Friday, December 26, 2008

SnowzillaI hope you all had a splendid Christmas. This was my first white Christmas and it was wonderful! Bryce, Trent and I built Snowzilla and there was still so much snow everywhere!
We are all fans of the Calvin and Hobbes snowmen. That is why Snowzilla is terrorizing the smaller snowmen.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Favorite Christmas Cookies
This recipe comes from my Grandma Dennis. It is my favorite kind of cookie, (I know picking a favorite cookie is like picking a favorite star, wait actually I do have a favorite star...so never mind about that point.) Anyways, I believe they are also Sara and my Dad's favorite cookies, but not Nathan's. Nate loves snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies, which are delicious but peasantly in comparison to Almond Creams:You will need:
Cookie
6T cold butter
1 C flour
2 1/2t cream
granulated sugar for dipping
Frosting
1 C powdered sugar
2 T butter
1T cream
1 splash Almond extract
Combine the cookie ingredients as if you were making a pie crust. (Cut the butter in until it resembles small pebbles, then blend in cream.) Roll the dough into a thin sheet maybe 1/8 inch. and cut with a cookie cutter. These cookies are pretty delicate so I would not recommend a large cookie cutter because larger cookies are more prone to breaking. Broken cookies are sad. After they are cut, dip one side of the cookie in sugar and place it on a cookie sheet. These cookies do not expand so they can be close together.
Cook them for about 7 minutes, they are done when they are barely barely changing color. The frosting is the best part and you absolutely must use Almond extract, no substitutes! Let the cookies cool, then frost them and sandwich them together.
This recipe makes half as much as you think it is going to and everyone always eats twice as much as you think they will so I usually double or triple the recipe. If anyone makes it please tell me how they turn out! Happy Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Textbooks!

The time for buying textbooks is drawing near. I found a really good website a while ago and I promised Camie I would give it to her, but then I realized that everyone can use this website! so go to:
http://www.directtextbook.com/

It lets you search all the prices and shipping costs for several stores at once happy hunting!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A New Project is Born:

I know I already have a big pile of projects that I am working on and they are all in various states of doneness, and none actually done. When you have a list this long what is one more teensy weensy project? Especially one as adorable as this?
This ring can be bought at Etsy for $55. An genius lady named Rachel Ludlow (it's in the name) makes them along with other adorable things. Looking at her jewelry has inspired me to make my own.
I have never made jewelry before, I've actually never even wanted to make jewelry, but I am turning over a new leaf thanks to Etsy and the wonderful people who make instructables like this one! My only difficulty is that I don't really want to make a little love ring for myself... So my actual plan is to make it for someone else and swindle my handsome Honeybub into making one for me.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

It finally snowed! None of it stuck, but yesterday there was actual snow coming out the sky! I really love snow. Growing up in California I was snow deprived so now I really appreciate it. There were a few things that really surprised me about snow though. TV and movies make snow look a lot different than it actually is and I have realized that other people might suffer the same confusion I did. Remember I love snow, there are just a few things about it that you should know:




Monday, December 08, 2008

Tutu 5K

This Saturday was my first ever real race! Probably a lot of people out there think a 5K is a baby race. I happen to think you should never run unless you are being pursued by a wild boar with murder on his mind; and even then you should stop if you feel a sweat coming on. This Saturday was a little different though. It turns out running with Tara is much funner than running with no Tara.
Here are Tara and I coming into the finish, and there in the bottom leftish area of the picture you can see the shadow of Bryce's head and hand, taking the picture. :D
Here I am being happy to see Bryce and happy the race is almost over!
I decided to enter hover-mode for the last leg of the race. Tara and I made our tutus using the directions on this website. I recommend tutus whenever you want to run. One of the main reasons that I hate running because I feel ugly when I do it, and the tutu definitely helps with that.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sweet Cuppin' Cakes
Sonya sent me a link to this recipe, for eggnog cupcakes, which sounded so delicious that I needed to try it. I decided to make a batch for the German class Bryce teaches. College people are usually starving so I figured cupcakes would be appreciated, but my main motivation was that I am usually starving and I wanted to eat them. 

