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    Archive for December 2013

    Who is cooler than these guys tonight?? No one. #nye #newyearseve

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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    Happy New Year!

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    Bundling up tonight is a necessity #rochmn #toocold #hatewinter

    Monday, December 23, 2013

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    "Mom - take my picture!" Errr. This is the best I get I guess.

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

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    Our elf is very illuminating *badum-CHING!* #elfontheshelf

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

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    My pretty pretty princess all dressed up for an evening at home #girlsrule #packerstutu

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    Elf on the Shelf

    Ormint, our elf on the shelf, has been with us for three years now. His antics are always appreciated. He's been a tad understated this year, but with only five more mornings left for his visit I'm sure he'll have a couple of fun hijinks in that time. I try to document most of the interesting things he's done and here are his greatest hits so far:

    Ormint Collage

    Another amazing sunset tonight in #rochmn

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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    Santa with a side of bacon

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    My parents have made a tradition out of going to Macy's annual Breakfast with Santa event during the Christmas season. It has been seven years since our first time and our fourth visit with Santa in Minnesota at Ridgedale Mall. Looking back at photos from past years makes me realize how much time has passed since Benjamin was a tiny little guy who was shy with Santa. Lucy is the same age as he was when we started this tradition. She didn't want to sit on his lap, but definitely didn't pass up the chance to tell him that she'd like Barbies for Christmas this year! Smart girl.

    This year's Santa was a bit on the sassy side and didn't miss an opportunity to mug for my camera.

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    Christmas Preparations

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    Lucy stayed home with me yesterday because her daycare provider's daughter was sick.  We decided to bake some "yummy yummy cookies" - as Lucy calls them.  At three years old, she's quite interested in helping with everything, so I let her do whatever she could handle.  The cookies aren't bakery-pretty, but they taste great and that's what really matters anyway.

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    Benjamin's egg allergy always has me hunting down new recipes for baked-goods.  I've used this one for our Christmas cut-outs for the past two years and I highly recommend it!

    Eggless Cut-out Sugar Cookies

    • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened     
    • 3/4 c (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened     
    • 1 cup granulated sugar     
    • 2 tsp. vanilla     
    • 3 cups flour      
    • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

    Beat cream cheese, butter, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add flour and baking soda; mix well. Cover. Refrigerate 30 min.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into assorted shapes, using 3-inch cookie cutters. Place, 2 inches apart, on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles.  Bake 10 to 12 min. or until edges begin to brown. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely.

    I have a pinterest board dedicated to my favorite eggless recipes:

    New adventure

    Friday, December 06, 2013

    It has been ages since I updated this blog. My apologies to any of our avid followers.

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