Sunday, December 30, 2007

Twelve is a memory I can't remember...

One of the greatest traditions that we have at Christmas is one that was started by Granny. My mother keeps a journal that is just about our Christmas gifts. Every year she writes down all the gifts that everyone gets. It is so much fun to read through the book and remember the doll I got when I was six or the book that Noelle gave me twelve years ago (cold mountain.) It is lovely to have something that remembers the things I no longer can.

Eleven makes music...

My favorite Christmas album of all times is Soulful Strings... I love this thing it instantly takes me back to my childhood and watching the lights on the tree. It is one of those funny things that unless you grew up with it you can't really understand how a jazz flute version of a Christmas standard can be so great.

ten is the tree and we did have a lord leap...

Okay I know I have said it before but I loved the Christmas trees we had in Virginia. Only a thousand or so lights to decorate it. Ten feet is about how tall we managed to get and well the lord a leaping ~that would be Neal-Paul that kid is crazy when it comes picking out a tree at a farm.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Nine is for dancing...

When I was a Junior in High School I desperately wanted to go to the school dance with Bryon so much so that I dropped a huge hint in front the entire seminary class about how much I wanted to go. So Chris quickly asked me... That dance was a lot of fun even if I didn't get to dance with Bryon. Maybe I didn't mind so much because a month later Bryon and I did get our act together and make it to a school dance.

Eight is for staying up late...

In my dad's house growing up Santa always came to visit on Christmas Eve ~as kids we would beg to have this tradition continued but our mom would have nothing to do with it. There was one exception. One year when I came home for the holidays from DC only the singles were coming home, the weather was horrible and my flight coming from Minneapolis was late ~I was worried that I wouldn't make it home. Jason who was only coming from Seattle had even more weather trouble than I did and although he was suppose to arrive a couple of hours before me even with my flight being late he arrived after me. Mom and Dad sent Noelle and I to the airport to pick him because of the lateness of the hour. When we arrived back at home Santa had visited and although technically it was Christmas morning we got to see what Santa got us and open all of our presents before heading to bed for the night. I loved it ~ It only happened the one time ~Mom still refuses to let Santa in the house until after we all head to bed for the night...

Friday, December 21, 2007

Seven is not for swiming...

My Junior year of high school the last two days of school before Christmas break were canceled for snow! When the big storm hit I was at a friends house in the foothills and to this day I am not quite sure how I made it home safely but that snow was the best present a girl could ask for that year ~snow days mean the world to you when you are in high school.
~funny side note about those snow days there was a huge term paper due in english just before the break and Tobias Reed got in trouble for turning it in late when his family returned from Christmas vacation a week into January. Mrs Yarnot thought he should have been more responsible and given it one of his fellow student to hand in for him.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Six Geese a Lay’n and eggs mean baking

At our house growing up there was a whole array of baking that only occurred around the holidays and one of those things were water chestnuts in bacon. My mom would take this appetizers that took hours to make to at least two parties a season and if you were lucky enough to be standing right there when she was plating them she would give you one ~this means that every December I would eat two of these ~I was always right there. A couple of years ago I made these and sat down and ate as many as I wanted to ~I just had to get it out of my system. So if you are up for it and want something so lovely it deservers a snowy backdrop whip up a batch of these and be sure to share.

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts.
1 can whole water chestnuts
1 pound bacon
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
Cut chestnuts and bacon strips into thirds. (If some of the chestnuts are tiny just cut them in half). Wrap each piece of chestnut with a bacon piece and secure with a toothpick which goes through the water chestnut. Stand these in an 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Bake for 1 hour at 250°. Remove from oven and drain off as much of the grease as possible.
Mix the sugar and ketchup together and spoon over the bacon wrapped water chestnuts. Put back in 250° oven for 1 more hour. Serve hot.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ringing is only something I hear not wear...

