Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Christmas Tale

WARNING: This post contains classified information about the true origination of Santa Claus. Please, do not read this post if you still believe a single over-weight man drives all around the world delivering presents to children in one night while driving a flying sleigh pulled by reindeer who know how to fly. Please by all means, do not read this post!
Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Doll - Crumbs Sugar Cookie

This is a tale of a Mommy (that would be me) whose favorite things in life include making her children happy.

This is a tale of a Mommy (again, that would be me) who has taught her children about Santa Claus. You know this story, it is common. Santa Claus spends all year making toys. If you have been good, you can write Santa Claus a letter and tell him what you hope and dream he will bring you when he makes his trip around the world on Christmas Eve.

This is a tale of a Mommy (yep, still me) who goes goal it is every Christmas to give her children their dreams.

This tale starts the day the giant sized Wal Mart toy advertisement made it into our home. The Short Chic fell in love with two things. One: A giant Princess Doll House,  Two: A Robot.  So, as normal, this Mommy goes about the task of gathering the desired presents to give at Christmas.

In addition, this Mommy believes that every little girl should get a new doll at Christmas. And knowing her daughter well, she picks up one of the limited edition Lalaloopsy dolls; her daughter just loves them.

This Mommy is not oblivious to the Black Friday ad's. She looks at them. She debates getting up early to go shopping, but has never once felt something is so important to get up and go shopping and give up valuable sleep. This is the case this year, even though she saw that Lalaloopsy dolls where on sale. But never mind this; she already had one stashed safely in the hiding spot.  (You all know the hiding spot, it is where Mommies and Daddies alike attempt to safely hide toys and gifts from eager eyes and snoopy noses until Christmas Eve.)

The tale takes a turn for the worse when the little girl in this story (you can call her The Short Chic) decides on the afternoon of Black Friday to add a new item to her wish list. A Silly Hair Lalaloopsy Doll.  Her Momma gulps, that is not the doll she purchased for her. The Mommy does a quick re-evaluation in her head and decides she can shift the gifts around; a new doll for the daughter and a doll for the niece.

So the Mommy takes off shopping and soon finds out that all the Silly Hair Lalaloopsy's are gone. Sold out. Unavailable. Store after store. No luck. She decides not to freak out because the Internet brings forth even more options. This is not a lost cause. Then she finds the worst news possible online. Unavailable for shipping. Out of stock. Panic sets in! What has she done. The Silly Hairs were right there next to the one she purchased and she decided to not get it.  Now she has to wonder, will there be more shipments? Will they restock their supply? All of this as she finds a stash of them on Amazon.com. And chokes at the cost. $90 for a $30.00 doll?? Are you kidding? No, it was staring her in the face!

The fear of seeing her daughter disappointed was causing wide spread panic. What to do? What to do? There have been close calls in the past, but in the 14 years the Mommy has been helping make Santa dreams come true, she has never once failed. Never. Not once! What to do? What to do?

Well, this Mommy started talking to others about her misery. And her coworkers took pity on her and started to call around to stores in their neighborhoods. One of her coworkers finds a Silly Hair doll in a small town outside of the city she lives in. The Mommy's friends start to tease her about a movie called Jingle All The Way, a movie about two dads who nearly kill themselves fighting over the last action figure both of their sons desperately want for Christmas. They make jokes and laugh that she might have to beat up a soccer mom driving a mini-van to get the last doll in the area!

The Mommy dashes to the store. Driving a total of 60 miles from her home (over 80 miles from work to the store to home). Luckily there was no soccer mom to beat up, in fact, there was no drama. The doll was sitting on a shelf waiting to be picked up. The Mommy secures probably the last Silly Hair Lalaloopsy doll in the Kansas City area!! (Trust me, this is not an exaggeration, she has called and checked!)

The lady working at the store, laughed when The Mommy told her how far she had driven to get this doll. She shook her head and asked The Mommy, "if this store did not have the doll, just how far was The Mommy willing to drive?" The Mommy, not knowing what to say, just said, "we will never have to know because you had it!"

The Mommy has a smile on her face that will last her until Christmas. She knows that on Christmas morning she will see a dream come true! And that is what all the work is for!

