Showing posts from December, 2016

Top Five for 2016

Our Good Life had a good year in 2016.  As I reflected on the work I did and what you, the readers of this blog liked, it seems that you are as eclectic as me, and that makes me very happy.  In no particular order, I give to you the most popular posts of the year! Easter Morning Breakfast Casserole This recipe is on over 600 boards in Pinterest.  This is a solid recipe that hit at the perfect time, Easter, when people are planning their Easter breakfast meals.  Delicious, too. Ten Things to Do Before School Starts This is my area of personal expertise and one of my life's passions.  School has always been a place where I could serve the children of my community and I will continue to do so, even though I am retired.   Halloween in New Town The place where I live is so beautiful that I love to share it with the world.  I am glad you like it, too! Poke Cake Such a retro dish!  My mom made this for my family many times while I was growing up.

Christmas is for the Dogs

Truman is set for the holidays this year.  He loves the Christmas tree and sits by it every night.  He pushes over a pillow to make a comfy spot and can lay there for hours! He never bothers the ornaments or pulls on the tree skirt. He is perfectly happy just laying there beside it.  Such a sweet boy. Wilson loves the fireplace and the bed.  He likes the tree, but he always finds a spot on the bed to take his nap.  Often he drags up an article of clothing to snuggle with! What the two do agree on is that they love the snacks from!  This month they tried the Bone Marrow treats from Wellness.  These are small, round treats with a meaty marrow on the inside. They really loved getting this as a snack, if their dancing around the treat bowl was any indication! They are only 5 calories per treat, gluten free, and evidently very tasty.  Wilson is always watching his weight and Truman has some tummy issues, so this was a treat that I was happy to give them! Th

Sugarfree Cranberry Juice

My daughter and I are a big fan of the Christmas cocktail called Poinsettia.  It is a simple cocktail of vodka, champagne, cranberry juice and some orange zest.  We made it for the first time a few years ago and it has been a semi tradition ever since. I had a bag of leftover cranberries and rather than waste them, I made them into juice for our cocktails.  It was super simple and I know our cocktails will taste wonderful due to the fresh taste of our juice! 1 12 oz bag fresh cranberries 4 c water Pour water into a large kettle.  Add cranberries.  Bring to a boil.  When cranberries begin to pop, continue to cook on the stovetop for 10 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes, then pour into a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth.  Strain juice into a jar.  Store in the refrigerator. The juice is very tart, since it is sugar free.  You will want to add 2 teaspoons of sugar per cup of juice when you are ready to use the juice.  I plan to use Stevia in mine. For t

Show Me Your Christmas Tree~St. Charles

This post is part of a series from the Missouri Women Bloggers called "Show Me Your Christmas Tree."  It is my privilege to host such wonderful bloggers from all around the state.  Enjoy your tour and Merry Christmas to all! We come from all parts of the "Show Me State" and I am so excited to get to work with women as talented as these.  Be sure to check out their beautiful trees through the links below. Each blog will be showing you their tree, some ornaments, and a decorating hint that might help you with your decorating.  The hint will be in italics and easy for you to find! My hint:  Set the mood.  Even when you love it as much as I do, the tree decorating is hard work.  Find some good music, have a snack and your favorite beverage nearby.  Take a moment to dance to your favorite tune when it pops up and rest as needed.   Nostalgia sets in as my husband and I set up our tree this year.  I miss having a little one underfoot while we try to set

Fireball Bites #TasteCreations

If you love the taste of Fireball, these Fireball cookies will satisfy that heat and sweet craving fast! Simple to make, no bake Fireball cookies are a hit wherever you take them! For our December food, we selected sugar since we all love our holiday sweets!  Our bloggers have some tasty treats for you using real sugar.  We know that sugar isn't as healthy as other options, so be sure you are consuming it in moderation.  Sugar is my weakness.  I always have room for a sweet! I was inspired by Cathy at My Side of 50 for this recipe .  She tells a darling story about her grandmother on this post.  Go and check it out. My grandmother story is slightly different.  My great grandmother, Lula Belle Wilson, liked booze and often added it to recipes, most often her delicious eggnog.  When my momma was a little girl, Lula often told her to stay out of the eggnog.  My mom decided then that HER eggnog would never have booze in it so that everyone could enjoy it.  And as far as I kno

A Sentence A Day~ November

When I learned about writing a sentence a day for journaling, I knew it was something I wanted to do.  I was right, because here I am today, still doing it! This is my seventh month and I don't think I will be slowing down anytime soon. It's just one sentence a day, although, trying to summarize the day's events and emotions into one sentence is challenging. For past editions of the A Sentence A Day journaling, check out these links: May ,  June ,  July ,   August ,  September  and October. November 1.  The day after a wonderful Halloween, yet I felt driven to take down all the Halloween decorations inside and out and get my Thanksgiving items up, front and center. November 2.  Working with teachers who are in it for the students, makes me feel like I am in it for them and that makes us all want to work harder! November 3.  Going to see Shakespeare with my English major husband, makes me appreciate his knowledge about the subject, especially when it is McB