I think that I am almost caught up on blogging (ha, not even close! I have yet to blog about Coles shower etc...there is always next week!). However I am now off to get ready for a party tonight, I can't wait and I better get myself prepared while all the boys are preoccupied with other things like sleeping....shhhhhhhh ;)
Tomorrow is Christmas Decorating Day at our home...
I will be back with pictures to post of that glorious event!

:: Quiet Times ::

:: Although our home is mostly filled with one particular boy running around and having a gay 'ol time...last night we did have some nice quiet time, and here are the pictures to prove it ::

:: Apparently after dinner last night Jacob decided he wanted to go for a walk...In Daddy's shoes :) ::
:: Boy, this kid can sure make us laugh! ::

:: To our surprise he could actually walk in them!?!?!? ::

:: Auntie Marilyn's Pinwheels ::

:: Last night I wanted to start my baking for Christmas so I thought I would try my Auntie Marilyn's Pinwheels...I have never made them just always enjoyed them at family functions ::

:: Here is the recipe, just in case you want to try them too....they are so yummy! ::

In a small bowl combine:
1/4 cup butter (room temp)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne (I added more like a 1/2 tsp)
1/2 tsp. paprika
In large bowl combine:
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. sugar
3/4 cup grated cheese
1 tbsp. parsley
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
2/3 cup milk
Mix all dry ingredients together then with a pastry cutter (or fork as I don't own a pastry cutter) cut in shortening. Make a well and pour in the milk. Stir in the milk until all of the flour has been absorbed.

Split dough into half and put the first half on a well floured...it's quite moist dough so it needs to really be well floured and kneed 3 or 4 times. Roll out into aprox. 10x14 square (if you can) by about a 1/4 inch thick.

Stir your butter mixture well and take half of it and spread it over your rolled out dough. Then just roll it up. It does not have to be perfect, mine was less than perfect and they still turned out fabby!

Slice roll into 1/4 inch thick pieces - I used a serrated knife to do this as the dough was quite soft, I may suggest that you let it chill for an hour or so before cutting it.

Line the pinwheels up on your favorite baking sheet and toss them in the oven for 10-15 minutes @ 425 degrees.

{Follow the above steps for the remainder of the dough and butter}

This recipe yields 50 pinwheels.
:: Here is my little kitchen helper...Paul & Jacob were out playing so Cole ended up helping me in the kitchen :) ::


:: This Morning ::

:: I'd rather be decorating for Christmas but I am off this morning to brave the elements and run a bunch of errands with the boys...sound like fun? Not so much, I think I have 8 stops to make....pray for me ;) ::


:: Brothers ::

:: I've got my brother's amazing camera again so I couldn't resist the chance to take some shots of our boys today ::

:: Jacob ~ 17.5 Months Old ::

:: Cole ~ 2.5 Weeks Old ::

:: Oh what fun they will have together, oh what joy we find in them, oh I can't wait to see what God has in store for each of them...::

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