Thursday, December 12, 2019

Christmas Trees and Tea Parties

Having a great-niece and nephew live only two doors down brings back the "young kid" stage.  Me and Harley worked diligently decorating the Christmas tree.  Jason and MaKynzee sat back and watched while sipping tea and eating crumpets.  

Disney DCappella Rockin’ Holiday Album - Giveaway


Jingle Bell Rock
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
Feliz Navidad
Last Christmas
All I Want for Christmas

About DCappella Rockin’ Holiday Album

Disney Music Group’s a cappella singing sensation, DCappella releases Rockin’ Holiday EP available now.  The album features five holiday favorites including two previously released tracks (featuring Shelley Regner) “Last Christmas,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and three brand new tracks (featuring Kalen Kelly) “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “Feliz Navidad.”

DCappella Biography

Known for their reimagined classics from the Disney songbook and beyond, the seven dynamic voices that make up DCappella are Sojourner Brown (Alto), Orlando Dixon (Baritone), Antonio Fernandez (Vocal Percussion), Morgan Keene (Soprano), Kalen Kelly (Mezzo), Joe Santoni (Bass)],  and RJ Woessner (Tenor). DCappella represents a first for Disney,  who launched the brand’s flagship a cappella experience in 2018 with a TV debut on “American Idol”  during  Disney  Night, where  the  group  performed  classics  from  “The  Little  Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” and “Aladdin.” That same week, they graced one of Hollywood’s most hallowed stages to open Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Since then, DCappella has recorded four songs on the digital version of the Incredibles 2 original motion picture soundtrack and hit 40 US markets during their first North American Tour including Nashville, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Chicago, and the Los Angeles area. The tour featured a contemporary production of Disney classics and modern hits, bringing to life a truly unique a cappella experience.

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Calibama Cooking: Classic & Contemporary Comfort Food - Cookbook Review

Hardcover – November 12, 2019

What do you get when you combine family roots from the heart of Dixie with a girl born and raised in California?  You get some seriously delicious comfort food just like your grandmother used to make.  With Lori Rogers known as Chef Lorious, you also get new and innovative twists on classic recipes we all love.  In her first cookbook, Calibama Cooking, Lori puts it all together in a delicious
collection of classic and contemporary comfort food recipes, just perfect during the holidays.
recipe for Country Fried Steak and Gravy, from Calibama Cooking

Anybody who knows me can tell you that I rarely cook. It's usually my husband that makes the meals. When I get in the mood to cook or bake, it has to be something simple with ingredients that I can easily purchase. Even when it is my husband doing the cooking, I do the shopping and am always on the lookout for new recipes that will feed our large family at a decent price.

Calibama Cooking has a ton of recipes for delicious meals.  The cookbook itself is hardcover and includes beautiful food photos.  Recipes are divided into sections which include:
Small Plates and Starters
Soups, Chowders, and Stews
Main Courses
Sides and Veggies
Sweet Stuff

A couple recipes that I will be making soon are Pumpkin Brown-Sugar Pound Cake (for our Christmas Eve dinner) and Cajun Chicken Pasta (because it sounds oh-so-good).  The dishes sound and look so delicious, yet most of them are easy enough for me to make.  To add a personal feel, Chef Lorious uses stories of her own of memories that include food.

personal story from Chef Lorious about Thanksgiving

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Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 194

I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 194. If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

For the LORD is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The LORD God of Heaven's Armies is his name!
–Amos 4:13

Sunday, December 8, 2019

TV Series Gift Idea - The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series

Almost every night Jason and I watch reruns of The Big Bang Theory on TV.  It's a show with episodes I can watch again and again.  This long-run series has been a part of my life for a long time and I've enjoyed watching the characters and plots evolve.  

If you like the show as much as I do, you'll be pleased to know you can get the entire series in a box set.  This makes me happy for several reasons: 1.)  I can watch the series in succession, from the beginning to the end.  2.)  I can watch episodes I may have missed.  Even though I've been following this show for years, I'm sure there are episodes I haven't seen yet.  One of them is when Sheldon and Amy got married.  Now I can see how that all panned out!  3.)  The special Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxset comes in a beautiful lay-flat book with a fun pop-up and includes a digital copy.  That takes it to a whole new level!

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series is available for purchase and would make a great gift for fans of the classic sitcom.

For years, fans have been delighted watching their favorite physicists Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) navigate the universe and everyday life along with Penny (Kaley Cuoco), and fellow scientists Howard (Simon Helberg), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), as well as other beloved characters. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series, includes all 279 original episodes from 12 seasons of the top-rated sitcom, and is available for fans to own on DVD ($179.99) and a premium Limited Edition Blu-ray ($249.99 SRP). The complete set  features nearly 12 hours of extras along with an additional disc including three exclusive and never-before-seen featurettes!

Are you a fan of The Big Bang Theory?
Who is your life would like to own the complete series?

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Heck Of A Thanksgiving 2019

cheese and meat tray made by my niece

my granddaughter, Aryana

This year's Thanksgiving went over well.  There was no family drama, the food was good, and there were quite a few people who attended.  It's become a tradition to have Thanksgiving at my niece's home and this year was the same.

me and Jason

my oldest daughter, Shelby 

After gorging ourselves on food, the kids ran around the house while the adults played several games of LCR (Left Center Right) with quarters and lottery tickets.  I won $12 in quarters so can't complain there! 

oldest son and youngest great-nephew
This picture brings me such joy, seeing these two play and laugh together.

Adam in the orange
half the group playing LCR

Best of all (at least to me) my son, Adam, was able to come from Tennessee and spend time with us.  It's hard having him so far away and I'm always stoked when he comes back to visit.

How did you spend Thanksgiving?

Bernie the Dolphin 2 - DVD Giveaway

A heartwarming adventure for the whole family, Bernie the Dolphin 2 arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand on December 17 from Lionsgate. Starring Kevin Sorbo and Patrick Muldoon, the film is approved by the Dove Foundation for all ages. The Bernie the Dolphin 2 DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.


Kevin and Holly are thrilled that their dolphin friend Bernie has come back to the harbor. But so has their old enemy Winston (Kevin Sorbo, TV’s “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”), who’s just gotten out of prison. As the kids have fun with playful dolphin Rascal and sassy parrot Mango, Winston is forced by his old partner to help kidnap the talented Bernie. Can Kevin and Holly uncover the scheme and save their splashy friend before it’s too late? This charming family comedy also stars Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers).

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