Fun Times With The Beckers

All the fun, even if it's not always blogged…

Hey How Are Ya? Happy New Year! — January 6, 2009

Hey How Are Ya? Happy New Year!

Ah, 2009. No flying cars to speak of, no aliens that i know of, no threat of impending doom… but then again, i don’t watch the news, so what do i know?

But December did find a way to wrap itself up neatly and tightly. The holidays were, in a word, hitchless… if that is a word. AJ and I even managed to prepare, cook and serve a full Christmas meal for the in-laws! This one-dish girl was able to pull off various sides and even a cheesecake, to boot! yea me! (yea us!)

Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure!

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12/20/08 – Karaoking at Legends… goofy as always

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Christmas Eve at the Belka’s

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Miss Sophie modeling the no-sew tu-tu i created (thanks, Meghan!), in which i alluded to back on December 16… isn’t she adorable? and i just want to gobble up that little Chaser! LOVE THEM!
–You can find the how-to at this link

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Christmas day with the Becker’s… that’s whats left of the awesome meal we produced!

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this is me and my Sweet Susie modeling our new sunglasses from Santa!

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And then it was New Year’s Eve… Thanks to The Aten’s for hosting another fun (and meatless) event!

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I sure do like things that make noise!

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Jonny happily showed off his favorite xmas present… my fave is the protective shoe barrier!

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you’ll notice that AJ was not as successful with the big pilsner pull

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I like to call this one: “The Before”…

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…and of course, this one is: “The After”

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Happy 2009 Everyone!!!

Well, We wish all of you (okay, both of you reading this!) a very Happy New Year and wish you nothing but the best for 2009!

muah!

Cooking with the Four-Legged Becker’s — December 16, 2008

Cooking with the Four-Legged Becker’s

Monday nights, AJ works late… and I tend to fill my time with being crafty. Last night, I turned on the Music Choice Traditional Holiday Favorites and began a’mixing.

The plan was to make two batches each of dog biscuits and Grandma B’s Toffee… The dogs is usually quite “helpful” in the kitchen – meaning that THOR mostly watches me from the doorway, and Lucy chews on a bone in the other room… but last night, they must have known that i was making something specifically for the dog world! None of the ingredients are any different than what you would most likely already have in your cupboard, and honestly, people could eat this stuff (though, i probably wouldn’t, but i’m picky like that)… but somehow they knew this was for them! Their noses were all sorts of up in my business. they were applying for “official taste testers,” for sure!

too cute.

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Here they are, “helping” me roll out the dough

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sitting so politely – hoping for a nibble… but did i give in? oh, no sir!

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after sampling from their handy work, they smothered me with kisses

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here is a batch of Grandma’s Toffee…. but then, this morning, i found this link and it makes the whole process look so much easier– i just may try it and see… but as my mom says- Grandma’s way is so special– you can’t give that up… no, i won’t… fully.

and then i took some time to fill the pepper mill… and two peppercorns fell out — looking oddly reminiscent of mouse droppings– of which, if you have been reading along with me, is NOT something that makes my day…
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Cue: shivers down my spine… uggh!… but, you can see some of the cooling dog biscuits in the background. yea us!

and then, since i had the camera out, i decided to take some photos of some of the latest crafty projects, thanks to my friend, Brooke!

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After making a larger version of this one for the Blonde Sister-In-Law’s birthday (and after AJ thought i had made it for us, and asked why i was giving it away), i decided to make a mini version for us… 😉

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And then, i found these colored balls at the Hobby Lobby (my obsession continues) and couldn’t resist. so this one was made for the Brunette Sister-In-Law… she know’s she’s getting it — I am just the slug that hasn’t taken it to her yet…

Oh, so much fun with the glue gun lately…

and finally — i’ll let you in on the first stages of my latest craftiness… (thanks to Meghan!)… but i can’t tell you any more because it just happens to be an xmas present for The Cutest Niece In The Whole World… and i would hate to ruin the surprise!!!
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ahh… fun times, indeed!