Christmas Ornaments

I am working on making some Christmas Ornaments for some very
special Grandparents in our lives.

Can you say procrastination?!?
I am only to this point....

Now to embellish the $1 frames, spray paint them,
add a ribbon and polish them off.

I think I might make myself some fun projects with these silhouettes.


Menu Planning Monday

Wow, this is the week of Parties. I only have to cook three times this week because we will be gone all of the other days at holiday parties. This is going to be a great week.

Monday - Dinner at the Jazz game for Eric's Work Christmas Party

Tuesday - Dinner for BYU Coaches with Elder Holland (Lucky Me)

Wednesday - Dinner for my BYU Department Party

Thursday - Chicken Enchiladas

Friday - Dinner at our Friends Party

Saturday - Homemade Pizza

Sunday - Crockpot Chicken and Rice


Keeping Christ in Christmas...

I love Christmas.

Not for the presents or superficial reasons, but I love the spirit of the season.

I love how people are generally more kind, loving, giving, etc.

Sometimes I find it hard to de-emphasize the presents and worldly aspect of Christmas and teach my children the real meaning. They know why we celebrate Christmas, but I think for a little child it is easy to forget with all the other things going on around them.

I also like advent calendars and have been searching for a meaningful one to make for my family. I found this one that sahm3.

I love it!

I am going to make one when I get the chance. Hopefully soon.

While my to-do list grows, I hope you are all enjoying your holiday season.


All the Stockings Were Hung....

I really wish that I had a fireplace this time of year. Not just for the warmth, but for the Christmas decorating possibilities.

I wanted to create a wall of stockings this year. I really wish that I had a vinyl cutter, but I don't, so this was all done by hand and paint.

The kids helped me make it on Saturday night and then we hung a shelf and hung the stockings.

I love my little Christmas shelf. It even got the approval of my husband.


2010 Thanksgiving,Christmas, New Years Card

I have to start my post with an apology.

When I made my Christmas Cards, I ordered 20. Come to find out, I probably should have ordered 30-40. I did not have enough to send to all of the people that I wanted.

Trying to keep on budget I am not going to order anymore, so hopefully those of you who didn't receive one will accept my apology and enjoy what you can of it here on the blog.

This is what it looks like:


Now, since you probably can't read that small print inside the card, here is the text that was included:

Top 10 Things we are thankful for after 2010:

10.) Being an American. It may not be a perfect country with perfect leaders, but we sure are grateful for the freedom that we have to worship the way that we choose.

9.) Jobs. Not only are Eric and I both blessed to have jobs in this economy, but we both have jobs that we enjoy. Eric put it best when he said…’It is nice to have a job where it doesn’t matter if it is Monday or Friday.’

8.) Amazing Teachers. As our children get older, we are so thankful for all for all of the amazing teachers that our children know and learn from. Especially those who teach our children at church, they are heroes in our home.

7.) Good Health. Knock on Wood. After a scare with Marcus this year and a long visit to Primary Children’s Hospital, we are grateful for healthy bodies and amazing doctors.

6.) The Little Things. The success of a child’s prayer, comforting a child by making their ‘blanky flat’ at bed time, the blowing of kisses from Emma on her first day of school. Each of us have little things to appreciate this year.

5.) Family History. We have learned about so many of our ancestors stories this year and the examples that they have set. Eric and I are excited to take our first family names to the temple.

4.) The hard times. Because they've made us stronger and wiser, and the good times even better.

3.) Memories. From a trip to Sea World with the kids to the first alone trip for Tamber and Eric. There are so many wonderful memories that our family will cherish from 2010.

2.) Being able to laugh. Eric and I find ourselves laughing over the little things that our children do, whether it be Marcus trying out new phrases, scaling the fridge or Emma learning to pronounce new words or talking about her first ‘crush’. Our family loves to laugh and make each other laugh.

1.) All of You! This year would not have been so cherished without your influence in our family member’s lives. We have so many amazing family and friends that we could not have lived without in 2010. Thank You for everything you have done for us.


Thanksgiving Day Plan

I am making Thanksgiving Dinner for my small little family.

We did the same thing last year and it was a lot of fun.

I am thankful for the chance to try and master my Thanksgiving cooking with my small family before (in the future) having to cook under pressure for a larger crowd.

This is my Plan for Thanksgiving Dinner and Prep:

The Menu:


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls


Cheese ball/Crackers



Strawberry Pretzel Jell-O

Bacon Herb Turkey

Mashed Potatoes


Stuffing (Stove Top)


Green Beans


Apple Pie with Pecan Crumble

Pumpkin Pie

Ice Cream

Plan of Action:

The Timing is always my biggest problem. I always have a hard time getting everything done at the same time. I usually end up with something cold….Annoying. So, here is my schedule of how I will do it all without having an anxiety attack. Dinner will be around 3pm.


