Frog and Toad Together: A List

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This morning I decided to visit my blog and saw that Thursday was a big day for Out of Our Minds to Yours!
Most of the visits were to a post I did last year on “Frog and Toad: Stories that Mirror my Life”
If you missed it, click on the link above. It’s about having Will Power and not eating cookies!

I’m thrilled to see others enjoy and relate to these wonderful stories by Arnold Lobel!!
So, I decided why not make today another “Frog and Toad” day!

It’s snowing, which always makes me want to kick back with some hot chocolate snuggled under a blanket.
But, This is my day off and I have a lot to do, so I’m mentally going through everything that needs to
get done today, listing the few task I know I’ll actually have time to do.

This got me thinking about making lists, I have a horrible memory and am always making lists,
besides I like to cross things off my list!
The mere act of drawing a line through, or a check mark by, an item
on my list really gives me a sense of satisfaction, I feel exhilarated that I’ve accomplished something
and see my list shorten as the tasks are completed.

Lists have changed over the years with the oncoming and ever changing technology.
Today there are a billion Apps for lists and reminders of every sort, and all kinds of ways to keep one organized available.
I know for me, I could literally not function without my iPhone alerting me (twice) for everything on my calendar.
It also alerts me with reminders of other tasks I might need to accomplish on a daily basis.

Makes me wonder sometimes if I could function with out a “To Do” list . . . .

So sit back and strap in and enjoy

UnknownFROG AND TOAD: A LIST
By Arnold Lobel

One morning Toad sat in bed. “I have many things to do,” he said.

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I will write them all down on a list so that I can remember them.”
Toad Wrote on a piece of paper: A List of things to do today

Then he wrote: Wake up

“I have done that,” said Toad, and he crossed out: Wake up

Then Toad wrote other things on the paper.
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“There,” said Toad. “Now my day is all written down.”

He got out of bed and had something to eat.

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Then Toad crossed out: Eat Breakfast

Toad took his clothes out of the closet and put them on.

 

 

 

Then he crossed out: Get Dressed

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Toad put the list in his pocket. He opened the door and walked out into the morning.

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He took the list from his pocket and crossed out: Go to Frog’s House

Toad knocked at the door.

Hello,” said Frog.

“Look at my list of things to do,” said Toad.

“Oh,” said Frog, “that is very nice.”

Toad said, “My list tells me that we will go for a walk.”

“All right,” said Frog. “I am ready.”

Frog and Toad went on a long walk.

Then Toad took the list from his pocket again.

He crossed out: Take a walk with Frog

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“Help!” cried Toad. “My list is blowing away. What will I do without my list?”

“Hurry!” said Frog. “We will run and catch it.”

“No!” shouted Toad. “I cannot do that.”

Why not?” asked Frog.

“Because,” wailed Toad, “running after my list is not one of the things that I wrote on my list of things to do!”

Frog ran after the list. He ran over hills and swamps, but the list blew on and on.

At last Frog came back to Toad. “I am sorry,” gasped Frog, “but I could not catch your list.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Blah,” said Toad. “I cannot remember any of the things that were on my list of things to do. I will just have to sit here and do nothing,” said Toad.

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After a long time Frog said, “Toad,  it is getting dark. We should be going to sleep now.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Go to sleep!” shouted Toad. “That was the last thing on my list!”

Toad wrote on the ground with a stick: Go to sleep

Then he crossed out: Go to sleep

“There,” said Toad. “Now my day is all crossed out!”

“I am glad,” said Frog.

Then Frog and Toad went right to sleep.

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Gingerbread Pancakes

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This bite is going, going . . .

The kids and I just realized that we did not get around to making gingerbread cookies this year for Christmas.
We just had too much hustlin’ and bustlin’ going on.

So to appease my children’s lack of gingerbread for the holiday season so far,
I made them gingerbread pancakes for breakfast this morning.

I realized as I started to draft my post that I had previously posted this recipe,
well – – good recipes deserve to be revisited from time to time,
so here’s my re-post of these delicious pancakes 🙂

Don’t forget to click here for the recipe!

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. . . Gone! And going for another!

Homemade Cooked (non-alcoholic) Eggnog

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I really like eggnog, but I am also really picky about my eggnog. The problem lies in the Nutmeg – I’m not really a fan of the flavor. A little goes a long way with me.

This year I decided to make my own eggnog so that I could have control over the nutmeg.

There are several ways eggnog can be made and served, from use of raw eggs and whipping up the whites to fold into the mixture for a more frothy version, to the cooked thin custard types. Of course, my preference is the cooked custard type.

