christmas eve

December 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

We enjoyed waffles this morning from John Besh’s My Family Table. (THANKS Granaghans!) And will probably be lounging around the fire today, staying clear of the cold, wet weather. Although Taylor did unexpectedly inform me over the waffles this morning that his plans for the day include color coordinating his closet. I’ve always admired his ambition.

I just enjoyed a girl’s trip to New York! Not only was it a fun time with family but I got to see some great shows and see two of my best friends while I was there!

Making some time for traditional Christmas treat decorating was a must.

Merry Christmas!


battening down the hatches

December 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love the goodies, the fires, the warm, snuggly socks and cozy blankets this time of year. I love the music, the advent traditions, finding gifts for loved ones and sipping warm drinks.

I do not, however, love the cold.

This is our tree. I got a slim one for our apartment and in this larger space it looks a little, well, slim. But it will do and it even has presents!

Can’t beat big weekend breakfasts. This morning we had waffles from the old school waffle iron and after only the second attempt at learning how to use this thing, I’m proud to announce that they were perfect. I’m also proud to announce, again, that I’m a huge fan of cast iron. This thing was 20 bucks, makes killer waffles and doesn’t take up loads of space like a clunky machine would. Plus I can take it with us next time we go native. Winning.

First fire! We need more firewood and a screen (Hi, Dad, yes, I’ll get one to be safe:)

Big nativity on the big table! This thing is so sweet and intricate, and I was thrilled to finally set it up after we got it last year, or maybe even the year before? But had no space in our yurt of an apartment.

Who says we need children to do a kid-friendly advent calendar? Apparently the little drummer boy and palm trees were present at the manger scene.

…And by children I meant human children, of course. Sorry PennyGirl, don’t be offended. We will make it a good Christmas for you, too even though you can’t help with the Advent calendar. You can help leave treats for Santa’s reindeer and  your Christmas present waiting for you under the tree will be {because your parents got impatient} the only gift opened in our house on Christmas morning!

Season of Advent

November 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

In case you’re not ready for Christmas decor, Eater has done a fantastic as well as hilarious Thanksgiving Magazine Smackdown.

But in case you are, I’ve been reading a bunch of articles on this page about the Advent season as well as the deep meaning and purpose behind the Jesse Tree tradition, which tells the story of the Old Testament, enabling us to reflect upon,

“the continuity of God’s love, patience, and grace across the centuries to the most unlikely people in the midst of their failures should be the focus, which climaxes in the Incarnation.”

This article goes on to explain how and why the Advent season is one of both reflection and hope because God has been continually faithful to and a deliverer of his people, and the birth of Son from the most humble and unlikely place is the ultimate revelation of his grace and faithfulness. And so

“We hope, not in our circumstances, but in God. He has continually, over the span of four thousand years, revealed himself to be a God of newness, of possibility, of redemption, the recovery or transformation of possibility from endings.”

I didn’t expect to be but I’m really excited about decorating our house for Christmas for the first time. So far I’m making myself wait until my window candles come.

I now have two advent calendars and plan to make Taylor do them with me. Hopefully we can also keep up with these Advent daily scripture readings.

I’ve been ordering a few ornaments and other knickknacks….

It’s been an exercise in self control. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

But how cute are those nesting dolls?!

Hope to be less M.I.A! Stay tuned for decor pics.

welcome october | weekend wrap up

October 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

Oh heavens, cool weather! Who would have ever thought it would once again not only rain but that the highs would be in the eighties?! On Sunday we woke up to the sound of rain and it was fantastic. More highlights…

What I would say a pretty successful attempt at duplicating the morning glory muffins from the coffee shop where I work. I substituted a bit of the molasses and banana for pumpkin puree. They’re filled with raisins, pecans and shredded carrots. Would have included apples had I felt like peeling and chopping them. But I didn’t. Perfect for Columbus Day morning, where I plan to soonhereafter return to bed to read. {May be reading Moby Dick for school but am telling myself that still counts as vacay.}

There is a wrinkly edge on my travel map and with most things I attemp it took about two hours longer than I expected {which is why I don’t attempt much} But a container of rubber cement, super glue, spray adhesive and mini nails later, it’s at least on the wall…

Green is where we’ve been together. Blue is where Taylor’s been and Yellow is where I have been. Blue+Yellow=Green

…get it. Clever, I know.For Meggie’s birthday party on Saturday I successfully baked and constructed my first real cake. Only to discover it was less than portable. It had a wild ride through the streets of Austin before Meg and I jostled it back together and did some icing repair. It was quite a humorous ride {after I got over my frustration with the negation of all the time spent carefully icing} as Tay gave the play by play of all the sliding action.We did not have to fork the cake out of the cake dome and the party was made complete by some fantastic friends and an A&M victory.

Back to bed with the window open to read more of Ishmael’s fated sojourn through the dark waters of Ahab’s vengeance.

filling in the dance floor

September 8, 2011 § 3 Comments

For something different today, I’m showing you some progress on my house. The previously designated dance party empty front room of our house now has furniture on the floors and art on the walls. I also got to replace the ceiling fan above our breakfast table with a real light fixture, you can see through the open door below. Yay home!

The little blue piece of Lake Coeur d’Alene on that far wall looks dwarfed now. Pretend the travel souvenirs we hope to slowly accumulate are surrounding it.

kitchen wishin

September 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

Who isn’t always thinking about things they want to change about their house? Granted, I love my house and I love my fifty year old kitchen. I really do. But as I envision the “if” future of living in our house long term, hosting people, feeding kids, I naturally think about our plans to redo it. Knock down a wall, make a huge bar open to both living rooms and both dining rooms on either end.

So I must share these two pictures because I’d saved the bottom one to a decor file on my computer ages ago…that file is filled with pictures I’ve been saving and posting here for a few years. The top one is one I just saved to my Pinterest kitchen board a last week with a #thisisit caption.
They’re different views of the same kitchen. And the spoke to me at different times.

SO meant to be.

And yes, they spoke to me.

A galley kitchen with a huge, long bar. Sink and a range in the bar {facing into the house, yes} fridge, pantry, ovens behind. This could be similar to our view from the front door, looking left. Dining room on the left, breakfast table on the right. Food, kids, friends lined up on the big bar. LoOove.

Wait, there’s more. As I tried to find the ultimate source of it, I discovered it’s Ina Garten’s kitchen with House Beautiful. Ina!? My hero!? Shut.the.front.door.

More thoughts.. .Also enamored with the idea of using furniture pieces with character.

Also enamored with the idea of using furniture pieces with character. I want to figure out how to build in some cool piece like these to part of the cabinets or even as a buffet in the dinning or breakfast room.

Check back in a decade. I’ll let you know how it goes.

tuesday morning treats | peony perfection

June 29, 2011 § 1 Comment

My peonies are blooming along just beautifully in my mint julep cups that I just got with the last of my wedding credit, yes dontjudge we’ve embarked upon our fourth year of marriage, and I was able spread out the two bunches of four stems each into four vases all over the house. Happiness.

By the way, since inquiring minds want to know, I improved my Bedside Table page over there on the left in case you’re looking for a good read. Would love to tell you more about any of them! Check it out.

Also, you must go check out a blog I just discovered, The Simply Luxurious Life. It’s filled with great pictures, sorry but a must for me when I peruse blogs, but it also has great advice and insight on living life. I think today’s post is great. Go now go.

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