Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I find myself more and more inspired by things more muted (and by muted I'm talking about color). A recent sneak peak on design*sponge really hit home and I've looked at it many times since it was posted. I had to share these two bedrooms with you because (to me) they are simply gorgeous. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. The title of the sneak peak is Dutch Canal Home by Uxus.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Clive is one of the sweetest little boys! He was feeling really perky on Saturday and was so good! He really loved his biscuit too.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Two 3oz boxes of cherry Jello
1 lb. raw cranberries
½ orange with rind (Yep! That's right. Just wash an orange thoroughly and cut it in half. Pop out any seeds that you see.)
1 regular can crushed pineapple (drained)
2 cups sugar
½ cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
½ cup celery (optional)
Make Jello according to directions. Grind cranberries and orange in a food processor. Combine all ingredients together. Put in bowl and chill in fridge to set.
This recipe is so great. I do use the celery and it adds a nice touch as well as a little extra crunch. Hmm. I think I might have to eat some of the leftovers right now.
Here are some pictures from our dinners over at the Ledger house and Powers' Mountain.
Be careful shopping!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I love this one of Kim. Ethan was trying to squirm away but it's still cute. We'll get some more pictures once Phil's knee is feeling better. :o)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
What an incredible feeling! We could see it's little heart just beating away. The baby is 6 weeks old and my due date is July 15th!
After we left my doctors office, Dan and I went straight to the after-hour care facility so he could get his throat examined. After about 2 hours there, we were finally able to get his prescription and go home. Needless to say, it was an interesting day that (thankfully) ended on a very good note. The baby was very hungry when we finally returned home so I treated it to a spinach salad with cream cheese and pear and a little extra comfort food since it behaved so well at it's first doctor's appointment. :o)
Sleep well everyone! I know that we will. Thank you, Lord!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
We went to downtown Boston for dinner. We didn't realize that we would be so close to the city! It was so awesome. I was really hoping for some seafood and the Barking Crab didn't disappoint. It was a little creepy at first but we soon got used to the lobster's antenna brushing against our arms and we cracked off it's claws. Eww! It tasted sooooo good!
You can see how excited I am. :o)
Us outside of the Barking Crab on the harbor in Boston. Happy birthday to me!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
3 Tablespoons apple juice
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar (or white if you don't have the cider version)
1 Tablespoon sugar
3 cloves of garlic, minced (I press the cloves with my handy-dandy garlic press)
black pepper to taste
I use about 3/4 of a pound of flank steak for a black and blue salad. Slice the meat into smallish pieces (approximately 1" pieces). Toss the meat and let marinate for about 15 minutes. Pour the meat and marinade into a non-stick skillet and cook on high heat for 5-10 minutes. The marinade caramelizes and give the meat and nice sticky coating. Very tasty.
I also had to share another beef recipe that I tried a few weeks ago. It too was very good and definitely a keeper! Thanks David and Edie!
4 cans of Campbell's golden mushroom soup
2 packages of Lipton onion soup mix
Tenderize meat according to directions. I poked it all around with a fork and generously sprinkled Adolph's tenderizer - original unseasoned. Coat the entire roast with flour and brown it in a large skillet. Line a glass 9 x 13 baking dish with aluminum foil (I double lined mine). Place the browned roast on the foil. Sprinkle both packages of the onion soup mix on top of the roast. Spread the four cans of soup over the roast. Pour in one cup of water. Cover the top tightly with foil and bake for four hours in a 325* oven on the center rake. Do not open the foil during the four hours.
The golden mushroom soup and the onion soup mix make an awesome gravy for mashed potatoes!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I finished my Martha Stewart magazine today. At the end of each magazine is a "cookie of the month" recipe. I flipped to the end and discovered a recipe for Cowboy cookies. I read the ingredients and HAD to make them. They did not disappoint. Here's the recipe...
Here are the results! A sea of very tasty cookies. Dan approves. :o)
I'm also pleased to announce that my first acorn squash of the season is in the oven. I'm pretty stoked about it. It's the perfect fall side dish. Just cut one in half and place the two halves face down in a 9x13 glass baking dish with about a 1/2 inch of water. Bake at 350* for about 40-45 minutes. Flip over the halves and put a 1/2 tablespoon of butter in each half and some brown sugar to taste. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Scoop out of the rind and enjoy! If you're in the mood for something more savory than sweet, use salt and pepper instead of brown sugar. For those of you who have never tried acorn squash it's similar in taste to a sweet potato except more squashy (if that makes any sense). I hope you like it!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We made it home safely from Big Fork, Montana! We were in desperate need of a vacation and visiting the McCauleys in their new home town really cured what ailed us. We arrived LATE on Thursday the 18th. Matt, Kindra and Lana were all waiting at the airport to greet us. We could just barely see the blue silhouettes of the mountains as we drove to their house. The "McCauley B&B" was perfectly clean (how could we expect anything less :o). We spent our first full day hanging out in the little town of Polebridge. The whole town is run off of a generator. Dan and Matt took a swim in Bowman Lake and about froze to death. The second day we went to Many Glacier in Glacier National Park and saw a full grown moose! It was awesome! We were probably a little too close... Got some great pictures though! All of us took some much-needed naps on Sunday. Dan and I headed to White Fish on Monday to do some souvenir shopping and found an awesome restaurant called Loulo's. If you're ever in White Fish, Montana you have to check it out! Their huckleberry-blackberry pie was some of the best pie we had ever eaten. We looked out the front door on Tuesday morning to see some fresh white powder on the mountains! Needless to say, Dan and I were a bit chilly when we started our hiking that day. Jim, Melanie and their little girl Hanna (good friends of the McCauleys) came over for dinner on Tuesday. The beef stroganoff was wiped out (my deepest thanks to Betty Crocker for the recipe). Dan and I spent our last full day exploring Flat Head Lake. We passed orchard after orchard. Cherries, peaches, apples, pears. Pies anyone? Or how about some canning? Thursday's flights home were cake. Flying over the mountains was absolutely incredible. Coming home to electricity was quite satisfying as well. What a great vacation! We can't wait to visit Big Fork again.
Monday, September 15, 2008
This summer has been quite eventful. I promise to get some pics uploaded soon!