Monday, April 30, 2007

Tagged

I was tagged by Monica to do this fun meme.

Here are the rules:

Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. You need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

1. I am blind in my left eye.

2. It drives me crazy if there are water spots in my stainless steel kitchen sink. Please wipe it out after running water or pouring something down the drain.

3. I want to learn to sew.

4. I want to live in the country.

5. I love thunderstorms. If I weren't such a chicken I might have been a storm chaser. I love how fresh it smells after one rumbles through.

6. I do not like any kind of sausage. I like the smell, but not the taste.

7. When I was 16 I scraped the side of the family car while backing out of the drive. We (mom, my sister and myself) did not tell dad. He spotted it while we all were leaving the mall. That was a long trip home!

I tag... Magi, Alyson, Christy, Leanne, and The Wooden Porch

Playing Hard




Sunday morning Megan made her first appearance at church. (I forgot the camera, so there are no pictures from church.) She did very well. She is not ready for the nursery, so she stayed with us. She sat on my mother-in-laws lap for most of the service. She jabbered a little and was distracting for the row behind us. She keep smiling at them! She only cried a little once. Chuck had her and she keep looking at grandpa. He thought she wanted to go to him. No, she did not want him only his Bible. Fortunately she only fussed for a second. Everyone was happy to finally meet her!

Megan had a little cat nap as we were leaving church. She then refused to take a nap once we returned home. Late in the afternoon she finally gave in to sleep.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Enjoying Spring!

We have been having some great Spring weather. One thing we like to do when it is nice is eat outside. We have a great back porch.



We ended up grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. After dinner we headed to our next door neighbors for a little vist on their back porch. Then we had company, so it was back out to our back porch. I love Spring!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Crafting: Button Pushpins



To make these I took thumbtacks with a flat head, put on some hot glue and then added the button.

To package them I took a baby food jar and glued buttons to the lid. I then put ribbon around the rim of the lid and added a bow.




The only thing I had to purchase was the buttons. I paid $1.76 for a package of buttons. I used a little more than half of the package. Everything else I had on hand. Quick, easy and cute! I think these will make a great little gift.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Cookie Basket Recipes

I had a request for additional information on the cookie basket. To make the sugar cookies on the stick I used lollipop sticks made by Wilton. I inserted the sticks once I had the cookies on the sheet. To bag up the cookies I uses Wilton treat bags. I was able to purchase two sizes. A lollipop bag for the cookies on the stick and 4 x 9 1/2 in bags to bag up the other cookies. I was able to purchase all of this at Michael's.

Here are the recipes:

Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts

Directions:PREHEAT oven to 375° F.COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
2 eggs
3 cups Quaker® Oats (any variety, uncooked)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Instructions:Heat oven to 350°F. Beat together margarine and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Stir in oats and raisins; mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
Yield: 4 dozen.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

48 Kisses
1/2 c shortening
3/4 c peanut butter
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

In large bowl beat shortening & peanut butter until well beaten. Add sugar & brown sugar beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir in flour, baking soda & salt. Gradually add to peanut butter mixture. Shape into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes at 350. Immediately place kiss on cookie. Press until edges crack.

M&M Jumbles

1/2 c softened butter
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/4 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
12 oz M&M's

Beat butter & sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg. Combine flour & baking soda blend into creamed mixture. Stir in M&M's. Drop rounded tbs about 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake 13 -15 minutes at 350

Sugar Cookies

3 c flour
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c butter
1 egg beaten
2 tbs cream
1 tsp vanilla

Sift flour with sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter using mixer until fine. Add egg, cream and vanilla. Blend thoroughly. Chill dough for handling. Roll onto floured surface 1/3 at a time 1/8 thickness. Cut into desired shape. Sprinkle with sugar or frost after baking. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 5-8 minutes at 400.

Cookie Basket

As a thank you for our wonderful adoption agency, FTIA, I made a cookie basket for them.


Included in the basket:
4 - 1 dozen bags of Chocolate Chip cookies
4 - 1 dozen bags of Oatmeal Raisin cookies
4 - 1 dozen bags of Peanut Butter Blossoms
3 - 1 dozen bags of M&M Jumblers
3 - dozen Sugar Cookies


I made most of the sugar cookies on sticks. This is the first time I have done this and I think they turned out great!


