sugar cookies.

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About two years ago I started making sugar cookies. It is truly an art and by no means am I close to perfecting it. But it always nice to try.

I get my sugar cookie recipe from SweetSugarBelle. This recipe is amazing. Moist and the taste is so good.

She is truly gifted. Her cookies are amazing ! Check them out.

I have been cheating lately and used canned frosting and whip is a lot and add some food coloring.

The elephants are my favorite.

The one key to her dough is let is set for at least 10 minutes. That is the trick because the dough firms up.

I line my baking sheets with parchment paper. and the cook time is 400. for about 7 minutes really fast. I actually take them out before they look done become they keep on cooking.. I like mine moist.

And I get so impatient I frost them like 20 minutes later.

I think that is about it.

Have fun !

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a new dog in town.

My husband sweet talked to me into another dog.

We lost our wirehair two Thanksgivings ago. I loved that dog. As my husbands says “taking Birdy our lab pheasant hunting is just not her thing”. She is amazing duck dog. But pheasants is just to much work !

So two weeks ago we set off on a journey that took us  a whole day to find this dog. But he was worth it.

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Hi name is Monte. He is 6 months old and weighs 67 pounds. He is a big boy. And very full of life. He actually lives in the house with us. Which goes against all that I believe in. Our little dog Oliver lives inside but he weighs 15 pounds and acts like an old man.

But actually he is a good boy.

So last week our other dog birdy has had a cyst on her tit for the last two years . The doctor had said it was not cancer so my husband never done anything with it. So Monte and Birdy were playing like crazy and Birdy wakes up last Wednesday and cant even walk. I was so freaked out. And she didn’t want to eat. So my husband ended up taking her to the vet they couldn’t find anything wrong with her and sent her home with some pain meds.

So the next day she was takes up and that cyst is had grown to like 5 times the size it was. When they were play fighting it ended up rupturing. It was not good.

So she ended up having emergency surgery. And to much money later. She is feeling better. Not healed but better.

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This was her the day we brought her home. She was so happy. She is now hanging out in our laundry room for at least a week. Which it has only been 4 days and she is going stir crazy.

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And as for Oliver. He is just not happy he has to share me with another pooch. Who is 50 pounds bigger than him.

It has been lets just say I love them but yesterday I had enough of the dog situation and needed a break.

I feel like I got 6 kids.

But I am thankful.

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right now.

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Reading. Brene Brown (love her)

Blogs. Karen Russell

Addicted. To PInterest

Food. The green Machine for my breakfast every day.

Goals. Working out at least 5 days a week.

Words. Every night I write down at least 3 three I am thankful for.

In my Heart. Jesus. He never leaves.

Listening. To Morgan take her bath.

Thankful. For love.

Quotes. Never ever give up.

Laughter. It takes the edge off of life.

Things. The word true has become my beacon.

Love. My family more than they will ever fathom.

Prey. for peace (even though my grandmother says that is bad to do that.)

Real. Keeping it real with myself of who I am.

Accepting. That I can not control others. I can only control how I am going to deal with it.

Right now. Looking at all these pictures of my kids. And how darn lucky I am to have them in my life.

Goals. Always keep them in my mind. But lately I have writing then down.

Trying not to. look at my calendar or I get overwhelmed. So I take it day by day.

Xoxoxo.

 

 

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confession.

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(old picture I wanted to repost that will probably go down as one of my favorites of all time)

Back to business.

I have 10000 things that are going on in my mind.

This happens a lot. And sends me into anxiety attacks. Of I must get it all done. And I don’t know why I put so much pressure on myself ? I can think of some but that is for another post.

Right now I am doing laundry trying to clean up stuff that within 10 minutes will be messed up again. And Morgan doesn’t feel well. Which makes everything way magnified of the stress.

And I want to work on Project life.

One day at a time.

This week is way packed with a lot of meetings/appointements. And I just tell myself I will get through this. I have no choice. Well in actuality I prey a lot. I mean a lot. God is tired of the same prayer. “Please God let me get through this day”. And basically beg of his mercy.

