Happy New Year 
we had a fun tamale making party last night...
so excited to have our very own tamale steamer {we're official} 

all of the kids were so helpful...

click HERE for a recipe if you're a newbie {like us} haha




I think I'm in heaven~ I have the 
sweetest hubby ever... can't wait to figure 
out how to take REAL pictures...bye bye iPhone pictures...

some fun pictures from the Mission Inn Festival of Lights...

in the middle of last minute Christmas shopping the hubs and I 
took a little backlot tour at  Warner Bros studio...
can you place this coffee shop~ Central Perk ???

we brought home a cute mug...

seems like Rachel and Ross should be sitting right here, eh? 

if you are in the LA area this is a super neat tour
 You get to walk around the studio and 
see awesome city streets used in all kinds 
of movies and TV shows
 {upcoming Mentalist episode storefronts and city areas were still on set}
 pretty cool...  

this is a building used in Minority Report

happy Friday :) 
linking up with...
life rearranged

xo Melodee 


Terribly Terrific Toffee

we made this for Christmas gifts
and just to eat and get sick on at home...

I found it on Pinterest but
if you go to RecipesQuickandEasy
you can view the recipe...

Terribly Terrific Toffee
1 cup unsalted butter (no margarine allowed)
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
40 saltine crackers

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 15x10-inch jelly roll pan or a 12x17-inch cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Lay a flat layer of crackers out on the foil. Melt the sugar and butter until a boil is reached. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until mixture is thickened and sugar is completely dissolved. Pour this mixture over the crackers and spread to coat evenly. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the toffee becomes bubbly. After removing the pan from the oven, let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips, let them soften and melt, and then spread them into an even layer. (You can add nuts, cracker crumbs, or whatever else floats your boat at this point.) Let cool and, if desired for expediting purposes, refrigerate until hardened. Break into pieces the size of your choice. I personally prefer a hand-sized chunk.

picture of toffee and recipe VIA 

don't eat too much in one sitting....you might get sick, too



where's the big guy now?

Norad will tell ya exactly where he is..
click HERE for Norad's official site :) 

2012 NORAD Tracks Santa (HD)

so excited! 
Merry Christmas :) 



Happiest Friday!

we were off to my school Christmas party,
the hubs didn't have red so we tried to leave the house 
this way....the teens stopped us :) haha...

my gal arrived home from school one day with a holiday SB for us both :) 

my white glitter holiday nails {done by the nail lady at home} hehe...

we had a little fondue night then drove around to look at Christmas 
lights last week....the kids loved tolerated the fondue~

my musicians needed a little more cowbell...

two gifts from one of my besties...
this cute print for the classroom~ 

and this adorable mason jar filled with goodies...

my students made these cute alliteration cubes 
and we strung them up on the windows...cute :) 

life rearranged
happy weekend! it's almost Christmas
xo Melodee 

soooo cute....

it's Friday and the first day 
of our Christmas vacation....
saw this on Good Morning America today
{which was so nice to watch while sipping some coffee by the fire...}
 visit the San Diego Zoo website for more cute videos

happy Friday!!!!


puppy style

I just love this cute site GreenBeanDog 
Green Bean Dog
how cute are these collars
Re-CyclePapagalloSanta Barbara

puppy needs the bicycle collar! she'd be so cute in it! 




coffee table...

I keep seeing this book 
advertised in Country Living magazine...
Country Living: Simple Country Wisdom - 501 Old-Fashioned Ideas to Simplify Your Life
I think I need it for the coffee table:) 
click HERE to get it from B&N



family pix

we couldn't decide on a 
Christmas picture this year...
seriously we loved all of the photos! 

this is one of my faves:) 

this one didn't make it to print but 
I love it! We even convinced our 
son's girlfriend to join the photo shoot:) 



good read

I recently picked up Little Bee 
by Chris Cleave at the airport...
Little Bee US Paperback jacket image
it's a good, no great, read! 




I am re-posting this little craft from last winter...
when decorating this year I was so happy 
to pull out my cute little snowmen from last year...

I just adore this cute little snowman idea I found over at
Mamie Jane's blog...
View her collection you will fall in love with this project:)

All you need to begin is some air-dry clay (I happened to have this in our craft closet), 
some tacks or beads for the eyes and mouths, orange toothpicks or small twigs, 
some buttons for the hats, a few strips of fabric for the scarves, glue and glitter,
and a bunch of cute little bottles to rest the finished snowman heads on. 

Take a chunk of clay and roll to form the snowman head...

Push in the beads or tacks to design the eyes and mouth, then put in 
a broken off toothpick or twig for the nose...
(I love these cute little hands crafting the project...)

Squeeze some glue into a small bowl and dilute with water...

Brush the watered down glue all over the face, including the beads and buttons...

Sprinkle with glitter...

awe she is so cute...just need to dress up this old glass jar...

oh so cute! love how she turned out:) 

here's another we made for my mamma, on a larger jar she was about to recycle...
she'll be so darn cute filled with some holiday berries or candies...



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