Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I haven't gotten around to downloading our photos from this year. Too busy hanging out at the casino eating all you can eat Alaska King Crab with my family.....
On Christmas Eve, as Shane and I were tucking Lydia into bed she reminded us that she did NOT want Santa to wake her up. "Just tell him to tip toe in the living room and leave me lollipops". That he did.
The next day she informed us that she is Mary, Daddy is Joesph, Mommy is a shepherd and Dolce (my brother's Chihuahua) is the baby Jesus. :)
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Mace Bundt Cake
(Do not preheat oven)
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature + 4 TBS for pan
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
5 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 TBS Ground Mace (found in spice section of almost any grocery store.)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Cream the one cup butter; add sugar gradually; beat until very light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time- beating well after each addition.
- Add dry ingredients to blend, add nuts
- Grease Bundt pan using 3-4 TBS butter (You REALLY want to get that pan greased up.)
Turn out immediately. Serve room temperature.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday Lydia and I arrived in Washington to see a little sift of snow frosting the ground. Hardly anything, but I thought, better than nothing. The next day it started to snow. By Wednesday we had a idyllic winter wonderland. I ecstatically called Shane with the news. "Bring warm clothes! It is freezing!" I warned. I took a walk outside to capture some of the majesty on film. For me, life doesn't get much better than the absolute silence that permeates the air after a heavy snow. The crunch of my boots, the crisp air chilling my cheeks. Total bliss. I bundled Lydia up and she ventured out for a "special treat" and began feasting on the bounty. Yum. Even I grabbed a handful and started munching. My sister Emily and I believed that if you wished hard enough that you could make the snow taste like chocolate ice cream. I swear it worked. At least when I was 7.
Today. Today is not like yesterday. We have had 19.5 inches in 24 hours. The snow just will not stop. Today the entire city is at a standstill. EVERYTHING is closed. I mean everything. The hospital, the electric company, of course the schools. The only thing I have heard is still up and running is the jail. (And the emergency room) My parents have lived here for over 30 years. They both say they have never seen a snow like this.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Since we were breaking the mold, I thought we could play around with the color scheme. Purple and silver replaced our usual red and green. I'm glad these ornaments finally made an appearance. When Shane and I first got engaged we planned on a December wedding. We eventually postponed the wedding until the next spring, but only after my mom and I purchased every lavender ornament we could get our hands on.
I'm not totally loving our new look, there is something to be said about classic tradition, but it is a fun change. Kind of romantic. In the years to come our tree will be draped with handmade macaroni ornaments and strung popcorn. Most likely all the decor will be on the bottom half of the tree, where eager little hands can reach. This year, the grown ups are still in charge. - Well, kind of. Lydia tipped two of the trees over 5 minutes after we had finished decorating. Wish I had taken a photo of the trees before that happened. :)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
For the record, that first picture isn't our Christmas card. Just a random collage I was playing around with. (Mom: to see it bigger, just click on it.)
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Had I not snapped this photo myself, I would not have believed that this was a real toy.