Wednesday, December 30, 2009

daily photo: December 30

Dropping the boy off at Cross Country practice.

He runs Cross Country and during track season he runs Distance. It sounds weird for me to say "track practice" because that's not really what he does... but he keeps reminding me the Cross Country season is over, oh well. The picture is from my phone, I didn't have my camera with me and I had the setting on the wrong size... bummer.

One more day to go... woo! hoo!

daily photo: December 29

Updating the main calendar and my datebook for 2010.


daily photo: December 28


Pretty much what I did all day.

Pretty darn boring...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

daily photo: December 27

Lunch time.

Our fridge is overloaded with Christmas food and items that are for New Years Eve... plus a quick run to the store for milk. To get lunch it was like working a puzzle to get everything out and back in to get what you needed.

Happy Sunday!

daily photo: December 26

It was a hanging out, playing video games type of day.


daily photo: December 25

Some of my gifts.

It was a wonderful day. It was just the man, the kids, and I this year (which it normally is). We had a long morning opening gifts, drinking coffee, and enjoying time together.

Merry Christmas!

daily photo: December 24

View of the tree right before 
Santa and Mrs. Claus went to bed.

I wish I would have gotten a better picture of the tree this year. I love it after the Santa gifts are put out, the house is quiet, and the tree is all glowy. Every year, the kids have their own special "Santa paper"... gold, red, and green shiny paper. One color for each kid... this way Santa never has to write down their names and they always know which gifts are theirs year after year.

That Santa's pretty smart!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

daily photo: December 23

My youngest singing The Twelve Days of Christmas.

I'm not sure where he gets half the ideas he has but today he asked me to get the words for The Twelve Days of Christmas song. I printed them out and handed them over... he's been singing the song on and off throughout the day.

What's a Partridge anyway? lol!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

daily photo: December 22

My oldest son giving a gift to a friend.

Nothing says Christmas like Spiderman wrapping paper held together with Duct Tape. And the gift? A box of Pop Tarts! Funny how boys are nutty and sweet all at the same time.


daily photo: December 21

(oh so good!).

I see an extra workout in my future!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

daily photo: December 20

The girl just hanging out, watching a movie.

We all seem to be enjoying a nice, quiet day... doing our own thing. I love it!!!

Happy Sunday!

daily photo: December 19

Pizza night.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

daily photo: December 18

Heading out to the man's Christmas party.

Ignore the toys! lol! I completely forgot to pick up the floor and was pushing a variety of toys out of the way with my foot. I wore the same dress as last year, but the man is with a new company this year so know one knew... recycling at its finest!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, December 18, 2009

daily photo: December 17

Christmas cards!

I started my cards and finished all in the same day... woo! hoo! Thank goodness I have an awesome printer, that totally helped the process. I included school pics (which as you know, are always stellar *cough cough*) and printed out the collage picture below taken on the 4th of this month when we actually had snow.

I'm still working on todays pic... no ideas as of yet!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

daily photo: December 16

Little Christmas tree I made for my Grandma.

My Grandmother will be 92 in February. She doesn't always put up a tree every year since she's older but I wanted her to be able to have one, so I made this little one for her... easy to store and put up (just pull it out and set it somewhere!). The extra special heart tree topper was made by my 8 year old.


daily photo: December 15

A typical morning for me... in my scrapbook room
enjoying coffee and the computer before I take a kid
to school by 6am (seriously!).

Unfortunately the light blocks out the candle I light in the picture but whatever, I know it's there! ;-)

Have a great day!

Monday, December 14, 2009

daily photo: December 14

A never ending supply of wrapping paper...
which doesn't include the stuff hidden in the closet.

Have a great Monday!

daily photo: December 13

Small fry gettin' his craft on.

Gotta love a sale at Michael's! Drew had a good time creating his own spin on the snow globe.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

daily photo: December 12

Santa and Drew.

We went to Breakfast with Santa at the elementary school this morning... so much easier than trying to go to a mall. Drew just talked and talked and talked... his list is way long after all, lol!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, December 11, 2009

daily photo: December 11

View of our mantel this morning right after
the countdown Santa got changed.

Only 14 more days to go...

daily photo: December 10

The girls favorite ornament.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

daily photo: December 8

I made this for my daughter to give to the boy 
whose name she drew in the Secret Santa 
gift exchange for her orchestra class.

