Friday, December 20, 2019

Random Tid Bits

  1. I know I skipped last week. It's finals time, so super busy.

  2. It didn't help finals time when Isaak got sick on Sunday. It started with just a cold - symptoms like it. Poof he got a fever on day Tuesday, and started throwing up. The sore throat persisted, so on Wednesday we took him in. That's when we got the positive results for Strep Throat. He's been really out of it. I thought it was best that I was home with him some. I took off on one of my final's days to be with him. I forced him to drink, eat, brush his teeth with a new toothbrush, and take his meds. This is one of his finer shots, and he still looks sad.

  3. I helped Isaak some with homework. It's hard when a boy doesn't feel good. He was so sleepy, couldn't talk clear, and I most certainly didn't want him touching anyone's keyboard. He talked, and I typed. Then I'd read aloud what I typed to see if he'd want me to change things.

    Along with a PowerPoint on Koalas, he found out in an email that he did a different assignment all wrong. Could of partly been from him not feeling so great. I made the mistake of sending him to school on Tuesday because I felt like he was in an upswing, and Travis was worried he'd get too behind. Boy was he sick when he returned! That's the night he spiked a fever and threw up a few times.

    I hope that the rest of us get skipped with this nasty thing. Because of having Asthma I'm naturally kind of stuffy/coughy. I swear I'm thinking every little cough, or clearing of the throat is Strep.

  4. I know we're not going to have a white Christmas. I was walking outside without a coat on today. 

  5. I was pretty annoyed on Wednesday when I got to class, and 5 students were gone in the morning. Hello! It's finals week! What's something that has annoyed you this week?

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

WW: 2019 Holiday Card {Linky}

I'm blaming my lateness with my holiday letter/photo on the fact that I got put on Jury Duty this year. It's not like it was that many days, it was actually shorter than a work day, BUT it disrupted my thoughts and my routine big time.

I thought about going with a card that was uber generic and writing that said, "I was tired this year!" Everyone always expects a lot from me in regards to to my Halloween costume and holiday card. Sometimes I am just tired. Another idea: I thought about a standard family photo, but adding some random kid from the internet to join us. I wouldn't say anything to anyone. Just let family and friends talk. Maybe I'll still use one of those ideas. By next year, you would have forgotten about this post altogether. Old ideas become fair game by then.

I moved away from postcards. Printing postcards I'd spend at least $50, if I didn't have a coupon code it would be more like $100. Photos that are the same size were $11, if I didn't have a coupon code more like $20. Then I just print a letter.

You are the first to see the holiday photo besides my coworkers and inner family that got handed one. 

What to put on a card when one child talks about space non stop, and the other one gets a Leopard Gecko: 

It took awhile to change all the blue trim in the astro suits to green. I replaced space patches to holiday patches. Sunny our Gecko is nocturnal, so I had to disrupt his sleep to get photos of him. He's slow moving in his tank, but quick moving outside his tank. I struggled to get good photos of him. 

All in all it's fun! 

Mica thinks it's stupid, BUT he thinks most of what I do is stupid. Teenagers! He asked me to print 7 photos out, for his teachers/friends. Once I got them he didn't want them. He hates mixing friends with family. They are like 2 different modes in his book. 

Isaak struggled to understand why there was nothing on the back of the photo. He's used to our postcards. Again they were way cheaper this way. 



It's hard to top yourself when you do a lot other years. Kids become less cute, and more handsome. If you are interested, check out my other holiday cards on my pinterest board here.

Question for you: When do you drop someone from your holiday card list? 

I understand some people don't make cards. There are some people I haven't seen, for years. One I hung out with in high school all the time. I miss her, but I've reached out to her several times. Every time she's in town I never hear from her. Crickets! At this point I don't know if she wants anything to do with me. She might even see me as a stalker? I hope not! I'm wondering if it's time to cut ties...

Chocolate Maraschino Cherry #cookies #holidaybaking

It's been awhile, since I've posted a recipe. I love holiday baking. I made a ton of cookies before I went on Jury Duty. They are in tins, that are tucked away in the deep freezer. Ready for my work, Travis' work, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I am giving a tin of them, for my White Elephant gift at work.

I love cherries, and knew I wanted to incorporate some in with cookies! 

These cookies are very easy to make. No rolling dough, no cutting cookies out, and no decorating needed. They are pretty as is! 


1 cup softened butter    
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour  
2 to 3 tablespoons Maraschino Cherry juice
1/2 cup Maraschino Cherries chopped

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Line a few cookie sheets with parchment paper.  
3. In a mixing bowl add the ingredients in the order listed.
4. Roll into 1" balls, or use a cookie scoop.
5. Bake for 15 minutes. 
6. Let cool for 5 minutes.  

I flattened mine with a meat tenderizer. I sprayed it with a flour spray first, so it wouldn't stick.

Then the boys begged for them. I let them each have a cookie as a taste test. After that they went in the deep freezer. The next day I found out Mica had his own little stash of them right by his bedside. Nope! Ha! In his defense he is growing like a weed!

Are you a fan of Maraschino Cherries?


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