Monday, November 30, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 30 Sweet moments with Little Man

Tonight the kids and I made rice krispy treats for their lunches....they are supposed to be for lunches but I think we all know they won't make it to tomorrow.
We got them in the pan and let them setup on the counter. I had already given the kids a share while we were watching Shrek the Halls.

Little Man came over a few minutes later and asked "Mommy, can we have more Christmas Treats?" :) So sweet!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 29 Sunday

Reminder: 1 more day to leave a comment on my 900th post to be entered to win a $10 gift card to Hobby Lobby.

Oh, Sunday day of rest how I love thee. :)

Today was a restful day even if we did not rest rest. We went to church and came home for leftover turkey enchiladas. We went to the Nashville International Car Show because I had free tickets and it was kids free day. I had free tickets due to giving blood but I was signed up to give blood before finding out about the tickets.

We dug all of the Christmas decorations out of the attic, tested lights and decorated our slightly lopsided Christmas tree. Most of the ornaments are clumped about the 3 foot mark and we lost our star wars ornament but I wouldn't have it any other way. This is the first year Little Man has been super excited about decorating and was thrilled to help out. Munchkin is the one who broke the ornament and felt horrible about it. But, it is was it is and it was an accident. I made sure she was ok and let her know I knew it was an accident and cleaned it up.

Dinner was turkey tetrazinni and the punch I forgot to make for Thanksgiving dinner. I got a resounding nod of approval to make this recipe again.

Last week I read Anne of Green Gables: Beginnings and today I have read half of Anne of Green Gables. At Goodwill a few weeks ago I found the next 2 books for about ninety cents each so I am excited to read them in the coming weeks.

Now we need to get our sweet babies to bed for they have school tomorrow and I am not looking forward to getting them up. Hopefully going to bed on time will help them get up in the morning. I suppose we shall see. :)

Happy decorating!

Friday, November 27, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 27 Analytics

I know I did this awhile back but I think it is time to do it again. I use Google Analytics to see how you are getting to my blog. I am not that tech savvy so I know I am not utilizing it as well as I could but I like seeing where you are coming from.

Keywords that are popular:
Locks of Love - I hope this is helpful for people who want to donate their hair to this amazing organization
7th birthday prayer
emotional turmoil
Apple Cherry Chutney - I think this one is kind of funny because the person searching for this was from Michigan and the recipe I used was from a cookbook from Michigan.
Hello Kitty Pops - I am sure they were looking for Bakerellas but got mine..sorry! :)
Precocious moments - kids say funny things.
80's bunco party - my group looked like totally awesome in the pictures
ameretti cookies and World Market - these are delicious little cookies
azusa, ca "trick or treating" best neighborhood - I hope they ended up going to APU for their trick or treating
beth moores denomination -
brezinka twitter - a friend and neighbor
chicken pox party, chicago - Sorry we aren't close but we did try to infect a neighbor...
bounce factory, nashville - haven't been here in quite sometime. Is the one in Anticoch still in business?
fort negley - Fun, your should go. :)
gigi's cupcakes - Delicious. There is now a kiosk at Opry Mills.

Where you are:
Canada (Hi Sherri!)
Cambridge, Kelowna, Edmonton, West Vancouver, Orillia, Ft. Erie, Bramalea, Don Mills, Port Moody, Victoria
United Kingdom - London, Glasgow (I lived in Kilmacolm when I was a wee lass), Poole, Manchester, Edinburgh
Philippines - Mandaluyong, Cebu
Australia - Sydney, Perth, Brisbane
Singapore
France - Paris, Nantes
Latvia - Daugavpils
Mexico - Guadalajara , Sahuayo
Croatia - Zadar, Split
Germany - Berlin, Sulzbach
India - Bangalore
Netherlands - Hoogeveen , Leeuwarden
Malaysia - Petaling Jaya , Kuala Lumpur
Taiwan - San-Ch'Ung
Maldives - Male
Slovania - Ljubljana
Costa Rica - Heredia
Portugal - Porto
Denmark - Arhus
Greece - Athens
Columbia - Bogota
Japan - Urasoe
Austria -Korneuburg
United Arab Emirates
Ukraine - Karkov
Czech Republic - Prague
Saudi Arabia -
Israel - Petah Tiqwa

And of course United states. The majority of you are from California (Hi Mom!) The only states not represented are: Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi, West Virginia, Delaware, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Anyway, that is just a little snapshot of what google analytics can show you. :)
I would love to hear from any of you, comments make me feel loved.

