Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cute gift, easy treat and winter booty

I am SO excited about Christmas this year.  Having kids that are excited about Christmas makes it exciting for me.  Word of the day is, EXCITING. AHHH!
What gift have you bought for someone that you love?  I love gift giving.  I pride myself on being a good gift giver.  Except for last year.  I bought my mom and dad a lame garbage can that they actually threw in the garbage.  I felt bad. I didn't know it was lame.  The teasing will continue for years, I'm sure. I digress.

Now, I shall ruin Gina's surprise and show you what I bought for her.
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This is a nesting doll measuring cup set!  Oh so cute.  I had to get myself a set, too.  Is this something Gina needs?  Not necessarily.  But as a fellow baker, I know that this will add a smile to her face each time she busts a move in the kitchen.

Because I'm on a nesting doll kick, I bought these notecards.  Don't know who they're for yet.
 PS.  I love this fabric...
 Wanna see these ladies in action?
I'm going to a cookie exchange party tonight.  I haven't made my Christmas cookies yet (next week), and I'm in a time crunch, so I decided to go with a bar recipe. Chocolate Raspberry Crumb Bars to be exact.
SEEDLESS raspberry jam, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips....
This FABULOUS flour is from Costco.  Tastes like white flour but has all of the benefits of whole grain.


Cute little Babushka dolls, ready to work.

A cup of choco chips.  Hey, lady, turn that frown upside down.
 Here's the recipe:
1 cup of butter softened
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, divided
1 1/4 cups (14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam (I use double this)

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees.  Beat butter in large mixer bowl until creamy.  Beat in flour, sugar and salt until well mixed.  With floured fingers, press 1 3/4 cups crumb mixture into bottom of greased 9x13 baking dish.  reserve remaining mixture.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
COMBINE 1 cup morsels and sweetened condensed milk in a small, heavy duty saucepan.  Melt over low heat, stirring until smooth.  Spread over hot crust.
 STIR nuts into reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over chocolate filling.  Drop teaspoons of jam over crumb mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining morsels.  Continue baking for 25-30 minutes or until center is set.  Cool completely on wire rack.

Have you bought something FABULOUS that you'd care to share?  Leave us a comment.   We love comments.
I leave you now with a picture of my darling 2 year old son in his snow pants.  There isn't anything like a diapered kid with snow pants.  I call it winter booty.  If he falls, it won't hurt, that's for dang sure.  No comments on like mother, like son, please.  I'm still sensitive about the garbage can from last year for cryin' eye.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Transformation, part 2 Etc. Etc. Etc.

Christmas time is here!
View from my computer chair last Saturday...
I love it.  I love buying presents, all of the celebrations, cookies and smells.  I even like looking out the window and seeing snow.  Most of all, I love that Christmas is a celebration of Christ's birth.  Strip away everything else, and think about the LOVE our Heavenly Father had for us that He sent His ONLY Son to this crazy, selfish world.  That just makes my heart want to explode with gratitude and appreciation.
He loves us.  Oh how He loves us.

John 3:17
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

If you don't know Him, I would challenge you to ask Him to reveal Himself to you today.  Just pray it in your head, or out loud and He'll show Himself real to you. And if you do know Him, I would challenge you to ask Him to reveal Himself to you today.  It's so easy to go through our daily routines and not seek Gods revelations throughout the day.

I needed to hear that, so thanks for "hearing" it with me :)

Christmas parties.  Need a treat to bring?
Try this recipe.  Famous Mint Brownies.  Delicious and perfect seasonal treat.

Made cake pops for the first time this week.  Also a very fun and adorable goody.  They are time consuming but easy and fun to decorate with the kids.  When looking for the recipe, I stumbled upon this site and couldn't believe all of the amazing things that she could do with cake pops.  The site is called Bakerella.  Here are some of my faves...

all pics from
PS:  Mine were just round balls with some sprinkles.  They looked nothing like this...

Christmas parties.  Need some razzle dazzle to wear?
Check out some of our great Christmas-y items.
Triple flower pin.  $12.

Satin flower pins.  $9.

Red pleated bag.  Only one!  $60
Handy Snap Pocket. $12.  Key Fob.  $8.  Wristlet $20.
Red mum ring.  $10.50.
Now onto my sewing room transformation.  All I can say is that my husband is wonderful.
Before and after.
Messy and disorganized!
Nice and neat!
I love how my dresser to desk turned out.

Craftology canisters from Joanns.  $3 each.

Glass Jars.  Dollar Store.  $1.

The transformation isn't complete yet, but we're getting there!

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