Friday, December 20, 2013

Weekend Happenings, Pinterest Stuff (Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt, Quotable Quotes, Hashbrown Casserole

Good Friday morning!

Can I just say... FIVE MORE DAYS!

Oh... my... goodness... gracious!

Okay. Today's post is chock full of pics and useful information.

This post is a little light on humor, insightful and/or thought-provoking thoughts and pithy banter, but during the holidays I do the best I can!

RANDOMNESS #1 - Enjoy the obligatory basketball pics...





Kelci, Kam, Kesley... or as I like to call them, The Three Ks.

RANDOMNESS #2 - Enjoy the obligatory Christmas ornament pics from my angel tree...

RANDOMNESS #3 - Enjoy the obligatory Alabama Theater Christmas Movie pics...

Kickin' back at the Alabama Theater.

Now this is a tree!

Brad and Stephanie.

Josh, Roxie and Mike.

Austin and Melia.

Katie and Tommy.

Katie, Zac, Bev and Tommy.

We saw It's a Wonderful Life... and except for Zac (who had a nice little nap 20 minutes into the movie), I think everyone enjoyed it. Even my "it-has-to-be-CGI-and-in-vivid-color" kids.

Pinterest Stuff

I found TWO Christmas Display Scavenger Hunt lists on Pinterest. (We used one of them at the Palisades Christmas Party and it was a hit.) I'm just going to combine the two, and you can make your own list if you want to have a Hunt of your own.

1. 3 inflatable decorations in 1 yard
2. a house with all white lights
3. lights that flash in time with music
4. over-sized pieces of candy
5. a Christmas train
6. at least 4 reindeer in 1 yard
7. a Nativity scene
8. a snowman with a top hat
9. Disney characters
10. a white Christmas tree
11. blue icicle lights
12. Santa Claus on a roof
13. an angel
14. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
15. The Grinch
16. Mr. and Mrs. Claus
17. 3 penguins in 1 yard
18. a Christmas mailbox
19. an inflatable snowglobe
20. an arctic animal
21. Santa's elves
22. Snoopy
23. Baby Jesus
24. a camel
25. wrapped gifts

If you're talking teenagers, you can send each group to a different neighborhood and have them work on the list on foot.

If you're talking smaller kiddos, have another family work on the Scavenger List the same time you are working on it. Set a time limit (30 minutes), and meet at a local McDonald's for hot chocolate and see which minivan won!

Quotable Quotes

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It's thinking of yourself less." C. S. Lewis

Hashbrown Casserole

Since I made such a mess of things for our Palisades Christmas (Fire-in-the-Hole Pound Cake, Dry-as-Sahara-Desert Pound Cake and VERY-VERY-Bland-White-Chicken-Chili), I wanted to redeem myself when it came time to fix breakfast dishes for one of Mike's office parties.

My ham was a hit (or so Mikie says), and all of the Hashbrown Casserole was eaten... or at least taken from the serving dish. I cannot say for certain it was consumed, but I hope it was.

You will need the following:

1 (2-pound) package frozen hashbrown potatoes, thawed
1/2 cup melted butter
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups crushed cornflakes cereal
1/4 cup melted butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, combine hashbrowns, 1/2 cup melted butter, Cream of Chicken soup, sour cream, chopped onion, Cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.

3. Place mixture in a 9" x 13" casserole dish.

4. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, saute cornflakes in 1/4 cup melted butter. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the casserole.

5. Bake covered in preheated oven for 40 minutes.

Weekend Happenings

1. Roxie has a basketball game tonight... and tomorrow afternoon. Nuff said.

2. Before Roxie's game tomorrow afternoon, we're celebrating Christmas with Mikie's side of the family. That means BABIES!

3. Austin and Josh are working today.

4. Austin is working Saturday.

5. Sunday we're all going to church... eating lunch... and maybe, just maybe, totally finishing any and all Christmas loose ends.

And unfortunately, there are plenty of loose ends to finish.

Have a glorious weekend before Christmas. I'll be back Monday with basketball pics, Faulkner Family Christmas Celebration pics, another new recipe and more Randomness than you've ever experienced before on A Simple Life.

I bet you didn't think MORE Randomness was possible, did you?

Take care, and I'll talk to you next week.


The Enchanting Belinda (a/k/a Nipper Sugar-Socks)

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