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New Year, New Possibilities

Hey yall, how has your holiday season been treating you? I know it is a week after New Year, but it is still the holidays for me. I don’t get out the jolly feelings until mid-January. My adrenaline seems to be still pumping from all the holiday activities, and for the first few weeks of January, when things go back to normal, I get some downtime. SAHMs understand holidays are hectic for us.

I brought us some holiday goodies to snack on while I tell you what’s been going on.

This is nice, and everyone can pick something they like.
Bullies are REal

Monday, December 19, 2022, was Mackenzie’s last day of school before Christmas break. She was excited because they had a pajama day and were supposed to watch the Polar Express.

By 10 am, I got a message from her school saying Mackenzie was almost stabbed and cut by a little boy in her class. Can you imagine a message like that? I called back and found out that Mackenzie had been getting bullied for a while by this little boy, and she said things came to a head when the teacher went to set up the movie for the class.

She said he took out a pencil and his scissors, turned to her, said he didn’t like her, and tried to stab and cut her. She said she told him to stop, jumped up, and ran to the teacher. I asked her where she was, and she calmed down next door to the guidance counselor’s office. I asked her why she didn’t tell me she was being bullied, and she said it had never gotten this bad before, and she always took care of it.

When January 3, 2023, came, she was too nervous about going to school, so I let her stay home that day but contacted the school. The principal contacted us, and the teacher contacted us… long story short, everything is ok. Mackenzie went back to school that Wednesday, and everything was lovely.

Doctor appointment

I didn’t go on December 21. I know when I set that appointment, I was lying. Listen, go ahead and fuss; the way I ate fruit cake and sipped eggnog, I knew my vitals would be screwed, and I didn’t need to see that negativity in my life. JUDGE ME!! I rescheduled for January 12.

Christmas Time

Once Phatty (Mackenzie) was home from school, we started getting ready for Santa. We started cleaning up the house and adding the finishing touches to the house. I made sure to play different Christmas music so they would stay in the Christmas spirit.

This year, Christmas outside the house was a little off. I didn’t see a lot of Christmas decorations, and people were nasty and mean. I had cars speeding up on me and blowing their horn because I wouldn’t go through red lights. I almost lost it a few times, but I caught myself. I had to remind myself it was the holidays, and there were Krampus and Scrooges EVERYWHERE!!

I woke up early on Christmas Eve, as usual, but I was on a mission this time! Baking cookies for Santa and the girls. When my mom passed, I made my own tradition to always get up in the wee hours of the morning and start baking my desserts.

I feel that Natlie and the girls feel cozy in the bed, smelling the sweet smell of chocolate cookies baking. It makes me feel good inside, and I can be in the cooking spirit. I had my Temptations Christmas playing and was in my zone.

By 9 am, I had already cooked and shoved pieces of cookies into Natlie and the girls’ mouths. You should have seen the big old brown eyes looking back at me. I had to giggle.

Santa finally showed up by 11:45-12:00 am that night.

 

Natlie and Santa had a good old time drinking eggnog. Before he left, he tried all my cookies and took a box for Mrs. Santa.

Monday, December 26, Jay, Madison’s friend, came and stayed until Friday, December 30. We had a grand time with her. The girls pretty much rested and roasted marshmallows on the firepit.

But somehow, Madison got sick the day Jay went home. She ate a few jolly ranchers, and her throat was swollen the next morning. Then she had this hoarse voice thing going on. She is better now, but she has sworn off jolly ranchers for the rest of her life.

New Years

We stayed up late on New Year’s Eve to bring in the New Year. Why Natlie passed out on me by 5 am? I was getting my second wind. I had found us a horror movie, and I had just finished cooking breakfast; she took a bite of those breakfast potatoes, and it must have hit the spot because 10 minutes into the movie, she was snoring louder than the tv.  I can’t complain because she had to work on New Year’s Day. I already had my crockpot cooking; I had my collards and hopping john simmering. By 11 am, everything was ready.

Ok, yall, I have talked your head off. I have so much more to tell you, but I will wait for next time. I hope the New Year has started off nicely for yall. As always, I am sending Big Hugs and Warm Smiles.

Ivey

 

 

 

 

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Dinner Recipes Favorite Holiday Recipes Recipes

Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed Ham

 

brown sugar ham

Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed Ham

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This is my go to favorite ham recipe. It reminds me of the holidays because my mom ALWAYS made this. Every bite is nostalgic, flavorful, and juicy. All you need is a few household ingredients and you are in business. Heads up: Mustard is used, but i promise you won't even taste it. This is kid tested and mother approved.