Make sure to make a comment before Dec. 1st on my 900th post to be entered to win a $10 gift card to Hobby Lobby!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 25 Pictures from TWD

Over the last couple of weeks I have made my TWD recipes but not posted pictures...mostly because I am a slacker and hadn't finished them. I did make the molasses dough but didn't bake them for a week. Then I was planning on making the crisp and couldn't get to the store for cranberries. Supplies I had on hand had to do.

So without further ado here are the photos of my Cran Apple Crisp Raspberry Apple Chocolate Peanut Butter Crisp and my Sugar Topped Molasses cookies.

These ended up being square because this is what they looked like on the cookie sheet. They spread...a lot.

Since I didn't have cranberries I used some freezer burned raspberries and added some delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter because who doesn't love those two things?




This right here is delish! You will want to eat it right out of the jar. Go right now and get some!
The cookies disappeared quickly. My individual crisp for me disappeared quickly but the one the kids shared stayed in the fridge with a few bites taken out of it. I didn't even attempt the crisp for my hubby, I didn't think he would eat it. Overall I think I will make both of these again sometime.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 22 Kitchen

My kitchen looks like a tornado hit it. We are having a couple of friends over for Thanksgiving so I am starting to prepare. Of course the cake I am making today may not make it until Thursday. It is my Tuesdays with Dorie cake and I am fairly certain I have been in the kitchen for 4 hours making this cake...and the mess. The dishes, oh the dishes. Is there anyone who would like to come being my personal dishwasher? I have already run the electric one once this morning and it didn't even make a dent. All I have to say is this cake better be worth it. The gold dusted chestnuts that I just finished painting will hopefully make the cake look very pretty.

I <3 baking. I do not <3 the cleanup. :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 21 My 900th Post and a giveaway


Good morning world!

It is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The sun is shining, my daughters chicken pox spots have faded and this is my 900th post.

To celebrate I am giving away one $10 gift card to Hobby Lobby (the craft store not the airplane store). I love Hobby Lobby and the expanse of craftiness they have.

To enter leave a comment and December 1st I will draw a name from a hat for a winner.


*Hobby Lobby has no idea who I am but I <3 them. :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 20 Housebound

One would think that I got a ton of stuff done at my house this week. Munchkin and I have been pretty housebound due to the chicken pox. We had to leave to pick up Little man from school but otherwise have stayed in. NPT says kids need outdoor unstructured play every day. Munchkin made sure to let me know that since we have been inside. I suppose I could have let her play in our backyard but it has been a little chilly. Well, not that chilly.

Anyway, even with Munchkin sick (not acting sick) I have loved being home this week. Just to get to spend quality time with her has made me happy.

One of these days maybe I will get to be home with my babies again.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 19 Pumpkins

I know I kept saying I was going to post pictures of our pumpkins and here they are finally a week out from Thanksgiving. Munchkin won the beast sitting next to her out at Pumpkin Hill by guessing the closest weight. It was 68 pounds and looked much bigger sitting on its end with her on the table next to it. It weighs 22 pounds more than she does.

Not only did she win the pumpkin, it won our neighborhood carving contest as well! Lucky Pumpkin! :)

This pumpkin was carved by Munchkin. She did a fantastic job but we carved the Monday night before Halloween so by the time candy day rolled around its name became "My Head Esplode"!

