Wednesday, December 19, 2007

sugar rush! {and 2of 50}

today i hosted my first cookie swap and gingerbread man decorating play date! whew... that's a mouthful! it was grand fun to see my neighbors and friends meet and chat while having coffee and sharing cookies! cookies do sooo much for women! yah! lol...

so nikki brought these amazing peanut butter dainties (peanut butter fudge!)

try it, you'll like it!

peanut butter dainties

1 stick of butter
1 package of butterscotch chips (11 oz)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups flavored/colored marshmellows
melt butter, butterscotch and peanut butter together on low heat until smooth. put whole pot in the fridge for approx 8-10 minutes. mix in marshmallows. line pan with wax paper and pour mixture in. put in fridge to cool.
omg... devine!
did two scrap pages... i'm going to give TS a run for the DT. who knows...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

marie is my scrap idol!

i'm still having issues with the little clicky link and a certain boy i won't name is refusing to nap so i'm just here really quick like!
you must look at these amazing owls that miss married marie has created! i swear, when i grow up, i want to be just like her! i can't believe she can come up with this stuff! wow... i am amazed again by her!

oh yeah, i forgot to share... my gift to self!!! isn't it fab???

Monday, December 17, 2007

scrap diet

so i was wandering around in blog land and found this idea posted on cathy's blog...
this is just the ticket... can i admit that i have at least 4 poppyink kits all still in the bags they arrived in and yet... i felt the need to purchase the latest kit from tally? omg... rachel has put together the tastiest kit ever! omg... yes, sheers! yah! but, i need to stop... a girl can only own so many sheets of paper! speaking of owning stuff... so, when is a party dress "done?" i've got several dresses i can't wear anywhere but a party (i love to totally dress up!). when is it time to recycle them? i can't really wear them like, more than twice right? i mean, it's like the same group of people at most of the parties we go to and they're not black-hot pink, red... blah! i love color! so what's a girl to do? lol...
oh wait... wasn't this about scrapping? lol...

here are the rules:
1. Create 50 layouts using only products, tools, and supplies we have on hand.
2. Cardstock and adhesive can be purchased when needed.
3. Gift certificates, RAK's, DT kits are not included -those can be used.
4. Larger altered projects count as 1 layout.

erasure of culture? i think not...

so this weekend we were privy to an armenian baptism (seems to be baptism season in our world-that or we all had kids at the same time so...). wow, again, i'm struck by the simple beauty of culture. everything was in armenian; the invitations, the music, the food (and man oh man was that food YUMMY!) everything was so centered around some themes we did not know. it was so fun! watching the families partake in the dancing... it sure looked like fun and it was most fitting to watch the youngest children who already seemed to know the dances. ah... yes, this is what makes america beautiful. it's not that we are a "melting pot" but a place to mix and recreate, redefine what it is to be AMERICAN. not to mention that we were the latino family seated with the chinese family and the indian family who each brought a touch of their culture to the table as well.
shaker's daughter was so lovely dressed in a traditional indian dress. she was a little beauty! when other's rant and rave of assimilation, do they not see that there is beauty in difference? i'm not talking about people who refuse to learn the american culture-that's a whole different blog... ah yes, to celebrate culture... that's what is fundamentally american...

i bought diego a hat. actually, he's got the PJ's that match but those are for christmas eve. i even found him a pair of UGGS. yes... i bought them... they're worth the 50 bucks they cost. i'm not one to spend lots of money on stuff like that normally but they're the cutest things and he's such a little ham! and you know what? i like my son to be the "cute kid" at the party!
made this for one of my fellow tallyscrappers! it's for myra... she's a sweety so i'm glad she's getting it... actually, they're all so sweet i would have been happy to make any of them something. never again will i try to alter something so small... man my fingers hurt! and, i think i've been making the mistake of trying paper that is just too "safe." f it, i've got too much "good paper" to save! i'm ready to give away all my beginner paper but just don't want to spend money shipping it to someone... oh well, treasured memories will be holding their annual "paper drive" in feb so then i can donate it to them.

on a side note... i finally finished my last SPED class and feel a little anti climatic. yup, i'm now the proud owner of two teaching credentials but i wonder if i should have just done my masters instead? oh well, i know i will, i know i will but it just doesn't have that "whew!" feeling i was hoping for.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

another christmas survey! (from heather... ironic que no?)

*Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends.Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!!Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to awhole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it toyou...'Tis the Season to be NICE*

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? both-i start off with fancy wrapping and then end up stuffing stuff into bags!

2. Real tree or artificial? up until this year i would have said artificial but this year we bought a real tree and man oh man does my house smell good or what?!?

3. When do you put up the tree? before is was thanksgiving weekend but this time is was last weekend.

4. When do you take the tree down? as soon as xmas is over. i never have it up past the 30th. new years gets it own stuff.

5. Do you like eggnog? nope

6. Favorite gift received as a child? fashion plates... lol

7. Do you have a Nativity Scene? yup

8. Hardest person to buy for ? my mom... she's crazy, she wants a table set. um, hello, i don't even have a new table and chairs! silly lady. i'm almost ready to get her a set of chairs like mine so when i do get a new table, she can have my old ones too... LOL!

9. Easiest person to buy for? diego. lol! toys are just so fun to buy!

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? ummm... hum... i can't say worst to any.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? mail! i love them! it's like a mini reminder of old friends!

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? nightmare...

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? um... i dunno... whenever?

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? sure... and wedding too lol!

