Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Card

Here are pics of our Christmas cards this year. I got the big ones from Shutterfly for free by writing a blog post about their website, and I got the small ones for free for joining seehere.  I also sent out some regular cards with pics of us from Disney Land as well. Yes, 3 cards is a lot but I liked them all so I just went with it!
Why won't this thing turn my pics right???

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Very Bailey Christmas

Well, we did it--7 Christmases!! We actually handled it a lot better this time around than last year, I guess because we have gotten used to all the goings and comings! For us, Christmas starts on Christmas Eve at Forrest's Aunt Jan's house for lunch. The whole Adams side of the Bailey family (Forrest's grandmother Bailey's side of the family) come together and makes a massive lunch. Growing up, Christmas Eve didn't start until we went to church that night, so I LOVE getting to start Christmas "early" at lunch time! We always eat way too much at Aunt Jan's, yet somehow manage to find room for her famous 4 layer dessert!! After lunch, we went to Christmas Eve Mass with my mom and brother and sister. I love Mass on Christmas Eve. The church looks so pretty all decorated and I love singing the Christmas hymns. It really reminds you of the reason we have Christmas to begin with, and at a time when people are concerned about eating and presents, it is nice to have that reminder. After Mass, we went back to my parents' house for dinner with Uncle John and Aunt Sue and John and Sara (my dad's brother and his fam). We had filets and oh so many desserts!

Look at all the goodies!

Siblings

The McCords
We opened presents with them (jewelry for me and a golf gift card for Forrest) before heading off to Duck Springs to Forrest's Aunt Susan's house for snacks and more presents. Forrest got some cash (woohoo) and I got a super cool cooler bag and a monogrammed necklace. Score! Wait----that's not all! After Aunt Susan's we went up to Forrest's parents' house to open presents with them. What a haul we raked in!! I got an adorable houndstooth bag with red handles from Mrs. Bailey (among lots of other things) and 3 new cookbooks that I am excited to use from Davis. Forrest got the hat pictured below, a carving set, and lots of other great gifts!!

The Bailey boys modeling their new hats
I was pretty proud of my gift giving skills as well. The Bailey's loved everything I had picked out for them, especially Davis!!

I got Davis these funky bookends for his office. Aren't they fun??
Davis was also sweet enough to get presents for Brownie, Stella, Sonny and Ruffles. Thank you Uncle Davis! When we got home we gave the animals some of their Christmas treats and then put the rest under the tree and went to bed. HOWEVER, Ruffles was too excited to sleep! She knew where we put the treat bags so she kept jumping out of bed and running down the hall to the tree. She was just like a little girl on Christmas Eve! It was too cute!

Ruffles stole Sonny's bone and hid under the table with it!
We woke up bright and early on Christmas morning to open our presents to each other. Our 2nd Christmas---how special!!!

Look at all that swag!

Stella loved hiding in the presents

Brownie enjoys chewing the tape off of boxes
Forrest and his Christmas gifts, plus Sonny on his bed, which Ruffles tries to steal

My presents from my sweet husband! I LOVE the piano bench and piano music most of all!!

To make it even MORE special, it was SNOWING when we got up! I had no idea so I was totally shocked!! Snow, to me, makes being cold worth it!!

This is fuzzy, but I had to post it!
After opening our presents, it was time to go to my parents' house to open presents with them. Again, we got some great swag! I got tons of clothes and jewelry, some new shoes, and and a panda pet (from my brother), and Forrest got some new "zigzag" shoes as I like to call them, as well as a weight bench!

AOII panda pets
After presents we ate breakfast and went out to play in the snow. It really was a magical feeling--a white Christmas!!

Mom and Dad's house

Merry Christmas!
As sad as we were to do it, we had to leave about 12 to get to my grandmothers house in Birmingham (on my mom's side). They didn't have any snow and it was kind of a downer to have to leave it! We had a big lunch with all of my aunts, uncles and cousins and I could barely contain myself until time to open presents!!! Since there are so many of us, there are tons of presents crammed around the tree and it looks so amazing!!!


