31 January 2012

Trail to Eagle - Week 1

In reality, the trail to Eagle started 5 years ago, when my son became a cub scout. He took to scouting about like he took to water, and he's never looked back. In cub scouts he earned his Bobcat, Wolf and Bear, then his Webelos, Compass patch and compass points. He got his Arrow of Light. He moved on to boy scouts and by the time he was 12 and a half, he was a Life Scout. 

It is time to choose the Eagle Project. He has done his research, made phone calls and narrowed his project options down to two. This week, he is choosing his project and getting it approved. I can't wait to see what he's going to do. I know there's a lot of work ahead, but I wanted to celebrate just how far we've come since that very first day. Good job son. You make us proud.

27 January 2012

Butterscotch Cream Cheese Bars

1- 10 oz. package butterscotch chips
1/2 cup butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 - 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1 cup chopped pecans (optional, but I really think you should)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In medium saucepan, melt butterscotch chips and butter over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in cracker crumbs, mix well. Reserve 2/3 cup of mixture. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of a buttered 9x13 baking dish.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in the condensed milk, vanilla and egg. Fold in nuts. Pour into prepared pan; scatter reserved crumb mixture evenly over the top. 
Bake 25-30 minutes or until set and knife comes out clean.
Cool to room temperature, then chill. Cut into 2-inch bars.

26 January 2012

A Garland of Hearts

I have pinned so many cute Valentine's Day projects on Pinterest. I don't think I can make them all, but I might try.

The first one I finished is this heart garland that I found over at Bella Dia. She created a simple pattern for a crocheted heart, and for a small donation, she will send it to you in pdf format.

Instead of using clothespins, which I think is really cute, I just connected my hearts with a crocheted band so I could hang them on my fireplace mantle. It was a great way to use up a bunch of small, leftover red, white and pink balls of yarn. I like it! I made this as part of a Etsymom Team DIY challenge. I can't wait to see what everyone else made. If you're on Pinterest, you can follow the Etsymom team here and see what people are making.

What fun things have you been making? How do you decorate for Valentine's Day?

25 January 2012

Small and Simple Things

I know it may seem like a very small thing, but I am feeling really good about it. I have been sticking to my 30 minutes a day cleaning schedule, modifying as I need to (for example: I think it's silly to clean the master bath one day and the kid's bath right next to it on a different day, so I do them both the same day) and my house is staying much neater. It is sometimes hard to stop after 30 minutes, but I'm getting better at it.  The thing I am finding out is that since I only spent 30 minutes cleaning, the fact that my kids have it totally messed up by the end of the day might bother me less. 

Anyway, my big (little) project for the week:



 There's still a lot of stuff, but at least it's more organized. All the snow gear on one hook, soccer gear on another, swimming gear on another. All the stuff that doesn't belong is gone. The only thing on the floor now is snow boots. Sorry about the bad photos - it's a weird little room with bad light in a dark hallway.

What have you been working on? Link up below! 

24 January 2012

January Dreaming


I got seed catalogs this week. It's amazing how something so simple can derail an entire afternoon. I sat down and read the catalogs. I folded corners of the pages with heirloom squash. I went out and rooted around in my garage to find the leftover seeds from last year. I tried to calculate how much earlier I should start my tomatoes - last year I started them much, much too late. I started plotting out my garden. There is going to be a lot of squash. Squash grows really well here. I toyed with the idea of artichokes for a minute.

Then I woke up - as in it was time for dinner and I hadn't made it yet. Hooray for spaghetti made with Roma tomatoes I froze last summer.