Oh my, put the brakes on because I didn’t say this could happen. This little bundle
turned eleven today! I’m beyond words. Berry is so full of joy and happiness. She is also the most passionate eleven year old I know. Her passions change rapidly and without notice. Horses, being a vet, playing baseball, basketball, building clubs, owls…you name it, she’s probably liked it or collected it. Speaking of collections, now it’s cards and rocks.
Today she went to a rec center with her daddy while Bean and I redecorated her room with a set that she has been drooling over since it released at Target. She has loved owls since we moved from Florida and her favorite neighbor “Mr. Owl”, Al.
Her daddy got her a Snap Circuit set and they have been “building” circuits with it this weekend.
Tonight we will be going to Red Robin, per her request, and eating some yummy burgers and fries. I made a chocolate layer dessert for her cake and we will coming home to eat dessert and celebrate the first Sunday of Advent. What a beautiful day for such a beautiful girl!
Here are some pictures of her room and her reactions, so much fun!! Happy birthday Berry, we all love you so much!!
Today is going to be a two post kind of day. I’m making up for yesterday first. The festivities in our house this weekend have been more like a dream than reality. We only had a small melt down yesterday evening and by the time I went to bed, I was so ready. All of us have a bit of a cold, being the only adult sick has its advantages. Hot Toddy time!! I had purchased some Kentucky bourbon to douse the ham in a few weeks back and last night it was turned into homemade cough syrup. 2 ounces of bourbon, a tablespoon of honey, a squeeze of lemon and hot water. I didn’t cough all night and my throat didn’t hurt and the last advantage, I slept like a baby.
Yesterday we made a batch of cinnamon, applesauce, dough.
We cut out the Christmas shapes
and baked them for an hour in a 200° oven. The house smelled wonderful. Bean and I made a run to Michael’s to look for snowflake cutters. We picked up glitter, and raffia for hang tags. When we got home I made a batch of salt dough. We cut those out and baked them till time to stick in dinner and then they went back in after dinner came out of the oven. I still need to pick up some poly spray to seal them once we are done decorating them. I am also ordering some more cookie cutters. I gave my collection away and greatly regret doing so. Especially my copper cutters. We have some big plans for this Christmas season, making sure to have as much fun as a family as possible is high on the list.
Cinnamon Apple Dough
2 lbs ground cinnamon
78 oz. applesauce
4 oz. white glue
Mix all together until you have a stiff dough. Roll out to about 1/2 to 3/8 inch and cut. Use a straw to cut a hole for hanging. Bake for 1 hour in a 200° oven and then place on a counter to dry. Then you can put on the ribbon or raffia for hanging. You can use them as gift tags or hang them on your tree as cat repellent!!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
Combine until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Place on a well floured surface and knead until you have a supple soft dough. Roll out half at a time. Keep the half you aren’t working with covered so that it doesn’t dry out. Roll to a quarter of an inch and cut into your desired shapes, use a straw to cut a hanging hole. Bake in a 200° oven for 4-6 hours until it’s completely dry and hard. Paint them, glitter them, decorate them. If you want to seal them spray them with a poly spray. Allow to dry completely.
Our next project is making a homemade dry chai tea mix!!
Last night we made homemade eggnog and decorated the tree. We played the Wii and had an amazing dinner made from the leftover turkey. I will post the recipe in a few days. It’s the real reason we make a turkey for Thanksgiving. Aloha was over for the day and we all just had a lot of fun just hanging out. What a blessing!