Monday, December 24, 2007

For Layle's Challenge @ Method Playground

A little Christmas Challenge by Layle Koncar at Method Playground blog.
The challenge was to stamp on raw chipboard. Well, I took an entire 8.5 x 11 sheet of chipboard and stamped this Heidi Swapp damask pattern down one side to create a boarder. I used the StazOn ink in Jet Black for this. Round chipboard Accents and label are by Scenic Route, photo corners are from JoAnn Craft Essentials line., misc. ribbon.
TFL and have a Merry Little Crafty Christmas!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Children make the Holidays Sweeter!

Zak's little gift bag makes me smile, the picture he drew...the message he precious!

Matthew's handmade decoration and ornament; gifts to our family. The biggest gift from him is his appreciation for Holidays around the World, what he teaches us about other cultures and celebrations that are different from ours.

Children make the holidays brighter, sweeter, so memorable! I'm blessed and these boys and their little gifts make me happy!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Quote of the Week

"I have decided not to hand out homework this week. The students have been working very hard in the classroom and I'm presenting them with a free homework pass for this week." ENJOY!!!!!!

from our 2nd Grade Teacher! Yippee!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Teacher Gift Tuesday!

A little Christmas mug full of pencils and some handmade bookmarks for our favorite 4th grade Teacher. Pure Sweetness when it's given with lots of love and appreciation from this little pupil.

We love our teachers at Christmas and everyday!

Potluck Monday

Nothing screams the holidays like a good ol' potluck! I'm so blessed to have so many really nice co-workers that I also consider my friends. We had a great spread of food at our potluck; good eats, lotsa laughs, and a fun gift exchange.

Everyday in December is busy, it's hectic, but it's great to take time for some fun....I do love Christmas time.

Monday, December 17, 2007

In front of the Christmas Tree

Zak has a Christmas party and program coming up. I just love hearing him sing and hum and practice the songs to himself. He's keeping the entire set a secret. His party is going to be a "Snowman" Party. We are in charge of the "snowballs" or the white cupcakes, which I'm sure they will decorate.

Matthew has a "Christmas Around the World Party" that he's looking forward to. His school and his class is VERY culturally diverse, it's the perfect theme for this class and this age. They will get to sample foods that originated in each of the different countries that each child's ethnic background represents. My little "Mueller" will represent Germany. So we learned that the gingerbread dates
back as early as the 1800's and orginates from Germany. How lucky that it happens to be one of our favorite recipes of this season!

So lucky me! A busy week ahead of cupcake and cookie baking with these little guys by my side to lick the bowls. (Well, except the tiny one...he just gets the occasional carrot treat.)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Sketch 3 of 3 for December

I'm not a huge fan of sketches, but who has time to scrap and come up with new designs in December?! Not me! Sketches are such a great way to scrap when you really feel like doing something creative, but can't spend the entire day devoted to it. I'm liking them more and more. This is my last of the 3 sketches for a December challenge over at

Now back to licking envelopes and mailing out my Christmas cards.

A Mother's Christmas Card

This is a Christmas Card that will never land in anyone's mailbox. You see, it has dirty little knees and distracted little smiles in it. It's the one that's just not quite "perfect" enough to mail to the entire database of names. It is the card that shows a moment of brotherly love and an embrace that not many others could understand or appreciate, not like a Mom does. It shows all the dimples that warm this shows the grins of silly boys. This photo captures all the smiles of a very mischeivious moment when the boys toyed with the idea of jumping in the stream below. It's a Christmas Card that only a Mother could hold dear to her heart...the one with the dirty little knees.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sketch 2 of 3

A layout of our fun time at the fair when the kids both won a pet fish. We named them Flip and Flop that day, when their water got dumped out and we almost lost them! They are still both alive by the way, they are hearty little fish!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Hey Look!.....It's Santa!!!!!!!!!!!

I got to see Santa!!!!!!!!!!!! It still makes my heart skip and it fills me up with joy to see Santa. I mean how could you not be HAPPY to hug him?!!! It truly made me smile to take his picture and get a hug from Santa. Guess I'm still very much a kid at heart! I just love Santa!!

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Sketch Challenge for December

I'm scrapping whenever I have time this month. This layout was created from a sketch by Krista at Scrapvillage. The Villagers are challenged to upload 25 layouts in December. I'm doing my part by contributing at least 3. This is my first of the 3 sketches.

I like the challenge, plus it will help me to fill up Rich's "all about him" album.

Thank you for the sketch Krista!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Playing Santa Claus

Mailing this out to my Secret Santa Pal today! It's fun to send someone a box full of Christmas goodies. I wonder who is my Secret Santa pal this year??????? I can't wait to find out, I'm excited!

Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Love the United States Postal Service

For delivery of 1 very special care package, filled with lots of love, to Baghdad. We sent pictures, drawings, cards, letters to my Army Brat nephew, Tyler. He's one very special "Army Guy". He and his troop will have lots of treats and goodies to share at Christmas time. I sure miss him and can't wait to see him again one day in June of '08.

My prayers to him and all the other soldiers that are away from home this holiday season.

The Season of Joy

This Christmas season I'm spending quality time with my kids. Today we baked a fresh batch of Gingerbread Boys. We all enjoyed the process and made sure that everyone got a turn to be involved.

We used to buy the store bought rolls of sugar cookie dough, but this year was special because we made our own dough from scratch. What a difference it makes in the taste. My kids also got to experience feeling a real sense of pride for having done something that they can call "homemade".

Baking Gingerbread boys, so simple and so fun.
It's one of those special things that I get to do with my boys that they enjoy and that I know I'll always remember for years and years.

Recipe from the Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book

Gingerbread People
Chill: 3 hours
Bake: 5 minutes per batch
View Nutrition Facts Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup butter (or shortening)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup grated fresh ginger
Royal Icing
Assorted colors of paste food coloring

1. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and ground cloves; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter for 30 seconds with an electric mixer. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, molasses, and vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in ginger and as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Cover; chill dough about 3 hours, or overnight, or until easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. On a lightly floured surface roll dough to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough using 5-inch gingerbread people cookie cutters. Arrange the cutouts about 1 inch apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

3. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are light brown. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Pipe designs on cookies with tinted Royal Icing. Makes about 25 gingerbread people.

To Store: Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store piped cookies at room temperature for up to 3 days. Freeze unfrosted cookies for up to 3 months. Thaw, and if desired, pipe with icing.

Royal Icing: In a small bowl combine 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 4 teaspoons meringue powder, and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. Stir in 1/4 cup warm water. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, then on high speed 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional warm water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until of glazing consistency. To tint, divide the glaze into small portions. Add enough paste food coloring or liquid food coloring to each portion to make desired color.

Quote of the Week

"We are pleased to report that the mammogram demonstrated no evidence of cancer"

The Breast Center


Saturday, December 01, 2007

It's a wonderful life - journal for '08

This was so fun to make! A few tags, a coaster from Disney, blank cards, and old envelopes later.....