Winter Vacation 2016


We recently went away on a little winter getaway. It was our third year going to Bend Oregon, and I was still blown away with how beautiful it is. It truly was a winter wonderland. 

You see, we live in a area which never gets more then about an inch of snow (which ends up melting fairly quick) so to be surrounded by snow up to our knees and more falling was amazing. 
The kids could not get enough of it. They wanted to spend every daylight hour outside. Even William (our two year old) enjoyed the snow this year. Last year he hated putting on all the snow gear and wanted us to carry him around in the snow. This year, he lay on the bed patiently while I got his snow pants, boots, gloves, coat and hat on.
I don't know about you, but after helping the kids put on and take off their snow gear two or four times a day for 4 days, I was ready to go back home where there is no snow. Do any of you know what I mean? It can be exhausting (whew). Anyways, I always look forward to our winter vacations, just to get away from the busyness and pressure that we can sometimes feel this time of year, and reconnect with the family and be together without anywhere to be and anything to do.


-our evenings could not have been more perfect-

-the beautiful cabin we stayed in-

-slow mornings are the best kind of mornings-


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-sledding and building forts, a few of his favorite things-

-love his rosy cheeks-

Christmas 2016


Hello my dear friends, I hope you all had the merriest of Christmases!

We had a very quiet and low key Christmas at home. After opening our presents, we stayed home all day playing with our new toys (ahem.. meaning 90 % of my time was spent putting the toys together and 10% playing with the kids). 
I then prepared a delicious Christmas dinner and the rest of the evening was spent watching Christmas movies, I couldn't have asked for anything more. 

On Christmas eve we attended church and the kids were in the Christmas pageant, which was the cutest thing ever. I wish I had my camera to record Nico bowing and blowing everyone kisses at the end. Seriously, that kid thinks the whole world revolves around him :) He certainly made the congregation laugh.   Later that evening, we ate takeout and watched the Nativity Story
I love watching the Nativity this time of the year, It gets us thinking of the real reason for this Holiday. I feel humbled and thankful for the greatest gift this Christmas, the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.













Wishing you many blessings this season,




Iced Christmas Cookies


We are on winter break (yay!!) which means we can sleep in, play all day, and cozy up in front of the fire watching Christmas movies.  It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. 
One of my favorite things to do is bake with the kidos, and with winter break we have plenty of time.  

We love making these iced cookies, the kids can't get enough of them. I have used the same recipe for years, the cookies always turn out and the royal icing actually tastes good. 


Cookie Dough

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups butter (softened)
2 cups white sugar 
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt


Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. 
Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. 
Chill dough for atleast an hour or overnight.
( I like to split the dough into 4 parts and wrap them up in seram wrap. It is easier to work with small portions of dough. Plus when I don't use all of it, I can just freeze the wrapped up dough till next time)

Preheat oven to 350. 
On a floured surface, roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. 
Cut into shapes with any cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets. 
Bake 9-10 minutes. 

Cookie Icing

Ingredients:

4 cups powdered sugar
8 tsp milk
8 tsp light corn syrup
2 tsp almond extract
food coloring of your choice

Directions:

In your stand mixer, stir together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in the syrup and among extract until the icing is smooth and glossy. 
If the icing is to thick, add more corn syrup and milk (a tsp at a time)

Divide the icing into small separate bowls, add the food coloring to each desired intensity. Use piping bags to decorate the cookies. 





Our cookies are far from perfect, but they are quite tasty :)

Thanks for visiting, 




Christmas House Tour 2016


Welcome to our winter house tour

I love how our cozy our home is right now with all the candles and twinkle lights. 
What is it about christmas lights? Something about them just draws us in. when it is dark and gloomy outside during the long winter days, we are naturally drawn to what little light we can find, and when they are tiny little twinkle lights, well that just makes us warm and cozy inside. 

This is a special season. My favorite time of the year. A time when we slow down and spend time with the ones we love. A time to spread God's love to people around us, a time to be thankful and a time to give. 

