It's a party! It's a PAR-TAY (and you get presents!!)

Insane looking picture of me originally found in this account.

Welcome! Welcome one and all!

This is my moment, this is my miracle (name that movie) for Lo! Behold!

'Tis a day of joy and gladness!

Today, I...MOI.. am featured by the venerable institution which is: The Secret Is in the Sauce In other words I am the featured SITS blogger. Which means that more people then usual will stop by my blog today. People we lovingly refer to as SITStahs!. The Sitstahs are IN THE HOUSE yo!

Or this is my hope. The fact that it is 2 days before Christmas Eve and the SITStahs might have more pressing things to do then stop by a stranger's blog has not escaped me, and it makes me doubly grateful to those of you that do. THANK YOU!! (Does that sound desperate or gracious? I'm on the fence.)

For the rest of you out there who are frantically scrubbing the bathroom floor with a toothbrush. or using my strategic organizational method of shoving piles of junk into grocery bags in preparation for your mother in law's impending visit, angrily asking yourself why you left it until now even though you promised yourself a month ago that you'd have everything gleaming with a week to spare, during which you'd give yourself a manicure and smile benignly at your family by the light of the Christmas tree....I send you my condolences. And my empathy. This too shall pass. Come back when it does.

Speaking of toothbrushes. You may want to read this cautionary tale


So hey, did you know it is 2 days before Christmas? Yes! Here's a Christmas card for you. Meet my sweet family. I do so love them. We have lots of fun traditions at this time of year. Most of which involve chocolate in some form. You can read about them here if you wish.



And we have guests? Which means this must be a party!

A party! A party! Please do come in, and keep your shoes on, by all means.



(I don't like it when I have to take off my shoes at people's houses for the following reasons:)

1)There is a good chance my socks are not matching or are in some type of disrepair.

2) If I take off my shoes my jeans will be too long and I will make a swishing sound wherever I go as they drag around on the floor. Not a glamourous swoosh, you understand, more a shoosh..shooosh. I have the shortest legs of any normal sized woman alive. Or at least any you know. I'm fairly confident of this. My legs are not much longer then those of my not yet eight year old daughter.

3)The shoes are part of the outfit. And one should never tamper with The Look.

(I don't like it when people take off their shoes at my house for the following reasons):
1) When they get home they will discover that their socks are black and it will be revealed that my hardwood floors are far dirtier then they look in the carefully orchestrated dirt-hiding dim "atmosphere lighting"

2. Number one was the only reason but I sensed there needed to be a list here.

Oh! Wait! My manners! Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Kirsty and I'll be your host today. Can I get you some hot-chocolate? Made in my long coveted new cocomotion?



What? Oh that. Yes, it's true. I have been involved in some scandal lately but I'm trying to move on. The paparazzi has been relentless though. I appreciate you respecting my privacy as I work through this.

If you want to know more about me before you eat my food, click here. Some of it is a little out of date but it's fascinating stuff people. FASCINATING. You really don't want to miss it. Trust me. Delusions of grandeur? I'm sure I don't know what you mean.

OK enough about all that. Who is hungry? Come! Sit. Isn't my table festive? Or Martha's table. Whatever.

Here! Try the most amazing dip ever. I got it from the piano teacher. It is So amazing that my gourmet cooking fancy friend Amy gave it the ultimate endorsement by giving it out as her friend and neighbour "treat plate" this year. With a side of lime chips. Upon tasting it I achieved nirvana. And now I share it with you. With love and complete disregard for calories.

The Nice Piano Teacher's "Mexicali Dip"
16 oz. sour cream
1/2 8 oz. package fine shredded cheese (usually cheddar or taco mix...something along those lines)
1/2 cup salsa
1 package dry vegetable soup mix
1/2 package taco mix
you can also mix in some dried onions and/or red pepper - whatever you want to use to spice it up.
It's best to make it at least a day in advance. That gives the the dry vegetables time to thicken the dip ...and it will be a little "juicy" at first. It takes a bit for it to thicken.

In the mood for something sweeter? Here's my mom's recipe for the manna from heaven which is

My Mom's Baie Lekker
(literal interpretation from Afrikaans: Very Yummy)

And it is. My husband bitterly informed me this week that when he took it to a company party he did not even get a chance to taste any before it was all gone. It uses ingredients you always have in your house and is excellent comfort food. I will include my mom's original recipe but translate some parts into American for you. Now we are having a cultural experience together. And I think that is special.

Baie Lekker (Very Yummy)

2 cups flour
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
(baking soda)
2 tsp. vinegar
2 tbsp. syrup/apricot jam
Mix egg and milk into all dry ingredients. Mix well together.
Add syrup and vinegar and mix again.
Grease oven-proof dish. Do not fill higher then 2/3 from the top.
Bake at 180.
(350F) for 30-45 mins depending on size of dish.
Sauce:
1 cup Ideal Milk
(Evaporated milk)
2/3 cups of butter/margarine
1/4 cup hot water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence.
Heat together and pour over pudding
(it doesn't look like "pudding" we call any dessert pudding) as soon as it comes out of the oven.
Serve with cream, ice-cream or custard.


After all this food, I encourage you to consider joining the Momedy Throwdown. Starting 1-1-2010!! It's going to be fun.