I made the cupcakes and frosted the cupcakes and everything was great, or so I thought... I encountered a major problem in the fact that, no matter how hard you try you can never never fit more than 15 intact cupcakes into a Pyrex dish ever. There are 16 students in Bryce's class and the pyrex dish is the biggest container I own with a lid. It seemed silly to send one cupcake alone in a little tupperware, (also I would never see the little tupperware again, the little ones never make it home!) I figured maybe someone would be absent, but that seemed like a risky bet. 

So, I'm sorry Bryce's German Class. I made these for you, but because of the small-mindedness of the people over at Pyrex you will never taste their eggnoggy goodness. 

As for the rest of you, I am now handing out eggnog cupcakes! Come get them before I eat them all!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

California Experiments
I remember when I was little our cousin Emily was in the car with my family. There was also a fly in the car. Sara, Dad and I bloodthirstily rolled up a newspaper and prepared to execute the beast, but were stopped by Emily crying out "Noooooooooooooooooo! Don't kill him!" flabbergasted we asked "Why not??" her eyes filling with tears she replied "He's my friend."

If you ever feel the way Emily felt, you probably shouldn't read this next bit; but if you feel like me, and think flies are wicked vermin, then read on:
My dad got these plans from someplace and sent them to me and Bryce. Ever since then we have been itching to try it out.
We used Nate's bug vacuum to capture our engines. This vacuum was a present we gave Nate for his birthday. It is a good policy to give your siblings presents that you want to play with.
We imprisoned the flies.
I crafted the planes, which was not easy. Then things went bad. I thought about putting a picture of the gluey disgusting mess of flies that resulted, but it was too gluey and disgusting. It became apparent that the plane thing is like communism, better on paper than in practice. So we fed the rest of the flies to Nate's turtles.
Sorry Emily.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

California Day 2We have been on vacation in California for 2 days now and Bryce has miraculously sprouted a mullet. We rushed him to the emergency room to have it removed but the doctors were helpless before its mullet magic. They told us to avoid monster trucks for now and observe it carefully. Wish us luck.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

See how far I've come?
This is the third grade bunny. My former best clay creation. We are in California visiting him at my parents house right now. It is excellent and warm!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

1 downTa da! Here is piece #1 Mary and Joseph. This is the best thing I have ever made out of clay! (Even better than the little bunny I made in second grade!) I wanted to have Mary and Joseph together because Mary just gave birth in a stinky stable and she probably needs some comforting. They don't have faces, but that is not for any symbolic reason, it's just because I am not experienced enough to make non-goofy faces. (Keep in mind that up until last night my greatest clay creation was the 2nd grade bunny.) This piece is not really done. It needs to dry out, get fired, and then glazed and then refired. Hopefully everything will be done by Christmas!
p.s. Holy War tomorrow!!!
Note:
For those of you who were confused, I was not joking. Tara and I are really going to run a 5K wearing ballet tutus. This is not a joke, it is a real race. My tutu will be pink.
That is all.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nativity Set

Bryce and I are going to make a Nativity set this year! We are going to make it out of clay, fire it in a kiln and then glaze it. (All the pieces are going to be glossy white because I don't want to buy a million colors.) I am designing how the pieces will look. Here are the ideas I have had:
#1 Is fairly realistic, but I don't think I will put faces on them because I am not that skilled and I don't want them to look goofy. The Shepherd will wear some kind of fur skirt/robe type thing.
#2 Was my first attempt at being more abstract, but they looked like a couple of toes so I didn't design any other pieces. I had this hilarious idea to make a toe nativity, but then I decided that would be irreverent, and a little macabre. So I am not making one of those.
#3 Is more abstract, but not as silly as #2 and not as realistic as #1. If I can't pull off the first design this is my backup plan. Wish me luck!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Taking things apart this week:



Yes I made sure there weren't any batteries inside! 
And uh, yeah I a little bit forgot about the capacitor...