Saturday, November 28, 2009

That time of year again...


So this is the card I got today from...my hubby. Yes he makes me cards that are - what is the word - "special"! I have nothing else to say about it.

Except at least he did remember the day. For the first 8 years of our marriage he could not remember what day my birthday was on. I would drill him all the time at random times of the year. Some Tuesday in July I would look at him and say - hey when is my birthday? He would mumble "November twenty...first." NOPE. "November twenty...ninth?" Nope.  "I dunno - I just know it is around Thanksgiving" Great - my hubby only knows my birthday is around Thanksgiving!

So finally he memorized it or looked at my license? That is why the date is written on my card - to proove to me he remembered! Finally! It took over nine years!

And he is not teaching my son very well either. No card from my son. No present from him. Aren't dad's supposed to get on the ball at some time and do something for the mommy on her special days like her birthday and mother's day? Don't even get me started on Mother's day this year. Big FLOP! My poor son. I am just trying to make a good impression on him for his daddy's birthday and Father's day in hopes he will learn something and want to do it for my day. One can only HOPE.

So it doesn't seem like my birthday. This has been a weird year. Usually Thanksgiving ushers my day in, but this year I haven't seen my parents all week. They went to celebrate Thanksgiving with my sis in GA.
Nothing special is going on today. Since we are trying to pay off bills, no special celebrations will be happening. I'm just not feeling it. Maybe it is becuase I am getting older? EEEK! Don't say that!

Well hope you had a great Thanksgiving and nothing happened to you that happened to me last year. I still have a small scar to remember the day. Read about  Last year's Thanksgiving Accident Here. So I guess I should be thankful!! I still have all of my fingers!!

Hope you have a great day.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

First Gifts!

Here is a little craft and mini tutorial for an easy, fun gift for a little girl/tween  in your life. This first one I made for hubby's cousin. I think this will be my last year to make her anything cutesy as she will soon be a TEEN!

I found this idea in Family Fun magazine - they found it on a blog goody-goody. Super CUTE! She used different fabrics on each section of her letter - but for my first one I made the letter "C" so not as easy to mix fabrics. Also they state their letters are about 5 -6 inches tall! HA! I made mine 2 Feet tall!! Got To Be BOLD I say!!

Here is what I did. Since we are budgeting I am really trying NOT to buy any more supplies. I didn't have any of the paper wrapped floral wire so I improvised. Hubby had some wire that wasn't too thick - still bendable. After I bent it into the shape I wanted, I wrapped it in floral tape I had lying around. I don't think this is required- but it did bulk up the wire and help the fabric to stay on better. Without the sticky of the tape I think the fabric would have just slipped off my wire.

I cut my fabric in strips about one inch wide. I started at one end with a little hot glue and started wrapping the fabric strips around and around. When one ended I put a little dab of glue and then started another strip.



Here is little honey with the extra supplies, flowers, buttons, lace and ribbon. He really had fun helping me!

And here is the final view -



I just got done with a letter "A" and a letter "B" for my neices. Funny -  I didn't realize I would be making ABC's for Christmas until now!!!






WooHoo! Three Gifts done! Three out of 28 gifts DONE!! Now 25 to go...
I will keep you posted on my next completed gifts soon!
What do you think?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Special Thanksgiving Dessert

My Life as JulieMom is having a Holiday Recipe Party this week. As most of you know I am not much of a cook. I get by with the basics. I am a meat and potatoe girl, no frills, just food to fill my tummy. So I didn't plan on joining - except she made me  but I thought I would be nice and share. Go over and check out the recipes!

So here is my special secret dessert for an easy, semi-homemade dessert using one of my favorite treats.

No I don't just plan on opening the box and sharing. I am gonna share a recipe that uses Twinkies in it! Surprised you with that one, huh? I know, I know. You are scratching your head wondering how is she going to make twinkies into something else? They are already perfect as is! Well not so fast...

Here is a recipe for Twinkie Tiramisu or Layered Pumpkin Dessert (I think the Tiramisu sounds more exotic!)


1 package of Hostess Twinkies ( 10 Twinkies)
1 package ( 8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 container (8 oz) Whip topping, thawed, divided (like cool whip)
2 packages (3.4 oz each) instant vanilla pudding
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice  (plus extra to sprinkle on top)
1 cup milk

Slice Twinkies in half lengthwise and place cream side up, in single layer in 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
Using Mixer, blend together cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1/2 of whipped topping until smooth.
Spread evenly over Twinkies.

Combine pudding mixes, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and milk. Whisk until well blended and layer over cream cheese mixture.
Carefully soread reamining whipped topping over pumpkin.
Lightly sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.
Refrigerate several hours and then ENJOY!!!


There. This is probably the only recipe I will have on my blog. Take it. Cherish it. Enjoy it!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Gifts

Ok so I have checked my list and I have 28 gifts that I need to get for Christmas! And that is not including my hubby or my son! So at least 30 are needed!!! Each year I freak out because we need to get so many! My hubby's family gets together every year - which I LOVE! But getting presents for all of the cousins is getting harder and harder. Especially since they are getting older and getting boyfriends and getting married! So the list keeps getting bigger! I should really mention drawing names - at least for us cousins! What a great idea! Hello out there - can us cousins do that next year, PLEASE???


What ever happened to just remembering the day. And the reason why we celebrate Christmas. Why is it always about presents? I wish we could all just get together and celebrate family. Have a big dinner and just enjoy one another??