And now for the... PRESENT part of the party. The very stylish April Kennedy from Funky Vintage Kitchen has kindly provided this beautiful pair of her handmade earrings for one lucky commenter to win today. Ruffled Roses in Charcoal. How pretty would they look with...well..pretty much everything. Visit Funky Vintage Kitchen for all manner of lovely funky, vintage prettiness.



And I will be providing one lucky and perhaps stressed out reader with a bubble bath . This was my signature scent for the year.


And another lucky reader who chose to remove their shoes after all with some warm fuzzy socks. Such as these. Infused with shea butter even. Because when your feet are shea buttered, it is better.

Thank you so much for visiting!

I hope that you will decide that my blog is one that you want to read again on the strength of its wit, wisdom, originality and the weird European way with which I spell "favourite" and "colour" which makes you feel a bit exotic. (I'm South African! This fact alone should give you enough reason to stick around.) Also? I tend to crack (and ramble) under pressure. I would like another shot at impressing you with my aforementioned wit, warmth, wisdom and weirdness. Also my modesty. (It's important that you know that I never brag. Even though I am quite remarkable in many ways. I remain a paragon of modesty.)

{But in case all these compelling motivations fail to win you over, I am prepared to bribe. If I may direct your attention to the "beautiful people" mosaic in the middle column. Bless them. Every one. I love and adore them. Each one. And soon they shall be rewarded. When we reach 210 followers one of them gets $50! Will it be you?} BTW: The seemingly arbitrary 210 is in honour of the upcoming new decade. Note I don't even demand 2010 followers, although maybe I should expect these things and they will happen. Not sure. I never read The Secret. Anyway..carry on.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! Have a wonderful holiday. Take time to enjoy all those wonderful things that give us reason to blog :)

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258 comments:

Apartment Manager said...

Sounds like a fun party!

Kristina Petrella said...

Happy SITS day! I'm so happy I stopped by! I am going to keep my eye on the throw down!

Julie said...

Looks like you're already having a great time on your SITS day! I too will start shoving junk into empty grocery bags soon...can't wait!

{april kennedy} said...

Oh Kirsty...that was great! I think I need to come back to SITS! Did you know I was a saucy blogger once....do they even still have that? Hope you have a fun day with all your party people!

POM said...

Hey lady! Happy SITS Day to you...you deserve it!! I really enjoy your blog...especially your all about me page...you've had quite the colorful life to this point...can't wait to read more! You have beautiful kids btw! Happy holidays to you and your family!

Angelia (Texas) said...

Oh this great! You are ever so gracious. Hot chocolate? Why yes! Thank you! Your table setting is looovely dahlink. You really did the place up nice. I absolutely LOVE the bribes. I mean GIVEAWAYS!!! :-) Lol.

Very cute, I definitely clean with plastic bags too. Genius!

Can't believe hubby missed out on that manna! Thank you for all the recipes.

2010 has a special meaning for me as well. Hope you get your number. :-)

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Sounds like fun!

Melissa Papaj Photography said...

Hello Sitstah! Congrats on being the featured blogger!

POM said...

Btw-so excited to be entered into your Twitter GIVEAWAY contest...you didn't have to bribe me though, I would've followed anyway...Though I completely support bribing for followers...this social networking thang aint as easy as it looks!

Jessica Jones, ATL Mom of 3 said...

Happy Happy SITS Day!

I am a piano teacher...but I don't cook for my students...I suck : (
and those earrings are to die for so...PICK ME PICK ME

Mama Kat said...

You have a lot to say...and I like it. This hot chocolate is delicious by the way. And I love your lists!

Anonymous said...

I just stopped by for the first time SITsta!!! Love what I am reading!Can't wait to try the dip and keep up with you! Jordan J*

Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique said...

Thank you for the warm welcome, i'll have a cup of hot chocolate please!

Congrats on being featured today, its your day so enjoy it and have fun :)

Christy said...

i'm all up in the grocery bag "cleaning" method....I have also been known to fill suitcases and moving boxes acting as if I just came from the fictitious storage unit. Oh..if you have an extra car..the trunk works too!
You are extremely funny..i really enjoy your blog and am pouring my second cup of tea to go back for more!
Merry Christmas
Congrats on your SITS day

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

Congrats on being Saucy today!! How very generous of you to do a giveaway. I sure wish I'd thought of that when it was my turn. :)

Melissa said...

Lucky us that SITS decided to feature you! And don't worry, I'll be back! Fun read!

Merry Christmas!

Jennifer said...

Fun post!
If you visit my house you will have to take your shoes off, it is custom after all... Plus it helps keep the red dirt out of the house. The good is youwon't need to worry about long pant issues out here; the bad is I'll worry about what the kids ate/created/ or otherwise messed that's still on the floor & you might step upon :P

Missy said...

Oh my! You are hilariously funny! I cannot wait to check out the rest of your blog. I am sure I will be in the running for that gift card.

Congrats on your SITS day!

The Redhead Riter said...

Now I'm spreading the word and I hope you don't mind, but it is for a good cause...

IT COSTS YOU NOTHING…Please do this for a sick child. http://theredheadriter.blogspot.com/2009/12/if-youre-blessed-take-minute.html

Phunkyrockgal said...

I'm here from SITS. I'm totally interested in the Throwdown!

