Friday, January 30, 2009

A New Family Favorite: Jeweled Lace Cookies

Gram made these cookies last week for Mom's birthday celebration (among loads of other goodies)....the recipe comes via my cousin Emily's School's Annual Cookie Swap- from someone name Leslie Kelly. I don't know who Ms. Kelly is- but her cookies rock!

Jeweled Lace Cookies
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. corn syrup
4 T. butter
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. flour
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 c. shelled pistachios, chopped

1. position rack in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 325. Grease 2 cookie sheets. In med saucepan, stir together the brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter over med. heat until smooth and bubbling, about 4 mins. Remove from heat. In a bowl whisk flour, oats, and salt. Add to sugar mixture. Stir. Add cranberries and pistachios.

2. Drop VERY small amounts (were talking nickle size here) about 3 inches apart on pans. Bake until bubbly and a shade darker, 9-10 minutes. Let cool 1 minute before quickly tranferring each cookie to a rack using a metal spatula. Cool completely.

* Sara made these minus the nuts for Andy & recommends adding more oats.
** I'm telling myself these are healthy since there is only 1/2 stick of butters and cranberries. Andything with cranberries is automatically healthy, right?

On a seperate note, here is Oscar this morning, begging for cookies. You wouldn't know it by looking at this picture- but yesterday early morning he was hit by a big truck going about 35 mph....the worst part was that I was calling him & he was actually being good - running home, when the accident occured. I was sure that he wasn't going to make it, and after a lot of drama and rushing to the vets...he is fine. Banged up a lot, gimpy, sore, bumps and bruises, drugged up, but he will be fine in about a week or so. So fine, in fact, that he was begging for cookies & catching me at weak moment, he got one. It was a horrible morning that I hope to never have to repeat poor baby Oscar Boo!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Marcus: 1/2 Year

Marcus turned a half-year yesterday....which seems hard to believe. But then, I look out the window and see a foot of fluffy, white snow and remember how warm it was when we brought him home from Littleton Hospital...and the rain. I'm pretty certain it rained for the first 27 days of his life. He can roll over, and over, and over. Scoot across the floor on his bum. He loves Oscar..and squeals with glee when he sees him. He adores Sophia, and will stop drinking a bottle in the middle of the night in vain attempts to pet her. He loves his daddy, and his mommy...and wants his mommy and only his mommy when his stubborn bottom tooth is trying to makes it's way into the world. He loved his ducky pacifier, but has discarded it in favor of a soft Tigger. He loves his teddy bears in his crib. He is happy in his crib; even in the mornings, he'll be content for over an hour talking to his animals and his toes. He likes to chew on his toes- especially in the bathtub. He is the BEST little eater...and will get angry if I don't shovel the food in quick enough. He prefers Nana's applesauce with rice-flakes, but also like green beans, peaches, pears, and carrots...he isn't so sure about prunes and winter squash. He likes to be in his bouncy seat, but hasn't quiet figured out how to turn around in it. He likes his vibrating chair and his swing when he's tired. He enjoys The Colbert Report & Jon Stewart...and laughs out-loud (seriously). He has the most adorable little belly-laugh. And the biggest little belly. He loves to snuggle and give hugs. He trys to give open mouthed sloppy kisses.....he is the best little Mocus-Pocus in the whole wide world.

Marcus: First Time in the SNOW









Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Taaaaa-Daaaaaa THE Nursery!

Marcus is finally enjoying living in his own sweet space.....

an over-all fisheye view......note the awesome owl rug

adorable firetruck from uncle andy campbell

Gramma Brown gave me one of mom's old baby bottles this Christmas

another fisheye view...i realllllly like using this lens!
where's oscar? hard to see, but in the corner by the bookshelf is a huge teddy bear mom made for Christmas, sitting in the adorable rocking chair that Nanny got him.

did i happen to mention that uncle andy (campbell) got him the COOLEST pair of shamrock green moon boots?

The birdie mobile I made, and the flags from my baby shower (made by Sara)

The changing table was a yardsale find by mom years ago- Elise used it for Owen, and then Sara & I used it at our hold all the booze! I made a word collage on Wordle (so fun!) that's hanging above.

The top half of the built in cubby- eventually it will have another shelf in it. Abby made the adorable cross-stitched wallhanging.....

I finally got around to making the curtains, bumper, and crib skirt.

a framed newborn onesie...he USED to be so tiny!

Top of the dresser- the funky owl from Sara & Andy, the wooden car from Sara, the picture from Robbie-Doo, and the doggy piggybank was mine as a little one, and the lamp I got when we lived in Sugar Hill (Nate never liked it has a happy new home!)

I had a lot of fun with random flash cards.

It's hard to tell in the photo- but the letters and numbers spell:
Marcus B. H. LOVE DPNG (because of Pa, Nana, and Grammie...and I just liked the little deer one). and the number cards are his birthday: 7-10-2008.

and where was Marcus during the documentary photoshoot?
downstairs in the living room getting kisses from daddy!

Oh, and just to make this room even sweeter......
The entire thing only cost me a bucket of paint (same blue as my retro kitchen), a polka dot comforter cover from the Garnet Hill Outlet store (that I chopped up into a billion different things), 2 picture frames from Walmart, 4 Cynthia Rowley baskets from Target on clearence, one poster sized print from Kodak, the little coat rack I ordered from Garnet Hill, and the flash cards from PaperSource.....bringing my grand total to: $133.00 (The crib was from a friend & the dresser was Nate's when he was little....most everything else were gifts from the baby showers!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sara K Homemade

My little sister has officially launched her shop on Etsy!
Please be sure to check it out:

funky aprons

and belts....

itty bitty cards...