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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

DAY 30! I'm thankful for....

Finishing something everyday for 30 days! Why can't I do that with other things?
1. Workout (although I'm pretty balls to the wall and sore everyday, this would be a huge challenge)
2. Give up Desserts
3. Not swear
4. Give up chips...oh dear the list can go on..Eat Healthy
5. Do my hair
6. No wearing workout clothes as an outfit during the day
7. Not have road rage (Dawnette you know this would be hard!)
OH dear, it's to late for all this thinking. I'm just thankful that I finished something special on my blog.

I'm also thankful for all my blog readers! I know my mom is the one that leaves the most comments and I'm thankful for that, but I do know there are quite a few that check in consistently even though you are not marked as a follower or leave comments. So thank you for stopping by.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 29, I'm thankful for blogs

I am just so addicted to blogs lately! I have run across so many blogs lately that just inspire me to:
1. Be creative and artistic
2. Be a better photographer
3. Decorate better
4. Cook more exotic foods
5. Bake better desserts
6. Try things out of my element
7. Try shopping at a goodwill store
8. Get things for really cheap even free
9. Have a plan
10. Have fun with my blog!

The bad thing about finding all these wonderful blogs:
1. I cannot get off the computer!!

From my last post I don't watch much TV but let me tell you it has gone down even more this week because I sat and read blogs for several hours the other day when it was freezing outside!
I do hope to spruce up my blog and get more followers!
Today I am thankful for my blog an outlet to vent, share and have fun, and other blogs!

Anyone read an amazing blog they want to share?

Day 28, I'm thankful for teachers

Today I am thankful for teachers. You don't get paid much but you are so dedicated to every child you get each year. I don't know how you do it, I can barely handle homework each night with my 2 children let alone 28 children!
The two teachers my children have at school this year are super amazing, and I'm so grateful for them. I am so proud of my decision to move my kids from public school to a charter school. Even though it's incredibly rigorous, my kids will thank me later.
Today I am thankful for all teachers. Keep up the good work!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Leslie Nielson Dies

Just a few minutes ago I read that the beloved funny guy Leslie Nielson, from the movies Airplane and Naked gun movie dies at age 84. He suffered from Pneumonia for weeks that just kept getting worse.
Read full story  here. Good to know he didn't seem to suffer, that he went to sleep and passed. I hope to find out a bit more later.
What was your favorite Leslie Nielson movie?

Day 27, I'm thankful I'm a good person

We are almost to the end of our month of Thankfulness! I honestly didn't think I could come up with 30 things to be thankful for. But I just feel so blessed, so many people take small things for granted. To change things up a bit I want to be thankful for something about me. Today I am thankful I am a nice person. I am nice to everyone (until you piss me off), I'm very forgiving, I volunteer for causes I believe in and at the schools, I will help a person in need, I am honest, I'm a good listener, I take care of my friends and family. I try and think of others before myself. I do feel like I am a nice person or I guess I wouldn't have any friends right!

Day 26, I'm thankful for camp fires

I'm thankful for the wonderful conversations Camp fires bring. If it weren't for camp fires we wouldn't have smores and I love a good smore. I think it a great entertainment for kids and it's so yummy. Camp fires are also great for keeping you warm on that cool crisp night and making you want to relax.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 25, I'm thankful for Free festivals and Events

Denver has the most amazing free festivals and events that we attend all the time throughout the year. Some we go to every year for the past few years.
We just love The Taste of Colorado, and People Fair. We have been to Blues and Brews once and it was a blast along with St. Patrick's Day Parade and Holiday Parades.
Our city Highlands Ranch also throws some great kids events for the holiday's as well that we enjoy. Being on a budget these allow us to still have fun!
I'm thankful for Free events!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 24, Thankful..{Happy Thanksgiving}