This is a bit more embarrassing than the last entry about how I can ruin a holiday. I am sure you are wondering how anything can be worse than slitting tape ~thinking you will get engaged. When I was 20 and a junior in college and thought all the world was mine I was dating a boy I loved ~maybe the only boy that I have ever said that to and meant it.
So shortly after thanksgiving we were in the bookstore and he bought me a snowman ring ~it was really cute and I wore it everyday on my ring finger ~when he gave it to me he called it a place holder. I being insane insisted that we give each other gifts "that showed our love" ~don't worry I won't puke on my computer but still to this day I hate that those words came out of my mouth. So with crazy schedules involving finals and separating for the holiday we decided to exchange gifts when we got back to school. I got him this dumb 12 days of Christmas thing I came up with. He got me several gift one of which I still use to this day. He handed me one gift then another ~one was one of those awful posters of the kids with the roses (I did not think that fit the rule.) The last gift he gave me was a little black velvet box ~just what I wanted, until I opened it. I was presented with a small crystal turtle in a ring box. I was told it was like our love slow and precious ~or I am not ready to propose but I will break up with you in six weeks just before valentines day.
I hold this memory dear because it was a lesson learned. I no longer come up with crazy expectations for the holidays. Holidays are what they are and I have learned that with this attitude they are almost always perfect ~at least in memory.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Four calling birds can't lie...

When I was eleven I slit the tape on all of my packages under the tree and knew what I was getting. That Christmas morning was the worst ever it even beat out the year I had my wisdom teeth taken out three days before. I am no actress and I could not pull off pretending I was surprised or excited about any of my gifts. I now won't even so much as shake or pick up and feel a gift in case I can recognize something from my list and ruin the surprise for Christmas morning.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Day three and not a french hen in sight...

FELT SWITCH PLATE COVERS!!!
I am sorry but I had to get really excited about this memory. At our house growing up my mom had made Christmas switch plate covers that went on all of the light switches. They were made by Bucilla. One looked like a Christmas tree, one was a giant ornament, there were bells and other crazy Christmas stuff. Nothing says Christmas to me like sequined switch plate covers...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Day two, and not a turtle dove to be had...

I love advent. From the paper chains we would make in school to our families advent calendar. A million years ago when the Boise North Stake had to raise money for the building fund they use to have a Ward Bazaar and my mom bought an advent calendar for the family. It has 24 pockets 12 on the top and 12 on the bottom with this crazy felt Santa and tree on it. I loved every morning reading the note that was left in the pocket. Some days it would let us know we would have a treat, or we would put up some of the decorations or bake. Advent was always the best all the kids in the family have their own version of the calendar ~but me, maybe I am holding out for the original...

Friday, December 14, 2007

12 Christmas Memories...

So for the twelve days of Christmas you get twelve Christmas memories...

Growing up our big holiday meal was always eaten on Christmas Eve on the good dishes ~by candle light. I love how special I always felt at that meal, it's silly I know but I loved it.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ann of Green Gables...

Alright take a good look because you are seeing the only sweater I may ever knit...

Pattern: Green Gables by Zephyr Style
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece ~Salmon Berry
Made for: Selfishly for me
Needle Size: US 6 circular
Date Started: February 2007
Date Completed: October 2007
Number of Mistakes: 100's

Thursday, December 06, 2007

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas...

If it all goes well these will be Christmas gifts.
If things go wrong these will be birthday presents... in July, September & November.



It's about Pie Time...

Okay so I love Pumpkin Pie ~I use to trick Tate into sitting down and eating a whole pie with me. I miss those days. Well I know this is going to sound silly but I made my first successful pumpkin pie this November ~I have made them before but they have been a little under cooked ~oops. As they say the proof is in the pudding so here you go...

Monday, December 03, 2007

Alright already...

Okay so I was told that all I had to do today was post something ~anything. so here you go...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCwSz1jwumU

because everyone has feelings.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Painting the Town Yellow...

