Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Days of Our Lives

I've been a fan of Days of Our Lives (DOOL) since the very beginning. It's the only soap opera I keep up with; even my spouse watches it with me. If you're not familiar with DOOL, it has been on NBC for almost 50 years. It started out centering on the family of Tom and Alice Horton. Tom was chief of staff at the Salem Hospital, and Alice was well-known for her homemade donuts. Tom and Alice were the parents of 5 children: Tom Jr., Mickey, Bill, Addie, and Marie. (NOTE: For some unknown reason, NBC's DOOL site doesn't have Tom Jr. and Marie listed in the family geneaology.) If my memory serves me right, Tom Jr. and Bill were doctors, Mickey was a lawyer, and Marie was a nun. I can't remember what Addie did, but I do know she had leukemia, but died after being struck by a car while out for a walk with her young daughter, Hope.

Nowadays the show centers around the Brady, DiMera, and Kiriakis families. Over the course of the show, each family somehow got intertwined with each other either through marriages or affairs. Said affairs would ultimately result in a birth which really mixed up the families. Unfortunately, there have been instances where history has been rewritten. Case in point: When John Black was introduced, everyone thought he was Roman Brady. It eventually was revealed that he wasn't Roman, but he had no memory of who he actually was; therefore, he took the name John Black. It was found out later that he was Forrest Alamain, nephew to Vivian Alamain and brother to Laurence Alamain. Everyone had always thought Forrest was deceased. But, as I said, the writers rewrote John's lineage by making him a DiMera/Brady. It was written that Stefano's father had had an affair with Shawn Brady's sister, Colleen, thereby producing John. This not only made John a half-brother to Stefano, but a first cousin to Roman and Bo.

Speaking of weird lineages, I wonder how many viewers realize that Hope and Julie are actually half-sisters. They share the same mother, Addie Horton, with Julie being several years older than Hope. Julie eventually married Hope's father, Doug, thereby also becoming Hope's step-mother. Told you it was weird. :-) It is my hope that you will come back often as I will be sharing some spoilers with you as I come across them. Until then...

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

From my house to yours, may your Christmas be merry and bright! Remember that today is meant for celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ! As we open the brightly wrapped presents, always know that not only was His birth a great gift, but also His death and resurrection was the ultimate gift.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Shopping

It seems that the older I get, the worse I get on doing my Christmas shopping. When my kids were growing up, I usually had all my shopping done by November. Now that they are adults? I keep getting started later in the year. :-) This year has really be hard getting anything done due to my son being involved in an auto accident leaving his right foot crushed. Therefore, his dad and I are playing nursemaids.

Don't know about you, but I LOVE shopping online. The kids have wishlists on Amazon, which makes it VERY convenient when doing their Christmas shopping. My daughter also likes Bath & Body Works. So far all the gifts I've bought this year for their stockings have been bought online. Tomorrow I'll actually go out to the brick 'n' mortar stores to pick up some gifts.

Stockings you say? Yes, my kids get all their gifts put in (and around) their 48" stockings. The picture you see is one of these stockings. I bought the stockings back in 1985 at a home party, and they are used every year. It's funny in that both of the kids have certain spots on my living room floor they place their stockings each year on Christmas Eve. I do not put any of their gifts under the tree. Why? The looks on their faces on Christmas morning is my present.

Monday, October 24, 2011

New Watkins Catalogs

New 2012 catalogs are now available. If you would be interested in having one, please let us know and one will be sent to you asap.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Brownie Pie à la Mode

Nutrition Facts:
Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories 300
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrates 50 g
Sodium 270 mg
Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Dietary Fiber 1 g

1/2 cup/125 mL reduced-calorie hard margarine
1/4 cup/60 mL Baking Cocoa
3/4 cup/180 mL sugar
3/4 cup/180 mL all-purpose flour
1 tsp/5 mL Baking Powder
1-1/2 tsp/7.5 mL Original Double-Strength Vanilla
2 egg whites
4 cups/1 liter nonfat frozen yogurt or ice cream

Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Melt margarine in small saucepan over medium heat; stir in cocoa. Remove from heat and add sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla and egg whites; mix well. Spread batter into 9-inch/23-cm pie plate coated with no-stick cooking spray. Bake for 20 minutes or until pie tests done. Let cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into 8 wedges. Place on serving plates and top with yogurt. Garnish with sliced berries, if desired.

The above recipe is from Watkins Products. If you would like to order the Baking Cocoa, Baking Powder, or the Original Double-Strength Vanilla, please let us know.

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Hobby

Due to an offhand comment made by one of my nieces, I have now gotten into making aprons. The picture to the left is one I made last week for my husband's brother. I make two aprons, one a print for the front and another of a solid or contrasting print for the back (lining), and sew them together. I also make a pocket from the lining material and put in on the front. Since this particular apron was for a man, I didn't put grosgrain ribbon and buttons on the bib area.

I've been lucky enough to sell several of my aprons and have them for sale in a small gift shop not far from where I live. At the present time, I've got about fifteen more already cut out and ready to make. :-)