You Say Potato, I Say Peanut Butter Pie

 I might have mentioned before that my husband and I have almost nothing in common. We are complete opposites. 
But just like 2 puzzle pieces, it works! 

We rarely like the same shows, but one that we both love is The Pioneer Woman.
 He gets ideas for fire station meals and he also likes all the ranchy stuff. Often while we are watching it I will say, " do wish she was your wife?"  Because she makes cinnamon rolls, chicken fried steak, cobblers, hand cut french fries, and all his other favorites.  I can make... taco salad!

 The other night while we were watching a DVRed episode, Ree made chocolate peanut butter pie.  My mouth was watering.  Those are 2 of my favorite things, after Marcus and Katie, of course.
 This picture is from The Pioneer Woman and here is her recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

 So I made one this weekend for our Sunday lunch with my in-laws. It was pretty heavenly.  And it was super easy.  I didn't even mess it up. 

Guess who didn't even try a bite? 
That's right, Mr. Opposite. His love for peanut butter and chocolate is about as equal to his love of carrots. He can take it or leave it. I, on the other hand, can take it or take it! 

Anyway, I thought if you had good taste, like me, you might want the recipe too!

 Maybe next I will try to tackle P.W.'s cinnamon rolls! Cinnamon rolls are something we have in common.  
That's the recipe for a good marriage! 


Knee Deep In It

 My sister, my mom and I are participating in our first craft fair this weekend! Katie would call it  "crap fair".  She always tells me that she did craps at school.  It's too funny to correct!

 Come by if you  live in the area. 
 Our booth will be in the cafeteria. We will have lots of jewelry, scarves, beaded utensils, crosses, etc. And my sister makes the cutest stuffed owls and bunnies

Here's a bunny she made for Katie:

Speaking of Katie, I had to capture this outfit:
 Mismatched PJs, ballet slippers and a tutu (made by Staci!) And she was chowing down on some oatmeal!

And yesterday she wore a cute Santa outfit given, of course, by my sister-in-law, Lisa!
 Ugh! She looks way too big in this picture!
 She has been quite the encourager as I am getting ready for this craft show.  I beaded some things yesterday and she kept saying, "Oooooh this is so beautiful mommy!" And, "It's so pretty!" Today she won the prize with, "I'm so proud of you!"

I need all the encouragement I can get.  I feel buried in projects getting ready for Saturday! I guess I should quit procrastinating.  
And here's hoping it's not really a Crap Fair after all!


Parade of Lights

 On Friday night Katie and I went to the Parade of Lights in downtown Ft. Worth!
 Marcus had to work, so we went with his sister and her family.
My sister-in-law, Pam, likes to pack in as many Christmas activities as she can, just like me!

It was so much fun and we froze our hineys off! 
This is what most of my pictures look like.  It's hard to take a picture of lit up parade floats that are driving by! 

Katie got real excited to see Snoopy!
 Old cars...

Katie sees SANTA coming!
 We were ready to see Santa too, because that meant the parade was over and we could go thaw out in the car!

I am excited that the Christmas season is here!  My December is already filling up so fast!  I want to make sure to take time and enjoy the holidays. It's easy to let them fling by in a stress filled frenzy! 

I think it takes some planning, being intentional, and saying no to some things. I guess that's just life in general, huh?


Happy Thanksgiving!

 We had a great Thanksgiving at my in-law's house! 
The best part is, that my parents got to come too!  
I love that both families get along so well!

I was terrible about taking pictures today, but I did get one of these fabulous cupcakes that my 13 year old niece made! She even made the pumpkins herself, out of of fondant! Amazing. 

Katie thought they were delicious and had 2! 
She needed the sugar, because she skipped her nap today. 

 3 years ago at Thanksgiving we announced that we had a bun in the oven! That was so fun!  Katie has been a great source of joy ever since...97% of the time! :)

I have such a blessed life and I am beyond thankful! 


How I Decorate My Christmas Trees

 I am not a Christmas tree decorating expert by any means!  I just love Christmas, and wanted to share how I decorate my trees!
I think it's fun to have a theme for your tree.  Either a color theme or something else, like Santas, snowmen, crosses, a kitchen tree, etc. And I LOVE trees that are full of mismatchy family ornaments too. Those can be pulled together by adding a color theme along with them. 
*Some things that I think will make a great and FULL tree are;*
lots of ornaments of different shapes and sizes. You need big and small, balls and other shapes too. Ribbon and mesh, and picks are great for filling in and adding oomph! 

