Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Family pictures

We finally got some decent family pictures. I like the ones where I am not standing in front of the Christmas tree, but of course the kids had better looks on their face in the other one. :-) Oh well! Oh, and sorry mom....Michael had his tie on in the van, but I didn't realize he had taken it off until we got ready to take the picture.

Decorating Sugar Cookies

Jeffe and I (ok, mostly Jeffe) made Aunt Gus' sugar cookies the other day. It was the first time I had even made them so the first 2 batches ended up a little thick. But, they taste very good! We let the kids decorate some of them. They had fun, but we finally told Jeffe she should decorate her own so she didn't have to worry about the extra "sugar" from the licking the fingers and picking the noses!! LOL

This is Jeffe and her daughter, Kailani. We are glad they come over to spend time with us at least once a week.

More goodies

Here are some pictures of the kids dipping pretzels tonight. It didn't last too long since daddy had turned on Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. They decided they wanted to watch it instead of dipping pretzels.

Grace was so excited after she did her first one. :-)

New cookies

I found a recipe for a new cookie. Then when I told my mom about it I found out it is one my aunt makes. I don't think I have ever tried them though because I don't remember tasting them (I do think I've seen them though). They are Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.....and they are really, really good!! And easy!! Paul took one bite and told me I could make more! LOL I may have to if we plan to give any away. Haha!!

Mystery cookies found!!

A while back I was thinking of some cookies I remembered having as a kid, but couldn't figure out what they were. I described them as being fluffy, grayish (purplish) color and soft. No one could figure out what I was talking about. So, I gave up and figured I would never figure out what they were. Then one day I opened an e-mail that was actually from a blog I follow and saw some pumpkin cookies and got so excited because I thought those were the cookies. They looked similar to what I remembered. But, when I told my sister about them and she looked at the picture she said it wasn't that cookie, but now she knew what I was talking about! So, I was still excited because the mystery was going to be solved!! She told me it was a chocolate cookie my mom used to make. So, I told my mom and then she knew what I was talking about too. So, she sent me the recipe. They are called "Frizee Sugar Cookies" (I don't think I had ever heard the name of them). So, I made some.....they were DELICIOUS, but.....then my mom says "they are a basic recipe....you could add chocolate chips, nuts or icing and make them even better". So, I made some the regular way, then made some with chocolate chips. They were even better!!! And they're gone!!!!!!!!!!! :-) Here is a picture of them (without chocolate chips).

I am so excited to now have this recipe and can't wait to see what all I can do with it!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Crafts

We have done a couple Christmas projects already.
Here are our Reindeer. They were supposed to be Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer, but Grace wanted a green nose! LOL And I'm not sure what all the other "balls" are. Michael said the two by the nose are the cheeks. That made sense, but I don't know what the top two are. :-) Unfortunately, they have been taken down now and Grace tore hers apart. Guess I won't put those away. :-(

Here are some card collages. I cut pictures out of cards that I had put back. Then I let the kids glue them on some poster board. They got their poster board done and wanted to do more so they used construction paper. I will definitely have to do this again, because they really enjoyed doing it. The idea is really to use their b-day cards and other holidays to let them have a neat way to keep the cards. So we'll see...maybe we will do it with the Christmas cards.

Parents visit

Well, mom and dad came and mom and dad went. It was nice having them come visit, but of course, like always we ended up sick and didn't get to do all that we had planned. Grace ended up sick the night before they got here and was sick the whole next day (while going to the airport and to Macaroni Grill). I was so excited to get to go to Macaroni Grill and then I enjoyed half of a chicken breast. :-( Oh well, my sick babies come first. Then that night Lydia got sick sometime during the night. Then Friday Michael ended up with it. Unfortunately, we didn't get to go to the train museum to see the lights and Santa that night. He was disappointed, but I think forgot about it quickly. Then Saturday we went to White Sands (pretty cold) and I was starting to feel yuck. By Saturday early evening I was really starting to feel yuck and was in bed for the night by 8. It finally hit me during the night. Then I stayed home all day Sunday. For some reason it really hung on to me more, but I finally got over it this past Friday. Then dad was feeling yuck on Monday (before they left on Tuesday), but luckily was doing fine the day they traveled. Mom ended up sick the night they got home, but thinks it was something they ate when they got back to St. Louis. So, we had fun visiting and hanging out, but didn't really get to do much.

Mom did bring us a gingerbread house that we did this past Saturday and a dvd set of 7 Classic Christmas movies. The kids love Frosty the Snowman!! They also had fun doing the gingerbread house. I think Paul and I had just as much fun since neither of us had done one before.