Monday, December 27, 2010

And The Knitting Continues...

Here are two more hats that I knitted over Christmas for my new little niece!

This one is soo soft and I love the white. I am working on some matching booties.

This is my favorite because it is so fun looking and was actually fun knitting it as well.

My New Niece!!

My sister had a little girl today!! We are soo excited that she is finally here and that she is a girl!! She is 7lbs 1 oz and is 20.5 inches long. She is such a mellow baby and hardly has cried today so she will be a perfect baby to take to law classes!! Breck and Spencer now get the big job of naming this precious baby!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Coolest Christmas Card/Gift

At work we received this cute box of chocolates with the companies employees and logo stamped in the chocolate. I thought was really cool and creative!! Too bad it didn't have some delicious caramel or nuts in that chocolate!

Fleming's Steak House

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE going to Fleming's for some delicious steak. Unfortunately it is quite a bit out of our eating out budget to go anywhere near a regular basis. I should learn to cook steak better so I can enjoy it at home but that would also entail me actually forking over the money to buy a nice piece of meat to start with! Although I have been looking into purchasing a share of a grass fed cow which will provide a good starting point!

Anyways, Jesse and I were able to hit up Fleming's twice in the past two months due to some amazing 50% off coupons that we got of KSL Deals. Then I was able to score a $25 gift card to Fleming's from Staples for ordering over $100 in Office Supplies, one of the perks of ordering office supplies! So we went and shared a delicious Porcini encrusted Filet with asparagras, scalloped potatoes, mac & cheese and a chocolate lava cake with the most divine shantilly whipped cream!!

Then I did a review online after our first trip and got another $25 off our next visit and got $40 in gift cards from credit card points so Jesse and I could each get our our steaks and an appetizer. The first time we only had to pay the tip and the last one we went over about $10. Overall we spent less than $50 for four meals at Fleming's a pretty sweet deal if you ask me!!

Year Long Project

I finally got this car seat cover/blanket finished, it has only taken me a year!! I really struggled with staying focused on this project, not really sure why since I was to the point of needing to put the blanket together and inserting the elastic so I had the hard parts already done. It took realizing that it was the ward Christmas Service Auction that it had been almost a year since I was asked to make another one!! How embarrassing! At least it is done and the lady has lots of grandkids being born!

I ran out of the fuzzy minky so I went with the minky dot for the blanket which is probably easier to keep clean that way! Who knows I guess I will have to ask the mom that will use it what she thinks! :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Baby Shower

(the guest of honor doing a little work)

The baby shower is over and done, what a relief!!! It went great, everything tasted good, the decorations ended up cute and the cake even turned out!! The shower was during lunch so we served these delicious appetizers:

Then I made with the help of my SIL the Market Street Grill Clam Chowder (Seriously the best clam chowder there is!) and a knock off Jason's Deli Broccoli Cheese (Not the best due to my overuse of broccoli!) in some bread bowls of course!!

You can't have a winter party without some delicious Cider either:

My mom and I spent weeks trying to figure out the color scheme, how to fit 23 people in her house and where to put everything. The day before we finally found something that wasn't the typical baby colors (since Breckan hates anything cutsie baby)but still kind of like a baby shower! Expedex is definitely the place to go when you need to decorate for a party, not party land, target, or any of those other party places!!

Now for the cake!! I found a cake on this great blog that has these "Make a Cake Series". I decided I would make a scaled down version of the cake since it was 1:00 am while we were cutting out the onesies and I had about enough!! I made my own fondant and colored it, rolled it out and made some onesies, quilt squares and these really cute booties for the top of the cake. On the side of the cake it was supposed to be a clothesline of onesies, bibs and quilt squares but I scratched that and just made onesies to top my mom's cupcakes she was making. Here is the final product!!

The brown spot is chocolate frosting that was used to stick that one random onesie on there and then decided to remove it!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Shutterfly is Soo Great

Shutterfly is doing a special where you get a $25 gift certificate if you share one of your projects with your friends. Here is the card I picked for this years Christmas card hopefully my sister can take our pictures next week so I can get them out before Christmas!

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Knitting Adventures Lately

As Breck is getting closer to her due date I have been pulling out some of my crafting skills to get some cute stuff out for the future Hum Baby. I started with sewing a pair of the really cute booties and then was going to do some Kimono PJ's but the booties have given me a lot of grief so I have put them aside to get some knitting in. Luckily I have a nice stash of soft yarn to choose from to make some cute stuff. I haven't knitted in a very long time and have several projects that are half finished sitting in my drawers longing to be completed, probably won't happen for a few more years but at least I have looked at them. What I love about knitting is it is really easy to do, the instructions are soo straight forward and I don't need lots of pictures to reasure me that I am doing something correctly. Unlike sewing where step-by-step visual instructions are almost mandatory or I freak out and stop what I am doing. I whipped up a pair of grey booties and a lovely tan hat that Hum Baby can wear on his/her little self right away. I will have a few pictures of those later when I get around to it.

I have this great knitting book that shows you how to make all different fun decorative stitches. I was browsing through it and was trying to come up with my next project that I could use some of them and luckily a friend was having a baby shower. I made this cute little pom pom hat with a diamond pattern which was way more fun to make than the plain stitch that the pattern suggested.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Shutterfly Holiday Cards

Shutterly is doing a promotional deal where if you write a blog post about thier holiday cards you can get 50 free cards. This is a pretty sweet deal and they make nice Christmas cards. We have used them for our Christmas cards for the past 3 years and have loved each one. For those uncrafty, creative challenged Shutterfly has a ton of different formats to choose from that you can just drop your pictures in. They print and ship your order quickly and the quality is great. They also have cards for every occasion, you can make a calandar or even a photo book. They also will mail the cards for you so it elimates that tedious stage of handwriting out the envelopes and making it to the Post Office in time!

This year I am thinking of using this Holiday card this year.

I like the ones that you can put lots of pictures in since I really like to look at pictures rather than read stuff!! I am excited to see all your Christmas cards this year!!