Monday, December 31, 2007
In celebration of the coming year, Megan and I altered a couple of Target notebooks to track the progress of our resolutions and to record impressions, uplifting thoughts, pictures and quotes for 2008. We had a great time making them and recording our specific goals for 2008 and how we intend to keep them.
I hope you have a safe and joyous New Year's Eve. I'll catch you in 2008!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Baked Potstickers with Sweet Asian Dipping Sauce
1 can (10 ounces) chunk white chicken, drained and flaked
1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup grated carrot
1 tsp. peeled and finely grated fresh gingerroot
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 egg white, beaten slightly
1/4 cup mayonnaise (I used fat free)
1 clove garlic, pressed
24 square wonton wrappers
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, combine chicken, water chestnuts, green onions, carrot, ginger root, soy sauce, egg white, mayo and garlic. Mix well. To assemble potstickers, place 12 wonton wrappers onto a smooth surface. Lightly brush each side of wrapper with water. Place a heaping teaspoon of chicken mixture in center of the wrapper and fold like an envelope, or bring all four corners together and pinch. Place on baking stone and lightly spritz with oil. Repeat with remaining wontons. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Makes 24.
1/2 cup red jalapeno jelly
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
Place jelly in small bowl and microwave on high for 30-40 seconds or until warm. Add vinegar and soy sauce. Whisk until well blended.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I also made a "Santa's Cookies" plate with another of their designs. It looks adorable on red.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
And in other news, I FINALLY bit the bullet and got my hair cut. I always have a hard time finding someone to cut my hair in a new place after we move, and I finally got desperate enough yesterday (after too many months to mention) that I went with Megan and Mom and got a perky new do. I feel like a new woman. I'm the one in black:-)
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
I get rid of a few of the older toys that the kids don't play with much anymore, are broken, or missing parts while they are excited about all their new toys. I put them in our designated garage sale box in the storage room so if there is a melt-down because they miss that particular toy, I can get it out again for them. This has only happened once...usually they forget about them instantly.
I am a huge believer in storage bins. Not only does it keep tiny pieces together, it also gives everything a place and limits the toys that get brought out. Now mind you, they don't always get put right away...I usually don't get this organized except maybe once a week. They are kids, after all. It also makes moving a cinch because the movers just pack the bins, and I unpack them at our new home, right onto their shelf.
I also label each bin with the name of what's in it as well as a picture, if possible. That way, my daughter who can't read yet knows what goes in what bin.
For smaller toys, and favorites as well, I make fabric bags with drawstrings. I try and match the fabric to what's inside so that they stay organized that way. It also makes packing for trips or church a breeze because I can just grab the particular bags out of the basket they want, and we're on our way. I also keep a basket for Josh's baby toys as well as a catch-all basket in the basement for those in-between organizing times so it can look tidy in a snap.
Just a few ideas...maybe one or all will work for you!
For more great ideas, check out Scribbit's Winter Bazaar.
Monday, December 24, 2007
The girls and Josh shopping at Hobby Lobby and Target, just for fun (Christmas shopping was already done) while the boys hit the base and Cabelas, being wished a "Merry Christmas" wherever we went, and coming home with the makings of our Christmas feast.
Making and decorating cookies for Santa.
Eating our traditional take-out Chinese food for dinner...YUMMY!
Reading the Christmas Story from Luke 2, The Tale of the Three Trees, singing Christmas songs while Anna rang jingle bells, and saying family prayer before heading off to bed.
Putting our homemade cookies and eggnog out for Santa. The big guy's gotta have eggnog. And carrots all in a row for the reindeer. AND he's obviously a Nebraska fan.
By the way, Sam's note to Santa says, "Dear Santa, I know your reindeer's names. I have been good. Love, Sam." We decided it sounds a bit like a threat:-)
Perfect day. Surrounded by people I love, sunshine, shopping and snow. AND it's Christmas Eve. May we all feel the love of our Savior, this season as well as throughout the coming year. Merry Christmas everyone, from our home to yours!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Kristi took this picture of Josh and I... such a happy moment in a near perfect day. And speaking of the little guy, this is what I found when I went to get him up this morning. I really wish he wasn't in such a hurry to grow up.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
For more great winter ideas, recipes and activities, check out Scribbit's Winter Bazaar.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I love French Onion Soup, but hadn't found a recipe for it that I was in love with...until now. It's from Gooseberry Patch's Slow Cooker recipe book and is a winner!
French Onion Soup
4 cups beef broth
3 cups yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 cup freshly grated
sliced French bread
additional Parmesan cheese
Pour broth into a slow cooker set on high; cover and set aside to warm. In a skillet over medium heat, cook onion slowly in butter until tender; cover and cook about 15 minutes. Add salt, sugar, flour. Stir well; add to broth in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 3 hours, or reduce heat to low setting and cook for 6 to 8 hours (preferred). At serving time, stir in cheese. toast bread under broiler; place in bottom of bowl and ladle soup over bread. Sprinkle with additional cheese. Serves 8.
We had the Buxtons over for FHE last night and had Sarah Memmott's famous Gateau a la Creme for dessert. Had to share this classic, also. Thanks, Sarah!!
Gateau a la Creme
1 yellow cake mix
1 cube butter
Mix all ingredients until it becomes a paste. Press into bottom of greased 9" x 13" pan. Then mix:
1 16 oz. pkg. powdered sugar
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
Beat eggs, add powdered sugar, mix well. Add cream cheese. Spread mixture onto yellow cake crust and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered suar immediately after removing from oven. Refrigerate until serving. Top with fresh raspberries to serve.