So one of the many fabulous things about getting married as far as I can tell is that mostly you really get a day that is all about you ~so if your favorite color is yellow ~that's what your day is about.The buffet is yellow with lovely fabric and nesting birds ~and yellow treats. My favorites were the lemon mouse the mango gelato and the chicken salad sandwiches.


Of coarse the cake is yellow and let me just say the flowers were amazing every kind of yellow flower under the sun was in the arrangements is an amazing way with just the right accents of color.


The tables were of coarse decorated in yellow with amazing scherenschnitte designs and trifle bowls brimming with take home bags of yellow treats. ~I took home lemonheads.

It can't all be about yellow some of it was about the amazing bride and groom who are so very in love in that lovely way.


Of coarse my favorite part though is the fact that you just get to keep sharing in each others joy. ~I met Kara in graduate school where we relished in each others successes both in and out of the classroom and though time keeps us moving some things like our success, our joys, our triumphs, they keep us coming back together.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A little vampire in all of us...

So tonight I got to give blood ~yeah I did it my count was at 39 way above the 38 you need ~okay so not way above but still I got to donate. I am throwing down the gauntlet though I filled the bag in 4:56 minutes. Yeah Daniel my phlebotomist was super impressed. So I dare any of the two of you that read my blog to donate and do it faster.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Talent for talent...

Last week for the holiday a friend needed a little help to make his costume spectacular. So I shared my talent with him. The best part though was in return he shared his talent with me ~he's an artist. It kind of makes me wish people could trade talents more often ~but then I remember that I love cheeseburgers and I am not sure how that would work.

Monday, November 05, 2007

For a good time...

Go on a mini-break! Okay so not this last weekend but the weekend before I finally made it on a mini-break and I was so over due a vacation.
I went to Denver. My friend Erin moved there this summer and well I find nothing really helps you settle into a city quite like playing tourist and well the best way to be a tourist is to have visitors. It was the least I could do for a friend. I have got to say that city made a great impression on me, the fall colors, the friendly people, the good food and well of coarse the crazy tourist things. The really crazy tourist thing we did really wasn't in Denver it was in Manitou Springs ~but it was only a quick day trip so it counts. If you are ever near Manitou Springs the weekend before Halloween do what ever you must but make it to the Emma Crawford Coffin Races. The parade with the hearse, the themed coffin racing teams, it is all not to be missed.
You might think that coffin races alone would make my weekend but when you are on a roll one should not stop. If you are in Denver near Halloween make sure you stop into the Molly Brown House for their Victorian Horror Story readings. Edgar was amazing and Nathaniel was captivating but nothing beat having to walk by the poorly lit room with all the china dolls looking at you ~ so creepy like child of glass creepy.
As I said the food was also good we tried Smashburger for dinner, Pete's Kitchen for breakfast and had dinner at Maggiano's ~are waiter was great and had all the right recommendations, lucky us.
I just have to say it was a great mini-break ~thanks Erin for hosting!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Breakfast is done...

Just because something doesn't work out the first time I have never been one to give up ~well at least not where recipes are concerned. The carrot bread french toast was amazing if you have the time you really must try~

Carrot Bread
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup finely shredded carrots

Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon & salt together. In a mixer beat sugar and eggs adding oil slowly. Add dry ingredients until blended. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Pour into a well greased 1 1/2 pound bread loaf ~leave at least an inch at the top of the pan. Bake at 350' for about 60 minutes ~you will know it is done when you can no longer hear the bubbles baking in it. ~do not put a toothpick in it, it will fall and make you sad.

When the bread is done and cooled it is time to make it into the french toast. For enough batter for three slices ~ take one egg add a pinch of salt and beat them then add about two tablespoons of milk and a two shakes of cinnamon. Soak the bread until it is good and saturated. Toast over medium heat until golden and lovely.

Serve with a crisp sweet apple slices ~syrup is a little much for the carrot bread. I hope you love it as much as I do~

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Truely Haunted...

