My Grandson’s Christmas Gift – A Race Car Bed

race car bed Look at what Mama did. I’m redoing my grandson’s nursery, we’re turning it into a big boy’s room. This race car bed is his Christmas present from Mama and Gaga as he calls us. Isn’t it adorable. Xavier turned 2 in September, so we thought it would be a good time to transition him from mommy and daddy’s bed to his own. We’re hoping the new furniture and decor will make him want to stay in his own bed. Wish us luck. If you’ve overcome this problem, we would love to hear how you accomplished it.

I ordered the Little Tikes Lightning McQueen bed from Amazon. They offered free shipping which I love, and the bed could be shipped directly to my daughter and SIL. I decided to purchase the twin size bed instead of the toddler.  Although the twin was more expensive than the toddler, from an economic stand point it was cheaper than buying another bed in a few years because he had outgrown it. We initially painted the walls in Xavier’s nursery a light blue, which worked out perfectly. We purchased the comforter set, shown below, and it has the same shade of blue in it as the walls. We’re using a red McQueen valance for the window treatments.
McQueen bedding Instead of wallpaper border, we’re going to use framed posters of Mater and McQueen. We don’t want to overdo the room, so we’re going to use a plain red lamp and rug to pull the room together.

I found these adorable drawer pulls by Farm Fresh Knobs and Pulls, and couldn’t resist them. They carry a variety of characters to choose from, which includes Mater, Doc, Sally, Flo, Sheriff and others for $2.99 each. They really give the chest of drawers a fresh look. He received a flat screen TV from his other grandparents last Christmas, so we decided to install cable in his room. We’re hoping that he will want to stay in his room and watch his allocated TV time there.

We’re going to pull everything together after the 1st of the year. I’ll post pictures when everything is completed. If you’ve decorated your son’s room in a race car theme, please leave us a few tips. We would love to hear from you.

Hot Dog and Bacon Wraps – Holiday Appetizers –


Hot Dog and Bacon Roll Ups
  • 20 slices of bacon
  • 2 pounds of beef hot dogs, approximately 20
  • brown sugar

Take a piece of hot dog and wrap a piece of bacon around hot dog. Secure with a colorful toothpick. Place a layer of hot dogs in the bottom of a crockpot and sprinkle generously with brown sugar.

Repeat layering until all hot dogs are used ending with brown sugar. Cover and cook on low for 5 – 6 hours. Makes 60 appetizers. Great for a baby shower or holiday party.

Chicken and Bacon Wraps – Holiday Appetizers

Chicken and Bacon Wraps
  • Boneless chicken tenders
  • Maple Brown Bacon or Plain Bacon
  • Brown Sugar

    Cut chicken tenders in half. Cut and wrap a piece of bacon around each piece and insert a decorative tooth pick to hold it together. If you use plain bacon, sprinke appetizers with brown sugar once you remove them from the oven. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Place on decorative plate. Make plenty they will go fast.

Crab Dip Recipe – Great Appetizer

Crab Dip Recipe
  • Stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup of parsley
  • 1 pint of 1/2 and 1/2
  • 2 tablespoon of flour
  • Dash of red pepper
  • 1 pound of crab meat
  • 8 ounces of grated Swiss cheese

    Melt butter and add onions. Simmer until tender. Add parsley, cream, and red pepper. Thicken with flour (add slowly). Mix in crab meat. Place ingredients in a baking dish. Cover with Swiss cheese and bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm with Nonni’s Panetini. 

Happy Holidays

Mother 2 Mother wishes each of you A Merry Christmas and A Safe and Happy New Year.  We thank you for patronizing our blog and supporting us through 2009.  You’ve become a big part of my family, and I’m grateful for your friendship.

I hope that you will return to our blog in 2010, we plan a new look and we promise to continue giving you informative and humorous posts as well as great give aways.

May each of you and your families be blessed through the holidays and the New Year. 

Lock Up My Thieving 6 Year Old Please

 

Would you turn your 6 year old in for stealing a pack of stickers? Would you allow the cops to place them into the squad car and haul them off for shoplifting? Check out this video. A mom wanted to teach her 6 year old a lesson for shoplifting, so she turned her daughter into store security. To enforce the lesson, they called the cops and placed her in the squad car.When I saw the video my response was wow. I asked myself if I would have gone to that extreme.  I never had a problem with my daughter stealing, but I certainly would have wanted to teach her a lesson. I’m thinking my solution would have been to make my daughter put the stickers back since we were still in the store and I would have further explained that stealing is wrong we must pay for items that we take from a store. 

I’ve heard of parents using this tactic and the cops playing along. I’m also wondering where a 6 year old learned how to steal.  Her sister told on her, so they’re obviously being taught right from wrong.  I also wonder why she just didn’t ask her mother for the stickers. 
Whatever the reason, I hope she learned a lesson.  Children usually steal to get even, to get more attention, or so they can give themselves or someone else a gift.  It seems that this little girl was stealing for herself, so I’m wondering if it was for attention or she’s feeling deprived at home in some way.  In addition to teaching her child a lesson, maybe mom should take a look at herself and what’s going on inside her home.  She may get to the root of the problem, and not have to deal with this action again. 
 
Have you had a problem with your child or children stealing?  Do you think this mom was wrong in the way she handled this situation?  How would you have handled it?  Please leave us a comment, we would love to hear your opinion.