This was Little Mans pumpkin. What you can't see is the other side was carved like Darth Vader. The mouth hole you see there was actually carved the night we carved all the pumpkins because it was already starting to mold a bit that night. I figured if I got the moldy part out it would survive. The eyes were added to this side after Darth Vaders face mushed in.
This guy makes me laugh because I think he looks a little bit like Gonzo. He looked scared of our big maama jaama pumpkin. This was all hubbys doing!
It's too bad you can't see this goofy guys nose in this picture. He was pretty fun to carve. There were surprisingly few guts to pull out and was easier to clean because I could actually get my hand in there.

Munchkin had a blast helping out with the pumpkins this year. It is really the first year she has helped a whole lot. At first she didn't want to touch the guts but eventually got her hands in them and wouldn't leave them alone. She is my child that will play all day in the dirt.
Little Man carved a bit but didn't want to touch the guts. Nope, not a play in the dirt kind of boy.
I can't wait to see what my kiddos will come up with next year for their pumpkins! :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

NABloPoMo Day 16 Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Over the last 8 years I have cooked 1 big Thanksgiving dinner. That, I think, was the first year we lived in Tennessee. We invited a bunch of friends from church to share a meal with us before we headed off to Texas for what would become an annual family tradition. This year none of are able to get together so we are on our own and I find myself thinking about what to make for Thanksgiving.
When I think back to the things my mom made I think of Johnny Appleseed pie and Cornmeal Crescent rolls. I have made those in the past few years so I know they are going on my list.
My preliminary menu includes:
Rosemary Roasted Turkey
Garlic Mashed potatoes (with some that don't have milk and butter for our dairy free friend)
Green Bean Casserole (which Munchkin will not eat, it is her least favorite food)
Ambrosia salad
Cornmeal Crescent Rolls
Sweet potatoes
Veggie tray (for snacking)
Deviled eggs
Cranberry sauce
Gravy
Johnny Appleseed Pie
Chocolate Satan Pie
Pumpkin Pie

What am I missing? And, what are your favorite recipes for Thanksgiving?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 15 A Crazy Dream

Hubs and I went to bed early last night..10:30. I don't know why I couldn't get up this morning but it could have something to do with the very involved dream I was having.

For some reason Salient was playing a show at the Scraphouse because it was the last weekend the scrapbooking retreat house was going to be open. We had a youth group there and Mike from Big Daddy Weave was there playing worship. Ryan from This is Reverb was also there taking pictures...he may have been the speaker as well. There were also a couple of people from work there.
We discovered that the house next door was going to be the new scraphouse and that it had scripture painted on the walls. We all looked in the windows and Mike played a song that made me cry while we were reading the scripture. Rosy, Mike Lee and Jason Allen were also there which makes me think there was supposed to be a Dr. Smooth reunion concert later in the day.

A little while later someone said "Ok, let's go!" except that nothing was cleaned up. Any time we left the scraphouse we always ran the dishwasher, swept up our scraps and made sure we didn't leave any of our stuff. In the dream people that hadn't been there before I guess assumed we would leave at three in the afternoon and could leave it a big fat mess. I said we needed an itinerary and people needed to understand they needed to clean up their own messes.

One girl from work said she wasn't happy because she didn't like the other girl from work that was there. That rose tensions for everyone. Then we were back out at the concert and I was sitting in a wagon talking to some woman that was tanned to a crisp. She had some seriously sprayed crazy 80's hair....giant bangs and probably had stock in aquanet. She was laughing because my legs were orange. For some reason I dyed them for Halloween and it hadn't come off yet.

All of a sudden Kevin from The Office walked up and handed me a cupcake shaped like a purple pig and told me to take it to some bakery. I asked him if I could eat it and he said no. I ate it anyway.

Then I was woken up by a small voice asked daddy what time it was. I was exhausted.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 14 Random Thoughts

I am glad to be blogging more frequently (every day this month) but am finding fewer things to write about except my day.

My subtitle has religion, music, children and other random stuff. So, I suppose I could write about a few of those things.

I have been slacking on my Tuesdays with Dorie. I really want to bake but haven't had the time or the energy.

Munchkin has an extremely loose tooth. She won't let me pull it because it is "fun to wiggle".

