Archive for December, 2009

The Day After Christmas…

December 27, 2009

Okay it’s here.
The day AFTER.

The crazy is over.
The presents finally wrapped, (and unwrapped about 14,000 times the speed of light), the husband put together the new kid bookshelf AND the new telescope (with only minor expletives mind you). Believe it or not all the clothes and boots fit! (Seriously surprised me there…we didn’t take a single thing back!)

The girl Tween kept saying things like… “I sure am getting a LOT of clothes this year”…and “I don’t have to put any of my stuff together, like the cool racetrack the kids got…”…. “Oh look another present with a shirt in it…”
It’s official she isn’t a little kid, and she’ll admit it, she doesn’t want little kid toys anymore. Two things on her request list this year? A gift card to Borders, and a gift card for iTunes….
Um… those both fit in the stocking… now what? She got a telescope that’s what!

My newly turned 9yrold Sassy girl (Christmas Eve Birthdays just plain suck btw) was the most exuberant over all her packages. She couldn’t help herself.. several times she flew off the handle, screaming and jumping up and down… only to calm herself long enough to ask… ‘What is it?’ She is American Girl Doll crazy (in a good way), she makes outfits for her doll herself. In fact I’m so not kidding… One of her main anticipated gifts was: {drumroll please}…. A Sewing Kit…. ??As in a Dollar Store sewing kit. Talk about the cheapest Santa Claus gift ever, eh? Instead I found an Alex Brand ‘My First’ Sewing Kit. She’s very happy with it, needless to say jumping up and down and everything. I believe she plans to attend a college that specializes in Art/Fashion/Hair and plain general CREATIVITY. She oozes it from her very core.

I’m not sure how to clearly document this. How very in love my 5yrold little boy is with the boy-world-action-adventure-friendly-Alien-Kid next door…. AKA: Ben10. Here’s how his wish list documented:
“I want a Ben10 Alien ‘SET (whatever that is) and a Ben10 Wii Game and a Bakugan” that last part I assume was thrown in for good standing with the older boys at school as he has like zero idea what the heck it really is.. The Ben10 *set* ends up being a teeny tiny ‘Alien-Making’ kit. Complete with minuscule arms and legs and torsos and little alien freaky heads, which you place in 4 different wheels then spin around and combine to create various creeped out mixed up aliens in about a 1:10,000 ratio. Weird? NOT to a Kindergartner. He sat there all day creating and playing and basically ruining his eyesight working on itty bitty bite-sized Ben10 dudes… He was in heaven it was clear.

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Were there grown-ups in this scenario?

You betcha.

The Dad had his heart set on one of those fancy calf massage thing-a-ma-bobs… (And I really did try to locate one… but they were kinda pricey and I had better ideas…) He ended up with a brand new fangled Kindle! Yay! And believe me for a total geek of a news junkie like my dear husband is… having the New York Times downloadable to your bedroom in the morning with your hot cocoa is like heroin to the corner crack addict.

He also has been wanting a really nice speaker system for his iPod to dock with at work. Here’s what I found him…. A JBL ‘On Time’ iPod Dock… and cha-ching! I found a killer deal on it! Total toss up as to which he likes better!

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As for the Mom in our world… that would be me… I had a wish list as well. I’ve learned, in 15 years of Christmases: MAKE A LIST, and check it twice. Cuz when I’ve handed him a bit of a list in the past thinking he would look it over and maybe get one or two items on it… oh no. He got me every SINGLE thing on that blasted list! Which is sweet and all, but there were years we couldn’t afford it!

So this year on my (shortish) list:

A waffle maker (ours didn’t make the big move to Oregon)
A tablecloth (my one nice one got a massive stain on it this Thanksgiving)
New Measuring Cups (I really really really want the dang NON-traditional sizes 3/4 and 2/3! Yippee)
Knives. Stinking Sharp Knives. The end.
Oh. And a new laptop, is that too much to ask….? (Srsly, mine is literally falling apart, the hinge all busted, and the wifi broke-HELLO! It’s a laptop…not a plug into a cord-top!)

Uhm… lets just say once again my under the tree gifts left nothing off the list.
My laptop? Using it!
My new waffle maker? Makes superb waffles…crunchy, but light and fluffy at the same time. I’d share but we ate them all!
My knives... oh my freaking lovely… like buttah. I almost cried when I cut potatoes for Christmas Day Clam Chowder. Oh wow. Have I mentioned I love my Santa yet?
I did get measuring cups, but the 3/4 and 2/3s?? Back ordered… I guess there was a run on the odd sizes this year huh? Oh well.

