Archive for 12/19/2008

so yesterday, while i was working, i actually had oprah on and it was a good show! i liked two of her ideas. here’s one. my personal favorite! i like it because it’s not EVERYTHING from their childhood. it’s stored! and it’s organized! how fun!

 Connie's treasure boxes

and here is the other! hurry! i think it’s only available for a few more hours! (i have it downloaded and saved so if you want a copy, just holler!)

Holiday Hits 2008

 

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lizzie. my love,

oh how grown up you are. you are so very smart. you watch your daddy and i do something once and you got it all figured out and copy us like a pro. 

it was just yesterday, i’m sure, that you were just a few hours old and we cuddled on the couch in the dark while daddy cleaned up the mess you made coming into this world. (the first of lots-o-messes. i had no idea what this meant then!) since then we’ve spent a lot of time together, getting to know each other. learning what it means to be a momma and a daughter. 

i want you to know. everyday i love you more than the day before and i can not understand how this is possible. there is no way i could love you more tomorrow – i love you to the edge of the moon and back today!

i love the way you pat my back and nuzzle your head in my neck when i pick you up. i love the way you lean in for kisses. you are a pro at blowin kisses! even walmart cashiers get kisses! i love the love-noises you make when we are rubbing noses or smooshing foreheads.  i love your red hair. i love that you have to be in the middle of everything i’m doing. i love that you have to close every door that is open and every drawer that is ajar must be closed instantly. you are seriously going to drive me nuts, aren’t you! 😉 i love that your preference is always to cuddle. i love that you love my cooking (and daddy loves that my pizza is your favorite!). i can not imagine this christmas without you in my life. you are my joy, elizabeth faith, my pure joy. everything i do, i do for you and your benefit knowing that it is what is best for you today or tomorrow. 

i {heart} you lots my chicken noodle!

cookies

Posted: 12/19/2008 in baking

so i have a craving for chocolate cookies. these looked good. 

 

cookies

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Makes about 30 cookies

Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.

ingredients

                          1/2 cup all-purpose flour

                          1/2 cup granulated sugar

                          1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa

                          1/2 teaspoon baking powder

                          1/4 teaspoon salt

                          2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

                          1 large egg, beaten lightly

                          2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar plus additional for dusting hands

 

preparation

In a bowl (preferably metal) stir together flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and, using finger, blend in butter. Stir in egg until mixture is blended. Spread dough in a thin layer in bowl and freeze 10 minutes, or until firm.

Preheat oven to 400°F. and lightly grease 2 baking sheets.

Spoon level teaspoons of dough onto a sheet of wax paper. Put 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and dust hands with additional. Roll each piece of dough into a ball and then in confectioners’ sugar in bowl. Arrange balls 2 inches apart on baking sheets and bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching sheets halfway through baking time, 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies are just set. Cool cookies on racks.

stuck

Posted: 12/19/2008 in life

so i went to church on sunday. it was 60 degrees.

i ran up to church to do some tidying and some work that i couldn’t do at home, while eric shoveled the church sidewalk. (like 5 inches of snow)

i desperately need to grocery shop. (1/4 in to 1/2 in of ice)

i haven’t been out since tuesday.

i feel stuck and i’m pretty sure i am stuck! 

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christmas traditions

Posted: 12/19/2008 in fun
whittakerwoman posted this and i had fun reading it. so i’m doing it too! 🙂 
the worst part of these is deleting their answers! i want you to do it too. so i’m helping you! below is a blank one so no excuses for not doing it! comment and tell me you are doing it so i can go check yours out!
Christmas Traditions
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?  wrapping! bags are a copout and everyone knows it!
2. Real tree or Artificial? REAL 
3. When do you put up the tree? the weekend after thanksgiving is always my goal, usually the week after that though and then give me a week or two to decorate it. 🙂 
4. When do you take the tree down? i was ready two days ago. *sigh* probably the week after christmas since we have so many christmas’ from wednesday-saturday. sunday i’m sure i’ll be too pooped and the house too messy to dive into taking the tree down
5. Do you like eggnog? i do!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? i don’t remember a lot of christmas presents growing up. i can remember about 10 years back. my homemade knitted slippers are my fav. and pink monkey pajamas were a HUGE hit and these awesome monkey sheets on daelias. those are the first ones that come to mind anyway… i’m hoping one particular thing is going to top em all! LOL 
8. Easiest person to buy for? lizzie!
9. Do You have a nativity scene? yes, two
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? mail, email doesn’t count!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? uuuuum i don’t think i should put that on my blog! LOL i don’t want to offend anyone! 
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? miracle on 34th street (the newer one)
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?  whenever i feel like it
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?  yes, funny story, it was kinda an accident…
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? pumpkin roll/pie and amanda’s rolls
16. Lights on the tree? i’m assuming this means color, because EVERYONE puts lights on their tree, right?! right!!!!!!! white is my preference 
17. Favorite Christmas song? mary did you know and have yourself a merry little christmas
18. Travel for Christmas or stay home?  mmm a happy combo of both
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers?  nope
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?  neither 🙂   
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21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?  christmas eve with my extended family, christmas morning with my lil family – just the three of us.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?  SNOW and ICE
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? ooooh uuuum the brights, red, lime, hot pink, light/aqua blue, ya know 
24. Favorite Christmas dinner? it’s really the thanksgiving dinner at our sparks’ side. prime rib, yummy potatoes mmmmmmm good!
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? a new espresso machine – mine went to crap and two new night stands and maybe a new coat but preferably a few new tops and sweaters.
Christmas Traditions
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? 
2. Real tree or Artificial? 
3. When do you put up the tree? 
4. When do you take the tree down? 
5. Do you like eggnog? 
6. Favorite gift received as a child? 
8. Easiest person to buy for? 
9. Do You have a nativity scene? 
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? 
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? 
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? 
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? 
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? 
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? 
16. Lights on the tree? 
17. Favorite Christmas song? 
18. Travel for Christmas or stay home?  
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers?  
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?    
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? 
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? 
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?  
24. Favorite Christmas dinner? 
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?