Thursday, February 7, 2013

Everything Old is New Again

Shared by Dene. . .

My husband is so happy when he is working on a project (of his own choosing).  I always have a list of things I would like done, but many times they don't make HIS list.  If/when he works on my lists it will take a LOT of time:  redo bathroom, remodel kitchen, build new deck, etc., etc., etc. Even though he picks and chooses his own projects, nine times out of ten I am the lucky beneficiary of his hard work.  Here is the latest:

A couple of years ago in Seattle we had seen an old lumber cart that had been fixed up.  So my husband has been on the look-out for one ever since.  To his delight he found one and got it for FREE.  Someone was happy to get rid of it.  As they say, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." 

We are not really coffee table people, but I'm getting used to this baby.  My husband cleaned up the cast iron wheels and hardware.  The wood was all rotten so he had to make a new top and sides.  All of this wood is from trees that came up in a friend's yard after one of our hurricanes years ago.  Then he screwed on the wheels and other hardware.  It is so beautiful.  Can't wait for you to see it.
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Making a list. . .

Shared by Dene . . .

Wanted to let you know what's been happening around here, but I'll have to do that later.  Right now I'm trying to cross things off my list(s).  My husband thinks I've been making too many lists lately, but boy howdy, if it weren't for those lists I wouldn't know what to do next and I know I would forget something really important.

I don't always finish my list for the day.  Don't know if you can see it, but on Monday I was on an ugly sweater hunt.  That means just what it says, I was hunting for an ugly Christmas sweater.  If it's not crossed off the list, it didn't get done that day.  Saw lots of those things on the internet, but didn't get one.  Never did get it crossed off the list and decided it didn't really need to be on the next list.

Notice "finish Betsy's scarf" was on the list for several days.  Finally got to cross it off the list on Friday.   And if you were worried about "Justin and Alyce" - I got them taken care of, too.

"Blog" has been on the list for several days (but in my heart every day).  So now I can cross that baby off the list.

Can we just pause for a moment and admire the awesome centerpiece that my son made for his friend's rehearsal dinner.  He made 29 of those things.  More on that later (I promise, I'll put it on the list).

 And got this one done - it was on the list under "baking." So now I've almost completed my Sunday list.  Still have to pack, but will have to do that tomorrow - because there are only 15 more minutes left in this day.  So before I head off to bed - I know that's not on my list, but it really is necessary - let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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'Twas the Night Before a doTERRA Christmas

(shared from the doTERRA blog)
by Elaine Riser and Lillian Winkler

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
All the creatures were stirring, even Squeaky the mouse;
So I got out the peppermint and sprayed everywhere,
Even on the stockings, which were hung with such care.
When I noticed the dust on the mantle, oh no!
I got out the Lemon and cleaned high and low.
Now Santa can come, we’re ready you see,
We use dōTERRA products to keep us germ free.
Our children were nestled all snug in their beds,
On Guard on their feet and lavender on their heads.
Pa was sleeping without even a care,
He had used SanoBella shampoo on his thinning hair.
When up on the roof I heard such a clatter,
I knew Santa arrived at 100 pounds fatter.
I grabbed up the cookies, in the garbage they went.
Good thing I had thrown them, they left quite a dent.
I replaced the hot cocoa with Slim & Sassy cider,
Hoping Santa would drink it and get a lot lighter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
Yep, the reindeer were out there all huffing and wheezing,
I grabbed a bottle of Breathe before they started sneezing.
Turned up the diffuser to get Breathe in the air,
Hoping the reindeer would inhale a good share.
Now what in the world can I do for St. Nick?
AromaTouch Therapy – the perfect trick.
I’ll clear up his aches, his hurts and his pains,
Then use Helichrysum for his varicose veins.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nickolas came with a bound.
Out came the toys, the presents and all,
Even for Johnny a Jazz basketball.
His eyes – how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
The oils application was such a big hit,
Next year I will be on the top of his list.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight
“dōTERRA for all, use dōTERRA tonight!”

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A "Grand" Sleepover

Shared by Kim . . .

We had our 4th traditional grand children's "slumber under the Christmas tree".  In order to attend you need to be able to sleep in a sleeping bag without wandering all over the house -- typically at least three years old.  Mr B always goes to bed while I stay up until all the kiddos are nestled all snug in their beds while visions of sugar plums dance in their heads.  [Alex (4) still asks when I'm going to bed OR he tells me "you can go to bed now."  I hear a little scheming going on in his head.]

This isn't an activity for the faint of heart or high-strung Mother.  Patience and flexibility are required.  As a former pre-school teacher, it's always easier to plan activities around a theme.  All you have to do is tweak the format.  When the kids are still young, they'll enjoy anything you try, but I'm sure as they get older I'll have to step up my preparations.  (P.S.  parent pickup time is before high noon)

Each year we:

make a kitchen craft
play games
read books
watch a movie
go on Grandpa's morning walk
eat Ebelskivers for breakfast
make an ornament
play musical chairs  

This year was all about snowmen.

 A Pinteresting idea . . .
(it wasn't as easy to dip the cookie as shown -- my tip below in italics)
Parent Tip #1:  I worked with a child or two at a time while the others were watching the movie.

  • Melt the almond bark in the microwave
  • Untwist the Oreo cookies and place the sucker stick on top of creme filling -- put a little melted bark on top of stick to help it stick better when you put the other cookie half on top
  • Dip carefully to spread almond bark over cookie
  • Decorate with mini chips and candy corn, cut in half

 What do you do when you don't have a White Christmas?
Have a snowball fight anyway.

I'm sure you could make something like this, but I found this adorable bucket at Hallmark.  The kids had so much fun taking turns trying to hit 4 other moving targets.

Crafts for kids can be very challenging.  The adult in me wants it to be something well-done all the while knowing it's the experience that is more important.  These Pinteresting ornaments were actually very easy using acrylic craft paint, some markers, and their hands.  Parent Tip #2:  I, again, worked with a child at a time while the others played with their peppermint playdough.  

I love the ladies on Pinterest!  Other ideas we used:

Peppermint playdough -- download labels

Christmas action cards (download) -- used for a Go Fish (Merry Christmas!) and a matching game

Christmas Bingo cards -- so many choices online to download

If you haven't tried this tradition, I highly recommend it.  I'm hoping it will yield great dividends in the future as well.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Of Special Pinterest -- Creamy Crockpot Hot Cocoa

Shared by Kim . . .

Thank goodness for Pinterest and the internet for making my holiday festivities less stressful!  I'll be posting several things I tried.

First up is this sinfully decadent hot chocolate.  The real deal for the serious chocolate lover!  I'm sure this is the hot cocoa the little elf girl gave to Santa (Tim Allen) in the movie Santa Clause.  Very rich and very good!  

1.5 cups heavy whipping cream  (you could try half and half)
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups milk chocolate chips
6 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix and stir together in a crockpot -- this recipe fit in a small one.  Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally until hot and the chocolate chips are melted.  Stir before serving and garnish as desired.

Serves 6-8, depending on the size of mugs.  

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