I signed up to follow you!

Have a wonderful day!

a pina colada said...

Hello creative lady! Love your fun blog and creative writing! Can't wait to enjoy reading the rest of your posts.

bluecottonmemory said...

I recognize that green and blue sweater in the Christmas Card! My little guy just outgrew his! I LOVED him in it because he was just as cute as yours!!!!

I love your scent - it was my favorite, too, but I cannot find it anymore!

I love your post! It has EVERYTHING!

Merry Christmas and Congrats on your day in the spotlight! You are shining brightly!

Lisa(july) said...

i'm here for the party. And I read you everyday, so i'll make it official and be a 'follower':)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

party party party!! i love your post. very funny. :)

-Lauren
lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Jen Sue Wild said...

Whahoo I love a good Party!!! Party Paty Party!!!

I love that I get to keep my shoes on and all the fun giftys!!

Happy Sits day to you happy SITS day too you! You look like a fun bloger and you read like one too.

Yep I am a dork!!

Mad Woman said...

Happy SITS day!! I'm so glad I came over. You're hilarious. I'll definitely be back!! (You may regret that..I can't say for sure).

I'm a follower now :) Just about to grab you on Twitter. I'll try to avoid grabbing anything naughty.

Charlene said...

Happy SITS Day!!! Enjoy your day, I'll have to come back later when I'm more coherent and read some more.

Mommy Dear said...

Congrats, Kirsty! You totally deserve it because your blog rocks and you always make me lol!

Maybe I'll go back to SITS. It's been a while. Happy Holidays!

misnomer said...

I'll have some of what you are having ;-)

chrisy said...

Congratulation! Happy SITS day!and Merry Christmas. I am intriqued by shea butter sock! Hmm, can see myself comming back over and over to see your fun things and post.

Jamie Cooks It Up! said...

You are a hoot!
Merry Christmas!

Mz. Jazie said...

Come on Let's PARTY!! I sooo love parties. I also don't like people taking off their shoes at my house but they seem to do it anyway. Did you create that photo of the shoes it's cute :)... After reading that you have inspired me to dance around the house even though it's 1:30am over here in NYC. Happy SITS day! Thnx

visit me sometimes at www.suso4real.blogspot.com

LiVe, LoVe, ShiNe! ::Shinistas::

I'm a full-time mummy... said...

Congrats on your SITS FB day!

Lisa in Oz said...

Shoving stuff into grocery bags = totally my style lol!

scrappysue said...

a giveaway AND a party! i love all those colourful shoes. happy sits day!!!

Littlesaur said...

That Baie Lekker recipe looks SO GOOD!

Brandi said...

Happy SITS say! I'm a newbie but I'll be back-hilarious!!

I'm a firm believer in not taking off your shoes as well.

Kimberly said...

So glad I stopped by. Thank you for the drink, and the party.

Sending you and your family warm wishes, and a very Merry Christmas.

Sarah Ruth said...

Happy SITS day! It is almost 2am here, but I WILL be back tomorrow to read more! Have a great day!

Diva (in Demand) said...

Happy SITS day! Your blog is hilarious! ESPECIALLY THE SHOE ISSUE! I have a friend who keeps footies on hand to give guests when they come to her house.....in case they're not wearing socks. I think that is so weird. And you made a point about the shoes being part of the look! lol Love it here....I'm coming back to visit again.

InspiredDreamer said...

Happy SITS day!! You are indeed a great hostess, and never you mind the dramatic lighting, I'll keep my shoes on. :)

I'm a follower now!

Have an Extraordinary Day!

Amy said...

I live in Zambia (I'm an American missionary) so I am practically your home country neighbor (or neigbour).

Love your blog. So much fun.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Soumds like quite the party, I'm glad I could make it! I'd invite you back, but I'm afraid I'm a stickler for shoes, because it's just not possible to reach my house without getting muddy shoes! You're welcome to read my blog with your shoes on, though ;)

Ghada said...

Merry Christmas and happy SITS day! I'm going over to read about your scandal!!!

When did I become my Mom said...

A fellow "favourite"-er! Let's bring some colour to the party girl!

Thus has been a fun visit so far and it's just getting started! Off to check ur links!

Nancy said...

love it love it love it and I will return!
Merry Christmassssssss!
Nancy

alessandra said...

Happy SITS day, fellow stranger (I'm italian ) It's better not to ask for 2010 followers, think at all the time it needs to read the comments ;-)

Pink Martini said...

Popping over from SITS to say hello. I'm also a last minute cleaner and wonder why I can't do it days sooner. What is up with that?? :) Have a great holiday. You'll get it all done. We always do somehow.

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Congrats on your SITS day! Never fear, I always like to keep my shoes on and don't expect others to take off theirs when visiting me either.

Yaya said...

Congrats on your sits day!!!

swishing jeans....lol!

beautiful family!

Happy Holidays!

pixielation said...

This has to be the fullest, most well roundedest, chock-a-block packed full of goodness post I've ever EVER read!

happy SITS day! I am off to poke my nose in all the other doors of the house now (one of THOSE party guests!)

Christine said...

Good Morning Kirsty! The hostess with the mostess...that is for certain!
Congrats on your big day & thanks for the fun & warm welcome!!

erica said...

