January 31, 2012
Last night I made Ina Garten's Perfect Roast Chicken. I had never made a whole chicken before (I have an aversion to eating meat on a bone) but gave it a whirl and it was pretty darn tasty! Brennan is the.pickiest.eater. but she ate both HUGE drumsticks and said "I'm so full I don't even want dessert!" (she typically eats the bare minimum just to get dessert so this was a huge deal!). And Adam loved it, so I will count it a success! Here are my 2 cents on the recipe: make more veggies than it suggests b/c they shrink so much and are SO delish. I would do away w/ the fennel and just do more carrots and onions (my personal opinion). I added a couple potatoes to the mix as well and thought that was a good idea. Okie dokie, that's all I have for today! Happy Tuesday! xo
January 30, 2012
One of the the questions I get asked a lot (around these here parts) is where is B going to school in the fall? I cringe a little each time I get asked this b/c it seems like an overwhelming choice to make. Adam and I narrowed it down to 2 private schools and are taking time to visit them both and ask lots of questions. Yesterday the 3 of us went and visited one and it was such a pleasant surprise to see a little girl from B's pre-school class also checking out the school with her parents. I would LOVE for B to have a friend before she even shows up! I remember my first day of kindergarten, I knew a gal in the class when I walked in but I was too nervous to go sit by her (so silly!) but I think just seeing her there made me instantly feel better. I felt so old walking into the school as a parent to find out about the quality of the education they offer, (yes, I'm aware I'm not as young as I feel). :) I came home and read booklets on private school tuition, uniforms/dress codes, fund raisers, stats on graduates from the high school (100% are going to college, thought that was pretty impressive!), etc. Ay yi yi, such a big decision! I remember when I was young hearing my mom say they picked our neighborhood b/c of the school district, I never really put much thought into what that really meant until now. Sigh. Sorry for that long-winded whatever that was, I think I'm just processing here on the ol' blog. Anyhoo, enough of my ramblings, head on over HERE to see more of this beauty. Happy Monday! xo
January 28, 2012
January 26, 2012
January 24, 2012
*we went to the most fabulous Star Wars birthday party for B's friend this weekend, SO cute! The mom went all out, each kid had a fun noodle that was made into a light saber, she made pretzel rods into light sabers for the favors, all the food was star wars-themed, the birthday boy and his siblings were all dressed up like star wars folks, she made this planet-type thing for the pinata, huge signs made to look just like the star wars signage, etc.. SO cute!
*we went to our friend's 35th birthday party and that was fun, fun to get a babysitter and hang with adults for an evening of sipping good wine, nibbling delicious cheese, and chatting with good friends.
*Mi Casa started back up last week so tonight will be the second of the semester. We're taking a break from doing dinner and meeting a little later so I'm looking forward to trying some desserts this semester instead. Mixing it up a bit over here!
*B is the "star student" at school this week. So today she got to take 2 show -and- tell items (not too shocking she picked 2 of her doggies). I had to send some photos of her to school, and fill out a questionnaire about her. I always feel kinda bad when they ask about her siblings and her pets...um, skip and skip! Not much to share on those fronts! (she told me again the other day how she really doesn't want a brother or a sister but she would like 1000 dogs).
*The weather here in Waco has been kind of awesome, low 70s, sunny, makes me glad I'm not snowed in like all my friends/family in Washington! Sorry guys! (but I'm sure some of you love it...right?)
* Speaking of Washington, I'm headed up there in 10 days! I'm not looking forward to the traveling aspect but am looking forward to being "home" for a few days and seeing some dear friends.
*I tried this new pasta with peas and ham recipe last week, Adam loved it, I thought it was just okay.
*I've got some little projects around the house I'm hoping to work on in the coming weeks. I really need to hang some stuff on the walls in B's room, I'd love to find a new light fixture for B's bathroom, and the fireplace needs a second coat of paint.
Okay, now I'm just rambling, I'm gonna stop. I hope you all have a lovely rest of your week, some photos of sweet senior girls are a comin'! xo
January 20, 2012
(Happy Birthday Mer, if you come over I'll give you one). :)
The recipe doesn't specify how to get the filling in the middle, I'm thinking the "cupcake center remover" my mom got me for Christmas might just be the ticket!
In other news, this morning I painted the brick around the fireplace. It was an ugly creamish/slightly pinkish color, now its white. Much much better (and done before 11am, I'm feeling quite productive!).
Have a great weekend everyone! xo
January 18, 2012
January 17, 2012
January 16, 2012
January 13, 2012
I think its time for another installment of sweet peas and snakes since I feel like I have all kinds of things swirling around my noggin.
