Christmas Sweater

I had every intention of knitting Dave a sweater again this year....
Last year I knit this one...

(wow his hair is short)

This year he got you can see, I have made him a hat to wear but the sweater is in it's raw form so to speak. My Goal: to finish the sweater by Valentines Day. The Problem: I haven't even picked out a pattern yet. Grim. I figure I'll scout out Ravelry and see what I can come up with. However, I'm open to any ideas....??

December Photo Project ~ 12/22/09

I have decided I will travel the world and take pictures of my favorite mug in wierd places. Similar to the couple that did it with their nieghbours garden gnome... but mine will be filled with yummy java.

December Photo Project ~ 12/20/09 & CARAMEL CORN!

Our annual Caramel Popcorn. A sticky, sweet, yummo Christmas tradition.
In honour of a beautiful Next mamma.... how to make your own:

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup popping corn

Pop the popcorn and place in a buttered roasting pan.
In a saucepan bring the butter, sugar, syrup and salt to a boil, stirring constantly. Once boiling stop stirring and let boil for 5 min. Take off the heat and add stir in soda and vanilla. Pour over popcorn and stir well. Place in 250 degree oven. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 min.

** As someone who values learning from others misfortunes... please note that the saucepan should be big enough to allow the sauce to increase in volume as it boils. Cleaning up molten sugar lava is not an activity I suggest for putting people in the Christmas spirit. Trust me on this one.

December Photo Project ~ 12/15/09 & COOKIES

These are my favorite cookies to make with the boys. They don't require a mixer, just a bowl and a wooden spoon. I like them because the are so versatile, you can switch up a few things and have a completely different cookie. (You will see what I mean) In the time it took me to get the camera I lost one as you can see (Dave, I know where you sleep!)

1 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 pkg vanilla INSTANT pudding mix (I highlight this fact because I have purchased the wrong one in the past with very dire results)
1 tbsp. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups milk chocolate chips

Line baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease them).
In a large bowl mix together butter and both sugars. Stir in pudding mix and milk. Stir in eggs and vanilla.
In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by heaping 1 tbsp about 2 inches apart (I use a small ice-cream scoop cause I'm lazy!) on prepared pans. Bake in centre of 350 degree oven until edges are golden, about 12 min. Let cool for 5 min on baking sheet. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 3 doz.

NOW... I have done the following combos:
Chocolate pudding with semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Butterscotch pudding with Scor bits
Chocolate pudding with white chocolate chips and pecans
Chocolate pudding with peanut butter chips
Butterscotch pudding with milk chocolate chips
and so on, and so on, and so on....

and THAT is why I love this cookie!

December Photo Project ~12/14/09

Our sugar bowl often reflects the season as you can see. We add different colours depending on the time of year. The boys like the fact that it turns cereal milk funky colours.

December Photo Project ~ 12/13/09

Traffic Jam. I keep telling them if they compete to get in the door, mommy can't even reach the door to open it. They never listen.

Christmas Crackers

For the past few years the kids and I have been making our own Chrismas crackers. We have a blast picking out a toy for each person and packing it into a toilet paper tube with some chocolate and other assorted goodies. We include a question in every cracker and we take turns throughout the evening asking our question to the group. Some of the ones we have used are: "If you could meet anybody, who would it be?", "What is the best book you read this past year?", "What 1 new thing do you want to try in the coming year?". We have found that we learn a lot about each other through this simple exercise plus it's usually pretty funny.

To cover the tubes we just roll them in some left over fabric I had and tie them with strips of cloth. We even label them so we know who gets which toy/gift inside. The best thing is you can just gather up the fabric and put it away for next year. If you have boys like I do, you can purchase the "fire-sticks" for inside the crackers from craft stores in December. They are also known as poppers, my boys are just dramatic.

December Photo Project ~12/09/09

December Photo Project ~ 12/6/09

First snowfall of the year.

December Photo Project ~ 12/5/2009

These oranges are over a year old... we preserved them with cloves. They still smell wonderful! I actually have one from my childhood that we bring out every Christmas.

December Photo Project ~ 12/2/09

December Photo Project ~ 12/1/09

December Photo Project

So after much deliberation I have decided to participate in the December Photo Project. I'm not the best photographer but I just love to take pictures, so I look on this as a good challenge to do what I love. So, my hope is that I will honour the Creator as I capture the things He has made during this season that should be focused on Him. Since I'm starting a day late... I will do two today.
December Photo Project

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