The Mommy realizes she did not do this alone. She owes a huge bit of thanks to her coworkers who used their resources to make this happen. I think those coworkers might get some awesome yummy cupcakes as a thank you!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Basketball Season Has Begun

The Boy started his basketball season tonight.
 He started on the "B" team.

The first play of the game, he got a steal and immediately scored two points!

I know there is no "I" in team. But as a Momma, I counted. He had a total of 7 points in his first high school game. (Yep, he sunk a three pointer!)

In the end, the "B" team won their first game.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Take Two

Thanksgiving at My Momma's was this weekend. I love My Momma's cookin'. I had been looking forward to the trip to her home all week long.

We went up Saturday, the same day as the annual Braymer Craft Fair. My Momma loves to go to that craft fair so we stopped by there on our way to her home.

Miss Medical Student, who is so far so good safe in Norway, asked that I post a photo of the good food we ate. So here you go!

We had turkey, ham, sage dressing, cheesy corn, candied sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, and My Momma's homemade egg noodles (that is what is in that huge silver kettle!)

YES, everything is a carb. I love carbs! I know I should not but I do.

For dessert we had pumpkin pie and my favorite, cherry pie. My middle brother and I have a long standing fight over who gets to cut into the cherry pie first. Once again, I won!

Ironically, my niece has a cute book of mask. After this meal, one of the mask was so appropriate.

What can I say, "Oink, Oink!"

I Believe That We Won!

2011 Class 5 Champions Staley Falcons! We went and brought it home!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Secret Santa Gifts

I made a Thanksgiving candle a few weeks ago, here. I took it to my Mother-in-laws home for Thanksgiving dinner and everyone loved it.

My sister-in-law has a secret Santa. She is suppose to give small gifts once a week leading up to Christmas. I love secret Santa's but my office is kinda too small for one. She and I got together and made a candle tonight for her Secret Santa.

She secret person has two favorite scents; lavender and vanilla. We took a plan lavender candle and jazzed it up tonight. Using Microsoft Word, we found a font we liked and printed a monogram letter out, using 125 font size.

We put a piece of tissue paper over the printed out copy of the large letter. Then we traced the letter onto the tissue paper and added a circle frame. Next, she trimmed up the tissue paper fairly close to the edge of the circle. 

Next, we took a piece of wax paper, layered the tissue paper, then wax paper onto the candle. Holding the wax paper from behind, heat the design up with an embossing heater. Yes, I do think a hair dryer might work, it just might take longer. 

The end result. A gift that cost less than $5.00 and it looks way cool!

As I am typing this, I am wondering....What Secret Santa gifts are you making this year?

Bringing It Home

I was up early today. It was not even work related.

It is Black Friday. But I was no where near a box store trying to get a "good" deal.

We got up early to cheer on our local football team. They left at 8:25 a.m. this morning heading to the Edward Jones Dome, Home of the St. Louis Rams. They are playing for the Class 5 State Championship title.

The Boy, My Momma, and I got up early to create a sign to take to the send off. Not bad, if I might say so myself. We whipped this out in 30 minutes.

It was cold this morning...much colder than yesterday. It was windy. We stood outside for only half an hour but it felt much longer.

As we waited for the team to prepare to leave, I could not help but get all wrapped up in the excitement. What high school sports player does not dream of winning a state championship? I think they all do! Making dreams happen, no matter how big or small that dream, is so exciting. Not just for the players, but for the parents, grandparents, siblings, and fans.

As soon as our children are old enough, we parents enrolled them in early sports programs: flag football, t-ball, dance, gymnastics, or even recreational basketball. They hoped to give their children the edge, we all hope they will become champions. We invest hours in driving to practices, sitting at practices, washing uniforms, and of course, cheering them on at games. As I looked around at the parents today, you could see how proud they are.Their dreams are coming true.

The cheerleaders were there too. They did their best to get the growing crowd more excited. They started chanting, "I believe that we will win." Listening to the crowd repeat back the chant after each word, almost made me cry. Every person in this community believes that we will win.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving: Chapter 1

 Our day started with The Husband taking all the kids fishing. He is so smart. His plan allowed for activity, decreased noise, and increased sanity for everyone involved! It allowed me to make up some pumpkin bars. For the first time I used real pumpkin, not from a can. They were so yummy!

