Tuesday, November 30, 2010

feeling behind....

I am behind already with our Christmas card for 2010... I struggle every year to find the perfect card, the perfect outfit, and the perfect picture! I’m hoping to get out this weekend and take some pictures to create my cards with one of Shutterfly's awesome flat card Christmas card this year! There are tons to pick from I don’t know how I will ever decide.

Shutterfly is easy to use and has so many fun things to do with your pictures. Not only do they have awesome Christmas cards, but they have photo books, coffee mugs, and 2011 calendars that make great gifts for the holidays. Last year I made the cuties photo books for some of Gavin’s friends- filled with pictures of him and his friend- they loved them! Gavin has one too and looks at it all the time~

Which design do you think I should pick for this years Christmas cards?

Kaleidoscope stars - All Wrapped Up- Holiday Window
Looking forward to finding out which card you think I should pick!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

happy thanksgving


wishing you a happy thanksgiving day ~
enjoy all the good food and company!

Monday, November 22, 2010

off to the beach

we are spending thanksgiving this year in hilton head island with my husbands family. i am hoping the weather will be nice and the sun will bring some warm days so we can go to the beach and play (of course not in our suits) but warm enough to take our shoes off. the last time we visited was in 2007- the pictures below are from my favorite restaurant- santa fe, the beach, and a few animals i met.

a few things i would like to do while we are visiting:

1. go to the beach with gavin
2. go to dinner at my absolute favorite restaurant in the whole world- santa fe
3. relax
4. go for a few walks
5. visit savannah
6. shop the outlet malls
7. try to take a family photo for christmas cards
8. go back to my favorite restaurant for drinks on the roof-top
9. eat lots of turkey on thanksgiving
10. eat leftovers on friday after thanksgiving
11. i almost forgot... blogging!

Hilton Head Island 2007

Sunday, November 21, 2010

gobble gobble....

yesterday we made turkeys out of pine cones. i wanted to have something for the table on thanksgiving day that gavin had made. i combined a martha idea with family fun idea and created my own idea....

 i just hope they survive the ride in the airplane to hilton head island. i might have to pack my glue gun for last minute make-overs before thursday! gobble gobble....

Friday, November 12, 2010

fry daddy

the cover of the September 2010 better homes and garden magazine featured these delicious looking doughnuts. i remembered that when i was a kid my parents would make doughnuts with us. my mom doesn't keep many things in the house anymore but to my surprise she still had her fry daddy.

i brought it home with us the last time we were in michigan... and i couldn't wait to start making the doughnuts. i followed the recipe and it was really easy... the doughnuts were good but something was missing... after looking at a few other recipes online i decided to try again but this time i added sour cream (when does sour cream not make everything taste better) that was the secret ingredient that made them delicious!

here is the recipe that i created....
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1 t ground cinnamon
3/4 t salt
4 T sour cream
1/4 t vanilla extract
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1/3 cup butter milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup sugar
vegetable oil for deep-fat frying
bowl of sugar

combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg; set aside. in another bowl combine butter milk and melted butter. in a large mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, and vanilla; beat with mixer until thick (about 5 min). add milk mixture and sour cream; stir with wooden spoon to combine. add flour mixture and stir with wooden spoon until smooth.
turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. roll dough about 1/2 inch and use doughnut cutter to cut doughnuts. depending on your deep fryer; fry 2-3 doughnuts in a deep fryer for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until brown, turning halfway through with slotted spoon. drain on cooling rack and than shake warm doughnuts with sugar.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

one two three four five.....

1. a numeral or group of numerals.
2. the sum, total, count, or aggregate of a collection of units, or the like: A number of people were hurt in the accident. The number of homeless children in the city has risen alarmingly.
3. a word or symbol, or a combination of words or symbols, used in counting or in noting a total.
4. the particular numeral assigned to an object so as to designate its place in a series: house number; license number.
5. one of a series of things distinguished by or marked with numerals.

i like to decorate with numbers in my house.... the old gasoline numbers i've found inexpensively at antique sales. november 2010 issue of better homes and garden magazine home -style made simple showcases petrol numbers for $130... i know you can find them at your local antique sale for under $12.

some of my numbers have meaning behind them... like 557 was my old address to my first home i bought and  7, 3, 0 is my anniversary date.

anyone else decorate with numbers?