Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Thankful for food, a nice home, a good job, and the money to buy the things we need. Thankful for E and that she will have surgery soon so she can stop so many medicines. Thankful for family and friends that live close by and are always willing to lend a hand.

I let E watch a little of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. I thought she might enjoy the floats. Nope. She had much more fun trying to watch football and seeing the dogs in the Westminster Dog Show. I think she thought they were really big cats! She got so excited!

For E's first Thanksgiving, her Grandma and Grandpa wanted to give her the turkey leg and see what she would do with it. She just gave them a look, like "why did you put this huge thing on my try and what the heck do you want me to do with it?" She picked at it a little, but had much more fun with her cheerios.

Aunt M made these really neat turkey cookies for our plates this year. Then she got "mad" when everyone decapitated them! They were so tasty and cute!!

How to make the turkey cookies (from Aunt M):

For each cookie you will need:
2 double stuff oreos
1 mini reeses peanut butter cup
1 whopper
5 slivered almonds
chocolate frosting
white, red and yellow icing.

1. Set one oreo down flat and attach the whopper and p.b. cup for the head and body using chocolate frosting.
2. Turn the turkey body oreo on its end and attach the other oreo right below the p.b. cup using chocolate frosting.
3. stick slivered almonds in the turkey body oreo for feathers.
4. decorate with red and yellow icing, do a beak, feet, and color the feathers. Add eyes too - she did them with plain white icing.
5. leave turkeys to set up while lying on their backs, feet together.

Enjoy!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. There is so much to be thankful for!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Holiday Crafting

Being that it is two weeks away from Thanksgiving, I am in full Holiday Crafting Mode! This year I decided to handmake most of the gifts for family and friends. Dont' worry, the only gift spoiler are for E, and she can't read!

Most of the things I decided to make this year are pretty easy, seeing as E is 10 months old right now and I don't have a whole lot of spare time. Although she is very happy right now to roll around on the floor while I am typing this morning. Hmmmm . . . maybe I should whip out the sewing machine! The trouble is that E's birthday is about 10 days after Christmas - I have no idea what to do about that. It doesn't really matter this year, she will only be 1 and not know any better. So I have a whole list of things I am making her, but some are for her birthday and some are for Christmas. I am making cloth blocks, a couple of dresses, a birthday tutu and onesie set, some new blankies (tie-dyed), beanbags, a knit hat, and a poncho/onsie/hat set. Most of this is finished but I still have a lot to do . . . not to mention gifts for other family members and friends! But I think handmade gifts are just so much more meaningful than the store-bought kind. Not that I won't be doing some of those, too! I have my eye on some Fisher-Price Little People sets for E!

My crafts-to-make list is growing exponentially!! Every time I make something cool for someone I want one too! I just don't have time right now to make it for myself. I'm hoping I can start on all of that after Christmas. A really neat new project I am making for a craft swap is a "scoodie." I got the tutorial from vegbee's Just Tutes blog. I am so excited to make it for my swap buddy - and one for myself as well. For those of you who don't know what a scoodie is, it is a scarf with a hood attached for extra yummy warmth! Anyone who knows me knows I am constantly cold during the winter. I am looking forward to having one of these!

Well, that's it for my first post!! Yay! Sometime soon, I will post pictures of some of my crafts for people I know won't visit here. Hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing!!