I received my first Christmas gift a few weeks before Thanksgiving. My friend gave me home-grown parsley that she had dehydrated and put in a canning jar. She gave it to me early so I could use it on my Thanksgiving dinner.
I remember being able to open a Christmas gift early when I was a teenager. It was a lovely dress and Mom decided I would enjoy wearing it to a Christmas service. She did not go out and buy another gift to replace it; I just had one less gift under the tree. I felt like a princess in my new dress!
If you decide to give a gift early, don’t feel like you have to replace it with another one. It’s not the gift, or when the gift is opened, it’s the thought that counts!
Home-grown, dehydrated parsley.
As I was chopping bread and celery for my Thanksgiving stuffing, I came up with a new trick.
My recipe calls for 1 cup of celery with the leaves. Instead of cutting off a stalk of celery, I trimmed the ends and then chopped off the ends of all the stalks until I had 1 cup of celery and leaves.
I got more leaves by chopping it this way and the stuffing was the first item of my leftovers to disappear.
Chopped celery for stuffing.
I decided to have a candy corn themed Thanksgiving when I read that candy corn is to remind us the Pilgrims survived on a few pieces of corn each day that first winter. I am grateful that we have never been reduced to such small meals.
My kitchen table.
My dining room table.
I painted two coke bottles to resemble candy cane. I got that idea from Ladies Home Journal!
I even used the white, yellow and orange colors in my bathroom towels.
I am uncomfortable with how low many tops are cut. I thought the “Camiband,” a band of material to be worn over a bra, was brilliant and I went to the website to check it out.
They showed the “Camiband” being worn over a bra and over the top of jeans when a shirt is too short. I remembered I had purchased two “Belly bands” in black and white last year.
The “Camibands” cost $25.00. I purchased my “Belly Bands” at Walmart in the “As seen on TV” section. I think I paid $9.00 for two of them.
I wore one as a “Camiband” on Sunday and it worked fine.
My “Belly Band” that I wear as a “Camiband.”
Tuesday I showed a pair of Capri pants that I mended. They were an unusual rose color. I don’t keep spools and spools of thread on hand, but I do have a variety of colors of embroidery floss. I use one thread for mending and I am usually able to find a close match.
My embroidery floss.
I was asked to mend a pair of Capri pants of my granddaughters that were made out of tee-shirt material. I pinned a piece of ribbon to the back side of the pants and stitched the rows back together, occasionally stitching it to the ribbon.
Use a piece of ribbon inside.
This helped keep it from puckering.
Repaired Capri pants.
I love salads, and I eat one for lunch almost every day. I vary the ingredients based on the vegetables that are on sale that week.
I try to keep a variety of dressings on hand. I do not stick to one particular brand of dressing and I have ended up with “soup” before!
Many bottles have a disk with a small hole in the center attached; some do not. Those without the disk dispense too quickly.
After ruining a salad with too much dressing, I decided to keep the plastic disk from the next bottle that I emptied.
I ran it through the dishwasher and put it on the bottle that did not have one.
Removable disk from a bottle of salad dressing.