Friday, December 19, 2014

meet our new grand......

Meet the newest addition to our little family, Allie Mae Crockett!! ��❤️

Logan & Lindsey are in love with their new addition- Allie Mae!
Can't wait to meet her! <3 <3

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blogmas 2014 Day 11-14

[Day 11]
We normally host Christmas Eve dinner and usually have a sit down dinner (ham or turkey), but occasionally, we do things a little different. Since the new theme at our house is "new traditions/change", this year's Christmas Eve dinner will be yet another thing we will do differently this year. Nathan probably won't get home until sometime on 12/24, so we decided to do a buffet of a mix of party/hearty foods & sweets instead of a sit down dinner.  Nathan made the plans and helped make the menu this year. Trust me, if Nathan makes the menu, there will be LOTS of good food involved!! Here's the list- not sure if everything will make the cut (but most probably will!)....
Christmas Eve
Spiral Ham (with Dad's homemade biscuits)
Chicken Salad
BBQ sandwiches
Sausage Balls
Shrimp Dip
Spinach Dip
Cucumber Sandwiches
L'il Smokies
Onion Dip
Fresh Fruit w/fruit dip
Veggie Tray
Christmas Punch
Egg Nog
Chritmas Morning
Baked French Toast Casserole
Christmas Day
Single Fried Oysters?
more party food!
[Day 12]
[Day 13]
I have an Advent devotional, but other than that I just mark the days off the calendar.
Of course, when the boys were growing up, we always made Chritmas rings from red/green construction paper! We always made them at home too when I was little!
12 Last Minute and Free Elf on the Shelf Ideas | Over The Big Moon
[Day 14]
I have so many, but putting up the tree each year will always be a favorite. Dad would get everything out of the attic, Mom would bake her yummy mac & cheese, and we'd turn on Christmas music {8 track Pandora Radio...} and we'd spend the evening putting up the tree. Remember the color coded branches? Well, Dad is color blind, and sometimes the tree would begin to look a bit disfigured due mixing up the colors/branches!! It always ended up though being the most beautiful tree ever! I loved pulling all the ornaments out of the box and remembering where we had gotten them or who had given them to us {I still do this every year as I unpack our collection of ornaments.}
(copied from post dated 11/29/11 on my blog)

Monday, December 15, 2014

christmas 2014 {part 1}

*Christmas 2014*
{part one}
We started our Christmas celebrating early since Logan will go back to work on December 24th! On Friday, we headed to Maryland to spend the weekend with Logan & Lindsey. We had an awesome, laid-back 3 days doing nothing but cooking, eating, watching Christmas movies, hunting, baking, talking, laughing, opening presents, more eating, and more Christmas movies....
Lindsey had to work on Friday, Logan and Peter went hunting with Logan's friend John that afternoon. Logan had killed a deer that morning, so they were hoping to get lucky again.

I stayed at the house and cooked dinner and watched a few Hallmark movies until everyone got home. The men didn't get anything that night, but Peter was hooked and was anxious to go back in the morning.
We brought some soft crabs to fry for dinner....
After dinner, we opened some gifts.
They gave Peter a float coat (which he LOVED!)

we gave them one of their gifts....
Coral Coast Monterey Wicker Cafe Dining Set - Seats 4
and I opened ALL of mine!

<3 <3 <3
Nathan sent their gift too (since he won't see them over the holiday).He gave them a restaurant gift card (and bought Bub a little something extra).
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Clark Bobble, Not Mint - Funko - National Lampoon - Bobble Heads at Entertainment Earth
They both love that movie.
We ended up watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation that night.
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
Early Saturday morning, the men went hunting and came back around 11:00. They still hadn't killed anything, but were anxious to go back in the afternoon. They took a quick nap, ran a few errands, hung a few pictures, and finished hanging the lights outside, before going back out to the field.

Lindsey did some baking while I cooked dinner.

We watched a few Hallmark movies and just hung out.

The men got home around 6:00. Peter had shot a deer, but they couldn't find it that night. They were going back early in the morning to look again.
 I cooked their favorite.....a goose dinner...YUM!

and Lemon Lush for dessert!
Lemon Lush Recipe ~ This dessert is light and creamy, with a crunchy shortbread

Logan and Lindsey invited John and his girlfriend, Courtney, to dinner. We had a good time laughing and telling stories. They are both very sweet!

After they left, Logan pulled out the Home Alone dvds...another holiday favorite!
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

On Sunday morning, the men went out to look for Peter's deer.....
and found it!!!!!
Unfortunately, the fox had too!
Peter absolutely loved deer hunting and they are already talking about having him come again next year.

We made a quick trip to Walmart, then cooked a big breakfast. 
I bought another 2014 ornament to remind us of Peter's first deer hunting trip...