Happy Thanksgiving family and friends! Most of my family and friends live in Seattle so I don't get to see them on this blessed day but I will be thinking of them. I will most likely send out a text message to them all too like usual.
Today I am thankful for this day. We have the Pilgrims and Indians to thank. I am not a huge fan of the meal but I love that it's a tradition. I am all about traditions.
My usual Thanksgiving tradition is as follows:
*Turkey Trot in Wash Park, it's a 4 mile run in Denver's most beloved park. Kind of like Green Lake to Seattle.
* Clean myself up
* Enjoy Mimosa's, bloody Mary's or wine with light Appetizers
* Watch football, and parades
* Eat with family
  *Turkey and sometimes Ham
  *Mashed Potatoes (my famous version)
  *Green Bean Casserole
  *Candied Yams
  *Jalapeno cornbread (southern style)
  *southern style stuffing is made but I don't eat it
*Sit on couch
*Eat pumpkin pie
*Drive home and hop into bed!
We will see how today's traditions play out for I have had an injury to my legs that have put me out of running for 2 weeks. Which I am not thankful for :(
Today I am thankful for Thanksgiving day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 23, I'm thankful for fulfilling a dream

I am grateful that I had the support of my husband to let me fulfill a dream of mine. To climb a 14er and stand on top of a mountain.  A short few months ago my friend Lisa and I climbed Mt. Bierstadt  at 14,200 feet. The feeling of almost giving up while, huffing and puffing, sweating, swearing, almost crying in pain, to finally reach the top of a mountain. To stand on top of a summit and look all around you at the most beautiful world, that you can only see if you get to it on foot! I cannot wait to do it again!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 22, I'm thankful for Money $$

Today as I browse my computer for Black Friday ads, I see all the toys my kids would love to have. Toys have gotten so expensive over the last couple years. Video games are $50! I still have no idea what to get them after looking at a million toys online.
I really do wish money grew on trees, life would be so much easier.
My husband works very hard for our money, and to do my part I am pretty frugal. But today I am thankful we do have money.

Shutterfly Holiday Cards

I have been asked by Shutterfly to blog about my favorite Shutterfly product. Shutterfly is an online photo print store. Shutterfly offers more then just picture development though, you can get cards, mugs, mouse pads, calendars and more and personalize it with your pictures! It's fast simple and inexpensive. Then it's shipped to you. How easy is that?!  Shutterfly is always running an amazing deal!
I thought picking out my favorite product would be easy, by my gosh I just love all there stuff!
This Christmas card is what I am going to go with the elegant snowflake. So many of my favorite things all on one card! If I knew how to make cards this would be it. It has your last name initial in cursive, a snowflake, and the color blue! I find this card elegant, beautiful and not one you will get from every family this holiday. It has all the elements of the Holiday's and a winter wonderland feel. The simple one snowflake is better than a card full of snowflakes that takes away from the actual picture. The blue they used in the corner is so pretty and looks great with the winter white snowflake. The cursive Initial is just an amazing finishing touch. I think this card will be amazing with any 3 pictures you end up using of your family. Once I get all my pictures compiled I will have so much fun creating this special holiday card.
Shutterfly has other amazing holiday cards to check out along with other great holiday gifts for anyone on your list. A photo calendar of the  family personalized for the out of town parent, grandparent and more!
Stop by today and get your holiday cards!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 21, I'm thankful for alone time

Today I got to go see a movie! Not just any movie an adult movie, I haven't been to an adult movie in ages. I'm usually with the boys and we go see G movies. I went to see Morning Glory with Nancy today while Roger was to watch the boys. Of course he always gets away with not being alone with them. Marianne came and got them to go shopping. Anyway it was so nice to just have some quiet alone time doing what I want!
I am just so thankful that my husband allowed me to go do something I wanted to do with a friend today.
It's been a great weekend and I'm thankful!

Anyone interested in seeing Morning Glory should wait until it comes out on DVD. Morning Glory has great actors, Harrison Ford, Rachael McAdams and a few more but just not the usual roles they play. I was shocked to see them in such a plain movie. Don't get me wrong it was a good and funny movie but I think that it's a better at home movie. I didn't think that the price you pay for a ticket, soda and popcorn was worth it this time. Nancy and I were the youngest ones in the entire theatre! So my suggestion is to wait, save your money and get this on DVD.

Day 20, I'm Thankful for Games!

