Thursday, December 30, 2010

Playing with the new toy!

On Sunday, we went out to my Uncle's farm for Seahawk Sunday, but instead of watching the game, I went and took pictures! =) I love love love this camera!

Hope you enjoyed them!! =D

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The most amazing Christmas

In our family, we were all more or less dreading this Christmas because Grandma would not be there. We were so wrong. This is a Christmas that we will always remember. Grandma was there, we could feel her in everything, from the tree to the meal... She was there. When we were dividing the presents, there were seven under the tree addressed to us from Grandma, so we saved those and one other one for the last ones to be opened. I am so glad we didn't open those first. The first one, was a recipe book that she had typed up for all of her grandchildren to give us at our weddings, they had the family recipes, her favorite recipes and tons more for us. That was super emotional, BUT then, there were 5 little gifts for the girls from Grandpa. We each opened them one at a time. Kaylee got a precious moments Noah's Ark, Carlye got a music box from her, Abby got a necklace with the initials J.A., and her birthstone (They shared the same birth stone) =) Then it came to me, I was already a mess, but when I opened it, it was so beautiful. It was one of her favorite cross necklaces and it had turquoise on it. If you didn't know her, my grandma LOVED anything and everything turquoise. It is amazing. Then came my sister, she got the most amazing and most precious gift. They were earrings that my Grandpa had gotten for my Grandma to give her this Christmas. We call them the miracle earrings... They are stunning. So, this years Christmas at the grandparents house ended up being terrible, but amazing in one. =) And on Christmas morning... I got the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. You will see in the picture later on... And we spent the day as a family. We went Geocaching, came home to relax, went geocaching again, home to watch A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey, and then yes, even more geocaching... It was wonderful! =) I hope you all had the most amazing Christmas' and you saw God's light truly shining!!

Grandpa (and helpers) did an amazing job! Grandma would be proud...
Family =)
All of the cousins
All of us with Grandpa
The recipe book
She typed up every recipe 7 times...
The cross necklace
It is so pretty!!
Also, this year, we didn't do a huge puzzle... We did a little 48 piecer. =)
All bundled for Geocaching
She is pretty great. =) haha
While we were geocaching, we had a sword fight. =) Of course!!
Charlie even participated!

And introducing...

My new toy!!!! I got a Canon Rebel xs EOS 1000D.
Aka. The most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

I am seriously in love with it. =) =)

1 Chronicles 16:34:
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Anderson family! (Plus Charlie)

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Luke 2:11-14

Thursday, December 16, 2010


]',9*"0About two weeks ago for my life group, I made these cupcakes... They are Oreo cheesecakes. I am not a huge fan of them, but I don't really like oreos, but my girls loved them! So, if you ever need a cheap, easy snack, here you go!

Here is what you will need:
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees

First, line the liners with oreos

Chop about 12 oreos up and set them aside
You always need a little snack and some great music. =)
Follow the recipe and blend everything...
Then stir in the oreos
Scoop the batter into the cups on top of the oreos

Then, bake about 22 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through
This is what the finished product looks like!

Martha Stewart's Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes Recipe
Makes 30

42 cream-filled sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, 30 left whole, and 12 coarsely chopped
2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.

2. With an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add sugar, and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla.

3. Drizzle in eggs, a bit at a time, beating to combine and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookies by hand.

4. Divide batter evenly among cookie-lined cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until filling is set, about 22 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from tins just before serving.