Thursday, January 13, 2011

Best Recipes Of 2010

Last year was a slow blogging year for me. In a perfect blogging world I would've posted 52 recipes but in reality it was more like 21. It was still hard to narrow down my Top 10 of the year, though.

Fudge This is the classic recipe from the back of Kraft's marshmallow creme jar. I'm picky when it comes to fudge--it must be soft and creamy and this recipe fits that bill.

Chicken Souvlaki Another winner from Cooking Light magazine.

Muffulettas We are a sandwich lovin' family and this is one of my husband's favorites. And surprise, surprise, it's another Cooking Light recipe.

Apple Pie Holy smokes, this is good. My sister used Granny Smith apples for her centerpieces at her wedding last year and I lobbied hard for all those apples to take home and make pies. I think I need to plant an apple tree this spring.

Baked Beans This is my sister's recipe but I've taken it over as my own. Much like I've taken over her Kitchen Aid stand mixer. She just moved into a house with a huge pantry and I'm sweatin' bullets thinking she's going to ask for her mixer back.

Blondies Smitten Kitchen provided this easy recipe for blondies that reminds me so much of Chili's Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie. Yum!

Pizza Dough From Cooking Light. Again. I love this dough. I've even learned how to toss the dough but my kids remain unimpressed--they just want to eat pizza!

Rice Pancakes Of all these recipes I think this one is the one I'm craving the most right now. Mmmmm.

Curried Carrot Soup Okay, not only are we a sandwich lovin' family but we are also a soup lovin' family. This is one of my favorites from Rachael Ray.

Granola Bars Sweetened condensed milk and butter. Oh, my. There's also some healthy stuff in there, too--oats, nuts and cranberries. Great for breakfast on the go. Thanks to Food Network Magazine for this one.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

What I'm Doing Today

I'm pulling on long johns, knee socks and sweatshirts. I'm searching bedroom closets for scarves, gloves and toboggans.

I'm zipping up "Saturday jeans" and heavy coats and I'm tying shoelaces.

And then I'm getting pelted with snowballs! But I'm also getting snow ice cream, hot chocolate, popcorn and a movie while snuggling with 2 very handsome boys. I love snow days!

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Celebrating the Epiphany




Happy Epiphany! Finally, it's the twelfth day of Christmas. The day when the Wise Men found Jesus in the manger. The day when Christ manifested Himself to the world. The day when we can finally take down our Christmas tree!

We celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany this past Sunday with a King's Cake. My youngest son--my sous chef--mixed food coloring with a basic vanilla cake batter to make the different colors of the cake; purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. And in leiu of a plastic baby Jesus we settled on a plastic dinosaur to hide in the cake.

And all of his hard work paid off--his slice of cake had the baby Jesus/dinosaur in it and he was crowned King of the Day! He decided to declare an end to early bedtimes but it was overruled by the Queen--me:)

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Present From Rudolph?

We had a wonderful Christmas.

We had set out cookies and milk for Santa--and oats for his reindeer--the night before and then the boys headed for bed. I eventually followed but I wasn't there for long--Little Pup woke me up at 4 a.m. ready to open presents. AND his big brother was waiting on the couch. I managed to get them both back into bed and a few hours later they woke up for good, ready to open all the presents Santa had brought for them.

And then everything was a blur. Monster Jam trucks! WWE action figures! Zhu zhu pets! Hot Wheels! Scooby-Doo wrapping paper EVERYWHERE!

Finally, we checked outside to see if Santa's reindeer had eaten their oats and...



...ha!

(I think I've been hanging around boys too much!)

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Monday, January 3, 2011

A Bloggy Look At '10


January Did you know that genealogists never die? Nope. They just lose their census! Ha! I took a look back at my great-great grandparents.

February I posted 8 times during the month of February and 6 of those posts referenced the weather. It was cold! But I did manage to take some cute pictures of my boys playing in the snow.

March My oldest son lost his first tooth and thankfully it was a completely painless experience for all of us. Whew!

April Finally, sno-cone season! A new flavor was added to the menu--Justin Bieber. I stuck with rummy peach.

May My youngest son lost his first tooth! For a few months there we were up to our necks in loose teeth.

June I just love taking end of school year pictures and comparing them to the beginning of the school year. It's always amazing to see how much the boys have grown.

July It's devastating to lose a family pet. I miss Howard the Husky but I'm so glad I have my other 2 dogs in my life.

August My wedding anniversary month. Who says 13 is unlucky?!

September Our first new car in 8 years! I'm still in love!

October Time for Halloween and I'm pretty sure I had the cutest haunted skeletons ever.

November I got a new wedding ring!

December I rescued my old Frog and Toad book from my mom's yard sale and even though it's falling apart I still love it.

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