OK I am done ranting... on to the presents...


This year we are on a really tight budget. So most of my gifts will be handmade by me. I have about half of them planned out and one already completed!!! YEAH!!! One down and 27 to go!! WOOHOO!! I should start a countdown! I will try and post most of them - but I know some little eyes are reading and I have to hide some of them!!!

Also little honey is only getting one gift from us (store bought) for his birthday on Dec. 17th ( I am making a few smaller things he will enjoy) and one store bought gift for Christmas. He has WAY TOO MANY TOYS!!! I do not want to add to that list. And most of the people on my #28 list will be getting him a toy for both occasions so he will have WAY MORE than he needs!

But...I did have to break my rule of only one gift. I found a great bargain at Target that I couldn't pass up. A Mr. Potato Head Santa Spud for .99!! Thanks Cutting Coupons in KC!! See I told you she has some good info!!


Can you believe it! I googled it and it is selling on Amazon for over $11! and you would still need to pay shipping!! It is a regular size Mr. Potato Head!
OK here is the lowdown on how to get one. Go HERE to print off a coupon. You will have to scroll thru the pages to find the $5.00 off Hasbro Mr. Potato Spud coupon. There is another one for $3 off a regular, but this is a SPUD. Then go to Target and get one. They are regular price $5.99. So all you pay is .99 + tax! You can print the coupon twice and get two!!! They are a little hard to find - if you go to a regular Target store they are by the Christmas trees and the other Christmas goodies. If you go to a Super Target it is up front by the food section, in front of the pharmacy. You know where they put the Halloween Candy - hidden. I had to ask an associate - and we still couldn't find them. But he was able to locate them in the stock room and just got them for me!
I got one for little honey and one for my niece! ?Yeah! Her present is almost complete! I am making her something special for her room - more on that later...

So run out and get a little bargain!

Monday, November 16, 2009

I Won...again!!

I love entering blog giveaways - heck I love any giveaways. But I seem to have pretty good luck with blog ones. In October I won TWO!! Hard to believe as I usually don't win anything! But of course I still enter them!!

The first contest I won was from Cutting Coupons in KC. This is a great blog for you girls who live near me. She lists deals and coupons for the stores we actuall have near us! And she has some good ideas to save money! Go check her out.



I won a Yoga mat with carrying case, free yogurt from Yoplait, and a book - "Full of Life" signed by the author Nancy O'Dell. (you know the blonde on Entertainment Tongiht!). What a Fun Prize pack!!

The second thing I won was this Hair Prettie from Daisy Bookworm. She just opened an Etsy shop and would love for you to go visit her! I am loving the crochet headband! Cute!



Sometime I need to learn how to Crochet! I will just have to add it to my list of things to do...I think I now have 263 things on the list. One at a time...One at a time!!

Do you like to enter contests? Have you ever won anything? Let me know - no matter how crazy it is!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Little Pony...I mean Honey...

So last night I went to my Ladies Group. Little honey went with me cuz daddy had to work. It wasn't a big deal - except I knew he wouldn't like the pot luck dinner we were gonna eat. So I left a little early and drove thru McDonald's. My favorite fast food restuarant.


As we were pulling up to the order box at the drive thru, little honey is getting hysterical in the back seat..."MOMMA, MOMMA, I WANT THE PONY". Pony, what pony? We are here to get him chicky and fries, there are no ponies here! What was he thinking?

WELL, apparently WHAT WAS MOMMA THINKING? There are ponies at Mc'D's! My Little Pony to be exact - and PINK no less. A PINK PONY was the only thing that little honey wanted. So I ordered a GIRL happy meal - which I don't think I have ever done since having my son and never thought I would. BUT, times are a changing, and sometimes little boys want Pink Ponies.

My only fear was that I order a girl happy meal. They give me a pony. And it won't be PINK. So I tried to prepare little honey with the fact that it could be purple or red or another color. They always do that - you know, show one product and you always get a different one. As we inched our way closer to the pick up window...another fear popped in my head...

What if they look thru our car window and see that I don't have a girl in the car and they refuse to give me a PONY????? So I quickly rolled up the back window so he couldn't be seen.

I got the bag..opened it up...and guess what we got??





A PINK PONY!!! WOOHOO!! Momma is safe! But when little honey saw that it came with a little comb - he didn't want it. Of course we were already 3 blocks away from Mc'D's. He wanted me to turn around so we could take the little comb back! What a little rascal!! As I was reaching out my hand to take the comb - he decided it might be a good idea to keep it!

The rest of the night went off without a hitch. Little honey was having a blast combing the mane of Pink Pony - which by the way he named "Pinky".

Now...I just have to worry about what daddy will say when he finds out I got little honey a PINK PONY!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Missing...

I have been away from the blogging world for a while.

Helping out at the adoption agency. Busy time - lots of birthmoms and in need of more families. So I've been busy making calls. I miss my honey during the day - but I am really enjoying the paycheck!! Hoping they will be busy for a while (since the holidays are coming and the extra $$ will be nice for traveling and gifts). I'm only working two days a week, but they are very long days when little honey is not around.

Speaking of gifts... notice my new addition to the side bar ->
A countdown to CHRISTMAS!!! There are only 44 days left to Christmas!! So I need to step up the pace for our gifts. I am going to try and make the majority of our gifts(I already have a few completed and need to write tutorials on them) and many, many more ideas! I will keep you updated - I promise!

Hope you are having a great day!

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