Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fireplace Completion!

I have a completed fireplace!!!
Yes, it took us 3 months to finish the mantel.
We like deadlines...and I was all "I AM having a decorated mantel for Christmas."
So hubby got er dun.

You can see the progression of our fireplace project in these posts...

We debated on what to do with the mantel.
We ended up sanding down the weird piece of wood we had and staining it a dark brown.
And by "we" I mean "hubby"...with my design direction of course ;-)
And I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Here's the final reveal.
We'll make it a Christmas reveal.

Christmas Fireplace 2010

Christmas Fireplace 2011

What do you think???

Here's some other views...

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Eat Cheese...Get Cracker

Ellie is getting to the age where she is understanding right from wrong.
She is starting to understand cause and effect.
And she is starting to understand consequences.

At lunch one day, she asked me for more cheese.
"mo.  cheese.  pease."
So I got her some.

Well...she decided she didn't want to eat it.
In this house, if you ask for more of something, you are expected to eat it.
Or at least eat SOME of it.

To help her along in this lesson I placed an animal cracker on the table.
And a tiny piece of the cheese she was refusing to eat.
Thus began the epic battle of...

Here is a pictorial view of this training session :-)
(please excuse the crumbs on the table - she's a messy eater)

"I want that Mommy"

"What?  I can't have that?"

"I have to eat that first?"

She ate the cheese! (after about 5-10 minutes of whining and crying and sitting quietly and contemplating)  And is enjoying her animal cracker!

"Whew...that was a lot of work."

"But so worth it!"

Friday, December 9, 2011

Reindeer Cookies

I made these cuties for a cookie exchange today at my playgroup.
I know all the mommy's will be fighting over them ;-)
Actually...I think they might be pretty popular with the kiddos too.

I got inspired from Pinterest.
It should be called Inspirest...Inspiredest...Inspirethee...Inspiroroni...
well...maybe it shouldn't be called that.

The original blog post can be found here at Bakergirl.

Here are some tips in case you want to make these yourself.

* I used the premade dough roll and I aint ashamed to admit it!  There is therefore no condemnation when it comes to saving time during the holiday season.  Can I get an Amen?!
* The pretzels are Keebler's Right Bites fudge pretzels. They come in a box with six snack packs.
* I bought one box of the good pretzels and then bought a bag of non-chocolate coated pretzels for the rest of the batch I save moolah :-)
* I could not find mini M&M's to save my life at Target.  So I went with plan B.  Chocolate chips point down for the eyes and red cinnamon candy balls for the nose (they were in the baking aisle).
* The regular pretzels didn't stick so well in the cookie.  So I used my newly acquired icing piping bag and little round tip from my cake decorating class (a future post waiting to happen) to pipe a small line of icing on the cookie then jabbed the pretzel on top.
* Follow the 1 inch ball guideline!  I didn't follow that rule with my first batch and they all came out too big.  The smaller the cuter they are!

Be sure to send me a pic of your reindeer if you make some!
And I will feature you on my oh so popular blog! ;-)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Embrace the Camera - Lights Lights Everywhere!

I've been too busy living life to document it.

This is a busy season...right?
How is it going to be Christmas in 2 1/2 weeks?

This past weekend we got to go to Disney!
We have a wonderful friend who hooked us up ;-)

The funnest part was seeing the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at Hollywood Studios.
I've never seen so many Christmas lights all in one condensed space. was all synced with music.

Anna wanted to take our picture.
She said " stick your tongue out."
I listened...and hubby didn't :-)
(sorry for the blurriness...she's only 3 you know)

And here's another one from Anna :-)

Here's a little glimpse of how amazing it was.
But...I's you really expect anything less?

-Linking up with Emily today-