Saturday, February 27, 2010
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
12 ounces beer
1 tsp chili/cayenne powder
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
Mix the dry ingredients well. Add the beer. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake at 375F for 50-55 minutes.
I think I might make this today!
Friday, February 26, 2010
I'm not woodsy. The big guy wants to go camping sometime soon, and I'll be honest, I'm a little afraid. Ok, more than a little. The big guy might not be able to out run a bear, but he can definitely outrun me. And I bet I look tasty. Just the right size for a snack (that's a short joke).
So when the big guy mentioned wanting a deer or moose head above the bed, I knew this would be one of the many times that our marriage will lead us to that wonderful word- COMPROMISE.
Do I like the idea of an actual animal hanging on the walls in our house? No. Loki bouncing off the walls is fine, but you won't find any hunting "trophies" at our place.
So what to do? We pondered, we hemmed, we hawed, we pondered a little more. Then on one of our many trips to Z Gallerie (seriously, I could live right in the store, but I think they frown on that) we saw this guy.
He's actually pretty big, but beautiful in person. There's something about white ceramic animals that I love. It's the kind of nature I like. It's sleek, it's cool, and it's easy to clean. (Have I mentioned that I'm not outdoorsy?) And since most of our accents in the master bedroom are white, he ties in nicely with everything we have. We've done some more work in the master bedroom that's given it a bit of a modern hunting lodge vibe, so he'll fit in perfectly.
Now we just need him to arrive at the store so we can pick him up.
And hang him.
Above the bed.
Yay for compromising. ;-)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
2 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp mustard powder
1/4 cup plus
1 Tbsp brown sugar
4 lbs boneless pork shoulder blade roast (Boston butt)
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tsp crushed red pepper
In 5 -6 qt slow-cooker bowl combine paprika,mustard,1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp salt and 1 Tbsp freshly ground pepper. Add pork and rub all over meat. Arrange pork fat side up in slow-cooker. In medium bowl whisk vinegar, ketchup, red pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp freshly groud pepper and 1 Tbsp brown sugar. Pour sauce over meat and also 1 cup water Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours. Place meat on platter, remove fat and shred meat using 2 forks. Serve with BBQ sauce on buns
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I ordered these Nate Berkus sheets off of HSN.com here. I went with the light gray, second from the top.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
1 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp baking soda
20 drops grapefruit seed extract
Spray on produce, rinse after 5 minutes.
Fruit & Veggie Wash 2
1 cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp baking soda
Spray on produce, wipe after 5 minutes.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Loki thinks that's scary. This is Loki hiding. (Not actually from you guys, but mostly from the craziness that was the big guy and I packing up the apartment. Loki turned the futon and a few bags of books into a fort.)
But it's not scary, it's actually kinda cool, and definitely flattering. You can see I have 11 followers on the left side of the blog. I've also got another 16 following me via Google Reader. That makes 27 people.
That's a lot of people to listen to my ramblings. I appreciate you all. You have no idea. Half the time I stop listening to myself.
And then I found this. It's a link to a blog post that references one of my blog posts. It's pretty cool to see your name referenced. And then it makes you realize that you probably want to leave off your last name. So I updated that. Don't want anybody showing up at our door to stalk Loki. Although I doubt he'd mind. If you're willing to rub his belly and pay a little attention you're ok in his book.
So what this is really all about is me saying thank you. For reading, for commenting, and for making Loki and the big guy and me feel special.
We like you too.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Our devices are lazy. They don't necessarily want to do the work that needs to be done. But if properly motivated, they can get quite a bit accomplished. Proper motivation usually involves dinner out, or ice cream, or time with friends.
So we started with the shelves. These shelves were in my apartment when I was living by myself. They made the move into the apartment we shared and then into the house. Although they were originally a set of three. Loki ate the corner off the third. Not chewed. Ate.
But it worked out better in this space to just have the two. Apparently that's how he expresses his design vision. He eats what he doesn't want us to use. Opinionated little thing isn't he?
I used a giant piece of graph paper to trace the shelves. It's the same graph paper that I used to hang our picture headboard in the third bedroom and our martini girls pictures in the family room. This stuff comes in handy. I actually traced and cut out the exact shape of the shelves. In hidnsight, I could have just extended the template to the nearest square and not cut out the curves. But I guess I don't think that way.
Please note that in the following pictures, the shelves are level. Again, we see evidence that I'm not the best photographer. Neither the shelves nor the house are actually tilted, just my camera.
Once the shelves were up on the wall, it was time to accessorize. Always my favorite part. :-) And usually the part where the big guy leaves the room. Apparently he doesn't enjoy me muttering to myself about smidges and scootching while I rearrange things about a thousnad times only to end up with the first arrangement I tried. Can't imagine why he doesn't want to be a part of that. ;-)
The picture against the sink will eventually get hung on the wall next to the light switch. But for now, I'm happy with it where it is. It's one of three pictures I bought at the base of the Eiffel Tower when I was in Paris. I'll have to find the other two in our storage unit and bring them into this room.