I'm a day late on this but it's hard to blog on weekends around here! So yesterday I was thankful for games. A low key Saturday afternoon turned into a fun filled evening with friends. I love spontaneous nights. My good friend Aimee had no kids and so she asked if we wanted to do a game night. If you know me at all you know I love a little friendly competition. I was with Dawnette and Steve and they also love games so we all joined up to the table with our games and adult beverages and started playing.
Games you should own:
Phase 10
Apples to Apples
Shut the box (if you can find it)
Grab some friends and family and have a great time!
So due to a fantastic Saturday night, I'm thankful for games (and friends again!)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 19, I'm thankful for the Law

This morning in the car ride to school I was cut off by a crazy lady! She nearly took us out, she came so close to my front bumper when cutting me off. I would hate to think what would of happened if she hit me going 55 miles an hour! So with my road rage I honked while swearing and flipping her the bird. Which is the least she deserves! This did not scare her or make her slow down at all. She continued to speed, change lanes drastically and cut people off. Much to my surprise she ended up at the same school as me! AND only 2 cars ahead!! I couldn't believe it, she was not running late either school didn't start for 10 more minutes. She drives like that with a kid in the car? How does she drive when she's alone?
I drop off my kids and start driving home when that freakin' crazy B*tch cuts me off again and nearly takes off my front bumper, so of course she gets another middle finger. I turn and she goes straight continuing to drive reckless. I couldn't shake the feeling of she may kill someone, so I called the police. I had the nicest gentlemen officer over this morning telling him my story. He listened and confirmed that I wasn't a bother, that they specifically have traffic cops for this reason.
To keep from having to give my name and signing her ticket (I will see her at school remember!) I didn't press charges. But, I did inform the officer that I wanted him to call her and give her a reprimand and that she will be watched. He was so excited, he said he just loves doing this. So I made his day and he made me feel comfortable that I won't or anyone else won't be dying today from her driving. I was also told that if she assumes it was me and harasses me at school, she will be arrested for harassment and be charged with a felony.
So today I am thankful for the Law, and the officer. Oh and the moral of the story is Don't F*^k with me or the Law! (is that from a movie??)
Drive Safe!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Second Short life of Bree Tanner

A couple weeks ago I read Stephanie Meyer's book, The Second short life of Bree Tanner. This follows the Twilight Saga. The story is told in the voice of Bree, a teenager and newborn vampire, who is mentioned on page 569 of Eclipse. She's dead just ten pages later.
I picked this book up because I was in dire need of a Twilight pick me up. I wish sometimes that I didn't finish the saga so I could still be deep inside the drama. So I started SSLBT and I was not that impressed, it was flat and boring. It took me a few days to really put me in that place. I started to like the side of the story that you didn't have a clue was going on. What the Newborns were up to besides a killing spree in Seattle. Bree is young and kind of annoying but she finds a friend Diego (don't remember him) and they try and figure out why they were "born" and who made them. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is pretty much contained in the last week of the newborns' existence before the big fight (between the Cullens and the vampire army) in the meadow. Bree is killed by Jane after only being a newborn for 3 months.
I think Stephanie hit the nail on the head with this book. I loved that she knows the Twilight fans can never get enough so she writes from different characters points of view. I would assume she will do more from someone Else's point of view.
I know that she has a blurb of a chapter on her website, I've just been to busy to check it out. Plus I know I will want more. So if you also need a Twilight pick me up, stop by the library for the book. It's also only a bit over 100 pages so you can finish it fast.

Stephenie told USA Today how the novella came about.

"I started writing this a long time ago," Meyer said in an exclusive interview with USA Today. "It was when I was editing Eclipse. It was more of just an exercise so I could be clear about what was going on in the story."
Also available at Amazon.com

Day 18, I'm thankful for my UGG's

Almost 1 year ago my wonderful husband finally agreed to buying me some UGG's! I got them for Christmas (I knew I was getting them) and I have worn them so much. They don't always keep my feet warm in this freezing Colorado weather but I still wear them a lot! I wear them around the house too. I'm so in love with them and I plan on getting a new pair, just a different color. Maybe some pink ones!
Today in this cold weather I am thankful I have UGG's

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

I just love a good piece of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread! It's that season again that I start making all my breads. I have 8 Pumpkin loaves, 1 Zucchini, and 1 banana bread right now with more to come. We enjoy these for snacks and breakfast! Roger took a pumpkin loaf to work yesterday and the ladies loved it!  Recipe Here

