Archive for January, 2013


Scavenger Hunt Sunday – 1/6/13


I did this photo scavenger hunt a few times last year, but I wanted to give it a go again since the boyfriend got me a 50mm lens for Christmas, and I love it. It takes such beautiful pictures indoors in low light in particular. These were all taken this week with my new lens!

 

1. Breakfast

Waffles

Fall pumpkin spice waffles, yumm.

2. Multi-colored

Christmas plates

So, I know there aren’t a LOT of colors involved here, but there are multiple. 🙂 These are the Christmas plates I hung in the kitchen, and I think they’re adorable and had to take a picture before sadly taking them down along with the rest of my Christmas decorations.

3. Starts with the letter C

Moshi Cat

Moshi is so darned photogenic, every time I turn around he is either handsome or adorable and I feel the need to take a picture of him. Jasmine is beautiful too, but Moshi just has such striking features. And he usually stays still unlike Jasmine. This time he was taking up my spot on the couch and cuddling with my blanket.

4. Roll

Wrapping Paper

On top is a roll of my leftover wrapping paper from this year (for presents that weren’t wrapped in word searches) and the bottom is the roll I got on post-Christmas clearance for next year.

5. Future

Doctor Who blanket

This one made me think a bit. Although you can’t see the whole thing in this photo, this is my Doctor Who Tardis blanket (also a Christmas present). Doctor Who episodes often place in the future. I’m also lying down but looking forward… into the future!

2013 is an odd number, which I don’t love, but it could turn out to be an interesting year. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Snowman Cheeseball

Snowman Cheeseball

For my mom’s family Christmas dinner this year, I made this snowman cheeseball, and I think it’s the most popular thing I’ve brought yet. They didn’t want to eat and destroy my cute Thanksgiving turkeys, but they hardly had any problem hacking at the snowman made of cheese.

It’s really simple actually.

For the cheeseball:

  • Two 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened (I used neufchatel, 1/3 less fat and most people don’t know the difference)
  • 1 package shredded cheddar cheese (my preference is sharp 2%)
  • 1 oz packet ranch dressing mix

Mix it all together, and then just shape it into three balls with your hands, big to small.

For decoration, I used:

  • Twizzlers pull n peel – half a strand for the scarf
  • Baby carrot, sharpened into a nose
  • Chocolate sprinkles for the eyes, mouth, and buttons (because the store was out of black decorating gel)

Snowman Cheeseball

Super easy. If you wanted to make it all white on the outside, you could hold back some cream cheese to spread on the balls once they’re made, but I didn’t feel it necessary.

Several family members asked how I made it, but I promise I don’t have some sort of magic talent. It’s just making your average cheeseball a bit more festive. 🙂