Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's all a blur...

or should I say smudge?

Much to my dismay, every single picture taken on my camera this weekend has a smudge in the lower left corner.  I think this happened while I was taking pictures of the girls last week with their gingerbread house.  Darn icing.

But the memories are still salvageable.
Although I am soooo thankful we're getting a new camera soon.  The red and glowing eyes in these pictures were so bad that I didn't even bother to try and doctor them up.

Friday started with a visit from an international celebrity to our MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) group.  She had some *fabulous* giveaways!  But since I neglected to bring my camera, you'll have to see this post for some great pictures (and recipes!).

On Friday evening we headed out to an Ugly Sweater party for a night of debauchery.  Okay, so maybe "debauchery" isn't the right word since it was with the Young Families class from our church (which is hands-down THE BEST group to be a part of!).

I had slaved for hours over a sewing machine trying to make the perfect ugly sweaters (since my last-minute trip to the Salvation Army proved that there must've been more ugly sweater parties going on...).  And when I say "slaved for hours over a sewing machine," what I really mean is that I stapled felt and tinsel to the sweaters.  Yes, I did say stapled.  I didn't want to waste good time and thread on some ugly bally sweaters that were just going to end up in the trash anyway!  So stapling seemed like the easiest, fastest method.

As you can see there were many sweaters much cooler than ours.  Although I'm pretty sure Liz (far right) just dug that one out of her maternity bin.

At the sake of offending anyone, we use the term "ugly" very loosely.  Pretty much any Christmas sweater fits into this category, no matter how cute.  So please don't be horrified if you see one of your own sweaters in these pictures.  We're not saying it's "ugly," just Christmasy!

Even Tate got in on the fun with his one and only Christmas shirt.

Pastor Mike (left) actually wore this seater in high school.  A genuine Z-Cavaricci, folks!  He even wore his LA Gear hightops too!  I think he's hoping that 80's mens' fashions will make a comeback.  Good luck with that...

A party isn't a party without lots of good food, and this party had PLENTY.  I was bummed when I ran out of room on my plate and couldn't sample all of the delicious creations.

I made these Ranch Sausage Stars.  Chad and I love them, and I guess we're not the only ones since they were completely demolished by the time we left (much to Chad's dismay).  They're really great to make if you need an easy yummy appetizer.  So, I've included the recipe.
Oh, and if you've never used wonton wrappers before, they're usually found in the refrigerated fresh produce area.

Ranch Sausage Stars
1 package wonton wrappers (or egg-roll wrappers cut in fourths)
1 pound cooked sausage
1 cup ranch dressing
1 1/2 cups monterey jack shredded cheese
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
a little oil

Preheat oven to 350.  Place wonton wrappers in muffin tins (mini muffin tins will work too - I always use 2 regular muffin tins and 1 mini one).  Brush a little oil over the wrappers.  Place in oven for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix the sausage, ranch and cheese in a bowl.  When wrappers come out of the oven, remove them from the tins and place on a cookie sheet.  Put a spoonful of the mixture in each one and put back in the oven for 5 more minutes.  Enjoy!

And lastly, on Saturday we were able to attend the wedding of a good friend.  Actually, it was my high school best friend's brother, but that family was like a second family to me since I spent much of my high school life there when we weren't hanging out at my house.  My parents served as the host and hostess, so we were all really tight.  The best part was that I was able to reunite with my good ol' buddy, Dawn.

Another highlight of the wedding came from my poor little Addie.  She was trying so hard to sit still during the beautiful ceremony when I looked over and saw tears running down her face.  "What's the matter?"  I asked.  "I'm just sooooo bored," she pouted.  I had a really hard time trying not to laugh.  She brought new light to the expression "bored to tears."


This Heavenly Life said...

WOAH! Those sweaters are cracking me up! And Z Cavaricci?? Ha!

Addie's boredom tears are too sweet and funny. At least she wasn't bored to, like, tantrums or something ;)

Amy@My Front Porch said...

Oh whatever Katie -- you're just being nice -- those sweaters are ugly ;)

We had those sausage stars at our small group Ugly Christmas Sweater party and they are sooo yummy!!

Elizabeth said...

IT WAS YOU!!!! You're the one who brought the sausage stars. Troy was in love with them. I actually don't have the recipe, so thanks! The last time I used wonton wrappers...it was not pretty. (Side note - I was just really proud of Seth for eating a raw carrot....then I noticed that its actually an orange nerf gun dart).
Addie is hilarious. Bored to tears!!!! Hahahaha.

The Sneaky Mommy said...

We loved the sausage stars too!!! That's going on my list of good appetizers to share!
*I hate it when all the rocks in my head end up on the left side...
I'm so jealous you got to see Dawn! I was just thinking today how much I miss her and haven't seen her in so long! I'm glad you got to go the wedding and be with everyone!

peter marie said...

Fun pictures!
Totally cool that you're getting a new camera now too.
Lucky you! Or Blessing you! :)

Amy Kramer said...

Cute photos!!! I told Brien & Dawn about Addie... they thought it was funny! Too cute!! :)
Very creative with the sweater idea! I also love the one that says "ugly". Very creative group down there in Iowa!!
And you never did tell us... did you win the apron, or what?!?!?!

Emily said...

Those sweaters are fantastic, and what a great idea for a party!

Merry Christmas!