Thursday, December 15, 2011

Finished for Friday: A Million Cookies

OK, maybe not a million, but it feels like it.  Saturday is my annual cookie party so I've been prepping with lots of extra batches for the exchange.  Have you ever made these peppermint candy canes?  They're delicious but a bit labor intensive.  Usually Wasabi Girl helps me roll them out but she's been sick for a few days.

The peanut butter kisses cookies - I have to stand guard over these so the family doesn't eat them all before guests arrive.

Benne wafers.  These are tasty - full of sesame seeds and brown sugar for the most part.  Rather delicate and they cooked unevenly.  My oven apparently doesn't heat evenly ever since the door was blown off.

What I don't have available for pictures are the hundreds of gingerbread cookies I'm about to roll out.  I wanted to get this post up so you could join in.  Just picture lots and lots of cookies made from these:

Still lots of Christmas projects left to finish - how about you?  Link up and show us what you've been up to.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Why We Don't Visit Santa

We rarely made it to Santa's lap when the kids were little.  Long lines, crankiness (usually mine), lack of cute outfits - whatever the reasons, I only have a few Santa pictures from the past.

While visiting the tree lot this weekend I remembered why we have so few.

There's the kid who lounges around and sits sideways.

The kid who tries to pick Santa's nose.  (STOP THAT!)

The kid who whines and cries for no reason at all.

I say she's just faking it.  What do you think?

What goofballs.  This is what I get these days when I point the camera at them.  Hope your family pictures turn out better than ours!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Finished for Friday: Peppermint Latte

I just put the last stitch in this one, so forgive me that it's still in the hoop.  I'll make it into an ornament this weekend but I wanted to get this much done for Friday.

This will be Wasabi Girl's ornament this year, since she has discovered her love for tasty coffee drinks.  It's adapted from a design in Just Cross Stitch magazine.  I think it looks yummy.  I may have to reward myself with a peppermint latte of my own tomorrow.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Way Back When-esday: The Truth Revealed

Wasabi Girl and I were sorting through some of our old piano music last weekend, including stacks of student workbooks and theory sheets.  Look what I found carefully folded between the pages of one:

I had to smile.  The one who wrote this?  Spends a lot of time writing music now.  Times change.

I'll stick to my guns and my opinion that every young person needs a basic knowledge of music.  It's just another form of literacy and they'll use it their whole life.  As parents we need to guide them through those less-than-enthusiastic periods. 

Way Back When-esday is hosted by Cheryl at Twinfatuation.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Needlework Tuesday: Christmas Cookies

Don't these look yummy?  The sugar cookies are going to get lots of seed bead sprinkles and the gingerbread men will get buttons down the front and embroidered smiles.  These are going on a delicious Christmas quilt which might even get done in time.

Also working away on ornaments for the kids.  So glad most of my shopping is done early this year so I have more time to listen to carols and sip hot chocolate and stitch.  I love the holidays.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Makes My Monday: Muppets

I thought it would be cute.  I thought I'd get nostalgic.

I didn't imagine I would laugh so hard, or even get a little teary-eyed.

My husband says he's never laughed so much in his life (and he's not a laugher, I can tell you).  Jungle Boy says it's the best movie ever - better than The Matrix.  I can't think of any possible higher praise.  You have to know how much he loves The Matrix.

We came home singing the songs, retelling the jokes.  It was a magical family afternoon, just like I used to have with my family on Sunday nights long ago.

Don't miss it!

Makes My Monday is hosted by Cheryl at Twinfatuation

Friday, December 2, 2011

Finished for Friday: A little yarnbombing

I'm all for adding a little bit of silliness to Christmas, so when I saw this pattern I knew I had to make one for myself.

Sort of like yarnbombing my own car.  If you haven't heard of yarnbombing, google it and look at the images.  Some of the pictures are amazing and just hilarious.

If you want to make your own, you can find the free pattern at Ravelry.   Site requires free registration.

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