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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lucky Winner to Novica's Site!

Sorry it is so late in the day getting on here to announce my lucky winner.
I am always so excited the morning of the drawing because I can not wait to see who wins but today I could not get near a computer until just now. Several things came up out here on the North Forty that had to be fixed before dark and boy am I pooped.

So who won this $50.00 gift certificate to Novica's great site. Well the Random Generator spun and landed on number 6. Number six belongs to Lisa Lula from Davis Dialogues
. Lisa I am really happy for you. There are so many nice things on this site so you will have fun shopping. Just send email me and I will give you your numbers to order your gift.

I appreciate each and everyone of you for entering my giveaway. Wish I could send all of you a gift certificate.

Hope you are finished with your shopping and decorating! I shopped one day last week but still need a few things. My plans were to finish today but maybe Monday.

The kids are coming Christmas day and I was going to fix Turkey and dressing but they want something different so let me know what your having so I can get some ideas. lol

You will be glad to know I put my clothes on everyday before feeding the cats. Did not want to run into the cowboy again with my pj's on. haha

Well Frosty the Snow Man is starting to melt on the program I am watching so I guess I will get off here and see how this story ends.

Be good to yourself this week. I know all to well how crazy the week before Christmas can be but it always gets done in the end. Right? Words I need to remember myself this week.

Thanks again for always coming by here checking on me and you know I appreciate you so much.

Love to all



Marydon said...

Lisa is a gem, congrats sweetie!

Great potato casserole ...
2 pkg of frozen hash browns defrosted
(equals 2#)

1 pint of half half
1 stick of butter
2 TBSP milk
6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
1.2 tsp pepper

Spread taters in gresed glass badking dish.Slice butter & place over potatoes evenly. Pour 1/2 & 1/2 over the taers. Sprinkle cheese over top, add salt & pepper.

I cut up an onion & some ham & toss in over the top before I add the cheese.

YUM YUM! It goes out the door at every family gathering. Almost tastes like scalloped potatoes & ham.

Bake 350 for about 1 1/2 hrs. or until browning.

Merry Christmas, sweetie
Hugs & love,

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Congratulations, Lisa, and Thanks for the recipe, Marydon! I'm going to try it for sure!

When our entire family is around, I make a Crown Roast with Wild Rice, Sausage and Fennel Stuffing. When they aren't here to join us for the celebration of the Birth of the King (Jesus, not Elvis), we roast a small prime rib instead. All we need to add is a vegetable and rolls. Simple and elegant.

I'll be back to visit before Christmas, but wish you and all your witty readers a Merry Christmas.

Shell said...


I got your note last week and meant to respond sooner. You probably read that I'd been super busy AND then got the "Plague!"

I'm hoping to catch up a bit in the next couple of weeks, with YOU, Lisa, Annie, etc! No more Shows, only a couple of SMALL orders and layin' low till the New year! I'll give you a call next week, k?

Marydon's recipe sounds great, I have my own "Famous Potatoes", I've been making for about 20 years,that my boys insist on having every Christmas....You have to like Garlic though!

"Shell's 'Family Holiday Potatoes"

2pkgs "Country Style" Hashbrowns,,,,,(Not the Shredded for mine, but the Cubed.

One Large or 2 smaller Onions/diced
about 4-5 large cloves of Garlic/Minced
2 Pints of Sour Creme ( I usually do ONE Reg and the Second "Light" HA! Not fat free though)
Parsely,,,,about 2 Tablespoons Fresh or Dried.
1tsp Salt,,,,and 1 teaspoon Fresh ground Pepper.

Enough Shredded Cheddar Cheese to liberally Cover the Top.

In a Medium sized bowl, mix onion/sour creme/herbs and spices.Set aside.

Allow Hashbrowns to thaw. Then Throw in a LARGE Mixing bowl, add the sour creme mixture above.

Mix by Hand (brrrrrrrr, but works) or with a large heavy Spoon completely.

Firmly Press mixture into a Greased/buttered Baking dish,,,,,,Usually about a 15x10,,,or you can use a couple of them. (Potato Mixture should be about 3 inches thick, per baking dish) I usually have to make a few smaller ones and send home with my boys.

Sprinkle the top(s) of potatoe mixture VERY LIBERALLY with Grated Cheddar Cheese....again, I reiterate, Liberally here.

(I love that this can be prepared a day ahead of time, in fact I think it's better that way,,cover in Plastic Wrap and/or Tin Foil) and store in the Fridge.)

Bake at 350 Uncovered for appx 30 minutes-or until Cheese just Starts to brown,,,,then cover the top with a Tin Foil Tent ^ and continue baking for appx 30 Minutes.

Like Marydon's ....Great with Ham, but my oldest won't eat Pork, so I'll be serving it with a Prime Rib or Beef Roast this year!

Loves and Hugs,,,,again, Promise to call this week!

PEA said...

