dreaming of a pink christmas

So I have to admit, that as Emily started packing to go home, I started feeling a twinge of homesickness… It’s weird that I haven’t really felt that since we left… maybe since I have just been overwhelmed with getting settled, and totally enjoying the ride. But I couldn’t stop thinking about cruising through the drive-thru at SONIC and ordering a large-diet-coke-with-lemon!  And then swinging by target on my way home just to browse through the new holiday section…and picking up a few this-and-thats…and running into the random people that I always seem to run into at target! It was bumming me out!  it was so fun to have Emily here, and those 3 weeks FLEW by… I can hardly believe it! as I left the airport, dropping her off I went to the curb to catch a taxi and decided I wanted to go to IKEA, so I stood in the taxi line trying to figure out how to say that in Chinese.  WE (me, kylee, colton, cory and quincy) have been taking Chinese lessons 4 days a week…we have such cool teacher, her name is Echo. Anyway… So, as I am standing in the line, I am trying to think to myself how to say ‘I want to go to Ikea’. I called eric and found out how to say IKEA in chinese… I practiced in my head a few more times, and then climbed into a taxi and told him “wo yao qu IKEA (I can’t spell that one in Chinese).” And he flipped on his meter, and off we sped! I could only hope that he was heading for ikea!! I have to tell you, I was SOOO proud of myself. I just sat there in the back of this little taxi grinning from ear to ear, and my homesickness started to fade just a little. Sure enough, we pulled up to Ikea, and I was able to grab a couple of clocks for some Christmas gifts I am making, and pick up the Christmas tree lights that I went for. I figured if anything would battle a little case of the homesick-blues, certainly the pink Christmas trees would do the trick! Ikea has these fabulous dangly-crystal lights that were just perfect!
-so just a little background- when we were packing our container to ship here with the bulk of our stuff, we had been working all day and into the night packing and deciding what to bring, and going to Costco and target to get some of the essentials to include in the shipment, and it was about 2am, and we felt that we had everything and we walked back into the garage to make one last scan for needed items, and there was all the Christmas trees/décor and stuff.  we just weren’t sure if we wanted to put it in, if we would need it, or even set it up…but last minute, I mean- literally the last thing – we decided to just throw in the pink trees and ornaments. Man, I am so glad we did.
Just setting up the trees made all of us feel Christmas JOY! Even if they are PINK! Now, that’s tradition. And the whole element of ‘tradition’ is what makes it! So, we had fun setting them up. There are only 4 trees, and we had to place them up on a table since miss Capri would constantly un-decorate them..and I used my extra left-over fabric from the pillows to sew a table cloth and tree skirt. I keep getting the ‘I thought Christmas trees were supposed to be green’ from everyone… but I still love it! I think that even kylee was won over after awhile.Img_1861

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Tomorrow is my first Christmas party… the Relief Society Christmas Dinner…and I signed up to bring a dessert. So I made another ‘texas sheet cake’! I have rec’d a bunch of requests for the recipe… so here it is:

Aunt Martha’s Texas Sheet Cake – I got this from Elizabeth Banks

1C. water
½ C. oil
½ C. margerine
2 C. Sugar
2 C. flour
1 tsp. soda
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ C. sour or buttermilk***
4 T. cocoa

In a saucepan, melt the marg(or butter) and mix in water, oil and cocoa.  Bring to a boil, dissolving cocoa well.  Remove from heat.  Add sugar, flour and eggs and beat well.  Dissolve soda in buttermilk, and mix in with vanilla.  Bake in a 10×17 inch greased cookie sheet (the kind w/ sides) at 325 (degrees Fahrenheit or 163 degrees Celsius) for 20 minutes.
***if you don’t have buttermilk, you can add ½ teaspoon of lemon juice to regular milk and let it stand for about 10 minutes to substitute.

Frosting:
1 lb powdered sugar
¼ C. cocoa
¼  C. milk
½ C. butter

put all ingredients in saucepan. Stir well over medium heat until everything dissolves. Remove from heat and add 1 t. vanilla and frost while warm

FOR MUD PIE: (this is how I like it)
Remove cake from oven and cover with mini-marshmallows and return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and wait just a couple minutes, then pour the frosting over all the top.
ENJOY-

It’s so yummy. But I just realized that I forgot the vanilla in the frosting tonight. Shoot, I hope it isn’t ruined! I hope you have a cute holiday apron for all the holiday cooking!!!

i had a couple friends over today decorating clocks for christmas… it was SO fun just to have an excuse to sit and visit under the guise of making christmas presents. i got one done, and would like to make at least 3 more. they are SO fun! i would post mine, but i has to remain a surprise!

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