Monday, January 4, 2010

Soup Review, Midnight and Some Wii Fun....

I hope everyone is doing well after all of the holidays. I was asked about my Black Eyed Pea Soup and my review is that it is a keeper. I didn't have jalapeno black eyed peas and didn't put the jalapenos in my soup, but next time I will. We could have used more "bite" in it. It definitely needs to be made and refrigerated and served one to two days later for the flavors to blend. Can you tell I am still loving Picnik? You don't have to download anything and it is a lot of fun to play around with. Don't be scared, go and try it!
In the midst of taking down all of the Christmas decorations and cleaning everything, Midnight found her mouse!!! She is one happy kitty and has been playing away. She especially loves to put it under the trashcan and then try to get it back out. Too cute!

Also, this has been the look around the house since Christmas. Wii playing!! They are playing Super Mario Bros. and we also got Wii Sports Resort. I recommend both of them....they are fun! (Remember, you can click on any picture to enlarge)

Today we are back in the normal grove of things. Lexi went back to school and we are back on our non-holiday schedule. All of the Christmas decorations have been taken down and I feel calm and collected once again. Enjoy your Monday.♥


Libby said...

I am going to try that soup, it looks wonderful! I just love little Midnight! Enjoy your "back to normal" day!

Marilyn said...

That soup sounds great. I need to make a batch to keep for that cold weather coming. Thanks for the recipe and the review. I like Picnik I've been using livewriter and it seems easier to me but Picnik has SO many more features. I will practice!! Midnight is just adorable. I guess she is making it through this cold weather? Nicky is miserable. He likes to check out his yard but being older he doesn't like the cold. So, he sleeps and sleeps. I bet the Wii is FUN!! I'd love to have one but then I figure 2 old people don't need it--the sugarplums need it. Well, we are in for some awful weather!! My birthday is going to be the worst day of the week if the weathermen get it right. Oh well, January birthdays are like that. Thanks again for the recipe review. Enjoy 'getting back to normal'.

Lisa & Gerald said...

The same with us back to school and work for us..I also love Picnik i have used it with fliker now i signed up so i can have the same thing as you.Oh I can't wait to use it..Hope you have a wonderful day..Hugs..

duchess said...

Sounds like my kind of entertainment: soup, games & watching the kitty.
Have fun getting back to normal - I know I am.

Kammy said...

Awww your Midnight is so cute - you are right looks like my Zorro- LOL ! It amazes me the things these critters do to have "fun" - sometimes I think they do it to make US laugh !
We have a WII too - don't have the games mentioned ...have to put them on our list ! We got the Band Star and my 15 year old and friends are having a blast !
I am ready for "normal" I still have about 7 more trips of stuff to put away - ugh !
Megan starts school tomorrow ..
Happy New Year !

Amelia said...

You are ahead of me in getting the decorations down and put away...but I am starting today.

I played Wii for the first time on Friday...tried some bowling and the race track driving...not very good at either - but can see it would be fun.

Midnight is such a pretty cat...and I am sure with a personality all his own.

Stay warm this week.

Weeksie50 said...

I love The New Super Mario! It is so much fun..

Have a Happy New Year!

Lorrie said...

My Oliver just loves those furry mice--we have a whole collection around the house. He brings them for me to fetch just like a dog.

I know what you mean about the calm feeling of having Christmas put away and everything back to normal. That's how it feels here too!

Stacey said...

Now I know that Black Eyed Pea soup would be a hit with my husband. I'll be checking that out for sure!

Midnight is so cute. We miss our cat...not getting anymore pets these days though.

vintage girl at heart said...

Yes now it is time for us SAHM's to get back into our groove.
That soup looks divine especially with this weather.. have you seen the forecast for later in the week???? yikes!!!! wonder if the kids will have a "it's too cold to go to school day"??
Have a great Monday!!!
I am off to drop Hubby at the airport..he is back on his way to sunnyville!

T.J. said...

I think I look forward to this Monday more than any others in the year. Definitely enjoy your (Mon)day! Your Picnik photos are looking awesome- way to go! I'm excited to follow you into the New Year and see how your photos, and your blog of course, evolve :)

Laura said...

It does feel good to get back to normal, doesn't it? I got my decorations down - the outside stuff is still up but it is too cold to go out and take it down!

lagirl/sweet tea said...

Me too - back on schedule beginning today. Ahhhh.
Things are well with the world.

JC said...

Soup ... sounds good.
Cat ... adorable.
Old Dog ... cute as can be.
Wii ... I need to get one.
Snow Pic ... Lovely.

Deb said...

Your mosaics are just fabulous Darlene! I love the collage you created for Midnight ~ it looks like a wonderful scrapbook page!
And your black eyed pea soup recipe sounds delicious ...I will jot down the recipe, gather the ingredients and try it - Thanks for sharing ♥

Carrie said...

the soup sounds yummy! Midnight is just too cute

I am ready for things to get back to normal here

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Darlene, that soup sounds so comforting for this time of year.

Love all your sweet pictures.

Barb ♥

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Oh, this is the perfect weather here for soup, and I love trying out new recipes! This will definitely be on my list of "to-makes"!

And I must say, that I will also be checking out "Picnik"~ it looks so fun!

Isn't it hard going back to normal after a couple of weeks "off"? I must confess, however, that I am remembering now how quiet the house was with the kids in school, and enjoying the peace! Now it is time to think about Valentines Day! But first I need to clean our messy little house! I hope you are having a wonderful day, Darlene! :)

SmilingSally said...

