Saturday, December 22, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Running to the cafeteria:
The view out the window ain't bad either:
Monday, October 08, 2007
eta: Thank you to all who entered the drawing. I loved hearing from all you lurkers and checking out your blogs. I can't believe how many incredible new blogs are popping up out there! Amazing. Anyway, the ever-faithful random number generator picked Lynn from Craftstew! Now the pressure is on to create something nice for you.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Eeeeek! It's the Michael Miller ad in the Oct./Nov. issue of Mary Engelbreit Home Companion. I knew there was going to be an ad in there, but I didn't know it was going to be a full-page spread. And I didn't know it was going to be so darn cute. And by the way, Melissa--those are your grandma's buttons!!!! :)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
p.s. Hope you are surviving the back to school stuff. Frankly, it's killing me! I have 2 in school now, and between all the driving around and piles of paperwork, forms, emergency kits, and family pictures to turn in, it's going to be a little while before I make the adjustment. The boys are doing great, but I miss summer already. Oh, and little guy has developed a distaste for his car seat. Can you blame him? By noon, he's already spent more than 2 hours in the van. Poor kid.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
This is fancy rice. Not technically fried rice, because the rice doesn't get fried. Here's the recipe:
This one is Thai Green Curry--Sautee chicken, onion and celery. Pour in a jar of Trader Joe's Thai Green Curry sauce and simmer. Serve over brown rice. Throw in some cherry tomatoes from the garden for color (and nutrition, even though the kids won't touch them. When will this phase end? Come to think of it, they don't touch the curry either! I could do a series of blog posts called "What WE ate, what THEY ate" or "What WE ate, what THEY didn't eat.")
And lately, when I don't have a decent side of veggies to serve, I send the boys out to the garden to pick some of these yellow cucumbers. They're yummy! EVERYONE eats these.
What lazy-butt meals are in YOUR repertoire?
Friday, August 24, 2007
This is the part that feels strange. Line up your fabric with WRONG sides together and sew a 3/8" seam:
Fold the fabric on the seam so that right sides are together and iron it down.
Stitch another seam at 1/4" (this part feels normal again, because right sides are together--whew!).
When you open it up, it looks like this:
And from the back, it looks like this--see, no raw edges!!! Why all the precise measurements? To get a perfect 5/8" seam, of course!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Anyway, oops, got sidetracked there for a second, where was I???? Oh yes, the house. What a house. It had 4 bedrooms, a craft room (yippee), a huge kitchen, and here's the kicker:
Look at this HUMONGOUS playroom. Actually, the sellers are ballroom dancers and they had this room built especially with that in mind. Dancing schmancing. Can you picture my kids riding bikes in here during rainy Seattle winters? Yeah, me too.
Anyway, in the end, we decided not to do it. We still have some living to do here yet. My dining room is in transition, we're undergoing a master bathroom remodel...we picked out our tiles and fixtures for pity's sake. Don't make me leave here until I get to break it all in. This is where we have all our memories. So even though I like/dislike my home--it's still home.
So now my focus is to make it work for us. We CAN live happily in this space, even though it's a smidge too tight. Streamline, streamline. I'm not sure I know where to start, but I'm going to do my best to try.
I did find a blog that totally inspires me. Check out her flickr pictures. I love the way she decorates and is able to make a small space beautiful and functional. And I love this post on "stuff"--getting rid of it, not accumulating it, not being attached to it.
Monday, August 13, 2007
And the cool thing is that we did practically everything it said to do. We went to the general store, went to the marine park, ate at the restaurant. We didn't swim at the swimming hole, though, because we already have a favorite swimming spot.Our tent is the size of a carport. The week before our trip, our other tent got wrecked when some friends we had over for a playdate decided that it would be fun to take jumping leaps into the side of it. You know, like a vertical trampoline. That was all the excuse Dave needed to get this one. Our old tent was a smidge too small for us anyway. This one held us and all our junk just fine.
Yes, the little one is blond. No, he didn't get switched with some other baby at the hospital.
*Glamping is glamorous camping. I learned about it from Ali in this post. Maybe we glamped just a little. We did go to a restaurant. And we ate our donuts in the van because it was so cold in the morning. But we cooked hotdogs and made smores--for reals.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Rachael, KitKatKnit, and Heide. Oh, you poor people. You don't have to play if you don't feel like it.
Now I have to show you the monster zucchini that came from our garden. The boys have been carrying it around the house for 2 days, using it to show off how strong they are. It's almost like a part of our family. I don't know why we are growing zucchini. I'm the only one in our family who eats it. I made it into chocolate zucchini bread using this recipe, which made two loaves. Look at how much of the zucchini is left!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
By the way, speaking of lazy-butt (or frazzled-butt) meals...tonight's dinner was left over pot roast, a few cups of water, some onion soup mix and instant potatoes. Voila. Beefy potato soup. It was actually pretty good if I do say so myself. It rivals the lazy-butt meal of last week which was throw two cups of rice in the rice cooker and when the button pops up, dump a can of beef vegetable soup and stir it around. I crack myself up.
My sister's lazy-butt meal (hi Linda!) is ground beef with a can of cream of mushroom soup served over rice--beef stroganoff. Yum.
What's your lazy-butt meal? Share your secrets...
Monday, July 30, 2007
There's a lot I like about this bag. The shape, the applique, the fabric, the fall-ishness of it. I also like the rings.
But this part is my favorite--the zippered pocket in the lining. Thanks to that genius Autum and her tutorial . I even made a special trip to the store just to buy invisible thread. It was so hard to see I could barely make out if the machine was even sewing.
As I was working on this, I was thinking back to just a couple of years ago when I was starting to sew in earnest. I'd made this camouflage tote bag for Davey and didn't think to put a pocket on it until after it was all done. And then I was all frustrated because I couldn't fit the bulky bag through the machine to sew the pocket on. Duh! I've come a long way, baby. It's a good feeling.