Monday, December 22, 2014

My Christmas Wish List

As a child, I had huge requests and dreams of what I wanted for Christmas.  And I would hope that I would get everything that I wanted.  I didn't always, but my parents did provide me with what they could.

As I've grown older, I don't get all wrapped up, no pun intended, in the gift giving of Christmas.  I usually purchase gifts for my godson only.  And I don't expect any gifts from others.  I try to buy myself a little something each year, if I can.

This year, my wish list is very small.  There are only a few items that I would like.  But the things that I want most, money can't buy.

Christmas Wish List

  1. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with purple touch pad.  I currently own the very first Surface RT.  I purchased it the first day that they were available.  And I love it!  I have wanted the Surface Pro 3 for some months now.  It has some updates and improvements that will be very beneficial to me in my tutoring business.  Especially since I use my tablet during tutoring all the time.  Not sure if I'll be getting it anytime soon, but I'll definitely be saving for one.

    source:  Microsoft store
  2. Car Stereo.  The city of San Antonio is enforcing a new law for the new year:  no talking on cell phones while driving.  So, I'm wanting to get a new car stereo that has Bluetooth capability, so that I can experience hands free talking while driving.  I also want aux and USB inputs as well.  This way I can enjoy more music while driving.  It seems more foreseeable to obtain this in the near future.
    source:  Crutchfield
  3. Stronger relationship with Christ.  No, money cannot obtain this for me.  This can only be obtained through fervent prayer and reading of the scriptures.  The devil will try to interfere with this, but I will hold strong to God in order to achieve my goal.  
  4. New and stronger friendships.  I do not have many friends.  Not true friends, anyway.  But I'm open to meeting new people and seeing where those friendships can go.  And I want to strengthen the few friendships that I currently have by increasing time spent together and engaging in more communication.
source:  Bing
Pretty short and simple list, I know.  But I never do ask for much.

So how about you?  What is on your Christmas wish list this year?

Friday, December 19, 2014

I Actually Cooked For Christmas Part 3

Browned butter has become very popular these days.  I've seen several recipes that include it, especially pastries.  I thought about how I could incorporate browned butter in a recipe.  And I came up with an easy and tasty dish.



The recipe this week is Angel Hair Pasta with Browned Butter and Pecans.  What I like about this recipe is less is more.  Less ingredients, less time, less headache.  All you need is the pasta, butter, pecans and parsley.  Very simple!



I cooked 1/2 pound of pasta until al dente.  I drained it and returned it to the pot.  While the pasta was boiling, I began cooking the butter.  I carefully browned it, making sure not to overdo it.  



I then tossed the butter and pecans in with the pasta.  Salt and pepper were added until I had it to my liking.  I topped it off with some chopped parsley.  It's a light pasta dish (I say light, because the sauce isn't heavy.  In no way is butter 'light'.)  This is a dish I'd be willing to cook often because it was so easy to make.



Have you tried browned butter yet?

**See also Part 2

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Who's Wearing What Wednesdays #7


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Welcome to Week 7 of the Who's Wearing What Wednesdays linky party!!  If you're new to the party, welcome.  If not, welcome back!!   The party has grown each week.  Be sure to share this party with others, so that we can watch it grow even more!

This past weekend I attended the Southwest Region Conference Annual Singles Enrichment Weekend.  This year the event took place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  During this annual weekend, singles from our church conference get together to fellowship.  And on Saturday evening, we always have a ball.  And I love choosing a dress each year for the ball.



This year, I wore a pink sequined, sleeveless dress, with a ribbon sash.  I added steel colored satin heels and a matching clutch to complete the look.  I had a wonderful time at the ball.  And if I'm still single, I'll look forward to next year's event as well. (**Stay tuned to hear more about the singles weekend)



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Feel The Music #32

I spent the weekend in Baton Rouge, LA.  My brother drove on the way there, so I was forced to drive on the way back to Texas.  I was exhausted!  I found myself holding my eyes open, afraid to blink for fear of falling asleep behind the wheel.



I told my brother that I needed to pull over and get some caffeine.  I also made him change the music.  I knew that would help to keep me awake.  This song, which is my personal ringtone on my brother's phone, livened me up real quick.  I was wide awake and dancing in my seat.  

This artist was THE greatest entertainer of all time.  And this song was one of his best. What a nice way to cruise on home.  The song for this week is "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson.  

Enjoy!!








Monday, December 15, 2014

Favorite Holiday Traditions

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Many people have their favorite holiday traditions.  Here, some bloggers, share with you their favorites.  Enjoy!

Brooke of Pumps and Push-Ups Holiday Traditions

Erica of Pumps and Push-Ups, Holiday traditions
Heather of Perennial Vintage - Holiday Traditions

 Rebecca of Made in the Shade Blog - Holiday Traditions

Tameka of Pastries Pumps and Pi - Holiday Traditions

Samantha of Gold Coast Girl Blog - Holiday Traditions

Monica of Jersey Girl, Texan Heart - Holiday Traditions

Stephanie of Positively Stephanie - Holiday Traditions

Amy of The Real Arnolds - Holiday Traditions

Nicole of The Inspiration Closet - Holiday Traditions

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Beignets in the Bayou

This past weekend was a great action-packed, spirit-filled weekend.   I attended the Southwest Region Conference Annual Singles Enrichment Weekend.  This year the event was hosted by Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  

We had a great time all weekend.  But we couldn't dare leave the state without some authentic beignets.  Beignets are deep-fried pastries, similar to funnel cake, but more sophisticated.  And definitely, not as oily.


We found a coffee shop near the hotel, Coffee Call, and decided to enjoy some beignets before traveling home.  These lovely pillows of fried dough were served hot with a heaping of powdered sugar.  The coffee shop offers regular sized beignets, an order of 3.  Or you can have beignet fingers in a small or large order.  


We sat and had tea and coffee while eating our beignets.  We talked and reminisced about the great time we had just experienced for the weekend.  We then had prayer, asking God for traveling mercies.  And we said our goodbyes, giving each other powder sugar laden hugs.  What a great time!


Have you ever tried beignets before?

**stay tuned to hear more about our wonderful weekend
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