Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012... Bring It On

There are only a few hours left of 2011.

Its been an OK year, not bad but not the best. Other than celebrating 10 years of being with my husband nothing else was overly eventful.

But 2012 is going to be big.

We go from being a family of 3 to a family of 4. And that scares me. I mean really scares me....

So bring it on 2012! I can't wait to see all that you bring!



Have you seen this video?! I seriously love it and think its an adorable song :)

So from my family to yours, we sincerely hope you and your families have a wonderful New Year's  Eve.

Happy 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

For years I have been searching for the ULTIMATE chocolate chip cookie recipe. I like mine to be soft and moist and chewy... Mmmm heaven!

Since Santa requested both rice crispy treats and chocolate chip cookies, on Christmas Eve Jakah and I got to work.



I decided to combine a few different chocolate chip cookies recipes and sorta come up with my own.

Here's the recipe

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Created by Me 
Ingredients:
1 cup + 2 tablespoons of softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 box (3.4oz) Vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups (1 package) milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325

Beat together butter, white sugar and brown sugar. I usually let mine go for a couple of minutes.
Add in eggs and vanilla, beat for a minute or two 
           (I like to think longer is better because it gets air in there. Of course I have no idea)
Add in vanilla pudding and beat a little longer
Slowly add in flour and baking soda

Mix until fully incororated

Add chocolate chips

Scoop onto greased baking sheets. I use a cookie scooper thing (pretty sure thats the technical name)

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes - I did 12 because its a lower temp. 

This came out perfectly chewy and moist! And stayed that way for a week! 

YUM!!



Let me know if you try this and how yours turn out!

This is linked up with The Frugal Girls









And Alli N Son

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

WTF Wednesday - 12.28.2011

Last WTF of 2011! And I feel like this one is a doozy. Mostly because I have been stewing over it FOR DAYS....

Obviously Christmas was last weekend. In case you didn't know, sorry I ruined that for you Ha ha!

This weeks WTF is about my sister. I wrote some sort of a post about her Here. I'm to the point where I am going to tell people I am an only child. Or only have one sister instead of two.

 My sister started dating her boyfriend around Halloween. By cheating on her other boyfriend with this new one. The new one has 2 children of his own, ages 5 and 3. I guess the mom is not involved. My sister doesn't really keep boyfriends around long. I don't bother getting to know them (its kinda rude I know but why bother when they are only around for a month or 2?) The last boyfriend was around for a year, but we only met him once. I think she was embarrassed because he was 48 and she is 25. Her poor kids have to meet and deal with each guy she brings around.

Anyways...while that should be my WTF, Its not.

So my sister's children went to their dad's houses (different dad's) on Christmas Eve. She chose to go with her boyfriend to his grandparents house. Fine, no big deal. She then chooses to spend the night, with her children at her boyfriends house. On Christmas Eve. (she lives with my parents and probably should have stayed the night there.)

She showed up to my parents house for Christmas day around 12:15 not 10 am.
(on a side note I said we would be there around 1 because we were going to have Jakah take a nap first)

We showed up at 12:45.... 99% of the gifts have been opened. Her boyfriend and his kids were there. His kids had to sit on the couch and watch everyone open gifts. We would have been nice and gotten them a few little things, but my sister didn't bother to tell us they were coming. So there was that awkwardness. They apparently had to leave by 1:30 to go to her boyfriends parents for the next activities. Yes I spent a total of 45 mins with my niece and nephew on Christmas. They didn't bother to stay for dinner or spend anytime with her family. Who by the way, my parents are raising her children.

Anyways, We go in and open what few gifts are left. I had some for my niece and nephew. And I drew my sisters name in the drawing. Usually, We draw adult names, and then buy for all 3 kids. Apparently I am the only one that follows that rule.

Because my WTF this week is the fact that my sister did not buy Jakah a single gift. Nothing, Nada, Not A Single Damn Thing!

I text her later to call her out on it. (oh I knew I was starting a fight, I did it on purpose) She told me its because she didn't have any money. (she is currently in a custody battle over her daughter and has had to get a lawyer)
Except for the fact that I saw how much she spent on her kids, because she left the receipts out. Oh yeah and she spent money on her boyfriend's kids. Who by the way all 4 children who are under the age of 6 received an XBOX 360 and Kinect from Santa. Say What!?

Oh and to top it off someone  left 3 large bags of brand new toys for her kids in her car at work. She gave those toys to her kids, and her boyfriends kids.

But apparently cannot afford $10 to get Jakah a pack of hot wheels....


Seriously WTF!

I know its not all about gifts, but my sister pulls this crap all the time. She is extremely selfish and acts like she is 13 not 26





Monday, December 26, 2011

Monday Listicles - Top 10 of 2011

This week the Monday Listicle Topic was thought up by Bridget and linked up to Stasha at The Good Life . I also get to link up with Jen - Runner Mom. Two birds with one stone! It's a great list of top ten of 2011
So here we go...