May the Lord bless you all this holiday season. 

















 It may be dark and gloomy outside, but inside it is warm and cozy. 

 Thanks for visiting, 





Baking with Kids-- Gingerbread Men Cookies




"Snow Day! No school!" 

Probably my most favorite words to hear when I was a child. It meant we got to sleep in and didn't have to trudge through the rain and wind to the bus stop. That was my child hood. This morning when I told my kids that school was canceled. Instead of happiness and joy, I got sad pouty faces and whiney NOs. I couldn't believe my eyes, they rather be in school then at home all nice and cozy.

To help pass their time at home we decided to bake some gingerbread men cookies. I haven't made gingerbread cookies in years, so I wasn't sure if the cookies would turn out or not. I found a recipe on Taste of Home, which used all ingredients I had on hand. 
The recipe is great, the dough was perfect and the cookies kept their shape when baked. They are soft and have just the right amount of spice in them, and off course the most important thing of all is the that the kids love them. So this recipe is definitely a keeper. 

Print recipe Here

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter softened 
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup molasses
1 egg
2 TB water
2 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice

Directions:
Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. 
Beat in molasses, egg and water. 
Add the water, flour, baking soda, salt and all the spices and mix until creamy. 
Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 350. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8 thickness. Cut with a gingerbread man cookie cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. 

Bake 9-10 minutes and remove and cool on wire racks. Decorate with icing (recipe below)

Icing recipe:

2 cups of powdered sugar 
4 tsp milk
1 TB light corn syrup
1/2 tsp almond extract
food coloring of your choice. 

Directions:
In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in the corn syrup and almond extract until smooth and glossy. If icing is to thick, add more corn syrup and milk. If it is to runny, add more powdered sugar. 

Divide into separate bowls and add food coloring to each. Use piping bags to decorate your cookies. 






Thanks for visiting,



Lumberjack Birthday Party


The year has flown by and my older kids are both turning another year older this week. 
How is my oldest 9 already? It seems like it was just yesterday when we brought her home from the hospital, but that was almost a decade ago!!

 We can't stop the time from flying by, the only thing we can do is live every moment to the fullest. 
Love each other, cuddle our kidos while they still like to be cuddle, read aloud to them while they still love bed time stories and spend as much time with them as possible. 


We celebrated their birthdays this weekend with family and friends. It was a such a fun day.
 At the end of the day, my son told me that he wished it was morning again and he could have his party all over again. I agree with you my dear, it went by way to fast. 

This year our theme was lumberjack inspired, both boy and girl friendly. 

Felt boys crown and the girls berry crowns are DIY. The supplies are from craft warehouse
Lanterns are from amazon
Trees are from amazon 
Table runner is from amazon 
Straws are from amazon 
Happy Birthday banner is from amazon 

-Love this years theme, it ties in with my christmas decor so well :)-

-Dessert Table-
Cakes are from our favorite bakery (I just put some animals and trees on them)
Cookies are home made. You can find the recipe here 

Living for Him....




I recently had an opportunity to meet an amazing and selfless woman. Every month she opens her house to young married women, and ministers to them, just as Titus 2:3-5 teaches us.

She has been ministering for 12 years now. She talks about how we should love our husbands and children, how to be graceful, and thankful in everything, how to dwell on the good and get rid of all bitterness in our lives. 

It was such an amazing evening that the time flew by way to fast. I could listen to her speak for hours. 


As stay at home moms, we may sometimes feel that our work is not important. But the bible says that it is God's will for us to minister to our children and husband before anyone else. 
We are to raise our children with all our hearts, and raise them for God's glory.

 

Last week I had a thought on my mind all week long. Why did God put all of these people on earth? Are we here to live for ourselves? To be selfish and do what ever we please? Is that really why God made us? NO, He is the king. He put us on this earth to glorify Him. To live for Him. Everything is for Him. We raise our children for Him, we honor our husband for Him. 
We are on this earth for such a short while, why not live for Him while we have the opportunity. 


Blessings,