Sunday, December 14, 2008

Moore Holiday Cheer!

Cookie Time!!!! My Little Kitchen Elf... busy at work.
Whah Lah!
The most Festive frosted Christmas Sugar Cookies!
Fluffy and Fabulous Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe...
All you will need:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup crisco
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Here is what you do:

Beat your sugar and crisco then add eggs until blended well. In a seperate bowl, mix sour cream and baking soda then add to egg, sugar mixture. In another bowl combine flour and powder and add to mixture, the mixture will form a ball. Bake at 350 for 8-10 min. Frost.

My favorite frosting:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • a little milk to texture

Mix softened butter with sugar add vanilla and milk little at a time to get the right frosting texture. Not to much or the frosting will be to running. Good Luck!

Time to feast! Time to write out the Christmas card...
Our Family Room is ready for St. Nick and the birthday of Jesus!
A beautiful Santa.
Little Santa... aka (Nolan), Santa... and Blake
in case you couldn't see the silly name tags.
We are so excited for Jesus's Birthday!
My Little Snow Angel... Thank you God for the Snow, sleds and
our little angel babies to enjoy it all!
A big day of Sledding with my boys. We love the SNOW!!!
Many Snow Covered Blessings!
Hugs, Dana

Monday, December 8, 2008

Spreading the Christmas Cheer with Our Children!

Like most children... Blake prefers to put all of the ornaments on the one branch. Don't touch the Poinsettia Nolan it's poison! Don't worry... this wasn't at my house.
The tree... Love the branch at the bottom? I just couldn't cut it, it is to funny,
and he houses most of the ornaments.
Seeing the look on Blake and Nolan's face when we plugged in the Christmas tree last night was enough to melt Doug and I hearts. They gaze up to the 10 foot beast of a tree with such wonder and delight. Blake is so fun this year.... he wants to help with all of the details of getting decorated for the birth of our Savior Jesus. We have decided this year to really try and make the house look festive using child friendly and child created decorations.
Blake and I made a 20some foot long chain out of construction paper. He loves to cut and glue so I thought this project would be a lot of fun for him and it was. He takes such pride in his work and all he kept saying is "I can't wait to surprise daddy... he will be so excited to see the biggest chain-saw ever in the world."
Okay, yes my child thinks it is a chain-saw... but oh well we had a blast putting it all together.
Hearing him laugh and the joy it brought him to have helped in the decorating is just magical.
All you need for this project is:
  1. Construction Paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue

4. A smile on your face... don't worry if you aren't starting with a smile,

I guarantee you will end with one.

Blake is really starting to enjoy the snow.
Another fun child friendly project is Making Snowflakes!
It is simple, easy for young children and fun.
All you need is:
  1. White paper
  2. scissors
  3. glue
  4. We sprinkled them with glitter for an added effect of elegance!

I hope you and your families are having fun this season. Keep the joy of the Christmas Spirit and remember that Christmas doesn't have to be stressful and overwhelming. It is about the birth of Jesus and spending time with all of God's children.
God Bless you all this holiday season!
Hugs, Dana

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Getting Ready for the Holidays

The Gift of Giving.
Giving to others is so much fun... I am a gifty type person. Working in the Gift Business for so many years really made me love giving gifts to the people I love. I love wrapping, ribbons, arrangements and fun toppers. The gift does not have to be expensive, you can wrap something simple like a candle up beautifully and it makes it all the more special.
Setting the pefect Table
Use the items you love for the holidays, add a little glitter and tinsel and you have a special table for the holidays.
Cozy Dining
I love to make my home warm and cozy for the holidays. It wasn't until a few years ago I started really decorating for the holidays. I just love the look on my boys face when they see twinkling lights and the festive accessories. Blake loves to help put out the decorations for the holidays with me... We cut out snowflakes and used glue and glitter last night for a
family fun project. I like to include him in some of the fun so that he has an
appreciation for beautiful things like I do.
God Bless you all this holiday season.
Hugs, Dana

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Let it snow...Let it snow...Let is snow!

Do we look like we are professionals?
So cool!
Uncle Kyle and Blake
Winter Skiing 07
Daddy getting Blake fitted for his ski boots! Goggles Check!
Do a little dance...
We are ready for the snow and ready for skiing! Can't wait for Christmas and all the snow that will hopefully come with it!
Enjoy these Winter Memories and find your families fun where ever you can.
Many Winter Blessings to you all and your families.
Love, Dana

Friday, November 7, 2008

Well, Blake is sooo excited about our full house for the weekend! We love it... the more the merrier. Aidan is staying with us this weekend and Tyler. Blakey can hardly control himself. The boys were up chatting and playing all night... okay (7:30-9:00)! LOL. It seemed like a long time, but they were having a blast. Aidan got here about 4:30p yesterday and Ty came about 7ish. We had a nice evening at home with all the boys and we are looking forward to tonight's BIG GAME!
This is my baby brother Ty in the red, I know he is not such a baby anymore. He is a junior at the local Catholic School and he is also staying with us for the weekend. I am thrilled...we don't get to see him as often as we would like and I have been missing him so much. Susan my step-mom had to go and be with her dad this weekend so we get him all to ourselves! He is playing football tonight for the district regional (I think) and I am praying that they win. Their team is like 12-0 and they are a great group of kids with a ton God given talent.
I am so proud of Ty and I pray that he wins tonight at the BIG GAME!
Thank you GOD for family!
I give you all the grace and glory for blessing our lives the way that you do.

