Monthly Archives: October 2008

Finito!

From THIS:
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To THIS!!!

For $3.45!!  Whoo hooo!!  I LOOOOVE projects like this!  Hope the Hubs likes it!

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BOOOO’ED

Darlene of Darlene’s Days Boo’ed me today!!  How fun!

Now this is going to be fun!! Here is how the Blogging Boo will go. Go to as many friends as you want and tell them they’ve been “Boo-ED”. Have them link back to your blog to pick up their Halloween Treat (picture) and tell them to Boo their friends. (Then put the pic in your side bar so everyone knows that you’ve already been Boo-ed and to send the pic to someone else.
Are you scared yet!!??
BOO!!

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3 days till Halloween

And I’m thinking about Christmas!!  Oh, don’t worry, I’d NEVER skip Thanksgiving.  Sheesh, I barely skip breakfast, do you think I’d skip THAT meal??  LOL!!! I’m actually excited for Thanksgiving this year.  For the first time in, well, forever.. my family is coming to my house!  My Mom, my Brother and Nephew, and our Bestest family friend Deb!  It’s going to be great!  But, my Mind is decorating for Christmas!!

  I made a trip to the Dollar Tree.. amazing, ME??  At the Dollar Tree?  Or as we call it, The 20 Dollar Tree!!  Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever spent under 20 dollars there.  There’s always some school supply or gadget that I need.. or a decorating idea.. that I NEED!! 

So, I was there.. and I saw THESE

Barn Stars

Barn Stars

Oh yeah.. they’re cute enough.
santa

santa

snowman

snowman

But wait.. there’s Spray Paint involved!  I had to go to Walmart to get some of that.. can you believe that I was out of Spray Paint?  I didn’t have ANY black or Heirloom White.. hmmm.. is that a hint???  I’m going for a new look on my tree this year.. maybe it involves black, white or red.. maybe!! 
And.. while I’m on that topic.. Last year my tree stand DIED!  I just remembered this today.  Now, it’s not my forever and ever tree… it’s a 7 feet, pre-lit slim pine.  I dream of having a tall fluffy one.. but it just won’t work in THIS house.. maybe next year!!  So, last year I put the tree in one of my crock’s (not the shoes) and loaded it with pebbles to hold it up.. It worked fairly well, but I still worried about it endlessly!  So.. I’m thinking of finding a big Urn in the Garden Shop at Home Depot (I have my eye on one.. on clearance)  and cementing it in there.  What do you think?  I’ll be using this tree in the Dining room in our next house.. so I want something pretty.  Help me out!!  I have it pictured in my head perfectly.. just hope that it turns out.  I’ve never actually cemented anything.. soooooo…
And… check out this beauty.. (lol- Sophie and Sully are sniffing it for you)
valet

valet

 I found this at the thrift shop on base yesterday.. it’s marked 4.99.. I got it for 2.49!!  Whoo hoo!!  I’ve been looking for something like this for my bedroom for Hubs’ stuff!  It’s definitely getting some spray paint today- along with the stars!  I’m hoping that it warms up a bit so the paint will dry!! 

How’s your Tuesay???

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I got an award!!

Well.. Marie over at Watch the Wind Blow By gave me this award.. it means a lot to me because she is one of my first bloggy friends.. and her’s is probably one of my Most Checked blogs!  Thanks so much Marie.. I love it~!! 

She gave it out to some of her oldies but goodies.. I think I’ll do the same!  So here ya go!

1. Tiff at Folded Gingham.. she has a WONDERFUL blog, but has been going through some hard times.. but I’m still Hooked on her Blog!  I think she has one of the first blogs I ever followed!

2. Kelli at There’s No Place Like Home.. I’m sure that ALL of you have run across her blog at one time or another.. it feels like you are going over to your favorite Aunt’s house when you go to read about what she’s been up to!

3. Jennifer at The Peterson’s Go Public.. Well.. there really isn’t anything I don’t LOVE about Jennifer!  She’s sooooo fun!  And her taste in Music is to die for!  Sometimes I leave her blog open just to listen to her playlist!!