I am not one to dress up for Halloween ~it has a little to do with some trauma and guilt I gave myself when I was 13. My mom made me this fabulous mermaid costume that I begged for and took forever for her to make ~and then I wouldn't wear it because I thought it was too over the top and I didn't want to be noticed. Anyways I don't think I have really dressed up since.
Not this year though~ work had a contest and part of the fun of being in HR is supporting all the fun so here is my best effort at joining the fun.

Scarecrow Ann

Monday, October 22, 2007

Hitch...

For reasons I can not figure my carrot bread was a disaster so I didn't have the heart to try to make it into carrot french toast. I also can't be expected to bake two batches of anything in a single weekend ~mainly because my sink doesn't hold that many dirty dishes. Here's the proof...

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Inspired...

So everyday in my inbox is an e-mail from DailyCandy usually I glance and toss or I glance and file but today I was inspired...

This weekend I will be making this for Saturday Brunch~

CARROT CAKE FRENCH TOAST
Fresh baked carrot cake dipped in cinnamon vanilla egg batter and grilled to golden brown. Served with a side of syrup and our original cream cheese-pecan syrup.

Oh my gosh I can't believe I have never thought of this ~or seen this. I have seen cinnamon rolls sliced in half for french toast and I have a recipe for creme brulee french toast I have been meaning to try.

Today DailyCandy was touting the lovelies of Austin and the South Congress Cafe with this on there menu was recommended and since I can't get to Austin this weekend I will have to make it instead.

I will promise to try to take a photo and let you know how it goes~


Sunday, October 07, 2007

an ear full...

Okay so anyone who knows me knows that I wear the same earrings every day. On occasion I might mix it up a bit but almost always these are what I have on...


Here's the thing though I like earrings and I am always looking for a great pair. So I found this store on etsy after I linked from a friend to a friend to a friend through blogs ~you have got to love where blogs can take you sometimes.

Here is the pair I got


~not quite what I ordered so she threw in an other pair for good measure...


These I love and I think they may be my new staple ~but I will have to try them out and see if the new me is more beatnik than than the old me.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

October is here~

So I kind of Love the Halloween ~well I like to decorate for it & dress other people up for it. So I was really excited when October came around and it was time to change things up.


I love this bat Erin made it our freshman year ~and I stole.


I collect nick-knacks ~but only for halloween so that makes it okay ~well mostly only for halloween which makes it mostly okay.


I also did a little something to welcome all my favorite ghouls ~so come by and I promise I will give you a treat ~if you think diet coke is a treat...

Friday, September 28, 2007

Fantasy Family League...

Okay so people usually play fantasy sports leagues but I don't really care about sports so I have decided to play Fantasy Family League. This league is where you choose what actors you are going to have play the roll of your family when they make your life into a movie. I have decided to stick to the original eight for this ~the family is getting bigger and well I don't know enough really great child stars to play the nieces and nephews.

Dad ~ Anthony Hopkins, Meet Joe Black. I love him in this role plus he loves each of his kids in their own way, like my dad does. My dad doesn't love his kids, he loves Colin, Noelle, Jason, Whitney, Ann & Gage and I like it like that.

Mom ~ Dianne Wiest, Edward Scissorhands. She is great in this role, a little crazy a lot of love. Okay so here is the deal my mom is one sharp cookie but I am pretty sure she is a little crazy with a lot of LOVE.

Colin ~ Val Kilmer, Real Genius. How can you not love him in this movie plus he totally big brothers the new freshman. Okay this is so Colin he is smart and funny and the big brother.

Noelle ~ Bonnie Hunt, Return to Me. Hello great advice "don't shave your legs." Noelle because she is a big sister and is full of great advice ~just ask her. Plus she is always rooting for you and I love having my own personal cheer squad.

Jason ~ Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. One hell of a good time you will always remember. Okay so Jason has this smile that somehow makes everything seem like a good idea, which is perfect if he is your big brother.

Whitney ~ Emma Thompson, Sense & Sensibility . Head on shoulders watching out for everyone, check. Whit always seems to have it together and i love relying on her because of that (i know she has her moments when she doesn't have it together but that's what makes her cool and real.)

