see a page with a little button that says INSTALL NOW. Click on the button to install the theme to your FireFox browser.

When it finishes downloading, close FireFox - then reopenFireFox, and go to TOOLS/ADD-ONS/on the file menu, and you will a Tinseltown Theme - Click on the box that says USE THEME, Close Firefox Again, and then when you reopen FireFox again, it will be there. Even the little slider bar is cute, it's a candy cane. You gotta have it, girlfriends...

Enjoy. ~ jan

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I'm trying men for a change...

That headline got your attention, I bet....

Okay, here's the deal, look at my Books on My Bedside Table widget in the right sidebar. Notice, male authors, MEN. I never read men, EV-ER, a lot of you know that, but I'm rethinking it. Giving them another chance.

And so far I'm finding that they are just as boring as they ever were. Oh, they are full of adventure, tall tales and excitement, but they just don't have the touch. What I need is a GAY author. Yep, that's what I'm looking for next...

In the meantime, I'm reading Dean Koontz's, The Darkest Evening of the Year, and while it's a good read, it's just not what I like. He, most certainly, is NOT gay...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Do you remember these????


I'm looking for peppermint puffs. I can buy them online, but SURELY I can find them locally. I loved them as a little girl, the big puffy pillows of peppermint that dissolve in your mouth almost instantly.

I had hubby take me to Rural King last weekend, because they have bulk candy, and I bought what they called peppermint "puffs", but they were just logs of peppermint. I didn't think they looked right, but I tried them, those suckers never would dissolve in my mouth, they were just regular pieces of peppermint, grrrrrrrr.

I was talking with V about this today. We were also reminiscing about ribbon hard candy, we both love that, too.

So if ANY of you out there have seen peppermint puffs, please send me an email.

~ jan

Lord, have MERCY!!!!!


I thought Joan VanArk looked bad, but look at the getup that Miss Aretha wore to the Kennedy Center Honors.

The headline with the article said, "Aretha Franklin wears the White House curtains!"

The straps on this getup must be cutting her shoulders to the BONE!!!

TO-THE-BONE!!!

There are just no words...

Doesn't this just scare the Beejeejus right outta you....


Eeeeekkkkkkks, this is Hollywood gone WRONG. I used to enjoy watching Joan VanArk on Knotts Landing back in the 80's... But she is living proof positive that you just can't mess with Mother Nature.

Holy Batman and Robin, she is downright SCARY!!!!

"Actress Joan Van Ark of Knots Landing fame could turn back time – it's safe to say the actress might think twice before ruining her once stunning looks with cosmetic surgery

Van Ark, 64, was seen at a benefit in Hollywood wearing a sober suit, and mask-like make-up which failed to hide the fact that she has appeared to have been under the surgeon's knife. Several times."


Meteorological Info...

The length of the day is now 9.2 hrs. That’s the bad news. The good news is that in a little more than two weeks, we’ll hit rock bottom for darkness. Then it starts going up. What a nice thought.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Just for fun...


Favorite Things Have Arrived.....

I've had such fun reading all of your emails and putting together your lists.

I hope you all enjoy them as much as I have, and thanks to all of you who so generously contributed your favorites. Much of this site would not be possible without the input and the friendship of so many of you. Girlfriends are a wonderful thing.

To access them, just click in the Favorite Things area in the left sidebar, or CLICK HERE!


Enjoy, Enjoy... ~ jan


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
area paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

Today's the Day...

I'm working on favorite things, check back in an hour or so... ~ jan

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Okay, here's the deal...

I have been knee deep in Christmas decorations for the past two days. The house has been pretty much destroyed, trying to get it all out, all up. Is it finished - NOT. Tree is up, not decorated, yet. Mantle is finished, dining room and kitchen are done... And FAVORITE THINGS???? NOT DONE!!! Patience, dear hearts, tomorrow, I pinkie swear..........

Tomorrow, tomorrow, it's only a day away.....

Friday, November 30, 2007

It was just one of those nights....

Okay, this is more info than you want to hear, but haven't we all had these nights???

