Saturday, December 31, 2022

Goodbye 2022 #GOODBYE2022

The days are long and the years go fast!!!

Thank you for visiting my little corner on the net.  I enjoy writing here and sharing and visiting other blogs.  It has been an adventure to say the least.  A lot has happened this past year, some good and some sorrowful.  Through everything God was with me, because he is my rock and I am God's girl.
All my love to you and a very Happy New Year, 2023


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Friday, December 23, 2022

New Winter Vlog

A posted my cute little vlog here to share with you all.  It is little snippets of my day.  Christmas is almost here and I am super excited and getting ready.
I am savoring every moment of every day.  I want every Christmas to be the best Christmas ever.
Enjoy friends!
xo xo
(Click the video)


Thursday, December 22, 2022

Christmas Cracker Candy

 Christmas Cracker Candy

(Recipe courtesy of Simply Recipes)

Feel free to add 1/2 cup of coconut flakes on top once you’ve poured the melted chocolate.

You can use darker chocolate with higher percentages of cacao, but these chocolates sometimes become brittle and separate from the cracker layer.

We recommend cooling this candy overnight in the fridge since cooling in the freezer can cause the chocolate layer and the cracker layer to separate when you break the candy. If you need to freeze, let the crackers warm up for about 10 minutes before cracking.


28 to 35 saltine crackers (about one sleeve, enough to line your tray)

1 cup (220g) firmly packed dark brown sugar

1 cup (225g or 2 sticks) unsalted butter

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups (10 to 12 ounces) chopped good-quality semi-sweet chocolate


Preheat the oven to 400°F:

Line a 10x15-inch jelly roll pan with nonstick aluminum foil (preferred) or regular heavy-duty foil, making sure that the foil completely covers the bottom and sides of the pan. If using regular foil, spray lightly with baking spray. Place the saltine crackers in a single layer on the bottom.

Make the caramel sauce:

Place the brown sugar, butter, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring frequently, until the butter melts. Continue to cook, stirring often, for another 3 to 5 minutes, until the mixture comes to a boil and in color and sugar melts and emulsifies with the butter into a smooth sauce. Do not allow the mixture to boil longer than 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

(Note: You're not actually making true caramel here, so you don't need to be as precise or worry about the temperature of the caramel. Just make sure it comes to a boil throughout and not just the edges and wait for it to darken slightly, then continue.)

Simple Tip!

If you're nervous about your caramel turning out grainy, use a wet pastry brush to wash the sides of the pan as the caramel cooks. This will help to make sure all of the sugar melts evenly. Keep in mind that a brown sugar caramel has a different texture than traditional caramel, with a sandier, softer texture.

Pour the hot brown sugar mixture over the saltine crackers:

Spread to evenly coat the crackers.

Move the pan to the oven:

Bake for 5 minutes. The caramel will be hot and bubbly throughout.

Melt the chocolate:

Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook it in the microwave in 30-second intervals at full power, stirring each time, until the chocolate has fully melted (about 1 1/2 minutes total).

Pour the chocolate over the baked crackers:

Once the crackers are done baking, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 minute exactly, until the caramel is no longer bubbling and the crackers settle back into place. Then pour the melted chocolate over the crackers. Use a spatula to spread the chocolate evenly over the top.

Chill the crackers overnight:

Let the crackers cool to room temperature then move to the refrigerator and chill over night.

Crack the crackers:

The crackers will form a single sheet once cool. Remove from pan and gently peel the foil away, being careful not to tear the foil. (If any bits of foil tear and get stuck in the caramel, break those bits away and discard.) Cut the candy into snack-sized pieces using a chefs knife (you can use your hands, too, but I find it easier with a knife).

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week or in the freezer between layers of parchment paper for up to 2 months.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Egg Nog!!!



  • 6 beaten egg yolks

  • 2 cup milk

  •  cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • Ground nutmeg


  1. In a large heavy saucepan mix the egg yolks, milk, and the 1/3 cup sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture just coats a metal spoon. Remove from heat. Place the pan in a sink or bowl of ice water and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in  vanilla. Cover and chill for at least 4 or up to 24 hours.

  2. Just before serving, in a mixing bowl beat the cream and the 2 tablespoons sugar until soft peaks form. Transfer chilled egg mixture to a punch bowl. Fold in the whipped cream mixture. Serve at once. Sprinkle each serving with nutmeg. Makes about 10 (4-ounce) servings.

