Things have a way of turning out for the Best!!

I’ve been working on my house once again.   Yet,..another episode of this old house!

Houses are so needy!  They take up lots of your time and most of your money.   I have owned this house for over 25 years now, and over the years almost every thing has been replaced or re-modeled.

Last year I discovered that the sprinklers in the front yard had caused some major damage to the windows in the living room.  Water from the sprinklers had been hitting the windows for who knows for how long.

This caused not only the windows to mold, but also my wood floor in the living room  *sigh*

 

So…2 months ago I decided to order some new windows for the living room.   I received such a great deal on them I decided to replace all the windows in the front of the house.  I was told it would take about 2 weeks for the windows to come in.

The windows were on their way,  so my son in law  decided he would  install them on December 3.  But as fate would have it… on December the 2nd a powerful wind storm hit the Los Angeles area….causing the delivery truck to blow over,  and all of my windows were  broken in the accident!   *darn*

But all was not lost for December the 3rd… we decided to have a pregnancy photo shoot for my daughter who was due to have her first baby daughter in 2 weeks.

Instead of installing windows…  my Son in law had a day of rest.  Here he is catching a few well deserved winks between photos.

 

And it was a good thing Chad didn’t have to work that day…. because my daughter, April went into labor a few hours after the photo shoot was over.

So, that was an wonderful example of… “things turning out for the best”.  Chad would have been exhausted after a full day of installing windows, and then helping his wife go through labor.

Now….Back to my window story.

So we had to wait for my windows to be made once again.  A few days before my windows arrived I was looking at all the houses in my neighborhood that had installed new windows.

Seems everyone had replaced their windows with windows that didn’t have grids in them, and the windows I ordered had grids. *darn*

I wondered if I should have ordered my windows without grids?  Yes….. I think I should have… I liked the way the windows looked without the grids!

Now what I’m I to do?…. it’s too late to cancel them !  *sigh*

So, a few days later I receive a phone call informing me that my windows are in, but they wanted to know if I ordered my windows with grids or without grid.???  Seems my windows came in without grids….OMG!

Once again…”things have a way of turning out for the best”!

I love my new windows…the view is so much better, and being insulated makes a big difference in how much warmer the house stays, and less outside noise to hear…so…take that you noisy bumpasse’s…..tee hee hee!

XOXO,

Janice

My Holiday Baking

Chocolate & Raspberry Shortbread.

Dough

2 sticks butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar together..add flour and mix till it forms the dough.

This makes enough dough to cover a 13 x 9 baking pan, or you can make 2 pans of  8 x 8.  I made one pan of 8 x 8 shortbread and saved the other half to make chocolate toffee bars…(Next recipe)

 

Choose your size pan.. and pat the dough into pan.

then cover with seedless raspberry jam..

if you use a 13 x 9 pan use the whole jar…8 x 8 pan use half of jar..I use this Jam…

bake at 325 for about 20 minutes…take out of the oven when done..while still hot.. sprinkle on…

Wait about 10 minutes…and then swirl melted chocolate and raspberry together

Now…. lick the knife…YOU know… you want to!

I had to also lick my camera len.. because… I’m a dork… I got chocolate all over my camera while taking these pictures!

 

Chocolate Toffee Bar

You need the above shortbread and…

I used the whole can…for a 13 x 9 pan…take them out of their wrappers and put into blender to chop into smaller bits…..pat shortbread into pan…sprinkle on the toffee bits…bake 10 minutes at 325…then sprinkle on chocolate chops..bake another 10 minutes…let cool an few hours and then cut into squares..

MORE recipes  coming soon….

 

Candy cane cake pops

Snowmen cake pops

Snowball cake bites

 

 

Chocolate cake bites with pretzel sprinkles

 Pecan Carmel.

 Sugar Cookies

 Merry Christmas to all

Love,

Janice

Let There Be Christmas Lights

Ohh,,,Christmas lights

Ohh,,, Christmas lights!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Hope You’re all keeping warm and toasty!

XO,

Janice

 

My House has Gone Winter Wonderland

I love this time of the year,

   I’ve been into Christmas decorating mode for a few days now.

