Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Six-Layer Holiday Cookies

My son and I made these for his teachers in his preschool 2 weeks ago. They were easy and turned out cute!

Help your child put together a homemade treat for a family birthday, teacher gift, or holiday present for a friend. Just have him/her place the dry ingredients inside a clear container (a jar) and attach a handwritten label and recipe.

1) Fill it up:
Layer 1 cup quick-cooking roller oats, 2/3 cup brown sugar, a mix of 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 cup each chopped nuts/chocolate chips/dried cranberries.

2) Give these directions:
Empty contents; stir. Mix in 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 slightly beaten egg, 1 Tbs. milk, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Drop dough by teaspoons about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350' for 10-12 minutes. Makes 24 Cookies.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Annual Family Christmas Party

 Last Saturday night was our annual family Christmas Party on my husband's side.
(My family is way too small for a party.)
I look forward to it every year! Since Steve's Grandma has passed away, we haven't had one for a few years.
My In-laws to the rescue! They picked up where Wannie left off.
 It was great to see all the cousins. I hadn't spoken to Steve's cousin Lisa in a few years I believe. We had a yummy family dinner and my kids were SO big this year and sat on big chairs and ate with adult utensils too! I was impressed!
 Me with 2 of my munchkins...

It was quite the mess to clean up since my kiddos still have the awful habit of throwing food on the floor! (UGH! Time to lay the smack down!) But nothing I wasn't used to doing on a daily basis. By the time I got around to feeding myself, there was pretty much no food left. I can totally relate to that mother on "A Christmas Story" who apparently hadn't had a hot meal in years. LOL
 After mingling, Santa bounded into the clubhouse with a sack full of toys for a the kids!!! Whoot Whoot! Go Santa! He was THEE best Santa I've ever seen! He sang a few Christmas carols with everyone before proceeding to hand out gifts.
 One of the greatest things about this Santa was not only did he LOOK like the real deal, he laughed "HO HO HO" between each sentence.
 Reese ADORED Santa. She listened to every word he said and loved her gift. Way to go Pieces!
 Avery... not so much. She had a panic attack!!!! HAHA I thought it was hilarious!
Last but not least, Lucas!
He was practically nose diving to get a way from ol' St. Nick! Poor kids' face was so purple, it looked like a sugar plum!

Good goin' Santa!
The party was a huge success!

Ugly, Ugly Ensembles!

I'd been waiting. Waiting year after year. Still no invite to an ugly Christmas sweater party.
"It's time to take matters into my own hands."

So this year, for our annual (friends from High School) Christmas party,we decided LET'S DO IT!
It was a complete riot!

 The men were cracking me up!
Mike looked dashing in his holly berry turtle neck and vest.

 The newlyweds with their newly bought sweaters from Walmart.

 I think Paul wins for most hideous sweater! Where on earth did he find that thing?!

 Me and Sarah... We didn't end up handing out a prize because there were too many sweaters to choose from! Everyone did great!
 After dinner, we exchanged white elephant gifts which surprisingly weren't too raunchy this year.
I actually ended up with something I wanted! ~A  s'mores kit! YUMMY!
Whoops... I forgot. We DID have a winner! Anna Banana wins with her velvet jumpsuit!!! WTH?! Where did she find that thing and who would actually wear that?!

Can't wait for next year's party!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Special Breed Designs

Great minds don't always think alike. I can paint, draw, come up with creative crafts and home decor....  but I am NOT computer savvy. And don't get me started on my graphic design skills. Pretty much void.

My friend Jamye on the other hand is super talented at taking a blank piece of paper and filling it up with fun, creative images and layouts to promote your business or organization!
Cards, photo cards, invitations, magnets, business cards and calendars!  She even just whipped up some festive iron on transfer for holiday t-shirts! She is one brilliant woman!

Special Breed Designs can do any custom job, but also makes premade items too.  Check out their Facebook page for details and contact info!

