Monday, October 31, 2011


disney fun fact

Wayne Allwine the actor who has provided the voice for Mickey Mouse for the last 25 years, 
and Russi Taylor, who has done Minnie's voice for about the same time, 
are husband and wife in real life. They met on the job.
(source: Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places: Disneyland) that's a love story

I'm pretty disappointed in myself
Usually by today (halloween) I will have already made these
 and these
 and these
(the Pioneer Woman's are a lot fancier than mine, but i'm sure they taste just the same)

And I'd be attempting these

But this year, i got as far as putting buttons on this, but that's about it

I'm just not really into the spirit this year, and having some fun with the halloween food hasn't been on my mind...maybe its because i keep thinking about this

 or because this last week everyone was sick like this

But whatever the reason, i've failed my children
I haven't made them fun halloween snacks and worked with them on fun halloween crafts
Its just kind of been blah

So I tried to get more into the spirit this afternoon by putting together three different costumes for them (Aidan) to choose from

Option A 49er chicks

Option B Batman & Robin (Thank you uncle Tim)

less girly, but SUPER cute

Option C Ballerinas

And so it was decided Aidan would go as the Ballerina, and Haley as a 49er cheerleader

and that's exactly what they did
Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cookie Cups and a bunch of other stuff

disney fun fact

He's Mickey Mouse to us, 
but in Iran, he's known as Mickey Moosh
in Iceland, Mikki Mus
in Italy, Topolino
and in Sweden, Musse Pigg.

Among the books lining the shelves of Minnie's house is one in 
the kitchen that's entitled "Elvis. What Happened?"
(source: Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places: Disneyland)

Ice Cream Cookie Cups

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In a bowl mix shortening, butter, and sugar until blended, then add egg and vanilla and mix well

In a separate bowl mix salt, baking powder and flour

slowly mix in with sugar mixture

stir in chocolate chips

then lick your fingers

separate dough into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 2 hours

Once chilled, lay dough between two pieces of wax paper and roll out

use a circle cookie cutter to make circles out of the dough


take a 12 cup muffin pan and turn upside down

then lay square pieces of foil around each muffin cup

spray the tops with non-stick spray

lay out circles of dough around each muffin cup, and smooth around with fingers


Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes

Cool for a minute

set on wire rack to cool some more

Add your ice cream and toppings and Enjoy!
I used Pumpkin Ice Cream
Helloooooo Fall!!!!!!

Look at my countdown calendar! 
Do you see it? 
two more weeks, BABY!
We bought our tickets today and I am so excited

But i should mention that before we go to disneyland, 
we are going to be apart of a very special day because 
We are getting a new member of the family on Nov. 5th!

NO, i'm not pregnant!

But my beautiful sister-in-law is getting married
and I couldn't be happier for her

And my new dresses
I'm happy for them too
i bought them a couple months ago
and tried them on this weekend to make sure they still fit

So that's what I have to look forward to, but here's a quick look at the past week

1. I now feel like I'm apart of Cool Kid's club because we got iphones. Not sure who's uses it more, me or Aidan?
2. Went to the CA Academy of Sciences for the first time, great day with friends and seeing God's creation. Seriously, I'm in awe. God's amazingly creative.
3. Went to the park with friends, and this spot during the walk made me feel like it really was fall, even though we were walking in 73 degree weather
4. Ice skating with my buddy. I just love her
5. I don't have a picture of it, but I got to see the Holy Spirit work today, as He gave my friend understanding through the Scriptures. It might not seem like a big deal, but I can't tell you how blessed i get, when I see, literally watching, the Holy Spirit at work. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011


disney fun fact
the tiny pieces embedded into the pavement of Main Street are sensors 
that guide parade floats and ensure they hit their marks

Even at its fastest, Space Mountain never goes more than 30.3 miles per hour
(source: Little-Known Facts about Well-Known Places)

Yes, two fun facts, because I forgot to post one at the top of my last post. Bad, bad blogger. 

Friday morning, my oldest had a birthday party at a bowling alley. She'd been bowling once before at another party, but it was over a year ago. But she remembered exactly how to do it. 

Yes, her name is spelled wrong there. 
But I'm not splitting hairs. 
If you're going to pay for my kid to 
play two games of bowling, and feed her after, 
you can spell her name ANY WAY YOU WANT

And she was so happy
Even if she got a gutter ball, she cheered and high-fived

And I don't mean to toot my own horn, but she kind of rocked the alley

Thursday, October 6, 2011

PinterTest Kitchen: bowl fillers

So my friend Jess had this great idea of a

And All are invited to join along. So yesterday (of course, procrastinator!),
I decided to make one of those Simple DIY projects

It all started with a trip to Michaels. I was looking at decor to spruce up our church office. And I saw these bow fillers. Now I really like bowl fillers. They're simple, vary in color, and just add a nice accent to baskets, vases, mason jars, anything honestly. But I think i could make this, so why buy it?
So i looked on Pinterest and saw these...the rainbow balls in the top row. 
Read the description...and thought YES, this belongs on my Simple DIY board. REPIN!

So yesterday, I put my creative hands to work and this is what I got

Its incredibly simple. 
Regular Glue
and a balloon
I also used a cup for the glue

I diluted the glue in a cup with a tiny bit of water
dropped in the yarn, drenching it in the glue mixture
and then began to wrap around the balloon

At this point my daughter got completely disgusted by the idea of getting sticky 
glue all over her hands and left me for Elmo

I then placed to dry on some cardboard lined with wax paper (that was my own SuperSmart idea)

I was a bit dissappointed at the amount of time it took to dry. Yarn is not like paper, it doesn't dry fast. 
It takes quite a while. Like overnight. Actually, i found out even longer than that.

But after I thought it had completely dried, I popped the balloons

Immediately after popping one of the sides began to sink in. 
Word to the wise: before popping pick up the balloon and make sure that ALL sides are dry. 
So it might not be a perfect circle, but it actually turned out OK. 

I WILL be doing this again, because it was just so easy. 
And next time I'll make sure to use more yarn, 
turn balloon frequently while drying, 
make sure that its completely drying before popping balloon, 
and not be so tack happy about popping the balloon 
(i'll do a slow-air release instead of a quick burst)

haha, oops, 
that last line could be used to describe something else.
I've been living with a boy too long

Sorry, to all you mature adults :)

Linking up with Jessica at