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Building a snow castle

Posted By: Jared
Dec 22nd, 2010

Morgan wanted to build something really big with the fresh snow that came down, so I left early from work and we played a quick game of bowling then headed home.  The snow rolled up very nice so we could easily make huge snowballs with it.  The base of it is made up of 4 huge snowballs and then we rolled in more to cut down and throw up top. 

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Almond Roca

Posted By: Allie
Dec 17th, 2010
We had a "baking" day today with my mother & sisters-in-law and it was so fun. We each decided on a treat we wanted to make and at the end we split everything. A great way to try new recipes and just have a good time baking. It was surprising how much can be made when everyone is helping. We made Oreo and egg nog truffles, date balls, homemade oreos, almond roca, and fudge.

Almond roca was my chosen recipe, I saw it on the Tasty Kitchen Blog and new I had to try it. I'm a big fan of almond roca. It was a little scarey because the recipe didn't have a set temperature to cook to, it just gave a visual guide. But it all worked out and is really yummy. I like how the blog gives step by step pictures.

4 sticks Butter
2 cups Sugar (rounded)
4 Tablespoons Water
2 cups Almonds, Chopped
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1/2 cups Almonds, Finely Chopped, For Sprinkling

Combine the first 3 ingredients and cook on high, stirring constantly through 3 stages:
1. Runny
2. Cheesy - it will look like melted white cheese
3. Runny and smooth, caramel brown color

Make sure you have the fan on your stove going, cause you'll probably set off the smoke alarm towards the end.

When it is runny, smooth and caramel brown in color, remove it from the heat and add the almonds. Stir until combined and pour the mixture onto greased cookie sheets. Spread it into an even layer. It will harden as it cools.

While it is still warm, sprinkle chocolate chips on top and let them melt enough to get soft. Spread the chocolate in an even layer across the candy. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the finely chopped almonds on top.
At this point, while it is still warm and soft, you can score the candy with a butter knife to make it break evenly, or just let it harden and break it into rustic pieces.

Store in airtight containers.

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Little Slippers

Posted By: Allie
Dec 9th, 2010

Kairi loves shoes and is rarely seens without some pair of shoes on, so I wanted to crochet her some slippers she could wear around the house. I added some Puffy Paint to the bottom so she wouldn't slip in them, though I may look into other non-slip materials I could just sew on the bottom. Kaden liked them too so i'll probably make him a pair as well.

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melanie Wrote: Dec 31st, 2010
i totally want to buy some little boy ones. they are amazing!
NewYears1978 Wrote: Dec 22nd, 2010
Wow those are really cute, I bet people would buy them :)
Allie Wrote: Dec 15th, 2010
I haven't decided yet, If anyone's interested I suppose I could.
myndi Wrote: Dec 11th, 2010
these are great, are you going to sale them too?
No More Crib

Posted By: Allie
Dec 9th, 2010

I don't know what impulsed me to start putting kairi in her "big girl bed", I just thought; hmm, I wonder if she would take her nap in the bed. And she did, and she hasn't been back in her crib since. In fact, She has been in her bed for over a week now and we have already taken down her crib and given it away. So no turning back now, ha ha ha.

I think she loves being able to just get up in the morning and start playing with toys or come wake me up. She's really been growing up fast this last month it seems. She has started saying so many new words I dont even keep track anymore.

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Jamie Wrote: Dec 9th, 2010
No way I am just getting Dawson out of a crib. It is so sad getting your last child out. Well at least for me. I must be weird. She is so cute.
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