 

Some close up’s of the ornaments.

 

 

Is anyone as crazy about snowflakes as I’am?

I hang them from the ceiling..

Or, anything that doesn’t move.

I not only deck the halls

but the bathroom too!

Can’t forget the hearth..

 

Or the front porch…

I Wish You…

XO,

Janice

The Birth of Vivian Rose

The much anticipated,  much dreamed about,  much talked about…has finally happened.

The Birth of Vivian Rose, my first Grandchild!

 

This is Vivian one hour old, she weighed  7lbs and is 19 1/2 long.  She is Grand ma ma’s perfect little princess!

A few months ago I posted a story and ultrasound picture of her. I thought she was already adorable at only a few weeks old.   Grand ma ma went a little crazy buying things as soon as she knew for sure her first grand child was going to be a girl.

I bought a chandelier for Vivian’s bedroom…Grandma ma doesn’t even have a chandelier in her bedroom…at least not yet!

 

I’m so proud of my daughter April, she had a 100% natural birth just like I did, NO meds of any kind.  I was shocked to know that things have changed so much in the past 20 years or so.  Back in my day we did everything we could not to take any drugs of any kind, now everyone tries to talk you into taking medications for the pain, it’s even hard to find a doctor that still believe’s in a natural birth.  April’s doctor still believe’s in natural births but said he has delivered only 4 babies natural (that is without drugs) in the past year.

 April’s birth plan is very rare indeed!

 

This picture was taken 6 hours before April went into Labor.

24 hours later……

What we lovingly called the  “baby dance”.

 When April had a contraction she would lean into her husband Chad and sway from side to side till the pain was gone.

   Vivian was born, Sunday December 4th at 8:28 pm

 after approximately 24 hours of labor.

This is what a baby born without drugs looks like.

 Wide awake, and taking in her new world!

I hope anyone reading this who is pregnant, or knows anyone who is pregnant, Please consider giving birth without drugs.  Don’t let your doctor or nurses try to talk you out of it, women have been giving birth for thousands of years without drugs.  Yes, giving birth is painful, but it can be done without drugs!

XOXO,

Grand ma ma

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

Making My List

Checking it Twice

Oh Yes,

 I have been Very Nice!

 Faux fur Jacket, I ordered it, I couldn’t wait for Santa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year I bought the black fur version of this, and i’m so glad I did!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I love anything Brocade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I guess i’m going to have white fuzz stuck in my eyelashes.

 Can we say Ice Princess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   New Years Eve Outfit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Where’s My Hot Chocolate?

Dear Santa baby

I have been a Very Good girl

So Please bring me everything on my list

XOXO,

Janice

My latest Obsessions

I’m currently obsessed with quite a few  things.

 

 I’m having a lot of fun making Cake Pops!

  I find myself singing a little song while I make them.

It goes a little like this.

Bake  er  ella

 you’re as lovely as your name

~*~Bakerella~*~

All hail the mighty Bakerella,

 I just love this book!

Here are a few of the cake pops I’ve made.

For my first attempt, I made these for my daughters baby shower.

I made these for Halloween.

I plan on making these for Thanksgiving.

If you haven’t tried making cake pops yet,

  I can highly recommend it.

 They’re the hit of every party, and ever so yummy!

~*~

Soon the Holidays will be here

and Being the nut job that I’am

 I have a new Christmas decorating theme.

I think it would best be described as Winter Wonderland.

I live in Southern California

So the closest I get to icicle’s, snowflakes and snowballs are the kind you buy at the store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Crystal Snowflakes

 

  Feather Poofs.

 

 Glamorous snowballs

 

 

 

How cute is this peacock?

Yes, there really are white peacocks, I saw some while traveling in Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been going gaga for Mercury Glass, if you want some I suggest you act fast, before I buy  it all!

XOXO,

Janice

I consider myself lucky, I wasn’t fed to the Gators

I’ve just returned from spending a few days in Florida.  I stayed at the  The Gaylord Palms ….I know…I know!     I laughed at the name too!