Top 10 of 2011

1. My first born turned 1!!!

2. I started this blog

3. I turned 29... so last year in my 20's

4. We took our first family vacation, together, with a kid....

5. Jakah started talking, oh and running (well that was technically Dec 31st) And hasn't really stopped doing either

6. I found out I was pregnant for the last time.

7. I bought my husband his (almost) dream truck

8. I paid off my brand new car in 2 1/2 years

9. Jakah grew out his amazing 80's mullet (the same one I can't bring myself to cut)


10. In a few days, My husband and I are celebrating our 10th year of being together,....10 years people!



I also want to thank everyone for a wonderful 2011! I hope 2012 is even better!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ghosts of Blogging Past

So I'm going to be a follower here. Many others are linking up to Chosen Chaos and Mommy2cents some of their very first posts from blogging.

Mine is bad. Its my first week of posting. I made a Grasshopper cake, and then found out my husband hates mint. Awesome! I also find it hilarious that it was about Jakah climbing out of his crib, and here we are at that stage AGAIN! (I think I birthed a monkey!) I had 2 comments, one from my best friend, and then me replying back to her Ha ha! It was viewed a whole 8 times! Either way its funny to look back and see what other people have written. I hope you get a chance to check out other people's posts!

Hope you enjoy!


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Saturday morning, Jakah figured out how to crawl out of his crib. Around 5 am, I heard him laughing in his room. I figured he could stay in his crib since I needed sleep (and it was saturday for goodness sake) A few minutes later hubby heard a thump. Thinking it was the dog, he also stayed in bed. Atleast that is until he heard the door opening. Our dog is smart, but not smart enough to open doors. He went out and found Jakah headed to the kitchen to get himself some milk.
Luckily he wasn't hurt getting out, but now the crib is down to the lowest setting. Which of course I cannot reach. I think I will need to build a catapult to put Jakah to bed now. Or just get him a helmet and call it good.

Since today is my day off, and I like to bake on my day off I decided to make a grasshopper fudge cake. And to make it with even more calories more delicious, I am going to add some of the Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies I was suckered talked into buying. (Damn those cute girl scouts!) Of course I had to buy the cookies since I myself used to be a girl scout. There were many weekends that we stood outside the grocery store selling cookies. Actually my best friend and I would talk my younger sister into doing it, since we were both too shy to talk to strangers.

Anyways onto the recipe! (which may or may not have been stolen and adapted from my awesomely free Betty Crocker calender)

Grasshopper Fudge Cake with Thin Mints

Ingredients:
1 box of white cake mix
1 1/4 cups of water
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of mint extract
3 egg whites
12 dropps green food coloring
2 - 16 oz jars of hot fudge topping
1 - 8z container of cool whip (thawed)
5 drops of yellow food coloring
A few (however many you want) Andes creme de menthe thins (for the top)
Thin Mint cookies (however many you want)


Directions
Heat oven to 350. Spray bottom of 13x9" pan with baking spray

Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mint extract, and the 3 egg whites. reserve 1 cup of batter. Stir in 3 drops (or however many you want) of food coloring into the reserved batter. Set aside and pour the rest of the batter into the cake pan.


Drop green batter by generous spoonfuls randomly onto the batter in the pan. Swirl batters together with a metal spatula or butter knife.














Bake for 28 - 33 minutes (mine took 30 mins) or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely for atleast an hour

Carefully spread hot fudge topping evenly over the cake. Sprinkle chopped up pieces of Thin Mints over the hot fudge.



















In a medium bowl, mix together the cool whip, 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract, 9 drops of green food coloring and 5 drops of yellow food coloring (or again however much you want!) until blended.


Spread cool whip mixture over fudge and cookie topping.




Garnish with Andes pieces

Eat and Enjoy!
(oh and keep it in the fridge until you have eaten the whole cake)

Hope you enjoy it!

P.S. In case you are wondering, I also cooked the boys lunch (gasp!) It was the super healthy and very difficult to make. (OK you caught me! It was top ramen and oyster crackers) Sometimes I seriously wonder how they would ever make it without me

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sweet Potato Casserole

For Thanksgiving this year I made the rolls like always, and I also contributed a Sweet Potato Casserole.

I was saving this for around Christmas time so that the recipe wouldn't get lost :) It would be a great addition to Christmas Dinner!

