Month: December 2013


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007 helped me make pasta.

I’m sure Cat would have loved to, but she was busy doing other things.

Like spackling the ceiling


And cutting a new baseboard for the kitchen.


She’s amazing.

So is 007.

He was my photo journalist.











Happy 2014 y’all!!


Holiday Food

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The past few weeks have been a fun whirlwind of activity:

007 turned 7,

Papa and I celebrated our 9th anniversary,

the kids had school parties

and we enjoyed Christmas with each other, family and friends.

I think I bakes for three days straight and I loved every minute of it!

Since I did not have the time to snap pictures of all of the food I made,

I thought that I’d just show you where you can find all of this delectable goodness. 🙂

For 007’s swimming party, I made these cupcakes


I substituted the goldfish for Swedish fish.

The kids loved them and afterward went swimming in our local indoor pool.

Who has a pool party in December?

We do!

Cat had a holiday party at school and asked if I would help her make these:


We made them in my mini cupcake pan.

They were a huge hit.

After all cupcakes were made, I got busy making cookies.

I baked for neighbors, teachers, Papa’s co-workers and my family.

Although not the exact recipe I used, these Linzer Tarts  are close.

Linzer Tarts

Cat liked them so much, I had to make 2 batches. 😉

Also requested (by my brother) are Rainbow Cookies


These almond paste cookies surrounded by raspberry jam

and topped with chocolate are well worth the labor.

Oh, and I made three of these this year without the rum:


Cat could eat an entire pie all by herself.

Add a few dozen chocolate chip cookies and

4 batches of a family favorite called “Italian Cookies”

and my little butter and flour lovin’ heart was full.

In case you thought my family was just subsiding on cookies and pie all vacation,

I’ll show you what we ate on Christmas Eve:


The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pot Roast.

We call it “Roast Beast.”

We’ve also eaten some great Linguini and Clam Sauce, Chicken and Biscuits

and right now (as I type) there is a Beef Stew sitting in my crock pot.

We are so fortunate to be able to sit at our table with friends and share meals, desserts and life.

Life is good, friends. Life is very, very good.

Removing Pills from Sweaters

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I’m taking this break from holiday decor to help you keep your sweaters looking new.

I have a well-loved, well-worn white sweater that, due to wearing and washing,

has developed these little bally things all over it.

I have come to realize that these are called “pills”.

Whatever their name may be, they are unsightly.

What is a girl to do? Buy a new sweater?

No, siree.

I saw this pin and knew that I had to try it.


Here’s my sweater. See the pills?

Trust me, they look worse in person.

Just ask Cat.

I’m pretty sure she’s tired of me wearing this sweater.

She’d be happy if it “got lost” somewhere.

Ah well. Let’s fix it.

I ran my little pumice stone-like thing, shaped like a foot

over the pills and the yarn that was frizzing

and viola!

All better.


It took a little while, but I did it while watching a Christmas movie.

If you try this, just be careful not to rub too hard or too long in one spot

because you’re pretty strong and you might put a whole in it.

I’m going to slip my sweater on and go shopping with Cat.

She’ll be SO glad this sweater is back in rotation. 😉

Fridge Snow Man

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Because I don’t have a lot of room in my kitchen to decorate


Because I NEED more whimsy in my life. 🙂

We dressed the fridge up like a snowman.


Since the front of the fridge is constantly touched,

we decided to dress up the side.

The eyes, mouth, buttons and nose are made out of construction paper.

The scarf is wrapping paper.

007, contrary to popular rhymes,

is made out of sugar. 😉

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve everyone.

Rag Wreath

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Do you have a bunch of scrap fabric from your amazing sewing adventures?

Do you have a wire hanger? (It’s ok. I won’t tell Joan Crawford.)

Do you posses limited craft ability?

Then you can make this sweet little wreath for your door.



Ours is a Christmas/Anniversary wreath.

See the little turtle doves?


  Papa and I will be celebrating nine years of marriage tomorrow.

I can honestly say that I have loved each and every year with him.

He is a gift.

7 more days until Christmas.

The Stockings Were Hung…

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My mom has stockings at her house; one for each of us. They’re red and white with sparkles that spell out our name. Mine is falling apart, but I love it anyway. I hope she never throws it away.

Because the stocking tradition was at her house, Cat, 007, Papa and I didn’t have one here.

Until last year.

I saw this cute pin that showed me how to make stockings out of old sweaters.

Sweaters are pretty, but they’re not really “us”.

You know what is us?



With a little bit of lace.

Ok, that’s just me.

I made Papa’s out of just plain plaid.

007 wanted his made out of denim.

Cat tried her hand with an old sweatshirt and some pretty ribbon.


We hung them underneath our Days Until sign.

I took this picture a few days ago because now there are only

8 days until Christmas.

Peace Sign

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We have an Elf on the Shelf. I know, I know, very controversial. Hey, that’s how we roll. 😉

007 doesn’t believe in Santa, he doesn’t believe that the elf is checking up on his behavior, and he knows very well that Papa and I are behind the whole thing, but still, every single morning, my little guy wakes up and runs to see what Henry Ebeneezer is doing. It’s the first thing he does.

So, we figured that since we have this platform, we should have our little elf point out the things that are special about this time of year, special about Christmas, about Jesus. (Ok, except for the one night when Henry TP’d the tree. That was just for fun.)

One of my favorite was this sign that Henry “made”:

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Henry was dangling from the string with a note beside him that read:

“Presents are fun, but the real reason we are so happy for Christmas

is because God sent us the Prince of Peace.”

But, you don’t need an elf to do it, this sign is easy!

DSC_0444 1The free printable letters can be found here.

I just copied the letters, cut them out, glued them to construction paper

and hung them on a string with some clothes pins. 🙂