Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Do you have your Christmas shopping done?  I know some very organized people who are already working on Christmas 2019.  I'm not one of them.  In fact, it just dawned on me that I have FIVE presents to buy and I haven't even thought about it, let alone started to look.

I always pass on Black Friday.  It's that day when all the retailers do their absolute best to make you think you are getting a good deal, all the while charging you MORE for what you are buying.  Sure, there are one or two 365 inch televisions for $50, but those are the exceptions to suck you in.

Just skip the madness and do your shopping on-line on CYBER MONDAY from the comfort of your home!!  Use up those 75% discounts you've been finding in your email box.  Take Shutterfly for example.  I got a note that I was qualified to get 50% off .. take an extra 25% off of THAT ... WOW how could I resist?  Resist I did though when I found out the shipping costs were killer.  Course I could buy $50 worth and get free shipping.

I think it was much nicer in the "old" days when the only advertisement was on the window as you walked in the store.  Today we are bombarded right and left!!
I have a few of those plug-in-the-wall smelly things from Bath and Body that I just love.  What better time to order some than when their big sale is on.  I checked on-line to find the SALE price at $7.00 each.  Hmmm those are getting rather expensive.  Maybe I'll find something else.

Instead of Cyber shopping, I decided to drive to the next town where they actually HAVE stores and pick up some white chocolate for a cheesecake.  Surprise!!   Right next door is a Bath and Body store.  Maybe I'll check them out.

So here's the deal .... in the STORE, the fabulous sale price was $4.79 each, versus the ON-LINE Cyber Monday sale price of $7.  Yup ... that Cyber Monday is the best deal ever!!  I bought four from the store.  Surprisingly, there were only two other shoppers.
Of course the same thing happens in the store on Black Friday.  They up the price 100% before giving you a HUGE 50% discount.  At least you feel good about spending your money.  It's all in the advertising.

So I better get my act in gear and get my Christmas shopping done, since it all has to be mailed to it's final destination.  Maybe after my afternoon nap!!!

As promised, here's the cheesy creamed corn casserole I had for Thanksgiving.  Super simple!

1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn
1 (14 oz) can creamed corn 
1 (8 oz) box corn muffin mix
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix it all together and place in greased 8-9" square casserole dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes until the top is golden brown.
Sprinkle with more cheese and increase temperature to 400 for 5-10 minutes.

Don't worry about the calories, Thanksgiving is Pre-Black-Friday Day, resulting in 75% less calories in everything you eat!!


  1. Let’s go back to yesterday and the dress. I’m going to stick my neck out and say you are going to take up square dancing.

    1. Hey!! I never thought of THAT!!! Though I seriously doubt they have that in my neck of the woods.

  2. No Christmas shopping for us anymore, gift cards or cash works, with the 8 grands all the cousins, nieces and nephews and kids, Nothing they can buy either works both ways.

    1. I loved gift cards when I was a kid. Still do. I can get exactly what I want!!

    2. We tried gift cards but found that a lot were just put in a drawer, so the cash works much better.

  3. Who could possibly be shopping for next year already?
    We've known about the way the prices are inflated for a long time and work around them. Cyber Shopping doesn't save you anything around the Holiday periods, it costs more.
    Calories plus more Calories but it sounds tasty.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. Hahahaha YOU two! And it's VERY smart of you to do so when all the Christmas sales are going on!!

  4. Yah, and I love the save 50% if you spend $100 deals! Especially when I only planned on spending $25 in the first place?
    thank you for the recipe, who counts calories at Thanksgiving and Christmas anyway?

    1. I obviously don't count calories ... I had Thanksgiving dinner four days in a row!!

  5. Well at BJ's five days before thanksgiving a. 50 inch 4g sharp flatscreen
    $168+tax was a no brainer. Looks nice sitting on my TV table. Well Guess what same make and model Black Friday 299$
    My favorite pawnshop Monday new Still in the box 23 inch HP touchscreen computer with windows10 175$. Best Buy $499
    Apple six generation 7gig iPod nano $18 Best Buy $79
    ( I told you I was working on something )( If you want I'll put 615 songs on it and send it to you,, you don't need Sirius radio anymore)
    Or I'm putting it on Craigslist next week
    So go ahead and tell me how to smell the roses
    I agree with you I don't do Black Friday's

    1. 615 songs? Heck yeah!!! How did you do that?? It is amazing when you actually check the Black Friday prices against regular sale prices.

  6. I typically go with Amazon, but each year I send a Ham from Petit Jean (an Arkansas thing) to Arny and Sandy's for Christmas Dinner where mom, dad and sister Patti attend. I waited until Monday to order because I would get 25% off...but then when I went to order I saw the fine print...only for order of $150 or more. Well, I ordered the ham at full price, they will get it on the 20th, spiral cut, smoked, and delicious.

    1. Boy does that sound good. A Christmas ham. That small print will get you every time!