Photo Friday #4


mmm…choco mint snaps = yummy end of january goodness.

i love how they crack when they bake = beautiful.

**UPDATE** (feb. 3)
ok here’s the recipe 🙂

4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 1/2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
additional sugar for rolling (or powdered sugar)

Melt chocolate squares in the top of a double boiler over simmering water; set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, using an electronic mixer at medium speed, cream together the shortening and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend well. Add reserved chocolate, corn syrup, water and extracts and blend well. Stir in flour mixture until just blended. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in additional sugar and place about 2-inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Cool a few minutes on baking sheet and transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Have a party in your mouth.

Photo Friday #3

So as I was going through a small box of memories I have on a book shelf, I came across this awesome memior. In this particular box, I have old ticket stubs, old work name tags and then this random photo. By looking closely I saw that the certificate is for Student of the Month. I’m guessing it was for the month of November based on the turkey die cut.

I’ll say, it’s a good thing I had good grades and the teachers liked me because I obviously didn’t know how to keep my eyes open for a picture!

Finding this forgotten picture this morning totally made my day!

Photo Friday #2


Because I usually have my camera whenever I go somewhere for more than a few hours (besides work of course) I have the opportunity to take pictures of random things in life. These pictures tend to get lost in the rest because they are all by themselves but I recently came across this gem and felt like I needed to share it with you. We were headed up to Julian for a nice day (the day before the fires started there actually) and saw this sign driving by. We immediately stopped, turned around and took a picture. 

QUESTION: How in the world does someone lose their wheelchair?

Holiday Highlights

We stayed around this year for Christmas and New Year’s Day and December was full of fun!! Here are some highlights of the season for us: 

My Opa (grandpa) turned 80 December 14th but he’s going to get his very own post after this one with more pictures and a video/slide show = yippee!!

 

I turned 27 on December 16th. I’m not old, but I’m getting close to being able to say things like “when I was your age…” or “things just aren’t made the way they used to be…” 🙂 Well, this is the second birthday I’ve been able to enjoy with my husband and he really gave me a great birthday! Here are some pretty flowers in an awesome vase!!!

 

We stayed home with dinner and a movie (He made me a wonderful dinner). Then we decided to finally put together the gingerbread house. It’s the first one I can remember making. I guess my mom can correct me if I made one when I was a kid. But at least I know I haven’t made one in a LONG time! AND IT SHOWS! They are harder to make than they look. I guess the nice thing when making these is when you get “glue” on your hands, you get to lick it off 🙂
Christmas was nice and a lot more normal than usual. For the first time in a few years, all 5 of my immediate family were here! No one was traveling or anything! See, last year we had to use a photo of my brother for the family photo, but not this year 🙂

Christmas ’07

Christmas ’08
Christmas ’08 – all 7 of us 🙂

 

We also all got matching pajamas from the Z family modeled so beautifully here:

 

 

The gentleman and I worked on some photography projects which I will start blogging about very soon.

 

 

New Year’s Eve is always fun but we didn’t bring a camera, so no pictures 🙂

 

And as far as “photo a day” well…I’ve changed that to Photo Fridays. That’s right, I can’t handle the commitment of one a day so I’ve decided once a week will be better. A photo and a question or story. I think it will be fun. So I’m starting…NOW!

 

This is a photo of a clock I made. For Christmas I made people in my families clocks out of plates! I think they turned out pretty fun. So, what’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made anyone?

 

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year’s Day!
2009, what will be in store?