Christmas Bingo

All over the net lately I’ve been seeing projects that are made inspired by stores that are expensive. So I thought I’d put my touch on these types of projects. This cute game is from Anthropologie. Amazing store. Not so cheap.
Here is my take on this cute Christmas game.

My version.
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Best part is I made it so you can download it and play with your kids and family too!
Just cause I love ya! There are six cards (two on each page) and then the key.
Two ways to download it.
If you have a flickr account just open them and download the largest size.
If you don’t then you can try these, Click on them and they should take you to another screen where it says download these.



Download them and print them onto cardstock and cut them out.

Let me know if you download it and how it works for you!!
I’d love to hear if anyone uses it 🙂

There are a TON of things on Anthropologie. I would love love love to get!
But not in the budget.
So I think I’ll be doing a bit more of this knock off thing.
🙂
Next up something a little more challenging…..either a shirt or a necklace!

Dixie’s Donuts

Now my momma (and my grandma and me) are all those kind of bakers. You know those ones who don’t exactly know the amounts of things that are put in. It’s more about how the dough feels and all that. But I’ll do my best in posting amounts! 🙂

Now this is also a BIG recipe. It makes 10 dozen donuts. So you can use it to make donuts, long johns, cinnamon buns, dinner buns, or scones. Or you can cut it in half (which I do often!)

Dixie's Donuts | Just Rhonda

2 liters of warm water (like warm like the bath warm)
1 pound melted margarine (or use 2 cups oil)
8 eggs
3 Tbsp Salt
3 Tbsp instant yeast (quick rising)
2 cup sugar
Flour (? a lot hahahaha)

Put your water and salt in a large bowl and stir to let the salt dissolve.
And set it aside.
In a different bowl mix the eggs and sugar until frosty.
Combine into the biggest bowl. Add 1/2 of the melted margarine (or oil).
Stir well.
Start adding flour until it gets hard to stir with a spoon. Like it isn’t dry yet… but it looks lumpy with flour (does that make sense?) It’s sloppy and super sticky.
Sprinkle yeast on top and stir it in.
Now start adding flour until the dough comes together and you can handle it. Knead it a bit with your hands. (If you are using a Bosch or a kitchen-aid it will start to pull away from the sides.) It should be a nice clean dough that you poke your hand into and it just leaves a dent that pops back out. (make sense?)
Turn the dough over so the smooth side is on the top. Then pour the rest of the margarine (or oil) over top and grease the sides of the bowl with it too.
Let rise in a warm spot until doubled.
Punch down once.
Let rise in a warm spot again.
Once doubled again use it.

Now to make it into donuts, you lay the dough out onto the counter squishing it with your hands until is in a rectangle shape (like you would for cinnamon buns) then cut out your donuts (I have a rolling pin that is a donut cutter outer. So I lay my dough out and then roll it over it and it cuts out constant donuts. It’s cool. And it was my mom’s. It takes me like 3 minutes to cut out 80 donuts (which is what I did this morning.)

Deep fry them in hot oil (I always use the stove but you could use a deep fryer).
Then drain them.
As soon as you can touch them without burning your hands, drop them into a glaze. (my glaze is just icing sugar with vanilla and some warm water til it is runny. I have no idea the amounts….. just til it looks right. hahahaha)
Then let them drain again.
Then eat them. 🙂

The more often you make this dough the easier it will be. It’s a bit second nature to me as I used to make this dough weekly to make buns and whatever else. I did it on baking mondays. It sounds like a lot of work but it’s really not.

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MSBH Challenge 25 (Banana Carmel Cake), 26 (Tart Dough), 27 (Lemon Curd), 28 (Pate A Choux), 29 (Cream puffs), 30 (Chocolate Eclairs), 31 (Vanilla Whipped Cream), 32 (Pastry Cream).

Hmm that’s a lot of stuff…… but a lot of them went together. As in the lemon curd and tart became a french lemon tart. The Pate A Choux is the dough that starts cream puffs and chocolate eclairs and the vanilla whipped cream and pastry cream fill them.

And a funny side note to all this baking? I’ve lost a little weight lately. hahahaha. Kind of ironic eh?

