Christmas Meal – A failure in instructions – Sort of

January 13th, 2019 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Recipes | No Comments »

Since I was staying home on Christmas Day with my little dogs, I decided to make a nice meal for myself.

I thought I would start off with Trader Joe’s Cinnamon roll wreath and finish off with the Trader Joe’s Cranberry Pie.

For my main meal, i was planning on having turkey & stuffing en croute from Trader Joe’s. The guy at the store told me a lot of people liked it and it was a popular item during the holidays.

So Christmas morning I woke up and after opening gifts I thought I would make the cinnamon rolls.

To my horror I discovered that I needed to PROOF the rolls over night. Damn. I resorted to the Pillsbury Pop Up cinnamon rolls in a can. Oh well.

Then I looked at the instructions on the turkey! Egads, I did not realize I needed to defrost it in the fridge for 24 hours. TWENTY FOUR hours. What the heck.

I decided to just thaw it out on the counter. The house was cold but warmer than the fridge, plus it was sealed in the bag. I figured I would not get sick.

So after several hours of defrosting, I was ready to put into the oven.

It was a bit interesting but it felt thawed.

Fortunately it came out yummy.

Turkey wrapped in stuffing with a pastry shell around it. It was quite good and actually came with cranberry sauce on the side. A very good dinner considering my failure to read.

As far as what I got myself for Christmas, well, besides the instant pot, is my letterboard saying below.

Christmas Morning 2018

January 2nd, 2019 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Dogs | No Comments »

Christmas morning was a nice lazy morning. Unlike children, the dogs do not care it is Christmas Morning….until they see the toys.

Miss Olive breaking into the plastic bag

Miss Olive heard the squeak of a toy and went crazy digging into the bag. I have long since given up on wrapping the dogs gifts. A) they don’t appreciate it B) saves me money.

Miss Olive received two toys. A squirrel log with three squeaky squirrels. And a hot cocoa mug with three squeaky marshmallows.

As of today, I have no clue where the toys ended up. Probably under the bed.

Miss Penny received a new fluffy bed and a new red blanket. I need to sneak the old ones away and toss in the traash. They are so old and dirty, even after many washings.

Chilling in the new bed.

Penny was not sure, but then she got into it and relaxed. Her little face says it all.

A little video of Christmas Morning

Christmas Gifts for Co-workers

January 1st, 2019 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Crafts | No Comments »

I tend to get carried away.

As I do every year. Not sure why I do that.

Besides the Jam I made for my co-workers, I also gave them cute socks. I had a hard time figuring out how to package the socks. Then I decided to use the same type of labels that I did for the jam jars.

You can get these labels HERE

I photo shopped these to make them smaller so they would fit over socks.

I also used some candy cellophane bags I had in the drawer to package the socks.

Cute Socks ready to give. Get your own HERE

I got these cute socks at Target. They have the cutest socks out there. I especially like the Xhilaration brand. Cute as can be. I just noticed they have Valentines socks. Oh dear.

What was so cool is when I posted my socks on Instagram, Valerie McKeehan from Lily & Val, who designed the chalkboard labels made a comment about my post. How cool is that?

Of course I received a couple of gifts from co-workers and I felt awkward, so I decided to make some treat holders.

Pot Bellies from Papertrey Ink. Get Yours HERE

These super cute dies make a quick treat goodie, unless you make thirty of them like I did. I did not want to forget anyone for the holidays. So all weekend I was gluing stuff again. Big Sigh!

Reindeer Pot Bellie Die
Penguin Pot Belly
Santa Pot Belly

I am not sure which one I think is cuter! I have to admit I am glad that is all over with. I will try not to do that again.

Autumn Bucket List – Make Jam (now Christmas)

January 1st, 2019 klwade Posted in Bucket List | No Comments »

I had added onto my bucket list to make Jam for the peeps at work.

I have this nifty Fresh Tech Jam/Jelly Maker that makes the stirring part super easy. I have used it a couple of times and it could not be easier.

Jam Maker in Action

Here is a little video that shows you how super easy it is.

The hardest part is the sterilizing the jars and doing the water bath. I am wondering if I can do that in my instapot. Must research that.

Steaming up with Strawberry Jam
Starting to heat up the water bath

Since I wanted to decorate the lids with those damn cute labels from Lily and Val, she only had Strawberry and Raspberry jam labels. Since you can use frozen fruit I was really hoping to find frozen raspberries but no luck so I spent a small fortune on the fresh raspberries.

Find these labels HERE

So after two days of messy jars and jam juice, I had the mason jars ready to decorate.

See the Cute Jam Labels

I really struggled on how to decorate the jars. Originally I was going to put a fabric cover on the jam but never got around to ordering the fabric liked.

Then I thought I would add some Tim Holtz doo dads on the package. I was shocked to discover I had NO Christmas doo-dads. I need to fixed that ASAP.

