Thursday, December 22, 2005

Gingerbread Houses

As my friend, April, pointed out, Christmas is only 3 days away. And while I can sigh a breath of relief that the presents are all wrapped, except 1, it still puts me into panic mode, knowing that I have only 3 days to make things perfect around here. I of course, want the house to be all sparkly clean and then I want to make- chocolate covered pretzels, maybe Rachael Ray's 5 minute fudge and then all the food for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

We are having Grilled Salmon, Cheesey/Funeral Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole and Rolls for dinner, Christmas Eve. Dessert will be rice pudding, warm from the oven with meringue on top. Yum! Christmas morning we always have almond coffee cake rolls, so I need to make those as well. Then for Christmas Day at Troy's sister's house, I am bringing Chicken Tortilla Soup, complete with Red & Green Tortilla chips, a relish tray, spinach artichoke dip, 7 layer taco dip and then something sweet- probably just some of the candy I make.

Anyway, I shouldn't probably waste any more time at the computer. But I did want to post a picture from the cool Gingerbread houses we saw on display last week. The details on this one were amazing. You'll have to click on the picture to make it bigger and check them out. The gum sled, the little shovels and pumpkins. It was very fun to look at.

Anyway, I am sure I won't get a chance to post again, so Merry Christmas one and all! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Reflections on Christmas

Yikes, has it already been a week since I've posted? I will get my camera down to the computer soon and post pictures from our trip up to see the Gingerbread Houses at the Winter Quarters Trail Center.

I am excited that my friend Holly tagged me with these Christmas questions- it is always fun to do a little reflecting over how you feel.

Hot Chocolate or Egg Nog? If I had to choose one, Egg Nog. Wouldn't be Christmas without it!

Does Santa wrap the presents or just set them under the tree? Santa usually brings the bigger stuff so we don't have to wrap it.

Colored or white lights on the tree/house? Jameson is always complaining about the lack of color when we put up lights. So this year we went out on a limb and changed out every other white bulb for a red one on our house. We still have just white lights on our Christmas tree.

Do you hang mistletoe? We used to when I lived with my parents. But I am not sure what happened to the fake ball of mistletoe.

When do you decorate? We almost always decorate for the first Family Home Evening after Thanksgiving, which is always Sunday or Monday at our house.

What is your favorite holiday dish? Another dish it just wouldn't be Christmas without, is Broken Glass. It is Christmas colored jello cubed and mixed with cool whip, in a graham cracker crust, yum!

Favorite Holiday memory as a child? I think it was putting up the tree each year. I loved looking through the ornaments then, almost as much as I do now. One year my Mom made little teddy bear ornaments for us all out of clay. I remember they were really fragile, but so very cute!

How and when did you learn the truth about Santa? Whachyou talkin' bout, Willis? Ok, so I have thought a lot about this and I don't really remember believing or disbelieving in Santa all that much.

Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve? Yep, we always have the kids open their new Christmas jammies!

What kind of cookies do you set out for Santa on Christmas Eve? Sadly enough, the past two years, it has been store bought bake your own, you know the kind with snowmen or reindeer in them. Well, Santa expressed that the kind we put out last year, with the edible sticker, weren't ever to be left again.

Snow! Love it or hate it? I like snow just fine if I don't have to go any where. Definitely love a white Christmas too!

Can you ice skate? We used to skate all the time on the pond in the park behind our house. But I remember going once in Provo at 7 peaks, and man, did my ankles kill after just a short time of skating. So sadly, probably not very well anymore.

Do you remember your favorite gift? Maybe not my necessarily favorite gifts- but some memorable ones were, a Mork & Mindy board game, Strawberry Shortcake bathrobes and the year the rubik's cube came out. I am pretty sure, it wasn't my gift, but we all had a lot of fun with it. I think my favorite now, is watching other people open gifts I am giving them. I could do that all day.

What is the most important thing about the holidays for you? While subbing in 4th grade this week, we watched the original Dr. Seuss' Grinch cartoon and talked about how you can't really steal Christmas because it is what is in your heart that makes Christmas special. And truly in my heart, I know it isn't about presents or decorations, but it is all about a tiny baby who came into the world more than 2000 years ago and set the perfect example for us. She Daisy sings a song about the Secret of Christmas is not all the things we do at Christmas time, but the Christmas things we do all year round and I love that.

What’s your favorite holiday dessert? Warm rice pudding with meringue on top.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Besides decorating the tree and drinking eggnog when we are done, I love delivering goodie plates to our neighbors and friends.

What type of tree? Artificial. I would love to get a larger pre-lit one for our living room upstairs.

Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? While it is always fun to get presents, I definitely enjoy seeing other people open gifts that I have put time and love into preparing or picking out for them.

What is your favorite Christmas Carol? Traditionally it is O Holy Night, but another close favorite is Mary, Did You Know, preferably sung by Donny Osmond.

Candy Canes, YUCK or YUM?If they are stirred in to hot chocolate, then yum. But I can't really remember the last candy cane I just ate plain.

I guess it is my turn to tag someone else- hopefully April and Marilyn are reading this.

Friday, December 09, 2005

For the Birds

Birds- they are such simple little things, but they really do bring a lot of happiness and joy into my life. In the spring and summer I love watching my bluebirds out my kitchen window. Now that the snow is here, these little snowbirds and sparrows are regulars at our patio cafe. It has been fun the mornings after we get snow, to look outside and see hundreds of tiny tracks as they dig through the snow, searching for the seeds.

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. Chinese Proverb Posted by Picasa

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Lords A Leapin!

I just had to post this picture to tease my cute husband! We had our Ward Christmas Party on Saturday night. We had a yummy turkey and ham dinner and a fun program afterwards. Connor and his cousin Ethan sang "All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth", we had another gentleman who sang 2 original Christmas songs that he wrote that were just awesome and then there was the 12 days of Christmas performance. Our Bishop's wife had the great idea of having someone try to sing the song seriously and then have a representatives of the different days try and interrupt as their part was sung. So for 3 french hens there were 3 ladies with a french chef's hat on, 4 calling birds were 4 ladies with a feather boa and cell phones, 7 swans a swimming were represented by our Missionaries in swim caps and snorkels, 8 maids a milking by our YW's president in overalls and pigtails walking Trey, Troy's 6'2 nephew dressed in a cow costume and then of course, 10 Lords a leapin were these 3 brave souls who donned their first pair of tights and Ceasar Crowns. I wish I could figure out how to get the video on here, but take my word for it, it was HILARIOUS! They really leapt across the stage and everything. I think the Bishop hit the nail on the head when he said how important it was for us to get together and laugh. We did do a lot of laughing and it sure felt great! Cindy asked Troy if he wanted to take his tights home and can you believe it? He said NO! Posted by Picasa

Friday, December 02, 2005

Project of the Day

This was today's project. I brought it completely upon myself when I volunteered to make a cake for the 3rd grade's cake raffle. I went to Lincoln today and bought the gumballs, chocolate coins and red frosting. I know it is not a professional job by any means, and I stand in awe of their talents, but I was satisfied with how it turned out. Hopefully they were able to raise some money for new playground equipment.

Well, now it is on to tomorrow's project- decorating Santa's workshop for our Ward Christmas party. Not sure how it is going to all work out yet, but I spray painted a cardboard tube white and I am going to attempt to make it look North Pole-ish with some red ribbon. I let you know how it goes. Posted by Picasa