It's simple and pretty.
And those curtains would look great in our bedroom... would match the duvet and headboard perfectly.
Don't even get me started on that pendant chandelier. Sigh... It's beautiful.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
It's simple and pretty.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
There are a lot of bloggers out there that have marked their "blogiversary" or their 100th/200th posts.... evidently I am not one of those. It's not that I think it's not worth noting, it's just that I guess I haven't really been paying attention.
My one year blogiversary?? Oh, it was in May.
My 200th post?? Oh, it was earlier this month.
I guess I'll just have to pay better attention and wait for post #300 or 2 years - whichever comes first.
Labels: blog stuff
As the days and nights get cooler, I'm sure I'm not alone as I gravitate towards those traditional "comfort" foods. Pumpkin pie is definitely a seasonal food for me - I really only have a want for it at this time of year. Unlike Jenny (who I totally stole this recipe from!), I don't have an abiding love for the pumpkin pie. But at this time of year, it just sounds and tastes delicious to me. So, I was really excited when I saw this recipe. You see, I DO have abiding love for sundaes! I can get 2 fixes in one here, and not spoil my diet in the process.
I present to you, the Pumpkin Pie Sundae:
MAKES 1 SERVING
Monday, September 28, 2009
Do you see all that order??? It's beautiful.
Martha's own personal "crafts room" (wouldn't it be nice?) looks to be the picture of organizations too, naturally. I love Martha (I really do), and I wouldn't be ashamed to call this my office:
The biggest problem that I see is that lots of the "stuff" in the office belongs to Chris. It's easy to go through and organize your own things, but I'm still trying to navigate how to best go through and organize his things in a way that he will like. A big black trashbag would be my way of dealing with a bunch of the mess (both his and mine), but I can't do that with his things without talking to him about it first.
Kinda throws a wrench into the whole 'getting-on-a-roll and just getting-it-done'. I can't just do that, I need to discuss some things I'd like to do with him - it's his office too.
Combining households and "stuff" has been one of the hardest things about getting married, I think. It's especially hard because we're both stubborn, and we were both kind of set in our ways before we met. So it can be *fun*, at times... but we're getting better at communicating and working together on things.
Have any tips or advice?
Friday, September 25, 2009
You know those chilly mornings when you don't want to get out of bed??
If I don't use those shams, I'm thinking I could make a 12 x 16 accent pillow to go on the bed. Maybe something that was kind of monochromatic??
I do also really like this bright green. And I like the pattern. But would it just be like throwing a bunch of colors together?? Would it work?
I actually already have this fabric. I thought I'd make some pillows out of it for another room, but that didn't happen. So it's sitting around. It has the linen color in it, but would it work with the pale blue gray on my walls?
There are some other fabrics I've seen around that I like, but can't afford really, so they are not going to even be in consideration because I just don't want to depress myself.
Any opinions or suggestions?
Have a great weekend!!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The crunchy topping on this side-dish casserole gives way to a cheesy interior, resulting in a comfort food winner. A bonus with this dish is that you can make the casserole ahead--assemble and refrigerate it until time to bake. Sprinkle the cornflakes over the casserole just before baking.
Yield: 10 servings
1 1/2 cups fat-free sour cream
1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) finely shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons minced fresh onion
5 teaspoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (30-ounce) package frozen hash browns, thawed (such as Ore-Ida)
1 (10.75-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of chicken soup (such as Campbell's Healthy Request)
1 cup coarsely crushed cornflakes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine first 10 ingredients in a large bowl; spread evenly into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle cornflakes over potato mixture.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until bubbly. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.
Calories: 194 (30% from fat)
Fat: 6.4g (sat 3.7g,mono 1.8g,poly 0.4g)
Lenna Watson, Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2005
Friday, September 18, 2009
So, after 2 gallons of paint, and lots of rain, here is our new and improved guest bedroom!
Because we are watching our budget, everything you see is something that we already had. At the moment, it's a little bland.... but I'm going to keep my eye out for maybe a darker blue printed pillow, or fabric I could use to make one. I also need to get another curtain panel from Pottery Barn for the window. The sheer I thought I was going to use was supposed to be "ivory" - it was more like yellow! So for now, old mini-blinds will have to make due.
I'd also love to find some more artwork, or something, to put on the walls. Below is a painting that Chris' grandmother did. It is one of his favorites, and so was included in the room. I do like how it adds a pop of color to the room.
Here is some more details of the bed, after I was finished "antiquing" (Is that even how you spell it???).
Our first "visitor"! Rascal gave it his wag of approval.
All in all, I am very pleased with how the new room looks. Is it 100% "done"?? No, but the extra "stuff" are things I can look for at my own pace. Some accessories, more artwork, a curtain.... But it is so much nicer than it was just 2 weeks ago, and I no longer feel like I'm banishing guests to the junk-room!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I have a tip for you: when it's raining for over 48 hours straight, don't try to paint outside. Even if you're under your porch, with a tarp nailed up. There will be some bad results. Paint doesn't dry, wind gusts come and knock your stuff over, water starts coming down on the INSIDE of the tarp and the paint washes off your stuff..... it's an experience. I'm one of those people that seem to like to learn from experiences this. Let's just say I learned a lot.