Happy SITS day!
Love your sense of humor!

Charlene said...

I knew as soon as the SITS Gals posted the name of your blog that I would like you. You're cracking me up here! (And now following - good luck on your goal!) Love it!

Congrats on your SITS Day!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love your post. It flowed so easily from one idea to another.

I am definitely coming back to visit and am going to start following today.

Mary K Brennan said...

Awesome Blog. Enjoy your SITS Day! Can I put my shoes back on now?

Beth P. said...

Happy SITS day! Wow there was a lot going on, but you know what, I enjoyed every minute of it! I must say, the old "atmosphere lighting" trick is wonderful for wood floors, I agree! The shoes complete "the look" though? Not so much - because that would imply I HAVE a look.

Well anyway, I'm rambling. Enjoy your day, good luck getting to your 210 followers!

MoonNStarMommy said...

Ooooooooooooh you totally had me at hello! LOL.... I love Wit in the form of sarcasm, or is it sarcasm int he form of wit? Hummmmm ... whatever.

Congrats on being chosen "THE ONE" .. what a special honor!!

And Merry Christmas SITStah! I'm stealing the dip recipe!

Serendipity said...

Enjoy your FB day!

WhiteSockGirl said...

Congrats on being the FB of SITs! Hope you are having a fab fab day!

That recipe, is it Jan Ellis? Dit klink baie lekker! Ja, ek is ook Afrikaans!

Christina Lee said...

wow what a fun party!! Happy SITS day!

Mommies Time Out Today said...

Happy SITS FB Day! Glad I stopped by!

Laura said...

Happy SITS day! I am a follower now so I will be back ;)

Spot On Your Pants said...

well, i am wondering if santa likes frozen waffles instead of cookies. loved the part about the shoes and reaching 2010 comments. cool idea. enjoy your day. :-)

Missy said...

Your genius inspires me. I feel compelled to fill empty grocery bags with garbage and wear mismatched socks, possibly with holes in them.
I would have totally followed you without the offer of a GC, but since there's cash involved...
See you around.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Happy SITS Day!!

I think your featured blogger post is the BESTEST EVER in the 14 months I've been with SITS! Loved every bit of it!! And no, I'm not just saying that because you're offering bribes, aka gifts!!

Merry Christmas!

Jennifer said...

Congrats on your day!

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

What a cute blog you have! I too, tend to ramble, so I felt very much at home here! And now? I WANT those lovely earrings!

Happy SITS day - I will def be back for more!

Erin said...

Happy SITS day! Very funny stuff. I also hate it when people ask you to take your shoes off when you come inside. I can't wait to take a look around the rest of your blog.

T said...

Congratulations on your SITS day!

I hear you about the cleaning. The best laid plans.....

Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy said...

I was so pleased when I saw that you were today's FB on SITS! Happy SITS FB Day to you!!! I just love your blog!

JoeyRes said...

Lovely party! I am a chronic shoe remover. I feel really put out to have to leave them on. Could be that I frequently step in gross things. But my socks are always ugly.

Happy SITS Day!

Kati said...

Well, Happy SITS day :) I love your blog.. its awesome!

Brandi said...

Lol! Happy SITS Day! I completely agree with you about removing shoes -- it does tamper with the look. Which is bad, really really bad. Hope you enjoy your fantastic day! You're so sweet for giving away things as well!

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Have you seen the kitchen sink?

Oh wait, there it is, in the middle of your post!

Great introduction, you threw a little bit of everything in there, including a giveaway??? What a great idea! So happy to have "met" you :)

~Elizabeth
http://confessionsfromaworkingmom.blogspot.com

Sara- The Football Wife said...

I used to scrub my house from top to bottom to welcome the arrival of my MIL, but then her dog started peeing all over my house. In preparation for her arrival, I buy a can of Super Spot Shot and put it in her bedroom.

Merry Christmas, SITstah!

Holyoke Home said...

Happy SITS day, or whatever it's called? SITS featured fabulous day? SITS super blogger super duper day?

Holyoke Home can't make up its mind about shoes on or off. I think you've helped us decide!

knit1kids4 said...

You sound like such a fun blogger. I have such an urge to add you to my reader... OK I'll do it. Yep, you convinced me.

And the shoe thing. My mama taught me to take my shoes off at people's houses. But my feet get so cold. So I bring my slippers now. Although, you're right, it ruins the look. Anything for my mama.

Enjoy your SITS day!

Alissa said...

Congratulations on your SITS day! You have a great blog and a great sense of humor. Glad that you described that toothbrush catastrophe!

Brandy said...

I love this post! Happy SITS Day!

Dee said...

Love your post!

KarmaPearl said...

Happy SITS day! Your blog is great!!

BLOGitse said...

What a party! So many guests, good feeling... I like it here!
Have a great SITS day!

ps. I save your time if you're going to visit my blog (you don't need to go via profile page)

http://BLOGitse.blogspot.com

Pink & Green Mama said...

Happy SITS day! I'm up for a party since I'm snowed in here in VA - love the pirate hat, looks like me yesterday. cooking dinner. after playing dress up. when I decided I could pull of the pirate look for a bit longer. : )

fondly,
pink and green mama
marylea

Theta Mom said...

Woo Hoo! It sure is a party on this fine SITS day of yours! YAY!