May your day be merry and bright!

daily photo: December 7

My daughters Holiday Concert at the high school.

On Monday night we went to my daughters Holiday Concert, it was a long night but the performances were incredible. The choirs performed first and then the orchestras (my daughter plays the violin) played. At the end of the concert, they all performed one final song together.


Monday, December 07, 2009

daily photo: December 6

Angels from the donation tree at church.

Tis' the season to give.

daily photo: December 5

Drew's Christmas list. seriously!

That is our pantry door... my youngest keeps adding to his list, it's five pages long now! I keep having to move it higher and higher so he can write on it.

Three of my favorites that he has listed:
  • a live forever ray
  • invisible spray
  • a beanie that can make a person fly
gotta love a good imagination!

Friday, December 04, 2009

daily photo: December 4

My baby girl (who isn't really a baby
anymore at 15) making a snowball.

It snowed today! Un-freakin-believable! The kids got out of school early and enjoyed every second of it. I had so many photos to choose from for todays daily photo but I picked this one because she was full of pure joy and positively beaming as she told me she made an actual snow ball.

We live in the Houston area so snow is not normal for us. I'm thinking she might have made one when she was a toddler before we moved here but she's got no real recollection of it so this was definitely a pretty exciting moment.

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

daily photo: December 3

Current view of your kitchen table.

When I made my Thanksgiving table runner, I made one for Christmas too!


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

daily photo: December 2

Adding Christmas lights to the kids room.

Drew's room was the only room where I had to do anything major... I had to move his bed so he wouldn't be able to play with the lights.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

daily photo: December 1

To document this holiday season, I am taking a daily photo everyday in December. My plan is to share these photos on my blog everyday but that might vary depending on when the photo is taken. It's December 1st so I'd better get started...

Early morning view from my kitchen into my family room.

I love early mornings when the lights are on and everything is quiet and looks peaceful, I love it!

Enjoy the holiday season!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

have a Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from me to you!!!

The picture is of me and one of my grandpa's, November 1978. I was 6 turning 7.

gobble! gobble!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thanksgiving table runner

Definitely more Thanksgiving like and not funky at all!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

a few crockpot favorites

I love my crockpot! seriously! It’s one of the greatest inventions ever. I have a friend who was asking for recipes so I shared with her three of our family favorites so I decided to share them with you too.

Grandma’s Pork Chops

  • 4-6 pork chops or cut pork loins*
  • 2 cans Campbell’s Chicken and Rice soup

Put the pork chops in the crockpot and dump on the soups, cook for 6 hours. wa-la!

Note: My grandma always would make this when I was little and I still request it when I see her. When I asked her for the recipe, I was shocked because I had no idea it was so simple. You can take it one-step further and brown the pork chops for a few minutes a side in oil first but I normally skip this step.

*how many I use depends on the size/thickness.

Deli Style Brisket

  • 4 pounds beef brisket
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Place brisket fat side up into slow cooker, sprinkle garlic powder on top and rub ketchup generously into brisket. Add onion slices all around and on top of meat, add enough water to coat the bottom of the cooker. Cook on Low, all day, for the most tender brisket you will ever eat. For gravy, remove brisket from the slow cooker, and increase temperature to High. Mix flour with 1/4 cup water, add to pot, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

This recipe one comes straight from It’s one of my favorite food related websites.

Note: When I make this recipe, I normally skip the gravy part… it is not one of my strong suits. If everyone wants gravy, I’ll normally add a brown gravy packet instead of the flour. I’ve made the gravy with the flour before and it turns out fine, I just think the gravy packet is more flavorful.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely diced*
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 (10 ounce) package refrigerated biscuit dough, quartered
  • water
Place the chicken, butter, soup, onion, and poultry seasoning in a slow cooker, and fill with enough water to cover (about two soup cans). Cover and cook for approximately 8 hours on low. Two hours before serving, place the quartered biscuit dough in the slow cooker, push down to cover with the liquid. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center. Before serving, run a knife around the dumplings so they’ll be able to be removed easily.

I adapted this recipe from one I found at I read the reviews and adjusted it to my liking.

*sometimes I use the onion, sometimes I don't, it's good either way but the kids like it when I forget!

What are some of your favorite crockpot recipes? Feel free to share the recipe or link.


