Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Well, folks, the new year is almost here and it's resolution time. I've got quite a few and I plan on sticking to 'em. I thought that maybe if I typed them up here one of you would hold me accountable. Anyone up to the challenge? Hehehe!

1. Go to the gym!
2. Eat less cookies!
3. Take care of my health!
4. Make more time for scrapbooking!
5. Meet with the girls more often!
6. Finish my knitting projects!
7. Complete my 9 on 9 album!
8. Think more positively!

I think that's enough for this year.

And to start off the new year right here are 2 new layouts using mostly American Crafts product. :) TFL!

Kickin' It

As part of a Try It, Natalie and a few of her fellow Brownies took part in a TKD demonstration. To say that she was in her element is an understatement. She loved it and we found out that she is equally as strong with her left foot as with her right. So, now she wants to take TKD lessons. I feel bad for her brother. LOL!!!

Here's a shot of the girls in the troop that attended the event. :)

Learning a proper stance.

Getting ready to attack! LOL!

Breaking the board on her first try. I need to get a photo of her holding the two pieces!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lemon Chicken Schnitzel with Roasted Potatoes

Doesn't this look delish? Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray. I think I may make this next week. :)

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 40 min

1 1/2 pounds baby red potatoes, cut into small chunks
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
3 scallions, white parts only, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
Grated peel and juice of 3 lemons
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds total), halved and pounded thin

1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a roasting pan, toss the potatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, the scallions, rosemary, and peel and juice of 2 lemons; season liberally with salt. Roast until golden and tender, about 40 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil with 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Place the flour in a shallow bowl; season with salt. Dredge 2 chicken breasts in the flour, shaking off any excess. Fry until just cooked through, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and keep warm. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 more tablespoons butter to the skillet and cook the remaining 2 chicken breasts as above. Transfer to the plate.
3. Whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and peel and juice of 1 lemon into the pan juices and cook until just browned, about 5 minutes. Pour the lemon-butter sauce over the chicken; serve with the potatoes.

Chopping Down Our Tree

Every year since Natalie was a baby we've gone with our friends The Nemeceks to chop down our Christmas Tree. We usually go to a place up in Rhinebeck, NY called Battenfelds. But last year our friends could not make it and we found this new place much closer and we actually liked it much better. And, Five Guys is on the way there so it's really a no brainer when you think about it. ;)

We had a fabulous time that day and I love that we are creating fun family memories. Ones that I hope the kiddos will remember forever. :)

Our Family Photo. :)

A couple of pix of the kiddos....Dylan, Natalie, Emily and Charlotte. :)

Some fun shots of the stuff around us. :)

Nat P. with the sun setting behind her. I just did catch it. :)

Stew with saw in hand ready to chop down our Chritsmas Tree. :)

A view of the farm as we were walking back to our cars.


Natalie and a couple of her friends took part in a library program about the American Girl Samantha and learned how it was to live during her time. They learned about the invention of the Teddy Bear and they also got to embroider a square. Here they are posing for me right outside the library. :)

Natty with hers. She finished it that same night. She was so excited. :)

Silly little girlies. ;)

Getting to Know Me

Got this from my friend Karen. :D

1. Do you like blue cheese? Sure do!

2. Have you ever smoked heroin? Absolutely NOT!

3. Do you own a gun? Nope.

4. Wax or Shave your body parts? Wax my lip and brows, shave everything else.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Yes.

6 Real or fake nails? Real.

7. Favourite Christmas song? Jingle Bells.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee!

9. Can you do push ups? Yes, but not many. I think once I hit 10 I start to shake. :O

10. What's your favourite piece of jewelry? My rolling ring.

11. Favourite hobby? Scrapbooking, shopping, reading, knitting.

12. Do you have A.D.D.? No, but I like to multi-task.

13. What's one trait that you hate about yourself? I hate that I procrastinate.

14. Middle Name? Teresa.

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? I need to clean my bedroom, my neck hurts, and I wonder what I'm going to make for dinner tonight.

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Coffee, water, Coke.

17. Current worry right now? The lump on my back.

18. Current hate right now? My arse and thighs. They need some work.

19. Favourite place to be? With my family on the beach in Florida.

20. How did you bring in the New Year? Eating appetizers at home with the fam.

21. Like to run? Yes.

22. Name three people who will read this? Karen, Suzie and Reenie.

23. Do you own slippers? Yes, I just got a new red pair.

24. What colour shirt are you wearing? blue and grey stripes from the Gap.

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? No, I'm a cotton girl.

26. Can you whistle? Not very well.

27. Favourite colour? Red.

28. Would you be a pirate? Haven't we answered this one before? No.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? Haven't done that in a loooong time. I prefer to sing in the car. ;)

30. Favourite girl's name? Jennifer.

31. Favourite boy's name? Shane.

32. What's in your pocket right now? Nothing.

33. Last thing that made you laugh? One of Stew's corny jokes he told yesterday.

33. Best toy or collection as a kid? Barbie Dream house.

34. Worst injury you've ever had? Broke my tailbone while skiing in high school.

35. Do you love where you live? No, it's too cold here. :(

36. How many TV's do you have in your house? 5.

37. Who is your loudest friend? Lisa.

38. How many pets do you have? That's a big fat zero.

39. Does someone have a crush on you? I doubt it.

40. What is your favourite book? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.

41. What is your favourite lolly? Blow Pops.

42. Favourite Sports Team? The Atlanta Braves baby!!!!!!!

43. What were you doing at 6:00pm? Watching tv.

44. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? Boy, it's windy outside.

45. Worst habit? Worrying and biting my nails when I worry. :O

46. Do you play an instrument. No. :(

47. How long does it take you to get to work? 20 minutes.

48. Plans for the weekend? Getting ready for school again. :(

49. If you could eat anything in the world right this second, what would it
be? Sushi from Matsuri in Miami.

50. Do you like who sent this to you? ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Handmade Gifts

We've been busy making gifts for the people on our holiday list. There is still tons to do but here is the first sampling...earrings.

Natty designed this pair. We think we are going to give them to my aunt. :)

I made these for my sister. :)

These are my personal favorite. I made them for my co-worker Barbara. I was her Secret Santa. I made an extra pair just for me. :)

Sunday, December 07, 2008


Being a part of the Blue Crew at Scrapjazz has its perks. Last month the company Imaginisce sent us all a box of free goodies to use. I got the Snowy Jo collection and these are the some of things I created with it so far. :)

A Happy Holidays card.

A paper ball ornament.

A Merry Christmas card using brads.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Slummy Mummy

I just finished this book last night. It was so good. So funny. So witty. I actually snorted out loud at one point. I think every Mom should read this. Seriously. Without giving too much away, it is about a Mom of 3 kids who is just trying to stay afloat. She hides credit card bills and parking fines from her husband. She cannot control the laundry pile. She contemplates an affair with a stay at home Dad whose kids go to the same school as do hers. Her car is a dump. And she always gets herself in and luckily out of the most precarious situations. I think there is a little bit of her in all of us Moms. Great read!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

It is an addiction!

I know it!

I admit it!

I own it.

I am addicted to bags!

And I do not care to be cured.

I asked Santa for this one by name...Leah. ;)