Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Last Week's Holiday Grand Plan Summary

From the long-term shopping list--I bought flour and sugar, and bought an eight cup clear glass serving bowl.

Cleaned the entry. The living room was cleaned the week before I started the plan and the rain has kept me from cleaning the front entry outside.

Bought extra flour and sugar; I have plenty of shortening for now.

Make an extra meal for the freezer. Today I made 12 cups of tomato sauce in the crockpot. I added the recipe to the main dish recipe page on my website--scroll to the bottom of that page. I'll serve this on pasta, as a sauce over calzone, and for pizza sauce.
I also had a roast, some of which Dear Husband cut into stew meat. I put it all in a crockpot with a can of Progresso cream of mushroom soup and a couple of teaspoonfuls of Worcestershire sauce, about half cup of red cooking wine, and a couple shakes of smoky hot sauce. I served the roast with potatoes and carrots. The stew meat got the predominance of the sauce, and I served it over egg noodles, with a green salad on the side. I made extra potatoes, and they ended up as mashed potatoes, which I served with a crockpot pork loin.

I made return address labels and I'm working on a Christmas card address list. Dear Husband wants to write a holiday letter.. For the return address labels, I went to the Microsoft Office Template page and searched for return address labels. This is what I picked, and after I downloaded it, I opened the file and added our return address. All I have to do is buy the blanks and print them out.

I printed out the Grand Plan checklists for weeks 1, 2, 3, and put together my notebook. And no, it wasn't a fancy schmancy one. I do enjoy looking at all the cute things other people have made, but the one I made for myself is very plain and very me.

Make batch of Holiday Goodies. I made a double batch of Snickerdoodles)

Buy supplies for homemade gifts. We want to make home made goodies of some kind to give. A few years ago we bought several dozen jelly jars and put red and green M&Ms in them. We put the M&M jars plus a few other goodies in brown paper sacks. I stenciled the sacks, folded the tops over, used a hole punch and punched a couple holes in the top, and tied them closed with a length of ribbon. I'm hoping to score some jelly jars off of craigslist.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Betsy McCall

For those of you who are of "my" age group, the name alone gives you the shiver. McCall's magazine had a pull-out page or two of paper dolls each month for many years. They gave me so many hours of pleasure during my childhood. I'd beg my mom to buy the magazine, but durn if she wasn't a "Woman's Day" and "Family Circle" kind of gal. One of her friends did take the McCall's magazine and would save me the pages occasionally. Take a look. There are pages for download. I downloaded the full size printable pages for my birth year, and I'm thinking of framing them to hang as a grouping in my cra(p)ft room.
I can't believe the excited and happy response this link elicited in me; for a woman would wouldn't give you two cents for a doll, I am finding myself unable to stop looking!