I thought it made it look like a spring basket of flowers.


Each of the bags included a card tied on with a ribbon. The card said:

Dreams Do Come True!

Thank you for all of your hard work.
Chuck, Wendi & Megan Xxxxxxxx

I also included a personal note for our coordinator.

To finish off the basket I wrapped it in plastic and tied it with a bow.

I can only imagine how expensive it would have been to order a basket like this. I hope they enjoy!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Freebie Playhouse




While talking with a friend she mentioned that their girls were given a larger playhouse. After chatting a while longer she asked if we wanted their old playhouse. For free, and they would deliver it! Who could say no to that? It needs a little work, but we could not build a new one for what we will have to put into it. We have some ideas on how we want to spruce it up. Once we get it done I will post after pictures. Got to love free!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Thank You Cards




Since bringing our little sweetheart home we have been showered with gifts. I have been busily writing thank you cards this weekend. The above card is the one that I am sending out.

I am a huge believer in thank you cards. This is huge pet peeve of mine. I feel that if someone takes time out of their busy life to buy you a gift and send or deliver a gift to you that the least you can do is write them a thank you card. Saying thank you or e-mailing thank you is not enough in my opinion. I believe a hand written thank you card is a must. In our age of computers and text messages hope we don't lose this simple pleasure.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Crafting: Doorbell Hanging

During nap time yesterday I made a two sided sign for the doorbell. Yes, that metal gadget the sign is hanging on is our doorbell. We have a home build in the 1950's and are lucky that no one removed the vintage doorbell. You turn the handle and there is a ball that strikes a plate to cause ding dong sound.

The bell is quite loud and it never fails that someone shows up while she is sleeping!



Turn the sign over and this is what you will find. I love to be outside. Once the weather gets warmer we will spend more and more time outdoors.




I printed the wording using Word and used scrap card stock for everything else. The ribbon I had on hand. To laminate the sign I used clear contact paper. I have a roll of the contact paper that comes in quite handy.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Home for One Week


We have officially been home for a week. We are all slowly adjusting. Unfortunately both Chuck and I caught a cold shortly after returning. That most definitely did not help! Day by day things are starting to settle.

Megan went for her first pediatrician appointment yesterday. She weighs 15.1 pounds and is 25 inches. The office did the happy dance that she hit the charts. She is 3% on her weight and a whooping 75% on her height. The doctor said for her to come back in 6 weeks and at this time she did not want to do anything regarding her development. She wants to see how much she progresses between now and the next visit.

She did receive two shots... Ouch! My good friend, Lesle, is the pediatrician's nurse and was the lucky one to give Megan her shots. I teased Lesle and said Megan may not like her since she will be thought of as the Shot Lady!!


Megan made her first appearance at church today. She went to visit Grandma. (My MIL is the church bookkeeper) She let grandma hold her as long as she could see one of us, but would not go to anyone else. Pastor Brian keep putting out his hand trying to get her to take his finger. She wanted nothing to do with him.

There are two ladies that come in most Thursday morning to pray for those on the pray list. They have been praying for us since we left to bring Megan home. Wouldn't you know it, the morning we go in they decide not to come to the church!

We know there are lots of people at church anxious to meet Megan. We have decided that Megan is not ready for that many people and that much attention yet. This will be another Sunday we will not be in attendance. Soon, very soon we will be back!

Each day we work a little more toward a routine. A big thanks for Monica at The Homespun Heart for sharing her daughter's schedule!

Monday, April 16, 2007

We're Home

We arrived home on Thursday evening, April 12th. Megan put on quite the show for our family and friends. She was smiling and kicking, like she knew she was finally home.

Not long after we returned home this is what greeted us.




Very thankful that it fell this way. Had it fallen the other way it might have hit our neighbors house.

I am still trying to figure everything out. Wednesday is the first pediatrician appointment. I am looking forward to that. I have been winging so much that it will be nice to have reassurance that everything we are doing is correct.

I may be asking some of you to share schedules as I work toward figuring everything out.

Jet lag is still hanging around. Each day is getting better. Megan sleep through the night last night, which really helped us.

Parenthood is everything I imagined and more. It is exciting, rewarding and very exhausting! I wouldn't change a thing!