Photo Friday: Sweet Holiday Memories with Sugar Cookies

A couple of weekends back, the kids helped me to make Christmas cookies. We had such a good time, even if my kitchen became a disaster zone and the control freak, perfectionist side of me struggled to let them decorate them however they wanted.

Garen caught a few good photos of us in action. Yes, I was brave enough to let Clara and Kate “help.” Sprinkles. Everywhere.

My Mom and my Grammy would always let us kids help decorate sugar cookies. Besides it being a great memory and fun (yet messy) activity, they actually taste really good. Here’s the recipe that my family uses. This is my Mom’s handwriting. I think. My Grammy wrote almost exactly like it. And it must be genetic because I write almost like it too!

This year I used a new icing recipe thanks to Pinterest. The recipe from In Katrina’s Kitchen was wonderful. It was tasty and hardened up for beautiful cookies just like her blog says it will. I’m not big on Crisco BUT it was good in this recipe. If you don’t use it and substitute with butter, you’ll get a similar effect but it won’t harden as well. If you’re not stacking cookies, that may not be an issue.

I hope each of you will take time to make some sweet memories of your own this holiday season! Tis’ the season to be busy with everything (which is why I’ve not blogged much) but I’m really making an effort to do things with our little (big) family that will create memories that they’ll cherish as well.

Happy Photo Friday before Christmas!


Spooky Saturday

We love Halloween in our family….and not just because Clara and Kate’s birthday is on October 31st. Although it does make for an easy party theme.

We like to decorate the house with lots of spooky stuff. We didn’t go all out this year because we’ve been so busy lately but here’s a few highlights from the decor.

Our skeleton is affectionately named Bob. The girls really have enjoyed playing with him. Plus, he’s a great listener.

Have a spook Saturday everyone!!!

Photo Friday: Mom’s 60th

My sweet Momma is 60 today! I know, I know…she totally doesn’t look (or act) that old. Last Saturday night we managed to pull off a major surprise Fiesta for her. I’m still not quite sure how we did it without someone spoiling the surprise but somehow we did…and it was GREAT!

Here’s a few pictures Garen got (while not chasing kids around):

It took so long to make the piñata that I named him. Meet Spike!

I have to admit that I had a blast planning the party. My big craft projects that you can (kinda) see above kept me entertained for at least a month. They included:

  • Spike, the cactus piñata
  • 60 marquee lights
  • Pom poms for the lights
  • Piñata cake pop stands
  • Spray painting multiple cake stands from goodwill
  • Flower arrangements
  • Menu design

We also had a photo booth. I didn’t get the Pinterest background done that I had planned but thankfully our friend, Debbi, let us use her beautiful blankets. I think it was a hit. Here’s a few that I thought were cute:

Special thanks to:

The Great Button Escapade of 2017

First off, I can’t take credit for hardly any of these photos or for the title of this post. However, I can proudly say that I love buttons. 

Let me tell you a little of the background…

My dear mother-in-law, Jacquetta, currently has a large collection of vintage buttons passed down from her Aunt Lily. 

She found out there are button clubs across the state and they were having their annual state button convention in Waco. We didn’t have much to do that weekend so we decided to meet them there. 

This is what greeted us….

Yes. These folks (not just ladies either) take it seriously. 

Jacquetta and Uncle John were trying to get a good gauge of resale value. Y’all- some of these collectors have some expensive and/or awesome buttons! 

Oh, and there was even a contest. As if I wasn’t already drawn in, the competition made it even more intriguing. There are lots of different categories. Here are just a few:



Kids category 

You may not know this about me but I’m a closet crafter. This means I’m a wannabe that has a bunch of craft stuff in the closet and Pinterest boards full of projects I’ve never done or have started and not finished. 

I can admit I have a problem. Isn’t that the first step to recovery? It must be, because I may be on the road to recovery:

I actually completed a project- start to finish. 

