Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


Today is my punk sister's birthday. She's 16, and terrorizing the roads. So if you see a little blonde girl in a Subaru--that's her, and I'm sorry that she almost hit you. if you see a punk boy in a Subaru, that would be my brother, (the other punk in the picture) and I'm also sorry that he blinded you with the 20 lights on his car.

We're making cupcakes and having a big ol' bash for her today. Just like every year. Not many people get have parties all night long on their birthday's every year! We always make calzones, and this year I'm teaching her some of the cake decorating tips I've learned, and we're making the cupcakes into caterpillars.

Happy birthday!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The 12 days of Christmas

Growing up, my family had a tradition of doing the 12 days of Christmas to a family in the neighborhood. We loved it! it was something we all enjoyed. The secrecy, the anticipation of being caught at the front door. It was fantastic, and taught us how important it is to serve others, and we don't need the recognition from it!

We decided to start that tradition in our family, and this year we picked a family with 4 little kids. The only had part is all the street lights the city has installed all over. Its not dark like it used to be when I was a kid!! If you looked out your window, you could easily see anyone walking down the street in the middle of the night. Kind of makes it hard to be secretive.

But we managed. We didn't get caught! We also didn't ring the doorbell half the time, since the family spent a lot of time in the front room.

Day one

For day one, we gave them the Christmas Star of Service. Basically you do secret service for someone in the family, and them leave the star for them. Then they do secret service for someone else and leave the star.

I think it's something important to teach kids, and we have our own too!
Day two

Homemade fudge! My first time making fudge, and I was quite, quite, impressed. I'll post about it later on my recipe blog.
Day Three

A little foam nativity kit that they could build with the kids.

Day Four

A reindeer craft you make out of popsicle sticks, googly eyes, red poofs, and brown pipecleaners. Super easy, even for kids! they look good on the tree as well.

Day Five

Christmas bingo!! I printed the cards off of this webpage, and gave them marshmallows for markers. THose are the best kinds of markers I think.

Day Six

Luminaries to set outside on CHristmas eve. This was also something my family has always done. YOu fill the bag with sand, and line your sidewalks and walkways with them. Then you light the tealights inside. It looks really pretty.

Too bad we got hit with a massive snowstorm and there was no place to put on luminaries this year.

Day Seven

A box of candy canes and a cut little story about how the candy cane came to be.

Day Eight

Reindeer dust!! I had never heard of this, until I read the book The 12 Days of Christmas. It was great! and gave me such good ideas too! Basicly it's oatmeal mixed with glitter that you sprinkle outside. There's a little poem about how the oatmeal helps the reindeer be strong, and the glitter helps them fly fast.

I used glitter, and then realized it would have been so much easier to use the colored sugar!! Next year. . .

Day Nine

Some cookies and a little story to read.

Day Ten

Popcorn balls! Also my first time making them. Lots of fun, really easy, and I'll post about it as well on my recipe blog.

Day Eleven

Stamped candles and a story. I stamped the candles myself, and it was really easy! They look so nice too, if I can say so.

Day twelve, I can't find my picture for. What I did was take an empty, unused paintcan (that you buy at the craft store) and mod podged paper around it. Then I had some cute 3D felt stickers that said "Let it snow!" that I placed on there. I called it their Christmas Can, and filled it was hot chocolate mix, cidar mix, popcorn, candy canes, and a cookie mix.

I loved doing the 12 days, it's such a good way to help feel the true spirit of Christmas in our house. We're usually pretty busy since Matt works retail, he's gone a lot, and gets to see the ugly side of people when they can't get what they want (a wii).

We'll be doing this every year, and I hope you do too!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Stories of Katryn

Due to privacy issues, I'm making Katryn's blog a private blog. Not that I post much there anyway. Not that I post that much anywhere for that matter. I just decided I don't want just ANYONE to be able to read about my baby.

If you want to read it, leave me a comment with your email, and I'll add you, or send me an email at:

littlerockflower (at) gmail (dot) com

thanks!

Christmas Countdown


I created this pretty little advent calendar for us this year, since I never got around to doing one last year. Very, very easy to make as well! It's on a large canvas, and the tins I bought at Michael's in their wedding section. The chipboard letters came from walmart, and I used stickles to make them all sparkly. Man, I love those stickles.

The tins are secured with velco, and inside each one I have a little piece of candy and an activity for us to do that day. Things like "Read a Christmas Story" or "Make cookies" or "Build a snowman" (That one had the luck of coming on a day when there was no snow! it should have been today's! it's a whiteout out there!!) Then I can take the tin off, eat the candy (actually, they mainly went into a bowl on the table) and keep the activity in the tin for next year!
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

To tide you over. . .

Here's a few pictures of Katryn, just to tide you all over while I get a few posts ready. I have a lot of Christmas stuff to show off!! :)

Katryn's 11 months old now, and crawling everywhere!! my sisters have big plans to get her walking over Christmas time, which won't help us in our baby-proofing (or lack of. . .anyone want to come baby proof our house?).

come back tomorrow to see our wonderful Christmas things!




Friday, December 05, 2008

Cake Decorating

Last month I took a cake decorating class. I made and decorated three cakes, and learned a lot. I got most of the techniques down, but the rose. Good grief is that hard!!

anyway, here's my first cake. I love how it turned out, I was very happy with myself.

and I liked the second cake even more! I more of less just took the things we learned and put them all over my cake in no sort of pattern. As you can tell we learned how to make some flowers.

oh yeah, and the shell boarder. that one's pretty neat.



my pretty flowers around the edge.



this one actually had some sort of pattern to it, I was just kind of going flower crazy I think!! That's ok, the kids liked them!

and this was one of the flowers I kind of made up. I really liked how it turned out! I may have to do something like this for Katryn's birthday next month.

Next month?!? my baby can't be turning one already!!!


and this was the last cake. I did not like it. I couldn't get that darn rose figured out, but I still put it on the cake anyway. the other flowers are sweet peas. . . I think.

anyway, I like the way those turned out! Except for the bright yellow with the blue leaves. at least I used up the frosting I had. I really didn't want to make a new batch of frosting.

see those darn crinkly roses? Ug, they're annoyingly frustrating.


But I love the bows! those were fun, and fairly easy as well.

Anyway, this is what I learned in class one. It was way cool, and I'm excited to experiment on my own, now that I have a base to build up from!
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