Tag Archives: New Year’s Day

Snowman Cheeseball

I found the cutest snowman cheeseball on Pinterest.  I simplified it a bit (even though it was already really simple) and made it for a New Year’s Day lunch with my family.  It was so cute I just had to share.

I used 2 boxes of Philadelphia Cream Cheese.  I rolled each block of cheese into a ball.  Then I rolled both of the balls in shredded mozzarella.  I put a few toothpicks sticking out of the top of the bottom ball for extra support and then placed the other ball on top.  I added a tiny carrot for the nose and peppercorns for the eyes, mouth, and buttons.  So easy and super cute!  Perfect for any type of January or winter party – or just to make an ordinary dinner more fun!

2015 Was Too Much

My blog post is a few days later than usual because we have been in the throes of undecorating after Christmas.  It always makes me a little sad to take down all of our beautiful Christmas stuff, but I’m also always happy to get out the fresh new winter decorations.  I was especially excited to get out the winter stuff this year because we weren’t allowed to put it out last year since our old house was on the market.  It’s hard to believe that just one year ago we were getting ready to sell our house.  Which made me start reflecting on everything that happened in 2015.  And I have come to the conclusion that 2015 was just TOO MUCH.  In our family we had 2 moves (3 if you also count moving my classroom at school the same week we moved to our new house), 1 case of pneumonia, too many cases of stomach flu to count (the most recent occurring on Christmas Eve, of course!), 1 major surgery, 1 broken nose, 1 bad playground injury (ironically for the husband not the kid), 1 anaphylactic  allergic reaction,  daily life with a 3 year old… and a partridge in a pear tree.  Phew.  Even though not everything (like daily life with a 3 year old and getting to live in our new house) was bad stress, even good stress is still tiring.  Like I said – too much.

So needless to say, I am very excited about celebrating the New Year this year.  We have our usual quiet, low key celebration planned to ring in 2016: appetizers and snacks and general assorted junk food and a viewing of When Harry Met Sally (assuming a certain little someone heads to bed early enough) followed by a herculean effort to stay awake until midnight while watching Kathy Griffin embarrass Anderson Cooper.  I can’t wait!  2016 is going to be my year of recovery and relaxation.  It can’t start soon enough!  Happy New Year!

Framed Calendars

Need something to keep you occupied while you watch the Tournament of Roses Parade?  Well, here you go – the perfect New Year’s Day project: A framed calendar.

This is nice to have all year round.  Several years ago I got a little calendar in a frame as a Christmas gift.  I loved it!  It was the perfect size for my crowded desk, and I enjoyed changing it to a new design each month.  As that year drew to a close, I looked all over for a replacement but couldn’t find one.  So I decided to make one of my own, and I’ve made one every year since.

First, get a cute frame that goes with the room where you want the calendar.  Fairly neutral colors are best so that it blends with the design for each month.

Next, print off little calendar grids for each month.  These are fairly easy to find online.  Just search for “printable 2014 calendar,” and you should be able to find a set that will work for you.  Choose the size of your calendar grid based on the size of your frame.  Remember to leave room for decorations.

Then comes the fun part.  Collect a variety of papers, stamps, and stickers for each month.  Lay them out first to make sure you like the frame, papers, and decorations together.  Once you are happy with all twelve designs, go ahead and cut your papers to the size of you frame.  Glue the calendar grids to the papers for the correct month and add the stickers or other embellishments.

Calendar Sheets

Calendar Sheets

If your stickers pop out at all, just put the glass for your frame behind the sheet each month instead of in front as usual.  The glass is really not needed to protect the calendar as it is with a photograph, but if you put it behind the calendar sheet, the frame still has the right thickness to fit properly and the glass will be there if you ever need it later.  Personally, I like doing it this way because three dimensional designs add interest to the calendar.

Finally, store your calendar sheets in a safe place where you can get to them each month, put January’s sheet in the frame, and ring in the New Year!

Framed Calendar

Framed Calendar