Friday, December 14, 2018

American Express......

So the box I mailed to the Uk has arrived already... that's super fast...
and Little Miss was more than a bit excited to receive it
with great concentration she opened her first Christmas card from Nana and Grandpa
and gave it a hug!!
And... I got lots of Face time kisses as a thank you

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Ornament Exchange....and Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Today's church bible study was a little different.... no bible study. But we did have a wonderful morning of Fellowship... food .. a lovely talk from a guest speaker... and the singing of Christmas carols. We also had our annual ornament exchange. with this years theme 'A Homemade Christmas' 

All the gift bags were put in the middle of our circle of chairs and all the ladies each took a number from a basket. Then in turn we had a choice. We could either take a bag and unwrap it...or take the someone else's unwrapped gift. That gift could only be 'stolen' twice and then it was frozen and the person who had it kept it.
There are many talented ladies in our group. I chose a ribbon tree and I must be honest I am happy with my choice. To swap it would be giving away someone's time and creativity. it is now hanging prettily on my tree
My contribution for the food table was one of the easiest cookies ever...and again uses a cake box mix. it only has four ingredients.. and instead of oil... it actually uses Cool Whip!.. And it works! Of course anything lemon is a winner in my book...

Lemon Crinkle Cookies
1 box lemon cake mix
(1) 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip
1 egg
1/2 - 1 cup powdered sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350F. 
  • Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, cool whip and egg until well combined.
  • Use a small cookie scoop or two spoons to drop rounded cookie dough into powdered sugar. 
  • Roll dough ball until completely covered. 
  • Set cookies on cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake at 350F for 12  minutes or until very lightly golden around the edges. 
  • The center of the cookie will still be soft, that's okay.
  • Let cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes 
  • Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Store at room temperature in airtight container. 
  • These are best eaten within a day or two of baking

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Cold... Coyotes...Coffee and Climbing...

So ...yesterday lovely friend and I drove over to the park to start our walking. At 6.30 in the morning it was a chilly 47 degrees... perfect for me .. but my friend who is pure Californian... found it too cold. After half a lap... she exclaimed.. "that's it for me... lets go for coffee"! was back to the car..and we headed for a 'famous named" coffee shop. As we were passing the houses.. we saw them...
a couple of coyotes in someones garden. One of them was in the process of killing a cat and ran away with it... and the other followed. My friend was very upset. It is the first time since I have been living here that Ive seen coyotes...although I am told there are a lot around here. Makes me think twice about walking so early by myself

The coffee was much appreciated... and I'm not sure what was in my friends she suddenly blurted out..."How about a hike!!" ...When??"I asked... "now!!" she replied.."I have my second wind". I was all for it and so began a six mile hike through the La Puente Hills 
It started with a flat trail...
and all sorts of plants 
berries and foliage
and then began the a height of about 900ft
and the views were amazing..
That's the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Memorial Complex at Rose Hills Cemetery... 
with Los Angeles in the distance.
and..we saw more coyotes...
I'm so glad my friend found the weather too

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday, December 10, 2018

Whats For Dinner ~ Meal Plan Monday

Can you believe its just fifteen days til Christmas Day. Honestly this Christmas season is going so fast. But.. for me.. I can start chilling a bit and enjoying it more. All the cards have been written and sent.. although that doesn't include the ones that will have to be done in return for the unexpected ones that turn up in the mail. The family parcel has been mailed to the UK. Holy smokes... the postage cost almost as much as the contents! Thank goodness for the Internet..Face time and Pay pal...I told my daughter and daughter in law what I wanted for everyone... I sent the money..they bought the items..wrapped them and will deliver to each others houses on Christmas Eve. I have even bought MrD's gifts and they are under the tree...he hasn't noticed yet....
So this morning I went walking with my dear friend.. It wasn't quite as expected.. with a change of plan and a surprise... and I will tell you tomorrow. But I wanted to show you the sky at 6.30 this morning. No filter...and absolutely gorgeous.

Foodwise....Hubby has his works Christmas meal on Friday I have a break from cooking dinner.. and on Saturday too. The rest of the menu is pure comfort food. 

Have a great week...and here's the dinner menu

Weekly Plan - 10th December 2018
Monday              Shepherds Pie, Cabbage

Tuesday              'Breakfast' Burritos

Wednesday        Orange Chicken, Vegetable Rice

Thursday           Spicy Vegetable Stew

Hubby out so probably leftover stew

Saturday            Dinner Out with Hubby

Sunday               Clam Chowder, Home made Bread

Saturday, December 8, 2018


That moment when Mummy leaves the room for two minutes...
and you decide to do your best Santa impersonation...
with diaper cream

Neither Mummy...nor the carpet... were very impressed

Love and Hugs x

Friday, December 7, 2018

Quick Cookies.....

What do you do when you are phoned at 8.30 in the morning ...
and asked to contribute to a bake sale at 2 o'clock???
Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies and Lemon Crinkles...
Thats what you do...and willingly

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x