Chiefs Tree

Honestly, I’m quite late on this, but better late than never. Now that we are in our own house, we had a little more room to put up more trees. We put up 3 in fact. You’ve seen the family tree which housed all the presents. Then both girls got a tree. This one was the Chiefs Tree for Tbug. She had options and this was what she wanted.

Last year at the end of the season I bought this tree. The funny thing is if you look at it, it almost has a silver tone to it. However, it was bought to be gold. So looking at the box, what was printed directly on the box says silver. The label Walmart put on it said Rose Gold. With the lights on it looked more rose gold so who the heck knows what color this tree really is. (more…)

3-Layer Microwave Cake (Happy Birthday Momma!)

Yes, you read this correctly! This 3-layer cake was made in the microwave. Mind blown! haha.

So a blog I like to follow called Bigger Bolder Baking (mentioned a time or two) said you could make a 3-layer cake in the microwave. Now if you know anything about me… of course I’m going to have to try that out.

Once upon a time for Christmas, my mom bought me a silicon baking set… but at the time I didn’t really care for it and never figured I’d use it ever again, so of course I got rid of it eventually. To me, it was just taking up space in the cabinet. And this time frame was like when I was still in high school or just first into college. Like a long time ago. By the way, I think I’m hanging out with my 15-year-old too much… like has been said like way too many like times. haha! Yes, sometimes we count how many times she uses that word in a sentence. 1 sentence. I think the record was 6 so far. One. Sentence. Let that sink in a minute.

Anyway… I had to go online and get new silicon baking pans because obviously metal ones and a microwave aren’t friends. Also, just for future reference… a metal bread tie and a microwave aren’t friends either.

3-Layer Microwave Cake


Apple Pie Cupcakes

I bet you thought I forgot, didn’t you? Well, truth be told, I didn’t forget but I did. The end of November snuck up on me like BAM! I’m here. It’s over. Neener neener neener. What the heck. I went to Orlando, I met a book deadline, Thanksgiving, and then WHAM! It was over. It was more so, I didn’t forget but I just ran out of time. (more…)

Kansas City Christmas

Boy don’t you just love this time of the year?? It’s so festive and beautiful, all the lights and decorations and smells and spirits and the list goes on and on! Well my Grandpa’s sister lives in Shawnee Mission, KS (Kansas City); every year we head to Kansas City on the Sunday before Christmas to have lunch with them and just visit. This year’s trip was yesterday! I was so excited because Prince Charming & Tbug got to go with me. Unfortunately we had to take my car, I love my car and I’m not ready to get rid of it, but boy when the 3 of us go, it would be nice to have a bigger car. I can’t even steal my mom’s, she drives a 2 seater, definitely doesn’t work with 3 people however when you pop the trunk, it has a diagram that shows how to get 2 golf bags in the trunk… guess we know what age group they are targeting ;). Anyway we met at an Italian restaurant on the Kansas side of KC I believe. I can’t remember the name but boy was the food GOOD! Margie did a great job picking the place, but that’s only to be expected! After that we headed to Margie’s house in Mission Hills (instead of Aunt Sue’s this year). First time I’ve ever been in her house and boy was it beautiful! I absolutely loved her Christmas tree. It reminds me of a Charlie Brown type Christmas tree but it was absolutely gorgeous! This photo doesn’t do it justice!!! Prince Charming, Tbug & I headed over to the Plaza since we were so close and passed by this beautiful park. We just had to stop and take pictures! I loved it! We didn’t have my big camera because as usual, I forgot. I even set it out to take and walked off without it so we used Prince Charming’s point and shoot. It was chilly but hey we were in KC in December, what can you expect?? After that we did make it to the Plaza and walked around a bit. Then went back to Margie’s before heading home. On the way home we played an app called Would you Rather, (ie would you rather live in a cage of snakes or a cage of spiders, would you rather eat sand or clay, etc). It was fun and passed the time. Then we went by the light display by the Vietnamese in Carthage and then home. I think we were all pooped by the time we got home. I know I was in bed and probably asleep right after 9:30. Once I got home I had to call and talk to Prince Charming… LOL… I know I was with him all day but was just in a chatty mood but I couldn’t last any longer.

Christmas Program

Last night Prince Charming and I went to Tbug’s School Christmas program. It was very interesting. It’s been a LONG time since I have been to a childs school program. I’m not completely sure what I thought but Tbug was one of the Narrators and she did an awesome job. I could hear her and she spoke clearly. I got a few photos. I’m extremely excited to start a scrap book of just her. I plan to do that after Christmas. I have been collecting photos of her from her different events. I know short sweet and to the point. Here are some photos to share 🙂

Ft. Worth or Bust!!

