Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Santa Christmas Tree

If you don’t know already you might as well find out now.
From me.
I, Jessica Abcdefg, am addicted to looking on Pinterest.
Yep, addicted.
Somehow I get all completely engrossed into looking at all the pictures and pinning everything I hope to make. Sometimes I go through and actually look at the links, but that is as far as I ever get with making the items. In my defense, it is so easy to scroll through the pictures on my ipod while lying in bed.
However, now I have actually made something I pinned.
First time ever!!!

What do you think of it?
I am in LOVE with it!
Looks even better in person!

I found the Pinterest inspiration from HERE.
Hers is lovely - mine is better!

Of course, I am partial to mine since I made it.

He he he!

For the base of the tree I used a cardboard box. In order to get the size I wanted, I had to cut and then re-tape back together two separate boxes which explains why it is not 100% perfect. I wanted to use a big Rubbermaid Tupperware but it wasn't wide enough for my tree base to fit inside.
Once I had my box formed I wrapped it in red wrapping paper. I used black felt for the belt and wrapped a piece of cardboard with tin foil to make the belt buckle. For the white area I used big ribbon that we had used for my wedding.
Luckily I had all these items in my house - $0 spent.

Throughout my tree I used red tinsel and red beads to help carry the color red for Santa's body, but I kept most my ornaments with my candy theme.
I finished the look by topping the tree with a Santa hat.
I do have a red wood sign showing 'HoHoHo' that I decided against using.

Final outcome: I think he is wonderful! And unique! Not many people can say they have a tree like mine.

If I had a bigger area in my house to put my tree you would see how I have wrapped my presents with a candy theme to match my ornaments. Instead, I might have wrapped them with Santa wrapping paper to match my Santa tree. You know, to keep with that theme.
For Christmas trees, I am all about themes - 100%!
Just by seeing the picture of my tree, one of my friends plan on making this with her kids this weekend. :)
Guess I motivated her to do something different.
I told her to take a picture of it.
I hope she does.
I'm going to leave you with some of my favorite ornaments:

Did you notice my Santa ball???
Matches my tree! Makes me smile! 
Is your tree up yet???

Monday, November 26, 2012

Got Turkey Leftovers?

We do.
Last night we decided to make a dish with some of our leftover turkey meat.
We decided on a turkey pot pie. I Googled the recipe online.

An let me tell you - it was YUMMY!

Ours had sliced carrots, celery, potatoes, peas and onions. I used 3 cups of our homemade chicken stock and one cup of our homemade gravy. Topped it off with a pie crust and baked for 30 minutes.

How good you ask?
Good enough for us to eat almost the entire thing in one sitting. Yep, one sitting.

I barely had enough to bring in for lunch today.

Luckily I made enough 'filling' for us to have 2 pot pies!
Meaning we ate one yesterday for dinner and the other one tonight.

Is it bad that I want to make another for dinner tomorrow???
I wonder if I can talk Matt into it???

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Birthday Presents

With my birthday so close to Thanksgiving we tend to celebrate my birthday over the Thanksgiving holiday.
This Thanksgiving holiday was no different.

I got a BUNCH of presents this year!
Bunches of good ones.
THANK YOU! I love them all!!!

Matt already gave me my present - the cruise back in October. I feel it was a wonderful gift even though he got the exact same 'present'. LOL! Whatever works to get me a cruise. :)
I am hoping I can get the same gift from him next year.
Fingers crossed.
I feel I need two vacations a year. Try to convince Matt for me please.

My mom and Greg got me this adorable metal (?) giraffe. I have like 30 stuffed giraffes among a few other different giraffes so this cutie will make a great addition. I just need to figure out where he will live. I am thinking my bedroom. He will look cute by my bathroom door. Maybe. Not sure yet.
They also bought me two charms for my Pandora bracelet - the camera and hope/love/faith.
I need some colored beads now to combine with my metal ones. Hint, hint, hint...
And a big metal 'C' for a wreath or for my wall or something.
I might already have a plan in mind for it.
And got me a movie snack kit with the movie Four Christmases.

My grandparents got me the Barbie blushing bride ornament.
Matt's mom got me The Big Bang Theory on DVD.
Meaning Matt and I have ate a lot of candy and watched a lot of TV today.
Not to mention all the other food we have consumed.
I'm feeling stuffed. Again.
I need to eat less tomorrow.


Happy Thanksgiving - 2 Days Late!

I hosted this year.

