Monday, October 25, 2010

Little Balls of Heaven

I'm not much of a baker...but around Christmas time I always find some bits of domestic-ness within to make the Christmas season a little more delicious. One of the favorites for myself and many others are the Peanut Butter Balls that I make every year...SO GOOD!   So given that I don't know how I'll be feeling in a month...I got at finishing these off early and Saturday morning was spent mixing, balling, and dipping away. And after limiting myself to sampling only one!!!....120 of them are in the freezer waiting to be eaten, given away, and shared at parties...bring on Christmas!

There are many different variations of this recipe but I keep it simple...
mix PB, icing sugar, butter, and vanilla
roll into balls
freeze for a half hour or so(then they don't get mushy as you dip them in hot chocolate
Melt the chocolate(semi-sweet choc chips for me) 2 cups with 1/3 cup of parawax
Dip away and put on wax sheet to dry

DONE!! Couple of hours later you are left with little bits of deliciousness...

What is your favorite Christmas treat??


Monday, October 25, 2010

I have a little belly....

oh, and I swear I don't look this tired in person all the time! Only in the pictures I share for the world to see apparently. I blame the photographer.  But there is definitely a little baby growing in there. For some reason I am still carrying really high, I've dumbfounded the midwife...but all other measurements are perfect so we aren't worrying about it.  And it means I'm still wearing my regular jeans...couldn't be happier:)

That's all for now...


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Christmas in....October??

So let me tell you something...I love everything about it. I love shopping for Christmas, wrapping presents, Christmas baking, my new nativity seen which is BEAUTIFUL, decorating the house, cutting our own tree and decorating it each year.....EVERYTHING! Its a beautiful season and each year I try to start it early. By the time Thanksgiving passes, and since Halloween hasn't been very big since we don't have kids(yet) and live in an apartment with no trick or treaters, I am ready to Christmas-ify(?) everything in the house. 

Well, this year I'll distract myself with baby-ing everything in the house first when my mom comes to visit in a few weeks.  BUT  when I saw Mandi over at Tidbits from the Tremaynes do this little craft I thought, I have crappy frames sitting around...looks like fun! So I tried some out....I don't have pictures for them yet and I want to finish off the edges but still... so Christmas-y...I love it!  But seriously take a look at hers cuz she has THE cutest kids in hers....LOVE!

Here's the new christmas frames!

How did this happen? Super easy, mix some white glue and water equal parts, cut the scrapbook paper to fit and glue it on.  I do one coat underneath and let it dry before doing a few top coats. And after the paper is on I used an exacto knife to make it fit a bit more precise. Simple as that. 

Definitely taking a pic at the first snowfall to go in these babies:)


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Car Seat and Stroller? Check!

Yup, in the last two weeks we got another couple big things on our checklist done!

First, a friend told us that the city mini was on for a great deal of 110 dollars at a liquidation place in TO...they were wrong. BUT in fact the Baby Jogger City Micro WAS there for 100 dollars. So after some quick research to see the difference between the two, we decided it would work and we went for it...soooo


The wheels are a bit smaller and the recline is not as full as the city mini but overall we are happy with our choice. And the colors to choose from our just fun:)

Since we are due in February we figure we won't be going out with the baby in the stroller in the first few months anyways, so all the features should work great.

Here are the features:
  • Patented Quick-Fold Technology - allows you to fold your stroller in one simple step
  • Swivel front wheel for precise maneuverability can lock into place for long distance strolling
  • 8" rear and 6" front quick-release EVA wheels with sealed ball bearings
  • Patented universal accessory mounting bracket – accessorize your stroller with ease
  • One-step adjustable reclining seat
  • 2 Position sun canopy with clear view window
  • Rounded handlebar for pushing comfort
  • Front wheel suspension provides a smooth comfortable ride
  • Seat back storage compartment
  • Under seat storage basket
  • Adjustable five-point safety harness
  • Rear parking brake
  • Fold strap to keep stroller folded for transportation or storage
  • 50 lb. weight capacity on stroller

And secondly...because my in-laws are AWESOME...they bought us our first carseat!  So in the mail in the next few days we should receive the Britax Marathon for our little one.