Cafe Rio Salad

I have had quite a few people ask for this recipe. And I’ve never gotten around to posting it. (Sorry it took me so long Brett!) This really is one of my very favorite meals! I made it this past week on Thursday for a group of ladies I had over for lunch. And it was marvelous! 🙂 I don’t have a picture of it…. but here is the recipe

Cafe Rio Salad:

Put in your crockpot:
3-4 pound Pork Roast
1 cup Pace Picante Sauce
1 cup Brown Sugar
Cook it until you can shred it with a fork.
(For a frozen roast about 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high)
Cook some rice with zest from 1 lime.
Dressing:
Blend and chill:
1 1/3 cup light sour cream (I use 500ml of sour cream)
3/4 cup mayo
1 bunch of cilantro
1 package Ranch Dressing (you know that powdered stuff)
4 Tbsp Safeway Salsa Verde
1-2 cloves of garlic
1/8 tsp Tabasco (I always leave this out so my kids will eat it)
Juice of 1 lime
Add milk if too thick
Guacamole: Use your favorite recipe or
2 mashed avocados
2 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
1 diced tomato
add to taste: hot sauce, garlic powder & cayenne pepper

To eat it pile it in this like a taco on your plate:
Tortilla
Rice
Black Beans
Shredded Pork
Romaine Lettuce
Diced Tomatoes
Guacamole
Corn Chips (Optional)
Dressing
**Eat it like a salad, breaking off tortilla as you go or wrap the whole thing like a burrito (that’s what we do)**

and here is a random photo from last weekend!
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Some people think that this time of year is ugly around here. I completely disagree! I LOVE the yellowness of this season!! Love the hay bails in the fields. Love the crisp blue sky. I think it’s beautiful!!!
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MSBH Challenge 23 (Herb Baking Powder Biscuits), 24 (Fudgy Chocolate Brownies)

Rugelach

I have one Jewish friend.
Well technically he is Regan’s friend.
From Medical School.
(And some times he reads this thing…. so Hi Asaph!!!)

I mean I grew up in Southern Alberta.
There isn’t a big Jewish population in Hill Spring.
When I grew up there it was Mormons and a few not any religions.
I don’t know about know since when I visit there I don’t know half of the people there. And even the ones I did know, I don’t recognize them. (Actually a young adult came up to me and said hello today and I was thinking he was being overly nice to a tired-yoga-pant-pony-tail-not-much-makeup mother carting around three kids. But he was a (a very handsome) guy (which is weird to call him that since the last time I saw him he was like 12) from Hill Spring walking by and noticed it was me and stopped to say hello and let my kids pet his beautiful chocolate lab dog.)

Anyways, back to my Jewish friend.
(Since we are friends on facebook I can call him my friend right?)
Today I made something for my MSBH challenge called Rugelach.
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It is very different from anything I’ve ever made before! The dough kind of felt like too soft sugar cookie dough. waaaay to soft. Like add more flour soft. But I did what the recipe said. And let the dough sit in the fridge overnight. You can add dried fruit, nuts or chocolate (or a combo of all three) for the filling. The chocoholic in me opted for nuts and chocolate. 🙂

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I have no idea if I made them right.
I need my one Jewish friend to try them out. And tell me if they are close to what they are supposed to be.
Too bad you live in Calgary Asaph! 🙂

Alden trying one. He seemed to enjoy it.
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And just cause they were looking cute after the bath, a blurry but still cute photo…
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MSHB Challenge #6

Banana Bread

I was gonna post the last well, week. But life got busy!! Which made me think of something some one said to me yesterday.
“how to you do everything Rhonda?”
Oh I soooo do not do everything!!
Lots of things I get done happen at night or during nap time. Both are highly important to me!
I’ve got a mile long to do list. And many things I wish to do.
But well I don’t.

The whole past week I was gonna do some more baking and other stuff but it was busy.
Last week’s evenings went like this.
Monday – Regan was on call. Solo with the kids.
Tuesday night – As soon as Reg got home I was off to YW. And got home at 8:45 or so. Then did my blog post 🙂
Wednesday Night I went to a Love and Logic Parenting seminar. Which was good and interesting. Some stuff I really liked, other bits felt a bit…. um degrading to kids. And not at all in line with Gospel teaching. So some good. Some not.
Thursday Family Home Evening Kit Group I am in met together.
Friday Reg was on call again and We went out to dinner with some of my family to Boston Pizza and then I had my niece sleep over so I could go out to a girls night.
Saturday night I went to a dinner and RS broadcast.