4. Gina at Gina’s Public Diary.. well, she’s one of my oldest bloggin buddies.  I visit her allll of the time!

And Marie.. I’m giving it right back to ya girlie!!!

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One more month.. need I say more???

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My little boy…

went to Homecoming!!  Yep, I’m officially feeling old this week~  He went to the dance, and even had a date!  She’s the one on the right in the pink and black.. so cute!  Of course, I never got a picture of them together.. she had to go and set up at the dance, so he met her there~

the girls...

the girls..

 This is the boys.. all gussied up!

the boys.. notice the white socks!!!

the boys.. notice the white socks!!!

Here’s the coursage that I made for Jojo’s date.. I couldn’t find anyone in town that didn’t charge $35-$40.00!!  And they were pretty skimpy.. so I made this one.. $14.00!!!

coursage

coursage

So.. that’s pretty much what our weekend involved.. just working on homecoming!  Saturday and Yesterday we watched “Band of Brothers” on the History channel.  My husband and I have seen all of the episodes before, but they are sooo good!  I also made some Amish Friendship Bread this morning out of the starter that a neighbor gave me 10 days ago.  I used Pumpkin Spice pudding.  My house smells FANTASTIC!!  I stuck a couple of starter’s away in the freezer for the holidays.. just gotta find some more Pumpkin Spice Pudding!!!

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread

 

Happy Monday everyone!!!

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I know.. I know…

I stink at keeping on track.. remember that ADD that I have self-diagnosed.  Well, I have 3 (yes 3) unfinished posts here.. and they are just gonna have to wait.   I’m just not in the mood to finish them..  Don’t worry, they aren’t full of great recipes, or neat pictures.. they are just excuses not to sit my butt down to write!  Pretty much.. I’ve just been lazy!  I do have one excuse~ My kids and the Hubs were home for 5 days!  Yep!  So, I didn’t get a lot of time to use the computer.

*Edited to add…  Today is now FRIDAY~!!  Where did my week go???  I haven’t had time to stalk my favorite blogs much, or even get my own blog updated!  I promise to try to be better!!!*

  So.. what have I been up to?  Well, I did get my Halloween stuff out.  I’m happy with most of it.. not happy with some of it.  Mostly, my cute little Halloween Village.  First I gathered my supplies.. some VCR tapes for height!  Who says that VCR tapes are outdated?  They make great risers!!

(sorry for the blurry image)

risers???

risers???

I usually put the village on my sewing table.. but I changed my mind this year…

village

village

I decided to put it ontop of the big black entertainment armoire…  It just looks so bare!  I don’t know what else to put up there.. It lights up at night, but you can’t tell in this picture.

village.. way up there!

village.. way up there!

Here’s a closeup of my favorite..

closeup

closeup

 I’ve been doing a little bit more decorating too..

My cute pumpkin’s on top of my china cabinet..  Remember?  They were just turned around to the backside for “fall.”  I will turn them back around after Halloween..

jack o'lantern

jack o'lantern

What a cute witch.. she hangs on the Hoosier!

Witchy Poo

Witchy Poo

Skull under glass anyone??  Or how about EVERYONE!!  So cute I had to do it too!! 

wal-mart skull

wal-mart skull

He sits next to my Halloween tree that I’ve had for years.. and a cylander of bones ala Dollar Tree!! 

My husband thinks I'm crazy.. skulls?  Bones??  Cute??

My husband thinks I'm crazy... Skulls and bones, CUTE??!!

I found this white plate at the Dollar Tree (I do shop in other stores..lol)  It has a black rim.. I thought I would paint something on it.. just never got around to it.. so I decorated it with some Halloween stickers.. it’s on the Fridge~  I’m going to look for some scrolly (yep, that’s a real word) Rub On’s to put on it after Halloween, unless I find some cute Thanskiving Stickers!
Halloween Plate

Halloween Plate

 And lastly.. these Gouls that I got at the Dollar Tree about 5 years ago! 
Dollar Tree Gouls

Dollar Tree Gouls

That’s about it.. Happy Friday everyone!!!

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Easy Peasy Biscotti!