I told Casey he had to at least try it. He told me he wouldn't like it but ate some and IMMEDIATELY said "I hate to admit this, but this is really good." BAHAHAHAHA

The recipe came from my brother-in-laws mom. I only changed one thing. (oh and I doubled mine cause I accidently bought too many sweet potatos)

Sweet Potato Casserole
Preheat oven to 350
Filling:
2 lbs fresh Sweet Potatoes (not yams)
1/2 c packed light brown sugar
1/2 c butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 c milk *I used heavy cream because I had some leftover that needed to be used up.
1 tsp vanilla
Topping:
4 oz chopped pecans (1 cup)
2/3 c packed light brown sugar
1/2 c flour
1/3 c butter - melted
Peel and cube potatoes and cover with cold water.  Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce to medium simmer.  Simmer 25 - 30 minutes - test for tenderness--should be easily pierced with fork but don't overcook.  Drain, mash then use electric mixer for about one minute while adding the sugar, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla.  Let set while making topping. 
Topping:  Combine pecans, sugar, flour - mix evenly.  Stir in melted butter until evenly moistened. 
In WELL BUTTERED 2 QT SHALLOW baking disk spread potato mixture.  Sprinkle topping over potatoes.  Bake uncovered at 350 for 40 - 45 min until knife inserted in center pulls clean. 
Note:  you can store the cooled cooked dish well covered in fridge for 1-2 days them bring to room temp and reheat covered for 30 min at 300.



Everyone loved this and I will definitly make it again!


This is linked up with The Frugal Girls

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WTF Wednesday - 12.21.2011

This weeks WTF is brought to you by my 22 month old son.

We have been home this week since there is no school and we don't have to nanny. Monday morning I hop into the shower while Jakah is sleeping in his crib. While in the shower I hear the door bang open. Think its the dog, look out of the curtain and see nothing. Go about my shower business. Get out of the shower only to look over and see Jakah and his new favorite stuffed animal "big stitch" (its a big stuffed stitch. original I know, but our dog is named Stitch so....) staring at me, smiling and then says "Hi".....

"Hi Jakah, How are you out of your crib?" Runs away smiling. Ugh! Eventually he takes a nap, and doesn't get himself out of bed. Maybe its a one time thing (bahahahahaha Ya Right!)

Yesterday morning same thing happens, I take a shower, get dressed. Go to get Jakah up and he opens the door before I get there. Ugh! And then he did it again last night when he was supposed to be sleeping!

I was hoping to keep my legalized cage crib for him for a long time. I was going to just buy another crib for the new baby. (I never bought Jakah's crib, it was my nephews, my sister left it here. I used it) No big deal. Plus his crib turns into a toddler bed, and then a full size bed.

As of now its looking like it will be a toddler bed sooner than I wanted! Although we shall see, my husband found out he was stepping down onto a stool and that's why there was no "thud" or loud sound. He moved that out of the room. Guess we shall find out this morning if that works!

I could always put the mattress on the floor in the crib?! I am out of ideas on what to do. I just know I don't want to put him in a bed yet

Here is a picture of Big Stitch. Jakah does EVERYTHING with Big Stitch....

By the way my husband made this table! It is part of Jakah's christmas present. He is getting a wooden train set to go on the table.

The Liebster Award

I am so honored that Confessions of a Recovering Supermom has awarded me with the Liebster Award! Yay!!!



The Liebster award started in Germany. The word "Liebster" is a term of endearment; meaning "beloved person." The aim of the award is to bring attention to blogs with fewer than 200 followers.

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These are the rules for accepting the award:
1.  Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

2..  Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

3..  Post the award on your blog.

4.  Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the internet – other writers.

5.  And best of all – have fun and spread the Karma!

6.  Right click on the award image to save it to your computer and then upload to your blog!


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I would like to pass this award on to:
I am really glad I have found all of these blogs! I love reading them and I hope you do too!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top 6 Christmas Movies

Since its Christmas time and we have obviously been watching a lot of Christmas movies I wanted to share a list of my top 6 Christmas movies I have to watch atleast once a year.

Why 6 you may ask... because I'm cool like that. And because I couldn't decide on 5!
1. A Christmas Story... I know its on for 24 hours on Christmas Eve, and I probably watch 20 hours of it. I LOVE that movie! (the musical was awesome also!)
Christmas Story Leg Lamp String Lights 10 Lights 10 ft Long Indoor
2. A Muppet Christmas Carol - My childhood favorite
The Muppet Christmas Carol [Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition] [DVD]
3. Christmas Vacation - What's not to love?
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [Wide Screen] [Special Edition] [DVD]
4. Four Christmases - Seriously hilarious! Love it!
Four Christmases [DVD]
5. Elf - Just makes you smile
Elf [2 Discs] [DVD]

and of course there is Its a Wonderful Life. Its a rule that you have to watch this on Christmas Eve. (its the only break from A Christmas Story you should take!)
It's a Wonderful Life [60th Anniversary Edition] [DVD]

There ya have it! What are your favorite Christmas movies?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Listicles - Top 10 Lipton List

This week Bridget has us answering the top ten questions from Inside the Actor's Studio. It will be so fun reading every one's answers!


