Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
This picture makes me realize that I need to get our night stands sanded and painted white. Which was the original plan when we got them. Months ago. I blame winter for coming in so quickly. I was less than interested in standing in our garage painting. Maybe this month. Or next month if the warm weather doesn't stick around.
The big guy looks so happy. I'd like to say that all of our decor adventures have made him this happy. Something tells me that's probably not true.
Just in case you didn't get the full effect of the joy that acrylic moose brough into our home. And our lives.
And the setp ladder inthe background means that I was doing something. I'm not tall. I use that step ladder A LOT. Definitely a wise investment for any petite home owner.
Even Loki's smiling. :-)
I tease, but really I like it too. I'm a big fan of the slightly outrageous modern hunting lodge vibe it gives our bedroom. Let's be honest with each other. If I wasn't a fan, we wouldn't have him in the first place. Yes we think the moose is a him. We also think his name would be Bob. Bob seems like a good moose name.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Here's what they looked like when they arrived. HSN.com does a nice job with their shipping, at least on sheets.
Once we got them on the bed, I wanted to see what the various patterns looked like together. I'm really happy with it. We've got the very straight squares of the tufting on the head board and the duvet. Then we've got the slightly more organic deatial in the diamond pattern of the lattice sheets. Goes nicely, but is just different enough to be interesting.
These sheets are so soft and light. Perfect for a change to Spring! Now if only the weather would catch up with my decor. . .
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Mom, let's be honest. This blue duvet is pretty, and sure it's calming and relaxing, which is nice for a bedroom. But don't you think it needs more color? Maybe a nice golden tan with a little pop of red? I'm the perfect addition to your color scheme. This is why I should sleep on your bed all the time. Just keep it in mind as an option.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Just another small change that hopefully makes the randomness that is our third bedroom feel a little more welcoming and guest friendly.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
salt and pepper to taste
1.5 cups water
Trim the meat and cut inot fairly large pieces. Peel and slice the potatoes and onions. Put layers of potatoes, meat, onion and herbs and seasoning inot a pot, finishing with a layer of potatoes.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
If you read all the updates, you'll see that they are safely in the shelter and just waiting until they're old enough to make the long journey to the US. But they still need help getting home, and of course once they're here, they'll all need good homes.
If we had lots of space, I'd take them all. But I'm like that :-)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
One of the many things attendees were able to take from the event was the recipe for the Apple-Cranberry Tart served for dessert. Of course everything we had was healthy, but this wasn't your stereotypical health food. Everything tasted wonderful. I think even the big guy would have liked it.
Ingredients- Tart Dough
1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute (sugar blend- equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar)
1 cup butter or margarine (room temperature)
1 each egg or equivalent of frozen egg product
3 cup cake flour (sifted)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Ingredients- Cheese-Yogurt Filling
1 8-ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute (sugar blend- equivalent to 1/4 cup sugar)
2 each egg or equivalent of frozen egg product
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt- low-fat
Ingredients- Apple-Cranberry Filling
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 golden delicious apple (peeled, cored, and diced)
1/3 cup sugar or sugar substitute (sugar blend- equivalent to 1/3 cup sugar)
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1/4 tsp cornstarch
Directions- Tart Dough
Combine in a mixing bowl the 1/2 cup sugar and the 1 cup butter/margarine and mix until blended. Slowly add the egg/vanilla, alternately with the cake flour and continue mixing only until the dough comes together. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Roll the dough to 1/8-inch thickness and cut into 3-inch circles. Place the dough into tart shells or on the back side of small muffin pans, pressing dough to set. Bake shells for 8-10 minutes at 350F until partially done; remove from oven and cool. If you are using the muffin pans, remove the shells from the back side of pan and put in the inside of pan.
Directions- Cheese-Yogurt Filling
Combine the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla yogurt in food processor and blend until smooth, scraping bowl as needed.
Directions- Apple-Cranberry Filling
Combine the coarse-chopped cranberries and diced apple in a small saucepan. Add the sugar, cornstarch and orange juice and stir until incorporated. Heat pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mix boils and thickens. Set aside to cool, stirring occasionally to help cool.
Once all the components are complete, fill the tart shells part way with the cheese-yogurt filling and top with the apple-cranberry filling.
Total fat: 18.6g
Saturated fat: 11.5g