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Monday, January 16, 2012

Catching UP!

Have you ever seen the movie "Braveheart"?  You know how William Wallace screams "FREEDOM!!!" at the very end?  Yeah, well that's how my two year old says "I LOVE YOU!!!!". It was kind of sweet and mildly amusing the first three times.  Now it leaves me to survey the surroundings and a need in my heart to say things like: "No, we're not Scottish." or "No, I don't let my toddler watch R rated movies." or "I love you too, sweet baby."

I have really slacked in the blogging department.  Sorry friends!  So let's get caught up.  I think the last time I posted was October.  OCTOBER!!!  Geez.  So, here is what you missed because I couldn't find a spare 30 minutes to type....

Halloween.  We were Luke Skywalker and Eval Knieval for Halloween.  SO stinking precious!

Then there was Thanksgiving...

We ate, and ate, and ate some more.  Do you do "Elf of the Shelf" at your house?  We do!  Our elf is named "Abeecee".  Super adorable.  He arrives the morning after Thanksgiving.  This year, he decorated our kitchen table and made some yummy Christmas treats.

And my darling husband helped me decorate the house before I had to go back to work.  Here is part of what I did during my Thanksgiving break.  I also cooked a delicious Thanksgiving meal, but no pictures were taken of that.  Sad...

I started helping our with the preschool choir at our church.  Carter is still young enough to be part of this group so he got to participate in our Christmas performance...

And we baked Christmas cookies.  And made Monkey Munch for the reindeer.  

 Carter is my "official" Cookie Taster.  At least, that is what is apron says.  My apron says Cookie Maker.  :)

I have no idea what they were looking at.  I asked Carter to help me to get Caleb to look at the camera which explains the man-handling.

I truly believe that it is impossible for me to get a decent picture of me with my kids.  If you ever see me with my children and we look even somewhat happy, please snap a picture.

We're pretty awesome.  We make Santa cookies shaped like dinosaurs and fire trucks.  It's hard to compete with that.  ;)

Santa was pretty good to us this year.  The boys got a dune buggy power wheels.  After one lap around the pool, the baby was yelling "Faster brother! FASTER!!!"

And then they ran into the fence...

For Christmas, I got the hubster tickets to Penn State's bowl game since they were playing in Dallas.  A good time was had by all.

 I just love that man!

And now...a recipe!  Made with leftovers!  Suh-weet!!!

Leftover Spaghetti Pie
Makes 4 servings

You will need...
2 eggs
1/4 c. whole milk (that's what the recipe says but believe me, it turns out just fine with 1% kid builder milk)
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated (yes, mine comes from a green can)
salt and pepper
2 c. leftover spaghetti with sauce
1/4 c. olive oil

In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, and Parmesan.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add spaghetti and combine well.  In a 10" non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add spaghetti mixture, spread evenly, and press down in pan.  Cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes.  CAREFULLY invert onto a LARGE plate, add more oil to the pan, let it get hot, and GENTLY slide your spaghetti pie back into the hot skillet to cook the second side.  Cook 6-8 minutes.  Turn out onto serving platter, cut into wedges, and serve warm.  

There you go, my friends!  I hope your holiday season went off without a hitch!  And I hope you haven't broken your resolutions yet.  But if you have I know it was worth it.  :)  Have a blessed week!

Emmy  :)

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