Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's been a while...

It has been WAY too long, but we have been WAY too busy here at the Karayiannis household. Between shopping, and wrapping, and preparing for Christmas I abandoned my blog!!

Here is my Christmas wrap up...

We started off the festivities with making gingerbread houses with all the kiddos.
From left: Meade, Gracie, Sophie, Tyler, Mia and Ella
Working hard on the houses. Thanks to Adie, they had quite a spread of goodies to put on their houses.
 Ella's house almost completed!!!

Christmas Eve this year was spent at my mom and dad's house. Hubby and I rotate every year...we do one day with my family and one day with his. It only seems fair!!! 

Here are the Viefhaus sisters!
 From left: Maggie, Adie, Haley and Marta

Daddy and Tyler in their matching shirts...SO CUTE!!!
 A very rare FAMILY shot...Tyler was impossible and I am usually taking the pictures so these are rare!!!!

My dad enjoys putting headbands on our boys...torture of course :)
And we had a VERY white Christmas this year! So exciting to see this on Christmas morning!!

And since we had such beautiful snow we decided to take advantage and snag some stellar pictures for Maggie and Austin's engagement.  I only put a few on here, because I don't know which ones they will be using for their own I don't want to ruin any surprise.
The ones in the snow are down by my parents fingers were FRIGID while I snapped these were Maggie's toes.  And not to mention the CRAZY glare from the snow and sun...but they turned out GREAT!!!
And I truly have to thank the Momtog Blog and Drew B for selling your fantastic UNmanual. It really finally gave me a clue as to HOW to use my camera...and I have NEVER been happier.  I may NEVER use the automatic setting AGAIN!!!!!!!! Wow!!

The ones with the Sunset are from Marta's house...they turned out absolutely adorable...probably because Maggie and Austin are SO cute!!!!

 Can't wait to see what you two lovebirds do with all the pictures!!! So glad I was able to help!
I hope you all had as blessed and joyful of Holidays as we had...up next, preparing for our NEW YEAR'S EVE party!!!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Monkey Bread Muffins

Thought I would share this EASY recipe for a YUMMY breakfast!!! I made these this morning. I got the idea from a teacher at my school...but I was inspired by an incredible Monkey Bread recipe from Mel!! The one that Mel makes was always a little too much for our family to eat...and we are bad about I like the size of this recipe!!!!

Here are the ingredients you will need...

1 pkg of biscuits
3 tsp of cinnamon
1/8 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1T of butter melted
muffin pan and muffin cups

Preheat the oven to 400!!!
 Mix sugars and cinnamon together in a bowl
 Cut each of the biscuits into 4 pieces
 Because biscuits come in 10 packs you should have 40 pieces to place in each cup.  I put 4 pieces in each muffin cup!!!
 Melt the butter and pour over top of the biscuit pieces
 Sprinkle the mixture on top
 And bake for 10 minutes
 Can't get much easier than that!!
 They are the perfect size for snacks too.  My kiddos love to pull the little pieces apart!

****Next time I may try and do the "shake" technique to get them a little bit more sugary!!! The insides weren't very sugary...but were STILL delicious. MAYBE we don't NEED all the sugar. ha ha

I had two very happy kiddos with a fun breakfast this morning!! Happy Cooking