Monday, December 21, 2009

Magic Reindeer Food

I have seen this idea on several blogs...for the Reindeer Food that is. When I got the Gift Card Holders for the Shabby Princess's CT, I immediately knew I would use them to house my Magic Reindeer Food.

This is the first year that Nalley has really gotten excited about Christmas and knows what is going on. We will add this to our Christmas traditions, and leave food outside for the reindeer. The "food" is just oats with cookie sprinkles mixed in. I used small reclosable bags that I got at the dollar store in the craft isle to put a small amount of the oats in. I used these gift card holders (both of them are using the NEW Sugarplum Dreams kit from the Shabby Shoppe) and enlarged them slightly to accomodate the bulk of the food. I think that they turned out sooo super cute!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New Stuff from the Shabby Princess

SP has 2 new kits, Clementine and Sugarplum Dreams available now at the Shabby Shoppe. The first LO are some of my favorite pictures of my Lawson, he is pure sweetness.

The second LO are pictures of the girls with the mini gingerbread houses that they made at our babysitter, Kristyn's house last night. She invited all 3 kids over for a Grinch party...they watched the Grinch that Stole Christmas and decorated those ultra cute gingerbread houses. It was the first time that Maybel had been with Kristyn. She keeps the younger 2 on a really regular basis, but it has always been during the day while Maybel is at school, or at times when Maybel is at her moms. Nalley A-D-O-R-E-S Kristyn...soooooo much! I can usually bribe Nalley to do anything I need or want her to do, by reminding her that Kristyn is coming over to play with her "next Wednesday" (yes, I have done that). Lawson obviously didn't decorate the gingerbread houses, but Kristyn's mom and dad were quite happy to have a baby around to play with for the evening. The girls talked about how much fun they had all day today...and I got some cute pics of them in their PJ's holding up their houses...before they ate some of the candies off!
I LOOOOOVE both of these kits...for different reasons! I love the fabulous muted tones and sophisticated look of the Clementine kit...it is an awesome collection and it was really nice to work with! But my, oh my...Sugarplum Dreams really speaks to my ultry-girly, happy, PINK LOVING fun side! Not to mention that I re-themed our tree this year to glittery, sparkling cupcakes, ice cream cones, lollipops and all things confectionery and SUGARPLUM-ish. So, I just ADORE this new kit! I can't wait to play around with it more, although it might be after Christmas.
We are hosting Christmas Eve this year for the first time ever. There will be about 15 or 16 people here...lots of fun!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies


About 4 years ago, I created a recipe for a Turtle Cookies after getting hooked on the ones from the Pita Pit. On our recent girls trip to Fargo, I picked up a bag of mint M&M's and my family was hooked! I also bought a bag of Andes mint baking pieces, and was inspired to create a mint chocolate cookie that was reminiscent of the flavor of the M&M's. All I did was add the baking pieces and some milk chocolate chips to the Turtle Cookie dough, and voila! I have included the Turtle Cookie ingredients at the bottom of the recipe card, if you are so inclined to make them! Please let me know if you make these cookies, and if so, what you think!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Santa and My Sweeties...

I have been absent for a while now. I am finding that being mom of 3 is a BIG job...especially being a crazy crafter and throw in the Christmas season...I'm in DEEP! But I LOVE every second of it and I am cherishing these fleeting baby moments, I can't believe my little man is already 4.5 months old! Would you just look at those chunky little cheeks and that happy grin...I could just EAT HIM WITH A SPOON! He laughs at us and brings us all such joy, but I must say he is partial to the ladies...watch out, he's gonna be a heartbreaker!

We went to the Children's Museum here in the Peg today to see Santa and show the kids the display that was in Eaton's for many years. Shayne's parents always took him there to see Santa, so it is important that we carry on this tradition with our kids. We let the girls go wild at the museum afterward and they both had a blast. Nalley had only been there one other time when she was about Lawson's age, so this was a totally fun new experience for her.

It is amazing to see the wonder and joy that the Christmas season brings to my kiddos. I love to watch them stare at the lights and ornaments of the Christmas tree and talk about all of the little things that are so exciting. Nalley watches Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer about 10 times a day...she knows all the songs and sings along with them. She talks a lot about Rudolph and how he lives in the North Pole. She asked Santa to see him today, but seemed to be okay with the answer that he was resting up for the big trip in a few weeks.

Speaking of resting up...I should go do that too...