I was so excited about this last weekend. Finally, I took some vacation, and the family headed to Ft. Worth, Texas. I so needed the time off!! I think I’m starting to get antsy. To much time indoors because of cold weather. I hate cold weather. I really should move to Arizona or Hawaii or someplace warm! Anyway another story another time. Friday morning we headed for Ft. Worth to go watch the NCHA Championship Futurity. This is a yearly occurrence. Every couple of years my dad shows down there and usually, my uncle has a colt or 2, plus people that we show with on a consistent basis at the local shows participate. All 3-year-old babies who have never been shown in front of a judge compete. It usually starts around the week/weekend of Thanksgiving and lasts through around the second weekend in December. These babies go hardcore all the way through. Some have good moments and some have flaws, that’s just the name of the game. 2 1/2 minutes can make you or break you. Unfortunately, this year Squirt got sick in July/August and was on “bed rest” for almost a month so she got behind. Dad still worked her and trained her up until it got really cold outside in November and she just got better and better but we weren’t able to take her down to compete this year. He’s planning on working her this next spring and showing her at the local weekend shows. If she gets better, we may take her to some aged events. My uncle had 2 horses that he exhibited down there. He made it to the semi-finals of the Non-Pro with one and made it to the second go-round of the Non-Pro with the other. Aunt Connie and Brad were a little sad/disappointed but that’s the name of it all. You go, pay the judge for their opinion. You can like it or you can’t but in the end, they have the final say. This was Prince Charming’s first futurity to attend. He was like every other person at the end, gung-ho ready to go home and work work work.

Project – Horse

So last week we postponed the word since Prince Charming and I were going to a “Horse” Showdown in Ft. Worth Texas. It only seemed appropriate to postpone Horse until then. It was a great show and when Michael Cooper marked a 226 we thought the show was won. I made the comment to Prince Charming, man that’s a hard score to follow, I wouldn’t want to do it, but sure enough the very next guy, Tom Piggot outdid Michael. Tom scored a 229. But the minute that Michael hit that score, that set the finals of the OPEN NCHA Cutting Futurity into an excellent show. Up until then, it was just okay. My uncle was in the Non-Pro and made it to the Semi-Finals. We were very proud of him! This was Prince Charming’s first time to go to the Futurity ever and I sure think and hope he had a wonderful time. Now it’s time to come home and get ready for Christmas! After the 1st of the year, the shows will start back up.



We wish you a Merry Christmas, We Wish you a Merry Christmas, We Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!! *sigh* Finally I can sing that and no one is going to look at me like I’m crazy. Although this year it’s been funny because I refer back to that email I got with the Chihuahua’s where the male says come on honey, please. and she says, no not tonight. And he says but please baby. And she says no I’m not in the mood. and he says real quick and she goes ok fine make it fast and they sing “Wee Wee Choo a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year”. So I’ve been singing it more like that instead of normal. Oh well, you have to have fun in life or life is boring! I’m sure getting my fill of Christmas music too… 93.9 plays all Christmas music from Thanksgiving through Christmas and of course, my radio’s are all tuned to that station. I don’t think we get enough Christmas music!!


A Story From My Childhood!!

Here is a story my father used to read me every Christmas and I never could understand why it made him cry every time he read it until I was older!! If you can make it through it let me know what you think!! I love this story!!


Twas the eve before Christmas. “Good night,” had been said,
And Annie and Willie had crept into bed;
There were tears on their pillows, and tears in their eyes,
And each little bosom was heaving with sighs,
For tonight their stern father’s command had been given
That they should retire precisely at seven
Instead of at eight – for they troubled him more
With questions unheard of than ever before:
He had told them he thought this delusion a sin,
No such creature as “Santa Claus” ever had been.
And he hoped, after this, he should never more hear
How he scrambled down chimneys with presents each year.
And this was the reason that two little heads
So restlessly tossed on their soft, downy beds.
Eight, nine, and the clock on the steeple tolled ten.
Not a word had been spoken by either till then,
When Willie’s sad face from the blanket did peep,
And he whispered,”Dear Annie, is ‘ou fast as’eep?”


Project Postponed

Project is postponed… We are headed to Ft. Worth this coming weekend and figured since we were going to a huge horse show, the NCHA futurity, it would be better to save horse for then. This weekend we had Tbug. Friday night we went and visited the Racine Christian Church, they had a live outdoor Nativity walk. It was a lot of fun, just really cold. If we go next year we will wear insulated bibs and parkas :). Prince Charming’s mom went with us. Tbug got to pet a live camel. I think that really excited her. After that, we went home. It took us probably 2 hours of sitting just to be able to walk through. Saturday she spent the day with Memaw playing with the puppies that Cowgirl had until Memaw had to go to work. She then dropped her by our house. We wrapped presents, cleaned house and did chores, and then went to visit my grandparents. After that, we headed to Prince Charming’s sister, Liss, house. Tbug played with Dill Pickle and watched movies and we played rock band. We thought that we needed a new tradition of Christmas family photos. Prince Charming, Tbug and I got our photo. I really like how it turned out!