Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hodgepodge Time

 1.   Which do you prefer-pretty gift wrap with a bow or a pretty gift bag with/without a bow?  What percentage of your holiday gifts are currently (as in right this very minute) wrapped in some form or fashion?

I have a weakness for pretty wrapping paper. They all seem to call my name when ever I go to a store. Unfortunately most of the time the only thing I can do is say, "Hi" and leave them there while I use what we have at home.

The percentage of gifts I have wrapped already is a big fat zero. With everything that has happened in our family this year it is a little hard to get into the usual Christmas spirit. We will be getting a gift or two for the children but it will be much more low key than most years.

 2.  What is one item on your Christmas list this year?

One of the things on my wish list is an egg beater. The handle of my trusty egg beater broke and I really miss being able to use it.

 3.  What makes a home?

Family, love, laughter.

I love being at home and don't go looking for excuses to leave or places to go. It's like a haven from the rest of the world. A place where we can relax and enjoy ourselves. A place where we can freely laugh, cry, talk, and I guess simply be ourselves.

 4.  Motown founder Berry Gordy celebrates his birthday on Hodgepodge Day-November 28th. Are you a fan of the Motown sound?  If so, who's your favorite Motown artist and/or song? Here's a list in case you're stuck.
Not familiar with the Motown sound. I checked out the list and don't think I ever heard any of those songs.

 5.  Red or green-which one is more prevalent in your closet?
Green makes me look sickly so the most prevalent by far is red.

 6.  True or false-bacon makes it better? If you answered true, what's your favorite dish made with bacon?

Very, very true! My favorite meal with bacon is breakfast where I serve it with eggs and pancakes.

 Bacon cheddar chicken is a family favorite. And broccoli bacon salad never lasts long enough.

I have several recipes pinned that I want to try including bacon chocolate chip cookies.

 7.  Share a favorite holiday memory.

As my regular readers know I have already shared some of my favorite Christmas memories on my blog, and my books each contain more of them so today I will share a very memorable Christmas even though it doesn't qualify as my favorite.

It was the year my youngest brother had been born and he was only two months old so I'm sure my parents had a lot on their mind when the were preparing for Christmas.

That morning when we came downstairs after breakfast to see our towel cover piles of gifts at each of our places at the table I immediately noticed how my pile seemed really, really small. The boys each had a towering pile compared to mine.

I lifted my towel and beside the plate filled with the usual nuts and candy was the sorriest, saddest looking little dog shaped salt shaker. It wasn't even a set. I tried my best to not look as sorry and sad as that little dog. I knew Christmas was about so much more than gifts as I watched my brothers admire their new boots, trains, and books. I took my salt shaker upstairs and tucked it into the back of my china cupboard so I wouldn't have to see it.

I got some books several weeks later and my next birthday was much more extravagant than usual. I think they really felt bad about Christmas.

I never did learn to like that salt shaker though and wasn't sorry when Rosebud happened to drop it and it broke.

 8.  Insert your own random thought here.

There is still time to go enter the giveaway in the previous post.  Giveaway has now ended.


  1. I love love pretty wrapping paper! They call my name at the store, too!

  2. I suppose you can laugh about the saltshaker Christmas now, but I can see how devastating it would be for a young girl. Yep, I think they made up for it on your bday.

  3. I probably wouldn't have been too thrilled with a salt shaker, either. Doesn't part of you wish you still had it for memories sake? Your answer for #3 is spot on!

  4. I love being at home too. I used to think I always had to be running somewhere but God has changed my heart :)

  5. I think I'll add an egg beater to my Christmas list (which was all of a mixing bowl to begin with, hah!). My heart dropped reading your Christmas memory...I'm glad the birthday made up for it a bit, but what a difficult thing for a little girl to deal with. :(

  6. I thought for sure you would go upstairs to your bedroom and find a puppy waiting for you!
    Did you ever ask your parents why they gave you a lone salt shaker?

  7. That story was so you know why you got the single shaker?

    If I'm eating pancakes there must be bacon on the plate too. I can't eat something that sweet without a little salt. Have a nice day!

  8. My most disappointing Christmas was when I didn't get my haid dryer. I was 16 and got luggage instead.

  9. I love to be at home, but God had other plans for me. I have to work outside the home as my DH has major health concerns and is unemployed. I miss my kids soooo much when I'm at work. You are so blessed to be able to be at home full time with yours.

    My favorite Motown group is The Jackson Five back when Michael Jackson was a cute kid with a big voice.

    I also agree that bacon makes it better. I've been meaning to try a maple-bacon cupcake that is actually for breakfast! I'll bake them in my "spare" time. LOL

  10. Aaww, I was hoping your story would end much happier. I don't blame you for feeling sad, I don't think I'd have been happy either.

  11. I love my home too, although with all of the children gone it can be a bit lonely here. You describe home perfectly!

    I, too, was hoping your Christmas story ended differently, perhaps with a hidden gift, but no matter. You knew you were loved by your parents and there is no greater gift than love.



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