Monday, December 27, 2010

magical christmas

We had a magical Christmas surrounded by both sides of our family, it was the perfect weekend!
Christmas Eve with Dan's side, and Christmas Day with mine.
Presley was so excited about every single thing, and kept telling me she could hear Santa as I was tucking her in bed!

We of course made our traditional breakfast in the morning, and all agreed that this year's might have been the best waffles yet.

So grateful for a time each year to think of our Savior, celebrate with family, and spoil each other with homemade gifts and found treasures!
Hope you all had a great holiday!

Friday, December 24, 2010

my new favorite holiday cookie + a merry christmas to you!

These are a new favorite because they taste delicious, and because I let Presley "help" by rolling two of her own dough balls in the sugar. It kept her entertained for so long and she kept calling them Frosty the Snowman cookies, all while singing the Frosty song.

Chocolate Crackle Cookies
(or as we now call them, snowman cookies)
recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

1 bag chocolate chips, half semi sweet, half milk chocolate
1 1/4 c flour
1/2 c cocoa powder
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
8 T (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1 1/3 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
1/3 c milk
1 c. granulated sugar, for rolling
1 c. powdered sugar, for rolling

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt chocolate chips over medium low heat, careful to not burn. Let cool. In a separate bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In your mixer beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat until well combined. Add melted chocolate to dough, combine. Alternate adding milk and dry ingredients until just combined.

Divide dough and wrap in plastic. Chill in refrigerator until firm, about 2 hours. Remove dough, roll into 1 inch balls and dust in bowl of granulated sugar, and then powdered sugar. Place on silpat-lined cookie sheet. Bake about 12 minutes until cookies have flattened and sugar cracks.


And a Merry Christmas to all of you!
I am so thankful for my kind readers and all of your comments and emails.
Thank You and Happy Holidays!
photos by Ashlee Raubach, card by me

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

a grey christmas

I still can't believe Christmas is here in three days ...
probably because I am still making my gifts! I am such a procrastinator.
We have been stuck inside for the past five days with a crazy rainstorm, it has put last minute shopping on hold, but we have tried to enjoy spending time inside watching movies, making gifts, and baking.
I thought I'd share a few spots of our holiday decor that has been keeping us company this grey Christmas.

a dictionary, evolved

We may be traveling outside of the country in 2011, (so excited!!)
and this app will be perfect!

Word Lens may be the coolest app to date.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

gently used clothes for sale

I've added some of my gently used clothing to the Me Oh My shop, some of you have already noticed and placed orders (thank you!) I thought I would announce it on my blog to all of you!

Hope you are all having a great holiday season, I am loving the hustle and bustle that is Christmas. It is always a fun time of year.

It is a cold and rainy day here, so I am hoping to get a lot done if I can keep Presley happy being cooped up inside all day!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Warning: this has nothing to do with design, crafts, or cooking...

...but I loved waking up to this video this morning and had to share!

How amazing is my baby brother??
This shows you all why I grew up most my life thinking I had no talents!
I was smack dab in the middle of two collegiate athletes - my older brother is an amazing basketball player.
Thought some of you would enjoy this video!

Go Cougs!!
countdown to volleyball season ...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DIY: Felt Wreath

Last week a couple of friends and I got together for a craft night.
Obviously I am obsessed with crafting and felt this holiday season - I can't get enough.
These wreaths were super easy and props to Ashly for figuring out how to make them!

What you'll need:
Styrofoam wreath (or any wreath base)
Felt, one color or multiple
Hot glue gun
Any embellishments

Cut your felt into a square
These do not need to be perfect, I liked that mine were all different sizes.

Fold in half and cut a half circle

Cut slits into half circle getting pretty close to the center.
Once again, I made 4-5 slits, it can differ

I used white, creme, and grey

After cutting all of my circles, I used a pencil to glue the felt to the wreath.
First, wrap the felt around the eraser end, and generously dot with glue gun.

Then push the felt into the styrofoam and hold to let dry.

I wanted to put glittered birds and what nots in mine, but didn't find what I was looking for,
so I made a Happy Holidays sign and placed that in the middle.

Hope that tutorial helps!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Light of My Life Studio

I was so excited when I got the mail this afternoon and found this pretty little package!!
Hillary from light of my life studio contacted me a week ago about doing a painting of Presley.
I was so flattered and excited!
She let me send her some photos so that I could visualize what the painting would be like, and this is the one we picked. Hillary is so kind and was so easy to work with!

