Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
As part of the award, there are a series of questions for each blogger to answer. Here they are:
1. Share 11 interesting facts about yourself:
- My blog is only 7 months old
- I drink a ton of water (not literally but some days it feels like it)
- I love yoga
- I love to swim
- I have a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature. While I was studying everyone said I would never find a job with such a degree...I did.
- I can't drink coffee due to health reasons, but I am an avid tea drinker
- I love crafts – I used to do cross-stitch when I was a teenager and I sold scrapbook supplies for 3 years.
- I am huge on baby wearing. When my LO was a baby he was colicky and I had him in his wrap almost 24/7.
- I would rather have cookies or cake over pie.
- Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year (my birthday is a close 2nd!)
- I love to read, I mean I LOVE to read. I will stay up reading until 2 in the morning...if it's a REALLY good book maybe later.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LEGO. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have been working on my Christmas cards and realize how quickly Christmas is coming and how little time I have left to get my cards together. As I rip my hair out trying to find just the right photo and card template, I read about the LEGO Minifigure Family holiday cards. I have seen how Minifigures have taken on a life of their own, from various characters in playsets, to stop-animation movies on YouTube. So I took a break from the photo card stress, to turn my family into a LEGO Minifigure Family to share in a holiday card.
Making the Minifigure holiday card was so much fun! Who doesn't like to play with LEGOs? Putting together a card is pretty quick and there are so many great choices. You can choose to add each member of your family: adult, child, baby, cat or dog. When you create each family member, you give them a name, and then get to choose their skin color, facial expression, hat/hair, and outfit. The facial expressions are great and definitely capture any fun expression you might want. The outfits range from festive fun - elf, santa and gingerbread person, to everyday clothing. There were about 50 outfit choices, and you can choose both torso (top) and leg (pants) designs separately.
Once you have added each family member and customized them, you choose the background scene you want to use. There are so many choices! There are traditional holiday options like the North Pole, a Snowman design, or various home interior scenes. You can go tropical with palm trees and sand, or even inter-galactic! There truly is something fun for everyone! Once you choose your scene, you can then move your characters around the card to put each family member in a different spot. In my card, LO is making a sand castle, while Hubby is lounging in the shade of a palm tree (watch out for that crab!). Once you have finished your scene, you pick your message from a pre-set list of holiday messages, and can choose to download, email or share your card via social media.
This was really fun and is a great activity for kids, especially if you have a LEGO Advent calendar or someone who is a LEGO enthusiast. It certainly isn't limited to those who love LEGOs, it's just plain fun! I played around with the choices quite a bit, and tried out a number of selections. No choice is ever final. You can change your characters clothing after you have clicked the, “I'm done” button and you can go back and forth between each of the three steps. As part of the process you name your characters/family members to customize, but I love that in the sharing step, you can choose to show or hide your family names, on your card, just by clicking a toggle button. I chose to download my cards, but I also tried to email my card. I use web-based email and found that if you do not have a mail client program installed and in use on your computer, you cannot use the email option. If you use web-based email, you can easily download your card to your computer, as a JPG file, and attach in an email, or you can also create a direct link to your card. I was able to download my card a couple of times, with a few different choices (one with names and one without).
Visit the LEGO Minifigure Family website and make your own Minifigure holiday card!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
When I put the French Toast in the oven the next morning, the bread held up fine, but there seemed to be a lot of eggnog mixture in the bottom (which didn't affect the overall dish). When it was all done and smothered in maple syrup, I was in French Toast heaven. But there are a few things I would do differently next time. I would cube the bread as directed for maximum coverage of the eggnog mixture. I absolutely love eggnog, which is why I wanted to try an Eggnog French Toast. I found that with the added spices, the eggnog flavor didn't really carry through. I actually felt like it had been a waste of half a carton of eggnog. So the next French Toast Bake will be made with plain milk and spices, and I will have my glass of eggnog on the side.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Genius Salad Chopper – What better place to shop for kitchen gadgets than QVC? Ok, there may be some other places out there, and while I am embarrassed to admit I'm a home shopping shopper, I have found some great kitchen gadgets while nursing my son late at night.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
I am very excited to have been invited to guest post at Scarlett's Excellent Adventures today. Scarlett and I share a love of old recipes, and she has repeatedly inspired me with her exploration of the subject.
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving to be a national holiday in the United States, so I thought it might be fun to take a look at foods that he enjoyed. According to The History Kitchen, Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, taught herself to cook from “Miss Leslie’s Complete Cookery”– a cookbook Mrs. Lincoln had purchased as a newlywed. Written by Eliza Leslie and originally published in 1837, it was considered the most authoritative American cookbook of the time period. It was also the most popular. Mrs. Lincoln was known to rely heavily on Miss Leslie's recipes. So, is this the cranberry sauce that Lincoln had on his Thanksgiving table? Since it's the cranberry sauce in Miss Leslie's cookbook, it's very likely that it was.
Originally, Miss Leslie's recipe reads, "Wash a quart of ripe cranberries, and put them into a pan with about a wine-glass of water. Stew them slowly and stir them frequently, particularly after they begin to burst. They require a great deal of stewing, and should be like a marmalade when done. After you take them from the fire, stir in a pound of brown sugar. When they are thoroughly done, put them into a deep dish, and set them away to get cold."
Rae Katherine Ehmey interprets the recipe for today's kitchen: