Month: December 2013
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?
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.
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:
We call it “Roast Beast.”
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.
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?
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
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. 😉
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.
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.