Archive for December, 2011

Oh Holy Night,

The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night go our dear Saviour’s birth…

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth…

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices

From yonder breaks a new and glorious morn..

Fall on your knees, oh hear the Angel voices,

Oh, Night Divine, Oh, Night when Christ was born…

Oh, Night Divine…

May you all know the indescribable Joy and Mercy of His birth!

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts appeared with the angel. praising God and saying,

‘Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth Peace Goodwill toward Men” ~ Luke 2:13-14

~Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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So last week I got this brilliant idea that it would be really fun to make something for Christmas presents for my extended family. I scoured the internet looking for a (relatively) last minute Christmas gift that the kids and I could make ourselves and came up with nada, niltch, goose egg…but then I was perusing one of my favorite blogs and lo and behold there was my answer, Monogramed Mugs…which you can check out here!

After a quick search to find out what a Porcelaine pen was and a quick trip to Michael’s to pick one up (the last one!)…we were on our way to creating some fine personalized mugs…

First, we assembled all of the necessary tools:

Porcelaine pen


transfer paper

pen or pencil

stencils or initials printed out in the font and size you’d like to use


plain white mugs, we picked ours up at the Goodwill

delicious cup of Chai tea (optional)

Cut a piece of transfer paper the same size as your initial.

Tape both transfer paper and your printed (or stenciled) initial onto the cup with the transfer paper on the bottom side touching the mug.

Next, take a pen or pencil (we found a pen worked best for us) and using firm pressure, trace over the letter.

Now, gently remove tape and both pieces of paper. You should have an outline of the initial on the cup.

Now you can take your Porcelaine pen and outline the letter and then, being careful not to smudge the outline, you can fill in the letter any way you like, we chose to follow the design suggested on the website using smooth strokes all in one direction which looks like this…

But you can also just outline the letter and leave it unfilled.

When you have all your letters the way you want them (you can wipe them off and start over as many times as you need to), set them aside to dry for 24 hours.

The next day you just pop them into a 300 degree oven for 35 minutes and that’s it! The baking should make the letters dishwasher resistant, I’ll let you know how resistant they really are…

And here they are all finished! A cute and easy project that you can do with the Munchkins just in time to get under the tree!

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Cooking up some Chicken Curry!

Well, Friends we’re in the home stretch…Christmas is just 6 (6!) days away! I am sure all of you uber organized folks have got everything all ready, right? How about me you ask? Nope, not ready yet, not even close so I think I’ll go a bit simple this week so I can channel my inner elf and get this Christmas show on the road…meal wise, I mean.


  • Lentil Soup
  • Cornbread



  • Chicken Curry
  • Steamed Rice


  • Out-Dinner with Friends!


  • My Sweet Husband is making dinner!

SaturdayChristmas Eve

  • Traditional Turkey Dinner with all the Fixins

SundayChristmas Day!

We’re going Mexican this year…

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Photo Courtesy of Lauren Sarah

Wishing you all a very Happy Weekend!

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Meet Sam

Meet Sam.

Sam is my adorable seven-year old son.

Sam is hilarious, he makes us laugh, everyday.

For some reason he flares his nostrils when he smiles for a picture.

  • When asked what he wants to be when he grows up he thinks carefully and replies, “A Chef, A Pastor, The President, and Spiderman”
  • Milk is his drink of choice, chocolate if he can get it, shaken, not stirred.
  • Sam is a breakfast man who orders his eggs “over easy on hash browns” even at home.
Here he is with his best friend and constant companion, Diego.

Here are some of Sam’s library book choices…notice a pattern, do we?

He felt that this book fulfilled the requirement I gave him to read a biography…and I must admit, on this one, he had me.

Sam has an inexplicable love for the hip hop scene which makes no sense because our family is about as buttoned up and preppy as they come.

  • Sam thinks mechanically. He’s always trying to think of a new and better way to do things.
  • He keeps a notebook of his greatest invention ideas.
  • Sam has a very tender heart, and often cries when other people get hurt ┬ábecause “he just feels really sorry for them”.
Sam plays his cello with beautiful tone and technique…most of the time.

Recently, I overheard him softly talking to our dog…this is an exact quote, “I am so sorry to have to tell you this Dash, but you’re just not going to be a German Shepherd. I’m so sorry.”

Dash's hopes being dashed...

  • He cried at the end of A Christmas Carol because Scrooge “got back his hope”.
  • This precious boy gives me hope.

Am I madly in love, you ask?

Oh, that doesn’t even begin to cover it…

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No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers dirty looks…

Well, actually that’s not quite true, for though our little school did indeed wrap up its work for the remainder or 2011, I assure you there will be plenty of pencils…and books…and dirty looks if they don’t keep up the writing and reading over Christmas Break!

I will also get dirty looks if I don’t get a planning this weeks menu, so without further adieu…


  • Sausage and Peppers
  • Arugula Salad


Out making Gingerbread Houses with friends all day…

  • Crock Pot Roast
  • Baked Potatoes


  • Beef and Bean Burritos
  • Spanish Rice


  • Chicken Milanese
  • Mashed Potatoes


  • Cowboy Beans
  • Homemade Tortillas
  • Chips and Salsa


  • Pasta Caprese
  • Salad


  • Dinner Out-Football with the Fam!

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Silent Night, Snowy Night

All is Calm, All is Bright…

I hope you all had as wonderful a weekend as we did! Our cups runneth over with the love and warmth of many gatherings of friends and family. Our souls were lifted by the resounding beauty of an orchestra of children playing a holiday repertoire in (nearly) perfect unison. And our menus are simple but satisfying as we finish up our last week of school before a very long awaited Christmas break…


  • Zade’s Delicious Chicken Pot Pie
  • Salad


  • Vegetarian Chili
  • Cornbread


  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Crusty Oat Bread


  • Baked Ziti
  • Arugula Salad


  • Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas
  • Spanish Rice


  • Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl
  • Vegetable Potstickers


  • Football with the Fam…Loaded Nachos or Tacos, not sure, yet!

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