Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas is OVER =-( and New Year's will be here in a couple of days!!

I can't believe how fast Christmas came and went!! We planned for months for the big day, only for it to pass us in record time! I have to say, this Christmas was AMAZING! It was Isabelle's first Christmas, and my mom wasn't in the hospital! Christmas Eve was spent here at home with my in-laws (Mike, Linda, and Michael). We had a Prime Rib for dinner, with baked potatoes, creamed corn, bread and champagne (I had Martinelli's Cranberry Apple Cider, which was soooo yummy!) After stuffing our faces, we went off to bed... awaiting Santa's arrival! Rise and shine, with Isabelle, we are usually up around 5:30am or 6am at the latest. Ryan and I decided to let Iz go down for her morning nap before waking the family and opening presents. Around 8:30am we gathered in the living room around the Christmas tree. Isabelle did her best at trying to open her gifts, but she was more interested in eating the paper, so I opened most of them for her =-) I have to say... she made out pretty well. We didn't go overboard this year, because her birthday is coming up, and she is still pretty young! Next year will be more fun for her since she will be almost two years old then. After we had our traditional breakfast of Egg's Benedict, we got ready to go to my moms for Christmas at her house. My moms house is always full of family during the holidays! This year consisted of the usual, my mom, Tom, Joan, Bubbie, Bobby, Cameron, baby Braydon, Valerie, Tristan, Jade, Kai, Auntie Debbie, Lindsay, and my Auntie Pam! Did I forget anyone?? When I say full house, I mean FULL house! It's the best part of the holidays though! All of us getting together! We also had Prime Rib that night =-) Super Yummy!!! All in all, it was a great holiday! We are looking forward to the New Year and all that is to come! I feel so blessed to have such an amazing family! I'm thankful that my mom wasn't in the hospital!! We have spent MANY holidays in the hospital, which is no fun. It doesn't bother me as much as it used to... We have to make the best of every situation!

For New Year's we are just going to be home. My friend gave me this really great idea of having a PJ/board game party. A few people might show up. We LOVE playing CRANIUM!! If you haven't played it, you have to try it out sometime! So it will be a a nice night at home... ringing in the NEW YEAR!!! I can't believe 2010 is only a few days away! Until next time, have a safe and happy holiday!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Yesterday I made Chocolate Shortbread Cookies. I got the recipe from the food network's Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. I watched her video before making them. It looked super easy and had very few ingredients. In the video she puts the dough on a sheet pan, so that's what I used. The funny thing was, my sheet pan was twice the size of hers (it must have been!). They came out tasty, but a little to thin, and a bit burnt on the edges. I'm going to try again today! I'm going to use the right size baking dish this time, and actually, I'm going to add a little more chocolate. Like I have said before, baking makes me a little nervous. I will only master it if I keep baking and trying new recipes. I'll follow up and let you all know how my next batch turns out =-)

P.S. I'm also going to bake Scones from Ina... and my moms world famous recipe for Banana Bread!! Mmmm

Hopefully this will get me into the holiday spirit! So far, it doesn't really feel like Christmas, and it is in Two days!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas shopping and MONEY!!!

YAY!! Christmas is almost here (6 days to be exact)... I have finished my shopping for Isabelle. I went to Babies R' Us today for something like the fifth time. I was kind of torn on what to get her. She is only 10 months old and is just starting to get interested in toys. She has more fun exploring everything in the room. Any suggestions on gifts? We got her a few toys and some clothes. I figured we would wait until her 1st Birthday to get her something really great... it's only two months away. AAaaahhhh!!! I can't believe my baby girl is going to be a year old already!

We decided in my family this year, not to buy the adults presents. There are three new babies to buy for (on my moms side of the family) and we are all a little short on change. I feel bad because you want to give gifts and make others happy!! I guess right now, whats more important is the little one's. My sister had a baby boy in October. His name is Braydon and Oh soooo cute! Also, my cousin Nick & his fiance Amanda had a little boy this last July. Besides the Christmas gifts, I swear, everyone I know seems to have a birthday in December of right at the beginning. Birthdays can't be skipped.

So on top of all the shopping, me and Ryan registered for the next semester this month! I wont mention what we have to pay, and it's way less than if we were going to private schools, but it's still a rip! I'm taking History and an EMT class. I don't even know how much my books are going to cost! One semester, I took Anatomy & Physiology (a combined class) and Microbiology. Talk about a rip... My books alone cost me $600!!! And when you go to sell them back, they only give you half back.

Ok, I'm done venting. I love the holidays!! I really do! I just hate money! Why can't we all win the LOTTERY? ha lol

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday December 16th 2009

The Month seems to be passing me by... and soon it will be The New Year!! My baby girl turned 10 months old on the 3rd of this month! I can't believe that in a few months, she will be a year old already!! We have been busy planning her first Christmas, and soon our planning will be all about her 1st Birthday! It's so crazy how time flys! Isabelle Has been walking for about two weeks now. She has two teeth on the bottom, and her two front teeth are coming in on the top! She also now has a two word vocabulary. She says CaCa (if that's how you spell it) and Book. I have no idea where she learned CaCa, but it sure is cute when she says it =-0 The Doctor seemed very impressed by her advances. He said she is very advanced for her age. I can only hope she continues to advance. I think every parent has the highest hopes for their children. I hope Isabelle is a better student than I was. I wasn't a bad student, but I would have done a whole lot better! I want her to enjoy school. Is that possible? Some kids do like school right? I didn't really care too much for academics. I was more interested in the social aspects. I guess I'm getting a little too far ahead of myself. I mean Isabelle is ONLY 10months old lol =-) She is just so stinkin cute...

So on another note, I made beef stew the other day. I was soooo nervous because I had never made it before. I followed a recipe from Paula Dean. I had this horrible feeling the meat wasn't going to come out right. I thought it was going to be tough, but to my surprise, the meat was yummy and VERY tender!! I shouldn't doubt myself! I think I am a pretty good cook, and I do great when following a recipe. The stew came out good, but next time I think I'm going to add a few fresh herbs to it. It seemed to lack a little flavor. What I really want to do is learn how to bake. I want to feel as confident baking as I do cooking. For some reason it really intimidates me! I made scones a few weeks ago for the first time. I was nervous because I've heard they can come out hard as rocks if you mix the dough too much. Once again, to my surprise, they came out great! The looked horrible though. I wasn't sure how to work the dough when shaping them. I know with practise, I will master the art of making scones! Maybe I will take a baking class at the community college. I think if I learn the techniques, I will be a lot more comfortable with baking. Now all I have to figure out is, what to make for dinner tonight...

My mom is in the hospital again. Her right arm is very swollen which is extremely painful!!! Last week she went in for an IV procedure. The Doctors have had a hard time starting an IV, so they scheduled to try for one in surgery. They were not successful, and the result for her was a swollen arm. She needs to have a permanent IV put in, so she can do TPN treatments at home. She used to do them at home, for many, many years. My mom is the strongest person I know!! Her poor body and soul has been through so much! I don't know whats going to happen if they can't get an IV. The doctors said something about putting a line into her liver. What ever they have to do, is what ever they have to do, but there is a risk when you mess with organs. She went into UCLA medical center yesterday. They have been giving her heparin for her blood clots, and the swelling has seemed to go down a little bit in her arm. I pray to GOD that she will be home in time for Christmas! She was in the hospital for Thanksgiving. Please put in a prayer for my mom!

Until next time... Have a great day and always try to think positive! I try, but sometimes it's very hard!! Today is a good day though!