Gage ~ Matt Damon, Oceans Eleven. Talented but the little fish. Poor Gage, he is smart but because he grew up in a household full of smart and was the last one he doesn't get any credit for it ~but you have to love him for trying.

And me you say who would play me ~ Sandra Bullock, Practical Magic. Always wanting to fit in but never does. That's me, I don't fit in and sometimes I love it and other times I hate it and would do anything to be just like the other people in the room. ~At the same time though I rather stand alone and get to really be me.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cooking up a little fall...

I like the fact that when the weather changes so do my cooking habits. Well on Saturday Fall came to town ~maybe it knew it was homecoming and didn't want to miss the game. Anyways when it came time to make dinner for my friend Gioey and I it had to be something that fit the weather.
So here is one of my favorite Fall recipes ~thank you Realsimple...

Chicken Sauteed with Apples

4 boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 firm apple, such as Braeburn, cored, halved, and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 cup apple juice
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Place each chicken-breast half between 2 sheets of wax paper andpound with a meat mallet until about 3/4 inch thick.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sautethe chicken until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Add theapple slices, apple juice, onion, garlic, thyme, and salt. Coverand simmer 6 to 8 minutes or until the chicken is fork-tender.Remove the chicken, apple slices, and onion to a serving platterand keep warm.

Bring the sauce to a boil for about 5 minutes or until slightlyreduced. Whisk in the mustard. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Red just Red...

Jean Eugene (or Jenny Reddie) shared this hilarious meme and I couldn’t help myself…

But be warned ~I totally cheated on some of these ~do you know which ones?

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car),

Blackie Carolla

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie),

PBC Molasses

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name),

A-Rob

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal),

Red

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born),

Les Bois Brady ~I don’t have a middle name and I love that term for Boise so that’s what I am using and I added Brady on the end because the only soap I have ever followed was Days of our Lives so of coarse I would be a Brady.

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first),

Roban

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink),

The Green DC

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers),

Oz Ray

9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent, favorite candy),

Lilac Twix

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ),

Karoline Joel

11. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter),

Robinson Rockford

12. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower).

Spring Peonies

13. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”)

Apple Carddie

14. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree),

Apple China Maple

15. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”),

The Quilting Downpour Tour

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Once again...

Today for the millionth time I proved that I can not be cool when I am geeked up about someone. So to prove this point I will share one of my all time favorite stories.
I met Bono~ the lead singer of U2 and I was a complete idiot to the point where I made my friend Amy ask him to take a picture with me. I have no idea where I have this photo saved but it's a little bit lame because Amy is in it with us. ~Also I never said a complete sentence in front of the man, ruining forever our chance to be BFF.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

All politics are local...

I just want to say this ~I'm not that political but I love watching politics and I really loved the time I got to spend in politics. I am going to say just one thing about the recent uproar around the Idaho Senator ~ If you judge a man by the company he keeps you won't find a better man on Capitol Hill. Of all the jobs I have had I have never worked with better people than when I worked for Senator Craig. His staff was truly devoted to serving the people of the state and seeing that they did their very best at their job. They were also really great at having a good time. I will now always miss "big table," book club, the geology of Brooke's office, intern row, Danniano, the whit of Chief Ware, Damian's queso, Svini fabulous suits, chats with Pat, all the other staffers that I always think of with love and knowing that even though it was 3,000 miles away from where I grew up I was home every day at that office.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fun four Meme

I was tagged by my lovely sister at The Doctor is In for this fun four meme. Here are my answers...

