Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tofa!

A family friend of ours recently moved to Samoa to teach school for a year! Before she left we couldn't pass up the opportunity to throw her a fun going away party.

We stuck with a Pacific Islands theme to get her all prepped and ready to go.


We got out our leis
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Jungle vines (my mother in law made these - aren't they awesome?!)
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Shells
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And topped the tables with "sand" (breadcrumbs!) and palm fronds
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Grass skirts (even for the soda!)
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and of course our "rock" painted sheet so we could make a volcano.
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We had rice "volcanoes" topped with sweet pork "lava" (as seen above in the "volcano")
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and "build your own" fruit kabobs and dip.
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Lots of flowered garland and tiki torches
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Of course I got too busy stuffing my face to take pictures of the rest of the party, but belive me, it was fun!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Death by Cookie

I could die eating these and be happy. The fact that they are the easiest cookes ever to make just makes them that much better. I posted the recipe before here - but I just made them again this week and fell in love all over.

First, preheat your oven to 350°
(I somehow miss this step often and get to the point where I am ready to put things in the oven to bake before I realize it's not even on yet. It's awesome.)

For the cookies you'll need:
1 box of Devil's Food Cake Mix
2 eggs
3/4 c. shortening


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Go ahead and just throw all of those ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined



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Then use a spoon (I used a teaspoon) to scoop out even portions of dough, roll them into balls and place on a cookie sheet


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Then bake (in your already pre-heated oven) for 8 minutes. The cookies will pouf up and the tops will crack a little bit.


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Since they're supposed to be oreos, I like to flatten the cookies out a little bit so they stack better once they become little sandwiches... Like so:


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All you have to do is let them cool for a minute or so after you take them out of the oven then use the back of a spoon in a circular motion to gently flatten the tops a little...like so:


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Next, while you let the cookies cool completely, you'll make the frosting. For the frosting (according to the recipe) you'll need:
1 8oz. pkg. Cream Cheese
1/2 stick of Butter
2 tsp. Vanilla
2-4 cups of powdered sugar

According to me you can half this recipe and have PLENTY. Just let the cream cheese and butter soften a little while on the counter, cream together and add the vanilla. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until you get it to a consistency you like.


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I'm sure you can figure the rest out on your own but just in case... once the cookies are cooled (completely) you simply slather some frosting on them and make them into little oreo sandwiches of perfection. If you're insane like me you will match up all of the cookies first into similarly sized pairs so you don't end up with lopsided cookie sandwiches.


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Finally, you EAT THEM.
But if you know what's good for you, you'll let them sit overnight. They are 10x better the next day. I promise. Also, since they're oreos, you're pretty much reqired to have them with milk.


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Friday, July 22, 2011

I love being pregnant.

Nope, that's not sarcasm. I truly love it. Sure I have crazy symptoms (big feet, cankles, crazy heartburn, side aches) but over all I am happy, excited, content and loving every minute (okay minus the first two months) of it.




I love feeling her kick - the days when she is most active are my favorite

I love my ever growing belly

I love being able to eat a lot (I know it's weird, but I impress myself)

My cankles make me laugh histerically

and I love the excitement I feel each day at that fact that I am a Mom



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24 Weeks!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mikah and her fish

This is my niece Mikah.

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Mikah loves fish.

Not to eat,

Not to catch,

But to hold...
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and yes, those are fish scales on her little knees

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chocolate Chip aka "Chaco"

My nephew's new little chocolate lab puppy who had fun with us in Greer

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Us

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I can't think of anyone else I'd rather be mutually weird with.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Fourth

We spent our 4th of July up in Springerville, AZ - it was my first time there for the fourth and I can't wait to go back. It was an awesome fireworks show in a perfect small town setting. They set off the fireworks at the airport and we got there early meaning we got an awesome spot for the show. We took pictures, listened to music and played games until the show started at dark.


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(wait - mom and dad both smiling. in a picture. at the same time. normally. it's a total miracle)



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My 22 week belly!





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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Greer

We were SO lucky to be able to spend all last week up in Greer with our families.

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The weather was perfect...
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it sprinkled every day for an hour or so to cool the day off then went right back to normal and sunny for us to play outside.
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We did lots of puzzles...
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...and lots of fishing...
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...and lots of eating...
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...and picnicing...
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...and hiking...
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...and lots of spoiling Atticus...


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...and lots of playing games, card tricks, laughing, late night movie watching, staying up too late fun.