Tuesday, December 28, 2021

I would like you all to meet…

My newest friend…
I got her last Thursday….yes it’s a she… 
                                         can’t you tell????
She’s an bright orange 🍊 Honda Element 2010
I named her Blossom because she’s orange and i loooooooooove the smell of Orange 🍊 Blossoms!!!
Meanwhile, Mr. RazzMaTazz has gone to car hospice to spend his final days in the care of a trained car doctor, that will keep him running and comfortable for as long as possible… AKA he’s with my brother John!!!

Friday, December 17, 2021

Better to GIVE!!!!

So several years ago…..I decided to do Christmas gifts with my class at church…
Sooooooooo before they opened their presents, I did a little lesson about it being, MORE BLESSED to give that to receive! First I had all the kids say ONE THING that they REALLY wanted for Christmas! Of course this was REALLy easy for them to come up with, then I had them all try to think of ONE REALLY NICE THING that they wanted to give to someone that year, and LO AND BEHOLD this was A LOT harder for them to come up with!!! LOL
Weeeeeeelllll anyway, you NEVER know what all the kids take from your lessons right??? So this past Sunday, I was talking to Sam and Janelle, my friends and parent's to one of my students, Mackenzie, and we got on the subject of Christmas presents and they were like, OH we have to tell you this story about Kensie, what she got from your lesson on Wenedsday night.
Bro. Sam said that she has REALLY been wanting to get a puppy, REALLY BAD and that's ALL she has been asking for, for Christmas. He said after thinking about it they were like, ok they already have one dog, Bronco, its just not going to work out this year. So they had told her you know Kenzie it's just not going work out this year, etc...
Come later that week, after Wednesday night, Sam said that Kensie came to him and was like, You know dadlet me tell you something about what we learned in class Wednesday night! We learned that it is MORE BLESSED to GIVE than to receive. I was like, AWWWWWWWWW!!! She got it!!! She got my lesson...I'm having a TOTAL PROUD TEACHER MOMENT!!! Sam just laughs...
Then he continues the story, He says that Kensie says, So I was thinking about OLD BRONCO out there in the back yard, ALL BY HIMSELF, and I was thinking, WE SHOULD GIVE HIM A PUPPY FOR CHRISTMAS so he has someone to play with!!!!
I was like, WOOOOOOOOOOWWW!!! They said they were laughing so hard about it!!! I was laughing when they told me!!! I have to say, that was SOME PRETTY SMART THINKING KENSIE!!! Actually, come to think about it, I do remember her saying after class that she thought she REALLY wanted to get something for her dog this year, cuz she NEVER had before!!! BAHAHAAAAA!!!
♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2021


Sooooooo it was literally THE CUTEST thing everrrr...A few years ago...I just gotta remember it all over again…. We went to a little kids Christmas play and as we were walking in, there was a group of people there for another show and OF COURSE little O just has to talk to everyone on our way into the theatre! Hi! I'm Odin, what's your name?
 So he sees this husky, older gentleman, wearing khaki slacks and a plaid shirt and who just happened to have a white beard and he greets him as usual, "Hi, I'm Odin!" and the man says back to him, I'm Santa Clause!
Odin just stops dead in his tracks, mouth agape, his WHOLE FACE JUST LIGHTS UP in sheer shock and joy! Then, without saying anything, he just walks over to the man and throws his arms around him in a HUGE ODIN HUG!!! 
The look on his face was liiiiiiiike NO WAY, I'M ACTUALLY MEETING SANTA!!! Everyone was laughing soooooooo hard and it completely made the man's night!!! It was literally THE CUUUUUTEST, FUNNIEST THING EVERRRRRR!!! Gotta love this kid, there's just no one quite like him!!! 
♥Mary Frances :)
♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

12 Apostolic Days of Christmas!!!

I saw this post from 2010 and thought it was indeed time to repost an enjoy again
12 Apostolic Days Of Christmas
On the twelfth day of Christmas 
my Apostolic friends gave to me...

12 cans of hairspray...

11 preachers preaching...

10 Bible studies...

9 potluck dinners...

8 packs of bobby pins...

7 days of fasting...

6 Gospel CDs...

5  looooooong skirts...

4 restaurant choices...

3 days of conference...

2 suits and ties...
0 Wedding Rings

Annnnnnnnnnd a 
King James Holy Bible!!!

Does this sound like an Apostolic Christmas OR WHAT?!?!!?! HAHA!
MERRY early CHRISTMAS my friends!!! :]
♥Mary Frances :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The UNsecret!!!!