Make Strawberry Pretzel Jell-O, Gravy, Apple Pie and Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls.


7 am: Bake Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls/Eat Breakfast

Roast Pecans

9 am: Make turkey Herb Past

Take Turkey out of Fridge

Start Rolls

11:30 am: Put turkey in Oven

Appetizers Out

1:00 pm: Set Table

1:30 pm: Boil Potatoes

2 pm: Boil Green Beans

2:30 pm: Take Turkey Out

Mash Potatoes


Bake Rolls

5 pm: Desserts


Dollar Store Christmas Advent

This was a craft that we did at our ward's Super Saturday.

It was an advent calendar made from a cookie sheet and matchboxes which were both found at the dollar store. I think the most expensive part was probably the magnets and scrapbook paper.

I think it turned out pretty cute. I will probably be putting a strip of paper with a scripture about Christ in each box as well as a 2 little candies (like tootsie rolls, jolly ranchers or small dove chocolates).


Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

These are a favorite in my house...especially by me.

I love anything pumpkin, and I love anything breakfast. This one is a good combination.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
Dash of ground ginger
Dash of ground cloves
1 cup milk
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tbsp. vegetable oil or melted butter

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and spices and stir with a fork to combine. Mix together the milk, pumpkin puree, egg and oil or butter in a liquid measuring cup. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together just until combine. (The batter may still have a few lumps – that is okay.)

Preheat the oven to 200° F. Have an oven safe plate or serving dish ready. Heat a greased skillet or griddle over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add a 1/3 cup scoop of batter to the pan. Let cool until bubbles begin to form on the top surface. Carefully flip with a spatula and cook the second side until golden brown, a couple minutes more. Transfer the cooked pancake to the oven safe dish, and place in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the rest of the batter until it has all been cooked, regreasing the pan as needed. Serve with cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, and/or whipped cream.

Source: Originally from Martha Stewart.

To make it a little faster of a process, I pre-package the dry ingredients and write what the wet ingredients are. That way if I want to make them quickly before school for the kids I can.


Baby Chronicles

Every time I have a baby, I have good intentions of recording his/her growth.

I am determined this time to follow through.

I saw these cute pics on Young House Love, a blog that I LUV.

Don't you think it would be so much fun to do this for you baby's entire first year.

ps...she didn't have a different onsie on each time, just photoshop.



Every Year I try and think of a new way to display our 'thankfuls'.

And, like everything around my house right now, it got half way done.

I guess that is what pregnancy does to you....

gives you the motivation to start something and then you loose the energy when it is half done.

Here are some pictures of the 'ideal' or what I was trying to achieve.

Andy, this is how it ended up. Half done, but it works I guess.

As we have added more leaves it looks better, just not as great as Tatertots and Jello.


Menu Planning Monday

It's been a while I have been planning my menu...I guess that is what pregnancy does to ya, or me at least.

Here is to another attempt to stay on track :)

Monday - Grilled Ham (leftover ham) and Cheese Sandwiches on sourdough with Salad

Tuesday - Spaghetti, Salad and Garlic Bread

Wednesday - Chicken Enchiladas, Corn

Thursday - Taco Ring, Salad

Friday - Papa Murphey's Pizza

Saturday- Eat Out

Sunday- Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry


Bacon Herb Turkey

Last Thanksgiving I decided to try a new recipe. I can't remember where I got the recipe, but it turned out so good. I am going to be using the same recipe this year. Since I am only cooking for my small little family, I only cook a small Turkey Breast that is de-boned. It works out perfect for us. Even if you don't try this for Thanksgiving, please try it, it is DELICIOUS!

(this is not a photo of my turkey, just a random pic)

Bacon Herb Turkey


  • 3 strips thick-cut bacon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped sage leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 (5 1/2 to 6-pound) whole turkey breast, rinsed and patted dry


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a shallow roasting pan or baking dish with aluminum foil.

Cook the bacon in a medium skillet until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of the rendered bacon fat separately. When the bacon has cooled, chop it finely and transfer to a small bowl. Add the garlic, sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, butter, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Using a small spoon, mix thoroughly to combine and form a paste.

Using your fingertips, gently loosen the skin on both sides of the turkey breast so that it is separated from the flesh. Divide the herb paste in half and gently spread half between the skin and flesh on each side of the breast. Season the outside of the turkey breast with the remaining teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Brush the turkey all over with the reserved bacon fat. Place prepared turkey breast in the prepared pan and roast, uncovered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the deep portion of the breast registers 165 degrees F, 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 or 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving into thin slices. Serve with the pan drippings.


Moist Pumpkin Bread

This is probably my most favorite fall recipe. I have been using it for a couple of years now. When I make it I will usually mix one in a bowl, and the dry ingredients two more times in a plastic bag so that the next time I make it, it is quick and easy.