Today, we were at my in-laws home.  I am a blessed person, we often have combined celebrations. My side of the family is welcome at my in-laws home and vice versa.  It is nice to be surrounded by love!

And of course, would it be Thanksgiving without some football.

 My family of kids!
The rest of my family.

And this is only the first celebration. We have another day of giving Thanks on Saturday.

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Balancing Act

I am just going to put this out there.

I am a nervous wreck!

As a parent, or even as a parent substitute, we find at times our children do things that concern us. We want to teach them autonomy so we encourage them to make their own decisions. When they are younger we can intervene in those decisions and direct them before disaster occurs. As they get older those chances for intervention become less frequent and we can only rely upon the years when our influence mattered to come through.

It happens with friend choices. It happens when your teenagers starts to drive and "go out" on the weekend. I must be currently feeling what my parents felt when I went off to college. Of course, we do not let our children  know how concerned we are. We want to give the illusion of support. But you all know, we don't sleep till they get home, we can't think of anything else until we hear from them.

As you may recall, I introduced you all to Miss Medical Student here. She is not a birth child but I have grown to see her as someone I care a lot about and consider her to be a part of my family.  She is incredibly smart and compassionate. And...she is ridiculousness independent.  (I have lots of theories about how that independence has developed but those are her stories and not mine to share.) But I am going to guess, she has no idea how deeply a parent can worry about their children. She has probably never experienced that.

Well, Miss Medical Student has decided to travel and study abroad. She left yesterday at 1310 for Norway, where she will be for the next 2 1/2 weeks.  I know she is a grown adult, but I am out of my mind worrying about her. Did she make it there?  Is she safe? Is all okay?  I know I am probably just being a "worry-wart" but I can't help it.

On one hand, I am so excited she gets this opportunity. On the other hand, I have to wonder, "What was she thinking!" So, I am a nervous wreck!

Bear with me folks. I might be talking to you. I might be listening to you, And in one small second, I might let my thoughts wander back to Miss Medical Student. And the choices our children make!

Counting My Blessings

There is a religious hymn we used to sing in church frequently, in fact, we sung it on the very first service after I became a Mom. The lyric that  stands out to me every Thanksgiving says, "count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings, see what God has done."

So in an attempt to honor Thanksgiving, I shall name my blessings, one by one.

1. I am blessed with my health. After having a health scare you realize just how precious your wellness is. When I was diagnosed with cancer in August 2010, the doctor told me that untreated I would only live another 12 to 18 months. I am nearing that expiration date. I am alive and healthy! Thank you for my health!

2. I am blessed with a specular husband. He is a great provider. He is caring and attentive. He is compassionate. He is strong and study.

3. I have a fantastic son. He is smart. He is caring. He is sarcastic (why do I find this a blessing, I have no idea!) Generally speaking, even though he is a teenager, he is a good kid. He is nearing adulthood and I am so proud of the person he is turning into.

4. I have a wonderful daughter. One goofy thing she says makes me smile. Seeing her grow up brings me a lot of joy. (yes, just like her big brother did!)

5. I am employed. My work supplies me and my children with health insurance. Sick leave. And vacation days. I also generally like what I do for a living. My work allows me to have an influence over the lives of others. It may be hard, but it is rewarding as anything.

6. I have a home to live in. It may not be fancy or even clean for that matter! But it is a home. And it is in a safe neighborhood that allows the kiddo's to play in the yard without excessive worry.

7. I have a wonderful supporting extended family. From my mother to my mother-in-law. From my brothers to my father-in-law. And down to all the family members by choice I have created. I have honestly surrounded my inner circle with quality people.

8. I have a great circle of friends! One of them has been by my side since kindergarten. One since sixth grade. Others I met in college. Or on the job. I have come to realize after saying good bye to a couple of friends, that I honestly value friendships a lot.

9. I am thankful for my best friend Tracy. We got kinda sideways last year. I am thankful in a HUGE way that we got ourselves right side up.

10. My family, immediate and extended, are healthy. I will say it again, health is so important to me now. And I am thankful we are all well.

I have many many more blessings in my life. Thank you all for sharing my life.  I hope you count your blessings this year and name them one by one.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My First Craft Fair

Attending craft fairs is a pass time of mine. I love them. I am guilty of walking around a craft fair thinking to myself one thought..."I can do that!"

