Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hey Babycakes! It's Snowing!


Today we had our first snow slush of the year. Abraham was determined to enjoy it to the fullest. There was just enough snow to make a mini-man and a barrel full of slush balls to ambush Daddy when he gets home.
While the kids were enjoying the slush I did a little baking. I made my first attempt at cake pops. The nifty Babycakes Cake Pap Maker made creating the little cake balls a breeze.
The learning curve came in when the dipping and decorating started. This time around I kept it simple with a coat of milk chocolate. Then I drizzled some Wilton eggnog flavored melts over them.

There were a few that looked like I was drinking a little too much eggnog...lol...but as you can see I got a better.
Just a few tips for the beginner like me. Make sure your melts aren't too melty (it that a word?...well it is in my world). Also, take it slow and enjoy the process. I always rush through the decorating and expect fabulous finished product. 
I have yet to try these with the kids but I will definitely take out my Babycakes again!

Hope you all are cozy up in your favorite spot...enjoying your day!
God Bless!
J@

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Mini Album

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 9:1
 
 A little peek of the inside...
 
Here is one last Thanksgiving project before I start working on Christmas projects! These mini albums are perfect for working on through out the day (or weekend)....while the turkey is cooking or football is being watched...when the kids start to bicker or bounce...escape to the craft room for a moment or two. Before you know it you'll have the fixings for an adorable mini album to document any special occasion.  
 
Hope you all had a blessed and happy weekend!
Thank you for stopping by the JafaHouse!
God Bless!
J@

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 118:1
 
Today is pie making and dinner prep day. I'm looking forward to cozing up with my family tomorrow enjoy the blessings God has given! 
 
I hope you have a day filled with His love!
Happy Thanksgiving from
the JafaHouse! 
 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Gobble, Gobble

Hello Folks! Can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving? I can't! I'm not ready for the hustle and bustle of holiday madness to start! My major shopping is either done before Black Friday or online. I like to spend December in my cozy little house making & baking Christmas cheer.

 
BUT before I get ahead of myself I wanted to share a few Thanksgiving cards... I don't make a lot of these but I have a good friend that enjoys Thanksgiving like I do Christmas. So, one of these will go out to her.
 
Any plans for this weekend? Looks like a mellow one around here....just hangin' out with the family. I do plan on take advantage of Starbucks buy one get one offer and have coffee with a friend.
Hope you all stay safe and warm!
God Bless!
J@ 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday~Birthday Girl Turns 100

One photo. No words.
You can enjoy more Wordless Wednesday photos HERE.
Thank you for stopping by and God bless!

J@

Thursday, November 8, 2012

All Smiles~ Family Photo Shoot

Our kids are nine and seven....we have never had a family portrait done. It seems in the past that the focus has always been on getting updated photos of the kids. Or the effort to get the whole family on board was more work then I wanted. Or the cost was beyond what we wanted to spend. Or my jean size wasn't were I wanted it to be. Any of this sound familiar?
 
Well, despite my jean size and the protests of my family we finally did it!
 I can't say that everyone was on board for this one but they all did it because Mama said so=)! ...and watching me stomp my feet and throw myself on the floor in a tantrum isn't pretty...lol.
The day of the photo shoot I thought Abe was going to blow a gasget when he found out the session would last at least 30 minute. You would have thought that I said hours....but he came through with some cute smiles.
Frank was less then trilled about the whole process. Not that he didn't want to have a family photo but he hates having his picture taken. However he did a great job! Thank you honey!
Abbey was probably the only one as excited as I was. Her excitement was more about the outfit she got to wear..."Mom, these are jeans that college girls wear."...oh, boy are we in trouble.
 
We were able to take advantage of the talent of Luther Photography. I am thrilled with the collection of photos Melissa Luther created for us. Thank you!
I know this post is already photo heavy but I have one more...this is a project I created using some of these beautiful photos. It is a birthday gift for my grandma. She turns 100 on Monday!
 
Thank you for poppin' in and sharing this moment with me.
May your day be filled with joy and thanksgivng for all the blessings God has given!
 
J@