So. I painted the armoire inside. But the headboard/footboard and the side tables all were affected. This is what the headboard looked like after it dried off and was inside. You can see where all the off-white paint has washed off, exposing the black underneath.
So, with my trusty paintbrush (Chris has previously tested out how paintsprayers work inside. Pretty much, paint goes everywhere.) I took my paint and fixed it the best I could. It's still not the best paintjob - it's kind of globby in some places - but it's all one color now.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This week, I took pictures!! (Yay!)
I found this recipe off Yahoo, listed as a simple meal with few ingredients. Ding!! I hate recipes that call for 100 ingredients, spices, and steps. I'm all for simple and easy food, so this immediately appealed to me. After reading the recipe, I saw that it's only 371 calories per serving, so I decided to road-test it for our Trim it Down Tuesday.
Beef and Orange Stir-Fry
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 pounds trimmed boneless sirloin or rib eye, cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon canola oil
6 scallions, green parts only, cut into 1-inch lengths
Into a small bowl, finely grate zest and squeeze juice from 1 orange. Add garlic and soy sauce.
With a sharp paring knife, peel remaining 2 oranges. Slice oranges crosswise 1/2 inch thick, then halve slices; push out, and discard any seeds. Set aside. (*note: I just peeled the oranges with my fingers, old school style!)
In a medium bowl, toss meat with cornstarch until coated. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Working in batches (adding more oil if needed), brown beef on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes; remove from skillet and transfer to a plate. (*note: I left out the cornstarch, and all was fine. Also, I cooked all the meat at once. I used the thin cuts of sirloin/top loin.)
Pour juice mixture into skillet, and boil until syrupy, about 1 minute. Return beef to skillet; add orange slices and scallions. Toss until coated and heated through. Serve hot. (*note: I forgot to get scallions at the store!! )
Calories: 371 kcal
Carbohydrates: 19 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Fat: 19 g
Protein: 30 g
Sugars: 12 g
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Halfway done! The walls are painted.
Here are some "in progress" shots:
You can really see the difference between the old color and the new here. It's more green than it appears in these photos, but it does have a lot of gray in it too. It's very pretty - I'm pleased with how it all turned out!
Once all is finished, I'll show you how it turns out!
As part of my mission/plan to lose weight, I need to start exercising. Lately, I just haven't felt like it. I've been lazy. To my credit, though, it's really hard to want to go and sweat when it's 100 degrees outside! However, the time has come. I need to break my lazy ways.
I came across this running plan at Women's Health. Running is something I've never been good at. I've kind of tried it in the past, but never really got to the point where I'd actually tell somebody that I jog or run for exercise. I might admit to "run-walking", or short bursts of jogging interspersed with lots of fast walking. But running is wonderful exercise, burns lots and lots of calories, and best of all - it's free! So I'd really like to give it another shot. This plan seems easy enough to follow and the goals attainable:
Week 1: Run 2 min, walk 3 min; repeat 6 times
Week 2: Run 3 min, walk 3 min; repeat 5 times
Week 3: Run 5 min, walk 2 min; repeat 4 times
Week 4: Run 7 min, walk 3 min; repeat 3 times
Week 5: Run 8 min, walk 2 min; repeat 3 times
Week 6: Run 9 min, walk 1 min; repeat 3 times
Week 7: Run 30 minutes
Since fall is almost here (it's Texas, and still hot), I've thought about trying to wake up early to exercise in the morning when it's nice and cool. However, as I'm a notorious night-owl, this may not happen. So, I may be out pounding the pavement at night - we'll see. But I hope to start this plan next Monday. And don't be surprised if I repeat week 1 twice. Just giving you fair warning!
Any tips out there from runners for me?
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
While I don't know the exact calorie content of this, I know it's not too high. This is an easy and delicious salad. Try it with Balsalmic Vinegrette instead of making the dressing (I did, and the balsalmic was yummy!), and if you can't find white cheddar use the blended cheddar instead. You could also use feta cheese for a more intense flavor.
This could be a nice dinner salad, in which case this would serve 4.
Makes 8 servings
1 cup pecan halves
Vegetable cooking spray
4 Gala apples (about 1 1/2 lb.)
1 (6-oz.) package baby spinach, thoroughly washed
1 (5-oz.) package spring greens mix, thoroughly washed
3 ounces extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, shaved
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown Sugar-Cider Vinaigrette
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 4 minutes.
2. Coat cold cooking grate of grill with cooking spray, and place on grill. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Cut apples crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rings, cutting from one side through the other.
3. Grill apple rings, covered with grill lid, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender. Arrange spinach and spring greens mix on a serving platter; top with apples, cheese, and toasted pecans. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with Brown Sugar-Cider Vinaigrette.
This recipe is from the September issue of Southern Living. You can go here to see it online.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Last Friday we found out that Chris was assigned to a new project in San Antonio, so he's back on the road again during the week. Usually this is not a big deal when it's a week here or a week there, but this time it's for 14 weeks! That's right, until the beginning of December.
It's really more of a "junk" room right now.