Here’s to hoping your week after Christmas is just as fun filled, slicing and dicing, dancing and grooving, miniature loving, doll fashionista creating and star gazing as ours is!

I’m loving my ‘week off’…. ta ta!

Making The World Cuter

December 18, 2009
Hi GoodNCrazy Peoples!
I am so excited Carissa is letting me take over her blog for a day!

Let me introduce myself.
I’m Tiffany, you can call me Tiff.
I blog at Making the World Cuter...

…and I take pictures at Pumpernickel Buttons. Photography.

{YAY My IRL friend Tiff Hewlett -you can find her on twitter as @TiffHewlett – is going to TUTE you! Yup… she is over there ‘making the world cuter’ day after day and she agreed to help make MY GoodNCrazy world cuter too! Here’s how she’s going to make YOURS cuter….!}

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The Candy Bar Cake Gift Wrapping!

Ever need help figuring out what to do for those people on your holiday present list who are hard to shop for and you end up buying them a gift card?

You have them on your list, am I right?

Last year I searched the internet for “hard to buy for people ideas” and I came across Candy Bar Cakes. How cool! I thought it was a good idea until I looked at the price. Hello… $40!

Could I still get a good gift certificate and figure out not only how to make a candy bar cake, but also use it as the wrapping for my gift card, instead?

I’ll show you how I did it!
From last year…

Other ways to use the Candy Bar Cake Wrapping:

  • Jewelry
  • Movie
  • Video Game


Please see the full tutorial here for making your own super cute, make your gift world cuter, candy bar cake! My husband and I whipped one up last night in about 30 minutes, and had a blast making it (we only ate a few…). You can make this in time for Christmas, and think how much more tasty and fun getting that gift card will be when it’s wrapped in all this sweetness!

“Thanks for having me Carissa, it was fun!”

You’re welcome Tiff, thanks back atcha… and thanks for keeping me up so late at Bookclub last night!!

GIVEAWAY: Patient Style, Gifts For Mom!

December 16, 2009

NOTE: CONTEST IS CLOSED

Improving the Patient Experience

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Who in your life is pregnant and heading to the hospital soon?
What a perfect gift idea for that mom on your list!
PatientStyle.com has a large selection of maternity patient gowns
I called my local birthing center and they totally approved of wearing your own stylish gown!

I’m not having any babies but I recently needed foot surgery and I would have loved a pretty patient gown to wear instead of the ugly paper-towels they clothe you with in the hospital?? Check out all the different designs of the PatientStyle gowns.

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AND!
A whole selection of pretty pajamas for the mom AND dad on your list (heck for yourself)!

Are these the bestest jammies ever?? I love the day glow pink bubble gum dots… and my 9yrold daughter is totally jealous!!

Every Christmas Eve we let the kids open ONE gift. And they already know what will be inside…. Pajamas! In fact I think they would be seriously upset if I sneaked something different into their one open gift tradition… they love it, even if they complain a wee bit.

Great gift ideas like for expecting moms, and an eclectic mixture of patient gowns, fabulous gift baskets, anti-microbial items, and my favorite: Pajamas!!

Diabetic Healthy Lifestyle Basket
11 Items – $75
I love this. I recently had a friend who’s child was diagnosed with diabetes, plus my husband is type I, and my mom is type II.

Snowman Pajama Set
$40
Totally my favorite set on the site!

goodncrazy.com giveaway contest

NOTE: CONTEST IS CLOSED

Patient Style is offering
one pair of Children’s Pajamas

to one GoodNCrazy reader!

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED: Please leave a comment…
Tell me Your favorite Christmas Eve tradition!

OPTIONAL: Click the tweet message below and share with your friends! (Leave a separate comment with your twitter time stamp.)

Win a pair of children’s pajamas from PatientStyle.com http://tr.im/HP4b


FINE PRINT

Entries are due Saturday (December 19th) by 9PM PST. No purchase necessary to enter. Winners will be selected by me via Random.org. Winner will have their choice of children’s selection of pajamas.
You may enter your twitter option once per day. Entries are invalid if there is no email attached.
The winner will be notified and have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If no response is received within 24 hours, another winner will be selected. Open to participants 18 years and older.


*disclosure: Patient Stlye provided a pair of Pajamas for me to test sleep.

Year End Letter

December 16, 2009

You’re right your year was so much better than mine,
you can never emphasize that too much.
Aloha Fungi!

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Sleeping While Thinking…

December 15, 2009

Or is it Thinking While Sleeping…?

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When I lay down at night I have this tornado of thoughts, ideas and lists romping through my brain. I should roll over and grab a pencil so I can vomit up the juicy ideas… but hello? I laid down in order to GO TO sleep. I think: I’ll remember them in the morning, I’ll write them down then. (yeah right) Roll over, start some deep yoga breathing; complete with ocean images and ujjayi breath.

