Taaaaaa-coooooooos!

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I love the little tacos. I love them goooood. (High five if you get the reference.)
You are looking at a delicious homemade taco.
We bought corn tortillas (although for the record I have made them from scratch before), sprayed with oil, and baked on the oven rack for 10 minutes at 375°.
Most of the meat is home-ground, but we did buy some today because we didn’t have enough.
The seasoning is homemade, slightly adapted from a recipe I found on the internet. I’ll try to remember to share it soon.
Lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese are cut/shredded by hand.
I did not make the sour cream but just give me time…. ;)

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Oh and this is a tortilla sprayed with oil, sprinkled with cinnamon-nutmeg-sugar, and baked. Next time maybe a bit more of the sugar mixture, and maybe a sweet cream cheese frosting to dip in. (Or maybe honey?)

I wasn’t planning to blog this but it was so damn delicious… I’ll be back tomorrow with a year-end post. (In fact, I’m going to go draft it right now.)

Hope your celebrations have been merry and bright, and that none of your guests have overstayed their welcome.

Gluten Formation

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It’s snowing pretty hard out there, and almost 100% humidity. It took about a whole cup of extra flour to pull this dough together, and there’s only 3 cups in the recipe. Yikes. (Yes I know that Saturday is the totally wrong day to make challah.)

Holiday Crafting

Happy holidays everyone!
We finally got seasonal weather up here in the North Country, and the weather today was positively delightful, so we went out and played in the snow. Missy and Charlie (the dog) had a ton of fun.

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Missy and I built this baby snowman. “The snowman” asked us to build his dad, but the snow wasn’t packing well so we will try again soon.

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We went on a quest for a sled, which were nearly sold out everywhere. We did find one though, and Missy played with it a little. Tomorrow if the weather is nice we will go to the hill.

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We did inside stuff too! I made a big batch of gingerbread, and we went to town with icings and sprinkles.

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We made a lot of them. ;)

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I also made a gingerbread house! We put tree and man cookies outside on the lawn, too. There’s also a couple pies lurking in my kitchen, and a fruitcake in the oven.

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Last but not least, check out these stockings! I made them! I’m really proud of them.

I truly hope you are all safe and happy and warm tonight, and every night. Happy holidays if you are celebrating, and joy to all the world.

Eep!

My mother in law is coming today.

For eleven days.

Just a glimpse

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I’m about to cut into these lovely fabrics to make new stockings. We have been cleaning and organizing like craaaazy the last couple days. Its been one of those years where I have just constantly been behind schedule, so I am thankful for a chance to catch up on all the clutter and start 2013 fresh and clean.

Question

Is there anything better than argyle knee socks (with hot pink toes, natch) and warm purple sweatpants?

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Answer: no. No there is not.

Tragedy

My four-year-old daughter has been running a fever all day.

I consider myself infinitely blessed to have been able to hold her in my arms all day.

My heart is with all the mothers with empty arms tonight.

Birchbox December

Been a while since I was able to do a post like this! Man I love this phone. I’d rather post more with phone pictures, right? Especially since my camera blows.

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Please ignore my messy living room and just focus on the prettied-up box. I love reusing my boxen, so I’m super excited and I haven’t even opened the box!

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Look, a full size lip gloss! With a little mirror! It’s Berry Pink by ModelCo, and it smells like strawberries. Very nice indeed.

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The fragrance this month is Mad Madame by Juliette Has A Gun. (I am dying for the day that Birchbox gets some BPAL.) This scent is rich and sophisticated. Definitely a fan of this one.

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TWO packets of Pillow Soft Curls by Miss Jessie’s. (Come to think of it, I have some other MJ samples around here somewhere.) I don’t really like to do my hair curly but this should still be fun. :)

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Chocolate! This is a salted chocolate crunch bar by Chuao.

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Om nom nom. And only 50 calories! It seems to have a fruity undertone. Very nice indeed.

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This is a two-in-one cleanser and makeup remover by Nuxe. It’s a medium-thick gel and smells a lot like honey. Maybe I didn’t use it right (instructions might be nice) but it had trouble taking off my plain eye crayon and blinc mascara (which is designed to remove easily with just water soooooo).