Here's a look at the full wall, with the accessories.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
It's very very blue.
And I love it.
Here's what we started with. Very bland and very beige.
So it was time to break out the paint. We already had the color, left over from the front bathroom in our apartment. We had just enough to finish this room. Yay for reusing a color we both really liked, and yay again for not having to go out and buy another new paint color.
It's Glidden in a satin finish. We used Olympic in the other rooms we've painted so far and I have to say I like it better than the Glidden. Both cover really well and are easy to apply, but the Glidden's fumes were much stronger. I'm definitely a low to no VOC girl. Especially when working in a tight space like a bathroom.
Here's a closer look at the madness about to take control of the room. For the next three hours. It wasn't a big space, but there are tons of little corners and places to edge. I got very good at balancing on the tub and stretching to the ceiling.
Well maybe not that good. We decided crown molding in this room would be a goo addition. Textured walls + textured ceiling= tough edges.
With the paint done our next step was to give it a little time to set. After that, on to decorating! I'll be back tomorrow with pictures of the final product.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I get into the checkout line. I'm waiting my turn. Then one of the associates opens up another line and offers to check out my items so I don't have to wait. I turn to get into the new line, and then everything happens in slow motion.
There's a display of salsa next to me. I'm clearly not paying enough attention. The corner of my basket bumps into the corner of the top display crate. Approximately 15 jars of salsa go plummeting to the floor. I try to catch them, and fail miserably. I should have paid more attention in gym class.
I'm left staring at the floor that I have singel-handedly managed to cover in delicious salsa. And I do mean COVERED. It's a mess. I'm a mess. And now I'm flustered.
The girl checks me out, and I pay for my items. By some act of compassion and charity, they don't make me buy all of the salsa I've destroyed. They could have, and I would have. They certainly can't sell it now. But they don't. They're more concerned that I might have been hurt by the jars. Just my pride and a little bruise on my ego, but thank you for asking.
I grab my bag and go to my car. I get home, I unpack and then I make this realization.
There's a rogue jar of salsa in with my dinner stuff. I saved one!
But I actually had two bags of groceries. I left one at the store.
So I drag my embarassed self back to the car, and drive back. It's just down the road, so not far. I sit in my car for a few minutes and debate going in. But since all I had at home was the salad, the bread, and some unplanned salsa, I go in. That would be nice, but not for Valentine's Day, not for the big guy.
I go in and say, "I think I left a bag of groceries when I left. I'm the girl who wrecked the salsa."
Grocery clerk, "Sure, I remember you."
Of course he does. How could he not?
They had to put my groceries back since one item was frozen and one was meat. Ok, no big deal. I'll go get more. But I don't get to go alone. Because I've already paid for them, the manager wants to make sure I'm not going to get charged again. Very considerate. So he walks through the store with me and we refill the bag I left behind.
I get home and we have a great dinner. But not with salsa.
My pride is still recovering.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
It's why our linen closet makes me happy. We hardly use the things that are stored there, since we have space in our bathroom as well. It's also organized, but not quite as well as this one is. This is where we keep our guest towels, our (ok, my) gigantic collection of hotel soaps and shampoos, and a few other random and not so random items.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
It's a great event for a great cause. We don't just do it because we're crazy, sure that helps, but there's more to it than that. We're raising money for the Special Olympics. If you're interested in supporting us and the cause, you can make an online donation at my website.
If you can't donate, but are interested in watching us make a spectacle of ourselves early on February 27th, you're more than welcome to come along...but I insist you bring hot chocolate...
That water gets awfully cold!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
There are so many dogs being rescued from the lot, and there are still so many to go. If you live near Oregon, or know someone who does, please forward the link to them.
Click here to read the full story
I started with a new duvert cover from SmartBargains.com. I knew I wanted something black and white, and I loved the pattern on this set after seeing it in another blog, You Paid More Than Me. I added a blanket we already had and some purple pillows I found at Michael's. A few more accent pillows were added, this time from Target. If you closely you can see that the gray pillows have tiny black crystals on them. Just a little bit of added sparkle. Then another lamp, also from Target and a new bedside table. The little black parsons table was a nice solution for a while, but ultimately didn't fit the feel of the room, and it was a little too short for the bed. The mattress and box spring are pretty hig. So we spotted this chrome table at Pier 1, and actually managed to get the last one they had in stock. Still need to figure out what to do with the wires, though. And of course, when I found some purple flowers just before my parents got into town for Thanksgiving, I knew they'd be the perfect touch. I love fresh flowers in a guest room.
We still need to paint the walls gray, and figure out what to do on the other side of the bed. I'm debating on what I want to do with the furniture. I know it needs to be repainted, but do I leave it black or paint it white?
What do you think?