Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Eve and Day 2011

I figured I better get on posting about our Christmas before it's 2012. Are you all sick of reading Christmas posts? If not, read on:)

Christmas Eve was spent with J's family. First his parents for lunch and then his whole family (aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, etc.) head over to his aunt's house who graciously hosts Christmas Eve dinner every year. This is one of my favorite things his family does. I love everyone being together.

Ben's cousin, baby Kylie

Drums from Ben's uncle. Those conveniently stayed at grandma's house.

Christmas Eve night...
Ben was less than thrilled with taking a family photo.

So excited to open presents

Our little elves who helped pass out all the presents. I wish I would have taken a picture of all the gifts before hand. The pool table was covered. Have I mentioned how blessed we are? We don't forget it for one second.

Ben was surrounded by presents and out cold before we even made it to the highway.

When we got home I set out the cookies for Santa and we all went to bed awaiting the big man's arrival.

Christmas morning. Of course it's the one morning where Ben sleeps in past 8:00. Still half asleep but ready to open presents.

Santa ate all his cookies, drank his milk, and left Ben a little letter.

Christmas morning is our time as our little family of 3. We eat breakfast, open presents, and play with all our new toys before we head over to my parent's house.
Helping me unwrap his gift to me. Held together by 1/2 a roll of tape.

Looking at J with confusion. When J wrapped my presents he told Ben he got me rocks because someone tends to be unable to keep a secret. You can imagine his surprise when I didn't actually get rocks.

Gotta love Dora.

On to my parents...
Is this how all the pictures of Ben and his cousin seem to go. One of them is smiling the other one looks pissed/annoyed.

And we couldn't let J just relax and open presents. We put him to work taking down the old outside lights and replacing them with the new ones we got my mom for Christmas.

Tune in tomorrow to sneek a peek at our Christmas Haul!
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Eve Eve

The day before Christmas Eve Ben and I went to my mom's house where we met my sister and nieces to decorate cookies for the big man in the red suit.

Later that night we decorated our Gingerbread Man House. Every year we do this and every year I can't remember why. The icing doesn't really stick and you can't even eat the darn thing.
Someone sneaking a bite of the candy

The finished project. To a two year old, we created the freakin Taj Mahal. Go us.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Recuperation

Hi Everyone!

Hope ya'll had a very merry Christmas. We are still recovering from all the festivities although when I came home last night J had cleaned the entire house and put all the Christmas decorations away including the tree. That is love people. And one less thing I can check off my to do list.

I'll be doing the classic Christmas recap posts soon, but until then I leave you with our Christmas card this year.
Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Christmas Miracle

I'm watching you mister, don't come any closer.

 I'll scoot just to end of the stool...

There. This should get me at least 10 more presents.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pinterest Challenge #2 {Candy Cane Blossoms}

Remember Ben's school holiday party I posted about here. Yes, the one where Santa scared the living crap out of my child.

Last week his individual classroom had it's own party sans Santa (hooray)! and I needed something to bring to the party.

Of course I turned to Pinterest and found a recipe and my #2 Pinterest Challenge Project.

Here is the original pin.

And here is mine:
I was pretty proud of these babies if I do say so myself:)

Here's how you do it:
Gather your ingredients. You'll need:
1 bag Hershey's Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Red and Green colored sugar

Unwrap these babies; test to make sure they're ok to eat.

Mix together wet ingredients.

In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients.

Slowly add dry to wet and mix through.

Next, you need to make the colored sugar. You can buy colored sugar at the store, but mine didn't have any so I just whipped up my own. 

I took plain granulated sugar and added a few drops of food coloring.

Mix throughly until food coloring is mixed through like this

Next, roll dough into 1 inch balls and then roll in colored sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 min. Keep an eye on them, you don't want them to over bake and get hard.

Once cookies have cooled, place a kiss in the middle. I rushed this step and the kisses got really soft(twss).
If that happens to you, just put the cookies in the fridge for a few minutes and the candy to harden back up.