Nutty, Yummy Goodness
Monday, November 28, 2011

Here's a repost from when this blog was still  an infant, back in December of 2007.  Still my favorite treat (to eat, and to gift) at Christmastime!


I make these Sugared Pecans every year at Christmastime. They are made with cinnamon and allspice and make the house smell awesome.

The recipe was originally from my Grandma JoAnn. She passed away in December of 1998, the first year Jonathan and I were married. Making the pecans is always a nice time of reflection and remembering.

Sugared Pecans Recipe:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

3 cups pecan halves

1 tsp vanilla

Combine sugar, water, cinnamon, and allspice in large pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to thicken (approx. 15-20 minutes). Add pecans and cook over medium heat stirring constantly, until pecans are well coated and mixture becomes difficult to stir(approx. 10-15 minutes). Remove from heat, add vanilla. Stir. Pour onto waxed paper, separate pecans before they cool and harden.

Recipe can be doubled.


How to Remove Crayon from Clothing
Sunday, November 27, 2011

Last Friday, right before we left home to visit Oklahoma for a week, a good part of Lauryn's wardrobe got washed and dried with a blue crayon.  We were trying to get out the door and get the kids picked up from school and get on the road for the 8 hour instead of dealing with it, I left the crayon-defiled-clothes in a big pile to be dealt with when we got home.  

This was not the first time a crayon has made it's way into my dryer (I know, I know....I'm a slow learner). The last time it happened, I attacked each individual stain with a toothbrush and Dawn soap.  I got most of the stains out that way, but it was a long, tear-inducing process. This time, I posted my crayon woes on facebook and my friend Jennifer shared the the following "recipe":

1 cup of borax
1 cup of oxi clean
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup of shout

Add all ingredients to warm water in the sink.  Add the clothes and soak for 3 hours.

This worked really well.  It lifted the crayon (which was generic and not washable by the way) right out of all the clothing that had any polyester or acrylic, and right out of the loosely woven cottons like sweaters.  The things that were 100% cotton and tightly woven (t-shirts) still had a little bit of staining, but most of it came out on a heavy duty wash cycle.

On a side note, I also threw in a pair of grass stained blue jeans, and it lightened the staining considerably.

So.  The lesson is, CHECK YOUR KIDS POCKETS AND DON'T LET CRAYONS IN THE DRYER.  But if you are slow to learn that lesson like I am, give this a try.


ornaments in love
Saturday, November 26, 2011

Don't you adore the experience of pulling out the ornaments that go on the Christmas tree?  Nostalgia at it's finest!  I love the hand-made ornaments featuring teeny little handprints from the kids.  I also have a few hand-made ornaments from the kids that have a special place on the back side of the tree.  Like, the side facing the wall.  (Surely I'm not the only mom who does this?)  I'm starting a little blog series this holiday, featuring some of my favorite ornaments.


This is the 14th year for this lovely bride and groom to hang out together on our tree.  It was purchased for us by my grandmother Joanne, who passed away only 6 months after we married.  They had a featured place on our very first Christmas tree.

Over the years they've moved to a more obscure place on the tree, losing their front and center spot to more kid-centric creations.  But these two were around before we had kids, and they'll be around when the kids have moved on to celebrate Christmas with their own families.  

I find this couple quite charming! I'm thankful to still find my groom quite charming as well.

Future President. Or Dictator.
Saturday, November 5, 2011

My daughter refashioned all her play money.  I love it.

And Much Candy Loot was Gathered
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

"Paging Dr. Lauryn, paging Dr. Lauryn!"

Dylan as Pastor Jonathan Cliff, complete with hat, glasses,
blue plaid shirt, converse, and Trinity Church name badge.


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