December 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

Happy Sunday.


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.

Spiced Beer Bread + Link Love

October 15, 2011 § 1 Comment

Shiner Bock Spiced Beer Bread
3 c. all purpose flour
4 & 3/4 t. baking powder
1 & 3/4 t. salt
spices {1 t. cinnamon + 1/4 t. nutmeg + 1/4 t. cloves}
1/2 c. brown sugar
12 fl. oz. beer
1/4 c. butter, melted
Heat oven to 375. Lightly grease a 9×5 in baking dish. Whisk dry ingredients together. Add beer slowly and mix just until moistened. Pour into baking dish and top with melted butter. Bake 45 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Originally made this ages ago and posted it here. Revived it and added some spices. Perfect for a Saturday morning of football. Best warm, right out of the oven when the top and sides are all criiiiiispy. Serve with honey + butter.

Love me some baked goods. From a farmer’s market foray over at a great new food blog discovery that’s had me pouring through the archives the last couple of days.

More art display ideas, though I think this picture was making the pinterest rounds because of the pillows.
Speaking of art. Geoffrey Johnson. OMG. Somewhere between Caillebotte’s Rainy Day and Turner, this one here. Christmas list?


Murray’s Cheese shop in NYC. Be still my heart.

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News to me. Did y’all know they found an 18th Century shipwreck as they excavated the World Trade Center site?

Speaking of baking with beer. Taylor likes Hefeweizens; wonder if he’d like these cupcakes or if I’d first have to hide the fact that there was beer in them. {More tales of spousal food deception and skepticism, in addition to the above beer bread, here 1, 2, 3 and 4 } So curious to try them.

SUCH a fascinating insight into fashioning the space suit and all the historical, global, political and societal implications. Sounds weird but I promise you’ll be fascinated.

Fun new book. Awesome illustrations. Perfect for accidental learning. Just like my hero David Macaulay.

Never watched the new show Pan Am but this was a great interview of an original flight attendant about the early days of the stewardess vocation.

Mustached American of the Year Awards. Who knew? So funny. Hermain Cain is up. Go look at the site and the other nominees. Cast your vote if so inclined.

Great Gatsby is coming to the big screen! With Leo D! I’m there. It’s going to be awesome. Class field trip??

That’s all. Happy Saturday. Go make some beer bread. Bet you have all the ingredients and you won’t regret it.

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.

movie night in.

August 21, 2011 § 1 Comment

After traveling the last two weekends it was lovely to have a simple and slow Saturday. We walked to the lunch spot. FedEx delivered our art souvenirs, and we took them to get framed. And when the Redbox rental failed to comply with our requests to play, we watched Cars. Love me a good Pixar flick. Penelope spent the day working on the slow destruction of  a new lamb sussy I got her on Friday. chewchewchew.

Turns out Taylor dislikes the yellow Sour Patch Kids. When I cleaned up after the movie, I found a little bowl of yellow Sour Patch Kids on the table next to his chair. Weirdo.

How about some Sunday links?

On another note, this is a great article in Texas Monthly.

I want to do this, and I love how the article starts.

Please, go play with this. And annoy your spouse. You won’t regret it.

Is anyone surprised that I love this site?

What’s on Taylor’s brain these days besides link #1? This. Heaven help us.

Back to School Open House tomorrow! Happy Sunday!

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