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  • What I said before

How about potluck….

too bad that is what your getting….

Let’s see where to begin…Veteran’s Day…

On October 31st….Halloween… Life Source was giving away two tickets to the Museum of Science and Industry if you donated blood…on Halloween…I know kinda funny…kinda creepy….but I donate blood on a regular basis so it was not to creepy for me…but I did joke with the phlebotomists there and made light talk about vampires to which we all shared a laugh.  So I donated my blood and happily went off with two free tickets to the Museum.  Fast forward Sunday the 9th…my mom arrived from Florida for a November visit just in time for snow flurries and cold…hehehe…we picked her up at the Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee and reminded her that we had plans for the Museum later in the week…did she need new shoes for all that walking…

Tuesday..Veteran’s day…bet you did not think I would get here did you…we pack a big snack and head off…cool dreary day but off we go. At the start of the trip we talk about what this day is and what it means to so many and to us.  Driving on the city’s near south side we all start talking about how it reminds us of our trips to Russia. It was dismal looking.  The scenery changes, soon we are in Hyde Park…home to our soon to be President, Barack Obama…. beautiful homes, manicured streets and helicopters flying over head.  I guess we were close but not to close, we did not see any secret service or blocked streets but we know he was “in town”.  So we get to the museum and have a great time…we see a ton of stuff but by no means everything. They are getting ready for the Christmas around the world event and while see get to see a lot of decorated trees we do not see the Russian tree. the boys had a blast. Spencer is slowly overcoming his fear of heights. He has a hard time by the glass half walls…but he is getting better…we go into the coal mine…it is original to the museum built in 1933…the boys love the experience. Sleepy people on the way home…quiet car…traffic…expected.

I have been a busy bee getting the Christmas shopping done.  I think that aside from a couple small purchases I am done. Just need to wrap.  Working the Grocery game has really helped me be able to get it dome with ease on the cheap and ALL in cash…There is an open forum at the GG that has had some great hot tips great for gift giving.  I was able to get the boys a Wii fit for $80.00.  They retail for $89.99. It is nearly unheard of to get it for even one penny less. I also got Spencer the night vision goggles that he has been asking for for about half price. I have been able to do 90% of my shopping on line with NO shipping NO taxes NO handeling…if it listed at $32.99 it was $32.99 delivered to me. SWEET…but the game has really helped me to stockpile away money (and groceries!) to be able to pay cash for it all..usually there is SOMETHING that I have to charge…not this year. By playing the game I have saved so much with groceries that I have more then enough extra money each week to get one or two gifts. For the first time in quite awhile…Richard and I might get each other a small gift!!! We are still undecided, it is not something we really feel we need to do. There will be Wii games and movies and books and inside and outside toys…it is going to be a nice morning.

Let’s see what else….

With the cold weather now here, the days seeming so short I am in a cooking and baking mood. Always on the hunt for some good things to make. A few years back I made a milk chocolate fudge that was better than to die for.  Since then I have not been able to recreate it…until now…there is a recipe, that I found on the GG forum, that I think will be really close…my SIL will be the judge…she and I have been trying to recreate it for years..never successful. I am also loving the Taste of home magizines and cook books and the Gooseberry Patch cook books. Give them a look see…there are some yummy dishes and treats. Then there is my favorite woman on the planet…PIONEER WOMAN—cooks…Ree Drummond…go to the site reas all the yummies and trya a few you too will be hooked.  She likes her butter…

We got a little sad news on our way to the Museum…we were gearing up to go see our Plymouth Michigan friends for a long weekend the beginning of December. It turns out that we won’t be going till after the new year calendar mismatches…but as soon as we can we will make the journey…we can not wait to see Anna, Kate, Ross and ‘mom and dad’.  I am sure that we will have a blast. After all we are crazy internet friends who have become real life friends…and Russian adoptions specialists. Well them more then us…

Soon to be discussed here at the blog…my HAIR…ugh. STAY TUNED

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5 Responses

  1. Pot luck is fine by me. Glad to hear from you and your successes with GG. Maybe if the fudge recipe turns out as expected, you’d be willing to share. I’m always looking for things that are “better” than TDF.

    Paula

  2. I like Potlucks!!! Thanks for catching us up on what’s been going on with your family! Mmm… fudge… let me know how it turns out… and if it works please share with us… your loyal groupies!

    I happen to know about a cool adoption related cookbook with lots of yummy recipes… 😉

  3. Dude. What happened to your hair? Or, are you just trying to decide what to do with it.

  4. I am thinking about a change…it is all the same length now and about to the top of my shoulders…it has some slight damage at the ends and needs a cut and other things I can’t afford…so gray it is for now…

    Jen…I am going to post your cook book here too…

  5. very nice update debi. good work!

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