Four jobs I’ve had:
1. TCBY ~my first job
2. Bridal Gown Alterations ~I quit after two weeks I started to really hate weddings
3. Assistant Food Stylist ~ It included a week in the Hamptons one summer
4. Staff Assistant for a U.S. Senator in Washington D.C. ~ I highly recommend this job

Four places I have lived:
1. Boise, ID
2. Provo, UT
3. Northern Virginia (4 years, 4 address)
4. Las Vegas, NV (I spent one winter as a snowbird there)

Four favorite T.V. Shows:
1. My Boys
2. Grey’s Anatomy
3. Men in Trees
4. Ugly Betty

Four favorite foods:
1. Bacon & Tomato Sandwiches
2. Mashed Potatoes
3. Re-run spaghetti ~the only way I like it
4. Pot Roast with Carrots & Potatoes

Four websites I visit:
1. My Daily Blog List +
2. My Credit Union
3. My e-mail account
4. Apple Trailer website

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Home ~Boise
2. Visiting Friends
3. Oregon Cost
4. In Bed

Four movies I love:
1. Dear Frankie
2. Bride & Prejudice
3. The Rainmaker
4. Ocean's Eleven ~So didn’t see that ending coming and I always see the ending coming

Friday, August 17, 2007

Not to be ungrateful...

...But I can't help but feel like I get my life back every Friday at 5 when I leave the office~

Don't get me wrong I like my job ~if I even sort of knew what I was doing I think I might love my job but man this learning curve is giving me whiplash.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

It's a lovely day in the Neighborhood

Alright I got new camera so I decided to take it for a little stroll through the neighborhood...

This is my place I like the teal eyebrows ~the ward refers to it as the carriage house
Why the carriage house?

It is called the carriage house because it sits behind this beautiful old Victorian.

This is where I go to church it is just three blocks from my place. I love this chapel because it was built in 1928 and it still has the hand painted details on the ceiling of the foyer.

I love my neighborhood because it does really great things like paint stars on the sidewalk for the 4th of July ~how much fun is that.

Alright there are a lot of other great quirky things about my neighborhood and maybe I will get around to another walk and show them to you but these are a couple of the reasons why I love where I live.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Just a little bit ready...

So when I walked out the door today to get to work it was raining~ and because it has really rained that much this summer I was kind of excited and all I could think of was won't it be fun when fall comes?
Then I sort made that argh noise to my self because who wants to be that person that is always excited about the next thing?

Friday, July 20, 2007

I am as dumb as I look...

Good thing I look smart ~well sort of when I wear my glasses.
As you may remember I was so excited to get to have cable and dvr ~well you can imagine how annoyed I was that I couldn't figure out how to make it work. I was use to dish dvr and figured how hard could it be to figure out one for cable. I couldn't get it work. So finally contacted my cable company and after I talked to a second person she finally asked me about my cable box ~where we discovered I didn't have the dvr that I had ordered so no wonder it wasn't working. Last night I went and exchanged cable boxes and you will be glad to know I quickly figured out how to use the dvr. ~The girl at the office also gave me a users guide and there are all sorts of cool things I didn't know dvr could do but will soon have mastered.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

So tired ~can't think ~must read....

I really feel like I am being held together today by diet coke and bailing wire. Why you ask would I feel like this ~two nights of very little sleep because of this...



Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Right where I belong...

I have control of the remote and I am so excited! Today thanks to my fabulous parents I have a T.V. and Cable. I guess the T.V. really is thanks to my sister Whit who up graded this last year and held on to the old T.V. so I could have a set when I moved into my own place. ~But Mom & Dad waited for the cable guy to come and install my equipment for me today so I didn't have to miss work. So tonight I am going home after work and make myself a nice green salad and start setting my DVR. ~except it's summer and well there really isn't that much to watch ~but by golly! I will find something.
~Aimes & Kay Dubbs miss my controlling remote habits no mater what they say ~you girls are welcome to come watch me flip through channels anytime.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Babies are never timely so why should I be?

