Sunday, November 25, 2012

Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men...
A Christmas Sneak Peak

Down deep in the back closet of the basement there are boxes and boxes of ornaments.

There are ornaments from my childhood.

Ornaments from when I first got married.

Ornaments from when my babies were born.

And ornaments from in between.

Not too many, just the right amount of ornaments.

This year; however, we decided to do make a few Miner adjustments. Much to my boys dismay, we didn't put any of those ornaments on the tree.

(Insert whiny voice here..."But mama what about the red train? We have to put on this star!"...sorry boys, not this year. Insert maniacal laugh here.)

We went neutral and although the house was in total chaos with boxes (OK, it still is in total chaos), the tree is coming together nicely.

So here is to Peace on Earth and hopefully, no more chaos...well once the boxes are gone!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pinterest Project...Kiss Pie by Picky Palate

There is this pie crust. It has been sitting in my fridge for months. I kid you not. Months. Nothing made from scratch....just a crust all sealed up in a bag from Pillsbury. We (and by we I mean the hubs) probably had plans to make a quiche or an apple pie. But that never happened.

For the love of all things food, something had to be done with this crust. So I searched my Pinterest board, Yummy in my Tummy for a recipe that used crust.

That is when I found it...Kiss Pie by Picky Palate.

I had all the ingredients...Hershey kisses, egg, water, and you guessed it...pie crust. And a project was born. OK, not born, because I didn't make it up, but we sure as heck got to work! 

I did make one Miner adjustment to the instructions while working on these. Instead of using a knife to cut the crust, we used a 1 cup size measuring cup. Flipping it upside down to cut the crust made it super easy for my little guy to help.

For the recipe head on over to Picky Palate.  It won't disappoint!


Monday, November 12, 2012

A Month of Thankful

 Life is just happening around here and I have missed blogging for the last week. 

I count my blessings everyday, especially the first day of this month.

Since I doubt I will be able to sit down everyday and tippity type about my blessings, here is the abridged version...short, sweet and to the point (all 30 of them). 

And they may or may not be in any particular order.

Let's pick up where I left off...

2. My husband...without him I would not eat (he cooks food up real nice).

3. My 6 year old...without him I would not have a thumb war partner.

4. My 4 year old....without him there would not be silly stories.

5. My family...without them there would not be crazy Christmas lists or help remodeling/ cleaning.

6. My house...without it I would have nothing to organize (Oh, how I love to organize).

7. My job....without it we'd be living in a van down by the river.

8. Netflix...what is a better way to waste a child-free evening?

9. Our health.

10. My friends...I need them to keep my sanity...they are cheaper than therapy.

11. My freedom...brought to me by many others who have fought for it.

12. Grilled cheese...need I say more?

13. My camera...I have finally figured out how to use other modes besides automatic!

14. My comfy bed...nothing is better after a long day of chasing rowdy boys than my bed.

15. Not having any pets...without them, well there is no pet hair without them.

16. The sun....warm, warm. sunny warmth.

17. Our comfy couch.  Oh man, this thing is so comfy.

18. My eyesight...without it how could I read the most amazing stories or marvel in the cuteness of  my kids?

19. Flip flops. Summer, can you come back please? I miss my flip flops.

20. The good teachers at my kids schools.

21. Target...although I give you way too much money, I still love you.

22. Garden Gnomes

23. The beach at the better way to spend the summer.

24. Chocolate. Cannot forget the chocolate.

25. Reruns of Friends and 90210...yes I still watch them....a lot...too, it's never too much.

27. Nick Jr...especially when it keeps the kids entertained (wink, wink).

28. Laughter...the best medicine.

29. of the biggest cheerleaders of this blog. Thank you!

30. truly is a wonderful life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Socks For Sandy

Back in February 2006 when I was 8 and a half months pregnant with my first baby we had a pretty major ice storm here in the Adirondacks.  I remember coming home from work thinking "Crap, the power is out. But, it will be back on soon." And then I took a nap.

Five or six days later the power finally came back on. During that week we stayed in a hotel for 2 nights, came home, borrowed a generator, gave it back, then had to go buy our own. I worried about the baby and I couldn't get warm and we just wanted everything to be normal again.

Everyone is aware of the devastation that the East Coast is going through right now.  I could cry thinking about the people who have lost everything.

No warm blankets.
No comfy couches.
No scrapbooks or beloved stuff animals to snuggle.

I get it. And I didn't lose my house. 6 years later, it is just a bad memory. What happened last week is heart breaking though. I don't know about you, but I have an overwhelming feeling of needing to help. You can too.

Laura (one of my bloggy friends) over at The Shed has found a need and is doing her part.

Socks for Sandy is her project.

She is collecting socks, hats, and mittens until November 9th to take to local shelters in New Jersey. 

Go here for the address to send men's, women's, or children's size socks (or hats or mittens). Even if it is one pair.  It will be one more pair that someone will have so they can get warm.

I'll be sending a package this week. Thanks so much for your help too!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Free Thanksgiving Subway Art 

November is here and this is the month to give thanks for all of our blessings. Truly, I should be thankful all year long. I really try. I think happy thoughts as much as possible. I thank the Universe whenever I can (anyone out there read The Secret? That book changed our lives over here.) However, in the month of November I love to take each day to say an extra thank you for something in my life.

Today, November 1st, I am starting with you.
                My readers. 
Thank you so much for your support.
Thank you for your encouragement.
I love this little space on the inter-webs. 

So to say, "I think you are so cool", I whipped up a little Thanksgiving Subway Art. 
Pin and print to your hearts content.

I hope you like it.

Here is another version without the border.


PS...See the word FOOTBALL? The font I used is in that little hit TV show. It reminded me of the Thanksgiving episode where they were all playing football and had to keep setting the turkey timer and it was so cut throat that Phoebe flashed Chandler just to get the ball.  Ah, good times!

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