I have even thought several times, why don't I ever do one of these things. The biggest reasons I don't is that it takes a lot of creativity. I know a lot of talented people but I personally want to go to a craft fair and be blown away! I want to see new things.

So after I got sick and I started creating my bucket list, I put being a vendor at a craft fair on my bucket list.  Yesterday, with my mother and mother-in-law, we made that happen.  We had a small booth at a local high school's booster clubs annual craft fair.

It was a long day. Set up started at 6:00 a.m. When we arrived, we were met with a host of high school volunteers to help us unload our car and take us to our booth. The doors opened at 9:00 a.m. and we sold until 4:00 p.m.

The end result, we certainty made enough to cover our cost. We might even have made a little extra. We had a great time meeting and interacting with the other vendors. But the aftermath is clear to me. I have slept off and on all day on my couch! I caught up on sleep for all the nights when I stayed up late and worked on my projects. I caught up on all the sleep I missed worrying about price point, inventory, sales tax, city taxes and of course, competition.

Oh my, I slept today!  Tomorrow, I am going to plan for my second craft fair!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Candle

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I have been decorating the house for the past few weeks.

My Momma harvested some Bittersweet for me. It looks amazing on my mantel.

Today, while walking around World Market I found a Mexican Pumpkin candle. Tonight, I decorated it.

So I gather my supplies. My candle. Tissue paper. Wax paper. Copy paper. Markers. Scissors, Embossing Gun.

Next, I put the tissue paper on top of the copy paper and used the markers to draw a design. (you need to put the copy paper under the tissue paper because it bleeds through. you can also tape the tissue paper to the copy paper to make it a little more steady. ) I used recycled tissue paper so it was a bit crinkly.

Trim up the tissue paper, as close to the design as possible.
Then take the design and put it on the candle. Wrap the design and entire candle in wax paper.
Holding the candle and wax paper from the back, take your embossing gun and heat up the design. This is pretty cool. It does not take long, maybe 20-30 seconds, you can actually see the wax melting onto the candle.

Be careful, it can get pretty hot, which is why you want to keep your hands back.

The end result! I am pleased. And can I tell you, it took me less than 1/2 hour to decorate this candle.

And now it sits on my mantel. Ready for company next week.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Time to Say...Good-bye

When I got sick last year I felt a need to tie up loose ends. I had a few unresolved things I needed to resolve.  I had a few apologies to make from my past, and I had a few thank you's to give.

I took an inventory of my life and knew where I shined and when I did not.  I wanted to acknowledge my short comings. To those I was short to. Set things right, if you know what I mean. Clear the air.

So several of you heard from me. Thank you so much for listening to me.

There were two relationships I had really hoped to repair, or at least set on a different track. Both of them, were friendships I made when I lived in Colorado. I lost contact with each of them during a super deep, super dark part of my life, my divorce from The Boy's father. It was never that the relationships became unimportant to me, it was more of a matter of not knowing how to care for myself and just sinking inside myself.

I lost my own way for a few years. It was all I could do to survive. I was pretty needy back then. Probably for the first time in my life, I found myself taking from my relationships and not giving to them. I can say this now, I was sad. I was probably even clinically depressed. It took some time but I also got my groove back!

As soon as I was back on equal footing, I reached out to my two lost but important relationships. One was easy and quick. The other relationship was a bit harder for me. She moved around and we actually lost contact. My occasional attempts to locate her came up empty. Last year when I got sick, I vamped up my attempts to locate her and I got super lucky, I found her Momma. She at least told me where I could find my lost friend and after doing a quick Internet search I had her address and phone number.

I was finally able to reach out to both.

 In my head and heart I honesty expected her to answer back with an "it's okay, we all go through hard times, glad to have you back" type of response.  After all, it is what I would say. But the reality is far from different. I met with shut doors...doors made of steel.

I have fretted over these two relationships for a long time. I have prayed that things will be different. But that steel is strong and it has not moved. It has not given in the slightest.

I have an in-common friend with one of my lost relationships. We just recently spent time together and I swore I was not going to discuss this with her...again! But over drinks there I go, rehashing it and talking about it all over again. In the nicest way possible, my friend told me it was time to say good-bye (okay, maybe it took a 2x4 against my temple).

