Today, the nation celebrates my birthday. And Prince Philip’s birthday. And Mac, the beanie baby cardinal’s birthday. Or maybe only I celebrate my birthday. We went out for a delicious birthday supper last night, I opened oodles of presents and cards … Continue reading
My mom (Pat) has been making these sticky buns for years, and they have become a family favorite. Now you can make them too! I will warn you, they are time consuming. But they aren’t difficult. Bun Ingredients: 1 box … Continue reading
Oh I must apologize again. It’s been a long time since my last post. Things have just felt so busy! And we’ve recently learned that we need to move, as the house we are renting is being sold. It’s quite a … Continue reading
I’m overdue. For the last several weeks I haven’t felt much like blogging. I also haven’t felt much like cooking, or cleaning my house, or doing my laundry – but that’s pretty standard for me. I’ve gotten behind on so … Continue reading
Obviously not, because I live in Satan’s armpit. I don’t know if fall even happens in Houston, but so help me God, it will happen in my house! Seriously. I’m already planning the decorations for my Thanksgiving dinner table. Summer … Continue reading
Hello faithful readers! I’m happy to be posting again after all of the wedding and honeymoon festivities. When we got back to Texas I had a few mopey days full of “Why can’t we just move to the Smoky Mountains?” and “The most exciting … Continue reading
Since we’re moving in mid-February, and will be away from home for the rest of this month and all of January, I’m doing my best to use up what we have in the kitchen. I hate wasting food, which means … Continue reading
So many things have made me happy lately. I really do love this time of year. I started my Christmas baking, which is a happy thing. I’m not doing a lot this year, since we’ll be traveling home, but I … Continue reading
I made way too much food for Thanksgiving. Delicious, delicious food. If I don’t get creative, we’re going to be eating warmed up turkey and mashed potatoes for ever. So I flipped through a Betty Crocker cookbook, and found a … Continue reading
It has been a week of warm fuzzies. I love holidays and I love food, so this is a good time of year for me! Ad’s brother came to spend a week with us, and we had a friend join us for dinner on Thanksgiving Day. Our menu was roast turkey, butternut squash and barley risotto, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli with walnut butter, green been casserole, potato rolls, wine, and pecan pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. This was my first time roasting a turkey, and after the three of us plus the internet figured out how to get the little wire metal bit out from between the turkey’s legs, things went fairly smoothly!
Ad has been hard at work on his thesis, so while he was at school his brother and I had a thrift store marathon – 6 in a row! I found some more bits for the wedding, and this adorable vintage deer. How sweet is she?! I think this could be the dangerous start to a new collection…
I’ve gotten in some serious crochet time recently, and have found a new favorite crochet spot. I usually sit on the couch in the living room, but I really love the light that comes into the bedroom in the morning and early afternoon. It’s the only room in our house with two windows, and the little desk in there is a good spot to get things done when I make the effort to clear a space.
And this little guy kept me company while I worked.
Traditionally, we put our Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. I always demand a real tree, despite the mess. I love the routine of selecting one and cutting it down, and I love the way it makes the house smell. However, this year we decided not to bother with it. We’ll only be here for a few weeks until we head home to Pennsylvania for Christmas, and then we won’t be back until the the beginning of February. By that time our little tree would have lost all of it’s needles, which would have been a giant mess.
So instead, I put up my tiny table top Christmas tree! It was mailed to me a few years ago by a dear friend, when I was still living in Washington and there was a period of time when we weren’t sure that we’d be able to come home for Christmas. This little tree makes me so happy. It came with lights, tiny candy canes and nutcracker ornaments, a star topper, and even a little tree skirt! Christmas lights make things exponentially cozier.
Here’s a sneak peak of a project I’m in the midst of! I can’t wait to finish it and show you the results.
I hope you all had a full, tasty, family filled Thanksgiving. Now…for some leftovers.