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? pecan pie!

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? mine are all green and i've got the old school bubble lights... which i need a few replacements for and can't find... doesn't anyone sell the replacement bubble lights anymore? ugh!

17. Favorite Christmas song? it used to be "do they know it's christmas time at all..." but i like them all pretty much!

18. Travel for Christmas or stay at home? we travel but that bird is going to land soon. i want to be home and hear diego screaming in the living room that santa came... aww... it's not fair we wake up in a hotel room and the rest of the family is all cool at their houses.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? lol, yes

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? we have a dollar tree santa... we broke our star last year (the old tree fell over... lol, and we need a new one but haven't fell in love with anything yet)

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? eve-totally

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? some people forget the spirit and just become angry... it's not about who spent the most people!

23. What I love most about Christmas? cookies and scrap pages to make!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

i need to buy ribbon

i made a little treat for one of the girls in my EDSS class. heather has become a blessing to know. she's just one of those people you feel you've known your whole life... she gave me a COACH wristlet--she noticed mine and asked if i was a fan and of course, you know i am! so we talked COACH and MAC and then she told me she was going to list her white COACH wristlet on ebay? i forget now but then later she gave it to me for helping her with her work in the class.... awww... that is so sweet! so i decided to make her this little treat! i need some more ribbon of course but i love this line of paper which is so unlike me... anna griffin? oh lordy... she's like so old school but the hot pink and lime green--that is so me!

side note: how does one photograph ornaments in a "dark" house? i've tried and all i get is reflection... ugh!!!

baby it's cold outside... right now it's 47. tomorrow i'm staying in... a day of scrappin' is in order!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

the tree is up!

it was grand fun! we finally got our house lights up and the tree trimmed. so it sat in the house for a few days but hey, we knew we had a plan! with warm cookies-i baked peanut butter blossoms, you know, the ones with the "kiss" in the center--YUMMY! it's the tallest tree we've ever had! it's about 9 feet tall? it's huge!

we took tuns watching the boy. he was confused, amused that a tree was now in the house-he laughs at it as if to say, there is something not right but hey, that's just the way my parents are. it's almost not right: he's so young but already, his 1st christmas ornaments are so nostalgic... awww... my baby!

and of course, there is a little nightmare... it wouldn't be MY house without a little nightmare!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

feeling blessed...

look... isn't this cute? lol!

i love this man!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

ahhh, yes, marie is my hero! LOL!

Christmas survey

Colored lights or white lights on your house or not at all? well, mine are those "snow"-ish ones but they're blue.

Hot chocolate or Egg Nog? actually, gingerbread lattes

What's your favorite holiday dish? omg, cookies! (if your in the area, email me about my cookie swap on the 19th!)

Does Santa wrap the presents or just sit them under the tree? oh, we haven't thought that out yet...

Do you hang mistletoe? nope... i used to but now i lost it

When do you put up your decorations? usually on thanksgiving weekend but this year we're getting a real tree so this weekend it's on!

What's your favorite holiday tradition? so far, it's the "annual" santa visit

What's on the top of your tree? lol-we broke the star last year and we need to get something but i want us all to be there to pick it out so this weekend we're shopping!

Do you have a nativity displayed through the holidays? yes a few of them.

Candy Canes, traditional or flavored? Or Chocolate Covered Cherries? flavored candy canes!

What's your favorite holiday goodie to make and share? pecan pie

What's your favorite Christmas song? i'm in a total "baby its cold outside" mood even if it's 75 and we were wearing shorts today!

When did you learn the truth about the "magic" of Christmas? hmm not sure.

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? always, all of them

Is there a special ornament or Christmas decoration that you wouldn't feel like Christmas without? well, all my nightmare stuff is really important!

Do you take neighbor gifts/treats to anyone, everyone, a select few? gawd... yeah... the gardener, the neighbors, the co-workers... yup, cookies for all!

Is your big meal on Christmas Eve, Christmas morning or Christmas afternoon? yes please

How do you decorate your tree? oooh... carefully! lol

Snow? Love it? Dread it? Tolerate it? omg... love! but it doesn't snow where i live

Do you remember a favorite gift? my hella cool fashion plates!

Do you have a family get-together during the holidays with extended family? just close family

What's the most important thing that you must do each Christmas season? celebrate God

Do you bake Christmas cookies? yes!

Do you leave cookies and milk for Santa? i will in a few years, when diego is old enough

Share a favorite Christmas memory: well, i would have to say last. it was our first with diego, and of course everything went wrong... lol... my hella old 4 ft fake tree decided to die with my priceless nightmare ornaments on it... ugh! ugh! UGH!!! at least the glass door did not break! and i think only two nightmare ornaments died too... not to bad! LOL!

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas...

wow... already another christmas? wow. time just flies by. today i did a quick scrap page, diego was being needy and has a cold so i didn't get to take as much time for me as i would have liked but i did get into my new paper. it's called snow globe but i forgot who makes it.

i love this picture. yup, he's wearing capri's for boys... LOL! i can't believe how little he is there. my mom and i took him together to the mall to get his picture taken with santa. she was visiting dec. 5th for cesar's last eye surgery. i wanted to do something special with her here and diego since we live so far.

already, i have the pictures for this year hanging on my mirror where i have all my christmas cards. maybe i'll scrap that one soon too-but for now, i'm just going to look at it. i can't believe we now can say, this is a tradition. it's too soon, it's all too fast!

on another note, i got this from carrie today-lol... i find it amusing...