The pretty packaging and darling business cards did not go unnoticed!

And the finished product!
I can't wait to get this original gorgeous painting up in our home, but I had to share it with you right away.
I think this would make an amazing gift!
Thank you again Hillary!
Check out light of my life studio and order one for yourself or someone special too!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Take my advice

...and make these pumpkin pecan waffles this weekend!

I found this recipe in the Williams Sonoma Breakfast book a long time ago and made it for my family when I was single one Christmas season. We were all so obsessed it has turned into a tradition ever since! My dad has been known to ask me to come over and make some waffles for them when it is our year with the in laws. I love to make this all season long, but we especially love it on Christmas morning!

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
with Maple Cranberry Butter (and Syrup!)

Maple-Cranberry Butter:
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (no aunt jemimas! :)
1 cup butter, at room temp

To make the maple cranberry butter, combine cranberries and maple syrup in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently until the cranberries have softened and popped, about 5 minutes.
Let cool, then place in a large bowl with the butter. Beat with a wooden spoon until just combine, cover and set in the fridge until ready to serve

*** I started making a lot of the syrup, and sometimes I make the butter too. We love our pancakes with cranberry syrup. Just add amount of syrup desired with cranberries, and stir over low heat until cranberries pop. This is so simple and my favorite part!

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles:
1 cup flour, sifted
1 T firmly packed brown sugar
1 t baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 T butter, melted
2/3 c pumpkin puree
1/3 c coarsely chopped pecans

To make the waffles, preheat a waffle iron. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt until well mixed. IN a large glass measuring pitcher whisk together the milk, egg and butter. Stir the milk mixture and the pumpkin puree into the dry ingredients until just blended. The batter may be slightly lumpy - do not overmix! Stir in pecans. Pour batter evenly onto waffle iron and cook!

To serve, it is pretty to serve the waffles with a scoop of the butter, and drizzle on maple syrup. It is nice to serve maple syrup and the cranberry maple syrup version for those that don't want too much cranberry.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Leaf Garland

I was inspired by a felt garland I saw at Anthropologie and thought it would be perfect for our stairs or mantel!
This craft is super simple!!! It is just time consuming cutting all the leaves. I took two nights of putting on a movie/show and chatting with girlfriends and it was done.

All you need:
1 1/2 yards each of two different green felt
red balls
(and scissors and a hot glue gun)

(sorry about the poor iphone shots! It was late, and I didn't have my camera.)

First cut the 1-1 1/2" strips along the long yard side of your felt. I used three strips.
I then started with a simple template drawing of a leaf for the first set of leaves.
I cut 8 rectangles, then leaves at a time.
Leave the top of the leaf (the loop) to cut individually!
To make the loop it is very simple, create a circle at the top of your leaf, and then fold in half and make a small slit. You want it to be about 1/2 the size of your strip, so that it will bend while hung.

Once your leaves are all cut and the loops are made, string the leaves onto your strips at random.
I put about 5 leaves on before I pulled them through my strip.

Once all of your strips are filled with the leaves, glue your corners at an angle like below:
This way it will hang pretty!

Then glue thin strips long enough to tie around your banister onto the back of the corner.
Glue the red balls on top of the corner and your ready to hang!
(if you are hanging on a mantel you don't need the ties)

I originally wanted to add felt balls, but couldn't find any so I used these sparkly balls from Michaels.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 6, 2010

ME OH MY the shop: Exciting News!!

I have added these gorgeous new wood letter plaques to the Me Oh My shop!
These unique metal letters are against beautiful wood on a metal stand.
One initial or a spelled out word is sure to make a statement in your space!
And they are a great price point!

Don't miss out for a personalized gift for the holidays or a sweet treat for yourself!

I love the peace sign and heart as well!

Favorite Holiday Scents

I have been enjoying my two absolute favorite scents for a while, and thought I must share.

Thymes Frasier Fig is unreal, it is the perfect fresh winter scent!

And of course, my standby, Bath and Body Works sweet cinnamon pumpkin. I start this one in the fall and have three plug ins in our small home. I can't get enough!

Happy Monday!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Armelle Jewelry

Today is your lucky day!

Armelle jewelry is offering my amazing readers 20% off between now and january 1st, 2011!

The new winter line of handmade jewelry has just been listed, so hurry fast to check out her beautiful pieces. Armelle jewelry would make the perfect gift for you or a loved one.

Just enter this discount code: HOLIDAY20

Happy Shopping!
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