Thursday, November 27, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
*Love the suggestions for vintage, by the way. You guys are funny.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I need some suggestions! Here are a few that have been offered so far:
- earrings from yesteryear...
- the chain from a necklace older than your granny's panties...
- a pendant from days of yore...
- made with elderly beads...
- this bracelet is no spring chicken...
- just plain old.
Got any more?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Secondly, keep checking. There are so many fun ideas bouncing around in my head right now! And this weekend mom and I get to hit up all the bead stores in Nashville...YEAH!
I wish I had more time. Isn't that everyone's deal? But honestly, if I could get an extra hour, this is what I would be doing:
Only there would be a John Jay in the picture too. But I should check with him before I cash in my extra hour. I'm sure he needs an extra week at this point. I don't know how he does what he does.
He's our hero.
Oh, also, I love how I'm the one watching the Baby Einstein in this picture...
Side Note: Go buy some of this and put it in your coffee. This eggnog is so thick and good. I just threw back my morning cup of joe in record time.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Remember these? I try to keep a batch of them in the freezer for quick breakfasts. This week I had some pumpkin on hand...I added golden raisins, cloves and nutmeg. Judah's been gobbling them up. The pumpkin was left over from this recipe:
Pumpkin Loaf With Cream Cheese Ribbon:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup veggie oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Cream Cheese Mixture:
6-8 oz. cream cheese, softened
a little butter, softened
1/3 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. grated orange rind (this was good!)
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda. Also cream together the cream cheese mixture.
2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, 1/4 cup of water, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly.
3 Pour half the batter into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Top with a layer of the cream cheese mixture. Pour remaining pumpkin batter on top. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
A rat/squirrel had jumped down our chimney and was walking along the top of the laundry basket that I left on the hearth. (He left little soot prints along the edge!) It was too dark and early to tell which critter it was, so we officially went with squirrel, since they are cute, crazy and a lot less gross than rats.
John Jay manned his post (from up on the bed with a broom in hand) for over an hour until our maintenance people could come board it up. Unfortunately, that is their long-term solution since the bricks around the chimney are crumbling and would have to be completely replaced to avoid more intrusions.
Ew. Plywood boards over the fireplaces? It looks like we live in an abandoned gas station.
Well, not anymore! My solution?
Why bother with messy, hot fires when you can have this beautiful, lukewarm addition year round!? Complete with hand-painted crown molding!
The bedroom fireplace serves as a memento to our special visitor.
Good-bye fireplaces, hello cheeky art.