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Hey Kirsty,
What a cute and funny blog! I know it must be difficult to be in the spotlight two days before Christmas but there are some of us who are stuck at work with "nothing" better to do than read blogs. I always spend a few minutes each morning living vicariously through other people and their blogs. Thanks for sharing your life and family with the world and doing it with such humor! Congrats on being the featured blogger today. Enjoy!

Anna

Jenny said...

Oh my. Happy SITS day! What a fun, upbeat and happy blog. I may need to drink my coffee next time before I visit, though! Merry, Merry!

Blia said...

I love your style! Stuffing things in grocery bags is just right up my alley too. I love your hilarious blog. Will definitely be back! Happy SITS Day!

Brittany said...

I wouldn't dare try getting the house ready a week in advance. The kids would just have it completely undone by the next day. No, much better to wait and throw everything in closets, under beds (or your method--grocery bags) the day before, perhaps the day of if they are arriving late.

Judy said...

Wow! Now I know what it feels like to be hyper! I feel like I just ran around the house in socks! You are hilarious! Have a very merry Christmas and Happy 2010!

Jessica said...

Happy Sits Day!! :) I was laughing so hard when I read your reason for not wanting people to take off their shoes...LOL, I have the same reasoning!! Hope you have a wonderful day and Merry Christmas (A little early)!

AmericanTribal said...

Hehehehe, this blog is awesome! :) Congratulations on your SITS Day!

butterfliesinmyhand said...

Funny!! Congrats on your special day! I hope you have a beautiful one (with shoes on :) )!

pk @ Room Remix said...

Happy SITS Day! What a fun post! I'm off to check out the rest of your blog. Enjoy your day...

Cheryl said...

This was an excellent party! :) I'll be continuing to follow, be sure to keep us updated on the throwdown!

Julie said...

Happy SITSday!!! I absolutely love the Nativity Notes. What a tradition to have with your family.

Looking forward to reading more (although my employer would not be keen on learning how much time I have spent here already today!)

...and what an awesome idea with the giveaways! WOW!

Have a great Christmas!
Blessings.

Dawn said...

Thanks for the laugh this morning-I laughed out loud about shoving everything into grocery bags-I'm cleaning my dining room/craft room this morning so we can eat on Christmas and this is exactly what I am going to do except with a trash bag! Love your sock list too! Happy SITS day!

Working Mommy said...

Merry Christmas!!! I am your newest follower and can't wait to read all of your tales of wit and wisdom - or just family making you go crazy! Congrats on your SITS day!

~WM

Lynn said...

Those earrings are cute! I love a party with gifts too. Happy SITS day.

My best, Lynn

Jacquelin said...

Happy SITS day! I will be back, great reading.
Merry Christmas!

Midday Escapades said...

Happy SITS Day to you! Now let the PAR-TAY begin! :0)

Jayde said...

That has got to be one of themost funny and entertaining feature posts I've read!! I will be sure to follow your blog from now on so I can see what else you've got going on!

Judy said...

Congratulations on your SITS day! I am really glad that I came across your blog and am highly enjoying it! :)

Post-Modern Jen said...

Congratulations on your SITS day, and thanks for the recipes!

Dionna said...

Excellent SITS post :) Love your sense of humor, I will be back!

Wendy said...

Love your sense of humor! Great blog! Merry Christmas SITS girl! :-)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

You sure know hot throw a party! Congrats

Stephanie Faris said...

Good morning and happy SITS day! I never thought about the shoe thing. I do it to be polite...because I feel people don't want me tracking mud or dirt through their houses. My brother-in-law is VERY compulsive about his socks. If they get dirty, he refuses to put his shoes on over them. He doesn't want to get the insides of his shoes dirty. I'd, honestly, never thought about it that way before!

Eva Gallant said...

Happy SITS day in the sun! I'm enjoying my visit so far. Now I have to click on the links!

Chrissy MacCEO said...

Thanks for sharing those recipes! Happy SITS day to you!!

Carla said...

Happy SITSday!! You are too funny:)

Jenny said...

Hey there! So much funny to see one of the blogs I already follow featured on SITS today! I always enjoy reading your blog and today you have outdone yourself! With giveaways too?!? What a SITSa. I would love love love those earrings to go with my new sassy pixie cut! And I am laughing about your hardwood floors b/c I feel the same way. You should see my children's socks at the end of the day. Come visit my blog and follow along!
Merry Christmas!

~Kristen~ said...

Happy SITS day!!! And I am going to follow your blog because I love what I have read so far!!! I would love if you would come visit and follow mine, too!!! :-)

sweetjeanette said...

Stopping by from SITS on YOUR DAY!
I've got one more to add to the list of why WE hate to take off our shoes... Spurs on your feet! It is painful!!! LOL and I'm afraid those that take their shoes off at my house probably won't leave with "compromised" socks! LOL

sweetjeanette.blogspot.com

Sheri Carpetenter said...

Happy SITS day!! Congrats. Off to read your other posts. Hope you have a great Christmas.
Sheri
New Blogs
http://miraclemomas.net
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Heather said...

ok, too much fun here! And I'm totally with you on not taking off the shoes, so thank you for letting me leave them on! I shall be back!

Have a very happy SITS day!

Rachel said...

