Happy Halloween for those who celebrate it........




It's Just The Coffee Talking: Advent Calendars

For some reason, I'm in the mood to do an Advent Calendar this year.

I'm not sure which style, I'm not sure what I want to put in it.  I don't know if I want to make something that I'd put a little piece of candy in each day, or a little picture, or....  I just don't know.

But I remember the excitement and joy of childhood where Advent Calendars were concerned.  My mother had a green yarn Christmas Tree she would hang on the wall and there were 25 pieces of candy tied with yarn on it.  My little brothers and I would have to take turns each morning to untie the daily candy pieces.

My Grandmother had a stable made from cardboard that had little numbered doors that opened up to a little image of something "Christmas" or "Nativity" themed underneath.  Even opening the little doors to see the next picture was exciting.

For my own kids, I always tried to have the cardboard scene that covered a chocolate candy mat underneath so each day a little door was opened and a chocolate candy shaped like a Christmas or Nativity image was the daily surprise.  I kept the plastic chocolate molds from two of those, and made my own by recycling it a couple years.  

I haven't done an Advent Calendar of any type for a while!  But I'd kind of like to this year.  I think I'm feeling a bit more in the Christmas spirit than I have the past two years that Covid-Craziness took over the planet.  I'm ready for Christmas... ready for traditions... for happiness and joy and love.  Ready for Jesus.  Ready for Christmas decorations.  Ready for family and gift-giving.

Last year I was not in the Christmas spirit.  At.  All.

This year... I think so.

I did a random internet search of crafty Advent calendar ideas....  I still didn't know which kind I want to make though.  Do I want it to have little pieces of a Nativity set to build?  Pieces of candy?  Chocolates?  Little gifts from the dollar store? 

But then I made it more difficult because I did a search for Advent Calendars at Amazon.  

These are affiliate links, but they are ones I took a second look at and thought were kind of cool....


My son would flip for this one... opening a new mini superhero each day?  YES.

Superhero Action Figures Advent Calendar 2021 Toy Set, 24 Days Christmas Countdown Calendar Mini Cartoon Superman Figurines Packs Surprise Gifts for Christmas Kids Gift

Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar?  I know a number of people would flip for this one... I'm not a big SW fan, but my husband, my best friend and her entire family are, as is another good friend of ours.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 75307 Awesome Toy Building Kit for Kids with 7 Popular Characters and 17 Mini Builds; New 2021 (335 Pieces)

THIS, however, I AM a big fan of.  The Office Advent Calendar...  it says each day holds tiny little vinyl figures.  I didn't realize there were enough characters for 24.  Hmmm.  Perhaps they double some?  I'm not sure!

Funko Pop! Advent Calendar: The Office

A Harry Potter Advent Calendar... 

Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up (Advent Calendar) 



I'm a big Peppa Pig fan since I started to watch it with The Littles about 6 years ago.  Love this one!

2021 Peppa Pig Holiday Advent Calendar for Kids, 24-Pieces - Includes Family Character Figures & Accessories from The World of Peppa Pig - Toy Christmas Gift for Boys & Girls - Ages 2+

To be honest, I'd still like to 'make' a calendar of some sort.  I love this pre-made wooden Advent Calendar in which I could place things in each little drawer... the problem is if it's for myself, that kind of takes the fun out of opening the days.  I would know everything I buy for the little prizes.

I'd let the little guy open them but he's barely into 'toddler' stage from 'baby' and unless I put a fishy cracker in each of the boxes I don't think he's quite old enough for an Advent calendar yet.  However, this and The Office calendars are my favorite ideas so far.


DIY Wooden Advent Calendar with Drawers and number embellishments - Christmas Countdown | Kids Craft Idea | 24 Drawer. 12.5in x 14.5in x 4in



Do any of my readers do an Advent Calendar?  Which kind?






I had morning coffee without you.  Sorry.

Random Non-Coffee Talk:  One of the tasks I had on the list for today was to do some freezer food prep I meant to do yesterday but never had time.  I started the task, then had to get the chili going so it could simmer for a couple hours.  It was during the chili making that I realized the container I thought held onions... was full of potatoes.

