Christmas Day 2015: List of Stores Open

 

 

Wondering what stores are open on Christmas Day?  If you need to run out on Christmas day to grab something your choices are limited.  Below is a list of stores open on Christmas Day 2015.  If you were hoping to run out to Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us, or Best Buy®they are all closed today but you can still shop online! Please make sure to verify with your local store, as there may be regional variations!

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Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July!

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We hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating the 4th of July! 

Thank you to those who have served and continue to serve, we don’t want to ever take our freedom for granted.  We are a blessed nation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
— Thomas Jefferson

Happy Father’s Day

 

We wanted to wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day.  My daddy is celebrating in heaven.  Although, I miss him so much I know nothing on earth can compare to his eternal home.  I am so thankful that we will see him again and spend eternity together.  Today, my kids and I celebrate my hubby.  He is an incredible husband, father, and friend.  I am blessed beyond measure, and so thankful.  Hold tight to the Father’s in your life you celebrate today, I hope that you can relax and lay the cares of this life aside.

On a not so serious note, my kids asked a couple of years ago how Father’s Day started. Don’t know about you, but I had no idea.  So, we looked up some Father’s Day Facts and included them below in case you were wondering yourself.

Facts about Father’s Day

  • The first local Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington.
  • Father’s Day was first celebrated on the third Sunday of June.
  • Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, started the tradition of Father’s Day in the honor of her dad, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran.
  • In 1916, US President Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of observing an annual Father’s Day.
  • In1924, US President Calvin Coolidge made Father’s Day a national event.
  • In 1966, US President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
  • Father’s Day is the fifth most popular card-sending holiday, with an estimated $100 million in card sales. Husbands, grandfathers, uncles, sons and sons-in-law are honored as well as father.
  • The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.
  • Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.
  • Neck ties, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, are the number one gift for Father’s Day.
  • In terms of popularity, Father’s Day gifts include hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. Other presents for dad have a sporty theme: Golf clubs and fishing rods.
  • In Costa Rica, attempts were made to celebrate Father’s Day on March 19, which is the feast day of St. Joseph. However, the official Father’s Day date in Costa Rica is still third Sunday in June.
  • Rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while white one represents deceased father.
  • It has been claimed by Hallmark, the renowned greeting card maker that Father’s Day makes up the fifth-largest card-sending holiday in the world.
  • It is believed that the word “Dad” dates back to as early as the sixteenth century.
  • In Australia, the first Sunday of September is observed as Father’s Day, while Finnish people celebrate the festival on the second Sunday of November. In Thailand, 5th December is observed as Father’s Day every year.

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5 Ingredient Super Easy Homemade English Muffin Bread

Recipe adapted from One Good Thing By Jillee
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I saw this recipe for homemade English Muffin Bread a couple of months ago on Money Saving Mom and wanted to try it. I haven’t made homemade bread in years, since this recipe looked so easy I thought it would be the perfect to try, especially since my kiddos wanted to help. Recipe adapted from One Good Thing By Jillee. [Read more...]

Homemade Easy Cinnamon Rolls! YUMMY!

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Here is a fabulous recipe for homemade easy cinnamon rolls that I orgionally posted on  Father’s Day.  My kids have requested that we have cinnamon rolls this year on Christmas morning, in addition to my mom’s sausage strata casserole. So, it looks like we’ll have both this year.  I especially love that I can make this recipe the night before and pop in the oven in the morning.  I saw the recipe online at Kevin & Amanda, however I made a couple of adaptions.
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Frugal Fall Table Decorations

frugal fall table decor on time2saveworkshops.com

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Recently, my friend Judy posted this beautiful fall centerpiece on her facebook page. Don’t y’all just love it? I’ve been looking for ideas for fall table decorations. I just had to ask how she made it so I could share. I thought she did an amazing job! Meet Judy and check out her awesome step-by-step tutorial how to create this beautiful fall centerpiece.  [Read more...]

Crockpot Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce Inspired by The Chew

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I absolutely love BBQ sauce, especially my family’s homemade recipe.  One of my favorite summertime recipes is grilled chicken hot off the grill slathered in BBQ sauce. Truthfully, I prefer twice as much sauce as chicken as you might have noticed in the image above. Recently, after watching an episode of ABC’s The Chew about BBQ chicken (see clip below) I really wanted BBQ chicken for dinner. However, I knew the next day we had already planned a full day out to the Chattanooga Duck Tour, and then Coolidge Park. So, I improvised and decided to use the crockpot instead.

I didn’t want ordinary crockpot BBQ chicken! This episode totally inspired me to make my family’s homemade BBQ sauce. Not only is the BBQ sauce amazing, the smell brought back so many wonderful memories of my daddy. I remember standing by his side so many times while he was cooking on the grill, or stirring a big pot of homemade BBQ sauce. I’ve included my family’s secret (or now not so secret) recipe below. It was so nice after a fun day out with the kiddos to have dinner almost ready when we walked in the door.

Crockpot BBQ Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Crockpot BBQ Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2-3 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or less to taste)
  • dash garlic powder
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 med onion chopped (optional)
  • Ingredients for Crockpot BBQ Chicken
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast

Instructions

  1. Mix mustard and ketchup thoroughly in saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, spices, and chopped onion. Place over heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, and place lid on pot (but leave ajar).
  4. Reduce heat to very low and simmer til thick as desired. Approx 30 minutes
  5. Crockpot BBQ Chicken
  6. Place boneless skinless chicken breast in crockpot.
  7. Cover with 1/2 cup homemade BBQ sauce.
  8. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  9. Add additional 1/2 cup of sauce during last 30 minutes of cooking.
  10. Remove and serve. If desired, cover with BBQ sauce. Can also shred chicken.
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If you haven’t watched ABC’s The Chew check out the episode included below. It’s a new kind of talk show that serves up everything food helping you make life fuller, more flavorful, and fun. I absolutely love to cook and am always looking for new recipes! I rarely watch TV unless it involves cooking!

I’m always looking for new ways to spice up my Summer dishes, and ABC’s The Chew serves up everything from grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics. Watch weekdays 1e|12p|c on ABC to see what celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz are dishing out to inspire you this Summer.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ABC’s The Chew. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ABC’s The Chew. The opinions and text are all mine.