i did not shop much during the holidays. the large store crowds & cold temperatures gave me a reason to take a break from bargain hunting. so this is an accumulation of my shopping trips for the whole month of december.
~ 3 girl's long sleeve tees $2.48 each
~ 3 piece girl outfit $7.49
~ 2 piece girl outfit $9.99
~ 2 piece girl outfit $2.48
~ 2 piece girl outfit $4.71
~ stability ball free [got an email coupon after registration at fitstudio.com]
i love cheesecake! who doesn't? and then i found this over at pinterest. hmmm? very intriguing but easy to make. so i decided to bake it. but good old me loves a good tweakin. and this is what i came up with....
Ingredients: * 2 cans crescent rolls * 2 (8oz) boxes neufchatel cheese (softened) * 1 cup brown sugar * 1 teaspoon vanilla * 1/4 cup butter (melted) * cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar (topping)
bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
smells goody! tastes heavenly! [especially when the cheese melts in your mouth].
the nice thing about this dessert is it can be prepared overnight & left to cool in the fridge. this is definitely a keeper. a fancy dessert on a budget!
every time i am using our desktop computer, this lamp is literally staring down at me. it sits on top of the cpu & serves as our main light in the living room. everyone will agree with me that it is very plain & the base design is outdated. it sure needs a quick fix.
i got my glue gun & some grosgrain ribbon [$1 for 5 yards at walmart]. and after 5 minutes, i was done!
this is a work in progress. i will spray paint the lamp base this coming summer [& maybe redecorate the shade again]. i have yet to decide on the color - white, black or metallic silver. in the meantime, i have six months to find ideas or inspirations for this project. good luck to me! =)
and i finally did it! i baked my first cookies! yep, made from scratch [except the icing-which is my next mission]. i have said before that baking intimidates me. it still does. so i'm always on the lookout for easy & simple baking recipes. for this one, i credit the blog baked bree. she has a lot of amazing ideas for cooking & baking. [i did her apple pie too].
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 sticks butter - room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
a pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon & a dash of nutmeg [my own tweak]
betty crocker cookie icing & sprinkles for decorating
1. in a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. [i used a hand mixer & it was about 10 minutes]. then, add vanilla & egg. mix until combined.
2. in a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg.
3. add the butter mixture slowly. mix until incorporated.
4. wrap dough in saran wrap & chill for 30 minutes or until firm.
5. roll out the dough in a flat surface.
6. cut with a cookie cutter. [i used a 2.5 inch cutter].
7. line each one in a cookie tray. bake for 8-10 minutes in a preheated 350F oven.
8. remove from tray & cool completely.
honestly, i am not an icing fan [nor is my hubby]. we already love eating the cookies like this. but since i am giving this to family & friends, i have to finish it off with some icing & sprinkles.
i am so proud of myself! i really thought this would be a baking disaster. it turned out perfect. one thing i learned, baking cookies is very therapeutic for me.
this year, picasa has been my best friend for editing pictures, creating collages & beyond. actually, all of the photos & collages in my blog were created using this software. thanks to the easy tutorial in clover lane. i also found tons of websites, like DSE, that offer a lot of free digital scrapbooking paper.
here is an 8x10 birthday collage i made for my mom.
after avery turned one, i decided to continue making photo collages. i think its a great way to chronicle her growth. i have made twelve months of collages for her already. so why stop now?
this is her photo collage from thirteen to eighteen months old.
walgreens.com occasionally offers free 8x10 photo collages. i make sure i get this freebie all the time.
these are the freebies i ordered
nineteen to twenty one months old
twenty two & twenty three months old
and another collage of her 2nd birthday that we will give to grammy for christmas.
and you are two years old! everybody says "terrible twos". a lot of people resign to this misnomer, but i will not. i have always been optimistic - always looking on the bright side.
two is a wonderful time. you are definitely saying more words & understand what it means. you can follow simple instructions. you imitate sounds & actions. you have always been a very independent girl. you like to figure out things on your own & would never ask for our help. but this last few weeks, i finally heard you say "open, please."
everyday, your dad & i are learning a lot. yes, you are only two but we are so proud of you. each new word or action you learn; finishing your food or drinking your milk; & taking your first potty alone. it is an amazement & gives us delight. we know you are reaching a lot of milestones.
more adventures & more discoveries to come my little girly girl.
we visited the library today for the first time. you had a lot of fun in the play area. we will visit more often in the coming months.
and yesterday, dad took us in the nearby cornfield for snow sledding. unfortunately, the hill wasn't steep enough. so he ended up dragging us behind the atv. you enjoyed the ride & cried when i took you out of the sled.