And lately I have been eating so bad. That really throws me into a tail spin. If I at least eat right I think I got a hold of things better.

I don’t even know where this post is going ?

The perfection of reality. Of what people think about other people. When I look at a blog and think. She is so lucky she has it all together. Or I wish I had her life sometimes.

I don’t know why my brain thinks that way ?

But lately after picking my word “true” I have came to a lot of conclusions about a lot of things I was not true to myself about.

And I am changing them. Or in the process of changing them. And it is freeing actually.

I am a person that dwells on things over and over. And a lot of it is things I cant control things that have happened in the past that I can not change. And that is the hardest part.

They include some of the people I am closest to in my life.

Its a pattern.

And I am breaking it.

Because I owe it to myself.

And that is freeing.

And sometimes I wonder why now ? I think because even though in my post I feel or write as I am weak. I am actually stronger than ever. There are a lot of weak parts of me still.  I am work in progress.

I hate to be so vague I will expose more later. Promise.

Xxoxoxo….

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The rest of 2013. Project life.

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This week was special for me. Donating to Samaritans purse was amazing. Dropping off the presents it was awesome.

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This is probably one of my favorite spreads. The colors. I felt fall when I looked at this layout and I loved it. I have so much old stash I just started rummaging through it all and found a lot of papers I could use. I love heavy weight cardstock. It is my favorite. And adding some sewing inexpensive way to jazz it up.

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One thing I don’t do as much as I would like to  is add digital stuff on to my pictures. That is another way to add dimension. I did this in photoshop but you can easily do this in elements also.

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I did a one page spread for Thanksgiving. I had so many photos but I just wanted to pick the highlights for me. I think the simplicity of this layout for me at least is amazing.

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I really thought so long on what I was going to do for DD2013. Add the pictures or not. But since I was behind I decided I would do this one page spread of the highlights for me for those 25 days. They can find the book and see everything that happened.

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I didn’t do very much journaling for this spread. But I am ok with that. I am a person that love pictures and let them tell the story is good for me. On the bottom right. I love photo collages. Simple and Amazing.

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And ended this year with what are highlights were for 2013. I love the handwriting. When we look back we will see the evolution of our life remembering back to that moment.

Project Life no matter how you document it. I believe is such a life changing thing.

You can make it whatever you want.

It is your journey no one elses.

So moving on to 2014.

Xoxoxo

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mini meatloafs.

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Ok I have taken my mothers meatloaf amped it up a notch and made it a little cuter !

Recipe :

Preheat oven to 350.

1 1/2 pounds of hamburger meat. The one shown above I bought from Sams club it is a little fattier than I usually buy. It was still good. But I usually buy the leanest hamburger meat I can.

1 egg.

Grate some onion. As much as you like. I usually put in like 1/4 cup.  I think gives it some moistness.

Cheese. We use Colby jack around here but whatever you have around will be good. I grate probably like almost 1 cup. I never measure !

Saltine Crackers. I  use 3/4 of the package ground them up with rolling pin. I use a bag to ground them.

Salt and pepper to taste of course !

Put all into the bowl as shown above.

I then get my cupcake tin ready I spray it with a non stick spray. They probably wouldn’t stick but I don’t like to take the chance !

Mix it all up.

Then form into meatballs. And place into tin. I make a ball then flatten.

Topping :

I never measure this ! I am sorry.

But I put probably like a cup and a half ketchup a quarter size of mustard and 2 heaping tablespoons brown sugar. Mix well.

And then add to the top of the meatloafs.

Time:

Cook for about 25 minutes. I usually temp mine to at least 170. But I am not a cooking professional so it is probably less than that and you will be ok.

And you are ready to eat !

I serve mine with mashed potatoes.

This is not the healthiest recipe but it is so good.

And meatloaf is just comfort food to me !

Enjoy !

 

 

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the beginning.

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For practically the last week I have been scrappin my heart out. Got to get done.

I wanted to finish up 2013 and get my beginning page for 2014.

And I did.

For the last page of 2013 I had the kids write down the highlights 0f 2013 for them. When I get a chance I am going to photograph the last weeks and post them.