The Blizzard of 2009



Last week-end The Weather Channel forecast a blizzard and posted a winter storm warning for my area. Now if that isn’t a sign that winter has officially arrived, I don’t know what is. I decided to spend the day at the office and later head out to the grocery store. Never go to the grocery store when they’re calling for a blizzard unless you’re prepared to take a few elbows or become engaged in a fight over a shopping cart, parking space or the last gallon of milk or pack of Charmin. That’s just how it goes. I have concluded that I love drama. Why else would I have
waited until the eve of the blizzard to enter into the danger zone. I must admit that it was uneventful, I was able to throw the few items that I needed into the cart and slipped out of the parking lot unnoticed by the idiots arguing a few vehicles down. Rather than head home, I decided to fill the car up and head to Michael’s. I would occupy my time during the blizzard blog hopping and knitting after preparing a crock pot of potatoes and pork chops. I had made homemade vegetable soup earlier and placed a few containers in the freezer. I pulled a container of soup to defrost. There’s nothing better than homemade soup on a cold, snowy day.

Their forecast was correct, snow fall started at approximately 10:00 pm. The local weather station called for approximately 2.5 feet of the white stuff. Part of me dreaded the event, but another part of me was excited. Our last blizzard was in 2003. We had approximately 3 feet dumped on us at that time. I made sure the shovel and rock salt was on the front porch and said let the show begin. I took the picture shown above at mid-night. My reindeer and bushes are now covered.



The storm ended after dumping 2 feet of snow. It was a beautiful sight. This is a picture of my storage buildings and a barn that sits behind them the next day. I wish my grandson was here to enjoy making snow angels and building Frosty. I’m hoping we will have a little left when he arrives December 28 for a week.

This is a picture of one of my decks the next morning. I’m so glad my decks and table are strong.

This is a picture of some of the evergreens along my back yard. They were beautiful. I enjoyed the event, but I’ve had enough snow to last for the next 10 years. One thing that I have noticed is that children don’t enjoy the blizzards the way I used to when I was growing up, at least in my neighborhood. When I was growing up, we spent the day sled riding and making snowmen. I remember going through old cloths trying to find the perfect hat and scarf and looking for branches for our snowman’s arms. We also stole mom’s carrots for his nose. We had a coal stove in the kitchen, so our snowman truly had coal black eyes. We used a licorice stick for his mouth. I remember my father giving us sandpaper to sharpen the runners on our Lightning Guiders, sleds, so they would move faster. We stayed outside until we were damn near frozen. When our feet could no longer move, we thawed by the stove and sipped hot chocolate. Oh they were the good ole days. Mom spent hours making homemade vegetable soup too, which we devoured in minutes.

I did not see one child build a snow man or go sled riding in the neighborhood this past week-end. I would bet my paycheck they’re on the computer or playing some computer game. Listen up children, get off the computer and put your video games away. You’re missing out on some great memories.

How did you spend your days during snow storms?  How do your children spend their days when it snows?  Leave us a comment.

Let It Snow

Mid-night snowfall!

Holiday Appetizers


Chipped Beef Ball
  • 8 oz. of cream cheese
  • 1 pkg. chipped beef
  • Tops of scallions finely chopped
  • Horseradish to taste
Tear chipped beef into tiny pieces. Mix ingredients well; shape into a ball. Chill overnight.  Serve with crackers.  Fast and easy appetizer.

It’s A Charlie Brown Christmas

Look, it’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. The economy has affected many people and places, I think this is a perfect display of where we are in this country. This tree is displayed in Concord, CA. Because of budget restraints, they were unable to put out $23,000 for a cut tree. Instead, they decided to use a tree that was already standing. This tree was chosen because it was close to electrical outlets. They believed using this tree to show their Christmas spirit was better than nothing. I agree. 
When I first looked at it, my reaction was dang what kind of tree is this. The city of Concord said it is getting mixed reactions with the tree. Many residents feel the tree is pathetic, they have always had beautiful trees on display. Some residents look at the tree as being unique. My initial reaction was that it was pathetic too. As I read the story and thought about where we are in this country, I appreciated the tree.
What would your reaction be if this was the tree your town displayed? Before I read this story I had been thinking about the fact that Christmas has become so commercialized. At times, I believe we’ve lost the true meaning of Christmas in this country. People spend thousands of dollars purchasing gifts and for the next year they struggle to pay off the debt. I used to be one of them, but I woke up years ago and relinquished my membership in the debt club. I make as many gifts as I can, be it a scarf for the kids, gift basket or a scrapbook. My family seems to appreciate the home made gifts so much more. You can’t put a price on a gift where someone has taken time and energy to make something for you.
For me Christmas is about the birth of Christ and spending time with family and friends not so much the gifts. I love cooking, making cookies and other treats, and just relaxing. I do enjoy watching the children laugh and play, and that’s where I spend my money on the children. When I looked at the tree displayed in Concord, CA I wondered why someone didn’t donate a tree to the town. Christmas is after all about giving. The state of California has beautiful mountains and evergreens. It simply would have been a matter of cutting it down and hauling it to the specified location. Oh, that’s right someone would have to take the time to do that. Everyone is so busy these days, who has time to help someone in need.
I admire the town in their attempt to show their Christmas spirit on a budget. Most people would have been too embarrassed to admit they were struggling and just couldn’t afford it, but wanted to participate in the celebration with what they had. I believe there is a lesson to be learned with this Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It’s a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior would have been pleased.
 
I would love to know your thoughts on this Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Please leave us a comment.