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40 + 2 Days of Joy

Well it was 60 or 70+ degrees this weekend.  Not really sure because the indoor/outdoor thermometer is busted.  It measures the temp inside but not outside.

So I did some yard work yesterday, did some dusting and sweeping today, aired out the house and put the Christmas decorations up.


Yes, I put up the manger set Joe’s friend and former boss made for Joe’s mother.  It has not been up since 2006 or 2007.  Don’t remember if I put it up for our last Christmas.  The set has become even more special because Joe’s friend passed away in June 2010.  So if something breaks no call to Beth for a replacement figurine.

This will be the last Christmas it is up at my house.

Next year it will go to Joe’s nieces and nephew.  That is where it belongs and they can rotate it between their houses from year to year.


Now the reason, this got put up is I am finally starting on this year’s Christmas series.  I better bust my butt and get it put to bed since it is right around the corner.  The only thing I know about the series is on weekends there will be my favorite Christmas songs, instead of recipes like last year.  The series is survival tips and thoughts about how a first year widow can survive the holiday season, but the tips are general enough that they can be applied to anyone stressed out from all the season’s chaos.

The series will run from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year’s Day is called 40 + 2 Days of Joy (last year’s was 40 Days of Joy).

So I’d better quit writing this and get to work on the series, launch date is right around the corner.

Have a blessed week everyone.

“Manger Set”


“Joy to the World, the Lord has come.”

Beth’s 1988 Beef & Soup Recipe

Today I looked through a box of old recipes and found this one from Beth.  She was a dear friend and Joe’s form boss back in his Pizza Slut  Hut days.  (that was his nick-name for the company.)  The year on the recipe card was 1988.

I use the term “was” because Beth unexpectedly had a stroke and passed away in June 2010.  In fact, her funeral was on what would have been mine and Joe’s 17th wedding anniversary.

Thank You Beth

So in honor of a dear friend who keep my email filled to the rim, here is her recipe.

  • 1 can cream of celery
  • 1 can cream of mushroom
  • 1 can cream of onion
  • stewing mean depending upon  how many people you are serving. 

Combine all ingredients.  Do not brown meat or dilute soup.  Put in a crock pot on low for at least 6-8 hours. 

Think it is not crock pot season?  Well which would you rather do on a 90 degree day:

  • Heat up the oven
  • Put something in the crock pot

Enjoy and stay cool!