The car seat boasts these: 
  • Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether® features a staged-release tether webbing to slow the forward movement, reducing the crash forces reaching the child, and a two-point attachment to minimize forward rotation while anchoring the top of the child seat
  • Premium Lower LATCH Connectors for a quick and simple installation featuring a push button for easy release
  • Built-in Lock-Offs ensure a snug lap and shoulder belt installation with minimal effort
  • Harness Ultra Guard System (HUGS™) provides resistance to forward movement in the event of a crash
  • Rear and Forward Facing Recline for child comfort and positioning
  • Convenient Harness Holders keep harness straps out of the way when placing your child in the car seat
  • Small Contoured Base ensures a tight installation in all types of vehicles
  • Energy-Absorbing Foam Liner (EPS) absorbs and distributes crash forces
  • High Density Comfort Foam provides an extra layer of padding to gently cushion your child
  • Front Harness Adjuster provides effortless front adjustment when loosening the harness system
  • Plush, Premium Cover Set with matching belly pad provides extra comfort
  • Energy-Absorbing Base deforms in the event of a crash to absorb impact forces
  • Certified for Aircraft Travel

So now if we don't ever get that crib up and can just sleep in the car seat;)  

A successful couple of weeks for us! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

A New Thanksgiving Tradition

Do you have a yearly tradition of carving your pumpkins in the fall?  We never did growing up but this year we hosted hubby's family for Thanksgiving dinner and asked them all to bring a pumpkin to start a new tradition of carving pumpkins together....and it was a lot of fun!

We stopped and picked up some carving tools which came with 12 different stencils to choose from, some scary and some funny.  Then we all sat down and after emptying out the pumpkins and about an hour of fun, we were left with these!

And hubby with his pride and joy, he had the most fun carving I think...but it really was fun and hopefully these beauties will last til Halloween on our porch!

Friday, October 08, 2010

A little Autumn Fun:)

The other night I was inspired by all the little sayings for autumn, fall or halloween so I went and found my yellow frame from the closet and threw together a little something for hosting Thanksgiving tomorrow:)

So easy, take a piece of cardstock, and arrange as you like with your saying on top of in frame...voila!!! Fun right:)  Added with some fall candle house feels very thanksgiving-y...

And soon I'll be able to show you our new high chair...unfortunately I forgot my camera to show hubby being very handy and using a rotary saw, and fun stuff like that to make a new table for it yesterday at work...with a little help fromt he guy who does all the handy wood stuff at his work, for a free high chair, I'm pretty to come! Its old school wooden which is awesome!

Alright, all you Canadians, have a wonderful Thanksgiving....and Happy Columbus day to all you Americans!

See ya!


Friday, October 01, 2010

Thanksgiving Friday Fave:)

Thinking ahead to hosting Thanksgiving next weekend, I can't wait to decorate the centerpiece for the day!  And since I have the Friday off before, I'll have time to brainstorm and throw something together...and clean thank goodness! We really need a spring cleaning weekend before this baby grows too much more!!

Anywho, ran across this lady at You, Me and the Kid, who did a beauty of a centerpiece! So cute, take a look!

That's it for me today, Have a great weekend!


Friday, October 01, 2010


Baby DQ is growing beautifully and we got our second picture of the little one at 19.5 weeks along! Labeled it for ya too, for those who think its just looks like a bunch of blobs;)

At this view DQ gave a few kicks for us to watch to see how it is moving around in there!  So amazing just hanging out in there and looks like DQ has mastered the art of thumb sucking perhaps already:)

Hard to believe we are about halfway but there it is...Daddy is very excited and we are having fun showing everyone and sharing the gender with those who wish to know!

It has been a very fun week:) Hope you all have a great weekend!