Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Truth be told, I just couldn't do it all. (I know!) So, I didn't. Instead, I have been enjoying time with family who is visiting for the Holiday. More on that when I feel like getting out of bed to get my camera and download cord. Know what I mean? All this hub-ub has contributed to my latest pregnancy challenge, cankles. (I am sooooooooooo not posting a picture of those!)
I hope yours was MERRY and BRIGHT! More plus pix when I get outta bed. Please pray for my cankles.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wade was pretty excited to see Santa, as you can see in this video. . . His excitement seemed to disappear sometime between the video and this picture. . .
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Stir your popcorn, almonds and candy in a BIG BOWL.
Spread it on a cookie sheet to dry. (Grease the sheet with butter to avoid sticking)DON'T leave it on the edge of the counter where a crafty 21 month old has learned to climb up and retrieve whatever he darn well pleases. (Look at the intensity in his face!)
Temper some milk chocolate in the micro (remember 40 seconds, then 20 at a time until is is melted. Stir vigorously after each heating. Don't overheat. Remember slow melt.)
Then shake with a spoon over the popcorn.
Now do it with White Chocolate. Same process... Mmmmmmmm Good. Don't be stingy.
Put in a super cute package and DELIVER!! :) JUST IN TIME!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I found this opened package in our food storage room, which just happens to be across from Abby's room downstairs. I noticed a little trend.. .10:30 at night, Hall light on... Pantry Door open, but it took me a while to figure out what was going on in there until I went down to search for some canned mushrooms.
Jaxon was the first person interrogated. He denied having ANY part in the missing noodles.. but you know, he IS my SNEAKER.. so he has a pretty BAD WRAP for sneaking food. Especially contraband, since he is on a Gluten Free Diet . (I am going to do a Gluten Free Progress Post soon)
Next was Abby, (the shelf was too high for Wade) she has been on a little "lying" streak lately, so, before I approached her I said... Just tell me the truth, FIRST. This seems to work, and it is easier to show clemency when the truth comes out, isn't it? She admitted plainly that after she is tucked into bed, she goes in for a "mid-night" snack, because she is hungry.
She had blazed through almost an entire bag of dried spaghetti noodles all on her own for what she CLAIMS was about a two week period. . . . Weird, since there were LUCKY CHARMS on the top shelf... Just a little more climbing, and her "mid-night snack" would have been a LOT more rewarding.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Ok, just so you are up to date. There is a new director for "New Moon". That is right, no indy female director for this baby.. However, the NEW director directed movies like... AMERICAN PIE... Hmmmmm, Weird.
So, moving on. I know there are MANY of you out there who did NOT like the choice for Jacob and are hoping for someone new.. (You know who you are) Well, just so you are up to date with all things celebrity, People Mag has given you an alternative and Iwant YOU to vote... So do it, exercise your right.. Make yourself HAPPY by NOT choosing Taylor Lautner... Just do it!
Plan "B" is lookin' MUCH better to me.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Zen, you simply take your crepe, add ze sauce and top with powdEred sUgEr, and Whip cream and VOILA! Zuddenly you are a FRENCH CHEF! And, your breakfast looks so....... oh lala! Yet, it iz not!
(Sorry about ze dIrty plate.. I did not get our ze cAmerA until round two!)
Your childrEn will smile with GLEE because who does not like WHIP CREAM FOR BREAKFAST, NO?
Be careful with ze wee one's because fruit crepes are VERY messy... VERY.....
Enjoy your CREPES! It is a fun festive idea, No?
Thursday, December 11, 2008
My MIL was just in town for Thanksgiving... I just went to post a link of their visit and I don't have one! They were here for 10 days and we really packed it in while they were here. My MIL is the goddess of all things sewing.. and somehow, I persuaded her to help me sew a dress for Abby to try to knock off the Shabby Apple look. I have never sewn clothing.. so I leaned on her for help, DESPERATELY.
First stop: Joann's - At the time, their dress patterns were $2 (that is right, I said $2) What a deal! We were looking for Amy Butler Fabric as well (because that is what the Shabby Apple uses) but, we couldn't find any at Joann's or even the specialty fabric stores around here. So, we just got something that looked similar and went for it. Here are the results...
I say, not so Shabby Apple... after all, it ended up only costing about $12 vs. $36. I think it turned out pretty cute.. Maybe I will be inspired to create looks for Abby and our newest addition to model TOGETHER!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I love those little berry circular things. (I obviously don't have a formal name for ANYTHING) They looked much better in my (ahem) Noble, but I shoved 'em into the bushy tree somehow, and so far, they have stayed.
My husband and I fought about colored lights vs. white lights for oh, I don't know, 5 years or so... He finally gave up. My concession was the bubble lights and guess what. I like 'em. Oh, and the ribbon... it is perfect.. It is green on one side and red with green polka dots on the other. I only found one spool so there are no bows.. just draped ribbon on the tree stuffed into the branches now and again.
Of course, most of these items were purchased at the Mecca Tai Pan. Just get there.. Quit making excuses. I love the funky stars and fun letters they have to stuff in the tree.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Peter came back a few minutes later and said, "I promise, he came up with all of these poses on his own." I can attest to that because although they were around the corner, I didn't hear ANY instructions being given by Peter. Here is what I found on the camera.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Toast yourself some raw almonds. 350 degrees for 6-7 minutes.
Put your stuff in a pot and add the candy thermometer. Cook until it reads 300.
(See, I told you it was easy)
Add 1 cup of your chopped Almonds to your candy goo and stir... pour it into a buttered dish. I used a rimmed cookie sheet, but, you could use somethin' else.
Temper your chocolate (no picture) just heat it slow, stirring often in the mircowave... 40 second the first time, less than 20 seconds every time after that. Stir it after each time. Make sure your candy has cooled a bit and spread the chocolate over your candy. Sprinkle one more cup of nuts over the chocolate. If you want to be REALLY fancy, like Martha, you can chocolate both sides.. (her recipe tells you how). Let the chocolate cure in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
If you have buttered your pan, you should be able to lift the roca out of the pan and chop it up. If you have already scored it, it will break along the lines, (do that while it is still warm) if you have not, it will break into random pieces. Store in the refrigerator.
NEXT STEP MOST IMPORTANT: *Lay on your couch, with your airtight container propped on your unborn child and eat Almond Roca until your tongue is raw and you have developed sores all over the inside of your mouth.. Ahhhhhhhhh.. Candy.
*(note feet and body in prone position on said couch)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Thanks sooooooooo much Calibosmom! It arrived today, perfectly packaged with no breaks or spills! You are the best!
Isn't the blogosphere GREAT?
Monday, December 1, 2008
We sold it before we left. Hopefully this will minimize the complaining around here. One out of two ain't bad, is it? BESIDES, we DID get some of the white stuff on Thanksgiving.
Do you see it? LOOK CLOSELY! It is hail. Isn't that close enough? You better believe I made them go outside and play in it.. It IS a form a snow after all. They were dreaming of a white Christmas and GOT ONE! :)
Here is to more answered WISHES this Holiday Season!