Sadly, I know she is right. So, I have spent the night mentally saying good-bye to these two relationships that once meant so much to me. It is especially hard for me to say good-bye because I just know that if the tables were turned, I would have treated them differently.

We do not get to always decide the course of our relationships. Sometimes others make decisions for us. The best we can do is make peace with the decisions of others.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

DIY: Leg Warmers

I love the 80's. I think I immersed myself in about every style trend that came out in the 80's. Neon, jelly shoes, knickers, big hair, off-the-shoulder sweaters, friendship pins, and of course leg warmers.

I am happy to see that leg warmers are coming back in style. And they are so much cuter now than they use to be.

So you can imagine how excited I was during a recent shopping trip to Hobby Lobby when I saw leg warmers! I picked up a few supplies to jazz up these little leg warmers for The Short Chic. Pink Polka Dot leggings, a variety of ribbon, and some glitter buttons.

This morning I sat down at my sewing machine and sewed the pink ribbon to the top of the leggings.  It was not hard, just a tight stretch around the sewing machine. In the end, the ribbon looks pretty good around the top of the leggings. 
Next I took 7/8 inch Hot Pink Grosgrain ribbon and cut a piece several inches long. I ran a basting stitch along one side of the ribbon.

After I had a basting stitch through the entire ribbon, I began gathering the ribbon up tightly till it formed a circle.  I tied a knot to secure the gather, glued the edges together, trimmed it up. Next I put a button right in the middle of it.

The  end result, I am very pleased with:

She is very pleased with the end result.  She said, "this is what dancing looks like!" I am thinking these might make cute Christmas presents for all the other little dancers in our world. 

The fun part, she has no idea how fashion recycles itself. To her, I am a trend setter. Ha Ha! I wonder what will be next?  I am hoping for friendship beads! 

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Total Failure!

You failed.

You all failed. 

Every single last one of you failed. And you failed miserably.

I am a sports mom. But I do not live, breath, or die sports. If you cut me I bleed red...blood. I do not bleed my high school, college, or even professional teams colors. Sports are entertainment to me. They are not life. What is important to me; my health, my families health, and my children. 

Too many children are hurt in this world on a daily basis. And I am here to tell you, they are not being hurt by strangers who lurk in dark spaces. They are hurt by those adults in their lives who are there to protect, nurture, and love them. Maybe because I see this dark side of our country that no one else wants to see, I do not have a hard time believing that something "just ain't right" about what has gone down at Penn State University.

You all put football and winning over what matters in this world. You turned your backs on small children being sexually abused by a grown man. You minimized it, you lied about it and now the most worse thing, when light is shining on it, you riot in support of the men who did this.

My heart goes out to the NINE identified victims. My heart goes out to their parents. To their families. My heart also goes out to every student at Penn State who is a victim of sexual abuse who has to see support for the abusers and those in power who allowed this to happen and not see support for fellow victims.

To the graduate student,Mike McQueary, you failed. You actually WITNESSED a grown man having sex with a 10 year old child. And what did you do? You picked up the phone and called your FATHER? Unless your father was the Chief of Police, what were you thinking?  Let me teach you a life lesson that everyone else has failed to teach you. When you are witnessing a crime that is occurring you do one of two things:
  1. CALL 911
I feel no sorrow for Joe Paterno. I do not care how good he was at his job. Or how close to retirement he was. Under oath Paterno has admitted that his Graduate Assistant came to see him at home and reported what he saw being done to a 10 year old boy. But Joe Paterno, you failed when you reported this information to your superior when you minimized his statements. Your Graduate Assistance was very clear with you: he saw your assistance Coach having sex with a child. He did use the words fondle. He said having sex. BIG DIFFERENCE. I personally would like to see your name added to those who face criminal charges in this case.

Gary Schultz and Tim Curley you both also fail. You failed when you heard McQuary's account and you minimized it to "horsing around in the locker room" and you failed when you lied to the Grand Jury. I will be crossing my fingers you both are found guilty of purgery. The community trusted you, sent their young adults to you to be educated. You failed them. You taught us that winning football games is more important than taking a stance against evil, and that some children are expendable. Shame on you!