Soooooooooo the other day I said to Odin, come here, Aunt Mary is going to tell you a secret annnnnd YOU CAN NOT tell anyone this!!!! He's like, OK! I whisper in his ear, YOU ARE THE HANDSOMEST LITTLE BOY IN LITERALLY THE WHOLE WORLD!!!! 
He looks at me and says, "Aunt Mary, THAT IS NOT A SECRET!!!"

♥Mary Frances :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

IF my mom was Rudolph!!!

Soooo one day, while my mom was alive, her and I were doing some Christmas baking at her house. We're just mixin an stirring, listenening to Christmas music, havin a good sweet, mother/daughter time together. 
All of the sudden, over the radio comes on the song Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer! I've always liked this song, you know, its just kind of happy and fun....WELLL...My mom is like, "YOU KNOW, I've NEVER understood this song!!!" [So i'm thinkin like oh great, here comes a lecture about how this song has NOTHING to do with the birth of Christ...(Which is TRUE...BUT...its still a fun favorite of mine)] so she is like, "I've NEVER understood this song" ...she pauses then continues... 
"if I WERE Rudolph, her NYC accent kicks in like she never left 30 years ago, I would have just told THOSE OTHER Reindeers WHATS UP!!!" She's like waving flour in her hands, "I wouldn't of let them treat me like that!!! I just woulda let them know!!!" 
AHAHAHAHAAA!  I was  laughing soooo hard! "I'm like, "MOM, I'm SURE YOU WOULD HAVE!!! I'm SURE YOU WOULD HAVE!!!" (You know, MY MAMMA AIN'T NO ONES DOOR MAT!!! Trust me!!! ;)
Sooooooooo I saw this and thought...
Those Deers are BLESSED, that MY MAMMA wasn't Rudolph...
I seriousley have THE AWESOMEST MOM EVER!!!
♥Mary Frances :)
♥Mary Frances :)

Monday, December 6, 2021

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Uh thanks for the compliment!!!

The weight loss place I go to, shout out to Medshape, your awesome Stephanie, weeeeeeeeeelllll the owner has these pet python 🐍 snakes that Odin ADORES!!!! 
Weeeeeeeeeeellll he’s holding the little one saying awwwwww… who says awwwww to a baby snake???
 Annnnnnnd then he says, “Aunt Mary, she has pretty blue eyes πŸ‘€, 
I was liiiiiike WOWWWWWW!!! You seriously just compared my eyes to a snakes eyes!?!? He’s like, weeeeeeeeeellll, I’m jus sayin, jus trying to be nice to you!!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ™„πŸ˜‚πŸ™„πŸ˜‚
Sorry if it’s conceited to say this, buuuuuuuuuuut I THINK πŸ€” I have prettier eyes πŸ‘€ than a SNAKE 🐍 …
              Jus sayin!!!πŸ˜‡

Friday, December 3, 2021

Too hot???

The cashier at Trader Joe’s said this stuff is good buuuuuuuuut to be very careful, only use a LITTLE BIT… 
                I USED HALF A JAR!!!!

Christmas Cookies!!!!

Red and white dough twisted together, infused with peppermint flavoring and little pieces of peppermint candies- Grandpa’s Candy Cane Cookies. 
Shortbread dough dipped in milk then rolled in sesame seeds, cooked until golden brown. Best served while still warm with hot chocolate- that’s Grandpa’s Sesame Seed Cookies. As one takes a bite of this next cookie their mouth will be filled with a variety of delightful goodness. This cookie icrusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. It is filled with the sweetness of almond paste and yet salty from the taste of pine nuts- these are Grandpa’s Pinoli Cookies. The all around favorite cookie is a 3-layered, Neapolitan-Italian-flag cookie. In between each layer is a filling of fruit preserves and topped with a thin layer of melted chocolate. Once the chocolate is hardened they are cut into tiny, bite-size squares. We simply call these- Grandpa’s Three-Colored Cookies...
Every year, at the end of November, my Grandfather, Joseph Mangino, a retired New York City Policeman, would begin his holiday baking. Grandpa was a big man with broad shoulders, a loud booming voice, chubby cheeks a big smile and a twinkle in his eye. Everyone loved his baking and looked forward to it. Then one year everything began to change. .
“I don’t know Franny,” my grandpa says to his daughter who is my mom. “I don’t think I am going to be able to send cookies out to everyone this year.”

“Why not?” Asks my mom.
“I just don’t feel up to it,” he says with a sigh. “I don’t think I could get it all done.” I couldn’t imagine Christmas without Grandpa’s baking. It was a part of who he was and a part of what made Christmas.
“We’ll help you make them,” says my mom. “You can teach the girls. They need to learn anyways.” 