Little Man had a birthday party to go to at Glow Golf today. He buried his face in my leg and would not go sit with the other kids. He would not get his face painted and wouldn't even acknowledge people speaking to him. The birthday boy came over and put his hand on his back and told him everything was ok and asked if he would like to see the cake. It made me think this happens at school more than I think it does. At times, I am at a complete loss about what I should do. At conferences his teacher said socially things were difficult for awhile but that he was fine now. I just want him to be happy..

I would like to be a photographer but need a new camera....and some classes. I have been eyeing the new Digital Canon 50D with 15.1 mega pixels. I know most of my pictures I post are not great quality but I have been told I have a good eye. Is the industry too saturated for a hack like me?

My cat has decided that she must sleep on me, all night long. It doesn't matter if I sleep on my back or front she is sleeping on me. If I roll over she just acts like it is a log rolling competition and moves as needed. She is losing a bunch of hair. Every fall she looks a little scraggly. I am not sure if it is because of the weather change or what but, I think she is allergic to something.

Hubs is going to the Titans game tomorrow. A friend just called with an extra ticket. That should be fun! :)

The Lifechurch message tonight and tomorrow is on speaking in tongues. Growing up in Baptist churches this was a spiritual gift that was ignored or swept under the rug. I don't remember learning about tongues until I was in college. Then I thought it was weird. I know as Christians we are gifted with Spiritual Gifts. My strong ones tend to be mercy, teaching, and discernment. I am interested to see what the message tomorrow will be like.

Just in case you didn't know, black lights will show every bit of sugar you dumped on your red shirt from the Aunt Anne's pretzel you ate before the movie you saw today. No matter how many napkins you used to get it off.

The piranha feeding at Stingray reef is far less impressive than you might think it would be.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, November 13, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 13 Nails on a chalkboard

The one sound in the world that absolutely makes me want to go postal is the sound of dogs barking. I can understand a little warning bark here or a "Here's the mailman" bark there. But, when it is woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof.............woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof...woof, woof, woof, woof........woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof for 3 hours straight I get a little on edge.
All of a sudden the little dog in the neighborhood that has been doing that for 3 hours has been silent for a full 5 minutes. Please Lord let it stay that way. I am at peace once more.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

NABloPoMo Day 12 I Left My Wallet in El Segundo

Tonight hubs and I were watching Flash Forward while the kids were still up. It starts at 7PM here and we were eating dinner. Healthy, right? :) Anyway, on the show they got some tip about El Segundo and my hubby knew immediately that I would start singing "I left my wallet in El Segundo, I gotta go back and get it!" The best part was when Munchkin joined in to sing with me. Only her version was more along the lines of "I lef my wallet in elfamundo! I gotta go back and get it!" :) We had a pretty good laugh over that. We had to explain to her that "I left my wallet" song came out a long time ago and every time I hear El Segundo it just pops into my head.

Even better is that my sweet sheltered hubby had never heard it before we started dating. Both of our parents hated "that rap crap" but I loved it. I was like that girl in High School Musical that likes to pop and lock and jam....or not. :) I did like hip hop though, it was fun to dance to. I could do a serious Roger Rabbit and still bust it out now and then. I just looked up the info on the song and it came out in 1990. In those days hubs was listening to Stryper, Guns and Roses, Motley Crue, etc....

Anyway, all that to say I introduced him to A Tribe Called Quest and I Left my Wallet in El Segundo. Enjoy it as much as he did from the other room when I looked up this video on YouTube. :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 10 and {TWD} Cran Apple Crisps

I am planning on making my Cran Apple Crisps for dinner tonight. They look delicious on everyone elses page. However my daughter and my husband "don't like cooked fruit" so I make have to make a slight alteration to theirs.....we'll see. :)

Last night was crazy at work. Someone decided it would be a good idea to pull the fire alarm so we would have to evacuate the building. I am not sure what people are thinking when they do something like that. It really messes up things for everyone else. Once we got back in the building we were able to close up and go home around 10:15.

