Dec 31, 2009

2009...

Was a year that changed my life. That's kind of a big thing to say but it did.

I took the last couple of months and really focused on my family and close friends because with out those relationships what is your life? Our family word this new year is Simplify. I am going to really try to simplify our lives. Look forward to all the little moments ahead. Stop worrying about other people and what they think. Get more organized. Instead of running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Like I have done for the last 6 months. I didn't even get out Christmas cards this year.



Some of the things I learned this year....

That I CAN lose weight....25lbs to be exact!:)

Patience

I can't make good homemade bread.

Good friends make everything easier

Embroidery machines aren't that hard to learn how to use

My kid is pretty darn funny

Without my WHOLE family I have nothing

Listen more, talk less

To forgive and try to forget

Having OCD isn't really a bad thing...come back OCD, come back!

I have turned into my sister

Me + Hair extensions = Billy Ray Cyrus

That my baby can go to preschool and survive the day with out me



I am really excited about 2010! We have lots of changes coming up. And if you come to my house often, you know I like change. We are moving to a new house! I will be creating a new website for Ruffles and Rhinestones and moving this blog over to Ruffles and Rhinestones spot. I want this blog to have more craft ideas.

As we celebrate our new family tradition this New Year's Eve. I wish your family a great 2010! Because it's going to be a great year for us...I can feel it!:)

2009...

Was a year that changed my life. That's kind of a big thing to say but it did.

I took the last couple of months and really focused on my family and close friends because with out those relationships what is your life? Our family word this new year is Simplify. I am going to really try to simplify our lives. Look forward to all the little moments ahead. Stop worrying about other people and what they think. Get more organized. Instead of running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Like I have done for the last 6 months. I didn't even get out Christmas cards this year.



Some of the things I learned this year....

That I CAN lose weight....25lbs to be exact!:)

Patience

I can't make good homemade bread.

Good friends make everything easier

Embroidery machines aren't that hard to learn how to use

My kid is pretty darn funny

Without my WHOLE family I have nothing

Listen more, talk less

To forgive and try to forget

Having OCD isn't really a bad thing...come back OCD, come back!

I have turned into my sister

Me + Hair extensions = Billy Ray Cyrus

That my baby can go to preschool and survive the day with out me



I am really excited about 2010! We have lots of changes coming up. And if you come to my house often, you know I like change. We are moving to a new house! I will be creating a new website for Ruffles and Rhinestones and moving this blog over to Ruffles and Rhinestones spot. I want this blog to have more craft ideas.

As we celebrate our new family tradition this New Year's Eve. I wish your family a great 2010! Because it's going to be a great year for us...I can feel it!:)

Dec 30, 2009

Camera Bling

It has been nasty here. We stayed home all day yesterday and today our plans went south. So looks like we will be home ALL. DAY. AGAIN. But, I made a cute little camera strap with some Amy Butler fabric I had. Sunny bright fabric on these cold dreary days make it a little more bearable.:)

Camera Bling

It has been nasty here. We stayed home all day yesterday and today our plans went south. So looks like we will be home ALL. DAY. AGAIN. But, I made a cute little camera strap with some Amy Butler fabric I had. Sunny bright fabric on these cold dreary days make it a little more bearable.:)

Dec 29, 2009

4 Layer Delight Cake

Yesterday we went over to my brother in laws house to watch A&M vs. Georgia. We are a Aggie family. Almost everyone went to A&M in the family. So when there is a game on everyone piles into the living room (you should see Thanksgiving when they play Texas)people are everywhere. A friend of my sister in laws made this delicious and pretty darn easy cake.

4 Layer Delight Cake


1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/8 cups chopped pecans
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
3 cups milk


1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2.In a bowl, cream together butter with 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar. Mix in flour and 1 cup pecans. Press into prepared dish.
3.Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes, until very lightly browned. Cool completely.
4.In a bowl, cream together cream cheese with remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Fold in half the whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust.
5.Stir together pudding mix and milk and allow to set up slightly. Spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping and sprinkle with remaining nuts. Keep refrigerated.

4 Layer Delight Cake

Yesterday we went over to my brother in laws house to watch A&M vs. Georgia. We are a Aggie family. Almost everyone went to A&M in the family. So when there is a game on everyone piles into the living room (you should see Thanksgiving when they play Texas)people are everywhere. A friend of my sister in laws made this delicious and pretty darn easy cake.

4 Layer Delight Cake


1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/8 cups chopped pecans
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
3 cups milk


1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2.In a bowl, cream together butter with 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar. Mix in flour and 1 cup pecans. Press into prepared dish.
3.Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes, until very lightly browned. Cool completely.
4.In a bowl, cream together cream cheese with remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Fold in half the whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust.
5.Stir together pudding mix and milk and allow to set up slightly. Spread over cream cheese layer. Top with remaining whipped topping and sprinkle with remaining nuts. Keep refrigerated.

1 more Christmas present...

Yesterday, I went and bought me one of these bad boys...



I have been wanted one for the last couple of months and I was going to buy one with all my money from my craft show but life got in the way...mainly, my car broke down. It was either take awesome pictures with my new awesome camera or walk everywhere so the camera had to wait a while. But, I got it and love it! It is amazing what a good camera does.

1 more Christmas present...

Yesterday, I went and bought me one of these bad boys...



I have been wanted one for the last couple of months and I was going to buy one with all my money from my craft show but life got in the way...mainly, my car broke down. It was either take awesome pictures with my new awesome camera or walk everywhere so the camera had to wait a while. But, I got it and love it! It is amazing what a good camera does.

