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  1. You could freeze meatloaf or pre-slice and brown sliced steak for stir-fry or pepper steak.
  2. The hooks on my side of the closet are for a 6' person, so useless to me. I have a basket of off season clothes topped with a laundry basket where I drape my work tops and jeans. Usually wear the jeans the next day, but rotate the weekly shirt collection between one week and the next--so two wearings before they hit the laundry. Not the best, but it works for now. I used to have a chair I hung them on, but dh now uses his chair and mine.
  3. Veggie pizza, taco dip. Ham lunchmeat spread with cream cheese and rolled around pickles, sliced. Eggrolls.
  4. I have one closet that someone cut the corner area out of the shelf, so I have room for the broom/mop handles.
  5. I usually have extra items for one or two of the kids. I just put them away for the next occasion, be it birthday, Easter or the following Christmas. This year I emptied my extra supply! Time to start picking things up here or there again!
  6. We quit doing ribbons years ago. Too much else to do, and usually wrapping on Christmas Eve.
  7. Bought both boys a shoe shine kit one year, but don't think they ever used them. They wear tennies most of the time. sigh Life Savers, snack mix, jerky, nail files or clippers, got the women make up brushes and sponges one year. Toiletries. Those carabiner clips in the sports section, duct tape, office supplies, hair brush or comb, small tools.
  8. Due to Dad's diabetes and everyone else becoming health conscious, I no longer make Oreo truffles, pecan crescents, and fudge. Not many cookies at my place either. A wonderful shortbread is espresso shortbread! But mom and dad are decaf people. I started getting into the biscotti baking, but dil is gf, df, so will try to bake a cookie or two that she can eat this year. How things change through the years!
  9. We've done this for years with high grad and up each bringing a gift. We've had more fun, even with white elephant items from the teens mixed in. And if you play the game right, you and your spouse can get what you really want. My sisters weren't happy the year I brought home the stepladder I wanted, or the year we came home with two pillows. Fleece or other throw blankets are good, several boxes of chocolate candies, scratch off cards, bath towel set are some things I can think of right now.
  10. One weekend I put up a few items on the mantel-- which reminds me that didn't include the nativity set-which maybe I won't put out as I'll have several two year olds on Christmas. Last weekend dd put the string of lights on the window. I managed to bring up the tree and put lights on it. Moving so slowly this year. I know I have some things for dd and dgs in my stash, and I picked up a couple books for one ds, but that's it. Just have no motivation. And the big family Christmas is moving to my house this year. Yes, I have to cook dinner for 15, too, as my kids really don't want lasagna again this year. lol I know we're having ham...
  11. I picture them building the Knex amusement park ride. Or a Snap Circuit set.
  12. We had a neighborhood party this fall, which we hadn't done for a number of years. We had about 25 show, and they were happy that we set it up. I've gotten back in the habit of reading personal growth books for me and for work. Trying to become the motivator at work. Big job even for a small business.
  13. I always gave the kids' lists to the family to shop for and picked out something they hadn't thought of - ice skates or rollerblades or whatever. Santa never brought my kids the things on their lists. An alternative...
  14. There are several Advent books with a daily story. The first one is Jotham's Journey. All three by that author are set in Jesus' birth time and place. My three kids loved them.
  15. One of my boys favorite stocking stuffers!!
  16. A cold broccoli salad (with raisins, sunflower seeds...) is good. I've brought all the canned items for green bean casserole several times. There's always time to put it in the oven while the turkey's cut, gravy's made, etc. Or bring a crockpot. We do arrive a few hours ahead of dinner.
  17. My gs is 2. I've been looking in the stores for toys, and haven't liked anything I've seen there. I was in an antique shop and fell in love with an old Fisher Price camper. Went to Ebay and found a complete camper set that I HAD to have. lol. Showed dil and she said he's going to love it! Having the kids with one really makes Christmas...
  18. Hope you can plan something unique for this year, so it will stand out special in your memories.
  19. My three will sometimes buy for each other, or sometimes just one will. It varies. I don't worry about it. Youngest, dd, likes to make something for everyone most years. It's totally up to them.
  20. That's why my sister started making a couple pans of lasagna and bringing it to my mom's house. Mom could still pick/make sides, but it wasn't a strain on her that day. More time for all of us to visit and play cards. 🙂
  21. Now that my kids are all adults, I want to cut back big time on gifts. Would love to do just one or two each besides the stockings, which they really look forward to. They're really hard to buy for now anyway!And with just a 2 yr old gs, not looking to buy him stuff for their house either. We'll have to switch to more game playing, I guess, like we do at my big family's gathering. And now I'll probably have to fix a big dinner, too, tho maybe I can get away with appetizers again like last year, when the kids didn't come til 4 or so, after gs had his nap. Also, I'll be making the big dinner for 20 the weekend after Christmas. Once for the week should do, I think! 😉 How about you? Things changing at your house, too?
  22. Turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, jellied cranberry sauce, homemade rolls, green bean casserole and scalloped corn/broccoli casserole. The broccoli is the new bit, so not sure who will join me on that. The preschool was selling pies, so I have a strawberry rhubarb pie and a blueberry pie to pick up Saturday. Better have my mom be the hero and have a banana cream pie ready for them to stop by and enjoy. lol I'll make leftovers for my mom and dad, as they don't want to come over or care if I bring dinner there on Tday. Not sure if ds and family will be coming or not, or if other ds plans to stay home or go to my sister's house that day. We're not big plan ahead people either. Christmas is moving to my house from my folks this year. My sister's been making lasagna for 20 the last couple years. My kids are all asking if we can go back to having a real Christmas dinner this year. 😨 I was getting used to easy.! lol
  23. These melt in your mouth muffins are very cake-like. You can use any fruit. Sorry I couldn't post it from my phone the other day.
  24. I'm so sorry. Praying for Lillian and family, and for you. Lifelong friends are hard to come by. Hugs.
  25. My son asked for some specifically when he got married. That and wooden spoons. 🙂
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