Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

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Today I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends, including my great blogging friends who I have enjoyed getting to know this past year. Each of you has inspired and encouraged me. I hope everyone enjoys today and takes some time out to give thanks for all our blessings!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Anniversary to my Mom and Dad!

Today is my parent's 36 wedding anniversary! I want to wish them a wonderful day and share pictures from their wedding and their vow renewal ceremony that they had to mark their 30th wedding anniversary!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Polar Rink- American Museum of Natural History

I have never been ice skating but every year I vow to take Julia and give it a try. This year the American Museum of Natural History is opening it's first ever ice skating rink. They are calling it a Polar Rink and it looks so cool! This is going to be the year that I finally try to ice skate because I have to go and check out the Polar Rink.

Check out below for more information:

Photo Credit and Caption: A 17-foot high polar bear greets a young skater and her dad practicing for the opening of the new Polar Rink at the American Museum of Natural History, which opens to the public on Saturday, November 22. © AMNH\D. Finnin


First Rink in Museum’s 140-Year History
Featuring 17-Foot-Tall Model of Polar Bear in the Center
The American Museum of Natural History will open an outdoor skating rink for the first time in its 140-year history on Saturday, November 22nd. The Museum’s new Polar Rink, made from synthetic ice, is located on the Arthur Ross Terrace, with magnificent views of the glowing Rose Center for Earth and Space and the surrounding Theodore Roosevelt Park. Skaters will glide around a 17-foot-tall polar bear made of openwork stainless steel festooned with pine boughs and twinkling lights. Engaging facts about polar bears and the Earth’s polar regions, as well as “green” tips and suggestions, will surround the rink, extending the Museum experience beyond its halls.
Non-skaters will enjoy the splendor of The Polar Rink from surrounding benches on the Terrace under trees adorned with lights, or from the glassed-in North Galleria adjacent to the rink where hot cocoa and snacks will be served. Following an afternoon on the rink, and for a suggested admission, visitors can easily explore the Museum and have ready access to the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
The skating rink will remain open through February 28, 2009. The rink is 150 by 80 feet and can accommodate up to 200 people during a 45-minute skating period.
The Polar Rink will be open from 12–8 pm Sunday–Thursday, and 11 am–10 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and on holidays. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, and $8 for children 3-12 years old, and include skate rental and a 45-minute skating session. Members’ tickets will be $8 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $6 for children 3-12 years old. All children under 10 must be accompanied by someone 16 years of age or older. For more information visitors should go to or call 212-769-5200. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Museum’s entrances or enter directly through the Weston Entrance on Columbus Avenue and 79th Street or via the Terrace stairs.

Thanksgiving Cookie recipes

Tomorrow is Julia's Thanksgiving celebration at school. I am not the best cook in the world but we have to contribute a dish. So I am going to make some macaroni salad and some cookies in the shape of turkeys!

I found two really simple recipes for these cute cookies and wanted to share them. A non-culinary person like me could not possibly mess these up!

Oreo Cookie Turkeys

These edible Oreo cookie turkeys make a fun Thanksgiving craft idea for kids. You can even use them as place cards at the table for Thanksgiving dinner. Just write each guest's name in gel icing on the plate under his or her Oreo turkey.

 by Stephanie Gallagher 

Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 4 Oreo cookies (Double Stuff works best)
  • 2 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 8-10 pieces candy corn
  • white gel icing


Note: This recipe is for two Oreo cookie turkeys. But you can make as many as you like just by doubling or tripling the recipe. This recipe also makes an excellent classroom Thanksgiving craft.
  1. Take two Oreos apart. Place on a plate. These will be the foundation.
  2. Stick the other two Oreos into the icing of the Oreos on the plate, standing up on their sides. Make sure to leave room for the turkey's head.
  3. Place a mini peanut butter cup on its side in front of the standing Oreo for the turkey's head.
  4. Insert candy corn pieces, pointy side down, into the filling of the standing Oreo for the feathers.
  5. Use gel icing to make eyes. Break a piece of candy corn in half and use gel icing to glue the pointy part on under the eyes for the turkey's beak/mouth.
Turkey cookies


1 (18 oz) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 (8 oz) bag candy corn
1 (8 oz) bag miniature M&M chocolate candies
2 oz decorating gel
1 (6.5 oz) can Betty Crocker decorating icing


1)  Cut and bake the sugar cookies as directed on the package.
2)  Cool.
3)  With the can of spray frosting, squirt a line on the top of the cookie that covers about 1/4 of the cookie arc.  Place 5-6 candy corn along the frosting row to make the turkey feathers.
4)  Next, squirt two dots in the middle for the eyes.  Top with 2 mini M&Ms of the same color.
5)  With the gel frosting, make a "V" for the beak - and then an upside-down "Y" for the feet.
6)  Cute!

I think I am going to make recipe #2 for the party at school because I feel like they made hold up better on the trip to school. I will probably try to make recipe #1 for Thanksgiving for the kiddies to eat (who am I kidding... the adults will "gobble" them up too!)

Not Me Monday

It wasn't me who wanted to cry her eyes out when her little men decided that the floor was a better place to go potty this week. It wasn't me who wanted to scream at the top of my lungs with all the poop on the floor incidents this week and should I mention the puddles that were left behind every time one of my little men decided that they would whip off their pamper to pee on the floor!!! I also did not laugh when my little diva had the misfortune to slip on a puddle that we didn't notice.... she didn't laugh at herself either!

It was not me who decided to order a movie on pay per view for my little diva so I wouldn't have to play another game of fashion model.

It was not me who wanted to pour a bucket of cold water over a sleeping hubby because he hung out all night the night before... nope those kind of thoughts never enter my mind!!!

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