1. What is your favorite word?
Probably - I say it all the time
2. What is your least favorite word?
Puke
3. What turns you on?
Comedy, Doing something unexpected, Cologne (although Casey doesn't wear it), a nice pair of Wranglers
4. What turns you off?
Farts yuck!  Short shorts, Fat guys in Speedos, Feet
5. What sound do you love?
Jakah's laughter. It just makes me smile
6. What sound do you hate?
The sound of wood scraping against another piece of wood.  and Jakah's Whining. Both sound like nails on a chalk board
7. What is your favorite curse word?
F*ck, or Bitch
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
A baker, always wanted to be a baker
9. What profession would you not like to do?
Working for the IRS would suck, People would always be mad at you
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Welcome! There are people here waiting to see you!

This is linked up with The Good Life

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pretzel Rolos

OK I really have no good name for these. If you come up with one please feel free to let me know!

This is the easiest most addicting recipe EVER! I can't stop eating them. And Casey doesn't like them so they are all for me. Ugh!

I'm sure there are lots of Christmas parties everyone will be going to. Or they are great, cheap and easy gifts for neighbors!

Take a bag of pretzels (I used the square kind)
A bag of Rolos

Heat oven to 200.

Place pretzels on cookie sheet. Place 1 rolo on each pretzel.



Put into oven for 5 minutes, just until the rolos are soft. Take out of oven. Place another pretzel on top, pressing down slightly.


Cool and eat.


My food pictures SUCK, but you get the idea :)

This is linked up with The Frugal Girls 



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

WTF Wednesday -12.14.2011

My dad is a big guy. He's 6'5" 300+ lbs. And no I didn't not get any of his height ... super lame I know. (the only awesome pictures I have of me and my dad are from my wedding. I should a) change that, and b) really get these framed!)






So for Christmas, my husband has my dad's name. Which means I'm doing the shopping. My dad asked for a quilt lined flannel jacket much like this....
Unfortunatly I cannot find one ANYWHERE!!!!!!!!! AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Because shopping for a big and tall buy that needs big and tall clothing is ridiculous! Its a serious joke!

So far the only thing I have found is this....

Which is ugly and has a hood. And even if I did want to buy it because it is the ONLY one I can seem to find, they are OF COURSE sold out of his size.

WTF!!!

This is linked up with The G is Silent for WTF Wednesday

Crazy about Wreaths

I never realized how much I love wreaths.  But I swear everytime I see one I want it. Its so weird.   (I have a whole board dedicated to them on Pinterest)

I have always wanted a feather wreath.


 I have no reason why, I just like them. But I think they would get yucky outside with the rain on them.

Anyways I was reading my awesome Lowes Creative Ideas and they have adorable ideas for wreaths that are made out of the most unconventional things!


Seriously made from coffee filters! Adorable!




Here are a few others that were featured in the magazine. I wish my husband would let me make these, but then what do I do with all these wreaths?

All these ideas can be found at Lowes DIY holiday wreaths


Pretty PVC Wreath

Candy canes were the inspiration for this holiday wreath. Red-and-white reflective tape applied to PVC coupling pipe make the super-easy stripes. Cut a hole in the middle of a 5-gallon bucket lid, then use a glue gun to adhere the pipe pieces.

Looks-Like-Ribbon Wreath

Cut white vinyl flashing into 8"×2" strips. Use a paper punch to cut holes in each end, and then thread onto 14-gauge wire  for a hefty, ribbon-like wreath.

Geometric Wood Slat Wreath

Cut six 36" square dowels  in half to make a dozen 18" pieces. Paint them red and glue together in a tic-tac-toe pattern to create a center circle.

Fold-It-Up Belt Wreath

Start with a green nylon tie-down belt and cut off the buckle and hook on the ends. Fold the belt into 3” loops. Insert a 14-gauge wire through the center of each loop, then bend to form a circle.

Tiny Circles Wood Dowel Wreath

Wooden dowels ranging from 1⁄2" to 2" in diameter and cut to 2” are glued together to form a circle. Leave the wreath as is for an all natural holiday decoration, or paint it in bright hue of your choice for fun holiday color.




Wrapping Paper Wreath

Roll 8 1⁄2"×11" pieces of leftover wrapping paper around a smooth pencil to create slender tubes. Connect with clear tape. Cut a 20" doughnut shape out of corrugated cardboard for the base. Divide the base into four sections to evenly distribute the tubes. Apply a stripe of glue around the base and arrange the tubes. Play around with color and pattern as you layer the paper.

I LOVE this one! Anyone want to make it for me?!?!?!

Please let me know if anyone makes any of these!