Santa made my daughter cry

Last year at Christmas, my daughter was only a couple of months old.  At that age, she knew what was going on about as much as a kitchen sponge.  Basically, she slept through her pictures with Santa.

This year…totally different.

This year the crying started half-way through the transfer from dad to Santa.   Not g6ood.  We didn’t buy photos and they wouldn’t let me use my own camera.

Sadly, we are going to subject her to Santa again as I want the picture for memories.  I’m such a good mom.

November 30, 2009. Daily Photo, Holiday Junk and Stuff, Photos. 2 comments.

Thanksgiving Turkey Decorations!

I like making things and pretending that I made them with my daughter.  She is only 13 months old so that doesn’t happen but I made sure to make it LOOK like she helped…

This is my Thanksgiving turkey banner.  I don’t have any Thanksgiving decorations so I decided this would be a cute one and it cost under $20.  I bought everything I needed at Michaels and if you are smart, you can find a coupon somewhere.  Here are the steps:

1.  Gather all your supplies:

  • Felt in the colors you want
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Paper and Pencil to draw out stensils
  • Ribbon
  • Dowel
  • Googley eyes

2.  Draw out the feathers and letters and cut them out of the felt.

3.  Cut the banner to the shape you want it to be.  *I folded over all the edges and hot glued them together to make the banner double thickness.

4.  Arrange the letters and turkey on the banner.

5.  Hot glue the individual pieces to the banner.

6.  I then cut holes along the sides of the banner to string the ribbon through.  It was time consuming but turned out nice.

7.  Cut the dowel, if needed, to the size you want.

8.  Attach the ribbon at the length you want.  *I hot glued the ribbon to the dowel so it didn’t slip when hanging.

Hang in your home!

November 18, 2009. Daily Photo, Holiday Junk and Stuff, Lists, Photos. 2 comments.

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies!

These are really easy cookies and they are a ton of fun to make with your kids!  While I wouldn’t suggest your little ones do the stove work, I would suggest they put together the wings, feet, eyes and beak!  I found a delicious recipe for No-Bake Cookies on All Recipes’ website.  I picked this one because, although I have one of my own, they never turn out thick enough to make a turkey.  This one called for marshmallows and, as some of you know, that is one of my favorite foods!

Recipe:

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup butter
16 large marshmallows
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flaked coconut
2 cups rolled oats

Step 1: In the top half of a double boiler*, melt the chocolate chips, marshmallows and butter on low heat.  Stir until they are smooth.

Step 2: Remove from heat and add peanut butter, oatmeal, vanilla extract and coconut.

Step 3: Use an ice cream scoop and place one scoop full of cookie on waxed paper.  Shape with a spoon if needed.

Step 4: Add a small dot of cookie at the top and shape to form a neck.

Step 5: Use Swedish Fish as the tail feathers.  If you cut the tails off the fish, you can use them as the feet of the turkey.  I suggest sticking the Swedish Fish into the body of the turkey so that they down fall off when you remove the turkeys from the wax paper.

Step 6: Place cookies in the refrigerator for approximately 30-45 minutes.

Step 7: Take them out of the fridge and place a dot for eyes and a larger dot for the beak on the face of the turkey**.

*I used two pots, one on top of the other, since I don’t own a double boiler.

**I used white gel icing for the eyes and orange icing with a wide mouth tip for the beak.

Voila!  You have turkey cookies!

November 10, 2009. Holiday Junk and Stuff, Photos, Recipes. 2 comments.