Day 286: My Pops

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This is my dad in his natural and entirely happy habitat.
I think my dad had a good Christmas. You know, how I know? He didn’t go back to bed. He loves naps buuuuuut…

We got him Non-alcoholic beer and a big book of sudoku puzzles. He is sporting his favorite causual wear–his bath robe.

You may think I’m joking but he was tickled with his Xmas presents. He sat and enjoyed his NA beer, sudoku and after a bit some decaf coffee.

He is a strange kid, but I love him anyway.

Day 280: Acorn Ornament

Part of my December Adventivities.
This was one of the ornament crafts that I found on Pinterest and altered. Many of the acorn cap balk ornaments were a little more fancy than mine. It took some time to complete, so I would only make this again if I wanted to do some crafty gifts.

I was picky, which means this craft took a lot more time than it should have. I finally found some foam balls that appeased my expectations. They were white, of course, so I first painted them with a deep brown and allowed them to completely dry.

Next, I prepped my tools. I heated the hot glue gun, made sure all my caps were clean, and cut an appropriate length ribbon.

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I can’t give you an exact length for ribbon everyone likes their ornaments to hang just right on their tree. I took deep brown ribbon. I think the ribbon was either a half inch or 3/4 inch width.

I recommend taking both ends, overlapping and gluing them to the bottom of the ball. Glue little by little up the side of the ball and mash the ribbon flat. This will enable you to glue the caps down flat on top of the ribbon. Once you glue the ribbon you should have a loop left over for hanging.

After your ribbon is glued down, you can begin gluing on the acorn caps. Start by putting one at the bottom so it hides your ribbon overlap. From there, just do what feels right. I packed my acorns pretty tightly but perhaps you want a little brown paint to show through.

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I also added little silver bells in periodic places. If you do this as well, be careful how much hot glue you stick it to. One of my bells doesn’t ring because I buried it in glue. They should have a nice tinkling sound not a dull sound.

Even though I burned my finger tips a bunch this was really fun to make! I might make some as gifts for next year if I get started early enough.

Day 271: Aquarium Tickets

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We finally made it to the ticket office.The line wasn’t long but it felt long enough because, as you may recalled, it was still freezing outside!!

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The lobby really fascinated me because someone took the time to Christmasify their huge hanging sharks, seahorses and whales.

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I really wanted to ask an attendant if the seahorse was to scale but I held back because I wasn’t sure if the coat check lady would have a sense of humor.
I have a feeling that whale was too small for a real one too.

Have you seen a cooler looking lobby area? I was quite impressed. We moved on quickly because we desperately had to pee.
Lola and I were disappointed the classifications were Mermaid and Trident. Those are not opposites, boys and girls.

This trip to the aquarium was a wedding gift (we we’re so late to cash it in!) From Lola. One year and three months after the big day we finally enjoyed our wedding present. We also made this part of our Adventivities.

Day 267: Bacon Ornament

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Kit and I have accidently started a Christmas tradition where we get a new unique ornament every year–mostly if we go somewhere special. We started it on our first vacation together to Florida. It’s a good plan because we had zero ornaments when we got together.

This year we decided to save a little cash and make some crafty ornaments. It was so much fun! We found directions for making these felt bacon ornaments on Pinterest and I really simplified them.

I only did a single layer instead of sewing them back to back and I didn’t sew anything. I used hot glue to piece the white, red felt and brown ribbon.

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We also didn’t print off the patterns. We just measured and eyeballed a lot. They look sweet and homemade. We gave a few of our bacon army away at Christmas and I hope they enjoy them.

Part of my December Adventivities.

Day 265: Golden Brownies {Recipe Revealed!!}

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Wrinkles!! There is something oddly pleasing about this picture of the Golden Brownies I made for my Mother in Law (MiL).

There isn’t much that my MiL needs. She is comfortable and enjoys shopping so why take that away from her? I do know her weakness. Sweets. Practically anything sweet.

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I know she likes blonde brownies and we have purchased some from the bakery for her in the past. I thought to myself, how hard can they be?

I was pleased to find that the recipe was pretty simple. I followed this recipe exactly because I don’t know what they are supposed to taste like. I think it is somewhat of a sin to remove the chocolate from.brownies–but this is good to know for Mah Gurl who is allergic to chocolate.

Apparently I did a pretty good job, because I had to fight Kit off of the pan full of brownies until I was sure I had enough to pack up for his mum.

Please note my Christmas paper plates double stacked and put into plate gift bags. This is as fancy as I get.
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I am officially renaming these GOLDEN BROWNIES. I think it sounds prettier.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I adjusted the salt as recommended by reviewers and it was perfectly)
2/3 cup butter
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Recipe yields 2 dozen

Directions

Melt butter or margarine. Add sugar and mix well. Cool.

Add eggs and vanilla, blend well.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips.

Put into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.