We had such a busy month but it was such a fun month for us!
I had posted a few weeks ago my personal goals for the month that included to blog 3 times a week, keeping up with the housekeeping 3 times a week, cooking 3 times a week and making my goals for 2016. I hit every goal, minus the cooking. Which isn’t to bad considering the craziness of the holidays!
I also had made a family bucket list for this month-
Make a snowman- we had spring instead of winter, so unfortunately the Snowman will have to wait til next year.
Christmas eve pajamas we wore our Disney pajamas Christmas eve and Christmas morning!
Make gingerbread cookies those turned into Rudolph!
Elf on the Shelf our elf, Howard J. Elfowitz has gone back home already but he was a delight this year!
Decorate for Christmas
Leave milk and cookies for Santa
Send Christmas cards
Watch Disney Christmas parade Christmas morning
Visit Santa we went twice!
Hot chocolate- instead I did Christmas coffees.
Here’s our month of success photo
What a great month we had! I cannot wait to start 2016 and see what’s planned for us! How crazy is it that in just less than 3 days it’s going to be the year Little Miss turns 1?!
On Christmas Eve we had a some family and friends over and we did an appetizer spread. I’m so mad that I didn’t take a picture of this recipe because it came out absolutely delicious. With it being the first Christmas eve I’ve hosted I was a little overwhelmed, but I promise these are delicious and make for a great appetizer or even a side dish!
Here’s what you need.
1 pound ground beef.
1 pound mild sausage.
1 cup bread crumbs.
1/4 cup parmesean cheese.
1 jar pasta sauce
1 pound mozzarella cheese
In a medium mixing bowl combine all of your ingredients except the pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese. I just used my hands to make sure it got completely mixed.
Once everything is mixed, cut the mozzarella cheese into cubes. Roll your meatball mixture into whatever size meatballs you want. I just made medium sized that would be easy to snack on.
Push one mozzarella cube into your meatball and reroll into a meatball. Once everything is rolled, pour pasta sauce into bottom of slow cooker. Place meatballs into slowcooker, stack if needed. Pour the rest of your sauce over the meatballs.
Cook on high for 2-2.5 hours.
Seriously, I’m so glad my husband requested these! Definitely going to be making these often!
My gosh did Little Miss have a fantastic Christmas!
Christmas eve was spent at our house with her nana and papa, her fairy godmother and her uncle. Even though she doesn’t understand what was happening she still enjoyed the company and her presents.
Christmas morning was just as fun! Watching her try and open her gifts and seeing her eyes light up when she saw what was under the paper was something I’ll always remember because it was her first Christmas.
From a Minnie Mouse walker, clothes, every Disney Little People castle and toy, blocks, books and a Minnie mouse car Little Miss certainly had a wonderful Christmas.
We’re so blessed to be able to have spent the holidays with our family and grateful to have been able to give our daughter the gifts she recieved.
We’re already excited for next year!
Yes, I attempted to make another cheesecake today. Surprisingly it looks better than my Thanksgiving one, I won’t know how it tastes til Christmas as it was a request from my dad.
The original recipe uses an almond and butter crust. I don’t have a food processor and crushing almonds is a lot harder than I thought it would be. So I went with a traditional graham cracker and melted butter crust.
Mix 6 8oz cream cheese packages, 1 can of condensed milk and two packages of pistachio pudding mix. Mix until fully combined. Add 5 eggs and mix until combined.
Pour mixture over graham cracker crust in spring pan. Back at 350 for one hour.
I allowed it to cool in the oven for an hour then another hour on top of the stove before covering with foil and putting in the refrigerator.
Unfortunately I had some cracking, but for being only my 2nd cheesecake I’ve ever made it can’t be to hard on myself.
Here’s to it tasting good!
If there’s one thing I love besides the holiday season, it’s gingerbread. Seriously anything and everything gingerbread I must consume during the month of December.
Naturally I make gingerbread cookies every year.
This year I wanted to do something different with my cookies though. I still made the Betty Crocker gingerbread cookies, but instead of making gingerbread men, I turned them into Rudolph! Thanks Pinterest.
I used cookie icing for the face. I’m not professional decorator but I think they came out adorable! You could use M&M’s for the eyes and face instead. After eating bags of M&M’s during my pregnancy I can’t have them in the house anymore.
Between Christmas being in 5 days, our Christmas Eve party in 4 and everything else going on in the next 2 weeks, I finally made my goals for 2016.
I split them into 3 categories to help me not be overwhelmed. Family, finances, and me. While these are different from my bucket lists and goals for each month, I consider them more as reminders on how to make the best of next year.
My Me category includes doing more things for myself. Getting my hair done, planning my blog out more etc.
Our family plans include more unplugging while with each other, having more planned instead of wasting time figuring out what to do, and planning Little Miss’ birthday party.
And our finances, we all love those plans, includes paying off our 3 credit cards, paying on our student loan debt, and starting to look at houses in hopes of moving in April.
While there’s a lot more on our list and this is just a short idea of what I’m working for next year, there’s plenty of things to aim for and all will just benefit our family. I highly doubt we’re going to be able to pay off our student loans next year, but trying and making an effort is still a good feeling and will help in the long run.
With the new year right around the corner, I have been making plans for how we’re going to make sure 2016 is one of the best years yet.
While 2015 brought us Little Miss, it also brought hard challenges and tough times. But that’s life right?
Instead of sitting here saying what we’re not going to do next year, we’re thinking of what we are going to do.
I’ve made a list of 16 things I want to accomplish in 2016. I have a whole year to do it!
Also, I will be starting a new part time position that couldn’t have come at a better time. The hours work out wonderful with A’s schedule and Little Miss won’t be in daycare. From day one I’ve said she wouldn’t go to daycare. It’s not worth working just to pay to have other people watch her.
I start my position after the holidays, so I will be balancing out a new work schedule, plus being a stay home mom and blogging. Most of my blogging will be done on the weekends once this job starts.
I have tons of posts coming up, a few holiday recipes that I can’t wait to share!
Yesterday, we said goodbye to our bunny Charlie. I’ve had Charlie since October 2005, born July 4th 2005.
He was a special member of our family and he’ll be greatly missed.
He had a very long and happy life. We were blessed to call him ours and give him a loving home.
At 9:23 this morning, Little Miss turned 8 months old.
My little baby is turning into a little lady.
She has 4 teeth. Loves bananas and puffs.
She has more toys than she knows what to do with, but prefers the cats toys.
She army scoots herself all over the place. I have a feeling she’ll walk before she will actually crawl.
Little Miss sleeps about 12 hours a night, a big plus for mama and daddy.
She loves to talk, she says hi and dada. Only says mama when she’s in her crib and wants to come out.
Her favorites include Doc Mcstuffins, Frosty the Snowman, the Polar Express and Law and Order SVU.
Happy 8 months Little Miss, we love you to infinity and beyond.
I just realized I never actually posted our bucket list for this month! It’s been on our refrigerator since November!
Here’s our family list!
Make a snowman
Christmas eve pajamas
Make gingerbread cookies
Elf on the shelf
Decorate for Christmas
Watch Christmas movies
Put out milk and cookies for Santa/reindeer food
Send out Christmas cards
Make family plan for 2016
Watch Disney Christmas parade