Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Age you'll be on your next birthday- I'll be 44 and I'm not a big fan of guns so....Place you would like to visit...
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Me and my Dad with the gift I made for him- a waterless snowglobe of a fifties Christmas scene. I used copies of pictures of his parents, him and his sisters.
Niece number two liked her Kitten cottage, while we were looking at it her brother came over -
Me (age noyb): It's a crazy, cute, comfy, cozy kitten cottage for Christmas!
Nephew : I don't get it. (walks away, shaking his head)
Tim is wearing the hat and t-shirt that John brought him home from Istanbul.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Well now they look like this.....
These are a couple of Kitten Cottages (although Tim insists on calling them Cathouses) for two of my nieces. They are 6 and almost 4 and at that age where they are just crazy for cats. I also ordered two of these to reside in the cottages. I really had a lot of fun making them.
I've also been working on these for one of my sisters......
We are big Napoleon Dynamite fans at this house. The boys have watched the movie about a dozen times and it just keeps getting funnier. I hope to make a few more sets before the big day but I might not get around to it. I've been working on some other projects but I don't want to risk the recipients getting a sneak peek so I can't show them until after Christmas.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
FRIED MEXICAN ICE CREAM
1 pt. vanilla or other flavor ice cream
1/2 c. crushed corn flake or cookie crumbs
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. sugar
Oil for deep frying
Scoop out 4-5 balls of ice cream. Return to freezer. Mix corn flake crumbs, cinnamon, and sugar. Roll frozen ice cream balls in half the crumb mixture and freeze again. Beat egg and dip coated balls in egg, then roll again in remaining crumbs. Freeze until ready to use. (For thicker coating, repeat dipping egg and rolling in crumbs.)
When ready to serve, heat oil to 350 degrees. Place a frozen ice cream ball in fryer basket or on a perforated spoon and lower into hot oil 1 minute. Immediately remove and place in dessert compote. Drizzle with honey and top with dollop of whipped cream. Continue to fry balls one at a time. Balls will be crunchy outside and just beginning to melt inside. Makes 4-5 servings.
I use a half gallon of ice cream and make bigger balls. I double the recipe (at least). I use a whole box of corn flake crumbs and I only use the whites of the eggs. I only fry them for about 30 seconds.I don't put sugar in the coating and some of us top ours with strawberries in a sweetened syrup. Even though we haven't had another Feliz Navidad theme - this has been our Christmas dinner and dessert for the last four years.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate with marshmallows.
2. Does Santa wrap the presents or just sit them under the tree?
She wraps them.
3. Colored or white lights?
Either/or but not both together.
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Yes of course- kissings my favorite
5. When do you put your decorations up?
We start the weekend after Thanksgiving.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Mostly all the sweets- candy, cookies. I love the butter cookies my sister Tracy makes from an old family recipe. I love the stuffed cabbage from a family party. The potato pancakes my father's wife Linda makes are the best. On the healthier side (and a very small side it is)- we love the little Clementine oranges that are available this time of year.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
After we would open all our presents, my sisters and I would make forts and arrange our gifts for hours. We took "light rides" to admire all the holiday decorations and we went to the same family parties that I take my kids to now.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
What truth? Is there something you're not telling me?
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes- we go to my sister JoAnne's house and exchange gifts with her family.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
This year- Griffin and Riley shaped the tree (it's faux) and started putting the lights on. Tim finished the lights and I did the ornaments. I've done "theme" trees in the past but for the last couple years it's been colored lights, popcorn and cranberry garland, old stuffed animals, and a ton of ornaments.
11. Snow: Love it or hate it?
Love it- as long as we don't have to go anywhere
12. Can you ice skate?
Yes- but no tricks. Staying up is hard enough.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Anything made or bought by my children. Last year Tim gave me a diamond ring. I never wear it and was considering selling it to help fund my trip to Europe (didn't) but it was fun to answer the "What did you get for Christmas?" question that year.
14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Being with my friends and family
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
For the last few years I've made fried ice cream for dessert. I'll post a recipe tomorrow.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
If I had to pick just one- watching my boys open their gifts on Christmas morning.
17. What is on top of your tree?
A star- it used to be an Angel- but years ago Griffin fell in love with a star he saw in a store and Santa surprised him by putting it on our tree for Christmas morning
18. Which do you like best giving or receiving?
Getting presents totally rocks- " 'Tis better to give than receive"- who said that? Some crazy.
20. Do you like candy canes?
Yes- peppermint but not the weird flavors (bubble gum, cherry, etc.)
21. Favorite Christmas movie?
Elf, A Christmas Story, Fred Claus, Love Actually- favorite TV specials- Year Without a Santa Claus, Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer, The Grinch who Stole Christmas.