Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fat Man in a Fiat

So it's time again for Show Us Your Life over at Kelly's Korner. This week's theme is "Show Us Your Favorite Christmas Traditions." Ever since I was a kid, my parents hosted a neighborhood Santa party every year. All the neighborhood kids would gather in our garage for cookies while we waited for Santa to arrive...usually in my uncle's convertible Fiat :) Then, we'd all take turns sitting on his lap and telling him that we've been "a good boy or girl" and rattling off our Christmas lists. We'd each receive a candy cane and a photo with Santa.

Once we were grown and out of the house, the tradition stopped...until last year that is! With so many grandchildren, it was only natural that the tradition start again! Now it is held in my parent's basement instead of the garage...with no Fiat...and presents instead of candy canes...and yes, plenty of photos!
In the picture below, you can see that Santa is holding a list. My parents, in an effort to fool all the kids, typed up a list of personal tidbits about each grandchild. That way, when they sat on Santa's lap, he would "know" stuff about them....their likes, interests, favorite things...and most importantly, their names! There are lots of grandchildren to keep straight and our family friend Sam Morton was brave enough to fill the Santa role. The kids had a blast and we look forward to doing it again this year and for many years to come!

Another family tradition is to go to Richmond and have brunch with my husband's family. Below is a picture of the five cousins last year at brunch. Connor, Katie, Madison, Matthew, and Hayden. After we eat, we go visit Santa and yes, take pictures :)

And of course, on Christmas Eve we have to leave out our cookies and milk for Santa. And don't forget the carrots for the reindeer! This picture makes me laugh because it truly captures Matthew's personality. He is inspecting each Gingerbread Man to make sure there are no cracks or broken "limbs." :)
And among my favorite traditions is decorating for Christmas!!!! Can't wait to start that project next weekend. But I'll save those pics for another Kelly's Korner carnival :)


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Thanksgiving and Holiday Bows

Although I am still dragging my feet with putting together a real website and a real business, check this out to see my latest Thanksgiving/Christmas/Holiday bows.

Here are a couple of my favorites...(and no, I did not make this shirt. just the pigtail bows to go with it.)



Stop by my "I haven't created a website...or a business...but I have fun designing bows - especially holiday bows but can make pretty much anything" site and check out the rest! Oh, and in the meantime, tell me why you think you should win a free bow of your choice :) Or just leave any ol' comment - that qualifies you for the drawing as well :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Heaven on Earth Potatoes!!!

As you can imagine, it's quite a challenge to get all these little cousins to smile at once for the camera. Equally challenging is finding recipes that they all like to eat!

Well, over at Kelly's Korner today, we are sharing Thanksgiving recipes! I love this time of year!!!

This is one of those dishes that kids and adults both love!!! It is a perfect compliment to turkey, ham, or any main dish. And, the best thing about it - you can prepare it the day before AND it does not take up any space in the oven when you're trying to heat all of the side dishes at once. You NUKE it!

My husband and I alternate Thanksgiving and Christmas with our families each year. This year we will spend Thanksgiving with his family. Then Christmas will be spent with my family...and all the little kiddos you see in the picture above. My mother-in-law has been making this "Cheesy Potato" dish for years and I have added it to my own collection as a "Crowd Favorite!" Now I bring this to every Thanksgiving/Christmas meal with my family.

"Cheesy Potatoes"

6 Medium Baked Potatoes, unpeeled
1 stick margarine/butter
1 8 oz. bag shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 8 oz. sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 cup chopped green onions

Pierce potatoes with a fork. Do not peel!
Place in microwave on a paper towel.
Cook 20 minutes or until done and cool slightly.
Slice into quarters.
Microwave butter to melt.
Stir cheese in butter.
When cheese melts, add sour cream, salt, pepper, and onions.
Gently stir cheese mixture into potatoes; spoon into microwave safe dish. Cook uncovered on high for 7-8 minutes.

Serve!

Go Ahead and...

JUMP!

Who says playgrounds are just for kids???