Day 17, Thankful for my clothes

Yeah clothes are way better than being Naked! I don't get new clothes all that often but I do love clothes. I almost live in my workout clothes because they are so comfortable but I do love a good pair of jeans with a t-shirt. I have learned what brands are best, what stores I love and some I refuse to wear again in my many years of shopping. I swear by Under Armour clothing, I would wear everything by them if I could afford it.
I like GAP, I own quit a bit of there stuff too. I prefer the outlet styles over the real store. Better pricing and sometimes just better lines to make an entire outfit.
I wish I could afford many other expensive style clothes that I see in catalogs but I just can't right now.
I could go on for days...Today I am thankful I can afford clothes!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 16, I'm Thankful for Electronics

If it wasn't for my iPhone or laptop I wouldn't be blogging or keeping in touch with anyone! Saturday night I got to talk to my bestie Bekah in Seattle for a very long time, so I'm thankful I have a phone. I email a million people weekly if not for work for book club or catching up and so on. I love my laptop I am so addicted to it, I rather be on my laptop then watch TV.
So, today I am thankful for my electronics.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 15, I'm thankful for HEAT!

Today I am thankful that I can afford to heat my house, and my water! The Craft family loves there long HOT showers and a nice warm house. I think that I love the long hot showers so much because growing up in my house you had to turn off the water to lather, shampoo, condition, and shave. You could only have the water on to get wet and rinse! I hated that so much..My parents still do this! So I do believe I'm making up for lost shower time!
I am grateful for a heated house, we just had our second snowfall of the season and man it's cold outside! This is a luxury that can be taken away very easily, so today I am thankful for HEAT!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day 14, I'm thankful for my Church

Recently we started going to a new church. We are still close to home but it's a lot smaller than the one we have been attending for the last year or so. We decided to try this church out because a couple of people Roger works with recommended it, I knew a great Christian family that attended and Tanner had done several VBS events at this church.
A couple months back we walked in to register the kids in there class and we were approached by a nice gentlemen and got to talking. We talked for about 10 min. Nice guy, I was impressed so far!  We took the kids to class and then went to the sanctuary for the service. I of course love to sing, so we joined in and when the Pastor walked up...it was the man we were talking to in the lobby! I couldn't believe that the pastor hangs out in the lobby and talks with all the attendees. I was sold at this point. I enjoyed the services every Sunday and so have the boys.
 I am so thrilled I found a church that I love. I hope that in 1 year I won't be looking for another one or going back to the old one. But anyway today I am thankful for my Church, you are a blessing to me and my family.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 13, Thankful for my Mom

Today I am thankful for my Mom. My mom is an amazing and friendly person. My mom always listens to me tell stories, complain whatever it is with open ears and responds and gives great advice. I think we have such a wonderful relationship is because she doesn't live in CO. I do think though that if she lived closer we would definitely fight. But it would be nice to have someone go hiking, and many more things with besides just my friends and kids.
My mom gives her time to so many others and never expects things in return.
My kids absolutely adore Nana too!
Today I am thankful for my Mom. We love you!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Big Green tractor

I found this online. This is performed by Scott Chavez from WA. I went to elementary school with him and his sister. I still keep in touch with Mandy through the wonderful facebook and was just amazed at how talented her brother is. Even though it's hard to understand all the words, I like the song.
Great job Scott!

Day 12, I'm thankful for TV

I hate to say it but I am thankful for TV. I don't watch much but I have at least 1 show a day that I love.
Monday: Gossip Girl and rerun of Real Housewives that I miss on Sunday's
Tuesday: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or nothing, I usually read and go to bed early
Wed: MTV Challenge
Thur: Grey's Anatomy and occasionally Private Practice
Fri: usually nothing, but if bored I watch dateline or something mystery
Sat: a movie or nothing
Sunday: Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters
I try really hard not to miss any Real Housewives episodes, I live for those! I think Reality TV is the best entertainment!
My kids are purely entertained by TV when I am busy or just need quiet time! So today thank you for inventing TV and shows to entertain us.

Here's Dylan reading a book, but I think he did more watching TV. (taken a while ago, look at that long hair)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 11, I'm thankful for my Dad (& all veterens)

Today I am thankful for my Dad, whom served in Vietnam War. Today is a special day for him and so many others. My Dad suffered a lot being in Vietnam War at age 18ish. He watched many dear friends die. My Dad also suffers today from being in the war, but I won't get into that. We just don't have a clue how much they did for our country.
So today I am thankful for Robert Luis Sisk for serving our country and for being my Dad and a great grandpa to my children! We love you!