Happy Sits day! Hope you are enjoying it! Funny blog. love your sense of humor!

Kathi said...

Congratulations Kristy! Cute post about taking shoes off. I feel the same way. Have a warm and cozy Christmas. Kathi

Kmama said...

Happy SITS day. You had quite the introduction!!

mama-face said...

I came by Sits and found I am staying. We have A LOT in common (I read your about page!!) and I love what you say and how you say it. A lot of it is my head but is stuck in there.

Congrats on your day and I can't wait to read more.
:)

Krysten said...

Holy wow, happy SITS day! Your entry made me insanely HYPER! Reading it got me totally giggly for no reason at all =-) Love it!

Montessori Moments said...

Thanks for the laugh this morning! I going to spend a bit of time going through your blog before I start decorating Christmas cookies with the little monkeys later today!
Happy SITS day!
Merry Christmas too!

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

Okay I have to tell you that I read your post twice because it was so witty and fun especially the shoe part lol. Happy sits day

bj said...

Hey...CONGRATS on your SITS DAY!!
Enjoy all the bloggy love!!
Come by to see me when you can....

JennyMac said...

Sounds like a great party! And congrats on your SITS day!

Lottie said...

Happy SITS day !

This blog certainly looks like one that will cheer me up, love your humor

p.s I'm a weird European too and spell Favourite and Colour the same, also say Bonnet not Hood, rubbish not Trash etc lol



Again Enjoy your day !

Kerri said...

Happy SITS day! You are hilarious. Looking forward to checking out some more posts.
Kerri
www.sickofmg.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

Happy SITS day! I love the energy of your place, awesome!

Sarah and the Gentlemen said...

I am very much enjoying your blog!

I live in an area where you are often expected to take off your shoes upon entering a home. Too often I forget beforehand and realize with dismay that my socks aren't up to snuff. Thanks for letting me keep my shoes on!

Happy SITS day!

Pam said...

Happy SITS Day! Hope you are able to find time for the manicure - or at least a minute to sit with your family in front of the tree (smile optional).

leigh said...

Happy SITs day. You are one wild lady! I like it!

XO
Leigh

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Happy SITS Day!!! I hope your day is fabulous! Thanks for the yummy recipes:) I'm off to read more and more....

MamaOtwins+1 said...

Congratulations on your SITS Day! And yes I am one of those out reading blogs two days before Christmas (because really I should be working, but need a break)
You have so much in this post, giveaways, recipes, shoes and party stuff! I am going to go read around, as a mom of three boys myself, I think I may be sticking around!

Shuggilippo said...

Happy SITS Day Sista!!

I love your humor. I about died at the "taking your shoes off at other people's houses". Baha!

xo

{lorelai♥lette} said...

Great to finally have a South African whose been featured! Congratulations where abouts do you live? Im in Gauteng!

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Great Blog
Lady Sunflower

Mama B said...

Happy SITS day! I wish I had the energy for a more creative comment, but the cold bug is fogging my head!

Merry Christmas!

Rebecca Jo said...

wow... you know how to throw a party... what a fun SITS day post!

Enjoy your day!

saltsays said...

SITSTAHS IN DA HOUSE!!!

*throws gang sign*

I L-O-V-E your blog. Thanks for the fabulous recipes! I think this is the warmest welcome I've ever seen!

Happy SITS Day!

Michele McGraw (ScrappinMichele) said...

How the heck have I not seen your blog before. I love it! So glad the SITS girls pointed it out today. Definitely adding it to my reader.

I'm having so much fun at the party and I kept my shoes on just for you! :D

Julia said...

Found you on SITS and ironically, I just got back from 4.5 months in South Africa...a beautiful country! :)

Kim said...

Oh, you are right about being featured right before Christmas! And a note: That stack of shoes is totally fictitious, because if kids left them there, none would match!

WaitingForMyMiracle said...

Joan Cusack in Nine Months.

Girl, I'm all over that movie. Love this blog- just started over at SITS! Thanks for the laughs.

Mommyof2girlz said...

I'm ready to party Whoot Whoot..lol Love the picture of the 80's shoes..pretty sure I owned a few of those pairs. Happy SITS day, you have a beautiful family. Happy Holidays :)

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Hello! Wonderful party! Thanks for inviting us!

Anne said...

Ha, I love the recipe title... ALL PIANO TEACHERS ARE NICE!!

Karen said...

Congratulations & Happy SITS day!

I hate taking my shoes off too, its just too creepy. I never ask people to take off their shoes. I really don't want to see or smell stinky feet.

Karen

anne said...

happy day to you, funny site have a great day!!

lifeissweet16 said...

I hear you on the jeans! My problem isn't that my legs are too short necessarily, but that they are too long for petite and too short for regular. So I either wear high waters or too-long pants.

Guess which I choose so as not to appear Urkleish.

A Diary of Lovely said...

Great reading, very funny :) Cheers! will come again for sure!

Amber W. said...

I will admit, I stopped by because of SITS, but I'm so glad I did! I wouldn't have had the opportunity to stumble upon your site any other way. I look forward to reading your blog posts to come!

kellyjorichards said...

Congratulations SITStah! What a gem of a blog! You already have me cracking up and I've only read one post!
I am so excited to blogstalk you. Off I go!

kellyjorichards said...

