Thursday, December 17, 2015

It's First Frost Day!!

For most of you in the states, you are either knee deep fall, or enjoying an early winter. In Texas, we have two seasons.  Summer and winter.  Summer lasts from March through November and winter...glorious cold weather lasts December-February. 

Today is what I'd call our first day of winter.  First Frost Day.  It's the day that when you wake up in the morning, you feel the chill in your bones.  You go outside and see the overnight ice on everyone's windshields.  The fields are covered in mist.  The mist hangs ever so gently over the water. And you need to turn your heater on in the car because your legs won't stop shaking.

Clearly, it's my favorite time of the year.

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

Jenn Jenn Bo Ben

Monday, July 6, 2015

Taking the good with the bad...

The Bad

My checking account has seen a lot more doctor's entries lately.

I've not been feeling so hot lately and we're trying to figure out the reason.  For sure item # one is


I hate typing that even now.  I feel ridiculously to young to even be even in the same category as people with arthritis.  But really.. years of not taking care of myself is the culprit.

For sure item # two is


I'm just going to blame this on my inability to sleep all my life. On a serious not though... I've NEVER slept as much I have been doing the past 6 months.  I'm not sure why my body is turning against me, but we are delving into some more scary reasonings including


If this is the cause... I'm going to be hating life. I've been pricked and drained of blood so many times now I am surprised I'm not dead. I'll keep posting my "diary" of progress.  It's a bit cathartic to get it out of my system and hopefully share some talking points on my discoveries.

The Good

This weekend though, I had extraordinary energy and only took one nap midday all weekend.  Yes... this is a feat. :)

The cats have a newly redesigned room that Jasmine can also use for artwork. We cooked, we cleaned, I nearly felt like my old self.

Things that Fizzle and I tried this weekend (of course via Pinterest):

Caramel Pull Aparts

Chicken Spaghetti

Chocolate Syrup & Caramel Syrup

Chocolate Mug Cake (I actually took pics of this one)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Conversations with Dad #1

I got an email yesterday from Jasmine's theater teacher wanting to see if the students could have an extra practice this week. So I email Dad and see if he's available to pick her up and, of course, he can. So after school, Jasmine gets home and Dad says to her, "So you have an extra practice for theater tomorrow after school, right?" and she says, "No, that 's on Friday." and they go back and forth on this a few times until my Dad is semi convinced that maybe...just maybe...he did have it wrong.
I get home and make dinner, and talk to Jasmine about the extra practice, to which she agrees is totally happening. I sit down on the couch to watch the voice with dad and he casually looks over to me and says, "You know your daughter is going to be a lawyer." and proceeds to tell me about the conversation he and Jazz had.
I laughed and then said, "Well, Dad you know, she's been raised by a strong willed woman and with very little male influence." He raised his eyebrow and I completed my thought, "and women are never wrong".

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gotta love powered doughnuts....

Jasmine and I had to have a long talk this morning about her apparent crack addict habit. Turns it she was only eating donuts. Oops! My bad!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

I can't stop making wreaths

So forever now.... I've had the materials to make this:

The Pinterest Link

It has sat in my craft cabinet for at least a year. I just love the fluffiness of it. I'm soooooooo loving this wreath I think that I'm going to use this every non holiday time and just switch out the bows.
So there's the cast if characters:

Here's what was key to this project. A thick marker type pen to stick in the filter. Not only did it help space out the filters, but it also helped get a good amount of glue on each placement.

So off I go. Sticking filters on a foam wreath. Over and over and over again...

Then I get an ingenious idea. Get the girls involved. Soon I had a fortress:

Here we are after one row...and then I realize....this thing is going to be huge!
And here we are after 3 rows

And 5 rows...almost done!

This is where it got hard. I wasn't sure if I should stop at this point, or add one more row. But being that I don't seem to do anything small...

I flip over the wreath and add another row.

Glad I did.... Looooook at that bit of loveliness!!!!!!!!!!!

Well that took forever to post.  Sorry it's been crazy busy at work. :)

Enjoy and definitely TRY THIS!  In total I used 4 packages of filters and about 4-5 sticks of glue...and worth every penny.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Part 2: Blueberry Lemon Sweet Rolls

I'm terrible.  Really really terrible.  I finished up these phenomenal rolls and then ate them.  well almost all of them.  And I didn't even finish posting my pics.  Bad bad Jennifer.

So, on the PW recipe she suggested letting the dough rest overnight, which I did.  I woke up still kidless on Sunday morning and finished up the recipe.  Here's the play by play...

Melt some butta n stuff!

Waiting for a scald...  it's like waiting for water to boil... but worse... you have to actually watch it.

The "rested" dough

Roll that puppy out!!

Uh  forgot to take a pick of my lemon sugar... but there it is on the dough!!!

Add some blue berries!  I had to add less otherwise Jasmine wouldn't eat any...

Make a log and seal it up

Cut and smash it in a pan..then cut and smash again...

While it's in the oven, make the glaze.  This is where I failed.

Mine was WAY to thin because I added to much milk

O - M - G... Amazingness.

And then add some glaze... and obviously I couldn't wait to eat it...

Overall... easy recipe. And amazing taste.  Ultimately - Jasmine wouldn't eat any because of the blueberries but that's OK.  My butt will just get bigger - and I'm OK with that for now.

Go try this recipe. You won't be disappointed. PLUS she has alternatives including a marmalade one that may be my next attempt on sweet rolls.

So if that wasn't enough.  After I picked up Jasmine, We watched Food network all day and I search Pinterest for crafty things to do.  I came across this gem:

Jasmine has A TON of broken crayons - so i figured... why not.   And here's my version:

This was by far the most tedious part... removal of the paper.  Be prepared for wax under your nails that will take forever to get out.

We decided to sort by color type - but you could mix it up for some cool efects

Put it in the oven on your lowest temp and let them melt!

After it cools, pop them out of your mold and enjoy the amazingness!

Happy New Years to you all!!! Be safe!