Archive | November, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

27 Nov

Need Tree Decorating Ideas?

24 Nov
There’s a big event held around here every year called The Festival of Trees. Different organizations and companies decorate a tree and then display it. All the trees submitted are auctioned off and the proceeds go to charity. I try to go every year. It’s fun to see all of the different ideas.
(sorry the pictures might be a little fuzzy — these are from last year and I had my old camera then)
Have a great day! I am in the middle of getting new carpet
so things are a little crazy around here 🙂

Creative Fridays and Twilight

22 Nov

I’m running a little slow today. I took my two oldest kids to see the Twilight movie at midnight last night. The theater we saw it at had all 12 screens showing the movie at midnight and it was PACKED. When the main characters came onscreen the entire audience cheered and whistled. We had a fun time. I had really low expectations of the movie going in because I generally don’t like movies based on books that I have read. I have to say the movie exceeded my expectations and I ended up really enjoying it.

The kids had school this morning and were good sports to get up at 6:30 after only getting about 3 1/2 hours of sleep! SO if you enjoy a love story, a little action and some beautiful people, go see the Twilight movie.

I am in the middle of painting my office a chartreuse green. I haven’t decided if I love it or hate it. So we’ll see about that tomorrow.

One of my favorite designers is Heather Bailey. She is a very talented, creative girl. She makes everything from paper crafts and fabric to hair accessories. This year she has created the cutest retro paper pinwheels that you can download from her website and make for decorations this Holiday season.

Thankful Thursdays: Playdates

20 Nov

Today on Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for playdates. Ella, being quite a bit younger than her siblings, spends much of time with just me for company. As a result she has a wonderful imagination and loves any time spent with other children.

This year she started pre-school with a little girl who she just loves. On Tuesday and Thursdays she and her little friend play before they go to preschool and Ella just loves it. Also, her friend’s mom and I switch off watching them and it gives me 4 WHOLE hours of getting errands done on Tuesdays when I drop her off at her friend’s house. So YAH for playdates!

Favorite Thing Wednesday: My Favorite Childhood Dessert!

20 Nov

When I think of my childhood, one of the most vivid memories I have is of begging my mom to make this dessert. And when she would make it, I remember eating my piece as fast as I possibly could. Then after my mom left the kitchen I would sneak another piece out of the pan and run outside with it to eat without her seeing me.

Light, fluffy with a delicious lemon scent and taste. The crust buttery graham crackers. What could be better? Here it is. I can almost guarantee that your kids will love it and you will too because it’s fast and requires no cooking! And if you need a fancy dessert to take to formal occasion you can dress up this dessert by making it into mini-cheesecakes by putting it into mini tartlets shells that you buy.

Refrigerated Lemon Cheesecakes

1 3-0z. package lemon gelatin
1 cup hot water
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup butter
28 graham crackers, crushed

Put one can evaporated milk in a metal loaf pan and set it in the freezer until crystals have formed on almost the entire top of the milk. Meanwhile, mix gelatin and hot water; cool. In anoter bowk, melt the butter and combine with the crakcer crumbs. Place half of the crumbs on the bottom of a 9 x 12 pan. Mix cream cheese until smooth. Add the lemon juice and sugar. Gradually add the cooled gelatin mixture to the cream cheese. Take milk out of the pan in the freezer and add the milk into the mixing bowl. Beat all until mixture is light and fluffy. Soft peaks will soon begin to hold their shape. Quickly pour mixture onto crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Chill at least 3 hours to set.

Big Hugs to my Favorite Duck!

19 Nov

Here’s a Meme I have meant to do for a few days.

When I first started my blog one of the first commenters that found me was a wonderful, smart, beautiful, talented girl who has the amazing ability to not only write fantastical stories, but also cook scrumptious recipes and have a fantastic time doing everything in her life. Duckie — you are wonderful and I love you.

Part of the meme that Duckie sent me is to write about 10 blogs that I follow and the reasons I love them. You really should check these incredible women out!

So here it goes:

  1. Duckie at A Duck in Her Pond you are the first. You need to read the wonderful stories that Duckie dreams up. They will take you to places you can’t even imagine.
  2. Marie at A Year From Oak Cottage. Marie is the other first blogger who welcomed me to this world. She is a master chef and writes the most beautiful and insightful musings about the beauty of the world and relationships. She inspires me every day.
  3. Connie at The Young and the Relentless. Connie is just the cutest girl with two adorable children. She is funny and I love her posts about growing up and other tips for everyday life.
  4. Sarah from Clover Lane. Sarah gives the best advice and ideas about raising kids. I love her weekly tips on child-rearing called Vintage Parenting.
  5. Mindi from Word to Your Mother. This blog is hilarious. Mindi blogs about the craziest and funniest things that she comes across.
  6. Jennifer P. from The Peterson’s Go Public. I love Jennifer’s blog because she has some of the most imaginative, funny posts I have ever read. She also has a wonderful sense of style and recommends some really cool music. She is brave and has the cutest four little boys you will ever see.
  7. Elden from The Fat Cyclist. Elden is an old and dear friend of ours from college. I have no interest in biking but I check his blog everyday to see how his sweet wife Susan is doing and read about their daily struggles battling her cancer. He also has brought so much awareness and funding to fighting breast cancer.
  8. Wendy from Wenderful. Wendy brings a sense of humor to everything she posts about. She makes me laugh with pictures of weird things that happen in rural Idaho, funny things her kids do and say and cool pictures and stories of people from another time.
  9. A Wink and a Smile. I love going to this site to see her five beautiful girls, the fun activities they do together and sweet reflections on life.
  10. It’s No Biggie. Kami is a very talented girl. She does really cool things with pictures, has great crafts ideas and posts the sweetest words about her family and friends.
Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas, recipes and encouragement —
you are all awesome!

Thrifty Tuesdays: Crazy Christmas Decorations

18 Nov

One of the funniest blogs I follow is Word To Your Mother. Recently Mindi posted the funniest web site that I just have to share with you. It’s called Tampon Crafts. Here’s an excerpt from their website:

Your period comes every month, but Xmas comes only once a year. So bring that menstrual joy to this holiday season with these tampon tree decorations. From a string of tampon lights to a star at the top of the tree, feminine hygiene has never been so festive!

(and you can even make a pan flute…)
Is that like the weirdest thing ever? If you want to make any they have step-by-step instructions on their website! LOL! Have a great day!!!

Family Wall

17 Nov
Our family pictures are done! Here’s the family wall I’m working on. I have some 5 x 7 pictures of my kids that I might hang with this big pictures and also a cute four-picture action sequence of the kids throwing leaves at each other I want to incorporate into the wall.

Creative Fridays: Thanksgiving Placecards

14 Nov

I was looking for some good ideas for Thanksgiving place cards and of course Martha Stewart has some great ones. These are my favorites.

This one is more sophisticated. I like that it is a place card and a favor. The template is available on Martha’s website.

This one would be great for everyone and especially kids. It lets everyone write down specific things that they are grateful for. Wonderful. It would be fun to go around the table and see what people put on their feathers.

And one more that I love is at Two Peas and A Bucket:
If you go to the website, they have step-by-step instructions on how to make these. I love that each place cards has a picture of the person and their name. Very creative! Which one is your favorite?

Thankful Thursdays

13 Nov

I am thankful for so many things. Today I am thankful that my three year old (almost four) daughter can now get dressed by herself. And she loves to do her own hair. This saves me so much time, although the results sometimes look like this.

Notice the coordinating glasses and purse — what a fashion girl!