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Friday, January 4, 2013

Baby....it's cold outside

Hi, Everyone... Well, what do ya know.....we had another tiny little snow early this morning...
as you can see, it is very light....but nice, just the same.


Our patio didn't even get snow....just a dusting on top of the table and chairs....

(I took this photo thru the glass french doors and I see 
BILL HEMMER of FOX NEWS reflected in the glass.
...what a hoot
I have learned that I associate weather with FOOD....
No kidding....as soon as I looked out and saw snow, I got hungry for a HUMONGOUS breakfast....
which, by the way, is by far my favorite meal of the entire day.
Cheesy Scrambled Eggs
Fruit
Cinnamon Sour Cream Pancakes
Plum jelly....I often like jelly on my pancakes instead of syrup....like PEANUT BUTTER on them, too.:))

HOLY COW...if we have a big snow blizzard like in parts of the country...
I'll end up weighing 400 lbs.:))
* * *

 Since I had to do errands most of the day, and it never reached over 34 degrees all day,
I donned a warm hat...
my EXTRA warm coat, a scarf and warm gloves....and boots on my feet.

Grocery store.....Walmart.....computer doctor......
drug store......thrift store ( or two ?).....cleaners....

and it spit snow and sleet on me most of the time I was out...

OOO.....I loved every minute of the 
whole, beautiful day.... 


One thing I had to purchase....a couple of 2013 calendars...
 The one I picked for my desk.....PINUPS.
hahhhaaa...don't ask me WHY I have always loved PINUP PICTURES....but I have....
maybe because I sooo remember how beautiful pinup queen, BETTY GRABLE was and I always just loved her.
 
I think I saw ALL of her movies....and the movie studio had her awesome legs INSURED for
ONE MILLION DOLLARS (with Lloyds of London) and I thought that was about the coolest thing.

 Betty Grable's 40 films grossed over $100 million at the box office and she was the highest-paid Hollywood celebrity between 1943 and 1951.

*sigh....she had SUCH a fan in me.

OK, back to the calendars...I always get mine at
BIG LOTS and today, they had SUSAN BRANCH
calendars for $8.00....I couldn't EVEN believe it.
Just look at that beautiful fire in the Franklin Wood Burner....
Mr. Sweet had it going full blast by the time I got home.

While shopping at BIG LOTS, I bought this
JAMAICAN RUM CAKE
and may I just say right here and now.....
IT  IS  AWESOME....I mean it....
Plenty of rum used to create a wonderful taste...
so moist....
I am going back tomorrow and buy all they have....
well, unless they have a whole TRUCK load in the back...:)
they will freeze wonderfully.

I couldn't WAIT to have another piece with  a cup  of
IRISH BREAKFAST TEA...



If you visit a BIG LOTS store, be sure to search out their food department....
if you're LUCKY....you may find a JAMAICAN RUM CAKE....buy it....or 2....or 3.

 A warm and comforting fire built JUST FOR YOU  by a sweet MR. SWEET...




Slices of a delicious cake that we didn't even have to bake...

a cup or two of hot and sweet
TEA

is just the PERFECT way to end a cold but totally refreshing day.

Blessings to everyone....
STAY WARM
and above all. STAY HAPPY.

Ya'll, this is going to be a FANTASTIC YEAR...
I just KNOW it. 
x0x0 

ADDED NOTE OF INTEREST....:)
 
 " BJ (aka "Rain Gauge Gal")~

Thank you so much for telling us about Big Lots and the rum cakes and Susan Branch's calendar.
Because of it, I now have a cake to fill in as King's Cake for tomorrow's Epiphany dinner and I have
a SB calendar, too. So it was DARE all over the place today because there were such good things to
get out of the house for.

Have a super evening...
Emoji Vee


Thanks, Vee, for letting me know you found these at your Big Lots...
would you kindly let me know if you like the Rum Cake ?
I KNOW, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you will LOVE the SB calendar. :))  

47 comments:

Bev said...

Thank goodness it wasn't some sort of Fox News apparition in your backyard like I first thought. I was sitting here minding my own business, not thinking about food at all and now all I can think of is cake.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

You just have the best nibblys! I have a Big Lot basically around the corner. I will have to go look!!

Sweet Tea said...

On the occasion that I go into Big Lots I never think about their food section - must do that, the cake looks delicious. I love your blog, it's always "refreshing"!

Gina said...

Stay warm, BJ! If you lived here, with all the snow & the cold we had yesterday, you'd still be baking up a storm right now! lol

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You look so cute in your winter gear! Sounds like a fun day..kind of like mine today! Except it wasn't cold here...just chilly! I would have gotten the S. Branch calendar, too! What a buy! Stay bundled up!

Madeline's Album said...