To Jerry Sandusky. The man who is the center of this and the man who is not getting the attention because it is so focused on the actions of those around you. It should be your name plastered all over the media as you face over 40 counts of child sexual abuse! Well, I have no words. You failed at life. I honestly believe you are probably one of the rare types of child molesters; a pedophile.You targeted vulnerable children. You created a charity that gave you even more access to vulnerable children. You are not worthy of any more of my words.

To the current students and alumni of Penn State who rioted over the University addressing this situation: you failed last night. I would like you to grow a brain. I would like for you to look beyond this Coach and his staff who has performed their jobs well, who have won you titles, and brought you glory. I would like for you to see NINE little boys who were so excited to interact in your world Who finally thought they were being given something of value for once in their lives and how they were taken advantage of and hurt. Riot over that.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I'm Not Above Bribery!

I am rushing! It is 2:40 p.m. and I am suppose to leave for the airport at 3:15 p.m. I have just spent the last 2 1/2 hours making and decorating homemade cupcakes for the basketball team.

Why do I do this to myself? The Boy told me just the day before that the basketball team was having a Pre-Season party to reward all the boys who have been conditioning for the past two months. He did not sign up to bring anything!

WHAT was he thinking. First of all, I love stuff like that. Second of all, has he not heard the saying, a way to a man's heart is through his stomach? Tryouts were the very next week. So, despite the fact that I only had less than 3 hours before my flight, I whipped up some homemade cupcakes. I am not above bribery!

Maybe better bakers would have a supply of fancy flours on hand and could whip up some cupcakes from scratch. I am a busy Mom, so I keep a supply of box mixes on hand. A few months ago I read a blog post (gosh, I wish I had bookmarked it!) about doctoring up a box mix. It was pure genious and makes a huge difference.

So, I am going to share her knowledge with you, my friends.

There are things that you should do to a box mix, every time to achieve a better, richer, moister cake. They are not hard things. But they create a huge POW!

First of all: ignore the instructions on the back of the box as to what you should add to the mix. Then add:
1/2 cup of oil
1/2 cup of other liquid. {The box instructions say to add water. But water has no flavor. So zest it up. Get creative. Even milk is better than water. I have used soda, tropical fruit juice, thawed lemonaide consentrate, and even chocolate sryup.}
1 standard size package of pudding mix {just the mix, and match it to your cake flavor}
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs

After you add all these new ingredients to the box mix, mix it up and bake it just as the box says you should.

I chose to make a variation of cupcakes in a jar. I did not want to send glass jars to cookout with high school boys so I put the cupcakes in decorative plastic glasses. After baking the cupcakes, in liners, you remove the liners, cut the cupcakes in half. To assemble, you put half of a cupcake in the glass/jar, add some frosting, then another cupcake half, and top with frosting.

This dessert could potentially become heavy on the frosting, so I was careful to just put one loop of frosting in between the layers. I put just enough to show through the glass. I added a fork and loaded up the car to head out to the school to deliver the cupcakes. With 35 minutes to spare, I find myself rushing out to the high school.

I walk in a total and complete mess. I have powdered sugar on my shirt. There is even shortening smeared on the upper left corner of my shirt. Vanity is out the window. I find a coach and explain that The Boy did not sign up to bring anything to the cookout so I brought these for him.

The coach, without taking his eyes off the cupcakes in a glass says, "Did you make these?" I answer him, not taking my eyes off my horribly dirty shirt, "Yes!" The coach then says, "WOW, these look amazing!" To which, I say, looking straight at the coach, "Then consider this a bribe!"

We both laughed! Do you think he knew I was being serious?

I made it home with five minutes to spare.

I am also happy to report, although my story may make you chuckle, The Boy made the basketball team. He honestly did work very hard for it and I am super proud of him. But in this Momma's head; it was the cupcakes that did it!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mommy/Daughter Time

She rules my word.

We had an entire Mommy/daughter weekend. We played Princesses. We stayed up late. We ate pancakes for breakfast. We watched a lot of Nick Junior! We laughed. We snuggled.

And we played dress up. She was Cinderella. I was Prince Charming. Her stuffed leopard married us. (Please no one tell her it is not a legal ceremony! I would hate to ruin her moment!)

In the month of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for boy's fishing weekends.  They allow extra Mommy/Daughter  time!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

P.I.G Night: {Pinterest Inspired Girls Night}

What does a girl do when her son goes to visit his Dad for the weekend?

