Wednesday, December 31, 2008
It's called Snicker Salad and it's so simple to make. It has three ingredients: Apples, Snickers, and Cool Whip.
The ratio is one apple to one snickers bar. So I usually use about 5 or so apples and 5 or so snickers, and I use the largest tub of cool whip available.
Cut up your apples into bite size pieces. Cut up your snickers into small small pieces. Dump it all in a bowl and smother it with cool whip. Serve immediately.
Now, if you happen to have any leftovers (which I doubt), it won't last long in the fridge. So don't be waking up the next day, hoping to have a big bowl of it. The whip cream will separate because of the juice in the apples, and it won't taste very good after that. So this is a one time serving, but you won't be disappointed.
We are making snicker salad tonight, along with These Meatballs, and our standard tradition of pizza rolls. See ya'll next year.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
This little pouch and bracelet for my youngest sister.
A Name Sign for another sister. Yes. Her last name is my husband's first name. Weird.
If you ever need to make a purse, or a doll, I've become an expert at it!! All in all, I really enjoyed our homemade Christmas. I hope you try it sometime. It was so rewarding. That, and a few months ago, I could barely sew a straight seam. I've come a long way. Next thing I want to learn...how to crochet and knit.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Well, I'm not sure what his name is. Maybe Son of Sun, or Flamethrower, or Lava Kid.
Whatever you want to call Kolby, it'll be short lived because this cool costume isn't for him. Kolby was invited to a birthday party for one of his friends that is in his class at school, as well as his class at church. It will be a superhero party.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I made Keaton and Kolby some crowns. They, too, have been wearing them everywhere. However, when I went to get a picture, they were using them as houses for their Star Wars figurines that they got from my brother's family.
I made the boys a few other things, including a Memory Game for Kolby, and a Bowling Bunnies set for Keaton.
When I was making Orange Rolls for our Christmas Breakfast, I had just pulled them out of the oven, and was preparing the frosting, when George became very interested in eating them. Heath told her she had to wait a little bit. This was her "don't touch my orange rolls!" reaction.
Later, Kolby replaced his crown with a new Fresca hat. Who needs Christmas gifts when you can make your own super cool hat out of a empty box of Fresca?
Friday, December 26, 2008
Afterwards, we talked about the true Christmas Story, then we tracked Santa and had pie and hot chocolate, Kolby sprinkled out food on the lawn for the reindeer and we set out some cookies and milk for Santa....the kiddos went to bed. They actually fell asleep rather quickly.
In the morning, the kids were pleased that Santa left them a note. They were just as pleased by the book sets that each of them got in their stockings.
We spent the rest of the day playing games, watching Mama Mia, and eating scones at our friend's house. It was a really nice day. I'll show you pictures of what the kids got later.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
So tonight, these napkins will accompany our cranberry red candle holders, garlands, and other Christmas decorations for our candlelight dinner. After, we will have dessert and hot chocolate with candy canes. Then we'll get on our Christmas Pajamas and take our Christmas Eve picture.
Hope you all have a beautiful Christmas! I'll be back in a few days to share our Christmas with you.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
First off, Keaton looks comically possessed. Kolby looks like he's struggling not to show the awful pain he must be in. Georgie looks like her jaw is wired shut, and Kamy's head looks unusually large in comparison to everyone else.
So from our Christmas sweater to yours...Merry Christmas!
P.S. Thanks for all the support over the "What's for dinner?" question. I've just accepted that he just doesn't want to choose. Oh well. I don't give him a choice about taking out the garbage, so I guess some things just need to be left alone.
Monday, December 22, 2008
You'd think that he would tell me what he wants for dinner, thus avoiding the dinners that seem so unappealing to him. But answering that simple question seems to have escaped him. Refer to this conversation earlier yesterday.
Wife: "Babe, what do you feel like eating for dinner tonight?"
Wife: "Come on? Do you want chicken, sausage, or ground turkey?"
Frustrated Wife: "It's not hard. Just tell me what you want to eat."
Husband who still won't answer: I don't care! Just make something! Stop pressuring me!"
Now I seriously can't understand why he doesn't have an opinion on dinner. He certainly asks me later in the day what I'm making. He certainly gets hungry enough to care about what he's eating. He certainly has an opinion about whether he really likes it or not. So why can't he have an opinion about DECIDING what to make? It doesn't seem difficult to me. However, it's a running battle of a conversation that we have ALL THE TIME.
Of course, since he doesn't offer up his ideas for dinner, he can't complain about what I serve. Heath is just as interested in food as I am. He likes when I find new recipes. We enjoy watching the Food Network together. It seems strange to me that he won't suggest something for dinner.
So do your husbands contribute to the meal planning? I really want to know. Heath says "Men just don't care as long as you put food in front of them." I beg to differ. What's it like in your houses? (By the way, the husband totally knows I'm posting about this. He thinks he is right, and men just don't care. I just don't think it's nagging, to ask what he wants for dinner. I think I'm trying to be a good wife and cook things he wants. What do you think?)