 My dad at his rec center taking a break from playing with the boys.
My dad teaching Dylan how to swim.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 10, I'm thankful for my car

Today I'm thankful for owning a car. I bought my car several years ago brand new! They had it driven to me from Longmont, it was the hardest waiting game. I had always wanted a Jetta since I was in High School but the insurance my parents didn't want to pay and neither did I. I got my Jetta and unfortunately I haven't enjoyed it all that much. I got a stick shift and I wish I didn't, I just wanted to feel the speed :)  I practically live in my car from the time I wake up until dinner, sometimes later. I drive the boys to school 3 times a day, the light rail 2 times a day and all my errands. Plus all my kids and husband errands! I do get very sick of being in the car and on some days during the weekend I refuse to get it at all. I walk that day or don't leave at all. If I didn't have a car our family would be screwed!
So today I am thankful that I have been blessed with a good car!

I do plan on getting rid of this thing THIS YEAR! I plan on looking during the breaks and when my husband is off work.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 9, I'm Thankful for my friends

I am thankful to have amazing friends! 2 friends come to mind first LC and Beks, they have been my best friends since 6th grade! I love them so much, we have seen each other grow, attend middle school, high school, college, marriage, kids and has also survived me moving several states away. LC and I email and text regularly, and there hasn't been 1 visit that I haven't gone home to visit and I not see them. Even when LC comes to visit her family in CO, we try and make a visit. That makes us friends for over 20 amazing years!
Here in CO I have several amazing friends too, Nancy, Aimee, Annie, Lisa and many more and I Cherish these growing friendships and hope they last just as long as my Seattle besties do.
I have had a few friends come and go, and some return again, I am just so thankful that I have supporting, wonderful friends!

*If I didn't mention your name I still love you. I'm a little distracted trying to figure out if it's just rain or if it's actually snowing right now.
Also I really really wish I had pictures of LC and I but again that's on my broken computer..UUGGGG!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 8, I'm thankful for being creative

OK, my big reveal! I have been saving this post for a while and I'm so excited to finally share it. I have been collecting wine corks for a long time now. I didn't really know what I was going to do with them but felt a need to keep them.
So I decided to make a wine cork wreath! I have it hanging in our formal living room. I love the way it turned out!
You can learn how to make your own here or they are available for purchase through emailing me. More projects coming soon!

Wine Cork Wreath

I was collecting wine corks for the longest time really wanting to do something with them. Roger then came home one day with a box of them from work. He had been saving them too. Now I really needed to come up with something. I googled and went to craft stores and finally came up with a few ideas! My first project is the Wine Cork Wreath!

What you will need:
Hot glue and glue gun
colored ribbon, optional fake fruit, twigs,whatever you want
1 wreath ring {straw or foam is fine}
You will need a large supply of wine corks, all different kinds are better. Keep in mind you will want to keep the really cool ones or corks that are have sentiment set aside for later!
If you have corks that are of sentiment you can also add the date on so that you will always remember the date you drank that special bottle of wine!
When you are all ready with the supplies sit somewhere and get comfortable.
When your glue gun is hot grab your cork and put a line or dots of glue on one side of the cork that will be attached to the wreath. See below
Glue corks in a row as evenly as possible around the entire wreath. I suggest you start on the inside first and work your way out in rows. You will need to put a few horizontal due to them not all fitting. See my Foxbrook and stone cellars corks below:

Once you have your entire wreath lined with corks, go ahead and grab your special corks you set aside and start gluing them randomly all over (not straight and leave room for your ribbon!) You can have them close together or far apart. It's your wreath and you make it unique!
When you have all your corks on the wreath, leave to dry. Be careful they can come off easily. When you are ready add your ribbon with a pretty bow and hang! You can hang it inside on the wall like I have or on your door, in your kitchen on display whatever but show it off!
I cannot wait until I have people over to see my project. I love it :)
Here's mine in my front room!

I am also thinking of making new project with my corks so keep coming back for more ideas. I am also willing to sell my wreaths if you don't have time to make your own.

Day 7, I'm Thankful for my home

I am thankful that I have a place to call home. I have been in our current home for 5 1/2 years! This has been a long time for me. When I was growing up we moved around every 3 years or so. I swore I wouldn't do that to my kids. We have made several renovations throughout the years which keeps us loving the home. We have many more in the books.
I am thankful we can afford such a wonderful home in a great neighborhood, while others cannot even afford a small apartment for their families.