Congratulations to your winner:-)

How wonderful that your kids will be with you on Christmas Day. Have you thought of a fondue? When my boys were still living at home, we would always have a fondue on Christmas Eve and they always looked forward to that:-) I would have beef, chicken, sausage, canned potatoes and mushrooms to cook in the fondue pots filled with oil...and would make a couple of side dishes like rice and salad. Just an idea:-)

I must now go read your story about the cowboy, curiosity is killing me! hehe

Enjoy this wonderful time of year, dear friend. Love you! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Lisa Lulu! Hope you find a delicious recipe to use for your Christmas dinner!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Maggie and happy holidays. You are right about December speeding by. I don't know where the time has gone. You know the quote, the hurrier I go, the behinder I get. I've been feeling that the whole year long. Have a great week. Tammy P.S. Don't go locking yourself outdoors and climbing through little windows. :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Congrats to Lisa! We are going Italian, which we usually do anyway, Maggie. I am giving my Mom's manicotti recipe a try as the main dish. You could always go with a ham.

Olga said...

Just stopping by to wish you the best of the Christmas season.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

Oh, such riches today! Congratulations to Lisa and many thanks to Marydon and Shell for those two great potato recipes! I'm glad you're looking forward to the holidays, Maggie, and that you're getting dressed these days before feeding the kitties in case that sly cowboy comes around again. Happy holidays!

Arkansas Patti said...

Congrats to your winner. Nice prize.
As for dinner, why change turkey if it isn't broke? However one of my best family meals was a pot luck served buffet style. Lasagna made a surprise appearance and was the hit of the day.
As long as the family is there, PB&J would be a hit.

Tam said...

Congrats to Lisa for winning your big giveaway. Just knew my name would win. hahaha
Hope Novica gives you another chance to have a giveaway.
Wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas sweet Maggie.
Are you spending it with the Cowboy.
Take care

Anonymous said...

Maggie I read your site all the time but seldom leave you a note.
You always entertain me and my boyfriend so wanted to come by this afternoon and say Merry Christmas!

Julia said...

Congratulations Lisa Lulu on winning the give away. I'm glad for you.

Maggie, if they want something different then I would let then choose what they want and I'd hope that they would help cook it. It might just be the best Christmas dinner ever.

I'm glad that you're getting dressed before venturing outdoor just so you don't have to be self-conscious when you have to climb that ladder again. Lol. Hugs.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Congrats to the winner!!! YIPPEE!!

I never got through buying gifts, sending cards,decorating, etc since my appendix went rotten and had to come out. Time in the hospital has sure cut into my holiday plans and my socializing! Pfft!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season full of love and magic dear Maggie!!


Nezzy said...

Woohoo!!! Congratulations to Lisa, she's a sweetheart!

God bless ya sweetie and have yourself a marvelous day!!! :o)

Amish Stories said...

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone. I'm just stopping by random blogs today and checking them out. Also wishing you folk's a healthy and happy new years. Richard from an Amish community in Pennsylvania.

Pat said...

My Dear Maggie,
Just wanted to stop by to wish you and your family a Wonderful Christmas. Been away from blogging due to an abundance of online orders and am just now catching up.

Lisalulu said...

SO FUN to win, it's been a long time! I'm going to designate Friday as Computer day... Life has really thrown us some crazy loops this week. Can't wait for a day off to just 'veg'... and shop on line!! and look at all those great recipes too, yum yum these potatoes would be great with Turkey!! AND ham! love you guys, Maggie you are the best!~ I hope 2012 is super stupendous for you.

Sue said...

Congrats to the winner! And Merry Christmas, Maggie!


Donna said...

Lisa Lulu...congrats!!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Wishing you the happiest of holidays! Be especially kind to yourself this week and savor the moments.

Merry Christmas!

Auntie Cake said...

We're having a brunch with waffles and fruit and coincidentally the same hashbrown recipe that Marydon posted. (try it, it's heavenly...)

Wishing you and your family the Merriest Christmas of All!

Darlene said...

Congratulations to your winner, Lisa. I'm sure she will have fun shopping.

I'm sure that whatever you fix will be delicious. We do a turkey and a half ham and we just eat sandwiches on my home made oatmeal bread. That is our tradition for Christmas day. We just do the turkey, but have none of the trimmings, just sandwiches. On Christmas Eve we have Mexican. Our son in law makes a terrific large platter of nachos and a granddaughter in law makes chicken enchiladas. That is what we have every other Christmas when we spend it with our daughter, Sue. We are going to her house this year and we are leaving Thursday morning.

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Maggie!! Love ya

Garden of Egan said...

Congrats to Lisa!

Hope you get everything done you need to get done for Christmas!

Sharon said...

Congrats to Lisa.
I am glad that you are putting on clothes now,but Cowboy might not be.LOL
Merry Christmas to a dear friend.
We have a soup supper with 2 kinds of soup and lots of finger foods.

Julie Harward said...

I just wanted to come by and wish you a very Merry Christmas Maggie. I hope this next year will be a great year for you! Have a warm and wonderful Merry Christmas! :D

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Maggie,

Congratulations to Lisalulu, she will be thrilled.
Lovely that your children are coming home for Christmas.
Warmest wishes for a merry Christmas and a year filled with happy days.


yaya said...

Hi Maggie! Congrats to the lucky winner and I hope the rest of this crazy week is good to you. I'm very far behind and with work I sure hope I finish...I always do but I'm worried this year! Merry Christmas!

PEA said...

My Christmas wish for you, my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun

I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer

May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought

May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold

I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas friend
And a happy New Year, too .. xoxo

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

CHRISTmas Blessings from my mountain top to your home…May it be the best one ever..Hugs and Love Gloria.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Congrats to the winner! Looks like you have a few good recipes to choose from :)
Holiday Hugs*deb