Friday, December 11, 2009

friday high five - q and a

Well typically I have always responded to comments made on my blog in the comments section, but I have appeared to fall off the wagon in that area. It falls under the category of too much to do and not enough time to do it in. There were some questions recently that I really wanted to answer so I thought I'd take care of that little housekeeping project here.......

1. From the incredibly gifted knitter and card maker extraordinaire, Leah - the jammies are AWESOME! Emily Grace would think that me having matching jammies to hers was the greatest thing on the planet. Where did your mom find them???

She is of course talking about the matching jammies my Mom got for the girls and I for our sleepover last weekend. My Mom picked them up at The Children's Place. For some reason they don't sell the adult jammers in Canada, so she got them on a shopping trip across the border. She tells me that they only sell the adult jammies at the outlet store (she's pretty sure), but you can also order them online. Oh and hey they have blue striped jammies that match the pink ones for boys!!

2. From the lovely Merry, who's my friend because of a little ole jar of Hellman's - Okay, I'm confused. That picture doesn't look coated in chocolate. Did you squish up the candy bars & roll it in that? I read that you used white chocolate toblerones but the coating looks more crumbly than I would have thought. Help!!!

Oh it is, trust me. I realize it's not the greatest picture, but I was shooting without the flash so I didn't lose the detail. What I did was throw my toblerone bar into the food processor and pulse it a few times. It came out more crumbly than chopped. Perhaps because the bar was so small compared to the size of the processor bowl. And, yes I did roll it in the crumbly bar afterwards. I think next time I just use one of my wicked sharp chopping knives and some elbow grease to pulverize it. Oh and I forgot to mention on that recipe you're best to throw the cream cheese mixture into the fridge for a while. It's almost impossible to form into a ball when you're finished mixing it together.

3. From frequent commenter Goofball - euh, what do jammies have to do with Christmas?

I'm not really sure. All I know is each and every year growing up my brother and I were always allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve. It was always new jammies that we got to wear to bed that night. I have no idea where my Mom got the idea from, but I think it had a lot to do with making sure we were presentable for pictures the next morning.

4. And another from Goofball - I can't stop being amazed that the christmas season is so in full swing so early in December already. Everyone must be so sick of it by the end. Gosh, christmas takes up 1/12th of a year?

I can't speak for everyone, but I love Christmas. For me it's real concentrated family time. It's time when we slow down, turn on the Christmas lights and watch movies and play board games and just enjoy each other. My kids are small and they still believe in all the magic of Christmas. I can't imagine ever getting sick of all of that.

And one last one from Goofball - who's elwood (sorry...I'm ignorant foreigner)

Elwood is a Christmas Elf who is in charge of family fun. I invented him last year to help with our 25 days of Christmas project. Each night Elwood leaves a note in a basket we've left under our tree that tells the girls what that night's activity is. This isn't necessary if you're participating in the 25 days, but we enjoy doing it this way. Abby loves trying to figure out how Elwood manages to not only to leave her notes, but also how he knows so much about her. It's so much fun. I know Noelle the Christmas fairy visits The Mommy Project's house and MooMoo the Christmas cow has been hanging at the Widney Woman's place.


Goofball said...

hahahaha, it looks like I spam you with questions right :) I hope you don't mind.

I like the new jammies tradition. Traditions are cute & warming. I guess it makes sense. In Europe we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve (on christmas we basically just try to digest the food from the previous day still or visit other relatives). But on Christmas Eve we have the biggest meal, we open the presents (no santa claus here, just relatives giving presents to each other) and depending on your religion we celebrate the birth of Christ which was in that night.

but what you celebrate is similar to our Sinterklaas who brings presents in the yep, next morning is lots and lots of pictures in jammies :p

About getting sick of christmas: I do love Christmas too. it's the best time of the year. That's why I'd be afraid to start too early and spoil it? Because we still celebrate Sinterklaas on Dec 6, Christmas decorations and commercials and music will never start before that date, but are only in full swing in mid December, but they do last until Jan 6. I'm simply influenced by my different culture and when I see the first "christmas preperations" online, I still feel as if I'm in the mid of summer so to speak :p

Shan said...

I don't mind at all. If you don't ask you'll never know.

I know a bit about Sinterklaas, my brother and his wife lived in Holland for 3 months last year. They arrived back home in Canada just a couple of days before Christmas. And my sister in law was just back there for a month in the fall. They love it there.... I just hope they don't love it enough to move there.

And here the stores really start pushing Christmas the day after Halloween, so it get hard not to get caught up in it all. Also we usually have snow in November which helps with the Christmas feeling.

Kaci said...

I love Q&A! =)