While checking in I was told to make sure to keep the key card away from my cell phone, because it might de-activate the card.

 

So I carefully placed my key card into a pocket inside my purse.

~*~

The next day I decided to spend some time by the pool.

When I went back to my room, I discovered my key card didn’t work…Humm…

So I went back to the lobby and told them what had happened,

they were very polite and made me a new card.  They told me if it ever happened again to pick up one of the house phones and someone would help me,

I didn’t need to go all the way to the lobby.

~*~

Back to my room I go to try once again.

Guess what?   My new key still didn’t work!!

So now I had to find a house phone and call in my problem.

Once again they were very polite and told me to wait in front of my room and someone would come to help me.

I waited about 10 to 15 minutes for someone to come, and then I heard the sound of something big walking down the hallway.

This guy was huge…he was like a walking wall…6..foot high…5 feet wide..

and of course a shaved head.

(what kind of security dude would he be without a shaved head?)

( PS..he was much bigger than the above picture)

~*~

First thing he asks for is my key and some I.D.

He tries the key, and of course it doesn’t work.

(I may be blond…but I know how to use a key card!)

Next he calls the front desk to see if I’m registered.

Yes…I’am…but this guy wants more proof.

He asks me to tell him about 3 items that are in the room.  WHAT???

So I mention…

#1…I have 2 pieces of grey luggage.

#2…I have a large beige purse.

#3…The bedspread has pictures of monkeys playing instruments.

Is it just me,

or does the idea of monkeys dressed in clothes freak anyone else out?

It just seems so wrong to me on so many levels!

(what is that monkey to the left doing, and why is his hand on the other monkey?)

What happens at the Gaylord Palms, stays at the Gaylord Palms?

 

~*~

The whole time that I’m being questioned by the security dude, he is blocking the door so I can’t look in.

After I name my 3 items he goes into the room to check out my answers.

He comes back and asks me if I have a tooth brush  ???

Yes, as a matter of fact I have 2 pink toothbrushes.

He goes back into the room to make sure I wasn’t telling him a lie.

He comes back and lets me in my room.

All he said was…

“Someone will bring you 2 new keys and will slide them under the door.”

Gee….Really?

I must look like someone that can’t be trusted.

 

Boo!  I’m so scary!

I guess I should consider myself lucky, I wasn’t fed to the alligators.

See ya later…Wally Gator!

 

XOXO,

Janice

Octoberfest 2011

Lets face it

Octoberfest is a great excuse for eating and drinking!

Homemade Gingerbread cookies

 

Homemade Pretzels

 

Cheese and crackers

 

Pickles!

 

Was it a brat or a cheddar wurtz?

 

German wine to wash down the food

 

Brat, Sauerkraut, German Potato salad, German Goulash

 

Fraulein Stee, Fraulein Vivian, Frau April and Frau Janice

 

The reason for the Octoberfest party..Chad's Birthday!

A good time was had by all.

We laughted

We drank

And we ate too much!

 

Auf Wiedersehen!

XOXO,

Janice

 

Me ? a Model… For White House / Black Market

Anyone who knows me….knows about my obsession with the  White House / Black Market clothing line.  Last year I was asked to model in one of their fashion shows.  Me?  You want me to model your clothes?  And from what you will see in the following videos, (click on the links) it proves I’m not a model.  {just a  dork}

Now for a little diversion,,, a Sneak Peek into My Closet,,,this is What I purchased This Week

Leopard skirt

Openweave dolman & Mocha corduroy pants

Double rectangle necklace

Leopard blouse

Circle pendant

long bauble necklace

faux fur cardigan

You had me at Hello!

Clothes I tried on and now lust for.

Taffeta dress

Will somebody please!

Give me an excuse to buy this gorgeous dress.

Menswear flounce dress

The Perfect work to dinner dress.

Ruffled wrap coat

Tre`Chic with a pair of black leather knee high boots.

Plum corduroy Jacket

Paired with the matching pants,,,a made in Heaven holiday Outfit.

Leather ankle boots

These boots work with Everything,,Nuff said!

X’s & Oooh’s

Janice