    **  The original recipe was Better Home and Gardens, but it has been changed by me to fit our likeing.  I am giving credit to BHG for the base of the recipe 

HO HO HO ...Santa Says, "Enjoy this mighty fine drink" :)

Christmas Baking!!! No-Nut Sandies or Snowballs ;)


Makes about 50 cookies

Note: Recipe from my home to yours and as always, made with love :)
2 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour
¼ cup Granulated Sugar
½ lb Unsalted Butter
2 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Ground pretzels
Powdered Sugar (to coat)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Set up powdered sugar station by laying out parchment paper with a
large amount of powdered sugar on top and extra paper for cookies to cool on 🙂
2. Cream butter and granulated sugar. Add flour, ground pretzels , and vanilla and mix
3. Shape into 1.25" balls and place about 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 13 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are slightly brown.
Place immediately on cooling rack.
4. Roll each cookie in powdered sugar as soon as it's safe to handle them. The hotter they are, the better the sugar will stick. Complete the entire sheet of rolling in the sugar before starting the second coating. It's a balance and work quickly...tee hee (Santa is watching) *Allow to cool completely
These are my fathers favorite Christmas cookies so they are very special to me. Back in the day we always used nuts instead of pretzels. To be mindful and safe of a nut allergy we use pretzels for the crunch .
Merry Christmas and Happy Baking!!!!
Fa La La La La

Monday, December 19, 2022

🤍Happy Homemaker Monday🤍


Welcome to my 
Happy Homemaker Monday
My Name is Julieann and I am so happy your are here!

This is hosted by Sandra who has a lovely blog called,

"Diary of a Stay at Home Mom"

Please go over to her blog and then visit all the other wonderful blogs linked to the post.  It will be so fun to read all these amazing women's posts!!!

The weather this week, is going to be very cold.  Do you see the 9 on Christmas Eve? 

I do love to dress up in cute winter clothes, but I am not a fan of frigid cold, a little cold, but 9

