Thursday, December 30, 2010

#533 - red felt wreath homemade

I saw a wreath like this on etsy and thought I could recreate it easily. 

I bought a styrofoam wreath and cut out tons of circles in red felt.  I then pinned them to the wreath (really tight...lots and lots of them) and the final result was pretty cool. 

Monday, December 27, 2010

#532 - little boy's corduroy tie

Oster loves to dress up in "Sunday
clothes"so he can be like his dad.  So, Christmas Eve I decided to whip up a tie for Oster,  I used this patten from Purl  Bee and trimmed off about 2-3 inches (from the bottom) to make it fit.   I can't wait to make more ties!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

#530 - Christmas wish #3 (for me)

Personal Trainer - I'm still trying to lose the baby weight.  Karli, will you move back and be my trainer again?

Running Shoes
I think the last time I bought running shoes was many years too many to admit.  I'm not a huge runner, but I've sprained my ankle 2 times in the past few months, so I think I need to get a new pair of shoes.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

#529 - Christmas Wish List #2

Central Vacuum with a Vac-pan - I was spoiled to have a central vacuum growing up.  Basically, the vacuum is run through the walls of your home and the machine is located in the garage, so you never have filtered vacuum air in your home.  And a vac-pan is a built in dust pan that sucks your crumbs up when you sweep them in to the vac-pan.  Again, out of our price range and it would not be worth it to have a central vac in our little house.

New broom (our old one is all crumy on the bottom).
Mini broom & dust pan - Oster got one last year for Christmas and I use it all the time.
Filter & vacuum bag - I could buy this, but it's nice to not have to go to the store. 
this is a bit expensive, but it would be nice to have a broom so nice that housework is enjoyable...does that exist?

Monday, December 13, 2010

#528 - honey white bread

The other day we ran out of white bread and Pepe really only eats white bread, so I made this recipe from Taste of Home.  Yummy!


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast (I just used one packet and it worked)
  • 2-1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 to 8-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add honey, butter, salt and 5 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and shape into two loaves. Place in greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves.
I think I will try to always make homemade much better!

#527 - seplnilg


#526 - difficulties quote

“Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter” -Dan Reeves via

#525 - Christmas List (for me)

blogging has been really random this's been crazy here.

Anyway, I thought I would share a few things I want and need this week, so that Pepe has ideas.

1st want for Christmas 2010 (not in any particular order):

My very own hospital ice maker.  You know what I am talking about...the crunchy, airy ice that hospitals give can also get it from Sonic (our nearest Sonic is 20 miles a direction I never go)...I sometimes call it poop ice b/c that is what it looks like...well, like deer poop maybe...the offical name of the ice is "Nugget Ice"

You can find it here.  But with a $6,000 (or more) price tag, it's probably not feasible...ok, NOT feasible.

So, I'd settle for something I need.

I need some ice cube trays.  I do have some but they are from the previous owners of our home and that gives me the shivers (yes, I'm picky like that).  Plus, I want to make sure they are BPA free.  Are all ice cube trays BPA free?  Anyone know?

Like these.

Friday, December 10, 2010

#524 - gingerbread house with graham crackers

Oster made this at church last week.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

do you ever feel like....

there are a million things going on around you...

tons of stuff to do...

not sure where to start...

so you do a little of each...

but nothing really gets done...

just want to spend time enjoying life...

but too frazzled by the craziness of it all...

too much to keep up with... diapers...making meals...

playing with the kids...taking a shower...eating right...exercising...

blogging...talking with the husband...sleeping...sewing projects...editing projects

i need to refocus...trying...

i'll let you know how it goes...

in the meantime, i really want to to learn to do the rubik's cube...both my cousins who were visiting over the holiday could do it really fast...can you do it?

this comic made me smile... (not sure where I found it, I saved it a while ago)
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