How I love your winter gear, plus the rum cake sounds delicious. The fire in your franklin stove is wonderful. It has been cold here and I have stayed indoors embroidering my pillow cases. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

Tami Von Zalez said...

First of all - great image of YOU!

I too like the pinups, they are just do darn cute.

Now is a good time to buy calendars, I think the more the merrier ~

thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

Audrey said...

Hi bj ... we had a sprinkling of snow and sleet and it has been cold all day. Light rain too. I did not venture out other than feed the birds and gathered up stuff for Mr.Z. to take to City Recycle. Would rather have dressed warm like you (so cute) and gone to the Thrifts and BigLots and bought Rum cake. Looks good, will look for it and fill my freezer. You have made me hungry. THANKS!
Hugs,
Audrey Z.
Timeless Treasures

Linda @ A La Carte said...

No snow here but very chilly! You do look cute in your hat and coat!! I am so wanting one of those Jamaican Rum Cakes! I just might have to visit Big Lots tomorrow! You are not helping my waistline Miss BJ!!

hugs, Linda

Jeanne said...

Hi bj, I laughed when I saw the reflection of Fox news. I tried to take photos of our Christmas wreath and I was the reflection in the photo. I was still in my pj's and I hadn't even combed my hair. No way I shared that photo. HA!

Love the thought of food when it is cold as well. I fight putting on weight in the winter. Too much sitting and baked goods. Cooking and baking is more fun when it is cold. Stay warm bj and eat a piece of rum cake for me. I do not drink sweet tea, just sweet coffee. Not very sweet though.

Your fire in the Franklin stove looks so warm. Our fireplace is more for looks and ambiance than warmth. It is gas and there is a regulated maximum as to how hot it can be. Who knew??? It will warm the great room with the blower going.

Have a great weekend.
Love you much,
Jeanne

everythingsewing said...

Hi bj,
I love your blog. Now, is it healthy to watch all day to see what you are up to????

Nonie

Linda said...

What a cozy post!! We didn't even get the flurries they had in the forecast! I heard the weatherman say tonight that there are plenty of snowflakes up there above us - or at least there WAS! - but the air is just too dry!

Glad you enjoy a dusting!
Big LOTS!! I love that store and will go in search of that cake tomorrow. I forget the stores here now that we're gone so much of the time.

By the way - YOU, my dear, are ADORABLE!!! Cute! CUTE!! CUTE!!!

Decorating Lady's Humble Abode said...

Oh, a hot cup of tea is just what I love when it is cold outside. I use to have tea time with my sister and we would sit and talk for hours of course we would make more tea. Miss those days with her. I am raising my cup of tea to you for venturing out in the cold. I don't blame you for stopping at a thrift store or two...did you get some goodies there? Thanks for sharing Humble Abode

Decorating Lady's Humble Abode said...

Bye the way, I too loved Betty Grable movies. I love old movies. that is why I like Netflix. Humble Abode

Barbara F. said...

I think this is the very first time I've seen you all bundled up! That rum cake sounds so good, especially with coffee by the fire, mmmmm. Stay warm, BJ! xo

NanaDiana said...

Oh- You look so danged cute all bundled up to go THRIFTING....you can pretend you are going for groceries, etc. but we all know you are really hitting the thrift shops...just like the mailman- neither rain nor snow nor dark of day shall prevent bj from her appointed "rounds".

Now I am hungry and you know I can't eat this late at night- xo Diana

pinkkandy said...

We have snow too....Happy Pink Saturday!!
And a blessed 2013...I know God has good things for us this year..stop by "My Sweet Prairie Home" and take a look around...

Blondie's Journal said...

I always say...you have the best food and sweets pictures..you make me hungry for all the wrong stuff!! And, my sweet friend, if you continue to have such low temps, you need a warmer coat!! lol!!

Big hugs,

XO,
Jane

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your pinup girls calendar looks so cute. The pinup girl pictures have such a fun vibe to them. I got three varieties of Susan Branch Calendars at Big Lots a few months ago. Susan Branch's art and writings are wonderful. I love the way the big calendar January page looks in my kitchen.
I call the type of snow you had today Decorator Snow. I like a little snow, if it goes ahead and melts off the roads. That rum cake sounds good. Looks like a trip to Big Lots is in order again. When I read Jamaican Rum cake and Breakfast Tea, I was thinking, Mmmm! Breakfast of Champions. And then I realized that you had it that evening--Mmmm! Bedtime snack of Champions!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

It sounds like you had a perfect day BJ! So much better than my boring work! Love your pretty scarf-Happy Weekend:@)

Kathleen Grace said...

Your fire looks so inviting! Wish I was sitting in that red check chair next to it with a good cup of coffee, some of that rum cake and YOU!

Debbie said...

I love the incredible hovering Hemmer! You should send that to his show. It's a hoot.

