Posted by: Kathy | December 25, 2010

Losing It: 12 24 10

Merry Christmas Friends!

I hope everyone is having a lovely Christmas Day! I apologize for not getting this up yesterday, but we had our big family bash yesterday. This is good since the Princess spiked a fever last night. Made for a different Christmas Day at our house. Much calmer and less food, which is probably a good thing.

If you are participating in our Holiday Season Contest, be sure to link up below.

Oh – my weight stayed the same. Nothing exciting!

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Posted by: Kathy | December 22, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Christmas Letter 2010

Merry Christmas from the House of Hills!

I thought I’d do our Christmas letter Top Ten Tuesday style again this year.

Here’s a quick look at the year 2010 at the House of Hills

 

1. We SOLD our house in Woodstock! Yes, the House of Hills is no longer in Woodstock, GA. It is now in Cumming, GA. We’re actually in a temporary situation right now and are building a house that should be done some time in February. We are loving the short commutes. David is down to 20 minutes and I am down to 8 minutes. Whoop!

2. Maggie is in the 3rd grade. Yes, she’s in the third grade. I’m not sure how that happened. However, we’ve got a very grown up girl on our hands who continues to enjoy school and reading. She has joined the Science Olympiad team and always comes home from their meetings super excited about learning. She’s adjusting well to her new school and loves her teachers.

3. We finished our current Small Group. Just last night we had our last meeting with our small group. We had many AMAZING years with those couples and our Monday nights will never be the same without them. We are excited to meet some new couples and start a new group on our new side of town in January. So Cumming friends… we’re looking for some couples to hang out with us!

4. We had an AWESOME Operation Christmas Child party in November. We celebrated my birthday by packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. It was SO MUCH FUN that we are already planning next year’s party.

5. I got seriously bloggy in the year 2010. If you’ve been hanging around the blog, you’ve noticed that I really stepped it up this year. In fact, I’m in the process of buying my own domain and doing this blog thing FOR REAL. I’m attending my first blogging conference in January. I’ll be heading Nashville for Blissdom with several of my local bloggy friends. It’s going to be AMAZING fun! I plan to learn LOTS!

6. Mags and I went to our first G Day Game. We had tons of fun with the Burson family and got to cheer for the Dawgs no matter who had the ball. It was a great time. We then were able to catch an actual game in the fall. GO DAWGS!

7. We went kayaking as a family for the first time! While in Edisto with Grandpa and Grandma Dot, the House of Hills ventured out on the water in kayaks. It was a true adventure! We had lots of fun even though the Mags didn’t make it in the water long. She got a little sea sick and asked to go back in pretty quickly. David and I shared a kayak and our marriage survived. We thought this was a true accomplishment!

8. We continue to be blessed as a family by where we work. David and I continue to be honored and humbled to do the work we do at our perspective jobs. We both work for amazing organizations who do so much to impact the world for Christ. We have lots of fun at work too. If you don’t believe me, check out this video of the North Point iBand. Then, check out this video of “Santa Went Down to Georgia” featuring one of my coworkers. Ya, we laugh a lot at our jobs.

9. We went on the Disney Cruise this year! We had an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TIME on the Disney Cruise in September. We went to celebrate David’s 40th birthday (and Maggie’s 8th). We sailed out on a Sunday evening and returned on Thursday morning with perfect weather the entire time. We’ve already decided to go on another cruise and plan to take a 7 -day one this time for sure!

10. We made it to Magic Kingdom in November this year. We had planned to go to the parks after the cruise in September, but Maggie was hit by the flu while on the boat so we rescheduled for November. This year we went before Thanksgiving instead of after and LOVED it. The parks were empty (well, as empty as they get), and the Christmas decorations were already up! I highly recommend that week for enjoying the magic of Disney without the insanity of the crowds.

We wish you and yours a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and pray that the new year brings peace, love, and joy.

 

Posted by: Kathy | December 18, 2010

Live Love Serve 12.18.10

LIVE

The Rice Krispies Recipe Box Circle: The Motherhood – This is the group of bloggers that are making AMAZING holiday Rice Krispie Treats. Rather than try to link to all of them individually, I am just telling you to go look at the list. AWESOME ideas there people. AWESOME!

Gift in a Jar:Chunky Chocolate Cookies: The Savings Lifestlye – I love gifts in a jar. They are fun, easy, and the kids can help. This looks like a yummy one!

Grocery List Tear Off Pad: Money Saving Mom – This is another fabulous gift idea. And, I’m making one for myself!

