Baby It’s Cold Outside – New Year’s Eve at the Cabin

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We spent New Year’s Eve at the cabin this year. We invited a few of our friends and caravanned up the mountain just in time for a mini snowstorm. ^^^My favorite spot in Idyllwild (pic taken by a sneaky photographer – thank’s Dany, u da best). With hot cider in our mugs and a few brews stashed in the boys pockets (oh those boys), we hiked up to the lookout rock to enjoying the view of the canyon before the rain and snow came that evening.
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^Our lovebird friends that are moving to Nashville to finish pharmacy school. We are so stoked for you guys, but we’ll miss our weekly hangs and tasty excursions. I hope we can keep a yearly vacation going… just 3 more years until you move back to us! And we can’t wait to see you in Nashville for that White Coat ceremony!
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^^^Babes
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I woke up early on New Years day to check out the snow before it melted away. What a gorgeous morning – the perfect way to start my 2017. Then D and I made buttermilk pancakes, eggs and bacon for the crew.
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I pray that you have a wonderful New Year filled with all the best that life can bring. Health, happiness and love to you and your families.
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Mmmmm Umbrellas

Ohhhh these are some pretty umbrellas! Perfect for a rainy day.

Jean Paul Gaultier x Guy de Jean Umbrellas  

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier recently collaborated with fellow French label Guy de Jean to decorate several of their renowned umbrellas.

 

Merde Il Pleut Navy Umbrella 

Too Funny… 

Style: Wood handle, shaft, ferrule, and tips. Manual opening and closing, stopper on shaft 

 to prevent wind damage. Features one panel print that reads “Merde Il Pleut”

 
 

Diy: Reindeer Gift Bags

I made these cute little reindeer bags for my nanny girls school Christmas parties. We filled each reindeer with peppermints, chocolates and other fun candies! These were fun to make and less than $1 per bag including all the candy! The girls told me that the gift bags were a big hit with their classmates. I found this cute idea from Family Fun.
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Instructions
1.        Use a pencil to mark a brown paper bag as shown, then cut along the solid lines to create a rounded top and 2 separate teardrop ear shapes.
2.       Fold the bag along the dotted line, then hot glue an antler (cut from brown card stock) and an ear inside the fold on each side of the bag.
3.       For the eyes, (I bought googly eyes from Micheal’s craft store — much easier than cutting out your own) glue them to the bag with a hot glue gun.
4.       Glue on a red pom-pom for a nose. Let all of the glue dry before placing a small gift inside.
***If your kids are under 10 yrs. old I’d suggest doing all the gluing yourself. You can have little one help with separating and stuffing the bags with candy.***

Homemade Gingerbread Cookies

I made these gingerbread cookies last week with my nanny kids. I love this recipe, it comes out perfectly every time.
Recipe comes from Annie’s Eats.

Ingredients:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1½ tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
16 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 large egg

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and spices to combine; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the molasses and egg until combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to about ¼-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place the cookie shapes onto the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool completely. Decorate as desired.


Merry Christmas Eve

Things I’m looking forward to :
Spending time with my huge family at Aunt Bonnie’s house tonight.
Singing Christmas songs on the player piano.
Eating WAY too many tamales, enchiladas and Christmas goodies.
Sipping cider by the fire with my man and billions of cousins.
Giving presents, hugs n kisses
and
Celebrating the birth of Christ!
Warm, cozy wishes to you and all your loved ones.
 
 
 
 

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