I’ve had a few requests for the Biscotti Recipe.. I’m happy to oblige, its so easy, and very yummy! 

Cake Mix Biscotti

1 box (18.25 ounce size) Cake Mix.  Now, get creative.. I’ve used Lemon, Orange Supreme, Devil’s Food, Vanilla (especially good as a base.. I’ve put a package of butterscotch instant pudding in there.. or pistachio)

1 cup flour

2 eggs (slightly beaten) 
1 stick butter, melted

3/4 cup Chocolate Chips, Nuts, Coconut, dried cherries or cranberries.. anything!
Chocolate chips, Butterscotch, Peanut Butter, White Chocolate.. whatever.. melt them in the microwave in a baggie.. this is to drizzle on top of the cooled biscotti.. I guess around 1/2 cup.

 

 

 

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, flour, eggs and melted butter; (and pudding pouch if you are using one)  beat with an electric mixer until dough comes together. Use your hands to knead in the extra’s. Transfer dough to your baking sheet and shape into a 13- by 3-inch rectangle- I call it a log.  The wider your log, the longer your biscotti will be.. but you won’t get as many.  Bake 35 minutes. Let cool on pan about 30 minutes, then slice into 1/2- to 3/4-inch-thick slices, slicing across the width of the log.

Arrange slices cut-side down on both baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes, reduce oven heat to 200 degrees and bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until biscotti are dry. Let cool completely. (They will harden more as they cool.)

Then melt your chips if you are using them.. snip off the end, then drizzle over the biscotti.  Keep in an airtight container.  These will be okay for a couple of weeks.. if they last that long!

I’m going to make some Black Forest ones today.. Chocolate Fudge with dried cherries.. YUM!!!!  If you come up with any yummy combo’s leave me a message.. We LOVE this cookie.. and I like to make a variety of flavors for Christmas giving!

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What have I been up to???

Well.. not a whole lot!!  The weather up here has been hit or miss, so I’ve been doing a whole lotta nothing, and some blog stalking, and baking… basically just fall nesting I guess!  See the tree outside my window?

tree with leaves changing

tree with leaves changing

 That poor tree.. the wind has broken a branch..

And can you see the fog???

foggy fall morning

foggy fall morning

Its almost 10:00am and the fog is still thick~! 

When it’s like this outside, I just want to stay inside and do this:

baking biscotti

baking biscotti

here’s the finished product:

Orange Chocolate Biscotti

Orange Chocolate Biscotti

Hot Cocoa and a Biscotti anyone???

Anywhooooo.. I also did some stitching last weekend.. I was bored, the boys were playing PS3 all weekend.. what can I say?  Here’s what I actually finished!

family stitchery

I haven’t decided where I’m going to put it yet!

and this one.. it’s already found a spot on the Hoosier for now..

It’s here next to this cute Hen I found at Rite Aid for 5.00!! 

top of Hoosier

top of Hoosier

Sorry its so dark.. I even have lights on in my house!  The winter darkness really gets to me up here!  I walk around in the morning turning on lamps that stay on most of the day. 

Here’s the last one I did for Halloween.. cute!!

Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

Its hard to get a good picture to see the white thread on the candy corn.. but I really like how it turned out!

I also re-arranged the dining room/eating part of the kitchen.  I like the furniture placement, but I need to figure out what to put in that corner..  my old rocker is there now, but I’ve bumped into it about 25 times since Sunday!  I want to make a huge chalkboard to hang on the wall by the dreaded sliding glass door.  It just looks so plain in there.. I like a little clutter, so plain isn’t good!!

New dining arrangement

New dining arrangement

 

Here’s the other side of the room where the cabinet used to be.. the Hoosier is there now.

Hoosier

Hoosier

See.. that wall goes right into the living room, and that window, it’s 12 FEET wide!!  I’d love to do a mistreatment in there, but I’m not buying anything else for those windows since we are moving in less than a year! 

So.. that’s what I’ve been up to.  If you have ANY suggestions for the dining area.. leave me a comment.. please, you know I LIVE for fun comments!!! 

Happy Hump Day~~!!!

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