Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Family Portraits

Tuesday was my parents 25th wedding anniversary. To honor the silver occasion Big Dino came up with a brilliant idea for us all to wear matching outfits and take pictures to frame since our two brothers Cole and Coby were going to be in town for Thanksgiving. Don't you think the picture looks fantastic? I hope our parents really enjoyed opening their gift.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Digging Out The Chirstmas Tunes

Turkey Day is over - we ate, we sipped, we retreated to the sofa. This years Thanksgiving was a wonderful day, filled with peppermint mochas and turkeys and family and wine and three glorious pies. My mom and dad make three pies this year and, well, there was no way around it, I had to sample each one. My yams and cranberries turned out amazing, and I am glad because I lost the cranberry recipe that I had from last year and was just going off of memory. Probably got lost in the move. In case you are in need of a wonderful cranberry sauce recipe, just follow these simple directions:

Cranberry Sauce
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{1} bag of fresh cranberries (about 4 cups)
{1} cup of white granulated sugar
{1} cup of water
The zest of 1 orange
Cinnamon powder
A couple cinnamon sticks

In a short wide sauce pan, boil the water and then slowly stir in the sugar until dissolved. Then add in the fresh cranberries and return to a boil. Simmer the cranberries in the sugar water for 15 minutes or so (I usually do like 20 minutes so the cranberries not only burst, but also turn pretty soft). During that time you can add the zest of one orange, about 5 or 6 good shakes of cinnamon powder and just throw in couple cinnamon sticks. I leave the cinnamon sticks in the pot, and then even when I transfer it all into the serving bowl for extra great taste.

After you transfer it into a serving bowl, stick it in the fridge to chill and it will really firm up as it chills. It is soo good! The orange zest is what really makes the difference in the taste.

It's getting to look a lot like Christmas...

So now that Thanksgiving is over I am starting on a new Christmas craft, however I am not making this on up as I go like the Halloween ones. These paper ornament kit crafts from Basic Grey came out with last year, and I had been pining ever since I saw them and finally picked up a couple packs on eBay.

Some are stars and some are balls and I plan to hang them from same arches that I hung the Halloween paper ornaments. I will post how they turn out. I started on the stars so far - it took me forever to figure out how the pieces fit together. Hopefully they will turn out like the picture!

Welcome Mary Jane!

Welcome Mary Jane Woodson! The newest addition to our family. She is quite the gal, and my goodness she is 100% kitten. We got her from the Country Feed Store. Billy named her, I told him to pick one because I named Jonah and Jesse. I think it's sweet he came up with such a dainty name for her.

Playing is her favorite thing to do of course, and we have a zillion cat toys from having two cats already and she loves every one of them.

She is quite the climber and has no fear of anything. Jonah and Jesse are warming up to her, I even spied them playing together today. She has been sleeping cuddled up to my neck every night, which is a nice treat because the cold nights are knocking at our door again and slipping through our window panes.

Welcome Mary Jane! We hope you like living here with us as much as we love you.

Halloween Project Part Deux

So I never posted how my Halloween Craft turned out. It went well, but it took me forever! I guess just making things up as you go sometimes leaves a lot of options of how things could look, which can make a project a long drawn out one if you're not careful. These little hanging beauties took me about a month of a couple evening hours here and a couple Saturday hours there, which was longer than I thought, but I think they turned out awesome and I can't wait to hang them back up next year. They came down today, as well as all of the other Halloween decorations. Now everything looks slightly bare, so darn, I guess I will just have to put Christmas up now! We never really decorated too much last year because we went to Texas for Christmas and thought it was slightly pointless to get a bunch of stuff and a tree, since we weren't going to be around anyway. I cant wait!

Hanging from the arches between the kitchen and the dining room.