The rest of the day was spent sprawled on the sofas watching football until we had to say our goodbyes and head back home.
We will see them briefly next weekend, long enough to drop off a few more gifts from Santa
(and meet the new puppy!!!!)
What a great start to our holiday! I now officially have Christmas in my bones!
Christmas Chalkboard

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blogmas 2014 - Day 10 Cookies

Normally, I focus on the hearty foods and the party foods, but I do bake a few batches of our favorite sweets.
{sweets I usually make}
Soft M&M Cookies - These M&M Cookies are fantastic.  They are insanely soft and chewy and you need to make them!
m & m cookies
Rolo Pretzel Bites ~ incredibly delicious and so simple to make!
rolo pretzel turtles
Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies... my hubby will be re-marrying me if I get this recepie right :)
chewy chocolate cookies (my fave!)
Here's one of the best homemade Reese's Cookies recipe I've ever tried! It's really easy to make and hard to mess up! This is a fail proof recipe and perfect!
Reese's easy & so good!
A classic peanut butter cookie made easier with Betty Crocker's cookie mix.
this would be a cute twist on my usual peanut butter blossoms!
{new recipes I should try}
White Chocolate Cherry Nut Fudge Recipe by Eagle Brand
this white chocolate cherry fudge looks yummy!
I once ate an entire sheet of this. And I am not ashamed.
Christmas Crack....had these at our art class last week....yum!

The Simple Woman's Day Book: December 2014

December 2014
Outside my window....
-cold & windy
I am thinking....
-all things CHRISTMAS!!
I am thankful....
-for safe travels today as the boys crew changed
In the kitchen....
-a frozen dinner for Peter and a pizza for me
I am wearing....
-jeans, grey tee, & yellow cardigan
I am looking forward to....
-spending the weekend with Lindsey & Logan
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Around the house....
-decorating is done
-finally started painting the dining chairs
Favorite quote of the day....
Dear Santa ...
One of my favorite things....
One of my favorite things about Christmas time!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blogmas 2014 - Day 8 wishlist & Day 9 winter necessities

Day 8

I posted my wishlist last week! (click on the link)

It's the most wonderful time of the year

Day 9

Candy Cane ChapStick  Why? because a whiff of peppermint naturally invigorates workouts!
Protect your skin with these top moisturizers.
{scarf & gloves}
Embroider an eye-catching flourish onto knitwear to update your winter wardrobe.

{bubble bath}
Bathroom on a budget, Small bathroom in a small condo., Bathrooms Design

What to wear on Xmas Morning. this i so cute...esp for xmas morning pics when cam is opening gifts :)

{flavored creamers}
HOMEMADE COFFEE CREAMERS ~ French Vanilla, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Chocolate Almond, Strudel, Vanilla Caramel, Chocolate Raspberry, Irish Cream, Coconut, Samoa, Peppermint Patty, Cinnamon Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice, Honey Vanilla, Almond Joy, Sweet Cream, Chocolate Orange, Hazelnut, Chocolate Hazelnut, Cinnamon Cake, Salted Caramel, Eggnog, Toasted Almond

{condensed milk}
If it’s snowing outside, make snow ice cream. | 38 Clever Christmas Food Hacks That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier
I always keep a few cans in the pantry for Snow Cream!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Blogmas 2014- Day 7 Handmade Gifts

I love, love handmade/homemade gifts! Here are a few favorites I wouldn't mind getting!

Recycle t-shirts into knitted dishcloths....I need to check this out.
love these handmade dish cloths!
(my sister used to get these for us from a lady she took care of)

DIY Christmas Photo Ornament

handmade ornaments

Gift Idea - fuzzy socks, nail polish and lotion.

gift bags (socks/polish/lotion)

Cute idea for teenagers....Nathan has a birthday next week :O)

a box of $$$$

Mom did this for the boys last year! They loved it!!

Hot Chocolate Dipping Spoons
homemade chocolate spoons
(I made these one year)

Outdoor Bird Seed Ornaments | Maker Crate

outdoor bird seed ornaments (like!!)

Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Handmade Gifts for Men

Peter would love these homemade rubs!

DIY Raspberry Lemon Body Scrub in Etched Glass Jars- Recipe + Tutorial

homemade hand/body scrubs or bath salts

DIY Calming & Detoxing Bath Salts ... everyone needs a little extra pampering, these bath salts help soothe the body + detox too. Mix up a big batch in under and hour and scratch making holiday gifts off your to-do list. | Recipes to Nourish

Plum Jam Recipe (No Peel, No Pectin!) - whether you make this recipe with 1lb of plums or 12 lbs it is excellent.  Thanks Natasha for an awesome, easy recipe!

homemade jams

Annie's City Kitchen: Chocolate Covered Pretzels

dipped pretzel rods
(I also made these)

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie in a Jar Recipe + FREE Printable Labels (Perfect Gift!)

gifts in a jar

I love thoughtful gifts! I would love to get any of the gift ideas above.

I would also be very happy if Peter surprised me with one of these.....
<3 date night in a jar

FREE Printable for a super creative gift idea: 12 Months of Pre-Planned Date Nights.  Great for Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas...or ordinary days.

Create your own "Creative Date Night Ideas" jar

12 preplanned, prepaid date nights. Cute wedding/Christmas gift!

Date Night Ideas (color coded for costs money/need planning, doesn't cost a lot, and stay at home)

I'm pretty sure it won't show up under our tree....unless....
.....maybe I've found his Christmas gift! ;O)