You can add things from around your house too; I've used tea cups, coke cans, initials, pictures, silver ware, dried flowers... it all depends on the theme too.  I try to do things super inexpensively (my husband would totally disagree!) I put up several trees, so I can't spend a ton. BUT  I probably add to my collection every year, so now I have a lot.  I wouldn't be able to buy it all at once. And back in the day I had a job that paid money. Now my boss is a 2 year old and the pay stinks, but the benefits are great!

First is my pink, green, and brown tree in my dining room. 
 I got this flocked tree at Big Lots.  It's a 6.5 foot tree and I wanted it to appear a little bit taller, so I put it on an upside down galvanized bucket.
 This year I used mesh and ribbon for the first time! I loved it and it was super easy. It's a great way to fill up your tree too.
 I got the skinny roll of mesh, but next time I will get the fat one.  It will make it more full. 
I just ran mesh and 2 kinds of ribbon down 4 sides of the tree. I pinched it every 12 inches or so, and just used a tree branch to grab it.

 Hobby Lobby has mesh by the Christmas ribbon AND by the wedding stuff too.  That's where I got this light pink one.

I put on all the big ornaments first. 
They are easier to fit in before you have all the other ornaments on. 
  ( as you can see by all my pictures it's all real life going on in the backgrounds.  I didn't have time or energy to "style" all my pictures.  I am pretty sure I was still in my pjs at 2 pm while decorating!)

Then I go by color.  
Except for the big ornaments, I put all the green ones on first.  This helps balance out the tree and spread out the colors evenly.  And I don't want to be the boss of you, but decorate the back of your tree! People can see more of it than you think!
I always tuck some in the middle of the tree too.  Unless your branches are super dense, they will fit nicely and give your tree dimension. This is way easier to do with hooks on your ornaments rather than the ones hung by a string.  I usually cut the strings off and use hooks. 

 Then I added pink:
 Then brown:

Then I added a bow on top with some picks.  I had to google, "how to make a Christmas bow"! I would be a terrible housewife with out the internet to guide me!
Then at the end, I filled in any nekkid spots with ornaments.

This Santa tree was done in the middle of the night, so this is the only "during" picture I got of the tree. But I followed the same pattern. Mesh and ribbon first. Then the big ornaments and big Santa face! Then I started with turquoise. Then I moved on to the Santa and red ornaments, and then the black and white, then the picks.
It really does make all the difference in the world to do one color at a time. I have broken my rules before and totally regretted it! It became a big mish-mashy mess.

Please have fun decorating your tree and don't let it stress you out.  And if you only have 12 ornaments right now, then hang those 12 ornaments with pride! Then go to the after Christmas sales and start stocking up! 

In our home Christmas is NOT all about the decorations, presents or even that sweetie Santa, it's all about Jesus's birthday!

You can see how I decorated trees in the past, 2011 here, 2010 here, and 2009 in a different house here.  
And if you have any questions, I will try to answer them in the comments section. 


Life and Trees

I think I am finally done with all my Christmas decorating...FINALLY!  

It has fully consumed a whole week! 
I put up a bunch this year and I LOVE it! It makes me very happy.  Especially now that I am finished!

I will post a tutorial on how I decorate my trees in the next day or two. But I wanted to tell you that I got this flocked tree at Big Lots for $80!  My flocked tree turned yellowish and the lights didn't work.  I couldn't spend a lot, so I was happy to find this one! So if you need a cheapish tree, check them out.
(They didn't pay me to say that, but they can if they want to!) 
 Anyway, since I was buried under Christmas stuff all week, I have some catching up to do on my blog. 
This is how Katie accessorized herself  last week:

 And we celebrated my nephew, Jeddy's, 9th birthday in their barn! It was such a fun party!

 We went to a football game and Katie was all about the popcorn!

 She also clapped and cheered for the players and the band the whole time!

This was the day of her Thanksgiving party at school:
 And donut Friday!

 Last night we got to go to a 1st birthday party at my friend, Catherine's, house. She has 2 foster kids right now and the little girl turned one! It was a rainbow theme. Catherine does graphic design and parties one the side, when she's not taking care of 3 kids!

 We had a great time!

And I will try to share the method to my madness of decorating trees soon! 



 The Christmas decorations are starting to go up in our house!
BUT, it's still fall, so we had to enjoy some fallness!
 Marcus made Katie a big pile of leaves to play in yesterday.
 He just got back from hunting, hence the camo!
He blends right in with those leaves, doesn't he?

Katie had a great time! 

 Right now I am buried in Christmas crapola.  It was fun at first, but now I really, really want the Christmas fairy to come and help me finish up.  
OR Buddy the Elf!  He would be awesome right about now!