Saturday, December 31, 2011

happy holidays

I had a wonderful Christmas with my family and my husband's family in Oklahoma. I got to hang out for a whopping 5 days, then my parents stayed with us for 2 days. Now my bro-in-law is here for New Years. Fun fun!

I love the holiday season and all of the warm-fuzzies it brings... but I do think I want to keep my kids from thinking Christmas means getting all the presents you could ever want (when we do eventually have kiddos). I'm not gonna lie, I love my new martha stewart stainless steel mixing bowls with non-skid bottoms, pouring spouts, and measurements inside... but it shouldn't be about the gifts! I really enjoyed visiting with all of my close fam and extended fam, partaking in traditions, baking and eating, playing racquetball, watching movies, and sleeping in :) I also discovered I LOVE the tv show Destination Truth. I may have already watched the entire 1st season...

Enjoying the cozy fireplace.
Ponce loves grandpa Stan.
Christmas Eve after dinner:
Austin, Ponce, myself, my dad, my bro Aaron, Pete, his wife Katie, and my mom.
Ponce got a new reindeer toy from aunt Maggie & uncle Larry.
Nice day outside.
Christmas day lunch at my mother-in-law's:
Austin, bro-in-law Alex, mom-in-law Terri, practically family Gary.

Happy New Year's Eve!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

holiday festivities

Now that the semester is over I've had time for more fun stuff!

Made some bon bon cookies for a get together:

Cream together 1 cup butter and 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
Add one beaten egg, 1/2 tsp vanilla, & 1/2 tsp almond extract.
Sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, & 1 tsp cream of tartar.
Add this to the first mixture and chill in the fridge one hour.
Form into small balls, flatten with your hand, dip in sprinkles.
Bake 10-12 min on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees.

I've had time to crochet - I have been working on a blanket (still) that my great-grandmother started. She taught me how to crochet:
Exchanged gifts with Aust since we'll be out of town for the holiday. (Post about the craziness of gift-giving to come in the near future.) Ponce liked Austin's scarf :)
Pets have enjoyed snuzzling - Zoe voluntarily sleeps in Austin's jacket!
Had our friends, the Kings, over for dinner!
(Erin, Michael, and cutie Amos)
Finally had time to make bedroom curtains:
Today I made Christmas sugar cookies!
They were the best tasting sugar cookies I've made yet. Aust caught me beheading a ballerina.
We are taking some to Ali & Colter's house tonight for a holiday dinner.
Recipe here!
Can't believe it is almost here! Ponce is ready to go to Ponca...
Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 16, 2011

listen to this:

It's good stuff.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

anthro update

I know, I'm obsessed...
here is an anthro update!

this past weekend they had a 50% off sweaters sale
of course they were still like $80...
but I am glad they've been having more sales lately
like an extra 50% off sale items
perhaps more decent sales are to come

Kansai Bookcase

Hildasay Sweater

Oh To Dream Bedding

Gossamer Birch Shell

Agadir Twists Rug

Saturday, December 10, 2011

cookies cookies cookies

I just finished my 10-page research paper... whew! Break time = time to blog!

I've been in a baking mood lately.
I think it is due to the season upon us... as well as the fact that I often use baking as a procrastination tool when it comes to homework :)

I made the delicious choco-mint snappers.
Recipe via my mom.
Melt 6 ounces of chocolate chips in a saucepan
Add 2 caps of mint extract and set aside to cool slightly
Mix together 2/3 cup of crisco, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 egg
Add this to the chocolate mint mixture along with 1/4 cup karo syrup
Now add 1 3/4 cups flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp salt
Mix all together and roll into balls
Roll balls in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet
Baket 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees

As well as some spiced oatmeal raisin cookies when my dad was here.
Recipe via Epicurious.
In a large bowl, combine:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon (I used more)
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger (I used less)
1 tsp ground cumin (I used less)
a pinch of ground cloves
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
In a separate bowl, beat together:
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Add flour mixture to sugar mixture
Stir in 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
and 1 cup raisins
Drop by tablespoonfuls 2" apart on ungrased baking sheet
Bake 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees
*I baked a half batch, which still made an abundance of cookies

And some tasty flourless peanut butter cookies.
Recipe via Real Simple.
In a large bowl, mix together:
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp baking soda
and 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Shape into heaping tablespoons
Place 2" apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper
Flatten and pattern with the tines of a fork
Bake at 350 degrees 10-12 minutes
Rotate the sheets halfway through baking

I'm lucky my neighbors like my cookies, or I'd be gaining 5 pounds a week eating everything I bake!

Monday, December 5, 2011

terrain ...

Anthro's sister-site, Terrain, has some cozy holiday inspiration:

time to make cider...
time to decorate...
time to light up the house...
And if you know some one who could put good use to a cookie jar, check out these fancies from Anthropologie:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

welcome, december

I am so happy - December is my favorite month of the year. My mom proposed after Thanksgiving we send each other a picture a day of something reminding us of the season. We've been enjoying it so far! Here are the ones I have sent my mom: (sorry quality isn't the best, they were all taken on my phone camera.)

December issue magazines!
Put up the wreath I made!
Dan loves snoozing under the tree :)
Advent calendar begins!
Holiday lights at TWU!
Our lit-up front porch! (not sure why I also had on the porch light...)
Invitations to the oak grove UMC Christmas program!
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