Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
This was sent to me by my friend at Mariposa Avenue. Go elf yourself. Come on you know you don't have anything else to do! This is totally the outfit I'll be wearing today too. How did they know?
I have to get out of the house for a bit this morning to pick up a last minute gift for husband. Thank goodness it's a run in and out kinda thing. Then back to the house for some Christmas eve and day food prep. We really tie on the feed bag around the holidays. Terrible, I know. My mother-in-law made fudge yesterday morning. Score! Oh, how I love fudge. I got to lick the pan too. Sweet!
I hope you all have really fabulous Christmas eves and days. Sending you each a virtual squeeze and I hope you get exactly what you hope for.
Oh, one more thing. Thanks for all the well wishes. I'm feeling better for sure. You guys rock!
Friday, December 19, 2008
This little do-dad came the other day. From Ebar Designs, she calls this her Engagement Necklace. Love it! This photo does not do it justice. It's sparkly and gorgeous.
I have yet to plan a menu for Christmas eve and day! Ack! We generally do a Christmas eve dinner. A real dinner, ham or something of the like. A huge breakfast for Christmas morning, then finger foods the rest of the day. Guess I better get to planning and I see some grocery shopping in my near future. What's on your holiday menu?
Last but not least. Today is my brother's birthday. Happy Birthday brother!!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I also got a package in the mail today that was a surprise. My swap partner that I did a holiday swap with sent me a extra little package. Guess what was in it?! Two Crunchie bars! Yay! Thanks Cat!!
Lastly, I'm sick. Yucky, sniffling, snotty, achy, sick. I'm fighting my way through this but things are falling behind! Tell me your best sickness fighting secrets.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This past weekend we had Christmas with my family. By the time we get around to December 25th, that will be our 3rd Christmas celebration.
This is me having a good time at my Dad's place with my brother and sweet baby niece. Surrounded by the trashy aftermath of gift opening.
Over the weekend my mom made these little do-dads and they were pretty tasty. I'm not a huge peanut butter person but these have an addictive quality to them. I don't even know what they are called. Feel free to come up with your own name.
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 cups of corn flakes
Combine sugar and syrup in a saucepan; heat to a full boil. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour mixture over corn flakes and stir until the flakes are completely covered. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
Let me know if you give these little corn flakey thingies a try.
I'm generally not a last minute Christmas shopper but this year it's creeping up on me. I'm feeling the squeeze of 9 shopping days left. How is your shopping going? Are you all finished?!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Can of cherry pie filling
Can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
Crushed pineapple, drained (I don't use the whole can just a few giant spoonfuls)
Walnuts or pecans (I prefer walnuts) to taste. I like nuts so I put quite a few.
Stir it all together.
Pink, fluffy, and yummy.
Oh, yesterday was my birthday.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Today was such a wasted lazy day! As a result of last night's Christmas party my little fanny was really dragging today. Everyone needs a lay around day now and then. Right? We ordered pizza and I'm still in my jammies!
I did get to watch movies that I haven't taken the time to sit down in front of. Wall-e with the kids. I loved Wall-e! Then Martian Child with John Cusack. Cute but very predictable movie.
I hope you all had a super Sunday, my favorite day of the week. Busy week ahead for sure.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
1. I must make more key chains. They are selling as soon as I list them. Not complaining about that one bit.
2. I have to get some Christmas shopping done. We will celebrate Christmas with my family next weekend.
3. Clean of course!
4. My desk is being taken over by a mountain of papers that need to be put away.
5. I have to purdy myself up for a Christmas party tonight. I ordered some new boots that arrived yesterday and I'm so looking forward to wearing those babies! By the way, did you know you can shop at Old Navy, Banana Republic, The Gap, and Piperlime all at the same site and pay once? Coolness.
6. I have to balance my checkbook! Why, oh why do I wait until it's a big pile of receipts and confusion? Why do I punish myself this way?!
At Christmas time I can never resist shopping for myself! I think that's obvious. Anywho, this sweet little package came in the mail yesterday.
How cute is that?
Friday, December 5, 2008
One of the candies she included was a candy bar made by Cadbury called a "Crunchie". I finished off the Crunchie last night and I want to cry. It's all gone! So yummy yet not sold in the U.S.! What?!
"The Crunchie bar is technically of British origin, but can be found in many other countries(In the States, not so much.). Behind its extremely generic name, the Crunchie is actually pretty unique. It’s based on a traditional candy called sponge toffee, honeycomb, or cinder toffee, which is made by adding baking soda to molten sugar, causing the sugar to expand in a froth of bubbles. Once cooled, the foam becomes a light, airy, crunchy treat. It can be eaten plain or, as is the case with the Crunchie, coated in chocolate." This quote was taken from CandyAddict.
I'm sure these can be found in the U.S. somewhere just not at your local 7-11. I have my eye on a case of them from Amazon!
So if your wondering what to get me for Christmas or birthday here is a little hint.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
A few photos of Christmas past.
This is me with my new phone making some kind of scrunchy face and someone got a garden patio set. Christmas 1972.
Here are 24 Christmas questions just for the heck of it.
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? LOL, I'll keep that one to myself.
15. Lights on the tree? Yes, who has a dark tree?! Little white lights with a few multi-colored large bulbs too.
I have no idea what year this was. Santa is looking a little tired and disheveled. Possibly one kid to many sitting on his lap at the McDonald's.
Oh, Oh, Oh Merry Christmas!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I'm a belt wearer. If I'm not in yoga pants or jammies, I'm in jeans with a belt. I had been looking for a cool black belt for awhile and decided to give Etsy a go. So stumbled on this super cool belt and buckle.
This is a photo from the Fosterweld shop . Belts and buckles in several different colors.
My new belt! It's black and distressed and a little masculine. All things I love in a belt!
Monday, December 1, 2008
This little snowman was born from pencil and paper. I drew out the pattern. Cut him from 1/2 inch MDF(medium density fiberboard) with my trusty jig saw. He's about 12 inches tall.
To cut the star out of the center. Drill a hole large enough for your saw blade to fit in. Then start cutting out the star shape from there. It takes a bit and be careful!
I rounded all the edges with a sander.
Painted while it was still in two pieces. Couple of coats of paint and a distressing with brown stain.
Glued the snowman to the base. Then glued on parts of a disassembled small grapevine wreath, pine cone, fake berries, a scarf of scrap fabric.
Oh, and a nose! I cut the nose from thin MDF, sanded, painted, and glued on his little face.
I found these super cool fake candles. They are a little base with a flame. It flickers and runs on batteries. That way you don't burn your house down and your snowman looks super cute with a flickering candle showing through the star cut out.
These are little Christmas trees cut from the same MDF. The base is a heart, the trunk is a dowel. Sanded and spattered with paint for a distressed look. These sold like hotcakes at my little craft booth I used to have. They are about 7 inches tall.