Anything you see on the site can be tweaked to your liking or bought as is. They work fast and pay close attention to detail so you get your product quickly and to your satisfaction. Mention that you saw their site on Holiday Wishing Well and receive 10% off of a $30 or more purchase! Email Jamye at

Get on top of things for 2011! Contact Special Breed designs before the end of the year!

Holiday BAKING!

Just browsed my friend Heidi's AMAZING food blog! I hadn't checked it in a few days and it looks like she has been baking up a STORM! Check it out if you are interested in some fun holiday baking. She's got a yummy Apple pie, brown sugar cake, and peanut butter cookies.

OK... gotta go rummage the fridge now. :)

Festival Of Trees

Saturday night was spent at The South Towne Expo Center. In December, I dream in green. I think the Christmas tree may be one of the greatest Christmas symbols. To me it signifies home and family. I love decorating it and then enjoy looking a the twinkling lights each night.

So of course I can't miss the annual Festival of Trees event! Thousands of trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses and table center pieces on display! They even had quilts this year. And all of the money spent on ticket purchases, trees, and concessions go to Primary Children's Medical Center... Nothing gets you more in the spirit of the season.

The trees were so gorgeous! Each one had a different theme and most of them were dedicated to a deceased friend or relative.

Each year it gets more and more crowded. We only stayed a good hour since we had the kids with us. They didn't want to sit in the wagon. We let them walk for a bit but it was so busy with people that we forced them back into their seats. Luckily Alee and Aaron came too. They were a HUGE help with the kids! Thanks you guys!

Maybe in a few more years, the kids will come to appreciate it and enjoy one of our many family traditions!

(Reese and Mommy)

Temple Square Lights!

What a busy weekend! I have been having the time of my life! My husband and I took the kids to downtown Salt Lake on Friday night so they could experience Temple Square's Christmas lights. It was MUCH warmer than the previous week so we decided to brave the crowds.

Steve's sister Alee and her husband Aaron came with us. The lights were incredible. I really enjoyed all the Nativity Scenes and watching all the families there. ( I'm a total people watcher!)

After about 20 minutes the kids started whining and wanted to get out and walk. We went inside to see the Cristus statue and let Lucas meander around. He walked up to the statue and pointed and said, "Jesus!" And then he quickly saw the wall painted with stars and planets and said, "MOON!"

We stayed for about an hour. I think the kids loved it. Avery and Reese ended up holding hands most of the night while riding in the stroller.

 It was worth the hassle of mittens, coats boots and blankets. We were even able to fit all 7 of us in our minivan! LOL That plus, two strollers. That;s how we roll.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Banner

I made this super cute and super easy Holiday Banner on Saturday. You can also make them for other Holiday's as well. I saw them on Etsy awhile back and couldn't wait to make one! I borrowed my sister-in-laws cricut (so if you don't have access to one - ask someone that does and make one together!) We had such a good time making these and they were easy!! We did 4.5 inch on the outer circle and 4 inch on the inner. The letters took 2 pieces of 12*12 paper and the circles were about 3-4 sheets of 12*12 paper (depending on what you want!)

Here is my friend Melissa's:

Here is another 1st Birthday Banner I made for my baby:

Get Creative! Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Deck The Walls...

...with flair!

Frizzy Vinyl has unique and stylish vinyl lettering for your walls! Jazz up your kids playroom with the alphabet or numbers!
Add a finishing touch to your kitchen or family room!

They just posted new Holiday and winter designs on their Face book page.  They use high quality indoor/outdoor vinyl and are about half the price you would find elsewhere! On top of THAT, they are offering 10% off this month to our awesome blog readers!

Checkout their Facebook page to view all the creative designs... then order via email at 
THEY SPECIALIZE IN CUSTOM ORDERS TOO! So if you have a specific quote or idea in mind, just let them know what you want and they can start the design process right away. They even do car decals! 