Finally, here’s a little bonus: I’ve got a promo code for 50$ off a dress rental at Renttherunway.com. I’m hoping to find an excuse to use it. :)

Man, I just love the monthly excuse to pamper myself. :)

Web Weekend #16

So I realize it’s not the weekend, but hey, whatever. It’s been freaking forever since I did one of these (#15 was published on June 3!), and I know that my “fans” have been missing it.

Back in June, my total number of subscriptions was 439, and I had apparently been on a deleting spree at the time, after just adding a whole bunch of new ones. Now, my subscriptions are up to the frightening number of 572, thanks to Sew Mama Sew giveaway day. I habitually subscribe to each blog that I enter a giveaway on (I owe them that much, right?), and place them all in a particular folder. When I get around to it a few weeks later, I then read them for a while and see if I like the blog enough to keep it around, at which point I move it out into the correct “regular” folder. So while that number will probably stay high, it *should* go down soon, lol.

So anyway, for those of you just tuning in, this is my, ahem, weekly installment where I share a bunch of cool things I’ve seen around the blogs that week. I’m finally getting back to it because I’ve got Google Reader on my phone now so I can reader a lot easier now. I may be changing up the format of this feature a little, so we’ll see how it goes. This installment is a little  lumpy and one-sided since I’m still catching up, and I ended up leaving out a lot of stuff I wanted to include.

Without any further ado, here’s a selection of the cool things I’ve starred this week! Enjoy!

Holiday Stuff
This list of unique gifts-in-a-jar strives to bring you some new ideas for gifting (Curbly)
And this list of cool paper ornaments helps you decorate with flair (Curbly)
Here’s a list of stocking stuffers for all — I’ll definitely be raiding this list. (CasaSugar)
Do you tell your kids about Santa? I don’t, so I know how this writer feels. Lucky me, I don’t live too close to family. (Mommyish)
Gifts for the geek in your life. (The Mary Sue)


OF COURSE Batty is a fan of Dickens. Illustration from this article.

Society in General
Your favorite Muppets are here to help… this time with explaining and normalizing divorce for kids. (Mommyish)
In defense of Twilight fans. No really. Read it. (The Mary Sue)
Behold! The Hawkeye Initiative! (The Mary Sue)
Young Hero Of The Week (The Mary Sue)
Female body armor hits Afghanistan! Huzzah for female soldiers! (The Mary Sue)
A portion of hell froze over. (Jezebel)
It still sucks to be a female writer. (Jezebel)

Crafting!
How to make salt dough – ornaments or whatever – great kid’s craft! (Blisstree)

Food!
Eight Hanukkah recipes – a little late but still good. (Blisstree)


I just love this photo. No political message intended. :) (Via The Mary Sue)

TV & Movies & Books & …
There’s going to be a sequel to Boy Meets World! (The Mary Sue)
The Beeb is gonna make a miniseries of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (The Mary Sue)
Universal is suing about the porn parody of 50 Shades, because they want to see how much irony we can take at one time. (The Mary Sue)
How do we feel about patriarchy in our fiction? (The Mary Sue)
The Star Trek Into Darkness trailer we’ve been dying for. (The Mary Sue)

STUFF
Someone buy me this LSP bobblehead, stat. (The Mary Sue)
This is why I love James Hance. (James Hance)


Fabulous geeky holiday cards by Alicia. More at this link.

That’s all I’ve got for this week folks. I sincerely hope to be back at it again regularly from now on. :)

Hanukkah

We caught a special Shalom Sesame about Hanukkah today, and Missy really got into it. (Gotta love Sesame Workshop.)
I believe in learning about other cultures and participatory learning, so I threw together a small celebration, and we talked about what she learned on the show.
I think I might also toss together a Kwanzaa day, learn more about the pagan solstice celebrations…. do it UP. Why not, while we do the Xmas stuff (and while my mom asks her about Jesus birthday cake).

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I tossed together 9 candles.

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I made some challah. God that bread is good. I always make half of the Challah I recipe on allrecipes.

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I made sweet potato latkes. The oil foamed up weirdly, I guess because of the eggs. Seriously, though, omg those were goooooood. I followed a recipe on allrecipes.com.

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Lastly, behold the holy sufganiot that I acquired from Dunkin just 10 minutes before closing.

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