I did find that I had some little bitty crocheted strawberries that I got on ebay a million years ago. I finally found a use for them.

Cute Crocheted Strawberrys

I did find some simple tags from Tim Holtz that I tied on with bakers twine and ribbon.

Cute jars!

The jam was a huge success. Even Grumpy Pants in the office told me that he really liked the jam and he thought I should make jam and sell it. He said he definitely would buy it. LOL

Jars all ready to go!

I would like to try some other options like vanilla strawberry, or strawberry lavender. We shall see since it has been a few years since I did this before, it might take a few years more for me to make the next batch.

At least I got another bucket list item taken off the list.

Christmas Card Making – 2018

January 1st, 2019 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, Crafts | No Comments »

For the last few years I have made my Christmas Cards instead of buying them. Not sure what prompted that change. Maybe I had more time, maybe I could not find cards I like, maybe I am just plum crazy.

Tell-Tale signs of cards to come.

This year I snagged the card design from Cathy Z using Honey Bee Stamps. I also did my cards last year from Honey Bee Stamps.

Tray after tray of snowman cards!

Although these cards were easy to make I had to glue a million little letters and pieces together.

Of course I was late mailing my cards again. Like every year!

Some of the Snowman Styles

I decided this year to decorate the envelopes as well. I used my new Maltese Return Address Stamp on the card. It looks like Ms. Olive.

For the inside of the card I used a Tim Holtz Christmas Stamp that I had found in my stash. Thought it would work perfectly.

And then on the back I have my Handmade by ShinyTinFoil.com stamp. I just ordered it on Etsy and the dear woman mailed it within one day. It is adorable and I will have to order one with my name versus my brand.

And the final piece is the envelope. The bunnies come from the same Stamp Set.

However the thrill of it all, is that once I posted it on Instagram, Honey Bee Stamps reposted it. I received over 600 likes and got some new followers on Instagram! Yahoo!


Honey Bee Stamps on Instagram – 613 Likes YAHOO!!!

I mailed off the stamps and the some peeps let me know they got theirs. No returns in the mail (as of yet).

Until next year.

I really need to get started sooner. LOL.

Adding to the Simon Says Anything Goes Contest!

Autumn is Here! Finally

December 26th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Outdoor | No Comments »

It seems to take forever for Autumn to show up in Southern California. Here it is in December and I noticed the neighbors trees had finally turned golden.

Golden Autumn Leaves

When I drive to work I drive down a street that has beautiful trees that turn golden and red with a touch of light green. And for a brief moment I have Autumn. I love the feeling. I tell myself I simply must move somewhere that actually has autumn. And an Autumn that happens in November and not December.

Autumn here only lasts for a few weeks before the trees are bare, and winter is here. On this particular day all the trees had turned golden. I marveled on the drive home how pretty all the trees where. When I parked my car, I looked up and noticed the glory of the golden leaves I just had to capture it, if only to remember Autumn for more than a week.

Autumn Bucket List – Bath Time

December 25th, 2018 klwade Posted in Bucket List | No Comments »

I have been so busy I have not had to time to blog my continued Autumn Bucket List. On my list I said I would have an Autumn Inspired Home Spa Day!

A pumpkin spa day!

It was the first time I have bought a bath bomb from Lush. So much fun and glitter! I was smelling good after a good relaxing soak!

Autumn Bucket List – Drink Apple Cider

November 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Recipes | No Comments »

It was cold…. it rained that night…..

I wanted HOT apple cider….

I did not have any….

I went to Starbucks….

A picture of a Starbucks cup is boring….

So I added the picture of the cup on a nice table with apple floral display.

So since this post is rather boring, I thought I would add a recipe for Starbucks Copycat Apple Cider Recipe.

 

I snagged this from www.momsneedtoknow.com  Click on the recipe to go to her website.

I think I need to make sure of this…..  I just need apple juice.  YUM

Autumn Bucket List – Take photos of Dogs in Autumn Scenes

November 23rd, 2018 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Dogs | No Comments »

Well after the painful photo shoot with the dogs and their scarfs, I decided to get creative and Photoshop the spoiled little goobers into autumn scenes.

Here they are hanging out with some crows and a scarecrow.

Sitting in the middle of a beautiful Autumn Road.

The girls on some Autumn steps.

The girls seem to get around.

And finally individual shots in a pumpkin patch.

and Olive.

Before you know it, they will be in Paris.  LOL

Autumn Bucket List – Add Autumn Bedding

November 22nd, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Bucket List, Home Decor | No Comments »

I think I forgot to add this onto the blog.   I posted to Instagram but forgot to post here.

I found this cute little cover from a catalog called Lakeside Collection.

Here is my bed.  It threw a pumpkin decorative pillow on to make it complete.

It is a thin cover but surprising that the print is on both sides and came with the two pillow shams.  A great deal for $35 bucks for a King-Sized item.  The pattern is so cute.  I think it was worth it.

Click on the picture to take your self to the website.