Come back and check out my photos of my cran-apple crisp! :)

Monday, November 09, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 9 A Day for me

Well, not a whole day mind you but a couple of hours anyway. I am not sure when the last time I did something just for me was that didn't include taking a shower, watching TV or playing on the computer. I just don't take time for me because for some twisted reason I don't think I need it or deserve it. Because I am away from my family so much for work I would rather hang out with them and feel like time away from them breaks my heart...co-dependent much?

Things have been tight lately so it has not been an option to just go hang out at Starbys and drink overpriced coffee while reading the latest and greatest gossip magazine. This morning though I went to take care of a bill and got a nice surprise. It was about 1/4 the amount that I thought I needed to pay. Now, I could have thrown the extra at another bill but we have a car in need of an O2 sensor and an exhaust manifold. Hubs was quoted around $900 for the repair. I went to Auto zone to find out the price of the parts and called a local guy who said he would charge $77 for labor. The parts were still $300. Since I knew we wouldn't be spending $900 I decided to head over to Goodwill.

I ended up spending $6 on a shirt and 3 books. I would have bought a 4th but Black Beauty had apparently been used to stash something in it. The pages were cut out like you would see in the movies. I spent $3 at Panera and sat and read one of my new Goodwill finds.

After having lunch with my Munchkin I ran home and changed for work. Hubs called to let me know that they were only going to fix the O2 sensor because they were able to get the old one out without stripping the threads. Grand total parts and labor: $187. Woo hoo! I felt even less guilty about the $6 trip to Goodwill. :) Later I got a text from my hubby stating that it takes 33 minutes to walk from the car shop to our house. A few minutes later I got another text saying it took 36 minutes to fix the car. Doh!

Now I am at work anticipating the end of the work day. It has been a good day but I miss my family and can't wait to get home to them. I am thinking about what to write tomorrow and wondering if I will be too lazy to bust out my thumb drive with pictures to post....we'll see.

If you would leave a comment I would love to hear from you. It will make me feel special..Hi Mom! :)

Saturday, November 07, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 7 A beautiful day in Tennessee

8 years, 6 months and 7 days ago my husband and I packed up everything we owned (that fit in a 750 sq foot house) and stuffed it in a 27 foot truck with another family and moved to Tennessee from California. The band had a record deal and we were all moving out together. We made quite a caravan with 2 27 foot trucks, 2 car trailers and 3 other cars being driven.

We took our time getting here, spending the night in Arizona, twice in Texas and once in Arkansas. 2 pets made the journey with us our cat and the bass players chameleon whose life I later saved by force feeding it meal worms. The night we camped in Texas there were tornado warnings but I don't recall being terrible alarmed. Bean (our cat) spent the night in the car in her crate. I don't know if the storm freaked her out but she managed to dump her mini litter pan in her water and had clumping cat litter stuck to everything from her tail to the windshield of the car.

In Jackson Tennessee we left a trailer at a shop with a flat tire and drove one of the extra vehicles. We got to where we were going while it was still light and had to use wire cutters to get the lock off the first truck. The keys were in Arizona. We unloaded the first truck and I got lost trying to go get drinks for everyone. The second truck we unloaded in the dark because the drummer didn't have electricity...or so we thought until we realized the AC was on and all of the lightbulbs were burned out.

One of the things about unloading a truck in the heat is you realize how hot and humid Tennessee is. As fall came around I was missing California tremendously, especially the weather. I said out loud to a neighbor on a glorious beautiful day that "It was a California day!!" She quickly corrected me by saying "No, it is just a beautiful day in Tennessee!"

