Christmas 2009

This was the first year that Jonah got excited about the presents and Christmas morning surprises. Seeing him get so excited was probably the best thing of the day for Ray and I. He had asked for a kitchen playset  and a car from Santa (after “Santa” had already gotten something else-go figure). He was so excited to see the kitchen and tool bench playsets that he totally forgot abot the presents under the tree. He played for almost 30 minutes with these two toys before he unwrapped anything else! Needless to say, he really liked his gifts!
Finally, he opened the wrapped presents…
The toolbench playset had all sorts of fun tools. Jonah’s favorite part though….the safety goggles. He put on his “mask” and didn’t take it off for a long time that day…
Jonah wore his mask in the car on our way to visit some family…
He didn’t want to take off his “mask” for pictures with Granny….
Finally, after a little coaxing, the mask came off…
But it didn’t stay off for very long before he wanted it back on…
It was a great day!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our Happy Brown House to yours…

Jonah’s First Christmas (2007)
Jonah’s Second Christmas (2008)
Jonah’s Third Christmas (2009)

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

I’ve been featured again! Twice in one day!


Just wanted to let you know that the Poor Man’s Turtle Tutorial  and the Snowman Handprint Ornaments I posted have both been featured by Rachel at One Pretty Thing! Head over and check out the other Christmas Food and Drink Ideas as well as the Gifts Kids Can Make!


it’s a “picnic-in-the-living-room-floor-while-watching-cartoons” kind of day.

Rudolph Ribbon Shirt

I made several Christmas shirts during my avalanche of Christmas orders. This one has to be my favorite! A customer of mine wanted a Rudolph shirt similar to one I made for Jonah at the Craft Fair, but she wanted it gussied up a bit for her grandaughter. I added a little hairbow to the reindeer and a double ribbon ruffle. Instantly girl-ified! Look at how adorable it turned out!

DIY Ornament Wreath

I’ve been seeing these all over blogland and I finally jumped on the bandwagon. It was so easy and I love the way it looks! Ok, well, I’m not so sure I’m lovin’ my big fru-fru bow, but I’ll do some more adjusting and tame it down. All you need are some ornaments and a hanger. Seriously easy. You can find the instructions from Eddie Ross. I’m totally getting some more ornaments at the after-Christmas sales to make some more for next year!

Poor Man’s Turtles Tutorial

I have a few goodies I like to make every Christmas. One of these is “Poor Man’s Turtles” My friend Dee taught me how to make these and since she doesn’t blog, I’m sharing it with you. These are super quick to make and are always a hit at gatherings! This recipe is perfect for kids to help with!
You will need:
Pretzel minis or snaps (the pretzel squares pictured)
Caramel Hershey’s Kisses
Pecan Halves
Spread your pretzels on a cookie pan in a single layer.
Unwrap Caramel Hershey’s Kisses and place on top of the pretzels. (This is by far the most tedious part. You could let your kids help with this part if they are able to unwrap the candy.)
Place the pan in a preheated oven for less than a minute. (Mine was preheated to 400 degrees from dinner, so I only had to place my pan in for around 30 seconds.) Watch the chocolate closely. If it looks like it is starting to get soft take the pan out and test it.
Place the pecans onto the Hershey’s Kisses. Don’t push too hard–you don’t want the caramel to squeeze out and make a mess.
Let the turtles cool. Enjoy!