But I wanted to highlight 2013.

It was funny that when I asked Natalie to give me her best 2013 she was like I am not sure ?? Then she looked back at the book and then it brought back all the memories of what she did. That is what I love about this project a weekly diary of our Prather life.

As of right now I am going to keep it to a minimal I do love love it. But sometimes it felt like a job instead of fun. I never want to feel that way about scrapbooking.

So this year I think I am going to just do one page spreads with a lot of it done on the computer. I am thinking that will really simplify the process.

We will see.

Lets roll the highlight reel :

the birth of my niece Stella Marie.

leading the cupcake decorating group.

watching wyatt play baseball.

morgans 3rd birthday.

Brandon coaching.

my dad coming up to see us a lot more.

my birthday with my family.

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seeing my grandpa todd I don’t know how long its been ?

Natalie winning fashion revue.

growing a garden.

Natalie being on the California junior Scholarship foundation

Natalie going to state fashion revue.

visiting the property.

date nights at sonic with my love.

Courtney getting married.

visting with the Thompsons

moving to Sutter.

wyatts 10th birthday.

watching Natalie swim all summer.

Wyatt winning Reserved Grand Champion Chickens

Natalie winning Grand Champion.

Visiting Petaluma.

Visiting the Beach.

Wyatt going to a Giants Game.

Natalie getting braces.

Morgan going to preschool.

Rolands birthday.

Natalie running for president.

Aunt Middys 90th birthday.

Going to the pumpkin patch

Natalies birthday

my loves birthday party.

Morgan being Dorothy.

Attending church. Rededicating our life.

Shopping dates with my family.

Natalie getting straight As

Samaritans purse.

The hunger games.

Feeding the homeless.

Austin David is born.

Brandon dressing up like Santa.

Day-cations.

Sacramento. A carriage ride.

Austin dressing up like Santa.

Ice skating.

Snow.

Thanksgiving Dinner with my little family.

I think that just about covers it.

Life is an adventure. Sometimes rocky. A lot of laughter. So many happy tears. So much proudness.

I am blessed.

Xoxo.

 

 

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Project Life.

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I am catching up. Not to far behind. Maybe a couple weeks. I am still up in the air about December. Since I did the December Daily.

I keep these pages very simple. I like it that way. I like to be creative but I always feel rushed. I don’t like that feeling. I am like I am never going to get caught up.

But it is such  a good outlet.

I have a couple kits: dear lizzy and polka dot party. But I just wasn’t feeling it. So I just sifted through my paper. This is the first week I didn’t use the same design. I was short pictures and didn’t have that much to write about so I just slipped a regular protector on the right. That’s ok.

I think I am on a blog roll. Feeling motivated to get things done !

Thanks for vising my blog !

Xoxox..

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December Daily 2013

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If you click on the about picture it will take you to my December Daily book. Sorry for the shakiness. I am still trying to figure out how to tape ?

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Its  been fun but I was glad when I got done with it. And then finally able to tape and take pictures of this beast !

Hope you are inspired !

Xooxo..

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True.

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Last year my word was “value”.

I didn’t do very much with my word as far as documentation but it was  always in my heart. I think towards the end of the year our lifes totally changed and what I valued the most was keeping my family together. I am not going to lie the last two years have been life changing for me and my husband. I think as you grow with your partner you change but deep inside if the roots are firmly deep you can withstand the hellest of storms.

Well this year the word came to me “true”.

I am going to make some statements since we are at Jan 01. And tell you  what I believe “true” means for me.

When I think of the word the first word that comes to my mind is real. And for me true in my heart is being real with myself about my life. What I firmly believe in. True to my feelings even if others don’t like it. True to my beliefs that I belief Jesus Christ died on the cross so I could be free. True with my kids even if the truth hurts.

What I believe to be true might not be true two weeks from now or six months from now.

So with that said I just decided I am going to sign up for Ali Edwards one little word for 2014.

I am actually excited.

To see where this word takes me.

Hope you all had a wonderful 2013 !

Until next time.

Xoxoxox.

 

 

 

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