Monday, December 22, 2014

Popcorn Cake Recipe

This popcorn cake was my Grandma's recipe and it is so good.  I remember her making it every Christmas we saw her and I always looked forward to it.  Even now I can remember being upset because with one cake and eight kids in my family I never got as much as I wanted.

My grandma recently passed away and so I wanted to make it this year in her honor.  She was a great lady who was married to her husband for 67 years.  Can you believe it?  That is so long.  I love to see couples who have been married for a long time, one day that will be me and Bob.  The kids helped me measure and we talked about Grandma while we made it.  Hopefully I'll be able to do it every year.   Below is her recipe.

Popcorn Cake


4 quarts popped popcorn (I needed closer to 6 to get the right consistency...think rice crispy treats)
1 pound candy-coated chocolate pieces (I didn't have enough so I added chocolate chips to make it up, that is why my cake is more brown then it should be)
1 cup peanuts
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup butter
1 pound marshmallows



Mix popcorn, M&Ms, and peanuts in large bowl.
Heat oil, butter, and marshmallows in pan until melted (I used the microwave). Pour over popcorn and blend together with heavy spoon or hands.
Spray Bundt cake pan with vegetable spray. Press mixture lightly into pan and refrigerate until cool.

To remove cake from pan, put pan in warm water, then turn upside down until cake comes out.

We devoured this cake pretty fast.  Next time I might have to  make two!

P.S. Today is Bob's birthday!  Happy Birthday Bob!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Watch What I'm Wearing

This is a dress that I haven't worn for a long time.  My husband gave it to me for a birthday present (the day before we got married) to wear on our cruise honeymoon over 8 years ago.  To tell the truth I kinda forgot about it.  Thats ok though because when I asked my husband what he thought he said "I like it, where did you get it?"

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Nativity

We went to the annual Christmas Nativity display in Port Orchard.  The half hour seems like a long drive but it is always worth it.  I was saying how our stake needs to do one but we could really tell they put a ton of work into it.  And Bob said it is better just to drive to it so we don't have to work on doing one ourselves.
This year we sent the kids to the kids room first and left them there while Bob and I walked around alone.  It was so nice and peaceful.  And when we came back the kids had several crafts they made.  I just want to thank the people working in the kids area, I really appreciated it.

Then we took the kids and looked around.  It was nice because Bob and I already looked we could just go at the kids pace and skip about half of them.
Then we dressed up and took the picture.  I love how Leon got to be a sheep.  But now looking at the picture I wish we were standing differently.  Oh well, I'll try to remember how I want it to look if we are in the same situation next year.
On a similar note, I bought a large Willow Tree nativity set but I already have the small 6 piece set. Now I have duplicates of that set.  If anyone local is interested in buying it send me a message.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blitz our Elf on the Shelf

The kids loved this first one.  I had no idea finding the 12 candy canes would be so exciting.
Sliding down the rail.
The lego guys tied him up.
He practiced the piano.
Watched his favorite movie with sock monkeys.

Built a tower.
Auditioned for The Voice.
Tried to hide with the kids art work.
And got on top of the fan.  We actually thought this one would be perfect because Tucker has been really wanting to find Blitz first.  This fan sits about a foot or two above his bed.  But he managed to get out of bed and not see him.  Penelope still found him first.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Make your own Stump Christmas Tree Stand DIY

For our artificial tree I wanted to make a tree stand.  I've seen cute ones with buckets and baskets, but I wanted to make mine out of a stump.  It was a little bit harder then I expected but still very simple and not bad.  This tutorial explains how to make a Christmas tree stand using a stump or log.

1) Find your stump.  Look for something 12 inches tall and 14-18 inches in diameter.  Mine is 16 inches across.  This was surprisingly hard.  I'm sure for some it will be a piece of cake, but it probably just depends where you live.  I emailed a few people on craigslist selling firewood but came up with nothing.  I posted it on facebook and didn't find anything local.  Finally I found a spot where they were clearing the land for construction and found a good log.  It was too heavy for bob to lift so we got help from a friend to lift it into his truck and get it home.  This was the hardest step for me.
2) Once you have your log you need to cut it to size.  We borrowed a chain saw for this.
3.  Lastly you need to measure the width of your tree and drill a whole in the log.  Luckily I have a husband to do these sorts of things for me, so I'm not sure the details on how he did it.
Just stick your tree in and TaDa a new tree stand.
Much better then the fake plastic legs it had before!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Trimming the Tree

Every year we like to decorate the Christmas tree.  I've had to learn to relax a bit about how it looks now that the kids want to participate so much in the decorating.  I came up with a system this year.  I let the kids decorate it however they want.  Then when I go to sleep I fix it to how I want it to look.    We left the real tree plane and decorated our fake tree.  It is pre lit and much easier to decorate.

I love the bokeh pictures.

Here is the finished product!  Not that different from previous years but there are a couple big changes.
Go here for tips on taking photographs of your Christmas tree.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Watch What I'm Wearing

Wow it was foggy last week.  I can't wait until next month when our church time moves from 9am to 11.  Hopefully then my outfit pictures won't be so rushed.
Cardigan: Target  Scarf: Gift  Shoes: Kohls  Skirt: Made it
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