Monday, December 22, 2008

christmas treats


I'm not sure how well these will turn up, but here are the recipes for the Christmas treats I made this weekend.  

If anyone makes the  chocolate dipped peppermint sticks: I didn't do the green food dye part.  I just layered the plain dough on the bottom and red dyed dough on top, then cut them into strips to twist.

Also, to make the white chocolate for dipping: melt 2T of vegetable shortening, then add one bag of white chocolate chips at a really low heat.






Monet obviously loved the brownie batter.  This is the 1st time I let her do that...So she was loving it.  I guess I don't make desserts like this that often.  Here she is trying to shove the spatula and whisk into her mouth at the same time.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nostalgia



Chris & I at San Onofre waxing up.

At 20th street on a perfect small glassy day.




At San Onofre. The first time I got to ride my 9'0"
At Bolsa Chica on my Rockin' Fig fun board









Again at San Onofre before Monet was on earth.


I went through some pictures in an attempt to post them on my facebook...(sorry for the repeats). But, I heard from a friend that I haven't talked to in something like 9 or 10 years and it made me think of how much I have changed and who I am. It made me think of what I've enjoyed and where I am now. Although life isn't as free...and not as easy sometimes, I love Monet with all my heart and Robby. And, I'm really just appreciative for what I've gotten to do and where I am now. I am so glad I married someone who enjoys the outdoors as much as I do. It's hard for me to be pregnant. I usually get depressed on and off just because I can't physically do as much. But, looking at these pictures reminded me of what I have to look forward to.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

lately

These next 3 pictures are of Huntington Central Park. There's a cute breakfast place and huge slides and play areas.





(Here's the mobile home park by the beach in Huntington. It's labeled, but the homes are in white on the left and just to the left of that is Main Street.) *I can't pu these in order....this is for the end of this post*
I haven't blogged in a while. I've been doing fun things to get ready for Christmas. I decided I would make stockings for the fam since theirs burned in the house fire....and I love any excuse to use my sewing machine. Here is a picture of the girl stockings. I don't have a picture of the boy stockings because I already shipped them off. They were green striped. I made some extra girl stockings since I had extra fabric. I embroidered each persons' name. I think they turned out pretty cute. I also got to finish all wrapping and shopping. The only thing that is left is to bake treats which I can't do until a few days before Christmas. I can't wait. I'll try to post some pictures and recipes when I do that.








I took the past 3 days off in an effort to use my PTO before I go on disability for the pregnancy. Monet & I have had so much fun. We went to this huge park in Huntington called Central Park and hung out at the beach. We went bike riding and went to the Tuesday night market. It was beautiful and sunny today.









Yesterday, we ran into our landlord as he was repairing the drier in our unit. He was a complete @$$hole because he was upset that someone had broken part of the drier. That was kind of the last straw for me. Our place is super cheap and in the perfect location, but it is really small. I would just love to be paying money into my own investment rather than someone else's. So, I went to the bank today and get pre-qualified for a home loan. I feel like the world/earth gives you clues or signs that you should listen to...even though most of the time I ignore them. Anyways, I tried to phone B of A a few times and no one answered. That should have been my first sign- get a personal referral for a lender or try another bank. But nooo, I drive there and talk with someone in person. They don't even have a person in the bank that does the super cheap 1st time home loans and when they get her on the phone she is so negative and demeaning! Ew! I just told her thanks but we're not going through B of A. And that's how the man tries to get you down! I'm not giving up just yet, we're going to talk to a guy one of our friend's referred. Our other options are to buy a mobile home at the park across from the beach or find a bigger apartment.