Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Free Stuff

I can't help but join in on the bloggy carnival taking place over at Bloggy Giveaways.


I am giving away a set of 10 personalized cards made by my talented friend Stacey.

Here is what you need to do to enter. Go on over to her site, check out all of the great cards that she has designed. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite style. She will personalize the cards with your name, initials, etc.

You do not need to have a blog to enter. If you do not have a blog just make sure to leave me your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you are the winner. You must have a US mailing address or APO or FPO to win.

I will randomly choose a winner on Saturday February 2nd at midnight CST. I will post the name of the winner on Sunday.

Go on over to The Bloggy Giveaway Carnival and check out all of the other great FREE stuff.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

4 things

Musings of Housewife posted a meme and I decided to follow suit. I needed something easy to get the blog ball rolling again. I thought this would be the perfect thing...here it goes.

Four jobs I have had
1. lifeguard
2. bank teller
3. camp counselor
4. GAP sales associate

Four places I have lived
1. Northern Virginia
2. New York City
3. Dallas
4. Southern Maryland

Four movies I have watched over and over
1. Coming to America
2. Fletch
3. Parent Trap (new one)
4. Master of Disguise

Four shows I watch
1. Amazing Race (my favorite)
2. Biggest Loser
3. American Idol
4. 1 to 100

Four places I have been
1. Dominican Republic
2. Mexico
3. San Diego
4. Seattle

Four favorite things to eat
1. Filet Mignon
2. Cheese Fondue
3. anything chocolate
4. fajitas

Four places I would rather be
1. Hawaii
2. on a Carribean cruise
3. any Disney Theme park
4. any beach really

Four things I look forward to this new year
1. meeting the newest member of our family
2. finding out where the Navy will be sending us
3. hopefully more time together as a family
4. celebrating 13 years of marriage

If you want to join the fun consider yourself tagged. Leave a comment if you are playing along so we can come read your four things.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Little Baker

I have never been much of a baker. I would much rather cook than bake.

I think one of the reasons is the whole measurement thing. I tend to eyeball when I cook. That looks like about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar or a cup of chopped celery. The recipe will not be ruined if there are a few extras, it may even be better than the recipe. Recipe, shmecipe...I see recipes as rough guidelines with room for creative expression, plus you can always add a little something as you go if need be. For this reason it is never great to ask to share a recipe I will not be able to give you exacts.

Well as you can image this does not work in baking. I have made some very unique things over the years( some edible, some not) and I am sure it was due to the fact that if you do not have the exact ratio of baking soda, salt, etc things just do not work out. The other reason I do not love to bake is that I know most of the delicacy will end up passing through my lips directly to my hips. Sure I bake when I need to, birthdays, class parties, etc but it has never brought me too much pleasure...until recently.

Emma and Andrew share my lack of enthusiasm for baking. They may seem excited initially but become quickly bored by the monotony and tedium of the whole process and while I am up to my elbows in batter they have moved on to better things.

Well, not little Laura, she has a passion for baking. It has been so much fun. She has always enjoyed helping me in the kitchen but over the Christmas break her passion for baking has been shining through. It started with cut out sugar cookies, we must have made hundreds and I am not even exaggerating. We sent a whole box in with Adam to work. We made special airplane cookies for him to share with those in the Maintenance department. Laura wanted to call him during the day and see what the consensus was on the cookies. Were they moving quickly? Did people seem to enjoy them? Did they appreciate the mountain of frosting and multitude of sprinkles on top. It was so cute. Of course they loved them. A building full of hungry men, many of them single, is a great place to pass off baked goods for rave reviews.

For Christmas Laura got an apron, I realized this is helpful with all of the flour and an overeager five year old. Yesterday we both donned our aprons and make a batch of snicker doodles. These are Laura's favorite cookies, as well as Adam's. She thought they were the best ones ever and we had such fun together. She couldn't wait to serve them to the rest of the family and she was beaming with pride.

I have even changed my position on baking. When Laura is with me and we are doing it together, it is a lot of fun.

Here she is after licking the batter bowl after we made a Chocolate cake recently.

Friday, January 11, 2008

I won!

I just got an email from tobyMac.com and I have won an autographed CD library. Can you believe it?

I ordered something from tobyMac.com and apparently that put me in a drawing I was not aware of and I am the winner. I think the kids will be so excited. I will update you when it arrives. Some more good news....I will be able to take a picture and upload it to the blog because my camera came in the mail yesterday and it seems to be as good as new.

There is so much to update you on from Christmas but there is not time today. I will tell you that my mom got me one of the best presents I have ever received....a housekeeper once of week for the next six months or so. Is she awesome or what? I feel like a princess, thanks Mom. That is more than a pregnant mother of advanced maternal age could ask for. :)

Have a great weekend.