Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Everything! (and a holiday break)

We are taking a little time off for the holidays, all. And we hope you get to do the same. Here's to lots of family time, fun adventures, yummy food, and naps. We'll be back next week with tons of new ideas for the new year. Thanks so much to everyone for reading, commenting, and spurring us on to new shenanigans. Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Weekend Makes

It's a Weekend Makes, Holiday Edition! We've kicked off our holidays with the start of Hanukkah this week and are ready to roll that right on in to Christmas and New Year's Eve. And we've got our favorite holiday makes pulled together to share. Happy holidays!

1 / I bet these mini kaleidoscopes would be fun with holiday lights.

2 / the kids would love this celebration playdough

3 / need to make some last-minute gift tags?

4 / love Taza's holiday pancakes are adorable.

5 / these monogram marshmallows would be perfect for Christmas morning hot chocolate. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Easiest Sufganiyot Ever

No lie. That is actually the "name" of the recipe I followed to make the easiest. sufganiyot. ever. Hanukkah means lots of yummy foods, especially those fried in oil like sufganiyot. I wanted to make some with the kids, but was looking for a super easy way to do it. By the time we get home from school during the week, there's little time left before dinner needs to get moving. So I was really excited when I found My Name is Yeh's recipe (plus, her blog and photos are gorgeous. our after sundown kitchen shots don't even come close). Happy Hanukkah!

Easiest Sufganiyot Ever
(very slightly adapted from My Name is Yeh)

- one roll of store-bought biscuit dough
- canola oil, for frying
- a small bowl of sugar, white or powdered
- about 1/2 cup jam

1. let the dough sit at room temperature for 20 minutes so that it's easy to roll out.
2. open biscuits and lightly sprinkle flour one each side (My Name is Yeh rolled out the dough and recut it into smaller biscuits. I decided to skip it, which made much larger donuts, but still worked great).
3. fill a pot with 2 inches of oil and heat it to 360 F. you'll want to keep the temperature between 360 and 375.
4. fry the dough until each side is a deep brown (or, in our case, really really deep brown).
5. transfer donuts to a paper towel, pat off any excess grease, and then coat with sugar.
6. fill with jam using a squeeze bottle. if the jam is being difficult, warm it for 30 seconds in the microwave.

I did all the frying and let the kids handle steps 5 and 6 after the donuts had cooled enough to handle. The are YUM!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Giveaway for the Procrastinators! (over)

You know who you are. Still need to pick up a few items for the holidays? Well we've got you covered with a little help from The Land of Nod. We're gearing up for the cold weather that's sure to come (although it was 55 in DC again today!) and arming ourselves with lots of indoor activities that still get the kids moving and keep their brains engaged! To help you do the same, one lucky reader will win BOTH the Beanbag Toss Up Game and Don't Let the Blocks Drop Game from The Land of Nod.

To be eligible to win, you must:

1. leave a comment on this blog post telling us who would be the lucky recipient of the games, and include your email so I can get ahold of you; AND

2. like Not-So-SAHM on Facebook (if you haven't already)

I will pick a winner on Friday, December 19th at 10 am EST. 

Good luck!!!

This giveaway has ended. Congrats to SugarB for winning the games! 

A Day in the Life (December 2014)

Our December 12th was a hot mess. It was the last business day of a loooong week in which I launched (with my mother's help, thank you!!!) the cleaning out, organizing and packing of our home. I ran around between appointments at the new house, school tours for Cameron, and scooping a sick Kane from school. An hourly photo shoot was just not going to happen. So, instead, I photographed this month's 12-in-12 on the 15th, which was slightly less hectic. After you get your fill of our day-to-day randomness, head over to No Monsters in My Bed and Where the Watermelons Grow to see what they're up to this time of year!

6.45 am -- Kane wakes up excited to show off the flowers they bought for me while I was out of town over the weekend.

7.30 am -- after I spend a significant amount of time figuring out what hairstyle Cam is trying to describe to me, she takes to her jewelry box. I have to cut the exercise short because we need to hit the road!

8.05 am -- our morning commute essentials: iced coffee for me and audiobook for Kane. It's a delicate balance of audiobook time vs. Cam's jams time, and when that goes off kilter, watch out.

9.45 am -- I sit down to do some writing and try to ignore the moving boxes piling up in the living room.

11.30 am --  I realize that there will not be enough time to actually go to the grocery store today, so I hit up my new friend Instacart to place a delivery order. After consulting of course what deliciousness Blue Apron is bringing us this week. That's right, I'm now farming out all kinds of food gathering and prep. Staying afloat, my friends. Staying afloat.

12.15 pm -- packing up Kane's hanukkiah to bring to his class' celebration of lights.

1.45 pm -- I sneak a peek at Kane's light for the celebration: "My light shines for building to inspire other people."  My man. The celebration was beautiful -- families shared their holiday traditions involving lights, and each child lit a candle they had decorated and their thoughts on for what their individual light shines.

2.45 pm -- Kane and I get in a Starbucks snack by ourselves since Cam has a playdate after school today. Kane loves to ham it up.

3.40 pm -- waiting for lacrosse practice and getting warmed up. I generally do not get to see him play so I had no idea that he's been playing with his wrong hand. No big surprise that Kane insists he's a lefty lax player. With Cam at a playdate, I use the time alone to get some more writing done.

5.40 pm -- we get a little glimpse of Zoo Lights as we cut through the zoo on our way home. I've driven through the zoo almost daily for the past 3 1/2 years. Going to be so odd to have a new route!

6.05 pm -- our Instacart goods are waiting for us when we get home and Cam sets to unpacking. An easy dinner of Italian Baked Eggs and bath, books, bed soon follows!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIY Gifts: for kids, by kids

Our kids have very sweetly decided (on their own) to give each other holiday gifts this year. Cam picked out something for Kane, but Kane hasn't been able to decide what to get her. He started down the familiar path of wanting to ask her what she wanted, but still keep it a surprise. It cracks me up to watch him coyly try to figure out what's on her wish list -- sounds just like his dad! But then he recently decided he wanted to give her a "coupon" to take her ice skating and buy her hot chocolate. I was almost in tears from the cuteness, but then he upped himself by deciding to give her a coupon that gives her the power to tell him to do whatever she wants for an entire day. That's just crazy talk right there. And I love it.

But just in case your children are interested in making more level-headed holiday gift choices, I rounded up my favorite DIY holiday gifts that kids can make for other kids. These are on our lists too, so one might just be coming your way!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekend Makes

Lately it seems that we have had very little time to do much arting or crafting. I mean, we fit in our regular staples (Kane has been on a crazy drawing spree and Cam always loves to paint with her watercolors), but I guess I've not had much time to sit everyone down and try out new projects. And it  looks like that's going to be the case for a bit. That also means that my "to do list" of art and craft projects is growing longer and longer. So instead of running the risk that I'll forget about the things we want to make, I thought I'd try to do a weekly "weekend makes" feature sharing our most wanted projects of the week. Here's what I'm loving this week ... happy weekend!!!

1 / love these pretty coasters from Oh Joy! -- they'd be great presents for the kids to make for the holidays

2 / awesome lacing cards that would work great for ornaments or gift tags

3 / pantone playdough from Art Bar

4 / Studio DIYs colorful walnut garland

5 / these colorful crepe paper streamers look like so much fun