Monthly Archives: December 2010

My New Year’s Eve Cocktail…

Well, it is technically my lunch cocktail and I drink it daily.  I mix it up a little bit but it usually always contains Kale because that is just a wonder-food.  If you read all the properties of this awesome veggie in its raw form you will be amazed.  The cancer-fighting properties alone are enough to make you consume large quantities.  So today I put in a lot of Kale, fresh organic Spinach, green grapes, fresh raw cranberries, fresh strawberries, organic baby carrots, kiwi with skin, large navel orange, large apple, small amount of water and ice cubes to top it all off.

Blended up this healthy cocktail in the Vitamix and voila, green smoothie time.

Yummy!!!  Happy New Year everyone!!!  Let’s drink to good health, increased faith, happiness and prosperity in the new year.

 

For those of you who question whether it tastes great or not…I leave you with this testimonial from one of my very favorite smoothie lovers.

Lastly, for those of you wondering if I am concerned about the smoothie stains…I am not, it is a great cleanser in more than one way!!!

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My new Canon mug and a shameless plea for fans!!!

Hello everyone.  Posting some pics of this neat Canon lens mug my wonderful hubby got me.  Isn’t it neat.  It has stainless steel on the inside and it is really cool.

 

Okay and now for a couple of shameless pleas, please like my Facebook Page for Blueberry Hill Photography–http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blueberry-Hill-Photography/152839008094648

Also, if you want to take a look I started a website too, it is under construction but would love some support.  Thanks again the website is http://www.blueberryhillphoto.com/

Thanks everyone!!!

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Christmas Day!

Well, Christmas Day was a blast.  The little ones were definitely all aglow when they saw what Santa left under the tree.  We, left out some homemade cookies and milk in front of the fireplace for Santa.  The big kids got some nice gifts as well, most of which they opened on Christmas Eve (no fair).  Alexandra got a huge bottle of Chanel Chance, Yankee Candles, Footie PJs, Charlie Brown Christmas hardcover special edition book, and a lot of clothes, plus she is getting new tires for her Rav 4.  Ray got new tires for his car (boy were they hard to wrap), lots of clothes, leather gloves, and other stuff.  Michael got a ton of clothes, hats, gloves, DJ Hero set with the turntable for PS3, some video games for the whole family for the wii, the dance ones that are great for exercise.  Ethan loved the workbench with real working tool sounds and effects, they both loved their Bruder trucks, Zhu Zhu pets were another hit with the kids and dogs alike.  Believe it or not the little ones got so wrapped up in the presents they opened we still have wrapped presents under the tree which they open everyday.  The other big hit was their acoustic guitars and Singamajigs.  Ethan got the Tag Junior reader and books and he really likes that.  Santa brought Mommy a new speedlight for her camera, an extra camera battery, and this neat camera lens travel mug that looks just like a camera lens, bracelet and necklace.  Daddy got a Dallas Cowboys throw, Superman PJs (lol), the new Jimi Hendrix box set (West Coast Seattle Boy), new sweat pants, a mousepad of a favorite picture of him and the little guys, and things I cannot even remember.   Santa also stuffed all of our stockings with goodies as well.  Later in the evening we had a great dinner with a delicious beef roast with organic carrots and fingerling potatoes, a roasted turkey breast, and lots of sweet goodies for dessert.  Later in the evening our cousins stopped by to visit with their two kids.   It was a very long but very blessed day to spend with family and enjoy the greatest gifts of all, each other and love.

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Where did the time go? HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE JACOB!!!

