Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween 2008!!

Happy Halloween everyone!! Hope everyone is having a fine Friday! I have the kiddos here with me today, so everything is a mess!! Before I show you my Trick or Treats, can I just say, that is anyone knows where my brain went (aka my Charlie Brown spiral bound notebook) please let me know! I can't find that thing anywhere and I NEED it! It holds all my lists of things I cannot forget! Okay, now back to business!
These are my 2008 Trick or Treats. We live in a very remote area, so we only get about half a dozen TOTers. All close friends and relatives. So I can "go out" a little bit and make something special.
I made these bat cookies last night, iced them with royal icing, and sugared them with black crystal sugar.

They are SO GOOD! I packaged them in clear sleeves with an adhesive strip. I also found these cool suckers with pumpkins on them. They are on extra long bouncy straw sticks. Cute!!

I also made these cute little tins for my daycare babies. They are sold at Michael's, and they are the perfect size for circle punchouts in the "windows". They hold a good amount of small candy. I used M&M's, but Skittles would work, too!
I taped the edges to make sure they wouldn't pop open.

For my bigger ToTers tonight, I made nugget boxes. You can find instructions and template for many different sized nugget boxes at
The one I made holds 8, 2 rows of 4. I covered the nuggets with 1x3 inch pieces of halloween patterned paper, and placed them in the box. The cover sleeve I made out of clear report cover material. I embellished with a cute halloween tag using circle punches, and tied it with some funky orange yarn.

I also have popcorn balls to make, but those are best done fresh, so I won't do them until after work this afternoon.

Well, here's hoping you have a festive evening!
Tomorrow is Cody's party, so we are looking for good weather!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What is wrong with this picture??

There is something SERIOUSLY WRONG here!! This was Wednesday. Just took me this long to post it!

Although some of the snow has melted, when you get 6-8 inches, it doesn't melt THAT fast, and we will have snow on Halloween. Unfortunately, this is not a new situation to deal with around here!!

I will be back a bit later with my official Halloween post! Just have to wait for the sun to come up so I can take some more pictures!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

13th Birthday

The day has finally arrived! 13 years ago today, I gave birth to a 7 pound, 12 ounce baby boy! He was 20 3/4 inches long, and had faint blonde fuzz on his head, except for the back of his head, above his neck, where he had a full fringe of blonde hair. He looked like a little old man! Despite both of us being ill and hospitalized for a week after his birth, we got through it, and here we are, 13 years later! It is really hard to believe that it has been 13 years. We are such a blessed little family, and I am such a blessed Mom, to have such a great son. He is smart, tender, kind, compassionate, and funny beyond anything! He is also brave, always willing to try something new. He is never afraid of what others will think of him. He is perfect! I thank the Lord every day for my wonderful husband and beautiful son. This photo really takes me back! Have a great day! **Keri**

Friday, October 24, 2008

Painted Winter Slates...

Hello Everyone! Happy Friday night! Here is what I have been working on these last couple days. My friend Peg commissioned me to do a couple of slates for her. One for her, one for her Grandparents. She wanted snowmen with family names on it. Here is the finished product! They turned out very cute. You can't tell from the less than stellar photo but there is a slight glittery effect on the snow and snowmen. Now that these are done, I can start thinking about Cody's birthday party, and Halloween! Never a dull moment! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Guess What We Got??

First of all, this is what I woke up to this morning!! We knew it was coming, after all, who likes to go Trick or Treating without their parka encumbering their every step? Here in Northern NY, it is a Mom's job to make sure the costume fits OVER winter clothing. Seriously!! It is only a dusting, but enough for the deer to start moving, and that is all that matters here these days. No matter that my flower beds are still in a mess, and that I am planning a birthday party a week from Saturday that revolved entirely around a treasure hunt!! It will be gone by noon, I am sure, but this is just a precursor of things to come. I want summer back!! Many of you know already how I feel about this. It is a day of mourning. Meanwhile, my friend Judy will pull in this morning to pick up Cody and she will be singing Christmas Carols. I keep telling her that millions of people all over the world sing Christmas Carols without snow, but she says it isn't the same thing. She calls me a SCROOGE!!
I found this link a while ago. A lady over at 2peas had put this ringtone on her hubby's phone without telling him. He then went to a meeting at work where his phone rang and this is what everyone heard. Click on the preview button:
**If you are having a bad day, this will definitely turn your frown upside down. If you don't laugh-there is something wrong with you....and I don't want to know about it...**

More from mario820 at Myxer

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Said in my best Carol Ann poltergeist is almost Halloween, right? Well, now I can do my Tricks or Treats (that's what the Peanuts gang calls em) cause the big brown truck brought my SU! stuff yesterday!! This is a pic off all my freebies. Hostess sets, and stuff I picked from the catalog! Most of the stamps are now die cut, and just need assembling. I am becoming spoiled! I was able to get all the new IN Colors, so I will be excited to try them out! The boxes (4) were huge and heavy, and it took Cody and I an hour and a half to sort everyone's orders! I thank you so much, everyone who came, and ordered!!
This is a shot (no pun intended) of Peter and Cody heading out for a late afternoon hunt. All they saw were squirrels and crows. I love to take pictures of them together, walking away. Cody keeps gaining on his dad in the height department! With his big '13' next week, things like this really tug at my heart!!