I made a batch today so that we can have it as a treat for our New Years Eve family meal.

Click here to find out how to make your own Eggnog

DIY Christmas Ornaments

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A couple of Christmas’ ago I posted some Christmas ornaments I made for my tree. It is an on going project still!

Anyway, I decided to add some pearls to some of the existing ornaments last year to make them better, (I think I unearthed a bag buried in my craft and sewing pile and found the pearl garland from years ago and decided to put them to good use.)

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That got me in the mood to add some more ornaments to my collection and found some DIY paper molded ornaments at Hobby Lobby. I just cut my fabric and the trim and glued them on with Aleene’s Tacky Glue.  Very simple! But in my usual fashion, I don’t think that I posted them, so I thought I should do so now.

I must admit, I have an ulterior motive in that I noticed that several people are pinning the ornaments on Pinterest and I wanted to make sure that my newest additions were included.

So here they are,  I really like these and they were fun to make. I think I will make more this year. I only made these four last year.

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100 Days to Christmas starts Today!

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I found this little gem of information and organization last year and posted it on my blog. Take it from someone who usually starts feeling overwhelmed at the beginning of October for the next few holidays around the corner, the orderly and organized bite sized tasks are easier to manage and less stressful.

I know it seems early, but 100 Days to Christmas isn’t just about Christmas, it’s a countdown that gets you prepared and through Halloween and Thanksgiving while preparing for Christmas as well. The strategy is to give you tasks everyday to prepare you and your home for the upcoming seasonal events and holidays in a timely manner, and avoid procrastinating certain things (that would be me) in hopes that you will feel less stressed which in turn helps you enjoy the holidays even more.

Last year we spent Christmas with my family in Texas, so I was able to somewhat omit quite a bit of the preparation. This year, we spend Christmas at home, so I will need to pull from this information even more.

For more information click here, you can get the ebook, or sign up for daily emails giving you the tasks you are to do that day. And don’t worry the first several days are fairly simple and you can easily catch up, or use the guidelines and go at your own pace.

Cinnamon Bun Scones

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I revisited an old recipe this morning that I haven’t made for years. I found it years ago on the Quaker website, it had won recipe contest that year. I reminisced that I made this when my oldest son was very young, but I didn’t think I even made it since my youngest two were born. I checked out the date on my printout, yep 3/01. I was right. Boy – does time fly!
The kids informed me that I shouldn’t wait so long to make this recipe again, I had to concur 🙂

Click here to find the recipe

Easter Recipes

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As promised, I am back to share the recipes I used for Easter;

bunny cookies, donut tombstones, dyed deviled eggs and cherry chocolate chip cheese cake.

click here to get to my Easter page

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Easter

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Easter projects I have been working on this past week:

And in my usual fashion, I’m either taking pictures at night because that’s when I finishing my projects,
after the fact so I miss out on the real photo op, or after it’s been eaten.
I will post recipes for things later, just wanted to get these pictures up.

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The kids donning their Easter Bunny noses

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This is an example of after the photo op: Easter Bunny noses on the snack table for our church party/egg hunt. I barely got this picture before they were gobbled up. I failed to get a picture of the spread it was quite springy looking.

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I forgot I took this picture with my phone, it’s a little better

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This is an example of taking pictures at night: My cute little bunnies, I think they are adorable

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My adorable bunnies among some yellow ducks sharing their plate (it looks as if my bunnies are being snobbish-oh well they got eaten)  🙂

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The tombs and stones I had the kids make for me, I think they did an outstanding job

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My attempt at making actual colored eggs, it was a fun change

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more of my colored deviled egg flowers

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This is an example of taking a picture after it’s been eaten: This is what’s left of my Cherry Chocolate Cheese cake. It was awesome and looked great with some sugared cherries I had line across the top, but they got eaten.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday!

I will post recipes soon . . .

Lego Party!

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I know I’ve been a bad little blogger 😦

Does, “it’s been just plain crazy busy around here!” suffice as a good excuse?

I haven’t quite reached the novice blogger status yet, so whipping up a new post is not always a quickie for me, I just haven’t had the time sit down and put one together.

OK — enough excuses!

I felt it was about time I shared some birthday pictures with you. Xander had a Lego party in, like September (I say sheepishly) I know – I know, I did get a draft started right after the party, but I just never got around to finishing it up. Besides I wasn’t really crazy about the quality of the photos I took. It was in late afternoon and the sun was glaring in our window so I had to shut the blinds and then use the flash and . . . blah, blah, blah.

