Friday, December 3, 2010

Cookie season is here!

  Eric started filling up the rink yesterday afternoon.  Unfortunately there was a leak and a good portion of the water drained out (and we didn’t realize it until it was too late) so the process is still ongoing.  And now its snowing again, so it will have to wait until tomorrow. 

Hopefully I will have a picture of everyone out skating for you tomorrow!DSC_2826Except for Miss Avos who prefers to be inside where it’s warm.  That and she seems to have gotten a cold.   Oh – AND she can’t skate yet.  Open-mouthed  DSC_2821 And Mux.  She probably won’t join in the skating party either.  Instead, she’ll take the opportunity to mess with the Christmas tree and try to eat ornaments.  AngryDSC_2825  Dylan and I made sugar cookies today!  I made a promise, and I had to follow through.DSC_2828  The remote for the camera had to come out again.DSC_2831  And it got covered in flour.DSC_2834  He knew just what to do!  Must be all the play dough work he does at school. WinkDSC_2837  Seriously, I don’t think that the remote is EVER going to get old.  He LOVES that thing!DSC_2848  Posing!  DSC_2849  Posing again!DSC_2852  Two posers!DSC_2855  And after I frosted the cookies, Dylan did the sprinkles.  His favorite.DSC_2860  I’m pretty sure he ate more than he put on.  I don’t know why.  They barely taste like anything! DSC_2866  And then he had to taste his work.  DSC_2870DSC_2872  This frosting dried pretty fast and was very shiny.  You can find the recipe here, if you like.  I painted it on with a pastry brush and that seemed to work well.  DSC_2874  Avery supervised the process a bit, but mostly took the opportunity to play by herself.  She has been playing with her pots and pans and making food for her babies.  Very busy little mama, she is.  DSC_2879  Ok, seriously, she looks SO cute with her hair did!  Dang it Avery!  She pulled it out 1 second after I snapped this photo. CryingDSC_2885  Poor baby.  Don’t know if her cheeks are red because of her cold or if she’s getting more teeth.  DSC_2888  And here are the finished cookies!  All set for storing.  I’m not big on sugar cookies, so hopefully I can find some takers on these.  Lingy?  You want some cookies? DSC_2890  The sugar cookie recipe we used can be found here.  Oh and for your information, Mom, they did end up being more of a crunchy cookie, so we’ll be sure to save some for ya. Wink (She doesn’t like soft cookies!  What the heck?!)  I’m guessing I must have baked them too long.  Grrrrrrr.

Well, the computer just took a 45 minute crap on me and I’m sick of sitting here.  Also, I have nothing more to say!  Soooooo see ya tomorrow!DSC_2892

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World’s Longest Post

Ready for it?  I thought so.  I don’t know how I ended up with so much to write about today!  Then again, this post is also very picture heavy, so maybe I don’t have much to say?  Pictures speak louder than words, right?  Anyway, first thing's first – I’M FAMOUS!!  Physique 57 sent out their newsletter yesterday featuring me in their very first customer testimonial feature!  I posted about it awhile back and now it has finally been sent out to all of their newsletter subscribers.  Very exciting day for me, indeed.  AND to top it off – they are sending me the new DVD set as a thank you when it is released in the next few days (well, it BETTER BE in the next few days!  I’m jonzin’ for more P57!).  I’m SO excited to get them!  Here is a link to the email if you want to see the official post.   

Dylan’s first hockey practice of the year is/was tonight.  They are there right now, actually.  So Eric had him try his stuff on the other night to make sure it all fit right.  Personally, I think he just wanted me to take pictures of D in his gear.  No big deal – I wanted to do that anyway!DSC_2733

Slap shots in the house – not such a good thing anymore.  He is seriously going to break a window or a plasma tv one of these days. DSC_2737

And then there is this one who has to do whatever her brother is doing.  She keeps saying, “Hockey! Hockey! Hockey!”   DSC_2741 DSC_2742 DSC_2743

She totally had the right idea too!  She dropped the ball right in front of her and took aim with the stick.   DSC_2744

Dylan showing her how its done. DSC_2750

And it snowed a bunch yesterday!  Avery and I chose to stay where it was warm, so I took pictures thru the window.  Eric actually had to break out the snow blower for the first time this year!  Very exciting, I know. DSC_2753 DSC_2754

She just can’t decide how she feels about the winter outdoor landscape.  On one hand, she wants to go out, but once she’s out there – she decides its too cold and her snow outfit is just not comfy.  I looked out the other day at them in the snow to see that she was laying flat on her back on the sled motionless.  She looked hilarious!   DSC_2755

Got the Christmas movies out!  What to watch first, what to watch first.  The clear choice here is Elmo’s Christmas Countdown.  Classic.  Wink  I need to start wrapping gifts, so I have to have my movie all picked out for that.  Will most likely go with Love Actually first.  Cuz it’s my fav.  It really is a shame I have no one to watch these gems with!  Eric refuses to watch anything he’s already seen.  He’s such a scrooge!  DSC_2760

  So this is a VERY exciting tidbit for you -  we got a remote for the camera today!  Woohoo!!  No more pressing the button on the camera and running for our places!  Here is the first official picture – yay! It works!DSC_2781

And then Dylan made me hand it over to him.  Knew that was going to happen.  Just wish I would have done my hair and put on make up today.  Dang it!  I should keep better track of my UPS tracking numbers!  I could have been READY! DSC_2783 DSC_2784 DSC_2785

Avery was very unsuspecting.   DSC_2786 DSC_2787 DSC_2788 DSC_2789

I love her look of confusion.  “What is it that we are doing?” DSC_2790 DSC_2791 DSC_2792 DSC_2793 DSC_2794 SO cute, he is!   DSC_2800 DSC_2801  Seriously – we are gonna have SO much fun with this thing.  I told Eric to be ready for family photo shoots!  OH yeah, baby! DSC_2804 DSC_2805 DSC_2806 DSC_2807 DSC_2808 DSC_2809 DSC_2810

And finally, tonight’s dinner.  It was fabulous.  It’s a Ropa Vieja that slow cooked all day long.  The meat was SO tender and delish by 5pm and the flavor was great.  I served it over this fabulous new product I found!  See below for a pic! 
DSC_2811I think this would be perfect for working folks as well!  You could throw it all together the night before in your crockpot insert thingy.  And then all you would have to do in the morning is put it in your crockpot and put it on low for the entire day.  Dinner is served when you get home!  Perfect!  Do it up!   DSC_2812 DSC_2813DSC_2815

Brown Rice Couscous!?  Genius!  We LOVE couscous in this house, but since its not exactly as nutritionally sound as I want it to be – this totally made my day when I saw this!  I screwed up though and forgot the spice packet that was supposed to go in it.  Whoops!  It still tasted good though. DSC_2817

Ok, that is IT!  No more from me! Today, anyway…Wink