Hello fellow Secret Santa's!! I hope by now you have (1) either shipped your package or (2) shipping in the next day or two. I still am waiting to hear from about two folks, so if you are one of those folks who have not answered my emails, please let me know the status of your package. Seriously, the stress is killing me here! Thank you , thank you to all of you who follow all the request of this swap to the letter, it makes my job so much easier! Secret Santa packages are making their way all across the globe and some have received their packages already. Some have received packages, and don't even know more packages are in route to them as they read this! What great Secret Santa Swappers. If in fact, you are one of the folks I am referring to, please once your other packages arrive, go back and update and add the new photos to your blog post.
It is my hope that each of you enjoyed shopping for your partner, and really tried to spoil your swap partner the best to your ability. That is what this swap is about.....doing for someone you don't know and hopefully making a new friend along the way. If you have participated before, you know how I update the original link to indicate someone has received their package. If you are new this year...this is how it works. When I am notified that one of the swappers have done their post, I update the original link as indicated below: *** Coloradolady - The three *** indicates and lets you know the SSS post is up. The link will take you to the blog post. It is a lot of fun seeing what every one received. I have already updated the links that I have been notified that the blog post are up. Please don't forget to do your blog post when your gifts arrivee, your Santa looks forward to reading your post, and it is a let down when you don't do that. (email me if you want to know how I know that!) Be sure to let me know when your box arrives, and I hope you have had a good time! I'd like to take a moment to say, I can not help the fact if you are disappointed in your package you receive. I wish I could, but I can't. Granted, it may be warranted, but I don't know what more I can do to ensure this type of thing does not happen. I felt pretty confident this year that those types of problems would not happen, but alas, I was wrong. As the host, I ultimately feel responsible in some way, and really feel bad when something like this happens. I keep meticulous notes year after year and refer back to them each year to make sure I eliminate a potential problem before it pops up. Even with doing all of that, and the time it takes to do it, things still don't go as I had hoped. That being said, please, please let me know if you experience any problems at all. That is the only way I can try to correct a problem should there be one and keeping them from happening in the future. My post will be up this week about my Secret Santa goodies....I am still over the moon with my box and I hope the packages you receive give you the same feeling!
Tomorrow is December 5th and the deadline for shipping your gifts!!!!! I have not heard from very many with the shipping information. Please, PLEASE let me know when you have shipped your gifts. I have a couple of folks, shipping on the weekend, that is fine, but I need to know when you plan to ship. Secret Santa packages are arriving!! Once you do your post, please let me know you have it up so I can fix the link to indicate who has received their gifts. My Secret Santa package arrived today, and my neighbor is holding it for me! She is 96 years old, and when I got home, it was too late to go get it! I will get it in the morning, as she gets up with the chickens!! Excited!!
Welcome everyone to Vintage Thingies Thursday
If you have a love for vintage things, well....you have come to the right place. We have a really good time each and every week!!!
If you are new to this party, please take the time to read and follow the instructions for participating in Vintage Thingies Thursday, click HERE. I try and keep things fairly simple, so please make sure you follow the instructions. Please onlyONE link per week. Lastly, if you link in, LINK back to my blog, so everyone can see all of the vintage goodies on display that day. If you don't link back here, they won't know who to visit......thanks so much.
Back in the 1980's I ordered this advent calendar through a magazine. If there was ever a time I wish I had ordered two of them, this would be one of those times. This has been a favorite when my kids were growing up and it still is today.
The tree has magnetic dots and for each day, a Christmas theme character is placed on the tree from being retrieved from the boxes.
I used to notice once I placed the little pieces in the boxes, most times, they were rearranged by my daughter. I never paid much attention to it until later years as her logic in the order they were placed on the tree.
In her mind, Santa would be the last on the tree, as that was the day Santa came....smart kid I raised, I tell ya, I never thought of it like that!
The 5th of the month is the angel. Why the angel on the 5th? Well, that is my daughters birthday and she always wanted the angel on the tree on her day...December 5th. I think I remember putting the snowman in the #5 box, but she always changed it!
With the kids grown, and gone, my husband and I still place the little pieces on the tree during the month of December. One day, this will belong to one of my kids, and passed down to the grand kids.
And in case you are wondering, we have never lost a single piece to this advent calendar. I keep it stored inside the house during the year to keep it from aging too much. You can tell it has been well loved, and gently taken care of to be in the shape it is in today. A real treasure...and since it is over 25 years old....a real vintage treasures.
Most of us today are stretched for time in the kitchen and when preparing meals for our families. We want great quality meals that offer a lot of variety, but somehow we just tend to use the same go-to meals during the week. I have found a great way of turning those ho-hum meals into something a little more spectacular just by adding one of the Campbell's condensed soups.
If you’re cooking dinner, Campbell gives you fresh ways to delight your family. From fresh twists on classic faves to totally new recipes, Campbell will give you inspiration just when you need it at Campbellskitchen.com.
During the winter months, pot roast is one of those go-to meals at dinner time. Instead of adding water to the roast before it goes into the oven or crock pot, instead add Campbell's Beef Consomme in place of the water for the liquid. The flavor of the roast and vegetables is far superior and has a rich, hearty taste. Another great addition to ordinary meals is adding the Campbell's Cream of Onion to many baked vegetable dishes, but my favorite is adding it to homemade hamburgers. Again, super easy meal, but not especially unique. However, try the burgers with the added cream of onion soup. The results are super moist and flavorful hamburgers and I promise, you won't go back to the way you were making them in the past.
Your family will thank you for it, and your kids will eat them up and not even know there are added vegetables in their hamburger. Kids’ tastes in food are one of life’s great mysteries. Take green beans, for example. Yesterday they were the only vegetable your son would eat, but today, thanks to his new aversion to green foods, he won’t go near them. If this sounds like dinnertime at your house, you’re in luck. With the help of Campbell's and a little imagination of the cooks part in your household, you can turn out delicious meals every member of the family will enjoy eating. Picky eaters have finally met their match! With the help of The Wisest Kid in the Whole World™, Campbell’s soup is offering delicious recipes your kids won’t be able to refuse: Find fun, quick meal ideas your kids will love at WisestKid.com
One of my very favorite recipes to serve my family is Chicken Spaghetti. There are many recipes out there for making this dish, but this one uses Campbell's Cream of Chicken & Mushroom soup and it is truly one of the best Chicken Spaghetti recipes I have ever tried.
Amazing Chicken Spaghetti you will need:
4 chicken breast
1 can Campbell's Creamy Chicken & Mushroom soup
1 can Rotel Tomatoes, diced
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
7 oz. spaghetti
how to: Cook chicken and onions in water until done. Take chicken out after cooked and use the same water to cook spaghetti. When noodles are done, drain some of the water out of the pot, leaving just enough to cover the noodles. (do not drain all the water out) Shred the chicken and add back to the pot. Add remaining ingredients into the pot and stir well. Pour into a Casserole dish and add shredded cheddar cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Through their recipe destination www.campbellskitchen.com, Campbell gives you a fresh way to delight your family (new, kid-friendly recipes like Mini Chicken Pot Pies, and fun ways for your kids to eat Tomato soup). Likewise, when looking at preparing ordinary dishes, try sprucing the recipe up a bit by adding a can of Campbell's soups made especially for cooking. You will delight everyone with an updated version of old tried and true favorites.