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1 heaping cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup Walnuts or Raisins (optional!)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously grease 12 muffin tins.

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Cut in butter with two knives or a pastry blender until all incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture. Add raisins. Fold gently until mixture is just combined. Pour into greased muffin pan—batter hardly ever fills all twelve unless you keep it down to 1/2 full. Sprinkle generous amounts of cinnamon-sugar over the top of each unbaked muffin.
Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and allow to cool.


Batman Cake

I made this one upon request from my newley 3 year old. He loved it.


Shadow Box...

I have two baby blessing outfits that need framing so that they can be remembered.

They bring special memories of my small children and I want them to be able to keep them when they are older.

I have been trying to find just the right shadow boxes.

I think I finally found it, the problem. I will have to duplicate it on my own.

I think it is so classy, and very doable (with my dad's help of coarse).

I can just picture the two blessing outfits hanging in my kids room.


Room Mom

I am working on a project for my little Emma's Class Halloween Party.

I don't know what I was thinking when I volunteered to add another thing to my plate?!

Here is the Halloween Craft that I am making for 25 kids.

I can't remember where I got the idea..somewhere on the world of the internet, but I love it. I am going to alter it a little.

Wish me luck!


Something Fresh

I love this Fresh Bedroom.

What do you think? I love her ideas for this room. You could even change out the accent color every once in a while for a change.


Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Shortbread Bars

She has done it again. Satisfied me with some amazing looking (and soon to be tasted) Pumpkin Treats. I just had to share it with you.

If you want this recipe, go to one of my favorite websites Picky Palate.


Pumpkin Tarts

If you want to make these cute pumpkin tarts, go to Picky Palate.

I will be trying them sometime this season.


My Favorite Pumpkin Walnut Cookies

I Love pumpkin baked goods. Last fall I made these multiple times because they were so yummy. They do take some time, so if you are looking for a quick fix, these are not for you. I will have a quick pumpkin recipe up soon that is Oh-so-easy!

But please try these at least once.

You will not regret it.

Pumpkin Walnut Cookies

By: Land O'Lakes

Cookies Ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup (8 ounces) canned pumpkin (pumpkin comes in 15 ounce cans; not pumpkin pie filling)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon (I used pumpkin pie spice)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts

Frosting Ingredients:

2 cups powdered sugar (I recommend sifting this)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened (I used 1/3 less fat Neufchatel cheese)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon (I used pumpkin pie spice)
Walnut pieces, if desired


1.) Heat oven to 350°F.

2.) Combine butter, brown sugar and sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.

3.)Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed.

4.) Reduce speed to low; add flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

5.)Stir in 1 cup walnuts by hand.

6.) Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool completely. (I let them cool on

the baking sheet for 5 minutes
before transferring them to a cookie rack to finish cooling - they are soft and delicate, so be careful.)

7.) Combine all frosting ingredients except walnut pieces in medium bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth. Frost cooled cookies. Garnish with walnuts, if desired.

Yield: 5 dozen cookies


Pumpkin Love

If you know me at all, you know I love pumpkin and now being pregnant, all I want is to fulfill my cravings. Here are a couple that I found online that I am going to try and make this fall. I will give the recipes to you as I go.

What do you think?

In the mood for some pumpkin?


Blood Stain Removal

I have to admit that I am the worst at getting any kind of stain out of anything.

Today, my 5 year old got a bloody nose and dripped it everywhere on our brand new carpet.

I was scared that it was ruined and that I would have to replace and patch the whole piece of carpet.

I asked my neighbor if she knew what to do and of coarse she did....she always does.

So, in case you don't know (cause I sure didn't) here are the steps to getting Blood out of your Carpet/Clothes.

1.) Get a wash cloth wet with COLD water (Hot will make the stain set and harder to get out)

2.) Get a couple of dry paper towels.

3.) Dab (don't scrub, it will spread the blood) the water onto the blood so that the blood gets wet. Don't add too much water or it will bleed to surrounding area.

4.) Take your dry paper towels and dry up water and blood. You will be amazed at how it absorbs.

5.) Repeat 3-5 times on each small area.

*** At this point the majority of my blood was already out of my carpet***

If you still have some blood on your carpet or you are working on clothes, follow the following instructions...

1.) Mix 1 Tablespoon of Oxyclean and 1 Tablespoon of baking soda. Add just enough water to make a paste (it will dry out if you dont use it right away, so you will have to continue to use water).

2.) Place paste on blood stain. Let sit about 30 min.

3.)If cleaning carpet get a wet rag and dab up oxyclean mix. If you put mix on clothes, throw clothes into washer and run like you normally do.

4.) Dab the carpet area dry with dry cloths.

This worked miracles for me.

Hopefully you have success too.