December 2010

Happy New Year

by Cat on December 31, 2010

Can you believe another year is about to pass?  Above is a pic of ‘Zilla at Pebble Beach when we were at Carmel this past week.  Having him (and all of you!) to share this year with has been so very special.  Here’s to a joyful, creative & healthy New Year!  See you in 2011 with more creative goodness at Mom Inc Daily…

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Work + Play

by Cat on December 30, 2010

Here’s a little pic of our Carmel getaway this past week.  It exceeded all expectations…as in literally cue the deer and wild turkey to come graze as you drive up the windy path to the ranch.  This is the desk where I was “supposed” to do work.  At home I often find myself on the couch awkwardly buttressed between a bag of building blocks and plastic animals–strangely enough I have come to find comfort in that so I was on the couch in Carmel as well.  It was a great hybrid work/play holiday…I’ll post up the rest of the pics and do a proper write up  (PERFECT for all of you Designing Moms) when I get unpacked and download the rest of the pics.  Write in and let us know where you work and where you like to get away during the holidays!


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Aunt Helen’s Rolls

by Cat on December 29, 2010

I’m dropping in a treasured family recipe from Designing Mom Ryan of Tin Parade for all of you to try this week!

by Designing Mom Ryan
Aunt Helen’s Rolls.

These always make me think of our history. Every bite carries a warm sense of family. Make these for your family and change the name to suit…Grandma—’s dinner rolls…who knows…maybe your own family will still be making these 70 years later too.

Aunt Helen’s Icebox Butter Rolls
• 1 package active dry yeast /2 T warm water /Dissolve yeast in water
• Add 2 c warm milk, ½ c sugar, 1 beaten egg,1 t salt, 3 c flour
• Beat til smooth
• Add ¾ c melted butter, 2 ½ cups more flour
• Mix (dough will be sticky-do not kneed),Place dough in greased bowl
• Turn dough over after placing in bowl so top is greased
• Cover/refrigerate overnight,In morning push down center of dough
• Cut dough in half,Roll 1 half into Triangle
• Cut 12 small Triangles out of large one
• Roll pieces wide to small like a crescent roll
• Place rolls pointed side down on greased baking sheet
• Brush w/ melted butter,Cover w/ damp cloth
• Let rise to doubled in warm place (1/2 – 1 hr.)
• Repeat w/other half
• Bake @ 350 15 – 20 min.,Brush w/melted butter

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I know most blogs are off until the new year but I couldn’t help but sprinkle in some extra holiday posts this week from the Designing Moms to carry you over.  If you are like us, then I bet you’re trying to balance the holidays with quality family time but work in some time to, well…work.  An almost impossible feat.  I am currently holed up at a very nice holiday retreat with the fam trying to do the same–my requirement was a writing desk, fireplace and lots of “groundage” for ‘Zilla to explore (I’ll post up pics later in the week!).  Designing Mom Erika wrote a post on some great tips on how she juggles this time of year below.  Let us know how you manage to do it!
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by Designing Mom Erika of Delphine:
Here’s a tip on how to juggle a creative job and holiday craziness :
No matter what, it’s going to be crazy this time of year. So just embrace the craziness. Accept that you will have to cram more into the already jam packed days than usual. This is what I do: set the alarm for a full 2 hours before I usually get up, so that I can get some Delphine work done in the early morning. Make a to do list (I just started using the free web app TEUXDEUX for this and adore it) and stick to it. If you know you have to run out to pick up wrapping paper, put it on the to do list so your brain doesn’t go crazy telling you “wrappingpaperwrappingpaperwrappingpaper” all day.
I schedule in FUN/KID holiday time, and break up long tasks (like baking and decorating cookies with the kids) into smaller, less stressful activities. For example, at 3:30 today I will be making royal icing to decorate cookies that I baked yesterday, for which I made the dough the day before. In years past, this is an activity that I’d try to cram into one sitting, which would make me exhausted and cranky. Also, in years past I would try to bake and decorate cookies, make hand painted wrapping paper, bake and decorate a gingerbread house, and hand deliver home baked treats to friends. This year I’ve just accepted that there is NO WAY there is time for all that, so I picked the things that are most important (and least stressful) and am saving the other activities for next year. I’d rather bake and decorate cookies in 3 separate sittings with my son, and do it with a smile on my face, than exhaust myself trying to be supermom. Because I don’t feel rushed or stressed out, I can really enjoy this time with him.
Another tip: adding cocoa, whipped cream and crushed candy cane sprinkles to your afternoon coffee. I’m convinced some of Santa’s magic comes from this super-sugar-caffeine-charged cup of joy.

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Happy Holidays from Mom Inc Daily

by Cat on December 24, 2010

I wanted to put in the “paperless” version of my holiday card before wrapping it up for the holidays.  It was inspired by the miniature Anthropologie video vignettes on their retail website.  I’ll still be popping in next week to add in some scrumptious Designing Moms recipes and “surviving the holidays” tips as I know you will all be home with the little ones.

Joyous Holidays and a Happy, Healthy New Year to all of you!  Thank you to my lovely posse of Designing Moms and to all of you wonderful readers out there who have been lending your creative support and love. 2010 has been busier/better than ever and in ways I could never imagine — sharing our creativity and families with you has been an honor.  I can’t wait to ring in 2011 with all of you with new Designing moms to introduce and a host of exciting new features! xx, Cat

above: Anthropologie miniature vignettes

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