Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pioneer Woman Raspberry Cream Pie

Dessert is my contribution to our NYE celebrations tonight. This is about as complicated as I allow my baking recipes to be. Thank you, Pioneer Woman, for appreciating a minimal ingredient recipe as much as I. And I love that Oreos are an ingredient. Surely I won't use all the Oreos in the pie!


Better Late than Never

I realized while looking at past posts that I never followed up on my oragami star garland. Here is my final product! It would be a great last minute New Years decoration, too! If you're like me you do all things at the last minute. It's on my resolution list. Don't worry, Heath.


Friday, December 9, 2011


I may be stating the obvious here, but if you are like me and have a bunch of boxes set out for the recycling truck, why not use those boxes to wrap Xmas gifts? I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier. I've done it for a couple of years, but until that point I was always fretting over where to find boxes for wrapping. Of course, I'm not suggesting this would be a good idea for wrapping your boss' gift or your mother's-in-law, but for your kids it's definitely practical. It actually adds a layer of fun to gift opening on Christmas. It never fails, one of my kids will be opening his or her gift and the others will giggle and scream in laughter, "Cheerios?!", as if to say, "Ha, ha, you're getting Cheerios for Christmas!"

One year this recycling idea turned out to be less exciting and more disappointing for one of my nephews. This particular year I decided, since all my nieces and nephew had more than they needed in the way of toys, I would get them each a book. My then seven year old nephew was getting a drawing book wrapped in a box that I had sitting around the house, an imac laptop box. So, when he pulled away the paper he yelled, "YES! A laptop!!!!" To his dismay, there was obviously no laptop inside the box. We all had a good laugh, but I learned a valuable lesson. Don't let the box upstage the gift!

Our nine year old loves these hard plastic animals by Safari Ltd. Only problem, they don't come in a box. I had a Nestle Hot Chocolate box sitting by the door waiting for recycling day that worked perfectly for this little guy.

And tadah! No one would ever know there is a beat-up Nestle Hot Chocolate box inside.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Which Snow White is Fairer?

I'm terribly excited about these Snow White movies that come out this summer. Which trailer gets your vote for better Snow White rendition? I've definitely got my favorite!


NFL "Cheerleaders"

Alright...when I was googling holiday movies I was taken to NBC'S website, to their many image galleries. There was one on holiday movies so I clicked on the link and was viewing the slideshow. The thing with their galleries is, if you walk away for any amount of time, the slideshow continues and then continues to whatever gallery topic is next, whether it be celebrities doing normal human stuff that NBC is calling gross, like having pit stains or wrinkles, or a gallery like the one I happened to sit down to after taking Enid to the bathroom, 2011 NFL Cheerleaders. There were 154 images of NFL cheerleaders. I looked at all 154. I just couldn't resist. And, I'm sorry to all you ex-cheerleaders out there or current cheerleaders, but I had a few chuckles and then a few "dear God, help us all". These weren't supposed to be funny images either. I think the subtitle was something like "the beautiful cheerleaders of the NFL".

But, come on people, this is funny.

And my personal favorite...

The number of hair toss images was astounding.

Who does this in real life? Then again, I guess not many of us carries pompoms around or does dance routines either.

And then there were these two images for which I believe words are not necessary.

I have actually learned to somewhat enjoy football this year. I've watched some college football with Heath and haven't hated it. That's a giant step for me, folks. But all the while, I have felt that there is something seriously wrong with football fans in this country. These images of NFL cheerleaders have confirmed that for me. So sad it's funny. Or so funny it's sad. I'm not sure which. Those boobs just make me laugh, I'm sorry.


Rain- an Excuse for Christmas Movie Overload

So much rain!! It started raining two nights ago and hasn't stopped since. Just constant rain, which means, even though I am in desperate need of groceries and have other errands that need to be tended to, we will be at home today. There's not much I try to avoid more than taking my kids out in the rain. So we will be cooped in today.

It's on a day like today I wish I owned all of my favorite holiday movies: A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Elf, but I only have one of my favorites, The Family Stone, and it's not child-friendly. And thanks, Netflix, for having a second-rate streaming selection. The only holiday movies they have for streaming are ones like Home Alone 3 (not 1 & 2) and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. I'll give them this, they do have the new and old versions of Miracle on 34th Street available for streaming, and those are quite good. Oh, and they also have the newest A Christmas Carol which I don't recommend. It's scary and weird looking. So basically, they have almost none of the classics. Not even How the Grinch Stole Christmas or A Charlie Brown Christmas. Boo, Netflix. So my kids are now watching some b-level Christmas movie.

One of my favorite Christmas movies that often gets looked over is One Magic Christmas. I haven't seen it in YEARS, but I'm gonna make it happen this Christmas. Anybody else watch it growing up? Netflix doesn't have this one either, so don't bother checking. I'm not sure where I can find it, but I'm gonna try.

All this rain has taught me a lesson. Mark my word, next time we have a rain-athon I will be prepared. Except, I really hope next time it's a snow-athon!

What are your favorite Xmas movies? And your favorite rainy day activities with the kids? I need some ideas!!! So far my kids have just gotten into trouble. I just walked in on Enid who had found her way into her sister's make-up kit. She was very proud. You can imagine the scene.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Merry Christmas in the Bedroom

This is my cheap WalMart wreath put to good use. Good is relative, I realize, but I at least like the idea of it. I actually most like the idea of a sprig of mistletoe hanging in its place. That would be much better. Next year.


Coolest Clutch Ever

This clutch! It's featured in Zara's new evening lookbook, but it isn't available to purchase! Frustrating. It's totally awesome and I want it. Well, if I were someone who went "out" I would certainly want it. Tell me it's not the coolest.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Oragami Star Garland

I mentioned this handmade star garland from TOAST in a previous post about their completely awesome stockings. Well, I have conquered the oragami star! And I will soon conquer the star garland. More to come on that later.

My oragami star!

If you want to try it for yourself, you will need the video below and this tutorial (click here). It's really quite easy. And fun. And kind of satisfying.

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