I saw this cuteness the other day at my favorite department store: Since I am a hoarder person who sees potential in items that could also be considered recycling, I decided to try and make my own version. I had some old perfume bottles. Since they've been in my closet since 2001 (perfume included) I didn't feel badly about dumping the contents out. I also save those little bottles of vanilla extract as I go through them. Here's what I came up with: Supplies Needed: I've learned the best investment you can make in terms of being able to remove… Read More
Up for a sweet treat? This recipe makes so many cookies, there will be enough for you to give away and still have plenty for yourself. My sister-in-law Kelly shared this recipe for Butter Cookies with me a few years ago. It's been my "go to" holiday cookie recipe ever since. Here it is: Kelly's Butter Cookies 1 cup butter 2 eggs 1/2 tsp lemon extract 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp cream of tartar 2 1/2 cups of flour 1/2 tsp baking soda Cream butter. Add sugar and beat well. Add beaten eggs, then all remaining… Read More
I think the idea of a December Daily is a great one. Basically, it's a daily journal (with or without photos) where you can document what's happening during this special month. It has a start date and an end date that you choose. It doesn't have to be fancy or complicated– just authentic. The Queen of the December Daily is Ali Edwards. Here is my December Daily from last year. I have had a blast looking at it for the first time since last year and remembering the details of all the fun and wonderful things that happened. I… Read More
Grab your coziest throw blanket and get a big bowl of popcorn… There's a parade of holiday programming coming your way! CBS is running the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on Wed December 2nd at 8pm. If you miss it, you can also catch Rudolph that same evening at 9pm on the ABC Family Channel. They have a whole schedule of fun holiday shows. A few highlights: The Polar Express on Thursday December 3rd at 8:30 pm Frosty's Winter Wonderland on Friday December 4th at 7 pm Jack Frost on Monday December 7th at 10 pm (better TiVo that… Read More
In what might be the biggest injustice ever done to a Twi-hard/ middle aged woman gal in her late-late-late thirties, a person (husband) who has never read any of the Twilight books got to interview the stars of "New Moon." The non-Vamp on the right is my husband. You know the supernatural being on the left. And here's Bella. I had been strictly Team Jacob until I realized that at age 17, the actor who plays Jacob is much closer in age to my seven year old than me. Much closer. Ick. Inside dirt from the Interviewer: Both actors were… Read More
When Max started physical therapy, he was given a set of three goals. Once he reaches all of these goals, he'll be allowed to do a little more physical activity. Setting goals + Reaching goals = Increased Activity. That's the pattern for the next six months to a year. Right now Max is in the "Red Zone." Once he can reaches the first set of goals, he'll be in the "Yellow Zone." Needless to say, he is very motivated. The key factor to success is doing the daily hour or so of exercises at home. Neal is Max's am/pm workout buddy…. Read More
We are busy preparing for the arrival of Papa Arnie and Grammy Viv who are flying in from Chicago this afternoon. Tomorrow we'll go to my parent's home and have a fabulous feast (my Mom is an amazing cook) and celebrate the holiday. Photo from Autumn 2008 In the meantime, I am so thankful: For each new morning with its light,For rest and shelter of the night,For health and food, for love and friends,For everything Thy goodness sends.~Ralph Waldo Emerson Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
I like Pumpkin Pie but this year I was longing for something fresh. Let me introduce you to the Pumpkin Bar. Among it's many benefits are: Individual portions you can make ahead of time (and that look pretty) A light, moist texture Cream Cheese Frosting I like Cool Whip as much as the next person but compared to Cream Cheese Frosting… well the frosting whips the Whip. Here's a link to the Food Network Recipe for Pumpkin Bars (already conveniently in "recipe card" format. Enjoy!
I love the new Home Front line by Studio Calico. It's got a fun retro feel with colors like sunny yellow, sky blue, and sort of a stoplight green. It also incorporates the wood paneling that I seem to remember from the walls of my family room as well as the doors of both my Dad's station wagon and my Mom's red pinto. Hey it was the '70's! Anyway, Home Front also features a lot of fabulous paper with a sewing/fashion feel. So when I saw this little bit of goodness at Starbucks yesterday…. I thought Starbucks + Christian Siriano… Read More