My Life of Travels and Adventures: December 2011

Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies

28 December 2011

I  love, love, love peanut butter cookies.  Here is my tried and true recipe...

1 1/4 C flour
3/4 Tsp baking soda
1/4 Tsp salt
1/2 C butter
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C peanut butter
1/2 C brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 Tsp vanilla


1. Preheat the oven to 375F
2. Cream the butter, sugar, peanut butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla together
3. Mix the flour, soda and salt into the peanut butter mixture

4.  Shape the mixture into 1 - 1 1/2 inch balls

5.  Flatten with a fork on a baking sheet
6.  Bake for 12 - 15 minutes.


A Christmas Center Peice

19 December 2011

After decorating the house for Christmas, I realized that I had no centerpiece for the table.  After searching a few stores for something that would work, Neil suggested that I make my own centerpiece.  Yay, craft time!

I started with a wooden box from Joanne's.  The same wooden box I used to make the name basket for the baby's room.  
I also picked up some random poinsettia's, sparkly things and red balls.  

Then the "fun" began.  Ok, so I just randomly stuck the flowers into the foam and went with it. 
There you have it.  My Christmas centerpiece.

Baby Room Storage

10 December 2011

On a recent trip to Ikea, I saw these storage baskets while wandering the kid section. 

The green was the perfect color for the nursery, so I picked up 2 bins for under the crib.  I love that the tops are filled with numbers. 

I filled one with clothing that we have that is too big for the first few months. 

Yay, for more storage in a small room!

Book Shelves for the Nursery

03 December 2011

The nursery is slowly coming together... 

But I keep find odd projects for Neil.  Like book shelves.  

I have been on the look out for some kind of shelf for the room.  I couldn't find anything that I liked or would fit in the space I wanted it.  I finally resolved myself to making some book slings that I saw online.  

But as we were taking measurements and figuring out what we needed... Ikea popped into my head.  Ikea has everything.  Surely they would have some kind of shelf that I would like.  

One would think I know the entire stock at Ikea as often as we have been there for this nursery... but after a quick online search we found something that had potential. 

We ended up buying these picture ledges.  For only $10 each how could we go wrong?

I knew that I wanted them installed next to the chair.

So another project for Neil began.  As he measured and leveled, supervisor Molly came in to place.  

While Neil installed the shelves, Molly and I sat and watched. 


These shelves fit perfectly in the space we had for them and hold several books on each. 

There you have it.  Another baby room update.

Recipe: Refrigerator Rolls

02 December 2011

I ripped this recipe out of Taste of Home magazine a while ago and just now got around to making them.

I am thinking they will make a nice addition to my meal plan for Christmas.


1 pkg (1/4oz) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110 to 115)
1/2 cup warm milk (110 to 115)
1/4 cup butter flavored shortening (I used plain crisco)
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 egg
3 cups flour

The how to:

1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
2. Add the milk, shortening, sugar, salt, egg and 2 cups of the flour.
3. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
4. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, grease the top of the dough.
6. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
7. Punch the dough down (Fun part alert!)
8. Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and divide into 12 balls.
9. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.
10.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1.5 hours).
11.  Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes (until golden brown).

Overall verdict.  Yummy!

Book Review: The Baby Sense Secret

01 December 2011

I picked up The Baby Sense Secret by Megan Faure at Borders when they were having their going out of business clearance sale.

According to goodreads... Worried about why your baby is crying? Not getting enough sleep? No time to yourself? The Babysense Secret shows you that the answers to all these problems and more lie in understanding how to read your baby's body language and signals. You can use this knowledge to structure a flexible routine around your baby's needs, creating a gentle schedule that will guide your child into peaceful, easy nights and calm periods of daytime wakefulness.
Learn how to create a baby-centric routine so that you aren't struggling to get your baby to sleep when he or she is awake and wants to play
Understand your baby's senses in order to avoid overstimulation, a leading cause of fussiness
Invaluable advice and reassurance from babycare expert, mother, and occupational therapist, Megan Faure
The Babysense Secret reveals that the key to your baby's contentment and sleep lies in understanding his sensory world and signals.
This was an interesting book.  I think it will come in handy once Baby Rudiger is born.  It does outline information about each age up until one year.  I liked reading it before the Baby is born but we will see how it goes once he is born.

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