*my sweet girl. we have this little thing we do where I say "you are the sweetest goose" and she says "and you are the snuggliest mama!" I'm pretty smitten with her.
*having freshly painted fingernails, I'm particularly enjoying "skull and glossbones" (by OPI) these days.
*cookie dough. I made some cookies the other night but didn't want to bake them all so I put the dough in the fridge. Just seeing it in there makes me happy and its so convenient to grab a bite here and there. :)
*cute new shoes that were inexpensive but desperately needed!
*the fresh start that January brings. As much as I dislike January in general, I do love the newness of it all.
*impromptu dinners with friends.
*church. Our church took 2 weeks off (our church is mainly Baylor students so when Baylor is on break its a ghost town around here) and after a 2 week break it was sooo good to be back.
*BAYLOR WINNING THE ALAMO BOWL AND RGIII WINNING THE HEISMAN!!!!!!!!!!!! All the stereo types about Texas and football are true, it is a hard core football state and to be in/from a small town in central Texas and have the Heisman winner is a BIG DEAL! (and just so I sound uber cool (insert sarcastic tone), RGIII goes to our church -HOLLA!!). We are super proud of the Baylor Bears and its so fun to see the signs all.over.town. showing their pride and excitement. Sic 'em bears!
*Now that Baylor is back in session, Winn Mi Casa will be ON next Tuesday! Looking forward to seeing my darlings and hearing about their break!
*my new calendar. For some reason Martha Stewart decided to put Monday in Sunday's place so when I glance at it, it totally throws me off. WHY WHY would she do such a thing?! Who's calendar starts on Monday for petesake?! Grrrr.
*holiday weight gain (and possibly cookie dough in the fridge weight gain). Boo.
*finally biting the bullet and ordering way.too.expensive. boots only to get them and not like them and return them. booooo!!*WINDY cold nights that force Adam and I into the guest room (don't get me wrong, I love the guest room but it all of a sudden goes from looking pretty and calm to a disaster w/ pillows and sheets strewn about). Sigh. My analness likes one room in the house to be put together! :)
*January. 'Nuff said.
*STILL not seeing our family photos that we had taken in NOVEMBER!!
*quarterly business taxes. Sigh. the downfall to owning your own business, the taxes that seem to be due all.the.time.!! Jan. 20th is a comin'!! Ick!
And b/c it seems like bad mojo to end this post on a "snake," I made these pancakes the other day and it has turned out to be a great recipe to have on hand. Have a great weekend, all! xo
January 10, 2012
January 9, 2012
In total randomness, I can't believe how LOUD Texas thunderstorms are! Last night Adam and I awoke to the loudest, most startling thunder crack I have ever heard!! It about gave me a heart attack! Texans...tell me, do you ever get used to this?! Unreal.
Today is Adam's first day back to school after break, boo. And of course, last night he started getting sick. In the middle of the night he was up putting on 10 layers of clothes b/c he was chilled. Lovely timing isn't it? (he's been off work for a month!)
B goes back to school tomorrow and I think we're both ready for that. :)
Anyhoo, tomorrow I'm going to post photos of the guest room that is now done so if you care, tune in for that! Have a good day, everyone! xo
January 5, 2012
January 3, 2012
Incase I don't mention it enough, I loooooooooooove my house, love, in a ridiculous way to love something made of wood, love. I tell myself all the time, its just a thing, it could burn to the ground tomorrow and I shouldn't hold onto an earthly possession so tightly, in the whole grand scheme, it doesn't mean a hill of beans. Thats all true, and I believe that, but just keepin' it real, I love my house! I often say (somewhat jokingly) that I hope/plan to be buried in it. :) Okay, point made yes? Anyhoo..........Adam has applied to a job in Alabama, again, I rarely even think about it. BUT, just for kicks, the other day I looked at housing in Alabama to see whats out there (the thought of leaving my house makes me throw up in my mouth a little) and VERY few houses made my heart skip a beat like mine does BUT, I did come across this beauty:
look at this porch!!
I'm not sure how I feel about these columns...
but I love this old fireplace
I LOVE exposed brick but am not a fan of this small island or these cabinents
look at that awesome staircase!
typical odd bathroom in an old home
another old fireplace and I love those windows!
Anyhoo, if you've been following my blog for a while you know I love to look online at old homes so its not like like I'm gearing up to move...just fun to browse. :) Happy Tuesday, ya'll! xo
January 1, 2012