Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

I have so much to be thankful for this year. I have a wonderful family and friends.. three amazing children.. a rather fabulous grandson who is celebrating his fifth birthday today.... and a beautiful grand daughter due in March. My life has never been happier thanks to all these people and to the absolute love of my life MrD. He has shown me more love and respect in the last three years than I ever thought I deserved and I know I would have never got this far without him
I have fought and won the biggest battle of my life.. mainly because of the strength you have all given me through your kind support, messages and prayers. You have no idea how much that means to me
And I am thankful to my Father in Heaven.. who never left my side when I was going through my trials... giving me Peace.. and surmountable Faith that I would come through the darkness and into the light
To you all who celebrate..and even those who dont.. I wish you much love and a very Happy Thanksgiving
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday, November 20, 2017

Meal Plan Monday

Thanksgiving week....and the Menu Plan should be really simple... seeing as the 14lb turkey MrD and I bought is actually 22lb!! Turkey sandwich anyone? Both Hubby and I misread the label... but he says not to worry about it...just make plenty of mashed potatoes and stuffing and he will live on leftovers for a week. Im sure I can rustle up a few turkey recipes

Today I'm doing a major houseclean so its throw everything into the Crockpot and let it simmer all day.. Tomorrow of course its Taco Tuesday. And Wednesday Im trying a new recipe. I saw it over on My Little Corner of the World and it looked so good and easy to throw together in the crockpot so I can get on with other Thanksgiving prep. Mari always makes wonderful dishes. Just follow this Link to her post

Have a great week everyone... try not to stress too much...and remember.. Christmas is just round the corner...YAY!

Weekly Plan - 20th November 2017
Crockpot Pork Chops and Onions, Potatoes and Carrots

Tuesday             Tacos

Wednesday        Southwestern White Chili

Thursday           Thanksgiving


Turkey Curry and Rice

Sunday               Fellowship

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A True Gentleman

It is eleven years since we lost the kindest, gentlest, funniest man I have ever met...and who I am proud to call Dad
Growing up he never raised his voice or his hand to me or my brother.. and always had a wink for us if we ever got in trouble
He filled our world with laughter.. was an amazing grandfather and was a friend to every one he met
He faced his cancer and stroke head on with bravery and strength..and beat it... but when it returned two years later... he missed my recently deceased mother so much he had no heart to go on
When he died...the church in our little Welsh village was filled to over flowing. A fitting tribute to a real gentleman who was genuinely loved by so many
Love you Dad

Until we meet again
Phoebe x

Friday, November 17, 2017

Three Happy Years

Three years ago this weekend I left my home in Wales to travel 5,000 miles to start a new life in the US with my lovely MrD.  who has gently encouraged, supported and respected me from the day we first spoke
It was a huge step to take and very bitter sweet.. but I have no regrets. The hardest part was leaving my children. Although they are all grown and settled in their own lives.. they are still my babies. Saying goodbye to Miss C at the airport was heartbreaking
Without their blessing I would never have left.. but they were all really happy for me. Its still very hard being so far away from them but they do visit and I get to talk to at least one of them every day, Now I'm getting well again I hope to go back as often as I can.
Roll on March 7th... It cant come fast enough

Love and Hugs 
Phoebe x

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Final Step

So this morning I had my biometrics interview.. to complete renewing my Green Card. The building didnt look very impressive from the outside..but looked more official when I got inside. No phones or cameras were allowed so no pics Im afraid. I wasnt there very long. Just a form to fill in and identification to show. Then I had my fingerprints and my photograph taken. So on my new card...which I will have for quite a few years... I will have my very VERY short haircut. And that was it. I can now stay in this wonderful country for another ten years.... then I start the whole process all over again.....
Afterwards... Hubby went back to work and I came home and made Chocolate Chip Cookies (some with cranberries). Then I spent a pleasant afternoon working on a new Christmas apron.

I also received some exciting news... but I can't tell you just yet (wicked arent I ??)

All in all...not a bad day.... and we are one step closer to Christmas... woo hoo!

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sugar Plum Fair

Last Saturday .. after the veterans ceremony..
Hubby and I got into the Christmas Spirit and went to 
The Sugar Plum Fair in Orange County
It was amazing and I felt like a little girl again...
I didnt know which way to go first.
There were snowmen...
Gingerbread people...
Snowmen AND Gingerbread people.
There were some rather fabulous hats...
and a rather fabulous Santa
Hubby spotted some amazing painted shovels...
which would be too nice to use
and he warned me to keep my paws of his tool kit
I would have loved this Gingerbread house...
but it was a bit expensive
but I got plenty of ideas for things I could craft myself
We did buy some things tho...
This was Hubbys choice.
I will show you mine when they are in their place.

I cant wait...

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Monday, November 13, 2017

Meal Plan Monday

Just over a week til Thanksgiving.. and we have our turkey nestling snuggly in the freezer. I think I am organized...if Im not I should be ashamed as there is only me and the mister this year.

