Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Goodness Me

My brother once said that I am on a different "Holiday Time Zone." This is because I am always too excited about the next holiday that by the time the actual current holiday comes around, I am sick to death of it. Which is happening right now, and I am tired of staring at the Halloween decorations and the slime green blog background on my other blog. So I am resisting posting about Christmas, which isn't actually that hard to do because I look out my window and see absolutely no sign of Christmas, just summer, summer, summer. But rest assured that come November 1st, I will be on it.

Dream Beds: Someday I will have a little more disposable income to recreate these:
Which one do YOU like?

P.S. I haven't gotten recipes for the Iron Chef thing!! Should we call it quits?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My Eventual To Do

I have been feeling so creatively inspired lately. I want to do so many things, things, that unfortunately, require money that I don't have. So I will just pace myself and do one small thing at a time over the next several years. Here is a list of some ideas:

-Sew curtains for my living room and Will's room
-Paint front rooms and bedroom
-Create a piece of canvas artwork for above my bed
-Decorate living room with a few armchairs and new side tables
-When incredibly persistent and old fish finally die, use DVD bookcase they're on to store food storage in the kitchen and sew a cute slipcover for it.
-Get extra storage unit for spare bathroom and put new linen baskets in it to hold Will's bath toys, towels, washcloths, etc.
-Finish putting up all the painted toys and other things up in baby's room!
-Get new bookcase for bedroom
-Learn how to sew new skirts and shirts and etc.
-Possibly paint baby's room
-Sew duvet cover for sheddy down comforter
-Get new sheets for master bed
-Start learning how to can fruit and make jam (requires canner)
-Start grinding my own wheat (requires grinder)
-Finish Will's 1st Year scrapbook and start scrapbooking other pictures
-Put old pictures in photo album so they stop sitting in the Christmas gift bag where they've been for about 7 years

Okay, so maybe those don't sound super creative, but there it is, my list of "eventual to-do." And I have to say, that I could probably do all of that for under $1000. Anyone with tips or advice, please feel free to offer!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Disaster Averted.

So tonight I wanted to test out a recipe I was considering using at a dinner party. I had a couple of sweet potatoes, and I was going to make Sweet Potato Soup. I got all the ingredients, and spent about an hour making it. It was a little frustrating, since I don't have a food processor or a hand blender (both of which would be an excellent Christmas present) and I had to use the blender. All the stuff barely fit inside and in the process I made a huge mess of my kitchen. Finally, when it was almost ready, I tasted it and it seemed bland. So I added a few spices, and I served it, anxious to see my husband's reaction...
Blech. He hated it. He said it reminded him of when he got his wisdom teeth out (kindly meant, there's a story behind that.) He couldn't even choke it down, and needless to say, I was sad. And what was worse, I didn't like it either. So I was feeling my mother bearing down on me, knowing that she would be disappointed if she knew that I was going to waste the rest of the soup.
But then...
My mother is the QUEEN of using up leftovers. She puts anything and everything into things like rolls, casserole, etc. And most of the time, you can't taste it. One time she made this disgusting bean soup (no offense Mom) that none of my family ate, so she froze it and started slipping it into things the rest of the year. Awesome. So with that in mind, I knew this soup would be a perfect candidate for Leftover Magic.
And 45 minutes later, we were eating some most delicious "pumpkin" chocolate chip muffins. I handed my husband one and said, "Finish your soup."

Friday, October 10, 2008

Let the Games Begin!


So it's time for the Iron Chef competition to begin! The competitors:

Cinnamon vs. Caramel

Please send me your recipes via email ( or just post it as a comment on this blog entry.

Let me get you excited:

You have 10 days.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Black Feather Wreath

Step 1: Buy a straw wreath form and black feathers at any craft store. The higher quality the feather are, the better looking your wreath will be. I am quite poor, so I used the cheapest ones. I used two packages.
Step 2: Remove plastic from wreath form. Poke feathers around the edge of the wreath. I think next time I might start from the inside and work to the outside. It also helps a lot if you poke the hole first with a pen or something. Step 3: Make sure the wreath is covered with feathers and that you can't see the wreath form through them. I didn't do the backside of the wreath since it was just going to sit on my door.
Step 4: You're done! Hang up and admire your craftiness.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My Love/Hate Relationship

So Martha Stewart, as most people know, is the culinary/interior design/craft/anything else you can think of/floral design genius. And yes, she did go to prison for a little while, but now she's back on top and better than ever. So the thing that sometimes frustrates me about her is that you have to realize that no way is she the inventor of all her ideas! And like she really has time to try out all the things she claims to do and whatnot.

But here's the thing that really gets me: she always makes everything seem 'so easy!' when you read the instructions for how to do something, it always seems to be a much harder method than I would do it. But then again, I'm not Martha. So maybe I need to step it up and make things harder and maybe I'll get better results.

Monday, September 29, 2008

This is Iron Chef!!

I want to start a recipe exchange, thanks to the great idea of my sister-in-law Kristie. Anyone else want to be in on this? I also want to include this in the idea: Iron Chef Competition.

While I was on my trip, (yes, I actually still am ON my trip but it's over tomorrow) I went to this fun party with an Iron Chef theme. The theme was Apple vs. Pumpkin. So everyone brought a dish made of apples or pumpkins and then we sampled everything and judged it and various recipes won. I want to do this as a party sometime, but here's how I want to incorporate it now.

1. Pick two ingredients for the recipe exchange.
2. Everyone who wants to can email me a recipe based around either ingredient.
3. Afterwards, I compile the list and email it or post it on this blog.
4. Anyone who wants to, can try and make one recipe from each group (don't pick your own recipe though), eat it, then decide which was the better recipe.
5. Leave a comment on my blog saying which recipe you liked the best.
6. I will compile the votes and we'll see who wins!

So, now that I can look at it, I can see that it's a lot of steps and maybe not the most fair way of doing this, but I couldn't think of a better way to do it. I think it's a good idea, but maybe I should just simplify it to a regular recipe exchange. What do you think?