I was off to bed early, took a warm bath, went to bed at 9pm with a BIG mug of hot tea, all cozy, relaxed, THEN, I decided to check out some Christmas present ideas on Amazon, so I fired up my laptop, after finding what I wanted to look up, I decided to play some stupid, silly computer game. At 11:15 the battery on my laptop died, I was still playing that dumb game, and by now I'm totally awake, no chance of just drifting off to sleep. So I make a bathroom run, settle in for the night,FINALLY get to sleep, and LC jumps up and turns on the light. He thought Munchie was crying. Arughhh, it's 1AM, Munchie is fast asleep at the foot of the bed. He was DREAMING... I'm awake, I make a potty run, go back to sleep and it's now 3AM - I'm awake, I HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S THAT DAMN MUG OF TEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Back to sleep, fast forward to 5:30AM - Munchie is whining, she has to go outside, I wake up LC, go once again to the bathroom, and I'm back to sleep. It's 7:30AM - he comes bursting in the room singing friggin' Jingle Bells. I'm about ready to lose it by now. And today we have to put up the Christmas tree and decorate the house. And I'm so tired I feel pretty much like a pile of day old dog doodoo...

Is this why old people never drink fluids after 6pm. Is this what my future holds? Calgon take me away.................................

On a more positive note, I'm not retaining fluid this morning *lame smile*

I'm off to decorate, Favorite Things posts tomorrow, I'm sure you'll enjoy reading about all our favorite things more than you have enjoyed reading about my potty runs....

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I recycle my apple cores...

Veronica brought Michigan apples to me from her Thanksgiving trip to South Haven, and they taste AMAZING. I'm not the only one who thinks so, The M&M's line up for bites when I'm eating them and then I take turns giving them the cores to chew on. Oh, I wish you could see them, they lick and tug, and rake their teeth over those cores, drooling and making little doggie messes, but oh, do they love them....

It's those simple things, ladies....

I admit it....

I enjoy Martha Stewart, I always have, always will. Am I fan, well I don't think I am, but I do follow her, so maybe I am.

Anyhoo, her Martha Blog is SO interesting. If you want to see some lovely pictures from Puget Sound, and great Thanksgiving photos, give it a look - CLICK HERE -

I like to think this is a more personal, gentler side of Martha....

And YES, I'm still working on Favorite Things, I have EVERYBODY'S finished except MINE.... Soon, ladies, soon....

Cancer Prevention -

I read the following article this morning, no surprises, really, but something we should all read.

~ jan

People have long wondered if a healthy diet can prevent cancer, but the answer has been a little unclear — until recently. The World Cancer Research Fund has now reviewed 7,000 medical studies and concluded that, yes, your diet (and weight) can affect whether you get cancer or not. While this large analysis focused only on past research studies, you may still be surprised by the scientists' recommendations.The researchers' diet recommendations are to:

  • limit red meat to no more than 2.5 ounces per day
  • eat no processed meats (bacon, sausage)
  • limit alcohol to two drinks for men and one drink for women per day
  • avoid sugary drinks like juices and sodas
  • limit sodium to 2000 mg per day

  • Other recommendations beyond those for diet included:
  • exercise every other day
  • get your nutrients from foods, not supplements
  • breastfeed your babies
  • control your body weight with body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2007

    Favorite Things...

    No time to blog, working on Favorite Things. It's all coming together nicely, if you haven't sent me your faves, your missing out girlfriends. This is pretty much your last chance to send them to me -
    I'll be back with a link to the list soon. Check back.

    ~ jan

    Tuesday, November 27, 2007

    Another one of my favorite things...

    This old jar has held a LOT of goodies over the years. I change it with the seasons, and I'm getting ready to put Little Debbie Christmas Trees in it for the Christmas season. Hey, don't turn up your nose, Little Debbie Christmas Tree's are adorable...

    Veronica had a jar like this in her kitchen, and I always admired it, so a few years ago, she gave me one. The lid was on loan from her until I could find a lid myself, but since possession is nine-tenths of the law, I still have it. I never found one as pretty as her green one.

    If you look closely, you will see flour on the front. That's flour from my birthday cake. ( note the mixer cord in the picture). John whipped me up an Angel Food Cake Sunday morning, and dear son of mine made a bit of a mess. It was so special, I couldn't clean it off.

    Yeah, right Jan, you were just too LAZY to clean it off. No, really, I didn't even notice it until I started to take the picture, and then I was like, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... I'm such a sucker for my family.... And Veronica..... Well, she IS family to me... And she's NOT getting her green lid back, either....

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