* I would put up a picture of my home but it's on a different computer that doesn't work anymore :(

Day 6 I'm thankful for being able to cook/ Lasagna Recipe

I am thankful I know how to cook and bake. I love food some would say I'm a foodie. I can sometimes create a dish and it turn out pretty good. Sometimes I take a traditional recipe and change it up a bit. Like this Lasagna. I needed to use up some veggies I had in fridge and Lasagna was on the menu. So I added them to my sauce.
Lasagna Ingredients:
I always buy 1 box Barilla no bake lasagna noodles
1 16oz. Ricotta Cheese part skim
3 cups mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb. ground beef/turkey or Italian sausage ( I use ground turkey)
2 jars marinara sauce
celery ....all of these to taste

Preheat oven to 375, spray 13 x 9 pan with non-stick spray. In Medium bowl, beat eggs. Stir in ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella and the Parmesan.
In medium sauce pan warm olive oil, when warm add diced onion, carrot and celery. Once a bit soft add these veggies to your marinara sauce.

To assemble:
When layering lasagna, slightly overlap sheets. Lasagna will expand to the edges during cooking.
1. Spread bottom of pan with sauce
2. Layer 4 uncooked sheets, 1/3 of ricotta mixture, half browned meat, 1 cup of mozzarella and 1 cup sauce
3. Layer 4 uncooked sheets, 1/3 ricotta mixture and 1 1/2 cup sauce
4. Layer uncooked sheets, remaining ricotta mixture, remaining meet and sauce
5. layer remaining 1 cup mozzarella on top.
**I also used a mixture of Italian cheeses on top to add a little flavor.
My kids do not usually like lasagna and this night they ate all of it. I also make my own marinara.

Buy a store brand tomato sauce.
In large pot warm up sauce and add a bunch of seasonings like:
Garlic minced
all to taste. I also add cooked ground turkey to half my sauce.
Once it's all infused together divide into freezer safe Tupperware. I freeze them for enough for 4 people.

Happy Cooking!
If you end up making my lasagna let me know how it turns out.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Day 5, I'm Thankful for Coffee!

I have to say I love coffee. I love all kinds of coffee, but my daily cup is just a drip coffee from my own kitchen brewed bright and early in the dark. I have early mornings and let me tell you it's been hard to get motivated these days when it's 7am and dark outside. But that first smell of coffee gets my heart going just a bit. Then that first sip of hot delicious (most of the time) coffee at least gets me to make breakfast for the boys.
Last week we had this coffee blend made in New Orleans. Short story when we were there last year we went to the famous cafe and had coffee and it was amazing. I thought they really know what they are doing. Who needs Columbia beans? WE DO! This blend I got sucked! If it didn't cost a fortune I would of tossed it. Now we are onto trying Maxwell house, not a big fan unless it has cream and lots of sugar in it. I may have to stick with plain ol' Folgers, they really know what they are doing.
When I have a few dollars in my wallet, usually given to me on Sunday's from Roger's Saturday night tip money I do head on over to the local Starbucks and splurge! My favorite is the Caramel Macchiatto, but I do like the white chocolate mocha and now that it's the holiday's I'm dying for an Egg Nog Latte! Just last Sunday morning the boys and I got on our running shoes and walked to the local Starbucks for a hot cup of Joe and hot chocolates. I thoroughly enjoyed that coffee and that walk!
As much as I love coffee, here's the weird thing....I only take about 6 sips and I'm good. I cannot drink and entire cup. I have my tall Starbucks plastic mug with lid, I fill it to the top no fail every morning and I take a few sips, carry it around and don't drink any more of it. I end up dumping it out after a few hours. When I buy an actual tall Starbucks latte sometimes I can finish it, sometimes it last me 2 mornings. I know I'm weird.
So Coffee I am thankful for you!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fall Decor

One thing I love about Fall and Thanksgiving is I get to bring out my table decor. I have silver chargers down with a leaf plate. It fits a perfect piece of pumpkin pie! I then have brown napkins sitting between the leaf and my adorable Pumpkin bowls with lids. I made a very tasty baked potato soup last fall and filled them up topped them off with bacon bits and cheese...delish! I also just want to add that the brown napkins were used as part of my centerpieces from my wedding! I finally found a use for them! I just need to entertain so that people can actually see and use my wonderful fall table decor.

