Thursday, December 20, 2012

Santa BOLO

Central to all units.......

  for a suspicious vehicle last seen in our county 10 minutes ago 
landing & taking off from rooftops. 
Vehicle is a candy apple red, 9-reindeer powered sleigh with white pinstripes 
& white leather tuck & roll seats.
Personalized license plate of NOEL1, November Oscar Echo Lima One.
The lead reindeer has a red strobe on his nose &
Jingle bells on his harness.
Driver is an elderly white male, 
*very* heavy build with a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly.
Last seen wearing a red suit with white fur trim, 
a red pointy hat with white fur trim, 
wide black belt, & black boots. 
Subject has a full white beard, chubby red cheeks 
& a mischievious smile. 
There are several little people riding in the sleigh,
 last seen wearing tiny green suits with pointy
toed green slippers. 
The sleigh is packed full with red sacks stuffed with unknown items.
Last seen taking flight in New Hanover County.
Possibly northbound into Pender County at this time.
Subject's parting words were, "HO HO HO Merry Christmas to all,
 and to all, a good night."
 If located, North Pole PD and children everywhere are requesting that he be sent on his way, 
for he has good will and gifts to spread throughout the land. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Sunday Yummy

Chocolate Peppermint Trifle

 A simple no bake Christmas yummy.
I love love love anything peppermint and chocolate. 

Store bought chocolate pound cake cut in to 1 inch cubes

Chocolate filling: 
1 (3.9 oz) package instant Chocolate pudding
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Peppermint baking chips

Whipped Cream:  
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
For garnish:
2 Peppermint candy, crushed
1 tablespoon semi-sweet baking chocolate, shaved

Whip chocolate pudding mix with milk until soft set.
In a second bowl whip cream until it is in soft peaks.
Fold cream into the pudding until incorporated.
Fold in the peppermint chips to the mixture.

In a separate bowl, whip cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. 

Line the bottom of the trifle bowl with 1/3 of the cake cubes
Add 1/2 of the pudding mixture 
Add 1/3 of the whipped cream 
2nd layer in the same pattern 
Add the last of the cake cubes
Final layer is the remaining layer of whipped cream 
Then garnish with the crushed mints and shaved chocolate

Friday, December 14, 2012

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas

Christmas Explosion!

Crafts! Baking! Traditions! 

Where has Pinterest been all my life?? 
I want to do ALL of these!


These are just a few of the things I want to do! Oh to have an unlimited budget and all the time in the world at Christmas!! 
Happy Pinning!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Random acts of Christmas kindness

Tis' the Season of Giving

Welcome to the Christmas Season (yes I said Christmas!)
This time of year we all fall victim to the hustle and bustle of the season. Between family life, Work, decorating, shopping, baking etc. Sometimes we lose sight of what this season is all about. It is the season of giving, giving to others. 
I am a big supporter of Toys for Tots, every year I watch with pride as my children and others approach those large barrels to drop in their contribution. I always keep change handy in my purse or car for the Salvation Army bell ringers. I really think it is important for children to learn charity at a young age and from example.
I have decided this year to do things a little differently. This year I am also challenging you, yes you! My friends, My family, My coworkers, My Emergency Services family to do things differently as well. This year I want to participate in random acts of Christmas kindness. I searched the internet and found so many excellent suggestions! I know the economy sucks and times are tight, lots of these suggestions cost no more than a sheet of paper. 
  I am going to list several that I would love to accomplish . Please join me in brightening the day of others. It can be anyone, you will find a smile is well worth the effort. 

 Please add your suggestions or stories of success! I know we would all love to hear how you passed out smiles to your community!

♥ Buy the lunch of the person behind you in line at the drive thru
♥ Donate blood to the Red Cross
♥ Tape Quarters to vending machines or Parking meters
♥ Go to your local library and pay over due fines for 5 random people
♥ Drop off a bag of school supplies to a local grade school 
♥ Buy hot coco for someone ringing the Salvation Army bell
♥ Pay the dinner bill for an Officer/Medic/Firefighter eating in uniform
♥ Write thank you notes to your children's teachers
♥ Bring in your neighbors trash cans from the curb on trash day
♥ Tape microwave popcorn to a Redbox machine
♥ Leave baked goods on the porches of 3 neighbors
Donate blankets to the local animal shelter
♥ Deliver baked goods to a local fire station/ems station/police station
♥ Buy a scratch off ticket at the gas station then hand it to the person in line behind you 
♥ Buy a gift for a neighbors dog 
♥ Tape candy canes to an ATM machine with a Merry Christmas sign 
♥ Collect canned goods for the local food pantry 
♥ Leave a festive wrapped box on the porch of a needy family filled with food or gifts
♥ Go to a local nursing home and deliver items such as lap blankets, sugar free candies and stuffed animals.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Sunday Yummy

Nutty Caramel Brownies

1 (12 oz) Package semisweet chocolate morsels
1 Packaged brownie mix (ingredients to make cake like brownies)
3 Eggs
Vegetable oil
3/4 cup packed brown sugar 
1 cup salted mixed nuts, chopped 
40 Rolos chocolates 
Vanilla ice cream

Heat oven to 375 degrees
Lightly grease an 11x15 cookie sheet
Chop 1 1/2 cups of chocolate morsels
In a bowl combine the brownie mix, water, oil & eggs as directed on the box. Add 1/4 cup of the brown sugar and mix well. 
Fold in the chopped chocolate morsels and pour batter into the pan spreading evenly.
Chop nuts and combine half of the nuts with the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar, sprinkle evenly over the brownie batter. 
Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean 
Cut 16 of the Rolos into quarters
Place the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate morsels in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds. 
Spoon the melted chocolate into a resealable baggie and set aside.
Remove the brownies from the oven and immediately press the remaining Rolos into the brownies in 4 rows of 6 caramels each.
Sprinkle quartered caramels and chopped nuts over the brownies.
Cut into squares and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.