See what I mean???
 I was again proud of my gift giving at their house. The "adults" (meaning the married grandkids and the aunts and uncles and grandparents) draw names on Thanksgiving for Christmas gifts. Forrest and I had Mimi and Stevie, my oldest cousin. They were both VERY pleased with their gifts!! I got Stevie a giftcard to BassPro Shop, a "gone fishing" glass ornament, and a fisherman nutcraker (he is into fishing AND nutcrackers!!), and Mimi a yard statue of Mary holding Baby Jesus (she loves gardening AND Jesus!). Stevie announced that he was making sure I got his name every year, so I was feeling like the best little Santa ever!!! After presents it was time for the annual "stairstep" cousins pic. We have been taking this picture for as long as I can remember (at least 19 years). We line up in birth order and before, we made the perfect "stair steps". Now the stairs have gotten a little wonky!!!

Wonky as can be!

That's more like it, except I am the 2nd oldest and the 2nd shortest! Joseph will beat me next year!
Because of the snow (it actually started snowing and sticking in Bham by this time) we were eager to get on the road to Selma after presents. Forrest's mom's mom lives in Selma and we were due for dinner and presents at her house. The roads were actually totally fine on the way down but I was VERY concerned about Sonny. He was outside in his fence and I was so afraid he would be freezing! He LOVES snow and I kept thinking about him rolling around in it and getting wet and not being able to warm up. He has his "Dogma Hall" house that is insulated in his fence and it is partially covered, but I got so upset worrying about him that Forrest said we could drive back to Gadsden after dinner instead of spending the night. That made me feel much better! In Selma, the hit of the night was Nana Frith's surprise present--a brand new flat screen tv complete w/ HD DVD player and some DVDs to watch!! The boys set it up and everyone started watching "Enchanted" (my pick). By about 8, we decided we needed to hit the road. The roads were again fine and we made it home by 11pm. Sonny, my happy little man, was perfectly fine, although very happy to see us!! We let him out and ran around in the front yard playing in the snow with him. I love crunching through fresh snow. If there is a smooth patch, I HAVE to run through it. I was stomping all over the yard and we even tried our hand at sledding on garbage can lids. Forrest also decided to have a snow ball war and I must say I was pretty good at hiding behind trees to dodge the snowballs. What a magical Christmas!!

I LOVE THE SNOW!!!
Unfortunately, I locked us out of the house, so we had to stay out in the cold a little longer while we waited on Roy to come rescue us. Ruffles was staying at my parents' since we were going to Selma, so he brought her home too!

Saving the day!
The next morning we got up at 7, despite our late night, to go to Sunday church. I also wanted to get a headstart on my after Christmas sale shopping. I went to Wal-Mart and stocked up on wrapping paper, bows, boxes, ornaments, etc. You usually can find solid colors that don't look Christmas-y so I use this paper all year round! I also got a new tree skirt and some adorable purple ornaments at TJMAXX. After we ate lunch, we loaded Sonny up and took him to the golf course near our house so he could play in the snow. He loved running through it to chase his ball and kept trying to get into the "water hazards" on the course, depsite the fact that it was 20 degrees!!


On the green white

I can't make this turn over but isn't a cool shot of Sonny catching a snow ball??

Much better pic of the house but since it was taken on Sunday, I wanted to include the actual one from Christmas Day. Notice I have crunched through all the snow in the yard.
I started to freeze so we went back home to warm up. We took him on one last snowy walk through the neighborhood and then I had had enough--nap time!!! While I snoozed for a good 3 hours, Forrest watched "Inception" (from Roy) and then he decided to take a nap himself. By this time, I was up and at'em, cleaning up the disastrous house Christmas had left me with. I got to talk to my friend Ellen, who got engaged on Christmas Eve!!!! I am SO happy for her and Nelson and can't wait to be a part of her wedding!!! (She was a bridesmaid in my wedding and I'm going to be one in hers!!) After putting all of our presents away Forrest and I went to Mom and Dad's for our weekly Sunday dinner. White bbq chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, peas, salad, and left over Christmas desserts!!! Can't go wrong! I got home and literally crashed last night. I am STILL exhausted and we have such a busy week ahead!! I don't know when I will catch up on all of the sleep I missed! Exhaustion aside, we had a wonderful Christmas and are so blessed to have a great family to spend time with!!
Sleepy dogs! Notice Ruff has pushed Sonny off of his new bed onto the floor!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ruffles-less Ruffles

Today I took Ruffles to her first "spa day" to get groomed. Barbara gave us a gift certificate (which she won for Alex but he didn't need) so I thought it would be nice to get her all spruced up for Christmas. I had no idea what to expect but I told the people that she was a very cold girl and not to cut all of her hair off. Here is Ruffles before:

At the Howl-o-ween parade. Look at all that pretty hair!