I cannot believe my baby boy turned two on December 24th.  I cannot believe it has been two years since the icy Christmas Eve that I delivered our miracle.  When I think back to his birth I get chills, and I am so thankful he made it and I do not take any of it for granted.   When his heartbeat started to decrease rapidly and I was just about wheeled in for an emergency C-section to him coming out and being whisked away to the warming table where three nurses worked on him, slapping his little feet giving him oxygen and he was not crying.  The doctor testing the blood gases in the umbilical cord to make sure he was not deprived of oxygen which thankfully he was not.  Not being able to hold him for two hours after his birth while doctors and nurses observed him.  Thankfully about 2 hours after his birth they finally let me hold him.  He nuzzled his little head in my neck and just slept.  He hardly ate, and slept constantly even through blood tests and exams.  He only had a tiny squeak, no crying for this baby boy.  He was just fine everyone assured me, but I needed to hear him cry.  He eventually started to cry and I mean wail just when we were going home.  It was the greatest sound.  Now, my sweet boy talks so much, he is learning his alphabet and singing songs, playing with his brother and doing and learning new things every day.  I know we are so very blessed that Luke was okay, it was a very scary situation at the end and I always refer to it as a traumatic birth.  I look at him many times throughout the day and let him know how much I love him and how badly he scared me.  I am so thankful to see his little smile and that he is such a snuggly bunny and gives me bunches of kisses throughout the day.  My baby is two but he will always be my little baby.

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All Aboard!!!

Well, I am no cake decorator.  I find that it is so hard though since Luke’s birthday is Christmas Eve to orchestrate the whole buying a cake.  It is either I have to pick it up ahead of time and put it in the freezer or make a rush pick up and it is so stressful that time of year.  Last year I had a cake made but this year, I was bound and determined to make one. I picked up some really cute 2 year old party wear that was a “Toot, Toot, Two!” theme.  So it did not take a rocket scientist to know that he would need a train cake.  I scoured the net looking for a cake that was doable and not too time consuming.  I ended up winging my own and I am happy with the way it turned out.  It is not something on “Ace of Cakes” or anything but my kids think it looks great and that is all the matters in the end.

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The Santa Story

Okay well, last Saturday after Jimi got home, Alexandra, Jimi, me, Ethan and Luke headed out to Binghamton to see Santa.  The boys slept on the way and we thought that was great.  Luke did not wake up until we parked at the mall.  We got the twin stroller out and everyone in and all was good.  Jimi got a business call that he thought would take a second but it did not.  So we headed off to find Santa and he was behind us.   Well, we were lucky, there was Santa and no line but we needed to wait for Jimi.  In the meantime I got the boys’ jackets off and washed their faces and then Luke saw his bottle.  He fell asleep the minute we were on the road so he missed his nap time bottle and it would have been no problem but I packed empty bottles since we were picking up milk along the way and well, when we got it Luke was asleep so we just filled Ethan’s sippy cup he had on the way and left the container in the car.  Well, just waking up and wanting the bottle, normally “laid back Luke” started to freak.  By this time Jimi was there, we thought he would just take the picture because Ethan was having a great time with Santa, Santa was singing to Ethan and Ethan was telling him he wanted trucks and a guitar.  Luke wanted nothing but his bottle and so he was miserable and it will look like he is crying because he was scared of  Santa when that is not the case at all.  It is just a case of really bad timing.  The woman who was taking the pictures was not such a jolly elf and so it was really awkward and right after that Jimi ran out and got the milk which transformed Luke into the jolly little kid he always is.  We just could not believe it because it was so  unlike Luke and of all days the day of the picture with Santa.  What can you do though, right?

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More Cookies!!!

Well, I am very busy and stressed.  Between the holidays, Luke’s upcoming birthday, the kids, cooking, cleaning and working from home, it seems like there is never enough hours in the day.  So after Jimi got home last night and he took Ethan to work with him since he only had to go in from around 5pm to 9pm, I decided to do some baking.  Of course by the time I started it was after midnight but that was okay.   It was very relaxing with the babies bathed and in bed and the rest of the family either tucked in for the night or watching a movie.  I made Hershey’s Chewy Chocolate Cookies (a cookie I have baked since my teens) but this time instead of plain or peanut butter chips I put some cherry chips in them, for chewy chocolate cherry cookies.  I packed them away but since we are near enough to the big day, they did not have to go into the freezer.  Then I whipped up a batch of Paula Deen’s double chocolate chip cookies.  Packed those away and I was tired and ready for some sleep.  I need to bake a few more things, like some type of cheesecake (have not decided what kind yet) and my husband has requested gooey chocolate butter cookies so they are on my list as well.  I have a ton of birthday and Christmas wrapping still to do and of course tomorrow night the big project of decorating Luke’s birthday cake.  Ethan is with Jimi at work again this afternoon but I have plenty of laser work to keep me busy and my sweet little Luke to keep me company.  Of course my furry friends are also here and I would not have it any other way.  Monday I went shopping with Michael and his friend so he could pick out some clothes he wanted.  He did well, and then I was able to go and get everyone’s stocking stuffers and some birthday decorations and all the fixings for our Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners.  I really like knowing I have what we need and will not be rushing around at the last-minute all stressed`out.  The only thing I need for Luke’s birthday is his Mylar balloons and Jimi will pick those up when he goes out tonight or tomorrow night for dog food.  Well, I have more to get done but hope you all are enjoying these days and that you have the Merriest of Christmases.  God Bless Us Everyone!!!

