Friday, December 19, 2014

friday favorites



Happy Friday, everyone!

We don’t have too much scheduled this weekend, but I am excited nonetheless! I need to brave the stores for last-minute Christmas gifts, and Steve is doing some remodeling jobs (our kitchen and bathroom) now that he’s on the university’s Christmas break. (Yay!)

As usual, I am joining the gals for the Friday Favorites linkup! Let’s get started :)



Nolan had his first trip to the dentist on Tuesday! I wasn’t sure how he was going to do, but it went so well! He let the dentist count his teeth (all 20 were present and accounted for), and more surprisingly, he sat still for the electric toothbrush and water vacuum :) We treated him to a visit to the ice cream store. Believe it or not, we can still get quality $0.75 “Death by Chocolate” cones at our favorite diner!


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I shared my favorite new vest with you on Wednesday! If you missed this post, here it is. My friend Hannah in Dallas won the vest for me on Instagram! Also, right now it’s being featured on sale on Groopdealz—so if you are looking to snag one, the price is right.


I posted this adorable chocolate mice recipe this week! They’re chocolate covered cherries with Hershey Kiss faces, mounted on Oreo bases. Yumm! Go here to see the recipe!


I’m loving our new Salted Caramel B&BW soap!  Christmastime has so much to do with scent—peppermint, gingerbread, pine—and now salted caramel :)


Somehow this little man keeps ending up in my bed every morning at 5 or 6. Ephraim wakes up so much throughout the night that I end up bringing him back to our bed so he doesn’t wake up Nolan. It’s not my favorite situation, but I do love waking up to his little face next to mine.

A few more favorite shots from the week to wrap this up:
 

What are your plans for the weekend?

Are you traveling for Christmas or cozying up at home?

 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

what i wore wednesday


There is something pretty amazing about this blogging world. I have met some of the most incredible women, and we’ve really clicked even though we’ve never even met face-to-face. One of these women is my friend Hannah in Dallas. She was the one who got me started with FlyBy Promotions (my Christian book and movie reviews). She has sent me some really fun mail, including a super cute Christmas card of her, her husband and their two sweet boys. She gave me breastfeeding advice when I was two seconds away from mastitis. And the other day, she entered us in an Instagram giveaway to win two designer quilted vests. And we won! Our vests came from Lucy and Lyla–an online boutique with gorgeous clothes. I first ordered from them back in August through Groopdealz, and I was really pleased with the maxi dress I bought. Now, I feel like a million bucks in this vest. I love that it is embellished with gold zippers. It is perfect for Christmas festivities :)


Vest | Lucy and Lyla in “Tan”
Jeans | American Eagle
Shirt | Lands’ End
Shoes | Tom’s Desert Wedges in “Brown Herringbone” 

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Thanks again, Hannah! And thanks to all of you who are reading—I appreciate you so much!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

chocolate christmas mice

Chocolate Christmas Mice 
Have you ever made a dessert that is almost too cute to eat? If you have a Christmas party to attend in the next nine days, I highly suggest these adorable chocolate mice!

I first got the idea from my step-grandmother, Gayle. She has made these delicious little mice in the past, and she slipped me the recipe years ago. I decided to make them for Nolan’s Christmas program, and although I will admit they are a bit tedious, they are so much fun!

On Sunday morning, after I had already made the mice, my friend Nina passed me a magazine clipping of the mice she likes to make. I loved that they were mounted on Oreos with little sprigs of holly drawn on them! I made another trip to the grocery store to buy Oreos and icing before the program on Sunday night :)

Ingredients:

Bottle of at least 24 maraschino cherries WITH stems
Chocolate for dipping—I bought Baker’s milk chocolate dip (see photo below)
24 Hershey Kisses
Small package of sliced almonds (You need 48)
24 Double Stuf Oreos (about 1 bag)
Small tube white gel icing
Small tube green icing
Small tube red icing

Chocolate Christmas Mice

Directions:

Drain the cherries, and let them dry on a paper towel.