First night we brought her home

First time at the lake, and to wear a bow!
Forrest picked her up and told me to prepare myself because she looked WAY different. I got him to bring her to work, and this is what she looked like:
No more ruffles!

I am pretty sure she will freeze!

Can you believe this is the same dog??


Yep-it is the same dog! Here is her signature trick!
 I am in no way disappointed with the job that Planet Doggiewood did, I am just shocked at my little girls' new do!! It will take some getting used to! Let's hope her hair grows quickly so she can get some ruffles back!!
BTW: a word on how we came to own Ruffles. We went to the Humane Society of Etowah County auction this spring (April 17) and they had some dogs there that were adopted in house by the Society because their time "ran up" and they were good pets. She had been splitting time between the shelter and Jolie's house. She had a pretty pink bow on her neck when I met her and she kept coming up to me and climbing on my legs. She was so adorable and sweet and seemed to really like me. Jolie said we could take her home and see how it worked out. She ran through our door, down the hall, and jumped right on our bed the very first night! At first, she didn't care for Sonny because he was really rowdy, but eventually got over that. We couldn't decide whether or not to keep her or help her find a home for a while, but one morning I woke up and was so upset about the idea of giving her back, so Forrest and I decided to keep her. She was a perfect fit and we loved her to death!

Here Comes Santa Claus

On Friday night we were so excited to go to the Santa Claus Dance, and especially excited that Forrest was inducted as a new Santa! The Santa Claus Society is a dance club in Gadsden and all the men members wear Santa suits to the dance. The members collect money and toys for Toys for Tots, so it is not only a way to have fun, but a way to give to the community at Christmas time! A retiring Santa was just Forrest's size, so he graciously gave Forrest his suit! Forrest also ordered some black boots from ebay and was very excited to have them to wear at the dance! Jonathan was a new Santa too, so we met at his house for snacks and drinks before the dance. I was really nervous about getting to the dance on time because we were supposed to be there for pictures and the Leading Lady announcement. We left Jonathan's before he and Denise did, but we still missed the picture! When we got into the Club we kept running into people and talking to them on our way to the picture room, so we missed it. I was really upset about it but I don't think it really mattered. Then we lined up for the lead out. I had casually left out the fact that we had to do a lead out just in case Forrest freaked out about it, which he kind of did, but it wasn't a really serious lead out so he had fun! Jay and Claire and Lauren and Matt were there and they were all hooting at us as we walked down the "runway". The man behind us in the lead out acted like he was stripping and opened his jacket to reveal an OREGON tshirt to the crowd! DUCK AUBURN! Was the chant! Hahahahaha----so silly! After the lead out (which actually Jonathan missed--our group could NOT get it together!) we had a great time catching up with friends and dancing. Me and several of the "book club girls" took our shoes off and danced the night away! We had invited Katie and Gusty as our guests and were so glad that they could come and be with us too! By midnight the party was still rocking and there were still several Santa's breaking it down, but we were exhausted and decided to call it a night! Forrest had taken his last final of the semester and was worn out! 10 finals in 10 days=one tired husband!!


On Saturday, SANTA came!!! Well, sort of. Our washing machine died on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but the repair guy said it was fixable so we didn't get one on Black Friday. Well, come to find out, it was NOT fixable (after $62 of trying to fix it) so we have been without a washer for almost a month!! I have been hauling laundry to my parents' and washing on my lunch break--fun fun. Our washer and dryer were actually left to us by Alie and Michael when they moved out. I think they were Alie's when she went to college. Since the set was a bit older, my plan was just to get a nice but used washer off of craigslist since our dryer was working, and then when we moved (or the dryer died) buy a nice new set (again, I like matching!!). We looked and looked on craigslist and I finally found one I liked. I called the guy and he seemed nice enough, until we told him we would NOT leave a deposit with him. He seriously came unglued and was screaming at me over the phone! I decided then and there that we were NOT doing business with him!! Luckily, my dad offered to buy us a washer for Christmas!! Hooray! We went and looked at them on Tuesday and so on Saturday, Dad and I went to pick it out. I was able to take home a floor model that day, so not only did I not have to wait for it, we got a HUGE discount!
The only problem with getting an out of box model is that you have to take it home yourself, so while Forrest was on the golf course I got Uncle John's truck and picked up the washer myself! I was really scared that it would fly out of the truck on the way home, but it didn't! I am sure I was a sight---driving that huge truck with a washer in the back! When Forrest got home I helped him get out of the truck (yes, a bad idea-we dropped it but not far!) and into the house! I was SO excited to get to use it so Forrest stayed home to hook it up while I went to Mass. When I left church he called saying it wasn't ready but that we were invited to his parents' house for breakfast for dinner! YUM! I went on my own since I was already out and about and he met me there. I was telling his mom all about the new washer and then she offered to buy us the matching dryer! (She understands the necessity of having things match, just like me!) Of course we were so excited about our second generous gift of the day!! Forrest was able to get another out of box model and he and his dad got it Sunday and hooked them up. I did laundry all night but it was so much fun!!!