Congratulations SITStah! What a gem of a blog! You already have me cracking up and I've only read one post!
I am so excited to blogstalk you. Off I go!

kellyjorichards said...

Congratulations SITStah! What a gem of a blog! You already have me cracking up and I've only read one post!
I am so excited to blogstalk you. Off I go!

Turtles In North Dakota said...

I always am up for a good party! Happy SITS day!

P.S. I am following Ü. Hope you reach your goal.

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

I say this with the utmost respect and fondness . . . You're Nuts! But I love it. So many things I love in your post, but mainly the taking shoes off part.

My grandson used to run around our house in stocking feet. But after trying to get formerly white-socks-turned-black clean, he now must wear shoes at all times!

Hey, have a great SITS day. Thanks for the giggles.

Pricilla said...

Enjoy your SITS day.
I hope you don't mind goat droppings.....
Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.

carol said...

I will keep my shoes on and definitely won't ask you to take yours off. If you do you might get a cheerio stuck to your sock....or a piece of candy cane.

Kristin said...

Love your fun attitude, love your style, love your humor!! Have a wonderful SITS day!

Melanie said...

Thank you for making me laugh! I love your blog!!!

Melanie said...

Thank you for making me laugh! I love your blog!!!

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

What a fun present to be a SITS FB the week of Christmas! Hope you have a great day. You deserve it! :)

Ms Bibi said...

Wow, you can throw a great blog party.Very funny post.
Beautiful family, great Christmas card.
....and gifts too? You rock.

Happy SITS Day!

Coretta said...

Hi from SITS. You're hilarious. Love that Martha red and white table display. Love that you love Krispy Kreme. I found one in Tokyo (just arrived back and starting my recaps) and it was a glorious, calorie-filled, glazed puff of home. Have a Merry Christmas!

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

Wow! What an intro!!! The pressure is on! I gotta come up with mine still.:)

Caroline said...

Congratulations on your SITS day, and thank you so much for sharing the two recipes for dip and "Very Yummy." I will definitely be back!

Nice to "meet" you!

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

Oy Domestic Dork pretty much stole what I was going to say. Just a few minutes too late I see. No matter that is some kind of awesome intro my dear.

Caroline said...

And P.S. Your family is BEAUTIFUL!

Jo said...

Hi, Kirsty--I'm Jo, visiting from SITS, of course.

I don't OWN SITS, by the way. Just thought I should clarify that.

Sheesh--get all technical on me why don't ya?

Now onto your weird medical thing (I actually took the time to read your '87 Things About Me' post: I am amused, enchanted, etc. ::Enter next adjective::): I have--are you ready for it?--'Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia'. Go figure.

Also just filed for bankruptcy (after losing our home of 16 years last year), am estranged from my 23 year old daughter and am highly neurotic and needy (think Woody Allen with boobs--frightening, eh?)--and my dirty little secret is that I'm somewhat smart so, I, like, um, totally get everything you wrote and I like.

Just thoguht I should get all my filthy, disgusting laundry aired and out in the open right away so we can move on to other topics.

I'm hoping we could be blog friends as I'm digging your blog, writing style and humor (yes, I said 'digging'--I'm also trying to bring 'groovy' back. It'll catch on.).

Finally, and without further adieu, congratulations on being todays featured SITS blogger. It is indeed well deserved.

Consider me a new follower--you may also consider me for a role in the next Clive Owen film but not sure how much clout you have so I'll just move on and wish you and yours a Merry Christmas.

Peace, love, happiness and health,
~Jo
'Diary Of A Sad Housewife'

The Park Wife said...

Happy SITS day! Great blog party, could you just make the dip for me? I am feeling a little over-whelmed today.

When you bring it over, wear black socks so you will not see all the dirt on my floors!

Merry Christmas,
The Park Wife

Stacy said...

Well happy SITS day to you! How cute are you? Love your blog. And I have bags and bags and BAGS of stuff hidden in my room that I promised myself I would put away as soon as the guests left. And I would recycle any of the paper not needed. And I would throw out anything I had duplicates (or octuplates) of. Yeah, never gonna happen. :)

I signed up to be a follower. Can't wait to read some more!

Megan said...

I've fallen in love with your sense of humour!

Stacy said...

So I just read the rest of your blogs on this page and saw the quote from Pres Monson. I'm LDS too! Yay us! Somehow I missed all the LDS stuff on the right hand side of your screen! Silly me! How fun to find another LDS gal on SITS.

Regina said...

Kirsty....CONGRATS on being the FB for the day on SITS!! I LOVE your blog and will come back often. It's so nice to meet a fellow bouncer. (what my DH calls me when I'm posting...says my words make me sound happy and bouncey)

Merry Christmas to you and yours and the very best holiday wishes.

Hugs from a fellow SITSta, Regi

AJ said...

Okay funny lady. If I follow you... will you follow me? I am nothing if not selfish! ;)

Actually you made me laugh, and read more than one post, so I suppose I must follow you now... it would be silly NOT to.

Sammy said...

Happy SITS day! You have a beautiful family, and cute blog! BTW I can't wait to try the Mexicali dip sounds delish!

Joanne said...