When I was in High School and played varsity sports, after each game I swear I would re-live the whole game in my pre-sleep, closed-eye state. Grrrr. Even the horrible mis-plays on my part the good stuff too. I’d nearly wake myself up with Volleyball Spike-ems, smacking the wall.

Now I spend that early doze time re-viewing a whole movie. Recently: 17 Again, Shorts, and Julie & Julia. I used to try to stop the movie reel in my third eye, but now I know better. I just let the whole movie play out, like a song stuck in your head.. singing it helps release it right? And don’t get me started on the lists of things I didn’t get done that day… or the list of not yet done waiting for the next day items… ugh.

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The thing is, I rarely can remember my sleepy non-sleep thoughts. I’ve decided to invent a bedside table widget-thing-a-ma-jig. It would slowly wake you in the morning with real sun-like light filling the room… (wait that’s my husband’s dream thing-a-ma-jig). My invention would have a brain activated recorder. It would record all the thoughts (well not the WHOLE movie renditions) of my night-time ramblings.

The only problem (aside from lack of mental telepathy) is I’m seriously afraid of what those thoughts would really look like? In my half aware state they always seem like winners, but in the sunlight… probably not.

From Enya Lyrics:

“Night has brought to those who sleep,
only dreams they can not keep.”


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Holiday Crazy To Do List

December 9, 2009
What’s on YOUR list?

I give you my Christmas get-your-Crazy-on list…

  • Mix up 4 Dozen Cookies for the Church Christmas Party
  • Bake 2 Dozen Rolls for the same
  • Bake not ONE but TWO hams for it too??
  • Figure out how the heck to make baked beans…(yes for the party)
    (How did I get roped into all that??
    Apparently I forgot how to use the word NO.)
  • Attend Foster Care Dinner
  • Same night freeze butts off at the local Snowflake Parade (don’t ask)
  • ALSO Same night enjoy hot cocoa at friends who live near parade route
  • Design and Sew a Bag for my 8yrold (who has begged for one for over a year now!)
  • Make 50 deviled eggs for the 12 days of Christmas Teacher appreciation week, (I’m the Geese a layin‘ mom… oy)
  • Tithing Settlement: Where as a family we meet with the bishop and declare our tithing status for the year
  • Get oldest kid’s Clarinet fixed for her recital..oh… in a WEEK!

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… and that’s just THIS week.
Amen.

Yes There IS A Santa Claus

December 8, 2009

She’s 8. Gonna be 9 in 3 weeks. She’s in third grade. I’m pretty sure everyone in her class is talking about it. I know her older sister has said SOMEthing….

This is the year. It’s clear. She’s wondering. She already knows in her heart. But she doesn’t want to ASK us directly yet. She wants to keep believing. She wants to keep being a kid for a little bit longer.

This is my especially creative kid. She wrote a very long letter for the Tooth Fairy for Pete’s sake. And then wrote a second one and a third. She has looked at us with an inquisitive look, one that said, I know that you know that I know that we all know… now can we leave it at that?


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This week.

It’s been decided. The dad is taking her out to dessert after dinner Wednesday night. To have ‘The Talk’. The we love you enough to share with you the whys and hows of magical Christmas Myths. To explain to her how it’s not a sad thing to be let in on the fairy tale. How she still has a younger brother who will get to enjoy it all for 3 or 4 more years to come. And even better… that she will get to be a part of the magic now.

Think it will go well? It went more than well with my no-nonsense older daughter. She had already figured it out and was waiting for us to tell her. She wasn’t sad or glad or anything. And she loves being part of the surprise and ‘IN’ on it all.

I’m worried about my more sensitive creative middle child.

Maybe we should let her be a child a little longer?
Wait for her to come to us?

One Thousand Gifts

December 7, 2009

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I just came across this site… Holy Experience
and it’s not like I need an excuse to make a Gratitude list..
But this is SUPER intriguing… 1000 gifts? #onethousandgifts on twitter…?
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I’m going to start here and take it to twitter.

What are you grateful for?

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  1. Long Drives with my family.
  2. quick trips to the grocery store.
  3. christmas in the city.
  4. small town charm.
  5. older children’s love of traditions (even small ones).
  6. younger children’s absolute and unshakable faith.

What To Do With Turkey Leftovers?

December 3, 2009

When Turkey Leftovers Are BETTER Than Firstovers:
…You have to come up with terrific 2nd time around meals.