Cabrio dryer. It is seriously HUGE inside, plus it has a light that comes on when you open the door. LOVE it!

The washer has delayed start--how cool is that??? I can also fit twice as many clothes in it!
While Forrest was being Mr. Appliance, I went with my mom and sister to see Beauty and the Beast, the musical! It was SO good and I loved all of the singing and dancing. I really liked how they did "Be Our Guest" --they had people danced up like silverware! Adorable! There were lots of little girls in their "Belle" dresses that were so cute to watch. I even got a surprise---Jennifer and Phillip were there (with a cute little blond girl, who they looked very cute with, btw)!! I hadn't seen Jennifer in so long and it was great to at least get to hug her and talk to her in person for a few minutes! I am getting so fired up about their wedding in September! After the show we went to Yogurt Mountain. We were able to get 20% off by bringing our show tickets so we didn't want to miss that opportunity! Mom nor I had been to a yogurt place like that and we were amazed at all the different yogurt flavors and toppings! YUM! I had cake batter, cheesecake, and triple chocolate yogurt with brownies, cheesecake bites, and cookie dough on top! Delicious! After our treat we dropped Mom off at the Winfrey. She and Dad were spending the night so he could go to a seminar and she could finish her shopping. MMM and I headed home, but stopped at Bed Bath and Beyond first to get Forrest a present that apparently they don't carry in stores. Great--who knew. However, it was not a wasted trip, because I found red charges for $1.50 each!! They look just like my silver ones, which were like $16 a piece, so I had to snatch them up! It really was a great girls' day, which we rarely get to do!
Doesn't that sound like a lovely weekend??? Now we are gearing up for Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

TACO SOUP

Last night we finally dug into the taco soup I made on Sunday from my friend Lauren's recipe. I wanted to let it sit for a day or so because to me, soup tastes better a few days after it is cooked! We invited Davis over and had a great dinner together!

Ingredients:
2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
3 cans beans (any kind, but I used 1 can each of kidney, chili, and black beans)
1 large can corn
3 cans Rotel (I used 2 Rotel and 1 regular diced tomatoes, which is how Lauren does it)
1 package taco seasoning
1 package ranch dressing mix
2 small cans black olives (I added these myself)
1 cup water

Directions:
1. After browning the meat, pour it in a large pot and stir in the taco seasoning and ranch mix to get the meat nice and coated.
2. Pour all cans into the pot, with their liquids
3. Add 1 cup of water, if you think it needs a little more juice
4. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, then simmer for 20-30 minutes!
5. Serve with whatever topings you like!

Steam rising off the soup--it smelled just like a taco!



The finished product, complete with cheese and fritos! I think a scoop of sour cream would have been great stirred in it as well!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Uh oh!

Yesterday morning Sonny woke me up begging to go out. Apparently he was too sleepy to go out when Forrest left, plus, it was way too cold. Usually when he wakes me up I just open the door and let him out into his fence and go back to sleep. Luckily, I actually looked out the door this time, because a TREE had fallen into the fence, crushing part of it! In my sleepy state, I thought "Oh well, he won't climb the tree to get out". Well, by the time I made it back to bed, I heard a squeaking sound--yes, he was climbing over the tree to get out! DRAT!!!

I think this tree was pretty dead, as evidenced by the ivy all over it.

