Thursday, December 18, 2008
I got the idea for these little babies from My Messy, Thrilling Life, a new blog I stumbled across while looking for a recipe for Crock pot Candy. What a cute, fun blog she has!!! Yes, you read that right: this is called Crock pot Candy. It couldn't be easier or more delish. I changed up the recipe a little to fit what I had. Here is how mine went down:
Lori's Crock Pot Candy
3/4 of a 12 oz. can of unsalted peanuts (because that is all I had in the can)
1 bag of milk chocolate chips
About 4 blocks of chocolate candy coating (because it was left over from something else I made)
1 bag of butterscotch chips
1 bag of white chocolate chips
Half a package of white candy coating (again, leftover)
Layer all of this in your crock pot (in the order listed - the nuts being on the bottom gives them a wonderful roasted taste!) Turn your crock pot on low, put the lid on it and leave it for 2 hours. Now, this was HARD for me because I am a stirrer. But the recipe I read said just leave it, so I did. After two hours stir it all together. I found great pleasure in this step. Watching all of the different colored chips meld together was quite satisfying for this stirrer. Turn off the crock pot and let it cool for about 10 minutes; then drop by heaping spoonfuls on waxed paper. This made about 75 pieces.
The recipes I read called for more nuts but I like how mine turned out. I do not see how you could mess this up. Please try it!!! My mother-in-law is having a candy swap at her house for Christmas so I hope they all like these little jewels as much as I do!!!
How could I resist a picture with Old St. Nick?! I promise I have been a good girl this year, Santa!
Thanks for stopping by JC's school, Santa! We love you!!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
It is a beautiful set, and we are happy to finally have one in our home.
Oh, and here is the fourth wise man bringing Baby Jesus a train to play with. How much do you love this boy?!!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Not sure what is up with JC's chipmunk teeth here. Funny boy!
Partlow Dancers. Now, these ladies have got some moves!!! If you have seen them perform you know what I am talking about.
Look at these balloons from Renesant Bank. I felt like I was at the Macy's Parade. Pretty Cool!!!
Here come my Girl Scouts. Didn't they look great!!! They were Christmas Mice and brought home the 1st place trophy for walking groups! Go girls!!!
The Boy Scouts were scouting for food during the parade so JC ran out to give them our food items we had brought.
Curtis' favorite entry (and mine - after the Girl Scouts ;) was the Hobo High Steppers Beverly Hillbillies float. It was great. My picture does not do it justice.
Of course, JC's favorites were the Super Heroes. I was worried that Spiderman was going to fall. He was just standing on top of this van. Good balance I guess.
Friday, December 5, 2008
1. Where will you spend Christmas this year?
Eupora and Tupelo (and a lot of time on the Natchez Trace)
2. What is Santa (hopefully) bringing you? What is he bringing your spouse and kids?
me - a new cell phone; Curtis - can't say (in case he reads this); JC - a bike, movies anda few toys
3. How do you celebrate Christmas Eve?
During the day we usually do Christmas with Curtis' family and then try to see our friends Teresa and Jonathan and other scattered family members. That evening we we go to a Communion as a family with my parents and my brother's family and then we go back to Mom and Dad's to do our gifts to all of them! Then, it's a late drive back to Tupelo, putting out cookies and milk for Santa and getting into bed.
4. What Christmas activities are you looking forward to this year?
A Girl Scout Christmas event at camp, the Reed's Christmas Parade downtown, Christmas morning, singing Christmas hymns at Church.
5. What is your typical Christmas Day dinner?
Ham, dressing, cranberry sauce, hash brown casserole, ambrosia salad, lots of yummy desserts.
6. What is your typical Christmas Eve meal?
Hmmm... It varies. Sometimes we grill steaks, sometimes it is sandwiches and finger foods. Not sure what we will be doing this year.
7. Is your Santa Claus wrapped or unwrapped?
As a kid it was always unwrapped. For JC it is about half and half. The big items are unwrapped so they are the first thing he sees. Some of the smaller things are wrapped though.
8. How do you decorate for Christmas?
Our tree is huge with a wide variety of ornaments. Everything from homemade childhood crafty ones to Christopher Radko ornaments. We always did white lights until two years ago, and I LOVE the look of the colored lights we use now!!!
