I am hoping you are all having a wonderful season of holidays!!!

I’ve been busy on my own, a lot with Christmas.  At this moment in time, I am done with everything, but Friday I will be baking a Banana Bread for my nephew who asked for it.  I am on the wall about making my pumpkin roll since I don’t have enough pumpkin for that and 2 pies.

But I have been busy over at the Food Blog, I made sure all the recipes I used were live, and then came back to tell the ladies that the Eggnog Fudge is freaking awesome.  I am still getting rave reviews from people on it.  I don’t even like fudge much, I end up nibbling on it for weeks since to me it is too sweet.  This is nowhere as bad, and the eggnog flavor explodes in your mouth.

I did spend Saturday making a mountain of cookies.  see?

That isn’t even all of them.  I made Snickerdoodles, peanut butter cookies, no bakes, peanut butter rice crispies. cap’n crunch bars (don’t knock them until you try them, everyone ends up eating them!), Soft gingersnaps, butter (oatmeal and coconut cookies), Chocolate covered Pretzels and the eggnog fudge.  Then on Monday I made: Pumpkin Cupcakes (it’s a 2 ingredient recipe that freaking rocks!) and my brownies that people love for some unknown reason.

Needless to say, I was tired.  I slept mostly Sunday, then back to work.  My presents are wrapped, I have a couple cards to give to the boys with their main gifts in them.

The house buying is coming along, it looks like we will be homeowners for the new year.  I am already excited, as we talk about the changes we will be making to the house.  Just to clarify, this is the same house we have been living in, we are buying it so that we can own it.  It’s an old house and has issues, but we are thrilled to have it since we are getting a huge freaking deal on it.  We will be here for a long time, if not forever.  It is big enough to satisfy our needs, as well as once we are done renovating it, won’t be too big for us to keep up.

The dogs are being…well dogs.  Murphy got to experience opening presents as he removed each of the presents under the tree that were sent to us by people in AZ to the back yard and opened them.  He didn’t chew up the presents, just opened them, and any boxes they were in.  We ended up calling to make sure we had them all, but it is now funny.  Yesterday, not so much.

The cats have mostly left the tree alone.  We have it spinning and the only things that have been bothered is a ribbon wrapped around the tree, and I fixed that, and one ornament.  Now the tree skirt?  That thing has all the animals BUT Connor in love with it.  It has stayed under the tree for 2 days so far.  A true record!!! The longest before this streak was 2 hours.  They all want to sleep on it, so fight over it.

I have started something, that has been lurking in the back of my mind.  I am not publishing it since I have no idea where the story is going.  But that is how most of your favorites have started.  But the prologue is a story all by itself.  The general consensus over at Facebook is that for me to write it out, and when I am done, look back at the prologue to see if it should be a story on it’s own. If you want to know about it, join us over at the Facebook Group.

I know it is late, but please do remember to use my Amazon Link to shop, and you can use it all year long. Using my link costs you nothing since it is me referring you to the site.  It helps waylay the price of Grammarly, Photoshop, and The Google Drive.  It also goes toward my virus protections and so on, since I need to keep them up to the highest level with me on the site so much.  Plus I research a lot, so I end up all over the internet, especially the Wiki sites for fanfiction.  All this you help me pay for by using my link to shop at Amazon.

Here is the link for those that want to keep it bookmarked: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=kittyinaz-20

If you are curious on the finances of the site, please click here.  I will let Robin know that it is done so that she can put it where you can find it normally.  If you look at it all, there is a lot of times that we pay out of pocket, Robin more than me.  Luckily last year a snafu happened on my side and McAfee accidently charged me the wrong amount so I got this as a free year.  This year I will be paying the $70+ out of the Amazon funds.  We truly do NOT make any money on your donations or you using our link for Amazon.

Lastly, don’t forget the Christmas Carol Writing Challenge!  After this year, I am going to do the contests once a quarter.  I will be bringing back the Fairy Tale contest, as well as Angels through the Fire Series. Seems you guys REALLY liked those.  One will the Annual Christmas contest, so I will be using the last as whatever I come up with.

I am off to see what I can do while doing the chores.  I think tonight I will be in here for awhile.  For those not in Texas, we are having whiplash weather.  2 weeks ago, it was flooding.  Enough to make us glad we have the home we have since we are a pier beam house. While we are not as high up as this shows, we are the lower blocks…

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I figured those not on the coast will not know what that means, but it means that the house is up on blocks.  They are NOT the stilt houses but are perfect for our area that floods often.  We had a moat around the house 2 weeks ago and thankfully we didn’t have to worry about anything but getting out of the house.  Then we had a week of 75+ temps.  To only have us drop into the 40’s this past weekend.  By Christmas, we are supposed to be up to the 70’s again, with another snap of cold weather to be coming our way.

For me, it is perfect.  But a lot of people are getting sick, and everyone is going to bed early in my house with the cold weather.  Today we are beating the 50’s by getting into the 60’s.

Man, do I miss my tea maker!!!!!!  And of course, when I got it, I gave away to everyone the other tea stuff I used. Hopefully, Santa brings me one?

Ah well.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!  I hope to touch base with you guys after Christmas when things will be slightly calmer.  Well, slightly.  We have the house signing soon to do.

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