Well you certainly do have the wit you mentioned! What a funny post! :) Thanks to YOU, as the craziness of the holidays is upon us, for taking the time to write us such a lovely post incorporating so many wonderful things, and for the BEAUTIFUL giveaways! Happy holidays to you and your super adorable family. I'll be back! :)

2busy said...

Happy SITS DAY! You are so witty! I so enjoyed reading your post. I may become a new follower. I'm always looking for fellow bloggers with lots of wit. Merry Christmas!

Crissa Pollmann Robertson said...

Happy SITS Day! Way to go! So glad I followed the link! Thanks!

TornadoTwos said...

Congrats on being today's featured blogger! I hope you get all the comment love you deserve, even though it's so close to Christmas. Everyone needs a computer break, right?

Juliet Grossman said...

Happy SITS Day! I hate having to take shoes off at others' houses too. I never realized before you wrote it here but yes, having the jeans be a few inches too short is annoying and makes you feel shrimpy. I also don't always have my feet (or especially my kids' feet) ready for public viewing...

One Cluttered Brain said...

Really? You are giving me all this? WOW! (Psst. I don't really like taking my shoes off at people's house anyway--socks might not match OR they might be holey. :)
I'm hungry now. My computer is broken and can't accept food virtually yet. DARN! I'll just have to make those yummy dips myself. They sounds heavenly. I've been making fudge and other goodies lately. I haven't been commenting much on the FB lately--you know it being Christmas and all but I decided to click today. AND I am glad I did! YOU sound AWESOME! I read your info about you, and found out YOU are LDS? No way?! Me TOO! *jumping up and down and high fiving you* YES! I LOVE meeting fellow Mormon bloggers! I am going to be a follower for sure. (You might also want tno do the same, because in Jan. I am having an opportunity to review Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs...You know the movie? Very fun. It was a book before the movie of course--cute book. Any-hoo, Sony Home Entertainment might give me the movie to giveaway to my readers...Exciting huh? YEAH!!!
Okay. It's Christmas. I have to go spend some time with the family. LONGEST Comment in history huh? I feel like we can have a great blogger relationship...YAHOO. After all this Christmas mess and SITS mess dies down I hope you will stop by my blog...:) Merry christmas to you and your CUTE family....My blog address is http://oneclutteredbrain.blogspot.com

Kristin @ Meanbean said...

Happy SITS days!! I'm totally checking out the throwdown..it's about time I stop complaining and actually do something... :)

Just Breathe said...

Happy SITS Day! Great post.
Have a very wonderful holiday.

Tammy said...

First off, Happy SITS day! I am new to blogging. I love your creativity in posting...love the humor. I will be back. In fact, I just took your button to put on my blog...if you have a chance, take a look at mine. (Now remember, I just started out so please give me some slack on everything) :) Enjoy your day!
http://tammystwocents-tammy.blogspot.com/

Peggy said...

WOW! It's your SITS day and you are the one giving away gifts! I LOVE the earrings...very retro!

Enjoy your day!

Peggy
who loves shea butter ;-)

Lorri Jeanne said...

Happy SITS day! This is my first time visiting and I'm loving it[URL=http://www.postsmile.com/][IMG]http://www.postsmile.com/img/emotions/88.gif[/IMG][/URL]

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

Thanks for making me feel so welcome! What a great blog!!

"And so our stories go..." said...

Love the Christmas mug. Did you make it? Too cool.
Mary

Leah Rubin said...

Hey, I didn't have internet connection yesterday, so happy SITS day a day late! Love the blog-- I'm a follower now. I think we have a lot in common-- come check me out, too.

So my house is DEFINITELY not gleaming today (or any other) because we are in the process of having the carpeting (ungodly old and grungy) replaced, so the chaos is worse than ever. They are actually nearly done, so I should be putting things away, but I SO needed a blog-break! Yay-- I found YOU!

Thanks for the entertainment!

Star Forbis said...

Cute Blog. Congrats on being the featured Blogger today!

The Graceful Stitch said...

Happy SITS featured blogger day!!!!!!

LOUD n PROUD said...

OMG I love your blog and your enthusiasm!Congrats on you SITS day,well deserved,I love a party and your blog is a PARTY!
Happy Holidays!!

Mommy Kennedy said...

Hello Fellow SITSta!

Great blog! Too funny!

I would love to win those earrings for the simple fact that the artist's last name is Kennedy too!

Kat @ TodaysCliche.com said...

Love you blog; have 3 boys and 1 girls as well! How old are yours? Great to connect!

Shawn said...

You are a fun, chatty gal, huh? Congrats on your SITs day!


Great giveaways, by the by...

Shawn said...

Whoops! I forgot to post under my real persona....

Helene said...

I totally laughed hysterically when I read your reasons for not wanting to take your shoes off and not wanting others to take their shoes off when visiting your house. I've actually had friends mention how black their socks are from being shoeless in my home. Nice friends, huh? I should tell them that they're more than welcome to sweep and mop my floors if it bothers that much or better yet HOST THE PLAYDATE AT THEIR OWN HOMES!!

Love your sense of humor...we're gonna get along just swimmingly (now, name that movie!!)

Helene said...

Oh and Happy SITS day!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

sounds like lots of fun! happy sits day!

Aaron said...

Great Blog, Babe! I love you so very much and am lucky to be your hubbie. (said in a manly cool way of course - you may swoon now.)

Pooh