Mention you saw them on Holiday Wishing Well and receive your 10% off!

This one is my absolute favorite!!! I ordered a wall quote and just got it in the mail! Can't wait to get it up! I'll have to do a follow up post just to show mine off! Frizzy Vinyl was so easy to work with and very prompt with the shipping. I just wish I was as on top of things as they were! HA! :0)
You can't go wrong with vinyl...easy on. Easy off! And so classy! Great Christmas gift idea!
(or get one for yourself, like me!)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Delightful Sausage Dip

It's like a party in your mouth! I've actually caught myself doing a little jig while eating it.

Christmas Sausage Dip

  • 2 tubes  of Jimmy Dean's Original Sausage
  • 7-12 oz. can of diced green chilies
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1 Jar of Pace Chunky Picante Sauce (16 oz.)

Brown sausage (drain).  
Add chilies and salsa.
Bring to a boil.
Simmer for 20 min.
 Stir occasionally.
Stir in sour cream and cream cheese.
Serve warm with chips! YUMMY!

My mother in law has the best recipes! Thanks Jude! This one is a keeper! We enjoy this every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas time.

Cat's Outta The Bag!

OK! I give! I've had this BRILLIANT neighborhood gift idea hiding up my sleeve for a few years now and STILL have yet to use it! So I guess it's time to spill the beans..... drum roll please.

Ever heard of them or seen what they can do? I'm a kid at heart so these were so awesome! They are like 3D glasses but when you put them on and look at any light it creates a kaleidoscope of festive images!!! Here's a picture that I took  last year. I held the camera lens up to the glasses!

A SNOWFLAKE IN EVERY LIGHT ON THE  CHRISTMAS TREE! *The snowflake specs are my favorite!*

These are so darn fun. Kids love them, adults love them. You can't go wrong! We keep ours in our Christmas tote downstairs and pull them out every year. Big hit at our Christmas Party!!!

I was planning on delivering a handful of them to each house on my street with the saying, " Wishing you an "EYES ALL AGLOW" Christmas!"

You have to order them in bulk on the holiday specs website but if you only need a few, you can order them on Amazon!

Check it out:   AMAZON SPECS

There's no better feeling that seeing Christmas through a child's eyes!
*** side note to my neighborhood... don't be surprised if I still use this idea!***

Booties For Your Cutie!

Expecting or know someone who is expecting a sweet bundle of joy this holiday season? What a more precious gift to give than a pair of warm fuzzy baby booties?! Truly a family keepsake! My friend Marta makes the most adorable soft baby booties for your little baby bean! Check out her holiday booties made with love.... Holly berries and poinsettias!

Click on the picture to view her blog:

She makes these booties year round and has so many designs! And she is offering 10% off her already affordable prices! Email Marta at  to get pricing and mention that you saw her booties on Holiday Wishing Well to receive your 10% off discount!

And how CUTE are these BOOTIES?! They totally remind me of those Ugg boots everyone is sporting these days! Click on the picture to go to her Facebook page!

So jealous of all you mommas out there that get to snuggle a little baby during these winter months!
Their little feet will be toasty, that's for sure!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cutest BLOOMS around!

Petal Patch Baby. That's the word on the street. Once you go PPB, you never go back. Seriously.... they've got the cutest blooms around! Check out their Face Book page...

Petal Patch Baby is exclusively offering Holiday Wishing Well readers 10% off any order of $30 or more! (Not to be combined with any other discounts.) The PPB face book "shop" will be open until December 5th before they close for the holidays.  You can look through the PPB photo albums & post "SOLD" under images of available items followed my an email to to order.  Make sure and mention in your email that you saw this great deal on Holiday Wishing Well so you get the 10% off discount!

Happy Shopping!

Cyber Monday!

Tomorrow is the BIG online shopping day!!! I have done a bit of searching and still can't get my facts together on the best deals out there. I guess that's what all those deal blogs are for. This blog is more for fun and sharing ideas! So if you HAVE any leads.. post them as a comment! Thanks y'all!

