Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 11 from 2011

The year 2011 has been an amazing year! So many great changes have taken place, life-changing lessons learned, and awesome friendships made. There is no way for me to recap everything, so I figured a "top eleven" events and a "top eleven" posts would do!

 I apologize for my lack of posts this past week. I have been pretty sick since Christmas day and am just now starting to feel better now that I have antibiotics. 

Top Eleven from 2011

1. May 14, 2011 our wedding day! Definitely the highlight of the year;) I loved our wedding, and I'm so thankful for the lasting memories that were made!

2. Our honeymoon! Of course this is a close second. We had the most beautiful cabin in the mountains and it was an amazing week together.

3. Watching my brother Abe come to the Lord and be baptized.

4. The new babies that were added to our family on both sides. We love our new nieces and nephews Jake, Bailey, Dax, and Aiden.

5. Our weekend at the West Bayden Springs Hotel in French Lick! I've never stayed at such a fancy hotel, and I love vacationing with my hubby:)

6. Going to Florida for the first time in my life with my sister, nephew, and Aunts.

7. My adventure in blogging. I have loved blogging and all the new friends I have made in the process.

8. Opening my Something Old, Something New Etsy shop. I'm so thankful for Allie Peach and her inspiration that got me started:)
9. Going to visit Aunt Bea and her family in Georgia for the weekend.
10.  Finishing up this semester with a 4.0!

11. Our trip home to Minnesota for Christmas and the great time we had with my family

Top Eleven Posts from 2011

3. Babies

And that's been my year! God has been so good to me! I'm looking forward to whatever 2012 brings and sharing it with you:)

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Heading home for Christmas!

We are at hour 11 on our trip home to Minnesota! I may be suffering from pinterest overdosage, but I'm pretty happy I had my iPhone to keep me entertained!

I found a few last Christmas pins on pinterest to share with you before the Christmas season is over.

Christmas morning I get to spend with my hubby;) we already opened our gifts to each other but it will be nice to just have breakfast together and have some time alone on our first Christmas married!

After going to a Christmas church service we will spend the afternoon with my family and grandparents opening gifts and having dinner together!

So for now, Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Leave me a comment and tell me all about your Christmas plans!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Cookies

I'm going to be honest, I'm a little sad this year because I haven't gotten to make very many Christmas cookies!

For the past 20 Christmases, my sisters and I have gotten together and made more Christmas cookies than anyone ever needs to make.
But it was fun
and delicious

The reason I haven't made many cookies is because there is no one around to eat them! 
Or if I'm being's because I would eat them all.

So last night, I decided I would make a batch of Christmas cookies and deposit them at the neighbors just as a special Christmas treat!

It was a simple recipe and it's your lucky day because I'm sharing it with you!
You will need:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar.

In a large bowl, mix the powdered sugar, butter vanilla, and egg until well blended. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Heat oven to 375 and lightly grease cookie sheet. 

Form the dough into large balls and place on cookie sheet with plenty of room between. Take a glass, or something with a round bottom. dip it in flour and smash the cookies flat!

Bake for 7-8 minutes
Remove cookies from sheet 
Before the cookies cool, place a hershey's kiss in the center!
This recipe makes enough for 3 plates of cookies.
One for each neighbor on either side of you
and one for you to keep :)
Happy Christmas cookie baking!

Monday, December 19, 2011

All I want for Christmas

The hubby and I celebrated our Christmas together last night! We will be at my family's on the actual Christmas Day so we went ahead and had ours early!

We started off the night with our yummy dinner by candlelight listening to Christmas music. 
No, don't worry...all those presents aren't just for us haha
We had a fun time opening gifts together. I loved watching his face when he opened gifts from me and I loved the gifts he got for me!
Well, in case you didn't notice, the pictures above were taken with an IPHONE!
That would be my iphone....given to me by my sweet hubby!
Definitely one of my favorite gifts =]
It has been such a special first Christmas for us...and it's not over yet! 
There's still a few more parties and of course, Christmas Day
It's funny to me how different this Christmas is from the last when we weren't married. Last year, I was still so nervous around Jimmy and trying real hard to impress him ;) He was even more nervous because he was getting ready to propose! This year, we both were able to just relax and enjoy our time together. 
It's great being married!

I love hearing what other people are doing to celebrate Christmas!      
Comment below and share your Christmas plans!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Another year gone by...

A year ago today, on December 18, 2010,  Jimmy asked me to be his wife, and I said yes:)

Five months later we became husband and wife

And now here we are on December 18, 2011, happier than we ever thought we could be!

Thank you to all my readers for following along with my life and being so supportive! I have made such great new friends and I'm looking forward to making many more:)

Friday, December 16, 2011

We have a winner!

According to RANDOM.ORG, our winner for the jewelry giveaway is comment #20!

Its So Very Cheri said...I checked out her shop.

What about this idea? Use an old sewing machine desk as a changing table!
How adorable!

 Pick up some old horseshoes as a door hanger for aprons/towels etc...
 Check out the lovely pictures that decorated the country brick walls.
  And of course my personal favorite: the lovely cow picture:)
A week from today I will be on my way to home sweet home for Christmas! I can't wait!
What are your plans for Christmas?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's time for Deal Wednesday!

For the past few weeks, I have shared all my favorite freebies  and deals with y'all! Today I'm extra happy to share because I just finished taking my LAST final:) 
Yep that's right, this girl is done for the year!!

So what's new in the deal department? Well read on!
If you're stopping by CVS this week, grab a 7 oz bag of Combos
You will pay $2.00 for them, and receive $2.00 in Extra Bucks!
If you shop at CVS often, this is a great free deal!

At Walmart, you can pick up a roll of Duck Packaging Tape for FREE!

  What better time for free Packaging tape then just as you're getting ready to mail out those Christmas packages:)
This Duck tape is originally $1.00 but if you print off the coupon below, it ends up being free!

Escada FREE Perfume Sample

 I love the pink perfume bottle! 
Fill out the details here to get your free sample.
Don't forget about Burger King's Free Fries Friday!!!
That's this Friday, so don't miss it! From what  I