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Christmas Cookies Everywhere!!!

Well, yesterday we took the little ones to see Santa.  I will post about that by itself.  We also shopped a bit, had dinner and got home very late.  So I was really enjoying a day home to bake.  I had made two doughs the other day and they were chilling.  The first cookie I made was PB & J Thumbprints.  but I only managed to get a dozen and a half into the freezer, they were so good.  Next, I made my spritz dough and made several dozen and got just about everyone in the freezer because I worked fast!  Then I wrapped a ton of presents while the babies napped.  Got another burst of inspiration and took out my chilled gingerbread dough and cut out some men, women and children.  I have them decorated and cooling completely and they will be packed away in the freezer as well.  The other night I made the two sheet cake layers for Luke’s birthday cake and I made cupcakes.  I froze them all to decorate on the eve of the 23rd.   So a pretty good day for baking and wrapping.  Christmas is coming up on us so fast, I cannot believe it.  Well, I better get those Gingerpersons in the freezer before they get eaten.  Hope everyone is getting everything they need to do done and not getting stressed out and forgetting the reason for the season.

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A rainy December Sunday to remember.

Well, the heavy rain has washed away all our snow and the mild temps feel rather balmy.  It did give us the opportunity to tighten up the deck for the real snow.  We did have things secure but someone left one of the gates on the deck opened as I may have mentioned and a couple of  bulldogs had a field day with our patio furniture cover.  By the time the new one came there were a couple of inches of snow covering everything.  However, with today’s mild temps and warm heavy rain we are reset and were able to start again.  It was a clean slate in which to work and for that I am thankful to God and  his divine grace to help us reset.

It is such a busy time of year and I am thankful for the day to stay home and just try to get things ready for the celebrations soon to come.  I cannot believe my baby boy will soon be 2 and on the Holy Night no less!!!  Where did the time go?  I cannot believe it and yet I am so very grateful that we sit here almost two years later after a very traumatic birth and a baby that did not cry for 2 days.  Then the days of hospitalization after we had been released for his jaundice combined with the Winter storms made for a very chaotic first few days.  When I look at him now, with his sweet voice that calls to me, “Hi Mommy” I almost forget that but then I reflect and once again am reminded of God’s grace that blessed us and I am in awe.

As everyone is rushing around,  shopping, cooking, baking, and decorating, let us all take note of the reason for this very blessed of seasons.  Let’s remember what is important and be thankful for all we have been blessed with.  I wish you all the healthiest, happiest and most love filled Christmas Season.  God Bless us every one!!!

 

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Gingerbread Perfection!!!

Today the little boys had such a fun time decorating the gingerbread house.  Like I said in my previous post, I did not go into it with any expectations of perfection.  I set up the island with various small bowls and containers with different colored candies.  I put the assembled gingerbread frame house in the middle.  Made some fresh royal icing in the VitaMix and put it into a piping bag.  We put the boys high chairs up to  the island and they were at a perfect height to get started.  I started piping the icing but Ethan soon took over and you know what??? I did not sweat it.  It went very well, he loved piping the icing, he had a few of his own techniques but you know, it worked.  The roof got the most decorations and that was just fine.  He and Luke had a good system.  Ethan would put some icing on and tell Luke to stick the candy.  Ethan said he was “working” it was very funny and they had a great time and despite the sugar rush they both took a very good nap afterward.  When I look at the completed house with all its splendor, that is when it occurs to me, it is definitely perfection!!!

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