Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
*WOOSH, apparently I just needed a good cry. Bad things come in threes so I think I am about due for a turn around.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Was it horrible... NO. But it was not us either. It did not go with the wood paneling, let me rephrase, REAL WOOD walls. This is not just paneling, its like wood that you build furniture out of. Thick nice wood, so that is a whole separate delima we have while updating our family room... Anyways, we had notice that there was brick underneath the tile, we stuck our head in the fireplace to observe this. So a couple Saturday ago, my dad had stopped by to drop his dog off for some play time and PJ decided to chip away a tile to see what we were working with. 7 hours later we had a huge mess and a brick hearth to our fireplace, and boy it got us excited! Exhibit B.....
So a week later Peej has finished removing all the tile. (Still need a picture with all the tile removed) The next obstacle is to remove all the adhesive that they used to hold the thick ugly tile up.... Yep we have a lot on our hands. But from my end of things it has been a wonderful transformation in our home. And I think it will be totally worth all of PJ's hard work! Easy for me to say right? :) We hope at some point in the next year we will get a new wood mantel. We are debating on if we want a stained wood of if we want to go with an off white/eggshell to match the trim.... there seems to be an awful lot of wood in that room... And of course in the next few weeks the HUMONGOUS (spell?) mirror will be going as well. Just not our style. I think it will make an appearance on craiglist however. As we continue on our fireplace journey I will keep you all updated!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I got out of the house on time, first time in a week and a half. Had lunch with a friend from work. This friend happens to be fabulous and designing my wedding invitations. She has a little girl, 8 months old who is ADORABLE. So we got to talk family and weddings. Oh yes, I know, my 2 favorite things to talk about at the moment :) I told her how lucky I feel that she is doing my invitations. She is taking something that I was not looking forward to and making it a highlight. Her design aesthetic is beautiful and simply chic. Not in that fancy pants way, but in the everyday. It like that comfy pair of jeans for a Saturday that are effortlessly chic and perfectly worn in. That is what I am talking about! :) She is starting her own design business! YAY for Julie @ Sweet River Studio.
After work I headed out into the lazy sun with the evening ahead of me. I got home, played a round of "chase" with my little "mon'ter" . Oh yes, he likes me to chase him while he roars and runs around the house with his arms out like a zombie.... Yep, its true I have the MOST ADORABLE son EVER! We changed into our swimsuits and headed to meet M.I.L at her hotel, she is in Overland Park for work. We jumped in the pool, which Brody was totally not diggin, so we nixxed that and went to the room to enjoy some take out from Da' Bronx (pizza and sandwich place). When we got home just before sunset we notice our jonquils had bloomed! And we have another perennial that has sprouted, we believe they are tulips, but I can not wait to find out! We had a great story time before bed, with some cuddle time included. People, this is what dreams are made of :)
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I was never particularly close with my grandpa but I do have many fond memories of him. Yes, it will be very sad when he passes, but with the state his has been in these last few weeks, he deserves the peace that comes in death. I hope that does not sounds harsh, these words are meant to be anything but. As my heart aches for the lose of my Grandpa, it aches more for my mothers loss of her father. The thought of losing a parent brings me to my knees.... so in these times I feel like reverting to a child to relish all the time I have had with my parents. I spent a lot of my day thinking about memories of holidays in Dodge City with my mom's family, the swimming pool in Dodge that we frequented while visiting during the brutal days of summer in Western Kansas, the sledding hill near the junior high there where we went down with my aunt and parents. Family is the one thing I could not live without. My family is my priority, and I can not tell you how blessed I am to have been given the one I have. I owe the Big Man a Big Thank You. There is always the sun after the storm....
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I was very skeptical.... But I do love these buns, they are so soft and just the perfect density. So i thought ok this is worth a try. I went to one of my favorite food blogs, Our Best Bites, and yes they have a new cookbook out I am dying to get! Anywho.... I found a delishly high calorie french toast recipe that I thought looked delicious, and emphasized the importance of the bread soaking up the perfect amount of eggy goodness. I halved the recipe and I was off! I sliced off the top and bottom of the buns, dipped and cooked. I did add some cinnamon to the eggy batter (which from now on is a MUST) and i did not do the last step of cinnamon and sugar. I figured the syrup would be more then enough sweet for us.
These were PERFECTION!I barely got this picture taken before I devoured them! PJ had 4 and Brody and I each polished off 2. This was a real inward struggle for me not to go for a second helping! My dad had stopped by so he even got to partake in my first french toast experience. And I have to say, I gave myself more then one pat on the back for this one! Whatever you do, you HAVE to try this recipe :)
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This cookbook was wonderful to use! I borrowed it from a friend from work after he had raved about the Jambalaya he had made over the weekend. Chef Paul gives a fabulous introduction to Louisiana style cooking then goes through in detail describing every ingredient he uses. I am a convert to his recipes! And now for some pictures....
I used homemade chicken stock I had frozen awhile back.The perfect base.
I was so into the cooking that I forgot to take a picture of the roux before I added the veggies and spices. But please observe the dark coffee like color.... I was pretty proud of myself for this meal!
Close up of the roux.... Seriously can you go wrong with anything that looks this good??
Taa-Daa! a little bowl of soulful goodness!
And I am done :) I had to say part of what made this meal so fun is that Peej and little man were in the kitchen helping. It was a true family meal. Brody helped me stir the spices while PJ cooked the andouille sausage, chopped, mixed, stirred and then devoured :) I hope everyone had a wonderful Mardi Gras and that we all enjoy a spiritual Lenten Season.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
And this all relates to us getting outside for a walk. I feel like towards the end of winter when we are all cooped up and have not seen alot of sun or fresh air is when the germs really start flying! So I am in DESPERATE need of spring and fresh air. We have all of these wonderful windows to create a cross breeze in the new house and I am ready to open them up and take a breath of fresh air. Soooo... We went on a walk and when we got back we played in the front yard a bit! Peej raked all the leaves and such out of our front flower beds and I noticed there were some kind of bulbs coming up! This has me aching for spring even more!