This conversation happened several years in a row. My sweet neighbor moved back to California to be with her family and today I caught myself saying "It is a beautiful day in Tennessee!" This one is for you Bernie! :)

Friday, November 06, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 6 Beat Down

It is Friday, the sun is shining brightly, like every red blooded American I am looking forward to the weekend.
However, today I feel beat down. There is a lot going on at work, people are sneaky and I am missing my kids. I should be looking forward to hanging out with my girlfriends that I am going to play Bunco with but I am feeling guilty about leaving my kids and hubby behind for the evening. I worked late (10pm late) twice this week and didn't get to see them at all. I worked 40 minutes over last night and didn't get to see my kids for very long.
I feel like a bad friend because I have invested close to zero in the woman that speak truth into my life this past year.
I know I should feel blessed that I have a job "in this economy".
I just know I want to be with my kids and my husband more often and I would love to be with the rest of our families more often as well.
I had a friend come in and tell me about the speaker that was at work yesterday. The guy talked about taking ownership of your feelings and how you control how you are feeling.
Well, today I am feeling anxious. The last time I felt like this was several months before I got married. I was living with three girls and things were not going well. I had serious anxiety for a couple of months until I was out of that situation.
Hopefully the weekend will bring renewed perception and a better attitude on Monday
Sorry for the downer NaBloPoMo today, it is hard to write something upbeat and fun when I feel like this. Tomorrow will be better. :)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

NaBloPoMo Day 5 A lost tooth and random thoughts

First and foremost my day started off with pulling my sons tooth. It has been hanging on by a thread for days and the big tooth is halfway in behind it. He has been showing off his "shark" tooth to everyone who will look..along with the bruise on his forehead that he garnered when he sneezed so hard that he whacked his forehead on the doorjamb. Nice... I had a washcloth in hand this morning so I could get ahold of the tiny tooth, pulled it and waited for the firestorm fit I was sure was to follow. It never came! I don't think my Little Man even realized I had pulled the tooth out. I showed him and told him how excited I was for him, he showed his daddy who told him how proud he was that he didn't cry and we gave high fives! He took it downstairs to show big sister who helped him get a baggie to put it in so that won't get lost before the tooth fairy comes tonight. I thought he was pretty excited but I found out later today that he didn't even tell his teacher! Oh well.



On another tooth front, I had my 6 month checkup today and am cavity free! Woo hoo! For a girl with a mouth full of metal that is always a relief. No crowns or root canals for me this time. Yes I do brush my teeth, I also floss on a consistent basis, it is hereditary and I have soft enamel.



I was stuck in traffic this morning on my way to work.



Have you ever gotten in trouble for a status update on Facebook? I try very hard not to post status updates that are going to get me in trouble. Controversial, yes. Get me fired? No. Apparently a very innocuous status update that had a couple of comments on it got sent to someone who brought it to someone elses attention. The update has been deleted but for the record my update could have been concerning anything other than work. I am irritated about the situation but will not be posting anything else that can be construed as negative for my job.



While in the dentist chair this morning I was watching something with very little sound. I caught that the previous mayor of New York was on a new ship that was built from steel from the World Trade Center. I am split on my feeling on this. I think it is a neat tribute to change it from victim status to destroyer. But, the WTC went down once what is to stop someone from doing that again in the ocean?



I had a dream the other night that I was hanging out with Dwight Shrute. For some reason he came to my kids school and we were going to see Little Mans class. He made some comment about how he never had any kind of learning disability and was very flippant about kids with disabilities. I had to put him in his place that there is not shame in having a learning disability, or a brain anomaly, or a physical issue. He was very sorry and apologized profusely. We got the kids report cards the other day and Little Man is having kind of a hard time staying on task. Because of his ACC he is having a much more difficult time in school than Munchkin did. I wonder if this dream was me trying to tell myself that it will be OK for him to do Kindergarten a second time if that is needed. I really want to do whats best for him. He likes school, he likes his teacher, he likes recess but he is struggling to keep up with the other kids. I think the structure is fantastic for him and that he is learning. He has a fantastic speech teacher that is doing wonders with him. Ugh, decisions decisions....



One last random thought for the day...when you pull up to a stop and see someone you kind of know, what do you do after you acknowledge them? So you just sit there and feel awkward, do you keep sneaking peeks to see if they are looking back at you? Do you completely ignore them? I just took a very unscientific poll and apparently I am not the only one that feel awkward at stop lights so if I try to ignore you after acknowledging you just know I feel awkward and don't know what to do. :)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

{TWD} Sugar Topped Molassas Spice Cookies

and Day 3 of NaBloPoMo where I blog every day for the month of November.
Thank you to Pamela of Cookies with Boys for choosing Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookies.

