Friday, December 10, 2010

Boys and their Toys

If we ever have any free time we like to spend it on our ATVs. Free time is hard to come by with my older son having a job. Between 2 men working and one in football we hardly get the time to play.

The boys just unloaded our bikes off the trailer. Meet mom and pop.

Before we can blink, he is ready to go! This is nothing new.

We all wear protective gear when we ride. Better safe, because sometimes you're still sorry. So be extra safe and wear gear!

He's a bad mamma-jamma! 

It's time for me to introduce you to, "The Boss Lady". She got that name because well, first of all she is mine, second of all she is a big, bad red machine and third, if those little sport bikes get stuck she can pull them out! Much respect for The Boss Lady.

After the boys drove around the track we went trail riding. My favorite. We found a sand box so we stopped and played in the sand.

The little one is doing a burn out for the camera. He thinks he is so cool.....he is.

But this, this is even cooler! Nice look off.


This is what we look like when we get back. It's not always this muddy, thank God!

It's time to go, as you can see we have a lot of work a head of us! Now for the not so fun part, washing up! Go out and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Table for the Kids

I thought of a fun idea for the kids while I was trying to sleep last night. I usually give out an ornament for each child to take home on Christmas Eve. This year I decided the center piece for the kids table would be a Christmas tree that they could decorate together.

The snowman ornament over the silverware is the ornament they will take home this year.

I love the napkin rings! They look like Christmas ball ornaments. I have had them since we owned our very first home.

I got these fun Styrofoam cups from The Nutcracker Market. Just so we are clear, they do say "Ho, Ho, Ho" all the way around the cup.

It's always fun to have Reindeer Names.

My son will probably want to be Blitzen because it sounds like a football thing. "Blitz"

You won't find Rudolph here, I think they would argue over who was going to be guiding the sleigh.

 What adorable name card holders!

I have regular dishes mixed in with the Styrofoam because I think regular dishes make for a better picture. I just had to show you my new cups though!

Here are the ornaments and garland we will use for the tree.

These are the ornaments I gave out to the kids last year! This is what is left over.

This is our garland.

I am going to start a new tradition this year. I am going to hide the small cross in the tree for the kids to find. After all, he is the reason for the season.

After the kids eat they can decorate the tree. It always takes the adults longer to graze, I mean eat dinner.

This is going to be lots of fun for the kids and they will have a souvenir to take home. Enjoy!

To look at more great ideas go to BNOTP.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Are you ready for Host with the Most?

Better-Than-Almost-Anything Cake

Whether you are going to a Christmas Party this year or having Christmas dinner at your house, this is a yummy dessert idea. My mother-in-law, Linda made this cake and we all just fell in love with it! Thanks Linda!

Here is what you need to have on hand plus some flour and Pam or shortening to grease your pan.

Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake cake as directed on box for a 13x9 inch pan. I sprayed my pan with Pam.

Poured 4 tablespoons of flour onto the pan.

Shook the pan around and emptied any remaining flour in the trash.

I poured the cake mix in a large mixing bowl.

Poured the water and the oil into the mix.

Added the eggs.

Blended ingredients with a mixer.

Poured mixture into 13x9 inch pan and baked.

Once your cake comes out of the oven, poke top of the warm cake every 1/2 inch with a circular end of a wooden spoon. My handle was not circular but that's okay, it was still delicious!

Drizzle 1 can (14 oz.) of sweetened condensed mild evenly over top of the cake; let stand until milk has been absorbed into cake.

Next drizzle with caramel topping.

Run a knife around sides of the pan to loosen cake. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled.

Spread whipped topping over top of the cake. Sprinkle with toffee chips.

Store covered in refrigerator. That is, if there is any left!

Now it's your turn! Go ahead Host with the Most!