Hold the stems and dip them in melted chocolate.

Stick a Hershey Kiss on the end opposite the “tail”.

Place two pieces of almonds into the chocolate behind the Kiss to form small ears.
 

Chocolate Christmas Mice

Store in the refrigerator until they harden.

Put two dots of white icing on the Kiss to make eyes.

Twist all 24 of the Oreos apart, and save the halves with cream filling.

Place the mice onto the Oreo cream, using a little bit of the white gel as glue.

With red gel, pipe holly berries on the cream. Using green gel, pipe holly leaves.

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Nolan loved these mice, and I think it’s a tradition he will definitely remember from year to year :)

Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.

Enjoy!

Monday, December 15, 2014

the best christmas pageant ever


Well, maybe not THE best ever, but it was pretty darn cute, since it was Nolan’s first Christmas program :)

When we got to church, he refused to put on his shepherd’s costume. . . so we bribed him with cookies. Then he wouldn’t put on his headpiece. But, you win some, you lose some :)


The program started with the guys jamming on their guitars to some “Angels We Have Heard on High”.


Nolan did a really good job staying still, keeping watch over his stuffed animals, and acting terrified when the angel came to tell them the Good News :) Then the boys jogged around the sanctuary sharing about Jesus’ birth.

 
All of the kids sang so well, and they did some fun motions!


My favorite part was when Nolan got a little sleepy during “Away in the Manger”, and laid his sweet head down on Miss Michele, his Sunday School teacher.


Sitting on MorMor’s lap when his part was done.


Several people had music acts, including Steve—who sang “Snoopy’s Christmas vs. The Red Baron” from the 60s. I wish I had it on video for you because it was so good!

 
Everyone got out their instruments at the end, including a couple of flautists and an accordion, to play some more Christmas carols!

And of course the littlest musician joined in:

 
Baby Ephraim on xylophone :)


We had refreshments and fellowship afterwards in the basement. I’ll be sharing my chocolate mice tomorrow—they turned out really cute!

How was your weekend?

Friday, December 12, 2014

friday favorites

 
F R I D A Y   F A V O R I T E S
Above is my newest favorite photo. I took it at Olive Garden on our way home from Indiana on Monday. Olive Garden is one of Steve and my favorite places to eat (when we spot one), but we had our hands full this time. Nolan wouldn’t eat anything, and he had to be taken away from the table and be scolded several times. Yet during the meal, people kept coming up to us and telling us how beautiful our sons were. I don’t know if they were complimenting us because they remember how challenging it is to bring little kids to a restaurant, or if they really thought our boys were exceptionally cute—but it made my night. Someday I hope to remember moments like that, and pass on that encouragement to another tired mom and dad :)


 
I know that little girls like to try on their mommy’s makeup, but I had to laugh when I caught Nolan putting on a heavy layer of blush yesterday. He said he wanted to be beautiful! Who can argue with that?

 He looks so much like his daddy here! :)
  
My sister-in-law Dana pulled out this cookie dough ice cream to share with me on Monday, and it was AMAZING! It might even be better than Edy’s! I can’t buy Blue Bell in my state—but if you can—go buy a half-gallon and enjoy it for me :)

 
When we got home from our trip on Tuesday, we put Ephraim to bed, and he threw up for the first time all over his crib. I was so worried about him! He excitedly drank a lot of milk in the middle of the night, and then immediately lost all of it as well. But praise God, it didn’t happen again, and he seems to be recovered now. I am so glad it was a short bug! And (knock on wood) none of the rest of us got sick.


After a rough day, he “helped” unload the dishwasher. He may not have felt good, but he was still smiley and cuddly! We have been laying low at home, which is fine because it’s been quite snowy anyway.



This weekend, I’m excited to start some holiday baking! I am thinking about making these corn flake marshmallow wreaths again. They are so delicious and festive. I also have some chocolate mice treats to create for the church Christmas program on Sunday :)


What are you up to this weekend?
Less than two weeks until Christmas—I have a lot of shopping to do! :)

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