If you have never cooked a Thanksgiving meal you really need to be thankful to the person(s) who does all the hard work in order for you to enjoy that lovely meal. I had no idea how much work actually went into the event. It was a little stressful, but well worth it. I am glad I have this experience under my belt. :)
Thank you mom and grandma for all the past Thanksgiving meals I have enjoyed throughout the years!

Cooking for me started on Tuesday evening when I made two batches of pepperoni rolls, potato soup, a cheese ball and Watergate salad.
My brother was here so it was nice to have someone to talk to while I cooked. We even found time to watch the newest episode of Dexter.
Wednesday along with my brother, my parents and grandparents were here and we ate the potato soup and chicken tortellini soup I made when I got home from work. With salad.
It was nice sitting down to a meal before the main attraction. It isn't very often we are all together so I am glad we got to do this.
Matt's sister got here later in the evening while I was prepping this giant 23 pound turkey.
That big boy was heavy!
Thursday morning I woke early to put the big boy in the oven and make breakfast for me, Matt and our siblings since my parents and grandparents spent the night at a hotel where they received free breakfast. Evidently it wasn't very good - it was the worker's first day doing it alone.
Matt's mom got here shortly before our Thanksgiving meal.
While everything was cooking we all watched Four Christmases and Fred Clause on DVD.
You should have heard my grandpa laughing! I think everyone liked those movies!
I will admit towards the end of my cooking I was starting to get stressed and I may have been a bit snippy to my family. I do apologize.
In the end, everything turned out great and was all ready right on time.
I had said I would serve lunch at 1 and somehow it all worked out - we were all seated at 1.
I was ecstatic!
Couldn't have turned out better!
Here are a few of the items I served for Thanksgiving:
 We had already started carving it when I remembered I wanted to take a picture.

Green Bean Casserole
Homemade gravy
I forgot to take a picture of the canned cranberry sauce (LOL! My grandpa only wanted this kind), the stuffing, rolls and my grandma's homemade sweet potato casserole. 

For desert my mom made fudge (not pictured), cheesecake (not pictured) and a pumpkin pie. Matt's mom made an apple pie and pumpkin pecan pie.
Talk about addicting!
And we have all the leftovers!!!
Matt and I both have had WAY more then we should!
All of it is so yummy and we are having a hard time controlling ourselves!
However this is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving - all the leftovers!
Here's my table all set:
Yes, I used paper plates on top of my chargers.
I had to - we only have a set of 8 dishes and there was 9 of us. No one minded. In fact, I think my grandma told me that was smart. And yes, that is some fancy serving dishes you see. Next time I host a meal I will make sure I have a few more 'fancy' serving dishes.

While everything was cooking my mom and brother made this cute gingerbread house:
My mom said this house is 2 or 3 years old. This is why you don't see green frosting on here.
Ha ha ha!
Sounds like me! I buy them and take just as long to make them. (You will see this sometime in December.)

After everyone stuffed themselves with all the yummy food we took some pictures outside.
I know I drive everyone nuts with all my picture taking...
I just want to make sure these moments are forever captured so we always have something to look at to remember these times. Aside from our memories of course.

I'll leave you with pictures of our cuties:

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Patriotic Wreath

I had two introductions for this post prepared….
In preparation of Election Day (we missed Labor Day) my mom and I decided we needed to have a red, white and blue wreath.
While in Hobby Lobby back in July my mom stumbled upon the perfect garland to make a nice inexpensive patriotic wreath. She bought every strand of this garland they had left – seven in total.
This is the simplest wreath you will ever make – guaranteed.
Your children could easily help make this one.
So simple a caveman can do it! Why am I quoting Geico commercials??????
Wreath form (we used wooded ones)
Garland (we used 3 each)
Sign and/or flags
Have your wreath form and wrap your garland around it as tight or as loose as you like. To hold the garland in place you can either hot glue it (did this at first), clip it (did this on the next strand) or any other method that works for you. After the garland is all wrapped up you can add American accessories to it.
American as in red, white and blue - Probably not made in America since everything seems to be made in China these days.
Mine looks beautiful on my blue door!
Shines and shimmers in the light making it appear magical (during the day at least)!
The EXACT look I was attempting to achieve!
I felt using clips to hold the strands in place worked best so I can easily remove everything and use my form for my next wreath creation. I already have a whole wall of wreaths and due to space; I had to do this.
My patriotic supplies I will put away with my other holiday decorations and I will re-make this wreath each patriotic holiday – President’s Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Election Day, Veteran’s Day and any other red, white and blue holiday I am forgetting to mention.
Are you going to make a patriotic wreath?
Veteran’s Day is on Sunday.
Just saying.