Ingredients
  

  • Ham any size its a few ways to prepare a ham
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of yellow mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon of clove powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of liquid smoke

Instructions
 

  • Raw Ham- cut off excess fat,  I slice through in different directions and place in a roasting pan.
  • Spiral Ham - take out package and place in roasting pan.
  • Half  Ham - place face down.
  • Mix the brown sugar, mustard, clove powder, and liquid smoke together until it turns into a creamy paste. Pour mixture all ham into every nock and cranny. Follow you hams baking directions. I cook my ham on 350 degrees, raw hams for 4 hours, spiral hams for 2.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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Holiday and Party Ideas

Gifts for TEENAGERS under $20

With a teenager in the house its kind of hard to pinpoint the exact gift to get for them. I have a teenager daughter and she isn’t the most vocal when it comes to Christmas gifts until the LAST MINUTE. With the holiday books coming in the mail, I have been keeping an eye on some of the gadgets and gifts my oldest daughter keep looking at.

I hope some of these ideas can come in handy for you.

 

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Bedazzler Kits

These are great presents for people who love to have rhinestones on everything. My teenager has bedazzled her walls, shirts, hats, curtains, and she now likes to wear rhinestones on her face. For the bedazzler of the family this is a perfect gift.

Funky Phone Case 

I know it doesn’t sound exciting but if you look into the world of phone cases, you will e surprised at what you see. I have a few phone cases myself, and I personally would like one for Christmas. Spice it up with their favorite character, sports teams, or favorite color with some funky or exotic shapes. Let your imagination run wild.

Phone Holder 

This may seem small but with the way teenagers are TikToking and learning to drive, this is more of a necessity than an accessory.

Phone Knob

The perfect gift for anyone with a phone, this is essential for any phone. I have one of these as well. Listen, you just pop it to the back of your phone and you will never drop your phone again. They have so many different designs. Trust me, you will want one for yourself.

Portable Charger

There will be no reason for the excuse of a dead phone now. Thiis is an easy gift to carry, and best of all… you don’t need a charger. ITS PORTABLE. Just plug their phone into in and they are charged up in no time.

Ear Buds

Tell me you don’t know someone, especially your teenager, right now, that doesn’t need at least one ear bud? How about two? My teenager walking around the house as we speak with one working ear bud. Great stocking stuffer gift.

Gift Cards

This is for the teenager who says, ” I don’t want nothing!” Well guess what buddy, here is a gift card. They can buy what they want, and you can put the amount. Everybody wins.

Art Supplies

This is for the artsy teenager in the house. They always need paint brushes, canvas paper, chalk, paints, markers, water paints, construction paper, and cotton. You can find some really great art kits for great prices. They will sure love it.

Chakra Beads Gemstone Kits

For the new age teenager, this is the gift. The chakra bead kits allow them to make their own energy bracelets. They can make any type of jewelry, and it is a excellent gift for an inexpensive price.

Moon Lamp / Lava Lamp

These lamps have evolved over the years and are so impressive, anyone in the family would love this.

DIY Kits

These gifts are perfect for the teenager who is into doing their own everything. Making a scrapbook, phone cover, tye-dyed shirts, photo frames, the list goes on, and you will find it here.

Inflatable Lounger

This is great for any teenager who wants to add furniture to their room. It is easy to assemble and best of all not heavy.

 

Cologne / Perfume

You can find some really nice cologne and perfumes for teenagers. You can buy several small ones and make it like a gift assortment or buy one ad a stocking stuffer.

Wallets

This is a must have because it is too easy to lose important documents, like ID or drivers licenses. My daughter has a wallet and still proceeds to throw her money in her purse, I still have no idea why.

Personalized Items

They will be so appreciative of this gift. You can personalize a cap or shirt, keychains, bath towels, earrings, car tags, floor mats, jackets, let your imagination run wild. I guarantee you will see a smile from ear to ear.

Comforter/ Throw

This is great for the decor enthusiast who loves to spruce up their rooms. Believe it or not my 8-year-old would love this gift. They come in so many styles, they are not the traditional type. You can get them with feet or a hoodie for warmth, they have some that has a calming effect, you will be amazed.

Keepsake Journal

A lot of teenagers love to have mementos,  but why not have a personal journey. They can write their deepest secrets, or just a memory book of their proudest moments. You will be sure to find something for them here.

Face Mask

We all are well aware we have a few viruses lingering around, and what better way to give a great gift that  a face mask. You can find different designs and add antibacterial soap to it as stay healthy and safe gift.

I hope these ideas can help out with the holiday hassle and have fun.

Enjoy!!!