Sonny's key to escape

Thank goodness the tree didn't damage the deck. Apparently the top hit the railing and shattered, since the tree was dead!
I had no idea what to do at this point. After his little adventure a few weeks ago I didn't want to let him roam wild all day (plus, that is against the law!) and I couldn't leave him inside because he gets board and starts "collecting" things, and I knew that the presents and tree ornaments would be first on his list! Thankfully, my Aunt Sue and Uncle John live nearby and they agreed to let me drop him off in their fence for the day until Forrest could fix ours. Sonny had a great time, but apparently barked all day, much to Uncle John's chagrin, since he was home sick! When Forrest got home, he was amazed at the size of the tree and that I didn't hear it fall. He chopped it up with his "saws all", and was able to rig it up to where Sonny can't get out (or at least I hope he can't--who knows--I have been at work all day!).  Let's hope we have no more calamities before Christmas!
Forrest's expert quick fix! Notice where Sonny is laying. I hope he was a good boy and stayed put all day!

Wonderful Winter Week!

This was such a fun week!! Well, it was for me. Forrest had 5 tests so he was studying---no fun! I kept myself busy though! On Tuesday we had book club, hosted by Kelly Borders. I was extra excited to go this month because I was bringing 2 new members--Farrah and Lisa! We also made a Christmas Jar, like the ones we read about in our book this month. It was very touching and I hope our recipient puts it to great use!
On Thursday, Forrest took a break from studying and went to the Etowah County Bar Christmas party with me and Davis. It is hosted at the home of a local attorney and for the past 2 years we have had the greatest time! It is a great way to unwind with our colleagues and share some holiday cheer outside of the courtroom (which is generally anything but cheerful).

The "real" fun for me started the next day. I was off and on my way to Knoxville to meet my friend Deborah so we could go to the Biltmore in NC. Neither of us had ever been there before and were SO excited to make a girls' trip out of it! We really wished Randi could have made it, but she ended up having some very interesting plans herself, and I'll leave it at that! :) The drive to Knoxville was NOT bad at all--right at 3 hours. I got to jam out to my Christmas cds in the car, which made the time pass quickly! As soon as I arrived at Deb's we jumped in her car and headed to NC. We were giddy with anticipation the whole way there! When we finally arrived on the property and hopped on the bus to the house from the parking lot, the driver kept commenting on how exciting it was to meet "first timers", because so many people are repeat visitors. When we rounded the corner and the house came into view, I was flabbergasted. The house was magnificent! It was a little strange to see an enormous French Chateau out in the middle of North Carolina, but it was so beautiful! We seriously were squealing all the way up the drive way and couldn't wait to take pics! The house is truly a masterpiece and I know my pics don't do it justice. There was no way to squeeze the whole house in the frame and still be close enough to see the intricate details. You are just going to have to visit yourself!




This was in the hot house. I LOVED the chairs and when I get a fire place I will fill it with plants, just like this!


After taking pics of the house we went and visited some of the shops. I LOVED the Christmas shop--they had so many unique ornaments! I didn't buy any (mainly because I thought they were pretty expensive and didn't think the Vanderbilts needed any more of my money) but it was fun to get some ideas for decorating next Christmas! After shopping we grabbed some hot chocolate and headed to the gardens, which were of course, dead. The conservatory, however, was filled with beautiful blooming plants that had us oooing and ahhing and vowing to be better gardeners at our own homes! On the way back up to the house we spotted a bunny rabbit, and you would have thought it was the first one either of us had ever seen! We chased that poor bunny through the bushes to try to get a picture of him, but his camo fur served him well and we couldn't get any good shots! When we got back up to the house, the lights were all turned on---breathtaking!! There were lighted trees in the yard and luminaries all up the drive way. It was truly magical! Finally, it was our turn to tour the house on the "candlelight" tour. When we entered the amazing foyer, we were greeted by musicians playing Christmas songs and 4 ballroom dancers twirling around the room. Clearly, I was in heaven!! We were determined to snag some good pics so we were covertly click-clicking through the foyer and game room, as pics were not allowed. (May I just say that this was a little ridiculous AND may I point out that when Forrest and I visited Hearst Castle this summer, you could take pics AND the tickets were 1/2 the price of the Biltmore----just saying, Vanderbilts, just saying.) We entered the dining room and were floored---there was a tree, at least 20 feet high, filling up one end of the massive room. It was beautifully decorated with HUGE ornaments and had colorful presents tucked away under its long branches. Snap, snap, snap---busted. Deb and I both got busted by the "photo Nazi" lurking in the room, so we couldn't take any more pictures! Boo! Well, looking back I guess we shouldn't have, but it was just so pretty!!! We saw many other rooms, but my favorites were the bedrooms that had old clothes laid out in them, as well as the kitchens and pantries. I thought it was neat to see how and where their food was prepared!  By the time we had made our way though the house, we were exhausted! We had been walking all day and needed some supper! We had to ride a bus back to our car and then drove to one of the restaurants on the property: Cedric's, named after the Vanderbilt's St. Bernard. We were ravenous--when they brought us rolls, we basically inhaled them and luckily they brought our dinner soon after. I'm sure they saw the hunger in our eyes!! After a little more shopping, we hopped back in the car for the short drive back to Knoxville. Deb had purchased a Christmas CD of songs played entirely by bells, so we listened to that "plinky plunky" music all the way home. What a delightful day!
I spent the night at Deb and Quinn's house (which was adorably decorated for Christmas, btw) and got up early the next day to head back to Gadsden. I didn't have much turn around time when I got there, because I was going to go to Mass and then Kendall Skelton's wedding. Poor Forrest--he was studying the entire time I was out having fun! Since he had to work, Rachel agreed to be my date for the wedding, which was beautiful! I love going to weddings---it makes me think of my own and what a special day that was! I try to remember how I felt and what was going through my mind as the bride and groom say their vows. That sounds kinda cheesey, but it's true! Jenny actually is the wedding coordinator at the church where the wedding was held and this was her first wedding to do. I think she did a great job! The whole thing went off without a hitch! Also, she found out this week she is having a little girl!!! I'm so excited for the Sollies!!!
After the wedding, Rachel and I rushed to the Country Club for the reception and my oh my was it gorgeous! I have NEVER seen the club look so good! The ballroom was tented and the arrangements were to die for! Check it out!