Needless to say it was busy 🙂

Anyway, my point in sharing all this was….. that sometimes life runs away. And I’m not always on top of things. In fact more the opposite most of the time! But I’ve been asked by people how i get all this stuff done.

I don’t watch TV much. As in haven’t seen anything for over a week or more. And if I do watch I like to do something while I do. Like make invitations or cards or fold laundry or whatever.

I try and do things while my kids play around me. If they want to be in the backyard, I fold laundry down stairs or read a book in the backyard or make phone calls or whatever I can down there. If they are happy on the deck I load the dishwasher or edit a few pictures. Eli makes all this harder. HE is a lot more high maintenance than either one of my first kids were. (And despite what some people say I do not agree that he is normal. He spent from 3:45 pm to 7pm crying on and off the whole stinking time. And that’s a good day lately. That’s not normal) I’m still getting used to accomplishing as much as I like to with him around. Perhaps God is teaching me to sit down and enjoy my kids.

Each night I write down my to do list for the next day. I have all kinds of to do lists. To do lists for house projects. Sewing tutorial to do lists. Blog post idea lists. I am a list kinda girl. I love a good list pad 🙂

I have a crazy calender with all my dates an deadlines and all that written all over it. It is kind of looking crazy for September. crazy fun 🙂 I’ve started highlighting Regan’s on call days too. So I can see at a glance all those when I am planning or scheduling things. I should have taken a picture of it but I didn’t know I was even posting about this til I sat down and started to write and now it’s too dark out. 🙂

I think it’s funny that women are so comparison driven. The fact is everybody’s life is sooo different. And I don’t think it’s even able to compare vague things like what you get done in a day. It’s my opinion that more people get more done than they think, that everyone wastes more time than they realize AND that most people are not as busy as they think they are.

Just a few of my somethings that need to be done….
1. Logos for my brothers’ company (need to finish the final draft)
2. a blog header for a friend
3. Preparations for Lucy’s B-Day party on Friday
4. a few photo shoots that should have been edited already (right Christine??)
5. bills paid (did that tonight)
6. prep for having a bunch of girls from church over tomorrow night to make hair pretties (which means making my house is kind of clean hahahaha)
7. laundry (did 4 loads today – but still more to do…)
8. Type out a few recipes that I’ve been asked for by a few people.
9. Actually finish my photography blog photo shoot give away (which I posted about entirely tooo long ago eeekkkk!)
10. Scrapbook. It feels like it has been entirely too long since I did that! (a week or so)

The thing I’ve been thinking about is a quote I heard the other night at the RS broadcast. Which basically said that a wise person knows how to distinguish between the things that need to be done and the things that don’t and then leave some things undone by eliminating the non essentials. Now it sounded much prettier when they said it, but you get my point!

This is an insanely long rambly post.
If you actually read my thoughts then let me hear what you think! 🙂
And I’ll get back to editing those pictures….
And since no post is fun without photos…
here are some of the current editing crop.
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And here is the banana bread recipe that was asked for from the last post.

Banana Nut Bread
from Martha Stewart Baking Handbook
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups veggie oil
2 Tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3)
1 cup coconut
1 cup walnuts, pecans (or chocolate chips)
1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350. Coat two 9 by 5 inch loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and oil on medium low until combined. Beat in the flour mixture. Add the vanilla, banana, coconut, nuts (or chocolate!) and buttermilk. Beat just to combine.

Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, 60 to 65 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Bread can be kept at room temperature, wrapped well in plastic for up to 1 week or frozen up to 3 months.

Now I am off to bed to rest my foot (i’m currently suffering from Plantar Fasciitis which my handy hubby doctor diagnosed for me but there isn’t so much you can do for it except stretch your calves and roll your foot on a frozen bottle of ice (which I am doing right as I type this) and be in pain.)