I am a California girl at heart,  but I do know what cold is.  I was in Chicago for a for a few years and walked in many a blizzards.  I thought my nose would snap off and my jeans froze to my legs.  I prefer warmth.....

~~~~~MENU PLAN~~~~~

Steak on the Grill
Loaded Baked potatoes
Cheesy Fried Green Beans 

Steak and Cheese Quesadillas

Chicken and rice casserole
Steamed Broccoli and mushrooms
Cucumber and Tomato Salad

saluted asparagus


Family Fun Night

(Christmas Eve Dinner)
Rib Eye Roast
Garlic Bread
Rice Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Relish Tray
Cheese Tray
Shrimp Appetizer
Jesus's Birthday Cake
(More details in next post)

Here is a picture of my Amaryllis, it makes me so happy.  It is so pretty, the photo does not do it justice.

Memory came up on my Facebook.
Last year exactly :)  Me!

To do list:

Get the home Christmas ready........

Bible Verse 

 The life of every living thing is in His hand, as well as the breath of all mankind. Job 12:10

I am God's girl and he is my rock.  

We are all in his hands and his loving care.  God is love and he wants to hear from you.  We are all his children and he wants to hear from us every single day.  He wants to hear all the good and all the painful  He gave his one and only son for us.  God is our father and loves us with all of his heart.

Monday, December 12, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday

 I am so glad you are here!!!
Sandra at "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom" Is hosting,
"Happy Homemaker Monday"
Please go visit her blog and check out all the lovely blogs that have joined in the fun.
I hope everyone who is visiting here is well.
My name is Julieann and I am a stay home wife and mother.
There is nothing in my life that I would rather be doing then this.  I love everything about taking care of my home and loved ones.

The weather.....

*Right now I am....Writing out this post, that I have so much fun doing, because I can read so many wonderful blogs!

*Thinking....About all the things that need to be done before Christmas.

*On my reading pile....I will start reading again after Christmas

*Something fun to share....I was very good friends with Jean VanDer Pyle (Wilma Flinstone)

*On the menu for this week....


Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Sautéed Asparagus

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Garlic Bread



Grilled Cheese


Chicken Bwak Bwak

Steamed Veggies/bok choy
Cheese Bread

Shepard's Pie
Steamed Green Beans


Family Fun Night

Leftovers or Takeout ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*On my to do list....

Vacuum Stairs
Grocery shop
wash dog linens
wash bedding
clean out fridge
Finish Christmas shopping.....and so on :)

*In the craft basket....
Drawings and water colors
Crocheting a blanket
Practice my photography

*Looking forward to this week....
Mondays!!!!  I love, love, love Mondays!!!  The start of each week is my favorite❤
*Looking around the house....
 Looking pretty good!
*From the camera....
My little dog's Christmas picture came up as an icloud memory in her Christmas dress.

Bible verse, Devotional....

Don't let fear or criticism keep you from doing the right thing.

 James 4:17, KJV: Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

🤍Do small things with love and care 🤍

#NEW Weekly Menu Plan


Monday, December 05, 2022

Weekly Menu Plan #NEW!!!!!


Fried Diced Pork with sautéed onions and mushrooms

Pasta with Garlic and oil
Steamed Broccoli


Burgers in Mushroom Gravy

Mashed Potatoes

Steamed Green Beans

Beef Roast in the crockpot


Mashed potatoes and Gravy

Cucumber and Tomato salad


Chicken Thighs
Roasted Veggies


Jalapeno Bread


Family Fun Night!!


Friday, December 02, 2022

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Monday, November 28, 2022

🤍Happy Homemaker Monday🤍


Sandra over on "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom" Is hosting "Happy Homemaker Monday"
Please go visit and check out all the other wonderful blogs that leave their link.  I have met some really amazing women.

This week is going to be a super busy one. 
School starts back up and we are doing a little bit of home renovations.  With Thanksgiving and all the shenanigans going on this week, I am behind on laundry.  I thoroughly enjoy laundry, so i don't mind, I just don't like having so many clothes in the basket that someone might want that day.  I will get it done, it will just take a little time.

Ponderings in my head.
Getting a new planner, trying to find the perfect one.
Happy Planner? Erin Condren?
Picking out new pajamas for everyone, tee hee.  That is a tradition, I will probably be doing

* Outside my Window *

Menu Plan


Turkey casserole with lots of cheese
Turnip Greens

Pork Chops with onions and mushrooms
Steamed broccoli

Creamed Chicken
Mashed potatoes
Green Beans
Cucumber and tomato salad

Fried Tacos

Family Fun Night



The weather this week in North Georgia
 is going to be quite chilly.

I made a huge donation to Goodwill, I am getting rid of so much stuff I have held on to for years.  It is so freeing to let go. I make donations on the regular, but this one was quite different.  It was huge!!!!

On my camera was a picture of my table for Thanksgiving!


The CHRISTmas season has begun!!
Every Christmas I make a birthday cake for Jesus.  

For my devotional, I want to share one of my most favorite songs.  This surely brings tears to my eyes. I am God's girl, y'all.


Lyrics 🎵
How great the chasm that lay between usHow high the mountain I could not climbIn desperation, I turned to heavenAnd spoke your name into the nightThen through the darknessYour loving kindnessTore through the shadows of my soulThe work is finished, the end is writtenJesus Christ, my living hope
Who could imagine so great a mercy?What heart could fathom such boundless grace?The God of ages stepped down from gloryTo wear my sin and bear my shameThe cross has spoken, I am forgivenThe king of kings calls me His ownBeautiful savior, I'm yours foreverJesus Christ, my living hope
Hallelujah, praise the one who set me freeHallelujah, death has lost its grip on meYou have broken every chainThere's salvation in your nameJesus Christ, my living hope
Hallelujah, praise the one who set me freeHallelujah, death has lost its grip on meYou have broken every chainThere's salvation in your nameJesus Christ, my living hope
Then came the morning that sealed the promiseYour buried body began to breatheOut of the silence, the roaring lionDeclared the grave has no claim on me
Then came the morning that sealed the promiseYour buried body began to breatheOut of the silence, the roaring lionDeclared the grave has no claim on meJesus, yours is the victory, whoa!
Hallelujah, praise the one who set me freeHallelujah, death has lost its grip on meYou have broken every chainThere's salvation in your nameJesus Christ, my living hope
Hallelujah, praise the one who set me freeHallelujah, death has lost its grip on meYou have broken every chainThere's salvation in your nameJesus Christ, my living hope
Jesus Christ, my living hopeOh God, you are my living hope

Thank you for visiting my little corner on the net.  

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Homemade Christmas Cards


Water Color

used a number 6 round and a number 2 :)

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Monday, November 21, 2022

White Bread Stuffing

 White Bread Stuffing

Just like Grandma used to make....🤍


  • A loaf of stale bread, you can dry the bread out in an oven at 200' for about 30 minutes or leave in an of oven over night or up to 24 hours on a sheet pan. 

  • 2 tablespoons butter
    1 large onion, finely chopped
    2 stalks celery, finely chopped
    2 cups chicken broth
    2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    2 tablespoons water, or as needed (Optional)
    2 teaspoons rubbed sage
    1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

    Break bread up with your hands into a bowl

    Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion and celery; cook and stir until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.

    1. Add chicken broth and eggs to bread crumbs; mix until combined and moist, but not mushy. Add water, if necessary, to attain desired consistency. Mix in cooked onion and celery, sage, garlic powder; season with salt and pepper. Spoon Stuffing mixture into the prepared baking dish.

    2. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is brown and crisp, about 1 hour.