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Ready for Christmas!!

Woo Hoo, we are READY for Christmas!! Hubby and I went on Monday and finished up the last of the shopping that we needed to do to get the rest of the kids presents together. Monday night we had our Girl Scout Meeting where we did Christmas Crafts and that was a total BLAST!! We learned how to make bath salts, the girls made the Polar Express Bell, the made candy cane rudolph reindeer’s, a couple of orniments for the tree, and a Santa made out of a Baby food jar to put the bath salts in. If you would like to see the baby food jar Santa you can see it HERE. When I was a Girl Scout 30 years ago we had made a similar project that we put Christmas candy in. Who would have thought ┬áthat I would be making a similar project with my daughter all these years later. I am looking forward to more crafts to do with our Girl Scouts through this next year, they seem to have the attention span and focus to allow us to do some great crafts this year.

I became a member of Pinterest over the last couple of weeks, and WOW!! With all the great things that are posted in that group and on the linked blogs there will be no shortage of crafts and recipes to try out!! And speaking of recipes…..one of the last things that we had to do to get ready for Christmas was to make Christmas Cookies and yesterday we went over to my sister’s house for out annual Christmas Cookie making session. This is a big deal for us, you see because when we did this with my Mom it used to be an all day event. Mom used to make several batches of the dough and she would cook while we would all decorate. It usually took us about 6 to 8 hours when my Mom was alive. Now when my sister and I get together we do a somewhat condensed session. My kids will usually only decorate for a little over an hour before they get tired and just want to play. I am usually impressed that they will work for that long. Generally we end up with 75-100 cookies anyway. This year I decided to take some pictures of the process. By the time we got there my sister had the cookie dough ready to start cutting…..so the pictures start from there.

After the dough is rolled out, each cookie is carefully cut out…..lol…..

Cookies before they go into the oven….

Coloring the icing….

Almost ready to start decorating…..just have to cool off….

The table is ready…..we cover the table in paper to make clean up easier….

The kids get to work….. they are doing a GREAT job…..

The finished product!!

And the recipe if you would like it:


Carole’s Holiday Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 3/4 cup (scant) flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
5 tablespoons orange juice
grated rind of one orange

Cream together butter and sugar, blend in egg. Sift together flour and baking powder. Add flour mix alternately with orange juice. Stir in orange rind. Chill dough. Roll out, cut and arrange on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 min.

(We have modified this recipe to use orange juice concentrate instead of orange juice. It gives a better flavor. So you would use 5 tbsp orange juice concentrate instead of just orange juice)


6 tablespoons butter or margarine
4 1/2 – 4 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cream all ingredients together until smooth (you may want to use a blender). Seperate into different bowls and mix in food coloring choices.

Enjoy, hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

I may try to do a bit more cooking in the next couple of days. I have found a breakfast pizza to make for Christmas morning for the kids, hubby wants a jalapeno, sausage and egg casserole for breakfast so I will be making that for him. Looking forward to seeing the kids faces in 2 days, I hope I remember to take pictures….lol.

Until next time…..


Fall Ball and Girl Scouts….oh my

Well, our Girl Scout troop met through the summer but we are gearing up to full time now and meeting every week. Our girls transitioned from Brownies last year to Juniors this year and we want to get so much more done. Over the summer we made a trip to Sea World which the girls paid for with the proceeds they made with their cookie sales. It was pretty cool, we stayed at a KOA camp and they got to have their first “camping” experience together in cabins. While at Sea World they ended up getting a private experience with the dolphins which was AWESOME!! Here is all the girls with one of the dolphins (along with a few other people who were making the most of our experience)….


They also got to push the dolphin back into the pool area. The girls really enjoyed this experience, they also loved Shamoo, and the Sea Lion Show. We had a few girls that rode one of the roller coaster rides, and we got around to a few of the other rides. We also did a few educational experiences to round everything out. The greatest thing about this trip is that along with a few other little tasks after we got back, the girls will get a patch from this trip for their Junior Vests.

Fall Ball started two weeks ago, with our first game being last week. I can’t tell you if we won or lost, I’m not sure if anyone knows or kept score. Fall Ball around here is about developing mechanics and techniques, but they do get to play games every week. So of course I had to take some pic’s of my little super-star as he played 1st base for the first time. He also got a turn at the pitchers mound but since it’s t-ball….well, you know. He’s having a blast wherever he plays just as long as he gets to play.

First tag-out….

At the pitchers mound…..

His first in the park home run…..no really!! The ball went over the infield then rolled to the fence. The other team actually did get the ball all the way back to home plate but none of the other players picked it up and tagged my boy as he crossed home plate…..HOME RUN!!

Good Game……Good Game!!

Next game is tomorrow, so more photo’s to take tomorrow. I guess I have failed at my Project 52 Challenges. Hopefully I can get back into those soon…..if I can locate more time in the day…..

Until next time….