 Oh yeah, then your husband leaves town to go fishing?

Leaving just us two girls home by ourselves?

What is a girl to do?


You invite a bunch of girls over and have a Pinterest Inspired Girls Night...IN!

Which is exactly what we did last night.

My friend Melissa came up with calling it P.I.G.'s night. I thought it cleaver and it is now stuck.

In order to prepare for our night, I scoured over my Pin Boards and came up with a main course, dessert and a craft or two that we all could do.

Pinned Image
The Cutting Edge of Ordinary's Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary  has a recipe for Gnocchi Mac and Cheese that I have had pinned for some time. I love gnocchi and I love mac and cheese. I was hoping that this recipe would be pure heaven and I have to tell you, it did not disappoint!

My Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
Oh and dessert! I was going to make healthy baked apples made in a crock pot. I have had that pinned for a super long time. However, in conversation with my co-worker we decided it was time to take a chance and make the Chocolate Chip Oreo Fudge Brownie Bars from Kevin and Amanda.


This is a triple layer threat of a dessert! Chocolate Chip cookie dough, Oreo's, and Brownies. My teeth hurt just looking at it! But as I stated my coworker reminded me that a group gathering would be the perfect time/place to try it out.  OH and it was yummy. Everyone at the party got Chocolate Wasted on this dessert!

Dessert (sorry for the shadows, I have no natural light in my house!)
Not going to lie, our crafts were a bit of a disaster!  I had wanted to make bath fizzies (aka bath bombs). But I could not find citric acid powder. I thought I had found it at Hobby Lobby but  when I got there, the employee had found stearic acid instead. I really wanted to scream at her that citric acid was spell C-I-T-R-I-C! I had unfortunately spent too much time driving to her store that I wasted what time I did have to find what I needed.

We attempted another craft I had just seen on Pinterest, making mini pom poms with a fork.
Pinned Image
The inspirational photo

 I have to tell you all, these just did not work the way I thought they should. I gave them to my cat. She likes em.

We pitched making pom poms with a fork and just made them with our fingers. We then spent the night making our own version of cheer gloves. Of course, I had failed to think ahead that we would need extra scissors and extra darning needles.  So we were a little bottle necked at times.

The end result, was a lot of fun! A lot of laughs!

It was a total accident that Megs blocked Wendy's face. They were each trying to strike a pose with their cool gloves.

Go Team!
We were up till 1 a.m. making pom poms, laughing, and talking about being chocolate wasted over that dessert!  Oh yeah, and a great deal of time spent on Pinterest looking for ideas for our next P.I.G.'s Night {Pinterest Inspired Girls Night}.

But the fun does not end there for me. I woke up this morning thinking about our evening and decided to make breakfast from Pinterest too!

The Ultimate Egg Sandwich! Toast, Bacon, Cheese and an Over Easy Egg. Yep, I enjoyed every moment of breakfast this morning!

Happy Pinning Everyone! Because remember, we are looking at your pins!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Yellow Beets and a Confession

Even though we were on the phone at the time, I know my best friend rolled her eyes at me when I told her I drug home nearly 10 pounds of apples from Oregon. She is practical. I am emotional. She would never lug fruit home when you can buy fruit here.

I did not have the heart to tell her there were other things in my bag besides apples. My confession:  I also brought home those yellow beets and red carrots in the above photograph. I can't easily get those vegetables at my local market. I decided to cook them while they were still at their peek.

It is a cold rainy day here. So I thought what a better day than today to roast some veggies.  I roast veggies a lot. Mostly root veggies like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, garlic and onions.  Tonight I roasted those red carrots and the beets.

Growing up, I hated beets. I thought they were the yuckiest thing on the earth and totally tasted like dirt. A few years ago I was having a work lunch with a friend and she had yellow beets. She let me eat one and I thought they were yummy. Since then I have started eating them on a more regular basis.

My Momma always boiled them. I had never roasted them before tonight. I simply washed them, removed the tops, and added a little extra virgin olive oil. Put them on a cookie sheet and roasted them at 375 degrees until I could stick a toothpick it them.

The end result: roasted yellow beets. Look at how colorful they are!

And I personally thought they were delish!