LOVE

Christmas: Thinking About Who’s Birthday It Is: A Holy Experience – This post REALLY moved me. As I’m wrapping presents for everyone and running from one party to the next, am I taking the time to celebrate whose birthday it truly is? This family has decided to give presents to the real birthday child, and I love it!

Impress Your Kids – While we’re talking about loving Jesus, be sure to jump over to Impress Your Kids. Amanda has so many FABULOUS advent crafts over there that I couldn’t just choose one. There are some for all of us with different craftiness levels. You are sure to find one to do with your kids.

SERVE

How Many Hands: Ohamanda.com – I love this post because it shows what happens to an Operation Christmas Child box once it leaves your hands. It has such a journey before it lands in the hands of a child who needs it. It was wonderful to see what happened to all the boxes we made during my birthday party! If you made a box this year, you need to read this post.

 

If you are looking for some other great posts, click on over to Saturday Stumbles at ItsCome2This. So many amazing bloggers link up each week with their favorite reads. I could spend hours just clicking through.

I have one final link for you. It’s one of mine. If you haven’t checked it out, you will want to. It will put you in the Christmas spirit for sure. MERRY CHRISTMAS from the House of Hills.

Posted by: Kathy | December 17, 2010

Losing It! 12.17.10

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming!

Did I get you excited? How many of you had Christmas parties to attend this week? Hmmmmm…? How’d we do? Hmmmm…? I had my office party and my child’s party at school. I tend to stick more in my mouth at her school. What is up with that?

I was supposed to have a lovely dinner with church friends on Wednesday night, but it decided to seriously ICE in the ATL. My hubby fishtailed it all the way home, and then we stayed home. It was a nervous night as I watched on Twitter and Facebook waiting for everyone to get home safely. Some were stuck for over four hours! I was exhausted by the time the night was over just watching and praying. Social Media does add more drama to life. That’s for sure.

I digress… How are we all doing on the CONTEST? Remember, we’re seeing who can maintain or lose the most through the holidays.

I lost the pound I had gained last week. I’m wondering if I was just holding on to some water. So, I’m at a total of 2 pounds lost for the contest. Now, I don’t want to win the prize so somebody better beat me! Come on girls!!!!

Link up and let us know how you’re doing. How’s the exercising going? Are you getting enough water? What’s your favorite trick for not eating at the holiday parties?

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Posted by: Kathy | December 16, 2010

Things I Love Thursday: The Slow Cooker

This is on my counter right now. It’s making dinner for me. I love that it makes dinner for me. It makes dinner for me often.

I cook all kinds of things in the slow cooker – roasts, ribs, bbq, chicken, mac n cheese, green beans, applesauce, cider

Oh, and I don’t have just one slow cooker. Nope, I have THREE! And yes, they have all been going at one time.

I thought I’d share a family favorite that I am asked to make every year for Thanksgiving.

Slow Cooker Green Beans

  • 2 lbs fresh green beans (ends snapped off) – I cut them into smaller pieces for easier eating
  • Salt
  • 1/4 lb ham cut into chunks – I get a slab fresh from the deli and cut it up – yummy
  • Water

Put half the beans into a 4.5 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and half the ham. Add the remaining beans, another sprinkle of salt and remaining ham. If I am preparing ahead of time, I put the dish in the fridge at this point until the next morning. Add enough water to cover beans (about 3 to 4 cups). Cook for 10 to 12 hours on low.

That’s right, you cook them for 10 to 12 hours. They really taste best after 12 hours. Now, that takes some planning. For Thanksgiving, I prepare the beans the night before and set the alarm for 5am. At 5, I stumble into the kitchen, add the water, turn on the slow cooker and stumble back to bed for another few hours. It’s worth the few minutes of interrupted sleep. Believe me.

What is your favorite thing to cook in your slow cooker?
How many do you have?
I love my slow cooker! Do you?

