With real trees it is always a good idea to let them adjust to the temperture of you house and make sure they have plenty of water before you start the decorating process. Our tree drank about 3 gallons of water and the branches came down a bit so we decided that today would be decorating day. We tried to keep the decorations to the unbreakable ornaments for the main tree because Riley is still very curious about the whole process and will probably pull every ornament off and on 100 times. There is still some more ornaments I want to make with the boys this year and we will do that in the next few weeks.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
This year we went to Handley's Holiday Hillside in Solon for our Christmas Tree. We went there years ago to buy a tree when Jered and I were first married and really liked it. Today was cold but not snowy so it was a nice walk through the rows. The boys enjoyed picking out the tree and we all carried it back to tie it on the Jeep. We bought a Canadian Fir tree, it has nice small needles and strong branches for ornaments and lights. There is really nothing like the smell of a fresh cut pine tree. We have it all set up and tomorrow we will decorate it once it "relaxes". The house is really starting to feel festive now that the tree is up.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
1 double crust pastry
8 medium Granny Smith apples¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup water
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup white sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
2. Peel, core and slice the apples. Toss them in ¼ cup of flour.
3. Place bottom crust in pan, and fill with apples (should be mounded very high) Cover with
lattice work crust.
4. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in ¼ cup all-purpose flour to form a paste.
5. Add water, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and bring to a boil. Reduce
temperature and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
5. Gently and slowly pour sauce over pie so that it goes into the pie.
6. Bake 15 minutes in the 425 degree oven, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F
for 35 to 45 minutes until apples are soft. If crust begins to brown you can cover with tin foil.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
This Saturday we went to the Playstation in Cedar Rapids to celebrate Sully's third birthday. The Playstation is this huge play structure that the kids can run and climb in. It's pretty amazing. The Iowa cousins were there and some friends from Sully's school. The kids got pretty sweaty running around! Sorry for the blury photos sometimes. It was hard to slow them down. Everyone had a fun time. Only one more party to go this month...Riley's. I hope I get it all done!