• Stationery
  • Holiday Love from Our Family to Yours

    We’ve returned from the long holiday weekend. We’re exhausted, our stomachs are full of Christmas turkey, and our house is a wreck. While I spend the next week getting my Gator booty back in work mode (along with some house maintenance), I’ll share with you our little holiday postcard we sent out to our family, friends, and blog-buddies.

    When I started putting together our holiday card for our first Christmas as a married couple, Mr. Knight wasn’t much help. He didn’t want to send out any cards, especially any cards with our picture on them. He said, “everyone has a gazillion pictures of us from this year, this is overdoing it.” So, since I seemed to be the only one who recognized the importance of sending a card our first year of marriage, I got to work designing.

    I put together a little postcard with cut images of us from our honeymoon and images of our two little fur-babies. I had a lot of fun putting these together and the response from our family and friends have made the decision to make them all-the-more satisfying.

    We ordered 100 postcards through Overnight Prints. 100 seems a bit excessive, but since I was sending some holiday love out to my Weddingbee friends too, 100 seemed like not enough (but Mr. Knight had to pull the plug somewhere). Sending postcards instead of full cards also saved us on postage (about $16 on postage).

    We’ve enjoyed receiving holiday cards this year, we’ve received somewhere around 40 cards, and I have the PERFECT project for these cards to commemorate our first Christmas as a married couple. I’ve been meaning to do this project for our wedding cards too, but time seems to slip by and that project seems further and further from getting done. Hopefully I will complete this one within a few weeks of Christmas. We’ll see!

    I hope all my Gator-lovahs had a wonderful holiday and are gearing up for the Outback Bowl! Go Gators!

  • DIY
  • A Second Life for Cake Toppers

    As Christmas ornaments!!!

    This Christmas, I have searched high and low for a knight ornament for Mr. Knight’s alma mater (and namesake). I even contacted Bunnywithatoolbelt (who made our cake toppers) to make a miniature knight ornament for us, but a custom piece proved to be a little more expensive then I had in mind. Then I thought, why not make our sweet little cake toppers into ornaments?

    Hello, I love you.

    They aren’t really doing anything right now, and we really haven’t decided what we were going to do with them (besides store them safely).

    I had thought about putting them on a shelf, but with frisky kitties I’ve learned to not leave anything sentimental/expensive out to be knocked down. I had thought of placing them in a shadow box with our invitation and picture from our wedding, but that just didn’t seem quite right to me. So, when making them into ornaments came to mind, I thought “perfect.”

    When I told Mr. Knight about my idea, I believe his response (via Gchat) was “OMG YES.” Love him♥

    I wanted to be as minimally invasive as possible with these precious pieces. I just simply took some extra string I had and tied them around the neck of each. I know, sounds really awful that I hung our little toppers by their necks.

    And VIOLA! These babies are now fabulous little additions to our Christmas tree!
    I apologize for the terrible images. Mr. Knight would scold me if he knew I was uploading these images for a post!

    Don’t you just love them? I sure do.

    We plan to keep them safe and sound in our wedding box when they aren’t on our tree. Bringing them out each year will be so much fun, because it will make us go through all our wedding memories. :) Besides, putting our tree up every year is like taking a trip down memory lane as most of our ornaments were picked up from places we visited together, and special memories which connect us both. Our cake topper ornaments will just be the icing on the cake. Get it? Oh boy, I’m getting lame!

    Now, I just have to pray to the Kitty Gods that Gator Kitty and Pepper will leave our precious cake toppers alone.

    What are your plans for your cake toppers after your wedding? Will they go into storage? Do you have a special project from them? Or, will you follow my lead and make them into fabulous ornaments for your Christmas Tree?

  • Videos
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree :: My Favorite Snapshots

    In all we took 650+ pictures to create our “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” video. We had a lot of fun shooting this video and some of the 650+ snapshots make me laugh so hard when I see them. Whether it’s us high-fiving each other for getting all 4 strands of lights on the tree, a cuddle break with Pepper, or a kiss beside the tree, there were tons of ‘gems’ hidden within our video.

    Here are a few of my favorite snapshots. :)

    Giving some love to our Pepper-dear.♥
    Gator Kitty was being super unsociable during the decorating.