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Posted by: Kathy | December 14, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: Baking Day Recap

This Saturday was Baking Day! I had the entire day free, and I spent the whole thing in the kitchen. It was heavenly. **sigh** Now, all of that goodness is gone. Well, almost gone. I have one more delivery to make tomorrow. Here’s what I accomplished:

1. I filled 30 bags with muffins and treats for my volunteers and the Princess’ leaders at church.

2. I brought a tin of Cranberry Bread to share with my fellow “workers” on Sunday.

3. I took four tins of goodness to the office on Monday

4. I gave one big tin of goodness to our Church’s Family Ministry team to share at their meetings this week.

5. I sent one tin of goodness to work with My Sweetie

6. I have some muffins and bread to take to my friend Katie tomorrow.

7. I marinated two pork tenderloins for the freezer.

8. I cooked seven chicken breasts in the crock pot to shred and freeze.

9. I cooked two pork tenderloins for dinner using a favorite Paula Deen recipe.

10. I made a HUGE mess and ran the dishwasher three times.

I made a wide variety of baked goods this year. Some family favorites and some new to me recipes. I already plan on making more Pretzel treats for the Princess’ teachers since I ran out already. We’ll do those together this afternoon.

Have you done your Christmas Baking Day? What is your favorite treat to share with family and friends?

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Posted by: Kathy | December 13, 2010

Snow Flurries in the ATL

We had snow flurries. That’s exciting!! Exciting enough to take pictures!! Exciting enough to share them with you!!

Catching flakes on her tongue outside church. She was jumping for joy at the flurries.

 

“Look Mama! Snow”

 

Look at all that snow at her feet. It’s almost a blizzard!
Yes, I’m being sarcastic.

 

Enough to make the gloves wet!

So, all my Yankee friends and relatives you can make fun of us here in the South now. However, I will say that a Southern child’s joy at even the fewest flakes is something to behold and a lot of fun to experience.

Just to get you in the Christmas cheer. Here’s a picture we took at church yesterday. My former neighbor Lare of Stuart Lawrence Designs decorates the church every year. He does an amazing job.

Posted by: Kathy | December 12, 2010

Quick Gifts from the Kitchen

I was asked a couple times at church today for quick gift ideas from the kitchen. So, I thought I’d round up the ones I have already talked about on the House of Hills and put them in one place for your convenience.

HOLIDAY PRETZEL TREATS

A note about this recipe: My cousin was just talking about these on Facebook and she uses candy wafers from the craft store instead of Hershey Kisses. Brilliant!! I say. No unwrapping!


PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE FUDGE


WHITE CHOCOLATE CANDY MIX

All of these are quick to make, not too expensive, and easy to package. You can put large quantities in containers like those above. You can have your kids decorate white or brown lunch snacks with Christmas images and then put a baggie inside. OR, you can package your goodies individually like I did below.

What are some of your favorite holiday treats to give as gifts?

Posted by: Kathy | December 11, 2010

Christmas Baking Day 2010

Christmas Baking Day! It’s one of my favorite days of the year. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to spend the entire day creating yummy things to give to my friends, family and co-workers. It fills my soul. Like seriously. Today is Christmas Baking Day for 2010. I’ve already made a double batch of waffle sticks so that I can freeze some and give some to my friend Katie B’s family. Now I begin the real cooking. I thought I’d share what I plan on making today. We’ll see if it all gets done!

My recipes:

Bloggy Friends’ recipes I want to try:

I’ll check in with you at the end of the day and let you know how it went!

I am seriously all smiles as I’m pulling my apron out. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Linked to Saturday Stumbles.

Posted by: Kathy | December 10, 2010

Losing It! 12.10.10

Hello Losing It! Ladies! How is everyone doing this week?

Thanks to all who are participating in the little contest we’ve got going here at Losing It! It’s great to see everyone working hard to at least maintain through the holidays! So proud of you all.

I went the wrong direction this week. Went up a pound. **Sigh** I know it’s because I haven’t exercised in two weeks. This morning was the first morning I didn’t spend the first awake moments coughing so I’m thinking I might have finally kicked this sinus infection. Whoop! That means I can get back on the exercise program, since I can now take a full breath and all.

How are you doing with the holiday parties? I went to my first Christmas party last night and ate too much. Yep, I did. Now, fortunately, most of what I ate was of the savory category and little was of the sweet category. However, it was too much food. My Sweetie on the other hand did amazing and just had a small plate. Proud of you Sweetie! I will say that I refrained from trying one of EVERY sweet available, which is what I would have done last year. However, I ate to eat and not because I was hungry. Not proud of that.

Oh well, tomorrow is another day! I shall keep on keeping on.

In other news, I saw some video of me from last Christmas. Oh my! It’s amazing to look at your face in the mirror and then look back at when you were 28 pounds heavier. Ya, I’ve lost weight. Whew! Insane difference. I can’t wait until I’ve lost even more. Then I won’t even recognize myself!

So, how are all of you doing? Good week? Link up friends!

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