12.31.2014

Snow!

happy new year...
we had snow last night~ what a great way to ring in 
the new year....
don't laugh, what's left is just a tiny amount.....
but for us So Cal peeps, we never see this stuff...
we were outside from midnight till 2 am last night
slipping and mashing up soggy snowballs....
we are happy, we had SNOW :) 

~many blessings to you in 2015~

12.22.2014

Christmas food creations for kids...


here are a few fun and easy ideas for Christmas food creations...
so simple your little ones can help out..

we made these with our "recipe club" at school last week-
the kids loved it! 

all you need for these reindeer are mini chocolate donuts, 
pretzels, red candies for the noses, and candy eyes or
white chocolate chips..
just stick them together in place...the beady eyed ones are the cutest :) 
we also tried this fun oreo marshmallow butter no cook recipe 
(similar HERE)
our ratios were off (which was a good math lesson for the club)
and ours didn't set right, so we improvised and ate it with a spoon 
(which was still super yummy) 
*can you see our chef? we are so lucky to have 
our district chef helping with the club...
finally, we made little hot chocolate stirrers...
we just melted chocolate in the microwave and 
the kids dipped marshmallows on candy canes 
into some crunched up Andes mints....so cute! 
we cook all of our food items for the recipe club with just 
the microwave for now...but how cute are these little Christmas goodies? 

happy Monday :) 

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12.05.2014

cupcakes and happenings


this cupcake looks huge in the picture, but it's really just a "bite"
omg have you had these from Corner Bakery? 
it's a salted caramel cupcake....it's like a piece of heaven...try them...

my mamma sent me a box of birthday goodies and 
this button bouquet is the cutest thing ever...


on Thanksgiving we had a wine/coffee bar away from the kitchen...
this was wonderful because it freed up so much counter space for other food items...

our AVID team attended the Site Team Conference at La Quinta Resort....
what a gorgeous venue....what a fun and inspiring conference :) 


date night with my hubby...

smallest pancake ever...
of course our favorite thing while staying at a hotel 
is the pancake machine....guess it was the end of the batter here? 

fun dinner with my family....love them to pieces....
happy Friday :)
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12.03.2014

bricks bricks bricks


We took on a brick paver DIY....people, this was not an easy project
 I have a new-found respect for those who do this for a living...
it started out easy enough (order the pavers, pick them up, gather supplies, demo...)


somehow we made it through this beast of an undertaking....
next, we plan to build a cabinet in the TV space, 
but seeing as we are still reeling from the bricks it may happen later rather than sooner...

we still have to attach the fireplace doors....but at least the mantle is back in place...

this is the mortar we used....at first it seemed like 
"icing a cake" type of business....
except, one needs heavy duty grouting gloves 
and much patience, AND upper arm strength...

when it's all said and done I'd say it turned out pretty darn well :) 

I especially love the Christmas decor against the bricks...

and because I forgot to ask hubby for another outlet right next 
to the mantle... we opted for battery powered lights...



maybe I can update the pix with a new TV built in....
sometime....haha, when we get over the bricks...

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