Monday, December 17, 2007
I love how the Care Bear and the jolly old man himself got in on the Adoration. Wish we could all be so quick to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
And on a lighter note, I made up some magnets today. They are actually "Daily Dose" cards from My Mind's Eye and made to be used on scrapbook pages. I decided that they might actually be cuter as magnets. So I laminated them, rounded the corners and picked up a couple of wet erase markers. Made one for Tony's office, and one for home. Because sometimes, the guy just needs a little warning before coming through the door at the end of the day.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The response to the second giveaway was larger than I expected, so I am going to give away TWO Card Catchers and Cinnamon Stick Angels. Sam chose the two lucky winners from a hat and they are...MICHELLE at Scribbit and CHERY! I know where you both live so I'll get those in the mail tomorrow so you can enjoy them during the Holidays or pass them along as gifts.
(Michelle...its gotta be karma for the stinkbug costume...)
Graham Cracker Brittle
1 stick butter
1 stick margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Line 9" x 13" pan with graham crackers. In a saucepan, boil butter, margarine, sugar and pecans for 3 minutes. Pour over crackers and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool, break up and serve.
Every year, I try to make up a bunch of cards so that I can write out our family's "thank you"s while we watch our new movies the few days following Christmas. I took some time today to finish up the ones I created for this year. I'm oh so proud of myself that I didn't buy anything new for these...I had all the stuff on hand. The stamp is one of the Studio G stamps that are in the $1 bins at Michaels and Jo-Anns.
As a scrapbooker at heart, I can't seem to throw our friends' Christmas photos away! So this year, I bought a 8 1/2" by 8 1/2" album and a set of Making Memories papers and embellishments (saved me time trying to match everything) and am placing the photos in our little scrapbook as they come in, starting with our family Christmas photo.
That way, they are displayed, and I won't be overwhelmed with photos at the end of the season! Plus, we'll be able to enjoy them throughout the year...my kids LOVE to look at the pictures of their friends they miss in Montana!
For more great ideas, check out Scribbit's Winter Bazaar!
(Also, today is the last day to get in on my second giveaway...my impartial 6-year-old will be drawing the winner tonight!)
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
So, we got to eat lunch with Sam, stay in our pajamas all day, watch movies, drink hot chocolate, play in the snow, spend time with daddy, and have absolutely NO GUILT!!
Stay warm out there today!
Monday, December 10, 2007
As for Giveaway #2, which starts now and goes through WEDNESDAY, I will be giving away a handmade Card Catcher and Cinnamon Stick Angel Ornament. The Card Catcher is a quilted wallhanging that holds your collection of Christmas cards in the pockets created by the tree boughs. Leave a comment to enter, and good luck!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Okay, I owe some people around me a huge apology. I must admit, I gave many of you a hard time, even teased you. Couldn't believe that you could actually be reading, nay, ENJOYING a romance about vampires. Not just vampires, but GOOD vampires. Well, Kristi gave me her copy of Twilight to read early last week and said I really should try it out. Well, I have been bitten. I haven't been able to put them down! I'm halfway through Eclipse now, and forgot how fun it can be to read for pure pleasure sake. This self-professed "book snob" has been humbled. So everyone out there that I may have mocked, I'm eating big, black CROW!
Today's the last chance to get in on Giveaway #1.
Friday, December 7, 2007
These are several of the many given to me by my dear, beautiful friend Sarah. I think she and her husband Bryan are some of the only reasons I made it through my first winter in Great Falls. Bryan was also a JAG at the time and Sarah and I clicked instantly. We got into all sorts of trouble together. Sarah kept me company while Tony was at JSOC, Bryan watched all the kids while Sarah and I went to the gym, and even after Tony got home, we ate dinners together, went to listen to President Bush on his stop in Great Falls together, and we grew to love them like family.
The first angel was one Sarah brought home to me after a business trip to Kansas City...my first Serenity angel. I LOVE these angels and have given them as gifts and some stay up year round in our home. The second one, reading a book, came just this year before my birthday and is a set of three. I like this one best because it reminds me of Sarah and I and our propensity to share every book we read...she is one of the few of my friends that devours books like I do!
I love and miss you, Sarah!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
MSNBC news story
The pattern is already enlarged for your convenience and the dotted lines are guides for slits through which the ears and the candy cane tail go through. I used regular tacky glue for the inner ears and the pom-pom nose. You can use any color felt, but I like the traditional gray with pink ears. You can also use pom-poms for the eyes as well as for the nose, but I just used a pinhead dipped in black paint for this particular batch. They go together in a snap!
For more great ideas for the Holidays, visit Scribbit's Winter Bazaar!
There is still time to enter my first ever giveaway...
Sunday, December 2, 2007
This week, the giveaway is this snowman stitchery in an 8" by 8" handpainted barn red frame AND a handpainted snowman plug cover.
Good Luck and Happy Holidays!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Since we have finished the craft show, I have been finally able to devote some time to clearing my work area in the family room. Having this space clear again after what seemed like months of chaos has given me a little shot of inspiration and I actually did a few scrapbook pages last night. This blog has been such a blessing because all my journaling is caught up and easily accessible when I want to actually work with the hard copy pictures. Sorry about the pictures instead of scans...new scanner is still not installed. Happy December...