Dec 28, 2009

Camping

The day after Christmas my brother in law took his boys camping. He invited everyone out to join him for some hot dogs and sausage on the camp fire.



They had a nice spot on the lake. But it was freezing! My mother in law brought some hot chocolate to sip on while the kids roasted marshmallows.




It was nice just to sit by the fire and relax after the whirl wind of Christmas day.

Camping

The day after Christmas my brother in law took his boys camping. He invited everyone out to join him for some hot dogs and sausage on the camp fire.



They had a nice spot on the lake. But it was freezing! My mother in law brought some hot chocolate to sip on while the kids roasted marshmallows.




It was nice just to sit by the fire and relax after the whirl wind of Christmas day.

Dec 27, 2009

Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas filled with our lovely families. Christmas Eve we always go out to my parents. Lots of toys and little girls running around.






My Grandmother's. Granny on the left and Big Old Omie ( she doesn't mind being called that...really) on the right. Big Old Omie just was put in a nursing home in November so we were very glad that she could come out and celebrate with us.

Than Christmas morning at our house...



Santa gave her a drum set and a harmonica...what was he thinking?:) I got a bread machine. Super excited to have some homemade bread tonight!

Christmas morning was also spent in the ER.



This was their sad faces. Kendall was kind of excited to be there.

This was our 1st ever visit to the ER. Kendall had a VERY infected finger and it wasn't getting any better. The tip of her pointer finger was blue.



This picture is the front of the finger it was all blue and black on the back. Very gross! The Dr. drained it and gave her some medicine and she is fine.

On to our Grandpa's where I didn't bring my camera in. My Uncle dressed up as Santa. The little girls has no idea it was him. We also welcomed a new baby girl into the family, Madeline. This makes 5 great granddaughters for my grandparents. We need some boys in the family!

Than we headed out to the Jeff's families where there is not a shortage of boys!




Here are some of those boys...


Jeff and his brothers

Complete craziness with all those kids...



The only girls in the family...



Today we are taking it easy and playing with all our new toys! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas filled with our lovely families. Christmas Eve we always go out to my parents. Lots of toys and little girls running around.






My Grandmother's. Granny on the left and Big Old Omie ( she doesn't mind being called that...really) on the right. Big Old Omie just was put in a nursing home in November so we were very glad that she could come out and celebrate with us.

Than Christmas morning at our house...



Santa gave her a drum set and a harmonica...what was he thinking?:) I got a bread machine. Super excited to have some homemade bread tonight!

Christmas morning was also spent in the ER.



This was their sad faces. Kendall was kind of excited to be there.

This was our 1st ever visit to the ER. Kendall had a VERY infected finger and it wasn't getting any better. The tip of her pointer finger was blue.



This picture is the front of the finger it was all blue and black on the back. Very gross! The Dr. drained it and gave her some medicine and she is fine.

On to our Grandpa's where I didn't bring my camera in. My Uncle dressed up as Santa. The little girls has no idea it was him. We also welcomed a new baby girl into the family, Madeline. This makes 5 great granddaughters for my grandparents. We need some boys in the family!

Than we headed out to the Jeff's families where there is not a shortage of boys!




Here are some of those boys...


Jeff and his brothers

Complete craziness with all those kids...



The only girls in the family...



Today we are taking it easy and playing with all our new toys! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Dec 23, 2009

Reindeer Cookies

Over the last couple of days we have been over at my sister's brand spankin new house, helping them move in and get settled in before Christmas. It's beautiful! So what do you do when you have a house full of kids and your trying to move stuff from one house to another? Make some Reindeer cookies of course.

***My sister wanted to point out that is not trash in the trash bag it's clothes for Kendall***



This is all you need...











And here is the finished product...

Reindeer Cookies

Over the last couple of days we have been over at my sister's brand spankin new house, helping them move in and get settled in before Christmas. It's beautiful! So what do you do when you have a house full of kids and your trying to move stuff from one house to another? Make some Reindeer cookies of course.

***My sister wanted to point out that is not trash in the trash bag it's clothes for Kendall***



This is all you need...











And here is the finished product...

Dec 22, 2009

4 Layer Delight Cake

I changed my mine this is what we will be having on Christmas morning. Make it the night before so I can fully enjoy Christmas morning. Courtesy of Paula Deen...you know it's gonna be good!:)

Baked French Toast Casserole

1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
Butter, for pan
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash salt
Praline Topping, recipe follows


Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch thick each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 45 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden.

Praline Topping:

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Spread over bread as directed above.

4 Layer Delight Cake

I changed my mine this is what we will be having on Christmas morning. Make it the night before so I can fully enjoy Christmas morning. Courtesy of Paula Deen...you know it's gonna be good!:)

Baked French Toast Casserole

1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
Butter, for pan
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash salt
Praline Topping, recipe follows


Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch thick each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 45 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden.

Praline Topping:

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Spread over bread as directed above.

Dec 21, 2009

Photo Shoot

Last week we headed out to my parents and had a little photo shoot with my nieces and Kendall. We want to give my parents a picture of all of the girls for Christmas. We wanted some with my Dad's cows and just them playing in the fields. My cousin Shelia took amazing pictures of the kids.










Now the question is, What picture do we pick?:)

Photo Shoot

Last week we headed out to my parents and had a little photo shoot with my nieces and Kendall. We want to give my parents a picture of all of the girls for Christmas. We wanted some with my Dad's cows and just them playing in the fields. My cousin Shelia took amazing pictures of the kids.










Now the question is, What picture do we pick?:)