Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I could post about my love of UPS tracking - but that is a rather boring topic (unless they want to advertise on my sidebar - then I'll talk about it up and down) - and that would be 2 posts about the good men in brown in one week and I'm not that strapped for a topic.
I could post about how I'm having Christmas Eve at my house tomorrow and I'm not even close to ready - or how I still have to wrap all my family's Christmas presents. That would resemble a blogging "to do list" and I'm not sure I'm ready to go there.
I could post about the bad weather we are supposed to get tonight- the bad weather my husband has to drive home in during the ice, sleet and snow - all 2 hours of his commute - but that makes me sick to my stomach...
I could post my New Year's Resolutions - but we all know I wouldn't keep them... So why waste time?
I guess I'll just post about my lack of posting and call that today's post.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
And she suggested using pudding - I used the cheesecake pudding and it tasted great! this is the recipe straight from her blog in her words :)
1 cup butter room temperature
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
Sift and add
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
Chill and roll 1/4 inch thick. Cut cookies and bake 8-10 minutes at 375*.
Some tricks I use
Cream the butter really well
For a softer cookie I will add most of the sugar but substitute a little instant pudding. For example, I might add 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar and then 1/4 cup of pudding. ( I never measure - I just eyeball it) I use vanilla pudding, white chocolate (yum) and cheesecake (my favorite). If you add to much pudding the dough will become pasty. Don't worry, your cookies will still taste good just make a note of it and use less next time.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Two people were injured Tuesday night in a crash in Gahanna.
The crash occurred at Granville Street and Hamilton Road at about 5 p.m., NBC 4reported.
A minivan and UPS truck were both involved in the accident.
One person was taken to Children’s Hospital and another person was taken to Grant Medical Center.
There is no word on their conditions.
My brother was the driver of the UPS truck and a minivan veered left of center and hit him head on going 50 mph. He is fine. I believe in angels and I'm glad he had one of his shoulder. I love you, Mike (aka Spike)!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate - made by someone else. I am lazy and love when a mug of the warm liquid is served to me on the couch under a fleece blankie.
Does Santa wrap presents or set them under the tree?
Santa would never just place a present under the tree. (S)he believes that it is all about presentation. I LOVE finding pretty paper, matching ribbon and driving my sister nuts - she tries so hard to find better paper - won't happen... Sorry, Lis. I saw your selection
Colored Lights on tree or white?
White. See my tree here.
When do you put your decorations up?
The trick here is to never take them down.... But I put them up the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Oh my mom is a fabulous cook and I think about her Christmas dinner all year. I lurve her disney potatoes.
Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
Every year my Nana and Papa would come over around 10 or 11 on Christmas morning (with a trunk FULL of presents) - I remember waiting by the window.. Or the year I got Blades of Steel and played Nintendo with Papa for hours.. My absolute favorite memory was going to Grandma and Grandpa's big Christmas Eve party
When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I assume my brother or my sister ruined it for me. I don't remember exactly but I do recall pretending I still believed because I thought my parents would quit doing it if they knew I knew... make sense? I still believe. If you had my parents, you would too :)
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Only an ornament from my annual Christmas Eve ornament exchange.
How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
Red and green. Sparkly ornaments are my favorite.
Can you ice skate?
Not at all. My brother tried to teach me in 5th grade and I was so soar the next day, I had to call off school "sick"....
Do you remember your favorite gift?
What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?
What is your favorite holiday dessert?
(I think Lisa added this to put a picture of her Santa cupcakes on her blog) - I am not sure. Probably pie... strawberry banana - oh wait, that's my favorite dessert period...
What is your favorite tradition?
I have a lot - going to the zoo to see the lights, putting up our decorations as a family, my Christmas Eve gathering, spending 5+ hours opening gifts w/ my parents... But my favorite is when my dad is done yelling about the mess of presents in his family room, my mom puts on old family Christmas movies - I love seeing Papa every Christmas!
Do you prefer giving or receiving?
'Tis the season - I LOVE giving presents
What is your favorite Christmas song?
All I want for Christmas (Mariah Carey) and that Christmas Shoe song that makes me cry...
Candy canes Yum or Yuck?
Ever recycled a Christmas present?
I refuse to tag anyone... This took way too long and nobody will even read it all the way through!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Justin is having surgery on the 7th of January to get rid of his deviated septum.
He now joins the ranks of Jennifer Aniston, Ashley Simpson, Ashely Tisdale, Cameron Diaz...
It's safe to say, my husband is part celebrity.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Colin (cookie on face) and Megan (cookie in hand) inside getting their free snack groove on
I had one suggestion for Mr. Jack Hanna - where is the dome? Indoor zoo - now that's a million dollar idea. I searched and searched for a suggestion box but couldn't find one.
We got a group picture on some pretty sled - of course the printer broke when it started printing my pic so they gave us our money back - but sorry - no "professional" zoo picture in this post.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
is it weird that I want to wear that damask ribbon? I love, love, love black and white damask...
Oh and I'm sorry about the ick pictures - of course they were taken at night in BAD kitchen lighting!
Monday, December 1, 2008
my shelf - You can see my J-O-Y letters I made :)
stairs - I need more berries and apples but this will do until I get to JoAnn's again...
(imagine a picture of the outside here)
so Justin spent the entire day outside - the lights are beautiful... all white light with red tree trunks, my favorite kind of decor... We put the timer outside and came home after dark last night. We thought the timer was a dud since the house was dark... After an hour in the cold rain, Justin figured out we have to re-do the plug-in situation... So hopefully by the 24th it will be back up!!!
my brother and my niece, Austyn
In our family, the birthday boy or girl cuts the cake and the next birthday boy or girl has to remove it - and make a wish. It was Austyn's birthday and Justin is the next birthday in January!
The end of Thanksgiving