I like to eat my way through the seasons too, and just like you I hope I'm never stuck in a blizzard for too long. I would be as big as a house.

I haven't even purchased a calendar yet. I should head out to Big Lots.

Vee said...

Okay, I am off to see what I can find at Big Lots...usually nothing. But you never know. You are as cute as a button all dressed up so nice and warm. You made me laugh with your 400 pound comment. It may actually explain a lot!

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Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Ohhhh what a gorgeous fire! And gorgeous photo of it!!!

Know that very, very, very famous pic of Betty Grable? One you show. One which was pinned up on most every G.I.'s wall? One with her coyly looking over her shoulder at the camera?

They took that photo, that way, because she was pregnant and showing a bit, in front!!!!!!!!! Did you know that? I love it!

Beth said...

We have a Big Lots here in town. I will have to check that cake out.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You look sooooooo cute all dressed in your hat and coat for the cold weather. Sounds like a good shopping day. Gotta go to Big Lots. Hugs Marty

Linda Metcalf said...

I usually bake my Rum cakes but these just look so good may have to try one! As for Betty Grable...I had the paper dolls oh so many years ago...

anney said...

The jamaican rum cake looks so delish! Wishing you and your family a Prosperous 2013!

Susy said...

You're amazing ~ period. (**

Our Neck of the Woods said...

So funny because I associate food with the weather, too! When it's cold outside I think I have free reign to eat whatever I want. Not! Haha.

Love the pinups! So cool!

Jo May said...

I also associate food with weather,It was cold,dreary so I fixed big pot of soup and hot cocoa.
Yes MA'AM it's gonna be a fantastic 2013.
I love your blog and "you" pretty lady.
~Jo @ LoblollyLane

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

You look so cute dressed up for the snow and cold! We have only had a dusting here so far this year. mmmmmRum Cake!!
Hugs,
Penny

LV said...

Know matter what the weather or occasion, you make it a fun day. I love sitting by a fireplace ad having hot chocolate. Or, maybe a piece of your cake and coffee.

W. Latane Barton said...

What a delightful post - with all of winter's wonderland and yummy food. I tell you, when I first saw that reflection in your glass door in the first picture I was thinking, what the heck. That is too funny.

Sharing Shadymont said...

Oh, I hope you're right about the new year. We could use a good one about now! Looks like you had a great day today! I'll look for the cake at BL. You asked about the snow flakes on my blog....I didn't make them. The mother of a lady who worked with me made them and sold for a dollar each. She did that every year, so I always bought some.

Have a fabulous Sunday!

Loretta Thomas said...

Lady you do stir up a appetite!Loretta T.
Blog: http://shespoketome.blogspot.com

thestonerabbit said...

I haven't been to Big Lots in ages.....I now HAVE to go!! i hope they have some rum cake left for me!! Glad you enjoyed your snowy sleet! We've had two snows this year. .. and I'd be thrilled if that was it, but we really need the mositure.

Have a great Sun. L, Dana

TexWisGirl said...

spreading the word and spreading calories... :)

The Tablescaper said...

What a great way to start the New Year!

Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
That fire built by "Mr.Sweet" looks so~o~o inviting!!! EnJOY your SNOW...I'm still waiting for more here!
Fondly,
Pat

Leslie said...

Food and winter ~ they go hand in hand! : ) I am looking forward to a few good snow days!
I love big lots ~ you never know what you may find. I will look for the rum cake next time I go there.
Have a great Sunday.

Jackie said...

As usual I am late getting to the party. No Big Lots here, sniff, sniff. Guess I will just have to dream about Jamacian Rum Cake.

God bless.

Sue said...

I just love this post so warm and homey, I think you are the cutest and sweetest .
Enjoy your day.
Blessings,
Sue

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

BJ,
Thanks for posting about Big Lots Rum Cake, might just have to try it. I started frequenting our BL about a year ago and love to check out their food section, you can find the most unusual foods there, when I find something that we really like, I normally purchase all or just about all that they have. The girls at the check-out just laugh. But hey, I know the next time I go in they might not have it so I store what I can.
Love the calendar that you picked too and your breakfast looks so yummy!

Judi said...

hi BJ *hugs*
Well I am glad you are enjoying the snow you are getting...we have been lucky not to have much more than that so far this year...welll we do have a bit more.

Your fireplace looks very inviting...and so does the idea of rum cake and tea! Yum. That will warm you up..

Great deal on the calendars too...

have a great day
Judi

Kathleen said...

Well, you look all cozy and warm! I never buy calendars,I am too cheap, or if I do, I wait till March when they mark them down Our drugstore gives out very nice Norman Rockwell cals. and Betty Crocker always sends me a nice one full of delicious pics...
I don't have as much optimism as you, worried about all the new taxes we are getting hit with! :(
Have a good week, BJ!