Monday, December 22, 2008

Technology is not always fun

I have been meaning to update for awhile. I have the most darling, fun pictures of our Christmas parties this year. But, my computer has decided not to cooperate with me and I am unable to get on the internet. So, while I wait to get my computer fixed or looked at, I will not be able to post them since the only access I have is at work. So I am sorry to those family members that wanted to see pictures. It is going to have to wait until after Christmas, but I promise to post them as soon as I can. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas spending time with the ones you love. I know I will.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Cupcake Friday

....But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all. These were really fun for the kids for our cupcake Friday. The recipe for Rudolph Cupcakes is a chocolate cupcake recipe from Martha
Stewart. This recipe makes about 2 dozen.
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, warm water, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla; mix batter until smooth (about 3 minutes) Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about 1/3 full. Bake until tops spring back when touched. About 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Once cool frost with chocolate frosting. Use white chocolate chips turned upside down for the eyes. For the eye color use blue or black gel (in the cake aisle) Use a red peanut M & M for the nose and pretzels for the antlers. You can dip the pretzels in chocolate if you would like.
Thoroughly lick the beaters

The kids finished product

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Eights Tag

Liz tagged me awhile ago and I just barely noticed it so here it goes.

EIGHT TV shows I watch
2-Army Wives
3-The Hills (I know it is ridiculous but I am addicted)
6-Hannah Montana
7-Suite Life of Zach and Cody
8-Go Diego Go
(Can you tell who controls the TV at our house. The only time I watch my shows is at work.)

EIGHT Things I did Yesterday
2-Went to Christmas party
3-Dinner at Spaghetti Factory
4-Walked around Temple square and looked at the lights
6-Tucked kiddos into bed
7-Watched the 3rd round of the NFR

EIGHT things I am looking forward to
1-My days off
2-Lukes Preschool Christmas program
3-Cupcake Friday
5-Summer (I hate the cold)
6-My hubby's raise
7-Family Christmas parties
8-Everyone getting better at my house

EIGHT things on my wish list
1-Be thin again
2-A new car
3-My own house
4-To be debt free
5-To be married in the Temple and have my children sealed to me along with my sweet husband
6-Economy to get better
7-Win the lottery (I know bad wish but what can I say. I would not have to work anymore)
8-Be able to stay home with my babies

I tag Paisley, Tricia, and Sara

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Family, Friends and Fun

OK so these posts are backwards. Still trying to get the hang of this blogging thing. The next post should have been first. Well anyway, after the Christmas party we met My sister Megan and her family and our friends Skee and Angie and their kids for dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory at Trolley Square. After we were all thoroughly stuffed we went to look at the lights at Temple Square (along with everyone else in Utah). There were so many people there it was hard to walk. At least it was a mild night and we didn't freeze to bad. Even though there were a ton of people it was totally worth it. It was so peaceful and beautiful.
One of my favorite sights in the world. It is so beautiful it is breath taking. I love driving by the temple every night on my way home from work.
These beautiful statues were just north of the Mary and Joseph statues in the pond. They placed them so it was like the shepherds were in awe and almost did not want to get to close. It was absolutely amazing.

This was so beautiful. I love the reflection in the water. It was so simple yet it spoke volumes.

Best Friends

Silly boys

Tessa, Shiann, Savannah, David, Cade, Luke, Paxton, and Austin

Luke did not want to have his picture taken

My sweet sister Megan and her cute family

Luke finally let me take his picture. What a sweetie.

Police Department Kids Christmas Party

Saturday was the annual kids Christmas party for my work. The kids loved the face painters, balloon animals and the crafts. Then of course Santa came and gave each child a huge bag of candy. I think they got more candy from that than they did at Halloween. Talk about sugar rush. Cade and Luke each won a prize in the drawing. Shiann and Austin didn't win anything, but there is always next year. They all were really hoping to win the bikes but no luck. It was a really fun time and the kids loved it.

As you can see Austin was not to sure what to think of Santa