So the baking lessons began…
The thing about Grandpa’s baking lessons was that it didn’t matter if you already knew how to bake. When you were in HIS kitchen, you did things HIS way! I remember standing in the kitchen one day after putting all of the dry ingredients in a bowl; I got out the hand mixture to blend it real well. I plugged it into the wall then stuck it into the bowl, which was on the kitchen counter.
“Uh, uh,” said Grandpa. “Stick the bowl in the sink and then begin mixing i
t. This way if any of the flour comes out it will go in the sink.”
“Okay Grandpa,” I said. Next I got out the eggs and began cracking them into the bowl.

“Uh, uh,” said Grandpa. You gotta get a separate bowl and crack each egg i
ndividually to make sure the egg is good. Otherwise if one egg is bad it will ruin the whole batter.”
“Okay Grandpa,” I said. I began rolling the cookies out and putting the lumps on the cookie sheets.
“Uh, uh,” said Grandpa. “Those cookies are way to big. Make them smaller.”
“Okay Grandpa,” I said with a sigh. 
When I would get something right Grandpa would nod his head in approval.
“Atta girl Maria, atta girl.” Then when I would take the cookies out of the oven and they were just right Grandpa would smile. “Beautiful, beautiful,” he would say taking a bite.
So became our tradition, each year at Christmas time, my mom, my sister and I would take turns on different days baking cookies with Grandpa. 
“You gotta get this right Mary” Grandpa said to me one year as I baked. “I might not be here next year to show you how to do it.” I was startled to hear him say this.
“Don’t say that.” I said looking up from what I was doing. I couldn’t imagine him not being here.
“Well you never know,” said Grandpa. “Everyone dies some time.”

We all knew that Grandpa was getting weaker with each passing year. His body was deteriorating from Parkinson disease, but we didn’t want to think about it. 

Then one day it happened. Grandpa died. I remember sitting in his recliner in the living room watching as early in the morning two men from the mortuary came to take his body away. A soft blue blanket covered him as the men rolled his stretcher down the hallway, through his kitchen and out of his house. It took a while for the reality of the situation to really sink in. Grandpa was gone.
However the things that he taught us still live on...
As Christmas time comes around my family and I begin our baking. It’s a family thing and my brother John has picked up the role of BOSSING everyone around now. Through the laughter and teasing of who broke the cookies and who cooked them too long, I remember Grandpa’s words to me;“You gotta get this right Mary, I might not be here next year.
“ Don’t worry Grandpa. I promise, I am going to get it right!”
 I start mixing the ingredients in a bowl on the counter. Then I remember and put the bowl in the sink. I pull out a separate bowl for the eggs and hope the cookies aren’t too big. As I take the cookies from the oven, I know Grandpa would be smiling, nodding his head in approval, satisfied in knowing that his cookies are still being baked. If I listen closely as I take a bite of a cookie I think I hear Grandpa. “Atta girl Maria, atta girl.” I take another bite and savor the taste. “Beautiful, beautiful!”
♥Mary Frances :)

Thursday, December 2, 2021

A Ginty Thanksgiving 2021!!!

Thanksgiving 2021!!!
Chelsie Representing her mom!!!
It didn't cancel out all the calories!!!
My melting potatoes!!! They came out bomb buuuuuuuuut not a good idea to make for a BIG GROUP!!! Very time consuming and you'd have to make A LOT of batches- more like good to make for a family of 3!!!

My rolls, they were soooooooooooo BOMB!!!! I want one riiiiiiiiiight NOW!!!! 

My Thanksgiving outfit for church!!! Isn't it sooooooo cuuuuute????

Reading to the kids my favorite childhood book, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs"
The whole Ginty clan-minus one in heaven!!!! Although she was there in spirit because we ALL got her cooking skills!!! Soooooooo basically it was a DELICIOUS Thanksgiving!!!!
My FAVORITE thing I ate the whole day was Apple Pie from Sugar Jam's----maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan that was BOMB!!!!! Second would be my rolls-I'm sooooooo full of myself-CALM DOWN GIRRRRRLLLL!!!! AHAHAHAHAAA!!!
Sooooooooooo I had gained 4 pounds on Thanksgiving, literally, ALL I ATE was carbs on Thanksgiving annnnnd like ONE piece of turkey on a little turkey sandwich roll!!!! I was liiiiiiike if i'm off keto I'm not even touching meat today!!! LOL buuuuuuuuut I got it ALL OFF annnnnd am back to the weight I was last week sooooooooooo it's all down hill from here till Christmas!!! 
This years Thanksgiving was definatley different than last years!!!

♥Mary Frances :)