I did see these adorable tights (leggings) for baby/toddlers on sale:


$10 for 3 pair!!!!! How insanely awesome is that?!

Starting tonight, I will doing a Business Spotlight everyday on some fabulous merchandise/services! My entrepreneur friends have offered to discount their products just for you Holiday Wishing Well Readers! Please stop by each night to see who will be spotlighted next! Add some SPARKLE to your holiday gift giving with homemade goodies!!!! You will not be disappointed!

Let the Christmas Season Begin!

I have been soaking up this Thanksgiving weekend! Yummy food, family, lots of shopping and decorating! It was so fantastic! I'm sad that my husband has to go back to the daily grind tomorrow. This blog has taken a toll with all this celebrating on my part.... but it was well worth it for me!!!!

How was your Thanksgiving? Where did you dine at? Did you have seconds on pie? :)

We ate at my sister-in-law's house up in Syracuse. Lots of nieces and nephews there! The kids got their own table! My trio didn't end up getting much of a nap so Avery was quite cranky ( plus she has a bad diaper rash too ). But we had so much fun. It was well worth the drive to be with the Foulger Family.

We also celebrated Thanksgiving the Sunday prior with my family..... can't complain about TWO Thanksgiving dinners! I wish the holidays could last all year!

Black Friday has come and gone! Did you get any good deals? I ended up braving 2 lines on Thanksgiving night at 10 pm. Both Toys R Us locations. The first line was a waste... it was an "Express" store and they didn't end up opening until 5 AM the next day. The second line was wrapped completely around the building so my friend ShaRee and I decided it wasn't worth it. Went home empty handed. HAHA oh, well.... it was still fun to see the madness.

I did end up getting a good deal on Step 2's Grand Walk In Kitchen... reduced from $250.00 to $188.00 plus free shipping! Happy Day!

We started off the Christmas season by putting up all our holiday decor. Steve and I always listen to Carpenter's Christmas when we decorate the tree. Thanksgiving night we flick on the outside house lights! I LOOOOVE driving around with my family and looking at lights. Probably one of my favorite month long activities! We went out tonight but not much to look at.... I'm hoping that we will see more once December first hits.

Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Best Breakfast Casserole EVER!

Judee's Breakfast Casserole

8 slices french bread

2 Cups cheddar cheese grated

1 lb. (Jimmy Dean Original) sausage, browned

4 eggs, beaten

2 1/4 Cup milk

3/4 Tsp dry mustard

1 can cream of mushroom soup diluted with 1/2 Cup milk

Layer 9X13 casserole dish with french bread, grated cheese, and browned sausage. In a separate bowl, mix eggs with 2 1/4 C. milk and dry mustard. Pour over top of bread in casserole dish.
Cover with foil; refrigerate over night.

Before baking, cover casserole with one can of cream of mushroom soup mixture. (Remember to mix the soup with 1/2 c. milk.)

Bake @ 300 F for 1 1/2 hours. (Sometimes it bubbles over, so I put a cookie sheet underneath it on bottom rack.) Cool for 5 minutes. Serve in squares.


Sparkling Breakfast Punch

I posted a FANTASTIC breakfast casserole recipe last year.  I'll post it again... it's worth it! I LOVE Christmas brunch. Prob one of my favorite Christmas Day traditions.

Instead of O.J., why not serve a delicious and refreshing drink along with  your brunch?

Sparkling Christmas Punch
Sparkling Breakfast Punch
3 cups orange juice, chilled
2 cups chilled pineapple juice, chilled
3 cups pomegranate juice, chilled
1 liter ginger ale, chilled
1 liter club soda, chilled

In a large bowl, combine orange juice, pineapple juice, and pomegranate juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hrs. Before serving, stir in ginger ale and club soda. Serve punch over ice.

Prep: 5 min   Chill 2 hrs    Serves 8