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Category Archives: Holidays
I finished a Christmas gift today that is okay to share. It’s for my niece, Madie, and as far as I know, she doesn’t read my blog. She loves to cook and I found this pattern for a pillowcase apron and thought it would be perfect for her.
But before we get to the pictures, I have an ugly confession to make. I hate having to get ugly, but I cannot proceed in good conscience without first coming clean about this.
THERE! I said it. I feel better.
Remember how excited I was last year when I got my sewing machine? Well, I’ve tried to love sewing and I just…don’t. This pillowcase apron pattern is super DUPER easy. It would take a normal person probably 30 minutes to complete. Do you know how long it took me? Do you? 3 HOURS!
I was not kind to myself during those 3 hours. I called myself lots of names and had out-loud arguments back and forth with myself for the entire duration. I felt completely drained and exhausted at the end. And then just when I finally finished the stinkin’ thing and I sat down to relax and take a deep breath and reflect on why I can’t seem to do the most basic of tasks, I realized that it was time to get supper ready. Oh it was a bad, bad day.
I’m not exactly sure why I have a learning disability when it comes to sewing, but I just don’t get it. I want to get it. I really do. But I just don’t.
I’m not getting rid of my sewing machine by any means. I’ll keep it around for any super simple projects that seem worthwhile. Or for when I get ambitious. Or for when I forget that I am stupid.
Okay, now on to the photos, I say!
I bought this strawberry print pillowcase at a garage sale over the summer for a quarter. I thought it was adorable and that I could surely find something to use it for at some point in the future. Then when I saw the pattern for the apron, I knew it was a perfect fit!
Katie is modeling it for me. Madie is a good foot and a half taller than Katie, so it won’t be as long on her. The ribbon is a butter yellow gingham, but it seems to come across like stripes in the pics for some reason.
I wanted to sew a cute pocket out of the gingham too, but after 3 failed attempts (do you understand my affliction now?), I was out of fabric and had to opt for 2 buttons on the top instead.
I thought it turned out cute and I’m hopeful that Madie will like it too.
Last night we had our first annual Holiday Extravaganza! (pronounced Extravaganzaaaaaaaah!)
My sister, her kids and her boyfriend joined us and we set up a craft table for the kids to make Christmas ornaments/decorations.
There was only one little mishap and of course it involved Nanner and a bottle of green glitter.
And as you can see from the picture below, the kids thought it would be fun to glue red pom poms onto the end of their noses. However, I don’t know how much fun it was when it was time to remove them. 🙂
We had delicious food. Cheeseball & crackers, Buffalo Chicken Dip (recipe at the end) and Mexican cheese dip, cookies, brownies and hot cocoa. Yummers.
We had a really great time. Once the kiddies were done decorating we broke out the games. We kicked the kids off the dining room table so we could play there and sentenced them to games on the floor.
It was really fun and I hope it’s an event that we’ll continue for years to come.
Now for the recipe. This is a wonderful appetizer. I get lots of compliments every time I make it and it’s super easy to prepare.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 bottle ranch dressing
2 cups shredded cheese of your choice
4-5 strips frozen Tyson buffalo chicken, thawed and cut into bite-sized pcs.
Spread cream cheese in bottom of 9 x 13 dish.
Pour half bottle of ranch dressing on top and spread evenly.
Add 1/2 of shredded cheese evenly on top of dressing.
Spread all of buffalo chicken bites on top.
Add another layer of dressing and then cheese.
Bake at 350 until bubbly.
Serve with tortilla chips. (I always use Scoops because they are better at scooping up the chicken pcs.)
And finally, I’m getting started on my homemade Christmas gifts. I’m so excited about this year’s projects. I’m not making as many as last year, but I love the ones that I am doing and can’t wait to show you. Unfortunately I can’t show you til after the fact because I don’t want to spill the beans to anyone.