Have a great day!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday, Monday!!

Good Monday Morning!! What a weekend!! I want to thank you all for being such faithful visitors, I know I have been slacking, and I intend to visit all my blogs and catch up in the next day or two, trusting that nothing else pops up to prevent me in doing so!
First, it is my honor to announce that Buzz and Bloom has released their new Fall Line of Products! CLICK HERE to see the album of new goodies! Below is a peek at what you will be checkin out. New acrylic EVERYTHING, and new chipboard. I had the honor of working with these new products this month for my 19th publish date. Below are tidbits of my two newest Buzz and Bloom projects, that you can see HERE. I am very excited about them, and hope you like them, too! It has been hard keeping them a secret these past few weeks. I love to share my layouts with you all! Check em out!!

Last but certainly not least, I would like to share with you an experience I had yesterday and Praise the Lord for his hand of protection. I am not going to give you all the details, but Cody and I were headed home from my sister in law's house yesterday, and were almost in a violent collision with a speeding car. It was a near miss, the other car was traveling at a fast rate of speed, and came out of nowhere, and I was almost hit broadside on my side. The other car was damaged, but no one was hurt in either vehicle, and I thank the Lord for his mercy yesterday. When I think about what could have happened, I could cry, so I am trying to focus on all the ways the Lord was watching out for us. I have alway readily shared the fact that I am a Christian, but try not to force my beliefs on anyone. I am here to tell you that I am here today but for the Grace of God.
Have a great Monday, and I promise, when work is done today, I will be visiting everyone!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dishcloths and Scrubbers...

Well, a week ago today, I decided to give crocheting a try. This is what I have come up with so far. 4 cloths and two scrubbers. There was a third scrubber but it is already at my kitchen sink! I made the square scrubber last night and it was much easier to maneuver with the netting. SO, whatdya think?? I THINK I will have to get more netting and yarn!!
Have a great weekend,

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Thursday!!

Good Morning, everyone! I know, it has been almost a week, and I have not blogged, or visited any of my favorites, either! Things have been super crazy around here, and I have also been trying to teach myself to crochet!
Our Columbus Day weekend was very busy, Peter helping my parents to put on a new roof, both Saturday and Monday. Sunday was devoted to helping Peter's parents put up some wood-like I know how to do THAT! And there was also a lot of hunting thrown in there, as black powder started on Saturday. Rifle starts this weekend, so I can literally kiss that hubby of mine goodbye! He stayed one night over the weekend at his new camp, and it went well! It was weird for me and Cody, though! I did manage to get a few pictures of our fall foliage during the weekend. Then some strong winds came on Tuesday and blew everything off the trees!

I found this little guy outside the camper out in the woods. He was so cute, and very mellow!!

Things will be picking up around here with a certain 13th birthday a couple weeks away, as well as Halloween. That huge SU! order is expected early next week, so let the stalking of the UPS man begin!! Plus, I need a few things in that order to finish my trick or treats! LOL!
I have also been successful in learning the basics of crochet! All I wanted to do was learn the basics to be able to make dishcloths and scrubbies. I have made two dishcloths so far, and two scrubbies from nylon netting. I will post pics very soon!
Have A Great Day!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall Has Arrived!

Fall has officially arrived here in Northern New York! We are in peak leaf color right now, and it has been cold enough to start the wood stove!!
Speaking of wood stove, it takes a LOT of wood to get us through the winter. Peter started cutting the wood in the beginning of August. After two months of cutting, loading, hauling, unloading, stacking, splitting, and stacking some more, we are ready!! And none too soon, either! If you even wondered what 20+ cords of wood looks like, this is it! I had trouble getting back far enough to get the whole section but you get the idea!!

Also, here are a couple pics of my mud slingin boy. He is a mud MAGNET!! These are his good clothes. He never gets a speck of mud on him with his everydays... He would also like to share with you that shooting a mouse caught by his foot with a bb gun, inSIDE Mom's bathroom, was not a great idea. Cody's PSA for the day.

Have a great Friday, everyone!!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Mish Mash Wednesday!!

Good Wednesday morning, everyone!! I have quite an array of goodies to share with you today, a little bit of everything!
First off, I neglected to let you know a couple of days ago, that my newest project is up over at Buzz and Bloom! CLICK HERE if you would like to check it out! It is a Halloween Project, complete with treat, card, and bag! Also, the countdown is on over at Buzz and Bloom for the new products release!! CLICK HERE for more info!

This weekend we hit a milestone at our house, Cody got his first hunting license!! He came through the door last Saturday with THE biggest grin from ear to ear! It is a small game license with a trapping endorsement on it. Looks like all of those HOURS of courses he took paid off! He and his Dad took the trapping course back in the spring, and were both able to get their trapping license this fall! Something new for both of them!