This month, due to Thanksgiving we are allowed to bake and post out of order. These don't come up until November 17th but the recipe will be posted then. Make sure to check out Pamela's blog for her pretty pictures and her fun posts.

You know when you have those months where everything is paycheck to paycheck and you have to cut some things out? Well, expensive ingredients are on the cut list for the moment. You most likely have all of the ingredients for these delicious cookies in your well stocked cupboard already. I left out the ginger since my ground ginger has mysteriously disappeared and we didn't have the dough to head to the store.

I do have a confession to make though.....I haven't actually baked these yet. However, the dough is to die for. I whipped up the dough in no time last night and stuck it in the freezer. I could have eaten most of the dough by myself. I made my husband smell the dough since he is not a dough eater. He is all weird about the raw egg things...this one only has one egg in it. How much salmonella could there be? He said he would taste them when they were baked into yumminess. I also wonder how many times I can use dough in a paragraph. I write good....

So, my dough is now hanging out in the fridge, it is 7:30 pm and I am at work. I may bake them tonight when I get home at 10:30 or they may wait until Thursday. I am working all day tomorrow and teaching tomorrow night. That's OK, with our burned out fridge light bulbs I think the dough will like hanging out with the milk and cheese for another couple of days.

I did take pictures of the dough and the picture in the book though so you can see what the cookies are supposed to look like. And I may even post a picture once they are baked.


These are a yummy fall cookie and I will definitely be making them again. So, visit Pam's blog for the recipe or you can buy the book Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

Monday, November 02, 2009

NaBloPoMo

So, I am joining NaBloPoMo which is 30 posts in 30 days/blogging every day. I am going to be sucessful at this. My sister does NaNoWriMo every year and has written a novel length book. I tried last year and made it to about 1500 words...then life got in the way. I think this is attainable for me. We'll see. :)

Halloween Party #1

It is that time of the year again. The spooks and goblins are getting ready to hunt down candy..for their parents... that they will hoard until it is gone. I posted awhile back about the costumes we have had in recent years. On actual Halloween we were the party poopers. No costumes for us, mostly due to financial and time constraints. However, we did get to go to a murder mystery party Friday night with friends from work. I dressed as a nun and my rockstar husband got to dress as a 70's TV Producer. With the financial constraits undomestic me MADE my hubby some bellbottoms. I sacrificed an old paid of my jeans so I could stitch witch the fabric to an old pair of his jeans. He was pretty impressed. He wore my gold chain, a shirt he bought years ago for rocking out with his band and some cool aviator shades. In the interest of frugality..and the fact that nun costumes were completely sold out I bought a black turtleneck that can be worn again, a black scarf that can be worn again and white headband that can be worn again (you have to be frugal in this economy). The costumes worked out well and we had a good time at the party.



I do have to say I am fairly certain I have never been to a party that had jello shots before. I did not partake since I was driving and Bobby did not partake since he thought they would make him fall asleep. He had been up until 2am the night before getting a bunch of work done. Not to mention the party was kind of his worst nightmare. He loves being on stage but being at a party where he is forced to talk to people he didn't know was not really his happy place. I loved having him there though and that he loves me enough to go with me to stuff like that.
Tomorrow...Princess Leia and Darth Vader

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Tap, Tap, Tap....

Is this thing on?
Wow! What a crazy couple of months. I feel like I have been sucked in to the back hole of non blogging. I have been working about a million hours a week, trying to rearrange my schedule so I can go on field trips, getting costumes ready for Halloween, spending as much time with my family as I can, reading a book, and teaching at University of Phoenix. So, obviously I need the outlet of my blog. It is something I have loved to do in the past but have been slacking at lately. Hopefully this month will be better!
I am busy editing pictures and will hopefully have some up this week. Stayed tuned, hopefully this will be one busy blog this month. :)