Independence Day

Did everyone have a safe and fun Fourth of July?

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It poured rain all day in south central Kentucky, but that didn’t stop many folks from celebrating our nation’s birthday.

Cutting up with friends from work over a couple of beers/or/glasses of wine was a perfect way for me to ring in the holiday. The cheddar dogs and pineapple angel food cake didn’t hurt either.

You remember that recipe?
Pineapple angel food cake is easy!
One box of angel food cake
One large can of pineapple

Bake 350° for 30 minutes 
And devour!

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Been crafting lately too. I made coasters using the bottle caps I have been collecting. Now I just need a cute lil coffee table to stack them on.

Have a fantastic 5th of July!

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Day 327: Easter is Coming!

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The Easter eggs app I have on my phone is more fun than it should be.
This is my Cheshire cat egg. His eyes have already disappeared.

Are you going to dye eggs for Easter? Doesn’t matter if you don’t hide them or anything, just boiling, dying and having beautiful eggs in the fridge is a joy.

Last year, I tried using koolaid to dye my eggs. It was pretty neat! One week to Easter 2013!

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Gird Your Loins: World Nutella Day February 5th

Prepare yourself! I was preparing pulling together a ton of nutella recipes —I know, not the most original—when I discovered there are a couple if sweet bloggers preparing their 7th annual World Nutella Day.

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The only thing I have made with nutella, besides a spoon, are milkshakes and cookies. I want to branch out and what better time to try than February 5th!! There are even savory Nutella recipes.

There are tips on how to celebrate, tons of parties, ways to get involved and of course it all revolves around eating Nutella. What could go wrong? Anyone wanna join me? You have two days.

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Cool Nutella graphic via I Waste So Much Time.

Kat’s 24 Days of Christmas

I have been so excited to share this and I have forced myself not to post about my Christmas project until after Thanksgiving.
I know some people that were decorating trees a week before Turkey Day. Tsk tsk.

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What is an advent calendar? Essentially a countdown to Christmas. Usually this is done by opening small token or gifts.
There is chocolate advents, nativity figurines (one per day), or passages from scripture.

Recently it has become very widely popular to do activities as a family. I have coined the term (unless you care to challenge me!!) ADVENTIVITY.

Here is the KitKat Team’s 2012 Christmas Adventivity List

1. Go to local Christmas parade
2. Begin reading Visions of Sugar Plums (Evanovich) and writing Xmas cards.
3. Shop for soldier care package.
4. Drive to visit bro/sis and see holiday choral pops.
5. Decorate outside.

6. Buy and decorate tree.
7. Bake cookies and give to neighbors.
8. Finish writing and mailing Xmas cards.
9. Watch Xmas movie and eat popcorn.
10. String popcorn and cranberries (add to tree).

11. Lexington Horse Park Lights display.
12. Angel tree shopping.
13. Take family photos.
14. Collect and kiss under mistletoe.
15. Read more of book.

16. Make an acorn cap Christmas ornament. (Will post this craft)
17. Drive thru park Christmas lights display in Drown.
18. Make a happy Bacon ornament. (Simply Adorable!)
19. Go people watching at the mall.
20. Ice skating. (Our first time!)

21. Aquarium with friends (cashing in our wedding gift).
22. Bake cookies and eat them!
23. Watch an Xmas movie and eat popcorn.
24. Read Xmas story in the book of Luke.

Some things to keep in mind whilst planning:
Unless you’re doing this alone get your partner or family involved.

This helped me avoid activities that Kit dislikes->drinking hot chocolate. It will also get your family pumped up about doing activities. Depending on their maturity level allow children to plan too.
Perhaps have them make a list of their favorite things to do around Christmas then do your best to incorporate their ideas.

-Be realistic.

In a perfect world Kit would win the lottery on the 3rd of December and by the 5th we would be flying to Greece.
Seriously, don’t overload your schedule so that you dread starting the next activity. Keep it relatively easy to accomplish and keep it limited to a couple of hours maximum.

Don’t lose sight of your goal!

I know it’s a bit cheesy. When making your adventivity list think up a general goal. At the end of 24 days I want…
To have helped somebody else.
To have FUN.
To try something new.
To get into the Christmas spirit.
And for us to spend quality time together.

If putting baby JC back into the holiday then make that a goal and organize your events thusly.

Be flexible.
Get the creative juices flowing by copying a list that has already be made. Don’t be afraid to cut or add to the list to better fit your family or goals.
If something comes up and you have to reschedule an event don’t get down. Try to put it off to the next week when conditions are more favorable. Keep in mind this is supposed to be fun. And if you’re tearing your hair out then you need to reassess your approach.

I planned activities around our work. Knowing we’ll be more tired on certain days means we have really easy events on those days.

–Final thing to keep in mind. Share your ideas! I struggled and waded through tons of horribly designed municipal websites and pins about Christmas to find fun stuff within our budget.
If we keep sharing our fun lists then maybe it can be easier for those of us not so creative.

Next, I will share how I displayed my adventivity. There were so many ideas to choose from!