Sunday, November 08, 2009

funky table runner

Some things are a good idea in theory, like when you’re at Hobby Lobby and you see some gorgeous fabric and think, that will make a fabulous non-traditional Thanksgiving table runner. My thinking was there was brown involved so I could pull it off... wrong. My family did not agree… my daughter said it reminded her of a birthday and my husband said he couldn’t get the song “Tiny Bubbles” out of his head. So maybe the colors are a bit too funky to pull off even a non-traditional Thanksgiving look but whatever… I like it and it’s staying on the darn table! Well, it’s staying there until I can go back to Hobby Lobby and buy some fall/harvest fabrics and make another one to replace this one… and this one will be reserved for birthdays because the girls was right (but we’ll keep that our little secret)!

I used the basic idea for the table runner from these placemats... quick and easy!

The turkey looks kind of pathetic and lonely doesn't he? Sadly, it's the only Thanksgiving decoration we own... which is why I was trying to make a Thanksgiving table runner, so we could have more. Ironic isn't it?

What I learned: just because I really love something doesn't mean I can always make it work for the project I am making.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

more fabric love

I've got a new addiction... I'm seriously loving this fabric!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Girl’s Loft for November

When Margie asked me to create some projects using The Girl’s Loft kit for November I was beyond excited. The papers were so vibrant and eye-catching, I couldn’t wait to dive right in. You can find my guest spot here on The Girl’s Loft blog.


Supplies: The Girl’s Loft November kit, kraft cardstock, sewing machine, black pen, staples.

daddy’s girl

a very happy fall

Supplies: The Girl’s Loft November kit, corner rounder, alpha stamps.

sending warm fuzzies card

I highly recommend checking out this kit, it’s packed full of goodness! Big thanks to Margie at The Girl’s Loft for inviting me to be a guest designer.

Find The Girl’s Loft online:
Have a great November everyone!!!

Use Your Stash total: 17 down, 33 to go.

Monday, October 26, 2009

lo: stealthy

I figured it was pretty sad that my youngest used my Bella Blvd. product before I did so today my goal was to use them on a layout. I'm a simple scrapbooker so a bit here and there suites me just fine and I love, love, love the cute little stamp!!! Needless to say, I am happy with today's creation.

I feel like I’ve been more than a slacker in the scrapbook department lately. I’ve been scrapping for a long time and go through many ups and downs and pretty much just try to ride it out. This time - since I wasn't feeling it when it came to creating layouts - I decided to make a quilt and I think stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something completely different really helped. Towards the end of the quilt process, I couldn’t wait to be done so I could get back to scrapping! It feels good!

Use Your Stash total: 12 down, 38 to go.

Happy Monday!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

if I don’t pay attention, little people get into my stuff!

My youngest decided to make something for his older brother… when I was working on his Halloween costume and slightly distracted. Drew using my scrapbooking leftovers normally isn’t a problem. He normally knows what he is and isn’t allowed to use, but I happened to have put new product right above the drawer he’s allowed to get into so he thought it was okay… and he was being sweet to his brother...

I guess he likes the Bella Blvd. Super Stud labels and stamps as much as I do!

Is it just me or does his face totally say, “you know you love me!”

Thursday, October 22, 2009

adventures in sewing (when you really don’t know what the heck you’re doing!)

I made a Rag Quilt… I am beyond happy with how it turned out! I’d never made a quilt before but always wanted to try and was wanting to break out of my comfort zone with creating so I decided to go for it... no time like the present!

  • I used these directions.
  • Fell in love the Fiskars 45mm Comfort Grip Rotary Cutter.
  • I was originally only going to do the center colors but it wasn’t as big as I thought it would be (math and I aren’t friends).
  • It was suppose to be a weekend project… and the main center portion was but then I had to go and add to it and extend the process.
  • Bought black fabric to go around it to make it bigger… cut everything, pinned it… didn’t like it… took it all apart.
  • Went and bought black fabric with polka dots and started over… liked it!
  • Somewhere in there I had an adventure with the batting… I’ll spare you the details…
  • In the middle of all this I started a Halloween costume (what was I thinking?!).
  • Clipped everything with my Softouch Micro-Tip Scissors.
  • wa-la!

I am a happy camper and am looking forward to when it finally gets cold (and stays cold!) because I’ll have something colorful and warm to curl up on the couch with!!!

Have a great week… from the sporadic blogger!