    Yes! We got the lights to work!
    Giving ourselves a thumbs up for getting all 4 strands of lights on the tree.
    I told Mr. Knight that 2 strands were enough, he disagreed. Good thing we have a faux tree or it would probably light on fire from all the lights on it. lol.

    A little kiss kiss by the tree. :)
    Putting my favorite Gator ornament on the tree. Albert’s so cool he deserved his own snapshot!

    Another reason I love doing this video every year (besides the awesomeness of showing it to our kids in the future) is that it guarantees we’ll have pictures of the two of us at Christmas. You can’t imagine how hard it is to get a fun picture of the two of us at Christmas (or any other time).

    This week we are set to finally receive a proof of our Wedding video. I am BEYOND excited about this. I can’t wait to FINALLY see (and hear) all the fun things that happened that day. With about 12 hours of footage our videographer captured, she had a lot to go through (with Grad school, other jobs, and teaching on top of that!).

    Only 6 more days to Christmas and tons of family time! Where did this year go?

  • Food
  • Easy and Yummy Peppermint Bark

    Now, I’m not a big cook. Just ask anyone in my family. Mr. Knight does the bulk of the cooking while I do the baking. I love making yummy holiday treats to share with our friends and family. When I saw this easy recipe for Peppermint Bark over on Shannon’s blog, Shannanigans, I knew I had to try it. Just look at those results! Yum Yum!

    Mine didn’t turn out looking exactly like Shannon’s bark. My bottom layer blended a little too much with my top layer of white chocolate (I was a little hasty and didn’t wait till the bottom layer was completely solid). Either way, super pretty or not, it all goes to the same place and tastes amazing going down. :)

    Here’s her recipe:

    What you’ll need –

    • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 bag white chocolate chips
    • 1 bag of Starlight peppermint candies (you really need only 20 pieces)

    Directions –

    1. Lay a piece of parchment (or wax, as we did) paper on a cookie sheet.
    2. Melt the chocolate chips. I did as she mentioned, doing a double boiler with a bowl over boiled water.
    3. Spread the melted chocolate on the parchment/wax paper in the cookie sheet. Place in fridge.
    4. Place 20 unwrapped peppermint candies in a ziploc bag and smash those babies into little pieces. We didn’t have a meat cleaver so I used a metal orange squeezer (is that what they’re called?).
    5. Melt the white chocolate chips.
    6. Sift the mints to separate the small pieces from the dust and mix the dust into the melted white chocolate (yum yum).
    7. Take the cookie sheet out of the fridge and spread the white chocolate on top and finish it off by sprinkling the small peppermint pieces on top.
    8. Throw that puppy in the fridge and wait 20 minutes. I might suggest waiting a bit longer, or even leaving them overnight, as ours took awhile to “set.”
    9. After waiting an excruciating long time to eat these treats, take them out of the fridge and break them into pieces.
    10. Feed to husband.

    What treats do you plan to make this holiday season?

  • Videos
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

    This past weekend we unpacked our holiday decor, turned up the Christmas tunes, put on our Santa hats, and got our camera set up for our annual Christmas tree video. Annual is a relatively new revelation. We had so much fun making the video last year (inspired by the folks over at Young House Love), we thought we’d try our hand at it again with a few changes. But, enough of my yappin’, why don’t you see for yourself.

    Stop Motion Christmas 2010 from Mrs Gator on Vimeo.

    The video was shot with Mr. Knight’s Nikon D60 with a fisheye lens he received for Christmas last year from Gator Mom and Gator Dad. My favorite part is the ending, I loves it. Makes me smile, smile, smile. :)

    Since this wasn’t our first rodeo, we knew a little of what to expect and had a little fun with the snapshots. If you view in full screen you will see some high fivin’, a thumbs up, silly faces, and a cameo by our newest family member, Pepper.

    I love putting up our tree every year because it is something we do together. I guess you can say this little video is now a tradition for us.

    Do you have any holiday tasks you look forward to each year because you get to complete the task with the help of your significant other? Wrapping gifts? Putting up lights? Shoveling the sidewalk (for you northerners, lol)? I’d love to hear!

    Check out last year’s video!