Each layer had butter creme cake AND red velvet in it!



Laura and Rachel, my dates (and the reasons I know Kendall)


I was so tired that I didn't get to stay until the end of the wedding, but I had a GREAT time and wish Kendall and Chris all the best of luck!!
On Sunday Forrest came and woke me up to tell me it was snowing!! How much fun! I LOVE snow but not the hassel of losing power and being iced in, so flurries were definitely right up my alley! We were excited to see Ruffles' reaction to the "white stuff" but she was NOT a fan! Poor little thing did NOT want to touch her feet to the cold grass AT ALL! She kept hiding in the carport by the door so we would let her in! Sonny, on the other had, loves the snow and the cold, so he was running around totally unphased.

My feet are cold!

"I hate it!!!"

I decided that since I was up, I may as well go to the store, so I was able to get all of my grocery shopping done by lunch time. What did I do with all that extra time?? Why, cook, of course! I had Christmas music playing (Josh Groban's Christmas album=heaven) and was watching the snow fall out of my kitchen windows. What a perfectly delightful afternoon! I made a big pot of Taco Soup, a recipe that I found on my friend Lauren's blog (have I said that Lauren is having a boy???? How exciting!). It smelled amazing and Forrest kept coming to take a whiff of it while it was bubbling.
I also made some "Snuggles" (name I made up), which are pretzels with a Hershey's Hug melted on it and an M and M stuck in the top. We had these at a party this summer and got addicted. They really were kind of time consuming but they are so tasty I didn't care! I made 4 buckets of them to give to some of our neighbors and brought one to work. Here is how to make them:
Ingredients:
1 bag of mini twisty pretzels
1 bag M and M's
3 bags Hershey's hugs

Step 1: Unwrap the Hugs (this takes forever-I found sitting on the couch watching tv helped to pass the time)

Step 2: lay pretzels out flat on a cookie sheet (discard broken ones)
Step 3. place Hugs in the center of each pretzel
Step 4: Bake for 2-4 minutes on 350 (I never got it right, they were either too hard or too melty-consider a lower temp)
Step 5: Place M and M into center of melted Hug

Step 6: Place in refridgerator to cool
ENJOY!!!

In the little Christmas buckets I got
I felt like such a grown up, making soup and holiday treats! I know that sounds silly, but I did! I mean, soup just sounds like an adult thing to make, if you ask me!
Ruffles and I went to Mom and Dad's for dinner and my sister was back from college so she ate with us too! When I got back home, Forrest was still studying. Poor thing! Please keep him in your prayers this week--it is his last one and has 5 tests!!! Hopefully I'll have some fun things to write about his adventures soon!
 
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