I haven't blogged since Saturday...and that was just to show our Christmas cards we didn't choose. I've upped my hours at work this week and so I have been busy with that...and Madison was home sick today. She seems to have come down with the runny nose/cold/cough/sort throat that Chris and I both had. She rested all day...sipped on ginger ale, and took some meds. I hope she feels better tomorrow.
I am busy making a big 1 pound pan of macaroni and cheese for an order for one of Chris' co-workers. They are having a work potluck tomorrow and he ordered a pan of my macaroni and cheese... $30... in my pocket tomorrow. It is super fabulous...and insanely easy to make...and it will be finding its way to our Christmas dinner table.
I worked three night shifts this week so I made three crockpot dinners - a pot roast, chicken and dumplings, and pepperocini beef. Roasts were BOGO at the grocery store this week so I incorporated them into the meal plan.
The pepperocini beef sandwiches are amazing. Make it. So simple, easy, and tasty.
It makes a ton which we used for sandwiches, a container which is now in the freezer for a meal next week, and then I used some of the leftovers to make this tasty BBQ Pepper Pizza for dinner tonight. I used honey bbq sauce as the pizza sauce, some leftover Mexican cheese I had in the fridge, and I heated up the leftover beef and peppers and topped the pizza with it. Chris was a little skeptical at first when I told him I used bbq sauce on the pizza... but we both agreed it was amazing and wish I had made more (I only did 1/2 of the pizza in this flavor). We will definitely be making this tasty pizza again.
I combined some deals and placed two separate orders and was able to purchase 6 different sets of address labels and gift labels from Tiny Prints for just $2. I ordered these to seal the envelopes of our Christmas cards (which I am still waiting for the cards to arrive).
I made another wedding invitation ornament for my friend Amy who got married over the summer. I must drop it off at the post office tomorrow... as she lives out of state.
Madison and I were at Michaels last weekend when I realized we did not have a 2011 family Christmas ornament. I picked this one up for $2.50... but it ended up being on sale once I got to the register. I came home and added our names and the date.
Here is Madison last weekend. We were eating homemade brownies and working on crafts at the dining room table.
Every year I buy my wrapping paper at the Dollar Tree. It is just going to get torn off. Here are the rolls I picked up this year. Wednesday morning I wrapped all of the Christmas presents I bought and put them under our tree.
Speaking of crafts... here is my craft bin..and you can catch a glimpse of two projects I am finishing up.
I made this. I painted the canvas red, printed out my vintage subway art Christmas printable and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the canvas. I love how it turned out. I plan on making more next year to give out as gifts.