Girl Scout Cookies Go on Sale

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The Girl Scout cookie sale begins today!

For the next two months (January 10-March 10), I will be hauling cookies with me everywhere I go.

Lily will have booth sales most weekends to help her troop. So, I will be chauffeuring her around to those places.

I’m really hoping our year of experience pays off. Lily has picked out prizes with some pretty lofty sales goals.

As long as she keeps working hard, I’m sure she will get a fold-up camping chair, one way or another.

Lily’s First Broken Bone

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Lily broker her finger.

Our insurance benefits started January 1st, and Lily wasted no time on calling “dibs” on being the first person to use them.

It happened while I was at work, but from what I have been told, she was running in the hall. Slammed into the coat closet door, and her pinky finger got caught between the door and door frame.

I will spare you how many times she has been scolded and had to “go back and walk.”

My dad made a Q-Tip and Bandaid splint for her.

A trip to RediMed to get it checked out. Thankfully a relatively short wait.

We got x-rays done. As they developed, even I could tell it was broken.

The doctor came back and told us it was indeed broken. Shortly after that, an x-ray tech came in to do the splint.

She was so exhausted, physically and mentally, that she fell asleep watching “Mermaidia” in Spanish.

After her nap and some dinner, I painted her nails to cheer her up.

We go back in 2 weeks…

Christmas Eve

We had plans to get dinner before every place closed. Sweet little Navy had skipped nap, so as soon as we were in the car, he was fast asleep.

Plans were altered. He would sleep for another hour after we got to the house, then we’d go out.

Waking him was another matter. So, we put him back to bed, and decided on take out.

It was 8:04pm when Henry left. Most places advertised closing at 8. Bummer. Even McDonald’s was closed!

Jokingly, I suggested Panda Express. I may have seen too much “A Christmas Story.”

We also did the Christmas Eve box idea that has been making the rounds on Facebook.

It was impossible to find Christmas pyjamas that Lily would wear. I finally settled for Lalaloopsy footed jammies, which she loves.

We also let her open a super soft blanket to sleep with that night.

Our Christmas Eve Box
– pyjamas
– hot cocoa
– microwave popcorn
– Christmas movie

Lily’s movie: My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas
Navy’s movie: Go Diego Go! – Diego Saves Christmas

Lily’s blanket: Hello Kitty Canvas Tote & Sherpa Throw
Navy’s blanket: Disney Planes Throw Blanket & Canvas Tote

Note: Navy is still asleep, so he will just open his in the morning.

Christmas Cookies

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Cookie Decorating Essentials

One of my fabulous co-workers suggested that we do a cookie/treat exchange at work. I loved the idea. After all, I like to bake and decorate.

I’m terrible at cut-out cookies.

The dough doesn’t roll right. The cookies rip when I transfer them from the counter to the cookies sheet. The edges end up burned.

So, I bought Holiday Cut-Out Cookies from Market Day. I’m not a fan of the frosting, so I also got Betty Crocker Whipped icing and decors.

Lily got to decorate first. She got 6 of each cookie (snowmen, stars, trees), half of the candies, and 4 decor shakers.

We attempted to have her do the icing before decorating, but that wasn’t working out well, so I iced and she decorated.

Navy had fallen asleep while the first batch was in the oven, so he decorated his after dinner.

He got the remaining cookies and candies, but only 3 shakes. I thought the one “holly” shaker would be too messy.

He did really well. Didn’t lick or eat any cookies he wasn’t supposed to. Didn’t stick his fingers in the frosting.

I can definitely see our family repeating this next Christmas, hopefully with homemade cookies!

Got a good (fool proof) cut-out cookie recipe?

Christmas Cards 2013

I love the idea of sending adorable photo Christmas cards out. A snapshot of the kids and/or our family just before the upcoming holiday chaos.

It’s festive and popular, but it can add up when you wanna send out cards to everyone in your family, all your friends, the babysitter, the kids friends, etc.

Here’s how I managed to get this done in about a hour!

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The Santa Train, Again

I felt horrible for how the Santa Train ride turned out last weekend. We went right after lunch, which resulted in a 2 hour wait. My camera wasn’t fully charged and shut off when we were next in line for the train.

Last Chance!
Location: Fort Wayne Railroad History Society
Date: Dec. 21
Time: 10a – 4p
Cost: Adults $4, Children $3

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Little Chef helping make buffalo chicken dip.

2 Market Day ChicNSteaks (approx 1/2 lb.), cooked, shredded
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. Frank’s Red Hot
1/2 c. Kraft Roka Blue Cheese Dressing
1/2 c. shredded cheese (I use Mexican, taco, or fiesta for a little extra kick)

Place the cream cheese, Frank’s, dressing, and cheese in a 1-1/2 Quart Slow Cooker on high. Stir to blend well.

Mix in the chicken. Stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted and the mixture is well blended.

Reduce heat to low, still stirring occasionally.

Serve with tortilla chips and pretzels.

I would love to show a picture of this all plated up, looking delicious, but it went fast.