I also finally got to visit the final resting place of Peter's hunting camp(er) this weekend. He put shelf liner in the drawers and cupboards!! He was a regular Martha Stewart! All I have to say is this--it is amazing how domesticated he can be when he wants to....So here he is working away while I was freezing-trying to be the good, and interested wife!!
And here the camper is, out in the middle of really isn't that far from his Mom's house, just looks really wooded...This is where my other half will be for the next 2 months every chance he gets!
I saved the best for last, I got a secret sister surprise in the mail yesterday!! I gotta say, whoever this sis is, she knows me pretty well, and also knows my love for the word "wicked" cause she sent me an adorable pair of wicked witch socks, a cute pumpkin pouch with a "wicked" rubber stamp in it, and a perfect secret pal halloween card. She really is something, whoever she is!! I love surprises, and you know Moms don't usually get too many, so this was the highlight of my day! If you are reading this, Secret Sister, THANKS!!
Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Weekend Stampin' UP! Workshop!

Saturday was my annual Stampin Up workshop! I had about 10 ladies at my home, but I forgot to take a picture until most of them were gone!! By the time I took these first two pics, it looked like a tornado flew over the table, we were all munching, and tired from all the stamping! It's a rough life!! Anyway, when the weekend was all said and done and I collected a couple of outside orders from hubbies doing their Christmas shopping, my party total was $1400.00!! I am still in shock. I went into the day with no expectations, with the economy the way it is. Several people had asked me if I was still going to have my party, so I went on with it, and boy am I glad I did!! Now the hard part starts-waiting for everything to arrive! Can you imagine the mess I will be in when the boxes arrive and I have to sort it all?? I will definitely make sure that my daycare kids are gone before I even open the boxes!!
My thanks to JudyB for being a rockin' demo and helping me so much!! She created awesome projects and made sure everything was perfect for us!!

This is a picture of the first card that JudyB created for my workshop, using SU! Loads of Love. We masked the truck to stamp the tree in the back, used two way glue on the tree, and added Dazzling Diamonds for snow. Very cute card!!
This is the second card we made, also using Loads of Love. This one is a fall one, using Pumpkin Pie, Bordering Blue, Very Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip! We put the pumpkins and the scalloped circle on pop dots. Love that taffeta ribbon!
And last but not least, this is the dessert I made for the occasion. I got the recipe out of "The Cake Mix Doctor" cookbook that was Grandma Omi's. Mom made it for me a few years ago for a workshop, and I decided to try it myself this time. Fall is the perfect time! If you love pumpkin, this recipe is for you!! You will not be sorry for trying this one, gals....everyone FREAKED about it!! I am sad that it is gone!!

Pumpkin Pie Crumble Cake

1 package yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter or margerine
4 eggs
2 cans (15 0z.) pumpkin
1 can (5 oz) evaporated milk
1 1/ 4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons chilled butter or margerine
1 cup chopped pecans
Grease and flour a 9x13 inch cake pan. Measure out 1 cup of the cake mix and reserve for topping. Place rest of cake mix, butter and 1 egg in a mixing bowl, and blend. Press the batter over the bottom of the prepared pan. For filling, place pumpkin, evaporated milk, 1 cup of sugar, 3 eggs, and cinnamon in a bowl. Blend until combined. Increase mixer speed, and beat until mixture lightens in color and texture. Pour filling over crust in pan. For topping, place remaining 1 /4 cup sugar, chilled butter, and reserved cake mix in a bowl. Combine until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Distribute topping evenly over filling mixture. Bake at
350 for about 60 minutes. It is done when the center of the cake
no longer jiggles and the pecans have browned. Cool and serve
with homemade whipped cream.

Have a great Tuesday!


Monday, October 06, 2008

A Special Birthday Girl!!

Happy Birthday!!

I want to tell everyone that today is Grandma Omi's 88th Birthday!! I wanted to thank you all for your support and concern during her accident, and to tell you that she got her cast off last week! She can no longer use it for a club!! Hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, right?? This pic was taken shortly after the fall. This is my Mom's sister, my Aunt Brenda. She drove up from Albany right after she heard of the accident, and stayed for a few days. She would probably kill me if she found out I posted this!! Anyway, Grandma is 88 years old today!!

Happy Birthday, Grandma!!

Tomorrow I will be sharing my SU! Workshop pics-of the messy table, what we made, and how I did for hostess benefits! It was a great day!


Friday, October 03, 2008

Cherry Squares

Thought I would share another recipe with you-one that I made last night! This is one from my Mom, that I have always loved! Cody would eat half the pan in one sitting if I let him, Peter doesn't care for it cause he only likes chocolate and pumpkin. Cody and I seem to make the best of it!! It is a very easy tasty recipe:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

3/4 cups butter or margerine, softened

pinch salt

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

1 can cherry pie filling

Mix the flour, brown sugar, salt, and oatmeal in a bowl. Mix very soft butter into dry mixture, until it is crumbly. I use a pastry blender.

Press half of the mixture into a 9x13 pan. Pour can of cherry pie filling over bottom layer, and spread it out evenly. Spread other half of crumble mix on top of pie filling, and press flat. Bake in a 375 oven for 25 minutes. Enjoy!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I am holding an SU! Workshop here tomorrow!