Monday, December 29, 2008
Ali likes the Rudolph card that I made for her.
We wanted to get a photo of Dixie, our foster dog Frederick, and the in-laws' dog Sparky. Here's Ali trying to wrangle the dogs into position. (P.S. It didn't work!)
The obligatory annual "family in front of the tree" photo:
Later in the day, we went to my SIL & BIL's for Christmas dinner. Here's Ali opening presents with her cousin, Katie.
Another annual tradition... the Thompson family portrait. (Including dogs!)
Friday, December 26, 2008
Here's another Bella. I used this for Jessica's Christmas card - she got a blue Ipod for Christmas.
This is Ali's Christmas card. She loves to watch all the old Christmas specials with me. These are 3 individual stamps. I drew the "ground" to make it look more like a scene and not just like they were all just "floating". I had a lot of fun with glitter, dimensional glaze (deer noses & hooves, Santa's boots) and Fun Flock (deer chest/tails & Santa's beard). Ali loves Santa's fuzzy beard.
A few tips: when buying glitter at the craft store, check out the fabric art aisle. "Stamping glitter" was $1.99 for .25 oz. Tulip "fabric glitter" was $2.99 for .63 oz. Fabric glitter worked the same for me.
Also, before using glitter, wipe your cardstock with a "stamping buddy" (little bag of silica). This makes it much easier to brush off stray bits when you're done applying the glitter.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
And I finally finished my "November" cards for the Split Coast Stampers Christmas Card Challenge. I received these images in the last image swap on the Bellaholics list and had enough there to make my 10 cards for the challenge.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I'm hoping the antibiotics will kick in quickly and, after some rest, he'll feel a little more chipper. He's a real sweetie!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Last night was Jessica's band concert. Here's the band playing Good King Wenceles and a variation on a French Carol (I don't remember which is which):
This one I *know* is Sleigh Ride:
Tonight is Ali's choir concert. This is her first year in choir and she's very excited!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Last Wednesday was Jessica's school choir holiday concert. Here they are singing Carol of the Bells, a WJHS tradition:
There's not much "video" here - it was too dark, but here they are again singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" at the local tree lighting:
Here they are singing "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas":
We also went on Saturday and cut down our Christmas tree:
Chocolate-Studded Dream Cookies
Yields - 42 cookies (3 1/2 dozen)
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® SWIRLED™ Semi-Sweet & Premier White Morsels, divided
COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup morsels. Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Top with remaining morsels (approx. 4 – 5 per cookie).BAKE at 325 degrees for 11 – 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
These are the best chocolate cookies ever!