Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Brotherly Love

Park Day, Everyday

Sorry for the lack of posts.  All I can say is that it is way too beautiful here to be inside blogging :)  I have to keep reminding myself that it's the middle of January and that Spring is not, in fact, just around the corner.  I'm sure you'll hear more from me when the rain starts up again.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oh, San Diego, How I Love Thee

We've had some killer awesome weather lately... warm enough to make me say "killer awesome," which is not in my usual repertoire. 

The boys have been happy, I've been happy, and we sit around soaking up the Vitamin D.


I'm pretty sure it'll get "cold" again (like back into the 60's), but it's mid-70's on the 10-day, and we are drinking in that warmth.  San Diego, you are expensive, but you sure do deliver.

William and I play "Starbucks."  He drives his car to the cafe and picks me up a latte.  Here he is pretend drinking some hot chocolate... he is so sweet, the "coffee" he brings me is almost as good as the real thing.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mid-January Update

Sorry for my blog neglect.  I've been oh-so-tired with a wrong dosage of thyroid medication, and have been taking every opportunity to nap and go to bed early. Here's what we've been up to in the last few weeks:

Golden gifts to celebrate Epiphany

The Wise Men brought books and gifts of gold.  The chocolate coins were a fun surprise for William.

We seriously live 15 minutes from here.  William loved the seals and I'm going to make a point of coming down here more often.

A pizza making party for my treasured neighbors and their kids...  our husbands were all working late.

Great friends and delicious pizzas.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One Word Resolution

One word resolutions have been making their way around the internet, and I'm jumping on board.  This year, my word is


Of course, I'm referring to trusting in God, here.  We have a lot of changes coming up this year, and I have no idea what some of them will be!  Where we move, when we move, what we will be able to afford to live in, and so on.  It totally freaks me out not to be in control of any of it, thus my resolution.  I'm thinking I'll get some wooden letter and spell it out on top of the piano just to remind myself. Rather than have my stomach be a twitterpated mess of knots, I'll just trust in God.. doesn't that sound easy?  I'll let you know how it goes.

They have more great ideas for resolutions over at Faith & Family today.  The feature article is "Resolutions for Lazy Catholics." I love it!  Right up my ally, and I love the suggestion of loading up a CD of hymns on an alarm clock for morning prayers.  I think I'll add that one to my list, too.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Good Things

 Candy Cane Joe-Joe Truffles

Start with a box of these.  If you don't live near a Trader Joe's, you really should.  I think I'll tell Michael that that's one of my non-negotiables when we're picking a place to live in the next couple of months.

Set aside about 5 cookies to use later.  For the rest of the box, stick 'em in a bag and crush them. 

They're actually pretty tough to crumble since they have a creamy filling.  William didn't do that great of a job, so I had to take over.  Maybe it was because he was eating the cookies instead of focusing on the task at hand.

Once they're crushed, put the crumbles in a bowl and mix it up with 8 ounces of cream cheese.  It's pretty thick stuff... I ruined my new hand mixer, so be careful!

Once it's mixed, roll it into little balls.  Then I stick those in the freezer so they're easier to work with. 

Melt chocolate chips.  I just hold my pan above another pot with an inch of boiling water in it.  I also add just a touch of shortening to the chocolate chips - it keeps the chocolate smooth and easy to dip the balls into.

Dip the frozen truffle balls into the melted chocolate, then cover with crushed cookie sprinkles from those few reserved cookies you set aside in the beginning.

 Aren't those pretty?


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Packing it in

Since we were out of town for the two weeks prior to Christmas, we're packing in a San Diego Christmas while we still can.

Only a few more days until things go back to Ordinary Time

I'm working on lists and goals and lists of goals for when things slow down again and become simple.

But for now we are still celebrating, basking in the last visible lights of Christmas.