Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Family Dinner Conversation Starters

My family has dinner together almost every night at the dinner table, however it seems like lately we spend most of the time telling the kids to "sit down", or "EAT!"
I decided that we needed to have "things" to talk about (even with young children). So... I came up with a list of over 100 random questions, printed them, cut them into strips, and placed them inside an empty recipe box (I've seen this done using a glass jar as well). Now, each night we can take turns choosing a questions and discussing our thoughts.

Here are a few of the questions I compiled:

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Would you rather be a Jeep or a Porsche? Why?

Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

What was your favorite family trip and why?

What were the worst thing and the best thing that happened today?

If you were given $500.00 to do anything you want, what would you do?

If you thought a stranger was following you, what would you do?

If there were a fire in our home, what would you do?

If you could meet any person in the world, who would it be and why?

If you could meet someone from history, who would it be and why?

Who is your favorite hero and why?

What is your favorite television show and why?

What is your all-time favorite movie and why?

What do you value most about yourself? What would you like to improve on?

Of what moment are you most proud?

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Would you rather have a party with a few friends or lots of friends?

If you could have a whole day to do whatever you wanted, what would you do?

If our family wanted to do a service project together, what would you like to do?

What is your most memorable first day of school?

What happened during your favorite day at the beach?

What is your favorite holiday and why?

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Describe your dream house.

If you were President for a day, what would you do/change?

Where would you go on your dream vacation? Who would you take with you?

What’s the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make?

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

What is your favorite children’s story and why?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

FREE Photo book from HotPrints

You can head over to and get your FREE photo book ~and I mean free! Don't even pay for shipping. You can make a new book each and every month. The cost is paid by advertisers (whose ads are in the books but can easily be removed).

Have Fun!

In honor of Easter tomorrow... get baking!

These sugar cookies are (in my humble opinion) THE BEST! My friend Jenn gave me the recipe and I'm sure she wouldn't mind me sharing it. Now hurry, you still have time to get some whipped out before all the Easter festivities tomorrow...

Sugar Cookies
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
2 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix first five ingredients. Mix in sour cream. Combine dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture. Roll out and cut cookies on floured surface. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 6-7 minutes at 425 degrees. Allow to cool before frosting.

Butter Cream Frosting
1 stick butter, at room temp.
3 3/4 cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Place butter in bowl and mix with electric mixer on low speed until fluffy, about 30 seconds. Stop the machine and add sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk, and vanilla. Blend with the mixer on low speed until sugar is incorporated, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute more. Blend in up to 1 tablespoon more milk if the frosting seems too stiff.


Woot!Woot! We're bloggers!

Here we are! Celebrating the "birth" of what is sure to be the awesomest (yes, I know it's not really a word, but I like to make up my own words from time to time) blog in cyberspace. A place where people can come to satisfy their need for all things crafty, thrifty, yummy, and cute! Now go find yourself some cake, light a candle, and sing along : "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday new bl0-og, happy birthday to you!"