Christmas Gift Giving List

It’s that time of year where we start buying Christmas gifts and with that comes the decision of what to buy for whom. Well I hope this list will help you to decide what to buy for those special people on your list. I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find the best ideas this year and have found some wonderful products for both the men and women on your list. I hope this helps you decide what to get for your favorite people.

Shiatsu Pillow Massager – Price: $40

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody enjoys a good massage. The pillow massager will help to:

  • Relieve sore mucles
  • Ergonomic and compact
  • Convenient straps

Bamboo Bathtub Caddy – Price: $11

If she loves to soak in the tub for a little R&R, this caddy will be the perfect bathroom accessory. It comes with:

  • A book prop, a wineglass holder and soap dish
  • Made of natural bamboo, don’t have to worry about splitting or mold
  • Expandable arms and folds down for compact storage

Soft Slippers – Price: $35 and Up

Available in eight different colors, these fleece-lined slippers are as comfortable as they are durable.

  • Soft suede upper
  • Thick foam-padded insole molds to your foot shape
  • Polyester/acrylic fleece lining
  • Flexible rubber outsole provides traction

Handwritten Bracelet – Price: $31 and up  

Send the shop owner a close-up of your handwritten message and they’ll craft it into a personalized bracelet to worn year round.

  • 100% 18k Gold Filled, Sterling Silver, or Rose Gold Filled
  • All raw materials are USA and Italia sourced
  • Personalized bracelet with actual handwriting / font 
  • Length: include chain and charm

Kindle Fire HD 8 – Price: $79.99

Ignite her passion for technology with the Kindle Fire HD 8. She will be able to instantly access books, movies, email and more! Instant gratification equals eternal gratitude, so you are going to earn major points with this gift.

  • The next generation of our best-reviewed Fire tablet, with up to 12 hours of battery life, a vibrant 8″ HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Dolby Audio. More durable than the latest iPad.
  • 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage
  • Now with Alexa, for quick access to the information and entertainment you want.
  • Enjoy millions of movies, TV shows, songs, Kindle eBooks, apps and games.
  • Prime members get unlimited access to over a thousand books, magazines, songs, movies and TV episodes – at no additional cost

Vibram Running Shoes – prices: $ varies 

Treat her toes to a heavenly experience by investing in these uniquely designed running shoes that cushion the soles and offer protection where the foot needs it most.

  • Synthetic, Mesh
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Lace-up minimal running shoe built for medium-distance road running featuring signature FiveFingers toe box
  • 0mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Anti-microbial Drilex sockliner
  • EVA foam midsole
  • Vibram XS Run outsole

Envirosax Market Bag – Price: $ varies

These market bags are tote-ally rad! Colorful, exciting and environmentally friendly, they will instantly turn up the fun factor on your gal’s most mundane grocery store runs.

  • Sold as a set of 2
  • Easy tie-together handles allow the bag to be worn diagonally to rest on the hip and the handles can be adjusted to suit different body shapes
  • The bag also has a hidden side pocket that is handy for your phone and keys
  • Dimension: Approximately 17 inch width by 14 inch length
  • Material: Polyester

Mahi Leather Bag – Price: $ varies

  

 

 

 

 

 

These bags feature the following:

  • Made to order with full grain cow leather
  • Personalized embroidery
  • Cotton dust cover
  • Up to 50% cheaper than high street prices
  • $1.50 from every bag sold is donated to FRANK Water Charity

UGG Australia Women’s Classic Tall Boots – Price: $154.94 and Up

Who says comfortable can’t be chic? All women love a laidback pair of snug UGG Boots that are so easy to slip on and keep her feet warm in the stands. These are the perfect Christmas gift for the woman who just wants to be comfortable and cozy.

  • Leather
  • Imported
  • Synthetic sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 11.75″ from arch
  • Platform measures approximately 0.75″
  • Boot opening measures approximately 13″ around
  • Decorative stitching

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer – Price: $199.99

Mix things up by purchasing this KitchenAid Stand Mixer. She will be whipping up delicious meals and treats in no time to thank you for such a unique and wonderful gift.

  • 275-watt, 10-speed mixer with tilt-up head
  • 4-1/2-quart bowl holds dough for 2 loaves of bread
  • Three handy accessories: flat beater, wire whip, and dough hook
  • Includes a guide with instructions, mixing tips, and 67 recipes
  • Measures 13-8/9 by 8-2/3 by 14 inches; 1-year warranty

Keurig K15 Single Serve Compact K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Chili Red – Price: $ 71.06 

The next best thing to a caffeine IV drip is finally here! With this single-cup home-brewing system, delicious coffee can be at her fingertips when she needs it most – which is all the time.

  • COMPACT: Small and personal; great for small spaces and portable design goes anywhere.
  • BREW SIZES: Brews your perfect amount, any cup size between 6-10 oz. Use the 6 oz. cup size for a bolder brew.
  • WATER RESEVOIR: Single cup water reservoir for ultimate portability – just add fresh water for each brew.
  • DRIP TRAY: Removable drip tray accommodates travel mugs up to 5.2” tall, and holds a full accidental brew for easy clean-up.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT: Automatic shut-off turns the brewer off after 90 seconds of inactivity, helping to save energy
  • The Keurig K15 Coffee Maker brews all K-Cup pods. Choose from over 500 brands and varieties of K-Cup Pods. For the best quality be sure to look for the Keurig logo on each K-Cup Pod.

Baby Elephant Ring Holder – Price: $15.80

Want a surefire way to make something adorable? Make it miniature! This baby elephant ring holder does just that by combining practicality and unadulterated cuteness. Just like an elephant never forgets, she will never forget who gave her such a precious gift.