Anyway, both of my sons are big Lego fans, so a Lego party was definitely a theme we could not pass up. My first son was lucky enough to have his party at the Lego store, but I have been told they don’t do that anymore, so that left me to my own devices for son #2.

There are a couple of ways to do this: Make your own invitations, etc, pay to have them printed for you (pay for printable downloads to print yourself), or buy a party pack from the Lego store (if they are still selling them, I bet you can find someone selling one online.) My intention was to do it all myself, because I find the creative outlet fun, but I happened to be in the Lego store one day and saw that they had their Birthday Party Kit for $20. I love making my own invitations but this time I opted for Lego brand and convenience, all at a great price of $20. The kit includes a set of 10 each postcard invitations, Thank you’s, name tags, and a special birthday mini figure with building tips included. There is also a special birthday card and magnetic brick for the one celebrating their birthday.

Now I did find a ton of awesome ideas to use for everything else birthday party related: decorations, games, food, cake, snacks, goody bags . . . you name it, it’s out there. So go check out my Lego Birthday Party board on Pinterest.

For activities, as part of his birthday presents, Xander got the “Life of George” game. They split into groups and half of the played “Creationary” (older brother’s game) while the others played “Life of George.” (That is a pretty fun game by the way.) And then they switched.

(Click on the pictures to take you to the website on Lego.com)
life of george

creationary

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Now for the party pictures (again remember my less than perfect setting for picture taking,) And, as always, I just plain ran out of time for everything I wanted to do, but I think I had a couple of great things that made the party more festive. Again, check out my pinterest board for a ton of other ideas I just couldn’t get to.

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I captured the minifigure picture above from the Lego website using Grab Alias and made stickers to put on the balloon ribbons.

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I really like these poster board bricks. It’s so easy and simple and looks great! I also found the Lego font free online, and with a yellow marker around the letters and then glued them to the read card stock. I punched holes on the top to thread the string through for the banner.

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Went to Lego Land several years ago, and I saved the bags we got from there and  made a nice picture with the tickets, etc behind glass for oldest son’s room. I decided to used the leftover side to make a colorful picture for the gift table.

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The name plate was a gift to my oldest son a couple of years ago, so I thought it would be cool to use on the table. We went to the store and got some pick a bricks, and my oldest son put together this plastic ware container on wheels. We taped a string on either end so that the boys could pull it to them and get their forks and spoons

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I printed out some minifigure heads and glued them to the cups. The link has several different faces on them. We also printed out the Lego napkin strip (inside the napkin is a straw with a lego minifigure head taped to it.)



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He wanted pie instead of a cake so I had him build platforms of different heights out of duplos to use for the pies. I found the Lego candles at Target (I believe.)

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I had a huge store bag and decided to cut it to make a banner for the front door.

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I was about to put these big blocks in storage for potential grand children, but decided to have Xander build some things to put outside with the banner to greet his friends.

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WHAT I USED AND WHERE I FOUND IT:

Lego font: I honestly don’t remember where I downloaded the font from, but there are lots of sites out there. I looked at this sight and it seemed like it was a good place to download it, plus it’s free.   http://fontmeme.com/lego-font/

Lego Minifigure head printables: This is where I found the straw toppers. There are many other great things to print from this link. The toppers are the last page so just keep scrolling until you get to them.  http://blog.aussiepumpkinpatch.com/2011/03/lego-party-printables.html

This is where I found the minifugure faces for the cups, and the Lego napkin strips: http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2011/02/lego-themed-birthday-party.html

**I didn’t come across these until now, but these could be used as napkin ring papers or something. Very cute. http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=30761

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Visions of Christmas

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2013 is here, for about a week now.

How do y’all like it so far? Too early to tell?

Well, I started the new year off with a nasty cold/crud – it’s been lasting for 4 days now.

Needless to say I’m late posting anything Christmas, but here it is anyway.

We went to Texas for a couple of weeks and got to spend time with all of the family except one nephew who is in Russia right now.

We flew back on New Year’s Day and then I pretty much got sick after a couple of days.

Let’s hope the rest of the year shows more promise 🙂

These are some new ornaments I made to add to the tree this year. A snapshot of my Sleigh rides sign and my tree.

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Some pictures of our time in Texas, at Aunt Terrye and Uncle Ed’s home (my sister’s massive tree and nutcracker collection) and our Polar Express ride (can you believe I didn’t get a picture of the train): We also squeezed in a little red neck Christmas (but not too much) since we shot off some airsoft guns rather than the real deal thanks to Aunt Tammy and Uncle Dan and the cousins. But I didn’t get pictures of that either. What did I think? I was on vacation or something?

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