Christmas is synonymous with food and I have definitely been pre-gaming on the cookies. My mom started it with sending me home several dozen cookies… grabbing one or two each time you pass through the kitchen adds up. Well, then, everyone at work regularly brings in cookies so again grabbing one or two each time passing through the break room adds up. THEN, my immediate co-workers at my desk are bringing in cookies. Surprisingly I’m not cookied-out, in fact I’ll be making three different kinds tomorrow for Christmas at my grandmothers – oreo truffles, courtesy of my mother-in-law, mini mint chocolate brownies, courtesy to The Pioneer Woman, and cream cheese cookies, courtesy of my mother. The first two I looked up on line, however, these cream cheese cookies I speak of are one of a kind. Everyone always asks, “Cream cheese cookies? What are those?” to which I respond, only the easiest, most savory cookie in the universe! Here is the recipe:
Cream Cheese Cookies
1 8oz. block of cream cheese, softened
1 box of yellow cake mix (DO NOT FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ON BACK)
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup of butter
Mix all together. Chill for at least 30 minutes, they are really sticky. Drop into balls on greased backing sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until brown. Let cool before frosting.
It is the official first day of winter break, and I kicked it off with a nice stack of blueberry pancakes, taking the dogs to the vet, and finishing my new favorite book.
It all started when I had to write a paper for my psychology class psychoanalyzing the main character, Charlie. Naturally, I went to amazon, bought the DVD, and watched it four consecutive times before even starting the paper… I mean everyone watched movies four times in a row… Yes, it was love at first sight. I felt like I could really connect with Charlie from the very first sentence. Although, I do not suffer from a traumatic past, I can relate to the loneliness. What I loved the most was how he used writing and music as a form of expression. I may be shy, quite, and reserved, but I understand communicating through writing, hence the driving force behind starting my blog. The only thing that bugged me about the movie is there were many mentions of Charlie’s aunt Helen and a past they had together, but there was no real explanation. Half way through the fourth viewing, I went back to amazon and bought a copy of the book. It came in and I couldn’t wait until all my finals were over to start reading it. In a typical college student fashion, I procrastinated studying and read 3/4 of the way through “The Perks of being a Wallflower” in one day… Surprising, I didn’t get the closure with aunt Helen’s story like I wanted. Regardless, still an amazing story and I can conclude that the movie does the entire book justice. I would have to say that was a first. Harry Potter series books were better, Hunger Games books were better, Twilight (what I read of it, just wasn’t my cup of tea in general) books were better, any Nicholas Sparks book is better than any movie remake. Overall, love the book, love the movie, I want to read the book again and then watch the movie, and repeat… I have an addiction problem…
So many final assignments, so little time, so little energy, so many movies playing in the background, so many headaches, so much laundry. I cannot wait for the end of the semester. I want to write, I really do, I just have no choice, but write things with a deadline instead of for pleasure. I can’t wait to write, I can’t wait to read, I want to watch movies and nap, I want to play all of the video games.
I like to think of myself as a crafty person, but lets be honest. I’ll sit on pinterest for hours on end pinning pin after pin of cute DIY crafts for my house, but unless there is some ulterior motive, I never do the crafts. Another reason why I love my internship is because of all of the crafts we do. Now, this is a program extended off of the local high school so I work with teenagers 12-18 year olds on a daily basis and we still do all kinds of crafts. Mainly because these are teen mothers and the crafts, in some way, benefit the girls’ babies. This month, being the month of Christmas in case you don’t live on planet earth, we have been doing a lot of crafts to kind of lift the Christmas spirit for those who are less fortunate to over indulge in all things Christmas. We hold a Christmas party where they get to make nice ornaments (not from construction paper), fabric wreaths, and cookies, but most importantly we are teaching the lesson that 1. basic needs need to be met first (food, water, safe environment) and 2. you do the best you can with what you’ve got. A lot of the girls are resourceful when it comes to buying hundreds of Christmas presents for their 6 month old, they black Friday shop, look for deals, and use layaway, but more importantly, children under 5 are most likely not going to care so much about how many presents they get. Really being resource full is learning to package things in creative ways like with multiple size boxes, playing up Santa to older kids, getting 25 books and wrap so you have a different book to read and count down to Christmas. It is always the little things that make memories. I remember one Christmas when I was 5 where I got a tickle me Elmo, but I wasn’t excited because I got the one toy I wanted, it was the way my mom delivered it. She had a friend dress up as Santa and his elf and they told me that it was left on the sleigh or something, but it is always somethings I will remember. We did an exercise at my internship where you were to make a card out of one piece of paper and one writing utensil, then they had to make an ornament out of one piece of paper to emphasize that it doesn’t have to be glamorous, its the sentimentalism. The point of the exercise was to show them you can make a memorable and happy Christmas with items you can find in any house – 2 pieces of paper and 1 writing utensil. This year, my husband and I are only really doing stocking (with a couple things as I see them on sale) mostly because we just bought a house, but now I’m thinking this is going to be a new tradition of our. It’s not like either of us REALLY need anything and the stockings are always the most fun part to put together and open.
Boy, do I feel like I just rambled… Morale of the story: You don’t need to do much for Christmas, you can do the best you can with what you have to make lifelong memories that turn into cute, funny traditions.
Three days into December and my professor gave me the best gift of Christmas: to watch a movie and write a paper off of my favourite movie, The Perks of being a Wallflower. What better present than to be forced to watch my favourite movie and write?! Merry Christmas to me and happy writing. A full on review is to come.
One of my favorite people to quote is Walt Disney. Today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite quotes from him.
1. “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.”
2. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
3. “The more you like yourself, the less you’re like anyone else, which makes you unique.”
4. “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Walt Disney’s history is interesting to me because he was told multiple times that he was going to fail. At one of his jobs he was fired because of lack of creativity. It is so unfathomable hearing that after seeing what kind of creativity he did end up making and to top it off he is never going to die in the eyes of future generations. Children and adults are well aware of the fame and fortune Walt Disney rose to and the continued fame of the Disney enterprise of today as well as the future.
December 1st! Christmas Decorations, Christmas music, Christmas movies, and Christmas scented candles are legal!! Tree has been trimmed and decked out, nativity set it out and stockings are hung. All the while Gizmo is planning his next move to destroy all of the decorations.
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