Friday, December 31, 2010

Here's to a Happy New Year!

I'd like for you all to meet Black Bean and Toffee.
Black Bean and Toffee
Our family has expanded with the addition of these two lovely girl miniature wiener dogs.  There's been lots of the "wild-wiener-run" in our house in the past 48 hours.  I'm looking forward to 2011 with a huge smile on my face. 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas to all!  It's the little things that matter. Time with family and friends.
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Savoring that time together, helping those that need help and sharing our gifts.
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I'm sending warm fuzzies, love and joy to all of you this Christmas and may it last the whole year. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Space Rockets, Oh Yeah!

A few weeks ago Teo was invited to his "best" friends birthday party. I knew the party was space themed so I asked the birthday boy's mom if he liked space, moons and stars or aliens and astronauts or rockets and spaceships. The later it was. Teo liked the idea of shirts with rockets, planets and fire coming out of them. (Meaning the flames from the rockets flying. Hee, hee.)  Since I didn't have any boys 5T shirts around I decided to make some using my dress pattern from Lil Blue Boo.  From there I printed out space/rocket coloring pages found online and made my own freezer paper stencils.
Nathan's Shirts
This was the first time I did multiple colors and outlined in black.  Then I added a little something on the back of each shirt for fun.
Nathan's Shirts
Finally I whipped up a card using one of the rocket images from the coloring pages. (Not shown). Usually I let the kids make their own cards but Teo was so excited he couldn't sit still long enough to do anything but write his name that day.  Here's where it gets too funny.  According to the birthday boy's mom at the party when this gift was opened the card had slipped to the bottom of the gift bag so the shirts were found first.  Birthday boy immediately put on the blue shirt and then found the card.  As he opened his card, he looked right at Teo and said, "Oh, yeah, he knows what I like.  He knows!"  Best compliment ever!

Friday, December 17, 2010

December Blissfull ATC Swap

I'd better get cracking on my posting or December will be gone! Seems this time of year flies by...tis' the season. I managed to get sick with all the hoop-la as well. No rest for the weary as there's been snow and thus salt with the church... another post for another time. This is the time for my December Blissful ATC reveal. The theme this month was "Angels".
"On the Wings of an Angel" ATC
My background of gold and yellow paper chips was inspired by the new song book's cover in the church. I've said it before,"some of my best thinking and ideas come while I'm vacuuming."  I also sent along this vintage "hanging" card and some small paper snowflakes to my swap partner for she resides in Texas.  Sharing the snow was I.  I was a tad late in mailing my ATC for my driveway was not yet plowed!
Vintage Card Hanging
And this is the sweet ATC that Dee Dee sent to me!  (She's been doing some other fun stuff with angels this month so drop by and give her a visit. ) I do so enjoy these swaps.  I get to meet and share with such wonderful people. 
Dee Dee's ATC
And I do believe in miracles, angels, and Santa.  There's simply too many good things that happen that can't be explained.  January's theme is "White & Snow".   Something I'm very familiar with here in the northwoods.  Should be fun!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Countdown To Christmas

Often all the projects I'm working on go unposted due to lack of time in the day.  I'm unwilling to give up sleep, snuggles with my children and such.  If I was a bit more computer savvy I suppose that would help!  So we're on day 11 of the countdown to Christmas....I'm on the hunt for our TREE today and it's snowing a lot outside! (I say "hunt"... for the kids and I will gear up, head out in the back woods, lop off a tree and then drag it home.)  Back to the countdown... here's a project I designed for work and haven't posted yet.  It's not due to a lack of love but time.
Christmas Countdown Front
A batch of 25 Library Pockets all decorated with papers from the Teresa Collins "Noel" collection.
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I fill all my pockets with fun little ideas, games, or practical things to do to get ready for the holiday.   Like get a tree.  I helps me stay on track and the children like it for there's a daily adventure.  Even if that's just ice cream.
Christmas Countdown Detail
There are still a few kits available with online instructions if you'd like to make one over at Paper Studio  just shoot them an email if you're interested.  Now I'm off to start the hunt for our tree.  I believe tomorrows pocket says we're decorating it.  Must stay on track.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake

December has come and baking is in full swing. I thought I'd share a recipe I believe I found in a Taste of Home magazine a few years back. However the husband has taken to making this and has probably altered the original for now he has this version stored on our computer. I love how he makes it so here goes....
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin CakeChocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake
¾ C. soft butter
1 ½ C. granulated sugar
½ C. packed brown sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tsp. vanilla
2 ½ C. APF
1 Tsp B.P.
1 Tsp B.S
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 can (15 oz) solid – pack pumpkin
1 C. (6 oz) semisweet choc chips
2 - 1 oz squares unsweetened choc (melted and cooled)
¾ C. fine chopped pecans (optional)

• In large mixing bowl cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
• Add eggs one at a time, scrapping and beating well after each one.
• Add vanilla.
• Combine flour, B.P, B.S, and cinnamon and mix lightly. (sift if you can)
• Alternate dry and pumpkin into wet and add chips at end.
• Cut batter in half.  Then fold in melted unsweetened choc into one batch (if you'd like less chocolate, split batter by a 1/3 and 2/3 adding chocolate to the 1/3 portion.
• In a well greased fluted pan add half of the pecans to the sides and bottom of pan.
• Pour chocolate mixture over pecans; remaining pecans on top of chocolate batter.
• Pour remaining batter on top.

Bake at 325 degrees for 65 – 75 minutes or until toothpick come out clean from the center of the cake.
Let cool for 15 minutes before inverting on bakers rack for final cool down.
Top with icing of choice and enjoy!
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