It started when I saw the gigantic collection of Aunt Lily’s buttons and my mind immediately started going through the possibilities. Then I searched “button crafts” on Pinterest. (Oh my. Will I ever stop underestimating the creativity that can be found there?) 

I was lucky enough during Easter weekend to do some digging through the collection, with Jacquetta’s permission, of course, to find the perfect unique buttons for my project. 

They may not be worth much more than the sentimental value but I had a great time “making flowers” out of them with wire. Now we can keep a few of Aunt Lily’s buttons as a family heirloom. 

I finished the project by searching EBay for a small red vase. I managed to find a red vintage Fenton vase that was perfectly sized for my little button bouquet. 

Now I’ve only got about 25 or so more projects started that need to be finished. Could this be the beginning of a trend? Only time will tell but if my ability to keep up with my blog is any indicator, I would guess that these finished craft projects may remain sporadic as well. 

UPDATE: I failed to push post about a month ago. Obviously I’ve NOT started a trend. 

Photo Friday: Prepping for Pinewood Derby 

Garen, Will, and Dad (AKA YaYa-yes, we know that is actually grandma in another language but Will called him that as a baby and it stuck) worked hard on Will’s pinewood derby car last Saturday. Garen got some great photos for me to share. 

I love that they get the opportunity to spend time in Dad’s shop together and that Will is learning a tad bit of woodworking. Tomorrow is the pinewood derby so I’m sure next week I’ll have more pictures. Happy Photo Friday!

Last Minute Gifting: Family Movie Night

Have I ever mentioned that I am the queen of procrastination? Well, they say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. So I’ll admit it: I wait until the last minute sometimes. Disclaimer: I did buy the almost all gifts early, mostly thanks to Amazon. 

Wrapping…now that’s a whole other story.

So, here’s my last minute creation after I forgot we’d not given our Taekwondo instructors a gift and yesterday was the last day of the year. (The older kids attend after-school taekwondo every weekday afternoon). Mr. Jeremy and Mrs. Renee have two young girls, so I wanted to find something they could all enjoy. I call my creation the Family Movie Night basket. 

I managed to put it together with a fast trip to the Dollar Tree and Walmart yesterday afternoon and for slightly over $20. 

Contents included:

  • Elf- the movie 
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Cracker Jacks, complete with prizes
  • Whoppers
  • Chocolate truffles
  • Russel Stovers peppermint patties 

Wrapping included:

  • Popcorn bucket
  • White shredded paper (for filling)
  • Iridescent shredded plastic (for filling)
  • Plastic basket bag (came in a two-pack)
  • Wired ribbon 

It probably only took about 20 minutes. At about 20 dollars total it looks pretty nice and is a fun gift (not to toot my own horn, of course). It almost looks like a fancy expensive premade basket. 

Oh, and I included a gift receipt in case they already owned or didn’t like Elf… Although, who doesn’t like Elf?!? It’s a modern day classic!

There you have it: one last minute gift idea for a procrastinator like me. It’s pretty perfect for teachers, neighbors, or family-friend gifts without breaking the bank. And if you’re not like me, you could do it ahead of time and maybe even put more or special homemade treats in it. The possibilities are endless, folks! Just remember to put popcorn in there if you’re putting it in a popcorn holder…or that’d be weird. And not the cool kinda weird. 

In case you didn’t notice, I did it all from the front seat of my car even. Making a bow without any scissors…now that might be a talent that’s worth bragging about. Make-shiftery at its finest!

Happy last minute shopping to you all. Stay safe, stay sane!

Patriotic Babies

These girls just turned 8 months a few days ago and, for our obligatory monthly photo, it seemed appropriate for them to sport their red, white and blue in honor of 4th of July. 

MaMa gave the girls these adorable patriotic outfits complete with matching Harlem Globetrotter headbands that she made. 

She even made a bow for Clara’s helmet since she was still wearing it the first few times we got to wear these outfits. 

Isn’t she crafty?!? We got so many compliments each time they wore them. 

Happy Independence Day everyone!