Friday, December 19, 2008
I made oatmeal cranberry cookies, Russian tea cookies, and the peanut butter fudge. I also made some sweet and spicy nuts. They are really good and really addicting. I didn't worry too much about making many varieties because I knew I would get some good sweets at the cookie exchange to help fill up the platter Heath took. And I did! Along with a cool bell ornament that is totally going to be my Cow Bell to call the kids to dinner. I'll keep it next to my roosters in the kitchen.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
After we take our picture, I print it out, put it on a tile board, and they go up every year with our Christmas decorations. I am in the process of re-making these, because they were ruined with mold, along with most of our Christmas decorations. So after I get them done again, I'll give ya a little sneak at how they look on our wall. For now, here are our Christmas Eve pictures since we started the tradition, in 2001. The first few years were spent at my parents house. Then we moved to California. This years' picture will be the first in Colorado. Enjoy.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Take a 1 pound bag of pinto beans. You'll find these in the grocery store, usually on a shelf level with your ankles. They should be by the pastas or beans. Grab 1 bag. It makes more than you think.
Pour your beans into your crock pot and pour enough water into the pot to cover the beans twice over. I probably added about 4 cups of water. (you know me...I never measure.)
Ok, so now dump in some seasonings. I put in about 2 tsp each of salt, pepper, chili powder, and minced garlic. Turn your crock pot on high. Cover with the lid, and let it cook 5 hours.
Intermittently, check your beans and give them a stir. Within an hour or two, the beans will start to float. Make sure there is enough water in there to cover them. The beans will soak up the moisture. Add additional water if you need to, to make sure they are always covered. I added at least another cup of water.
After 5 hours, your beans should be done cooking. Strain the beans from the liquid BUT DON'T DISCARD THE LIQUID! Put your beans in your food processor (or blender) and puree them until they resemble, well, refried beans! I added some of the reserved bean liquid until my beans had the consistency I was looking for. Blend some more. This only takes a minute. Now, you get to season some more. I added an additional tablespoon of chili powder, cumin, and salt. Now, taste again. Add more salt if needed, or any other additional seasonings you want. You can even add in some sour cream and/or cheese. Yum.
There ya go. We had tacos tonight, so that is why I made the beans, but in truth, I've always wanted to learn how to make refried beans. I had a friend in South Carolina who, before I moved away, told me how to make them. Today seemed like the perfect day to try.
By the way, these were really the best refried beans I've ever tasted. Kolby said "Mom, I don't just like these beans, I LOVE THEM!" Heath said they were the best he's ever had. Keaton and Kamy were too busy shoving their mouths full of chips loaded with beans to reply, and Georgie said "It's good, momma!"
So there you have it. Five stars from this family. Go make some. Oh, and it makes a big bowl. I would guess it's equal to about 2 and a half cans of refried beans, if you were to compare. So invite a few friends over. Tell them to bring the chips. You've got yourself a party!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
On a totally unrelated subject, I found these roosters at Goodwill yesterday for two dollars each. I'm thinking that I love roosters now. The colors go so nicely with my decor. These bad boys are ruling the kitchen roost right now. Aren't they cool?
By the way, school is open. No snow for the Snow Fairy, or for Keaton's teacher.
Monday, December 15, 2008
However, once you live in cold weather for a while, the colder it gets....well, it kinda all feels the same. So no worries about us freezing our little noses off. We have jackets, hats, scarves and gloves. The husband built us a roaring fire and we all sat around it and...folded clothes. Yes. I brought up baskets and baskets of clothes and made everyone sort them. What a great family activity. Oh, they moaned and complained, but I got the clothes folded and put away. I am a happy mom.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Whoa. I tried to be casual as well. "Oh really? In love, huh? That sounds pretty serious. Who are you in love with?" He replied with a heartfelt sigh. "I am in love with Chloe M. in my class. She is just so beautiful."
With a bit of amusement, I say "Oh. She sounds lovely."
He sighs again, rather deeply. "But you see momma, I love her so much, but she doesn't love me. I mean, I just love her so much."
Oh my. His first heartbreak.
So after Kamy chimed in and said she liked somebody too, I decided that now was the time to talk to them about how it's ok to be friends with boys and girls, but we shouldn't say they are "boyfriends" or "girlfriends" until they get much older, when they are sixteen.
Last night, after telling Heath the story, he said "That's so funny. You are putting it on your blog, right?" So I pulled Keaton aside before he left for school this morning, and told him I wanted to take a picture so I could tell about him being in love with little Miss Chloe, and he said "But mom! You said I couldn't talk about having a girlfriend until I was sixteen!" I told him I just wanted to tell his story. He was still a bit heartbroken when I took this picture, but he was trying to be happy. So sad, having to give up his first love. (sigh)