Not a bad week ahead. Christmas cards for the Uk to finish... my biometrics interview on Wednesday morning and my porto cath needs flushing on Thursday.. Oh joy!!

This week.. Im making a Veggie soup .. basically to use up all the old vegetables in the fridge. Thursday we wont be back from the doctors til late so it will be quick eggs with ham, onion, jalapenos and olives and some hash browns, And of course we must have pork chops one day... and mexican another.

How are your Thanksgiving plans going? Have you started your Christmas preps?Hope you all have a great week

Weekly Plan - 13th November 2017
Monday             Winter Vegetable Soup 

Tuesday             Chicken Burritos

Wednesday        Pork chops, Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Corn

Thursday           Breakfast For Dinner

Chinese Chicken, Fried Rice

Loaded Mac and Cheese

Sunday               Fellowship

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Hubby and I had a lovely..but tiring day out today..We walked miles..but thats for another day

First though..we paid our respects to the men and women of the armed services at a ceremony in Orange County.
We met many proud veterans and thanked them for their selfless service. Afterwards we went to a late lunch at a local restaurant who every year give a free lunch or dinner to a veteran
Just inside the main door was a table...laid out... with an empty chair. On the window sill above was a framed inscription...which poignantly explains it all..

The white table cloth and place settings symbolize the purity of their motives when
answering the Call of Duty

The inverted wine glass is to symbolize their inability to share the evenings toast

The salt shaker symbolizes the tears endured by those missing and their families
who seek answers

The Slice of Lemon and the spilled salt is to remind us of the bitter fate of those 
captured and missing

The bud vase and single red rose, as well as the lit candle, remind us of the life of
each of the missing and their loved ones and friends still keeping the faith

The Red Ribbon around the Vase stands for our continued determination to account
for our missing men and women

And the chair , of course, is for our missing men and women

With respect and gratitude... 
Thank you veterans

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Friday, November 10, 2017

Oh Happy Day!

Well...I have had my usual oatmeal and coffee for breakfast and Im getting out there early for my walk.. But first... I want to tell you that I am a very happy ...and somewhat shallow ...girl this morning. Santa has given me an early Christmas present..and its something I have wanted for a long time!!
When I woke up.. I eyelashes have grown back!!! Not just one or two... but all of them... top and bottom. Ok they may not be very long yet.. but they are there!! For someone who eight months ago would not go through the door without doing her hair and at least her eye makeup..its a big deal! So was a bit emotional
So on the way home Im going to buy myself some new mascara as mine seems to have gone all clumpy since April....a bit like me really 
Its another step forward!!

Love and Hugs 
Phoebe x

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thrifty Finds and Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Every week I allow myself five dollars to go "thrift" shopping... looking for second hand items, reduced goods... or anything that looks like a bargain. I dont always find something.. and the money goes into my jar. Its a good way of saving for something. ( Hopefully I will find a star for our Christmas tree this weekend...but thats another story...)
Any way... this week I was extremely lucky. An impulse visit to Goodwill produced this ever so pretty find to add to my cup and saucer collection. And it cost me an impressive $1.99. 

A visit to Walmart brought me some more bargains, I know Halloween is over but it will be back in less than a year... so I got myself this little haul. Cup cake papers and a pumpkin cookie cutter for 9 cents each... two Jack a Lantern candle holders for 19 cents each... and some little hatchet cup cake toppers for 48 cents... ( I was looking at them before Halloween but wasnt going to pay $4 for them).
All my bargains for just over $3. Im a happy girl

Ive also done a bit of baking again... cookies as usual for the Chocolate Chip Monster and friends. These cookies are really festive and they went down a treat. They looked good its a pity I deleted all the photos before I had a chance to post them. (its an age thing!!) But here's the recipe and the stock picture.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter- room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup maraschino cherries-chopped(spread cherries on paper towel to drain well or you can use dried maraschino cherries)
2/3 cup chocolate chips

  • Mix flour and salt, set aside.
  • Cream 1 cup unsalted softened butter with 1/2 cup powdered sugar 
  • Mix in vanilla.
  • Add flour and salt mixture and mix until it starts forming larger clumps.
  • Mix in chocolate chips and maraschino cherries.
  • Form the dough into a log about 2 inch thick 
  • Press it well or it will crumble when you slice the cookies 
  • Wrap it in the plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 1-2 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the log into 1/4 or 1/3 inch thick slices 
  • If the slices crumbles, press it back together with your hands
  • Place them onto baking sheet with one inch of space between.
  • Bake the cookies 10– 15 minutes until they just start to turn lightly golden brown on top
  • Let them cool for 5 minutes on a baking sheet before transfer them to a rack to cool 
Its been an enjoyable couple of days 

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Dry and Dusty

Fall temperatures are still on the warm side
so there are plenty of 'Summer' flowers around
Leaves are turning brown but there's
 not a cloud in a beautiful blue sky
There are signs of the coming festive season..
Holly and berries.. a bit dry and chewed

We could all do with a good downpour of rain

Love and Hugs 
Phoebe x