9. Fake tree or live tree?
10. White lights or colored lights?
11. Favorite Christmas song?
Hymns - "Away in a Manger" and "O Holy Night"
Contemporary - "All I Want for Christmas is You" and "Jingle Bell Rock"
12. Favorite Christmas memory?
Christmas Eve spent with all of my dad's family together in my grandparents' small living room.
13. Do you love Christmas or just pretend to?
WHAT???? Who pretends to love Christmas. I LOVE IT!!!
14. Egg nog or hot chocolate?
15. Colored lights or white?
Again, really? Colored
16. What kind of cookies do you leave Santa?
If we made any cookies we leave those, but usually it is OREOS. He likes those best!!!
17. Favorite Christmas gift of all time?
Oh, that is a hard one... One that sticks out to me is the bright red Barbie convertible
18. What tops your tree?
An angel dressed in silver
19. Favorite Christmas movie?
Home Alone, The Santa Clause, Elf, A Christmas Story - We LOVE them all!!!
20. Favorite ornament?
The Radko Braveheart that memorializes 9/11
21. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Most of our gifts except for Santa and the ones to Curtis and I from each other are done on Christmas Eve.
22. Worst Christmas gift ever received?
There was one a couple of years ago that I won't mention...
23. Are you still buying presents on Christmas Eve?
No, but I cannot say the same for my husband...
24. Most annoying thing about the Christmas season?
The stress of having so many divided sets of family to get around to see. I love seeing them all, but it makes it stressful that it has to be split up so many ways...
25. Favorite thing about the Christmas season?
Christmas morning with my two best guys and seeing the joy of Christmas on my baby's face!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Yes, that is the Elf on the Shelf hanging on the silver cone tree! Santa sent him to watch JC on Friday, and let me tell you: I have seen a dramatic improvement in behavior since his arrival. Awesome!!! Our elf's name is Mark!
Santa holding the mistletoe over Mrs. Claus' head and stealing a cookie (This was one of the first ornaments Curtis bought me after we were married. I think it is SO CUTE!) This last one is called "Braveheart" and it was created in memory of September 11. Part of the proceeds from the sale of this ornament went to the American Red Cross. That day was so life-changing for so many people. I always think about their loss when I look at this beautiful heart.
I am happy that the decorating is done for us to enjoy throughout December! Most of the gifts are bought and wrapped, and I am looking forward to a fairly stress-free Christmas season this year since most of it is already done. Our family is really getting into the spirit. How about you?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It's Will Ferrell's dance performance in "OLD SCHOOL" meets "MADAGASCAR"... with a little bit of Napoleon Dynamite... Pure gold. My son has some AWESOME dance moves. The twirling ribbon is something they made at daycare this week. I asked him to show me his dance tonight and this is what we got!!!
I cannot take credit for any of these moves. He has been breakdancing as long as he has been walking... no idea where he got it.
Try to ignore Curtis' phone conversation about "The Office." :)
And now, without further adieu - here is JC !!! (sorry it is so dark... you'll be able to get the general idea of the awesomeness of it though.)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
What a GREAT time we had at our 10-year class reunion this past weekend! It all started Friday night with the Eupora v. Ackerman game at Scott Field, and the Eagles won!
Saturday morning, classmates from the EHS Classes of 1998 and 1999 met on the porch at the school for a tour.
We enjoyed taking pictures on the porch outside the old office of the school - a place where we often congregated and hung out between classes and after school.
Curtis with Jason and Andy.
We enjoyed walking the halls of the old EHS!!! We spent a lot of time in the auditorium where several of our classmates found their names written or scratched into the wood of the old fold-up seats. Next, we visited the old Chemistry lab where many of our dreaded high school science classes took place. It has been converted into a beautiful conference room with cushy furnishings. The School Board meets in the old High School now. Another highlight of the tour was seeing our class composite hanging on the wall!
Later that evening, we all met for dinner at The Veranda in Starkville. It was a great time to catch up with old friends!Curtis and I
After dinner, we moved the party to a club in Starkville. It was fun to party with our old friends. We even got the DJ to play some of our old 90s music from back in the day! It was a blast!
Odie, Stephanie, Holli and I on the dance floor. LOL
I am thrilled with how the reunion turned out. Putting it together caused Kimberly and I a lot of stress, but it the end it was definitely worth it. I look forward to seeing all of these guys again in a few years, as long as someone else plans it. Ha!