I'm Thankful for Day #4= My Family

Today I am thankful for my husband, today is our 4 year wedding anniversary! We have been together for 7 almost 8 years. We have 2 very handsome boys and a large home in a great community. I am thankful for my boys, they keep me on my toes at all times. I get such joy watching them grow up. Oh how I miss them being babies but even today at 7 and 5 they do the funniest things.
Last night in the car ride home Mr. T says turn up the radio and D just starts singing the song! Husband and I sat quietly smiling just listening to D. We had no idea he knew the song, he usually talks so much how could he possibly know words to a song. At that moment I had wished I had a video camera.
This morning T, tells daddy that he has to make breakfast, I ask why he says that. I always do coffee, breakfast and pack lunches in the morning. T says, mommy you need a break you do everything, and today you should stay in bed a little longer. My heart melted, he's going to make a great husband someday! I also enjoyed it a tiny bit when T told daddy that he shouldn't be in front of the TV so much and stop being lazy. T got in trouble for "talking back" but like I said I enjoyed it because he just loves his momma! But I guess I have to watch what I say ;) But if this is as bad as it gets, I'm OK with that.
I love my family and I feel so blessed to have them!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Halloween Sugar cookies

My mom sent the boys some Halloween shaped cookies cutters, so naturally I decided to make sugar cookies. I decided I wanted to try and make royal icing and decorate these cookies.
I have never made or used royal icing (do not forget this while seeing the pics). I did my best!

 1st I didn't use the right bowl, then I just kept adding sugar to make it thick. I just didn't know how to do any of it really.
 The ghosts turned out fine, I even like my pumpkins but the black was a nightmare to make and then I had to stack my cookies and they stuck together. Then to make the details on the pots the royal icing was way to thin and runny. I was in a huge hurry to take them to brunch.
My brooms are OK. I already have my fall cookies planned out. I went out and spent a fortune on Meringue powder, so the next round should work!

# 3 I'm thankful for good MUSIC!

I love music, all kinds of music! I listen to music all the time and love finding songs that just make you rock your heart out. It's really hard for me to not sing when I'm listening to music on my ipod working out. Sometimes I just have to lip sync while running at the gym, but I don't care!
One song I heard playing on a commercial the other day just had me singing and didn't want it to end. I was reading and taking notes so I had to jot down the words so I wouldn't forget to blog about it.  Here is the info:
Merrilee Rush (January 26, 1944 in Seattle, Washington) is an American singer, best known for her recording of the song "Angel of the Morning", a Top 10 song which earned her a Grammy nomination for Female Vocalist Of The Year in 1968.

The song "Angel of the Morning" was written and composed by the songwriter Chip Taylor (né James Wesley Voight, the younger brother of the actor Jon Voight and the uncle of the actress Angelina Jolie). Taylor had also written and composed "Wild Thing," a hit for The Troggs in 1966, and "I Can't Let Go," a hit for The Hollies in the United Kingdom. Rush's recording of "Angel of the Morning" was featured prominently in the movie, Girl, Interrupted, for which Jolie won an Academy Award. "Angel of the Morning" has also been featured in the major motion pictures Jerry Maguire and Fingers starring Harvey Keitel.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

30 Days of Thankfulness- Day 1 & 2

I read quit a few blogs each day, some I check a few times a day they are so good. But today after seeing several blogs with the topic 30 days of thankfulness I had to jump on the band wagon. I'm curious to see how many things we have in common.
Since I missed yesterday this blog will have 2 things I'm thankful for. 1st is I'm thankful for being healthy and able to go workout at the gym as much as I want.

And some day I hope to look as good as Marilyn and workout in a bikini..No I won't that's another Gym no no

The second thing I am thankful for is really good books! I love to read. I read at every spare moment during the day and at bed time. If it's really good sometimes I'll read at red lights, well at least I did with Twilight series.

There is nothing better than reading books while cozy in a warm blanket on a dark, rainy days !!!
If you have a blog that you are also doing the Thankfulness challenge leave a comment so I can stop by and read it! If you don't blog but are thankful for something anyway leave me a comment! Cannot wait to read them. Happy November!