I'll say it. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOVEMBER!!!!!! This year has just flown by. The holidays are right around the corner and there is already a feeling of anticipation. Even though it is still October according to the calendar, it looks and feels like a typical November day. Overcast, misty, windy. The leaves are coming off the trees and what leaves are left look beautiful against the cloudy sky.
The past weekend was very nice - a party on Friday, a whole day of sewing on Saturday, and a restful Sunday. Today was back to work in the morning (laundry, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom), and then sewing again this afternoon. Here is what my robe looks like so far:
There is still much to be done. The sleeves and sides have to be sewn and the belt and hemming are left. It's been a while since I've sewn, so there were a couple of things that should have been done differently, but all in all I think it will be okay. At least I will be warmer in the mornings! : ) I'm hoping to work on it a little throughout the week and have it done by the weekend.
Since it is November already, here are the November to-do's:
*Keep de-cluttering - this is especially important as you put up holiday decorations - go through everything and ask yourself the all-important question as to whether or not you really love what you see. If not, give it away. Go through all your closets, drawers, and cupboards.
*Winterize your shrubs.
*Last minute yard clean-up.
*Clean out gutters/downspouts.
*Test and hang holiday lights - again important if you don't want to stand outside in December when it's cold (and maybe snowy).
*Winterize your cars. Do you have the right winter oil? Do you have an emergency kit? Blankets?
*Keep up with Christmas shopping. Now is the time to buy for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, or your hometown charitable organizations. Let that Christmas spirit of giving to others begin!!
*And, it's not too late to think of holiday baking and begin buying the supplies for your pantry.
Here are the three recipes I used at our Pumpkin Party on Friday -
*Small bags of nacho chips
*Taco meat (recipe to follow)
*Sliced black olives
*Taco sauce and salsa
Set each out separately in bowls and have everyone help themselves. Really a fun meal. : )
I found this on-line. I wanted something different and easy and in the slow cooker. This is for a crowd and we still had plenty of leftovers for the weekend meals.
3 lbs. hamburger, cooked and drained
3 cups of salsa
3 tsp. chili powder
Combine well and put into slow cooker on Low. That's it!!! EASY.
QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN TACO SOUP
This is from my friend, Violet. It was such a hit - everyone loved it and again, it was EASY! (I tripled this recipe for a crowd)
2 tsp. olive oil
1 small yellow or white onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1, 15 oz. can of black beans, drained (I did not put these into our soup because of bean allergies)
1, 14 oz. can of stewed tomatoes (do not drain)
1, 15 oz. can corn, drained
1, 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 cups of shredded chicken
1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
2 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and pepper, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes Add beans, tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, chicken, and taco seasoning. Stir to combine. Add chicken broth and bring to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Taste and season again if needed. I put this into another slow cooker and set it on Warm. I also set mugs and spoons beside it so that everyone could help themselves and carry it around to sip on throughout the evening.
That is pretty much it! I hope you will stay motivated to take care of your home this week. Make it look good, make it smell good, make it comfortable, make it inviting even if it's just for you. : )
Thank you for stopping by - I really appreciate it. God bless your homemaking efforts.