Many Blessings to you and your families,

Dana

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Goodbye Halloween.

Oh, what a wonderful Halloween our family had...
here is that last look at Halloween 2008 with the Family...Blake was the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz.
(His new favorite movie. He wanted to watch it everyday so he could
practice getting into character.)
He was a great Scarecrow if I do say so myself.
Poor Nolie was just not sure what he wanted to do, be or see for his first Halloween. Nolan was a Halloween Combo Treat this year. a Tootsie Roll and a Pumpkin. But, most of all he was a teething baby with a runny nose, a cough and some pretty sore gums.
Aunt Denise had the coolest cat at her house, it was HUGE!
Trick-or-Treat.
Think. Think. Think.
Hmmm.... If I only had a brain.
How can a mother say "No More Candy" to that face.
Here Blakey is singing the scarecrow (from the Wizard of Oz) theme song.
Nolan thinks he is really funny as you can see.
Nolan's real thought ...
"How am I going to get that really big pumpkin into my little mouth...
& were do you suppose they are hiding the gloppy stuff..."
Happy Halloween from my walker to you!
Playing in our pumpkin patch.
We hope you enjoyed a look into our Halloween Festivities over the past week. Hope you all had a safe and Happy Halloween!
Thank you for all of you sweet comments.
God Bless you and your special Families.
Dana

Friday, October 31, 2008

Carving Pumpkins Again... Yes Again.

Okay this picture was supposed to be last... but here is the grand finale of our pumpkin carving extravaganza. Blake is in love with Pumpkin Carving we convinced him to color the last one instead of carving it out. Daddy and Momma were getting a bit tired.
Nolie loves to gloppy stuff inside the pumpkin.
Okay, Halloween is almost over with.
Many Blessings, Dana

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween!

No, Blake is not going to be batgirl... that's mine. He just likes to play in it. (stay tuned to Blake and Nolan's Halloween 2008.
Happy Halloween All!
Blake is so excited for Halloween. We just finished carving the last of our pumpkins and put them out on the porch. Put the boys to bed and I am getting all the goodies ready for tomorrow. Hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween.
Many Halloween Blessings, dana

Sunday, October 26, 2008

New Living Room Layout and Pumpkin Carving!

We went to the neighbors last night to carve our pumpkins and had a great time. The boys were very proud of their pumpkins. They really turned out cute and of course they didn't photograph as cute as they really were. You get the idea!
So, last week I was bored and my mind was racing on ways to make my living room work more efficiently for my family. It seemed as if there was no good place for the boys to play unless I moved tables and things out of the way... Everyday. Needless to say... we needed to make a change.
So here it is...
Our newly (breaking many design rules) functional family room. (Where there is actual room for our family to play.) Isn't that what a family room is for anyway... Many Family Room Blessings from
The Moore Family Room,
to your Family Room.

-dana

Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween Is Approaching.

My Little Peter Pan... HALLOWEEN 06
Well we have been getting costumes ready, pumpkins picked out and candy not yet bought (because I will eat it...) Needless to say we are getting ready for the next season. HALLOWEEN! (that is a season right???)
Blake is so excited, he is going to be a scarecrow and Nolan is his little pumpkin.
We have one costume party this year with the kids and Blake can't wait.
Have fun planning your Halloween costumes, cookies, candy and events.
I remember when I was a little girl, I loved this time of year and it is amazing that I still do. I can remember the houses we went to for treats, the leaves cracking below our feet and the scary noises coming from some of the real scary houses on the block. I love creating these same memories for my boys.
Lots of Love and Halloween Blessings,
Dana

Friday, October 10, 2008

Needing Advice!

Hello All....
I am looking for advice on this beautiful fall afternoon...
Beyond taking care of a sick baby... I have been tossing around the idea of selling some things around the house that have piled up in storage closets, drawers and such. I want to ask all of my blogger friends what you think about the simplest, most creative way to sell your treasures. Is it a yard sale, ebay, blog... I don't know and I really want your advice. I have baby things, clothes, furniture, home accessories, pictures.... The list goes on and I want to make more room in my home for the things that are important to me.
So here is the challenge ladies, put your thinking caps on and let me know if you have any great ideas on getting rid of the old to make room for the stuff I already can't find... but love.
Many Blessings Bloggers and I hope you can help with this challenge.
Love, Dana