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  1. Turkey Pot Pie: Are you even allowed to have turkey leftovers and NOT make Turkey pot pie?
  2. Turkey Pulled BBQ Sandwiches: Use your crockpot and store-bought rolls, easy peasy.
  3. Tukey Tortilla Soup: I kind of pulled this one together from several different soups I make… we’ll call it the improvised soup?

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TUKEY POT PIE

I usually use a store-bought pie crust to top my pie, but the husband asked for a Bisquick pot pie, so we tried it… {the kids said thumbs down but the dad said thumbs up}! It so easy to make your own sauce for pot pie PLEASE don’t use creamed canned soup… I promise this is SO much yummier!

Chop up vegetables: onions, potatoes, carrots, celery (& corn) are my favorites for this.
Saute them in a bit of canola oil.
Then boil in enough water to barely cover long enough to soften the potatoes.
Drain and Set aside. (I like to have 4-6 cups total.)

In a medium saucepan melt 2-3 Tablespoons of butter.
Add 3 Tablespoons of flour, whisk and cook for 1 minute (it will look like a paste).
Add 2 boullion cubes and 1 can of chicken broth. Bring to a boil while whisking.
Turn down the heat.
Add a big pinch of rosemary (crush it in your hand first).
Add 1/4 C to 1/2 C of milk depending on how big of a pie you are making.
Add chopped up leftover turkey, mine is frozen so it takes a couple minutes to warm up.
Pour over vegetables in a large pie dish or casserole dish.

Bisquick Topping:

1 Cup Bisquick
1/2 Cup milk
1 Egg
Mix briefly and drop by spoonful over veggies, sauce and Turkey.

Cook 45 minutes at 350 °
Till sauce is bubbly and top is browned

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TURKEY PULLED BBQ SANDWICHES

I promise this is so EASY.

Step one: buy store-bought large rolls
Step two: place chopped up turkey in crock pot
Step three: add one cup BBQ sauce (I like Kraft brand) add one small can tomato sauce, I love how tomato sauce cuts down the bite of the BBQ sauce.

That’s it. Heat up in the crock pot serve on the rolls!

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TURKEY TORTILLA SOUP

Chopped onion, few chopped carrots, 2 small potatoes in bite size chunks, and celery diced.
Saute the veggies in a couple tablespoons of canola oil. (This is step one in pretty much anything I make… chop veggies, saute).

Add to Crock Pot:

Veggies
48oz container of chicken broth
1 Cup of your favorite salsa
1 15 oz can of petite cut tomatoes
few shakes of onion powder and garlic powder

Heat it up for a few hours and add chopped up turkey last and heat through.
Mine seemed like it could use some thickening so I added 1 cup of water with 2 TBLSP of flour mixed in right before I added the turkey.

Serve with cheese, tortilla chips, and lime juice….
(my kids were a big thumbs down on the lime juice, but I totally liked it!)

Enjoy those leftovers!

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Paperspring Holiday Photo Cards

December 2, 2009

It’s that time.
Time for CHEER.
Time for Eggnog.
Time for Snowflakes and tacky Sweaters.

…and time for LISTS.

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Huh? Lists?

Yup. The sit down make a list of all the people you need to send Christmas cards to.
Let’s see…

Oh crap. First realize you have lost EVERY SINGLE ADDRESS you had been keeping on outlook that recently blewup. All the relatives. All the friends from New York, New Jersey and Utah. Oh bother!!

Start a New Address List:

All the aunts and uncles. (Can’t forget them.) All your siblings. (Should I send cards to ex-siblings-in-law?) Cross off the ones who aren’t around this year. (I miss my grandma.) Count up all your cousins and realize how few you actually can locate addresses for.. cross them off too. Friends from New York? New Jersey? Utah? And finally Oregon… whew! That’s a lot?? Do You need to send a card to your immediate neighbors… I mean won’t a plate of cookies do? Then there are all the teachers…. school teachers, piano teachers, dance teachers, band teachers oh my and coaches too? Wow..

How did the list get to be 250 people?

START OVER:

Mom/Dad
Siblings
Aunts/Uncles
Friends from NY/NJ/Utah that I have at least friended on Facebook and can at least message for a dang address.

Ahhh much better.

Oh no… realize there are A LOT of amazing fun/pretty/funky/elegant cards to chose from over at Paperspring.com!

HELP!! Which would you chose??

Lady in Red
Fancy and Elegant?

Funky Green

Brown hits the snowflake spot

PhotobucketHurry if you order before Dec7th you get 20% off with code: HOLIDAYCARD

Disclaimer: No snowflakes were harmed in the making of these holiday cards.
However paperspring did spring for a complementary order for the Rogers’ family.