We had bought them a few weeks ago for meals while we were hosting out of state guests.  Then... forgot about them after the guests left.  Oops!  They were starting to get little eyes on them and it was time to use them up, pronto.   

But... we don't eat potatoes often. I decided I would freeze them for future use. 

You can't just cut up a potato and freeze it, as the water in the vegetable freezes, and when you try to use them later, the texture and structure is... awful.  They are grainy and crumbly.  You have to either blanch them or cook them first and the process depends on how you want to make them and use them.

I couldn't decide... blanch and dice for a cheesy casserole?  Hashbrowns? Chunks for stew later?

To help brainstorm I went online and did a general search for a list of ways to freeze potatoes.

This is where I just had to shake my head and think for the millionth time... how stupid people today are.  

Do you know what I found mentioned numerous times by articles and information written by people under the age of  about 30 or so?

That many of them were throwing potatoes away if they happened to have more than they would use.

Oh, I wish I were kidding.

Many of the food articles basically said something like "When you have too many potatoes, don't throw them away...." or "When you don't use up all your potatoes, don't just toss them out!  I used to do this all the time but I found out you can freeze them."  



Do. Not. Waste. Food.

First off, potatoes will last a LONG TIME if they are stored in a coolish, dark place, like a cupboard, but will store all winter long if they are in a cool, dark place like your basement or even a safe-from-vermin place in the garage.  If they start to sprout little eyes, you'll want to use them up... but NOT throw them out!  Why in the world would you waste food (and money) like that?

Cut off the eyes, cut them in chunks, blanch them in boiling water for a minute, plunge into ice water and then let them dry or pat with a paper towel and freeze those little buggers.  Or, do what I did; make mashed potatoes.  Make mashed potatoes using only butter, heavy cream and/or cream cheese - but no milk or water-based liquids like broth.  Let them cool, package them up and freeze them.  BOOM.  Instant mashed potatoes whenever you need them - simply by reheating them.

Strawberries going to go bad before you can use them?  Pop them into the freezer.
Peaches, mangoes, pineapple, etc.  Same.
Celery?  It will change in texture so you don't want to eat it with peanut butter, but dice them up, into the freeze they go, and use them for any soup, broth, etc. later. 
Green, yellow and red peppers - freeze those babies.  Same thing.  Dice, freeze and use for any cooked dish later on.

You can dry or freeze most any food and re-use it in other dishes but for pete's sake... don't throw out perfectly good food.

Good Morning!

I'm on my second cup of strong, hot, black coffee... and prioritizing all the things so I have a game plan of what I want to accomplish today.  So. Much. On. The. List.

Random Thoughts Over Morning Coffee:

It's Halloween Weekend but after moving to this house years ago, we realized no one really goes door to door trick-or-treating here.  The houses are a bit far apart and set way back on steep driveways.  Also, most tend to do 'trunk or treat' at churches instead.  

We haven't had a trick-or-treater in years.

I don't suppose this year will be any different.

As a 'meh' Halloween person anyway, I'm happy about this.  After going all-out for Halloween for a couple decades with the kids, once they were out of the nest, I happily made Halloween another non-holiday for me. 

Orders/Deliveries:  Regular readers know how I despise online ordering and deliveries due to the anxiety now involved.  Packages missing, lost, stolen, ripped open and rifled through... ugh.  Under Biden we now have shortages of product, inflated prices and no employees as they were all so 'stimulated' that no one wants to hold an honest-to-goodness job anymore.

So I buy most our things myself but once in while I do have to place an order, and hope for the best.

I have a Christmas gift that was due to be delivered last Tuesday.  It is still 'pending' from the large retailer it was ordered from.  Not shipped.  Not delivered. Not even fulfilled.

The frustration is wondering if I should find it elsewhere and order a second one now? 

With my luck, as soon as I find another and order it, I'll get a notification the first was shipped and I'll have two of them. I don't need nor want two - it's not an item anyone could use two of. 