I miss my black-eyed peas and cornbread. I have it each year, but this year, life got in the way! Happy New Year.

Carol said...

Beautiful photos of 'home' Darlene~I have a pot of chili on the stove and cornbread in the oven for this evening's meal when Jim returns home from work. We are 'snowed in' with 22" and I'm lovin' every second of it~

Happy Happy New Year my Friend~~



Songbirdtiff said...

It looks like you had some fun! I'm ready to be back to a normal schedule. Working at home with our new son has been a challenge but we are making it. School starts tomorrow, and I'm praying it ISN'T another snow day!

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Darlene
Midnight looks so happy to have found her mouse.
We were all back at school today too. We had more snow on Saturday and more forcast for tomorrow. Our weather has gone mad.

Heather said...

we've had our wii for a couple years now and have so few games, lol. i've heard the wii resort game is really good. i think i'm going to check it out! we need something new to play!

Ramona said...

Hi there Darlene ~

Yum, yum...thank you for sharing...I love homemade soup and there is nothing like a home with soup on the stove...that smell...Heaven!

I want to go back to last week and all of the relaxing that when on. The holidays are like living in a globe for a couple of weeks...{some have snow globes...others, not so much}.

Well, back to New Year's resolution...make something new each day...yikes....each day!

Have a great week.

Smiles ~ Ramona

Dawn said...

I love the way you are displaying your pictures. They look great. I'll have to bookmark the site.

I still have to take my Christmas decorations down in my kitchen and then I'll be done. I did pack away all of my December things in my classroom today. Tomorrow morning I put up the January things!

Tim got a Wii last year and I have never played it! (It's in his room.)

take care,

Tamara Jansen said...

I love your photo mosaics! It looks like you had some great family time together. I'm thinking that I need a wii to do some excercise......what do you it worth it?

Linda said...

I'm sooooo jealous...all I have down is the outside Christmas decor...I sure don't want my neighbors to start talking!!! I'm hoping to get started tomorrow with all my inside's going to take forever! I'm adding you to my sidebar:)


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sounds like things are good in your world, Darlene! Love your mosaics. I might just have to try it!


Sheila :-)

jeanne said...

Dear Darlene, I LOVE your snow header. It is beautiful and cold.It is very late so this will be short. I napped early in the evening and I can't believe I am up this late. Cheri' will be up at 5:00AM. After we take her out she gets in bed with us. We then sleep a bit later.
spoiled? YES!

I am glad Midnight found her toy mouse. We just set traps for a real mouse. Midnight we need you. HA!

The wii game is, fun my grands have it. An amazing form of entertainment.

If you think doing a colage is easy I must try it. I am so wanting to do it. Your Christmas collage is great.

Oops! I am busted. Bill just came out with a look that tells me I must say goodnight.

Hugs, Jeanne

Kathy said...

Love your blog! Stop by and share your new years resolutions!

Happy New Year
Kathy :)

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I'm glad to know we're not the only family who sits around playing video games! lol
We got the Super Mario Bros for Christmas too and the kids love it. I'd like that Resort one, is it worth it? The kids have gotten bored with the regular sports game. And I still haven't cracked open my Active, yikes. Need to do that soon. More great pictures, you are having a lot of sucess with picnik, yay! :)

Noll's Nip said...

Yummy! I am going to try that soup. Looks hearty and perfect for these cold Ohio days. Happy New Year and thanks for sharing.

jennykate77 said...

The soup looks delish! I love black eyed peas. We ate our fair share over New Years. I'll have to try this soup recipe. I've heard lots of good things about Picnik lately. I'm going to have to give it a try. Can you believe these FRIGID temps we're having?! Hope you're staying warm this week!!

Aleta said...

I'm really loving all the pictures!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hi Darlene! I'm back to bloggersville and wanted to stop in and say "HI!" Looks like you guys had a WONDERFUL Christmas!
I found picnik a couple of months ago and am thinking of actually getting the full deal by paying some out for it-I really like it alot! Your photos are cute!
Okay, off to get organized! HA!

Jen C. said...

Hi! I've wandered on over from your comment on my post. Thanks! That soup sounds tasty! Here the grind has kicked in as well - back to normal - it's all relative around here ... :-) I'm adding your blog to my reader!

Beth at Aunties said...

I haven't heard of picnik before... I will look into it.
midnight was cute and Wii is fun entertainment. Our kids love it. we gave them each one alst year and this year added the Wii Fit and they all said that provided lots of fun too. Thanks for your good wishes!:)

jeanne said...

Hello Darlene, we caught our mouse last night. Tell midnight she can stay home for now. I just got in bed when I heard the trap. The poor little thing. I went to sleep feeling so sad. However, CC had discovered her as she ventured out from behind the cabinet and she wouldn't stop looking for that mouse. I hope there isn't two of them.

I'm glad you liked my rug. I smile every time I look at it. Yes, I was very fast with my number.

I need to do my post for tomorrow so I will say goodnight.

Hugs, Jeanne

Ruth Ann said...

Looks like you had a great Christmas! We got a Wii this year and bought Super Mario and Wii Resort too! It is super fun! We just got Wii Fit Plus and I totally recommend it! Hopefully it'll help me lose a little weight! Have a great week!
-Ruth Ann

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