Garden Kneeler – Price: $23.99

How does her garden grow? With a whole lot of blood, sweat and dirty pant legs… until now. Save her slacks and her knee joints with this comfortable garden kneeler. Weeds don’t stand a chance!

Diamond Stud Earrings – Price: $199 & up 

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Introduce her to these two new pals and she will be eternally grateful. Not to mention she will look stunning. Grateful and stunning, now that’s a delightful combination.

Infinity Love Knot Pendant – Price: $75  

Show her you’re “knot” joking when you say you will love her forever by giving her this dazzling and elegant pendant. She will follow you to infinity and beyond, all the while looking chic and sophisticated.

Lunch Bag Purse – Price – $24.97 

This lunch bag is perfect for any girl who likes to make her own meals everyday. It has insulated pockets inside that keep food cold and safe to eat for up to 4 hours. It also has a divider pocket to make sure anything else in the purse doesn’t get wet or affected by any food or drinks.

Crusoe Mini Calendar – Price: $7.97

Who can resist the most adorable dachshund in the world? Not me and now you don’t have to miss out either as you can purchase one of several calendars that are now available for 2018.

Team Fiona – Price: $ varies

My favorite hippo is Miss Fiona at the Cincinnati Zoo who has been admired since her miraculous birth in January 2017. She has brightened the day of many people throughout the year. Now she can brighten your 2018 with calendars, shirts, coffee mugs and more.

Farmhouse Style Kitchen Sign  – Price: $ varies

The kitchen is where the whole family gathers to enjoy mom’s cooking and spend time with each other. Hand-making a gift that she can proudly hang in the kitchen will make this space even more special.

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

Being from the South, I love cobblers. I happened to stop at a roadside market the other day and they were selling blackberries. I used to pick blackberries on the side of the road when I was a kid and can remember my Mom making jellies and cobblers with them. Please enjoy this recipe! If you don’t like blackberries, you can substitute the fruit with peaches or blueberries and it will still be delicious.

Blackberry Cobbler
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pint blackberries
  2. 1 c. self-rising flour
  3. 1 c. sugar
  4. 1 c. milk
  5. 1 Tablespoon melted (or soft) butter
Instructions
  1. Wash and prepare fruit. (If using peaches, slice them before putting in pan). Place in baking dish.
  2. Add melted (or soft) butter.
  3. Mix flour, sugar and milk until well blended. Pour over fruit.
  4. Place in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Anna F White http://annafwhite.com/

Package I found my blackberries in!

Blackberries in the pan with soft and melted butter added.

Flour, sugar and milk blended well and poured into the pan.

Baked and ready to eat!!!!!

 

Weight Loss Update

Time for a weight loss update!!!

POUNDS LOST
As of today I have lost a total of 5 pounds. I have many more to go, but as long as I can keep loosing every week, then I am on the right track. I have changed my eating habits in many ways, but still need to continue to improve in the things I need to say NO to! 

EXERCISE
As for working out, I do that every day on the Total Gym. I started doing the 6 day 6-8 minute workout that gives you something different to do every day as to help ease the monotony of doing the same thing every day as that gets old and makes me loose interest in what I’m doing.

SUCCESS
I feel like I’m on the road to success as long as I keep my long-term goals in mind and continue to strive to do what I know is best for me physically and mentally.

 

 

Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

I remember my Mom cooking Stuffed Bell Peppers when I was a child and although I loved to eat the inside, I refused to eat the bell pepper itself. Kind of defeats the purpose of making stuffed bell peppers, but I’ve just never liked the taste of bell peppers. 

Stuffed Bell Peppers
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Ingredients
  1. 4 large bell peppers
  2. 1 pound hamburger meat
  3. 1 cup cooked rice
  4. 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  5. ½ c. mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package.
  2. Prepare a pot of boiling water.
  3. Cut tops off bell peppers and clean seeds out.
  4. Place in boiling water and cook for 10 – 15 minutes, drain.
  5. Brown hamburger meat, drain.
  6. Mix hamburger meat, cooked rice and ¼ c. mozzarella cheese until well blended. Add ½ can of tomato sauce and mix well.
  7. Divide mixture between bell peppers, stuff bell peppers and place in upright position in baking dish.
  8. Pour remaining tomato sauce over top of bell peppers. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  9. Place in pre-heated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and bell peppers are soft.
Anna F White http://annafwhite.com/

Brown hamburger meatBoil bell peppersStuff bell peppers  Add tomato sauceCooked bell peppersDelicious and ready to eat!!!

A Great Recipe for Banana Bread

I just discovered a new food that I like…Banana Bread and boy is it delicious. I had always turned my nose up to it when someone offered me any in the past; however, my husband asked me to bake some and now I’m in love with it. The recipe is below is from my cookbook, “Cooking with Mom”, which is a collection of recipes from friends and family that I created back in 2007. I baked this bread in my convection oven.

Banana Bread
Delicious bread made with bananas!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. sugar
  2. 1/2 c. butter
  3. 2 eggs, beaten
  4. 1 c. mashed bananas
  5. 2 c. flour
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 1 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1/2 c. buttermilk
  9. 1/2 c. walnuts
Instructions
  1. Stir together flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream sugar and butter.
  3. Add eggs and bananas and mix well.
  4. Add dry ingredients and buttermilk, alternately.
  5. Mix well after each addition.
  6. Fold in walnuts.
  7. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely in pan, then remove, wrap in foil and store in the refrigerator.
Anna F White http://annafwhite.com/