I have another order I placed that includes 3 of the same item (again - for Christmas gifts).  I got notification that (1) was shipped yesterday.  Hmm.  Three of the same item and yet only one shipped.  LOL.

Oh goodness.... it's going to be an interesting year for Christmas gifts.  :)



Before he was a complete fraud and liar-pants (lying to Congress is a federal offense but... whatever....)....

“Natural Infection is the mother of all vaccines.”

- Dr. Anthony Fauci, 2018



 Modern Jesus verses the Biblical Jesus.....  yep, that's about right.


 Ponder this over coffee....

People that were 'too scared' to work last year got unemployment benefits, bonus payments and stimulus checks.
People who have NEVER STOPPED WORKING this whole time are now getting fired and losing all benefits.


Children should not get Covid-19 vaccines - Harvard Professor, Martin Kulldorff.   

Kulldorff is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a bio-statistician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He serves on scientific advisory committees to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control.

"Covid is not a big risk factor for children....."  
Children are more likely to contract serious disease or die
from the annual flu than Covid.


FDA Committee Members Reviewing Pfizer Vaccine For Children Have Worked For Pfizer, Have Big Pfizer Connections

The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is holding a virtual meeting Tuesday October 26 to discuss authorizing a Pfizer-BioNTech Coronavirus vaccine for children between the ages of 5 to 11 years old.

This committee has a lot of sway with the FDA and their findings will be relevant, considering the Biden administration is getting ready to ship vaccines to elementary schools and California has already mandated the vaccine for schoolchildren pending FDA authorization.

But the meeting roster shows that numerous members of the committee and temporary voting members have worked for Pfizer or have major connections to Pfizer.

"Members include a former vice president of Pfizer Vaccines, a recent Pfizer consultant, a recent Pfizer research grant recipient, a man who mentored a current top Pfizer vaccine executive, a man who runs a center that gives out Pfizer vaccines, the chair of a Pfizer data group, a guy who was proudly photographed taking a Pfizer vaccine, and numerous people who are already on the record supporting Coronavirus vaccines for children. Meanwhile, recent FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is on Pfizer’s board of directors.

Acting Chair Arnold S. Monto was a paid Pfizer consultant as recently as 2018.

Gregg Sylvester previously served as a vice president for Pfizer Vaccines, where he launched Pfizer vaccines including one for children.

Myron Levine has mentored some U.S. post-doctoral fellows, and one of his proteges happens to be Raphael Simon, the senior director of vaccine research and development at Pfizer.

James Hildreth, temporary voting member, made a financial interest disclosure for this meeting in which he disclosed more than $1.5 million in relevant financial interests, including his work as president of Meharry Medical College, which administers Pfizer Coronavirus vaccines.

Geeta K. Swamy is listed as the chair of the “Independent Data Monitoring Committee for the Pfizer Group B Streptococcus Vaccine Program,” a committee sponsored by Pfizer. Duke University states that “Dr. Swamy serves as a co-investigator for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial.”

Among the meeting’s “temporary voting members,” Ofer Levy, Boston Children’s Hospital, is for the Pfizer vaccine for children, Eric Rubin is pro-vaccine for children, Jay Portnoy supports authorizing Coronavirus vaccines for kids, and Melinda Wharton complained over the summer about how orders for the CDC’s “Vaccines For Children” program dropped."


 Here's a picture of me having fun at the gym....
Yeah, I couldn't picture it either.

The Biden Border Crisis







 Senator Tim Scott:  1.3+ illegals will not assimilate, acclimate or even show up to court....

Biden:  I guess I should visit the border... I haven't had a whole hell of a lot of time to get down....



Senator John Cornyn and Senator Cruz sent a letter to Joe Biden supporting Governor Abbott's appeal of the president’s denial of a federal emergency declaration as a result of the unprecedented crisis on the southern border. 

In the last 8 months alone, over a MILLION people have entered America ILLEGALLY.   We are now on pace for over 2 million illegal crossings for 2021 under Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.