Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Oh, my bad. It's just Asher.
I have the happiest husband on the block.
Asher and Lucy put on a rock show right away this morning.
Then Lucy went into Lillith Faire mode.
And Asher is playing bass for P.O.D.
The wreck of Christmas 2010.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
This past fall, my life was greatly influenced by the book, Scouting the Divine by Margaret Feinberg.
The book is about a journalistic approach to seeking the relevancy of the Bible in agricultural terms while many of us are disconnected from living a lifestyle that the Bible speaks about so often.
One example the author uses is the verse referring to a land flowing with milk and honey. She says, "My familiarity with honey extends as far as the honey bear on the shelf at the grocery store. It's probably not what God intended for me to understand."
He is just beautiful.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
It's the week of Christmas, which means it is time to bake!
Except that in the middle of baking my last batch of cookies, I smoked out my mixer. I killed it.
Which I feel really really good about.
I mean, I put a hurting to my mixer. Who does that?
I am a baking machine is why.
But that does mean, unless I get another one in the next few days-no more cookies for Christmas.
So to alleviate the pain, I thought I would share my three favorite Christmas cookie recipes today.
Make these, get fat and be the most popular person amongst your friends. It's easy!
Peanut Butter Balls
2 sticks butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I only had 1 cup, so I used 1 cup more crunchy peanut butter to make up for it)
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup coconut
1/2 c peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
16 oz. conf. sugar
Mix all above ingredients. Roll into 1" balls-put into freezer. While making dipping chocolate.
-in a double broiler, melt 12 oz bag of choc chips (I had mix of semi-sweet and peanut butter chips) and 2 tbs. shortening or paraffin.
Dip 1" balls into chocolate. Place on wax paper and let dry.
Gooey Butter Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/4 tsp vanilla
1-8oz package of cream cheese
1-1lb box butter recipe cake mix
powdered sugar for dipping
Beat butter, vanilla, and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Mix in dry cake mix. Chill for 30 mins. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly coat cookie sheet with cooking spray. Drop by teaspoonfuls into a bowl of powdered sugar; roll into balls. bake for 10-12 mins. Makes 3-4 doz.
1 pack Graham Crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
line 9x13 pan with foil and cover the bottom completely with crackers. Boil butter and sugar for two minutes. Add pecans and stir to cool. Then add vanilla. Pour over the crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes cut while warm. Yield 4 dozen.
Friday, December 17, 2010
This video game has revolutionized my life.
But it is ridiculously fun and I have had a dumb amount of laughs in the last two weeks playing it.
Do you want some?
No you don't know the song. It was a tribal dance. And yes, we were supposed to be in sync.
Apparently you can burn 1000 calories in 5 dances. And I believe it.
$29.99 at Target RIGHT NOW!
To be honest, I have created a home office in our house to section off "work" from just "messing around" on the computer. The fallout has been my blog.
I am trying to figure out ways to create good family time, solid work time and fantastic "me" time. Somebody has to lose and well, that has been this location.
I am going to make it up to you today however.
This video is of Lucy's Preschool Christmas Program held last night.
She never told us anything that was going on with the program but apparently she was front and center and knew EVERY SINGLE WORD TO EVERY SINGLE SONG.
If the volume is terrible, I am sorry.
Just wait unti the VERY end, there a nice treat waiting for you.
We have decided that the "Christmas Program" is indeed why you enroll your child. Not to get ready for school but to see them in all their glory on a stage and to watch what will happen.
I'm so proud.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
turkey & dressing & gravy - Linda
fried turkey - steve
ham - Buffy
appetizer - Leslie
brie/pecan/kahlua appetizer - Jeannie
oyster souflee - Linda
macaroni - Judy
sweet potatoes - Judy
green veggie - Judy
sour cream muffins - Judy
squash casserole - suzy
pea salad - suzy
side dish/casserole - Leslie
'healthy' sweet potatoes - Mary Lane
'healthy' collards - Mary Lane
cherry cream cheese pie - Buffy
nana's yellow cake/choc icing - Jeannie
nana pound cake - Leslie
pecan pie tarts - Judy
s'mores by the firepit - s & s
My most favorite lines have been highlighted in bold for you all to take delight in as well. My sister-in-law Mary Lane has a reputation for being "healthier" than the rest of us. Thus, her food has been labeled as "healthy" as opposed to artery clogging fat fest that the rest of us are bringing to the party.