So as many of you know I worked at a quilt store a year or so ago. While I was there I was often inspired to do so many wonderful projects some of which got finished and well some not so much ~Every once and while I look through my project box and decide to be a finisher. Well I am pleased to say I have finally finished my Autumn Harvest Baby Quilt. My friend Tamms was due to have a little girl sometime in November so at the end of October when this really cute bunny quilt came into the shop I decided to take the idea and turn it into a fall themed quilt. The actual piecing was done quickly and looked great and then came the appliqué. I chose the easiest form of appliqué and it still took me months to finish~ I used wool felt that I boiled and over dyed, ~it seemed easy and the girls at the shop convinced me that it would go together really quickly. The first part did, I got the pumpkins done in no time at all and then the leaves and well quick in some books is a day and quick in others is a week ~I was closer to the week. Well now the baby had come and Christmas was approaching so I just decided to put the quilt away for a little bit ~especially after the first snowfall it seemed like winter and silly to work on such a quilt. A couple of months went by and I started the acorn wreaths in the center. Every acorn is stitched down using a different stitch and well after about nine of them I put the quilt down and left it for a year. Well Eden the cutie pututie is 20 months old and Tamms just had her second baby so it was time to finish and be done with the quilt.

Here is what the finished quilt looks like when it was all quilted and bound!


Here is a close up of the branch down the middle with the 3-D leaf appliqué .
This is the best shot of the quilting I have to share the checks are cross hatched and then the gold row has oak leaves in it, the green border has pumpkin vines and leaves and the pink plaid border has pumpkins and vines. Ramona at the Cornwagon did a great job!


Of coarse the best part of any project is seeing it enjoyed...

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Not to cry over spilt milk but...

Alright it was 11pm and I was tired and I was eating dinner in bed ~due to a lack of furniture and the like, so an accident was bound to happen. In one of those moments so oddly slow moment you wish you had it on film with a sound track behind it ~I dropped my fork ~into my glass of milk ~shattering the bottom of the glass out. I poured milk and small shards of glass allover my comforter and mattress and one of my pillows. Sure it was a pain to have to strip my bed down and get things cleaned up so I could finally go to sleep but do you know what the real bitch of it all was ~I had to spend $8.00 at the laundromat the next day so I could put my bed back together ~so crappy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Going Good...

So I started my new job this week and well from what I can tell ~it is a good fit.  I am so glad to get this chance to start over.  
The other thing I have is a new address ~it is the smallest one bedroom a girl could ever live in but it's mine and I did have a good time unpacking the kitchen!  It is also within walking distance of my new job but I haven't had the guts just yet to try to walk to work ~I am worried that I will be late ~next week I will get over it.
It is also perfect summer weather so I am having a nice time sitting in front of my big box fan.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Out of Excuses

So I haven't blogged in a while ~you may or may not have noticed but I had so many great excuses as to why I couldn't blog.
1. Gilmore Girls ended and now I am at a lost as to who I will be for pretend.
2. It was my birthday and I had five separate celebrations to attend, one of which I had to fly home for.
3. Work ~bluck.
4. Erin had to move away and I had to make sure she left because wherever she moves I somehow end up moving there too and well I thought this might be my big chance to get out of my blucky job.
5. I quit my blucky job. ~I didn't end up folwing Erin to Denver somehow I will now be in Provo a town I am all too familiar with.
6. I got a new job ~with a new dress code so I have been busy shopping.
7. I needed a pedicure.

Alright for the time being I am back and blogging again ~although I think it may be sporadically because until I can figure out how to get internet at my new digs I will be going into cyber hibernating for a little bit.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Race for the Ta Tas...

So this weekend I sort of did the Race for the Cure ~and yes I did stop at the 7 eleven that was along the route and pick up a diet coke with light ice ~water was not cutting it. I don't even remember the last time i tried to walk 3+ miles how sad is that. Can I say though I think this effort is so worth it. It was really great to see all of the survivors out their and all of those people out there for those that can't be with us any longer. I selfishly did it because my mom has great ta tas ~that are supper healthy and we hope to keep them that way and so many of my friends have great ta tas and I would hate to see them loose them for any reason ~to many great ta tas have been sacrificed as well as the really great girls that they belong to. So if I can spend a Saturday morning making a little effort to keep more of them around ~well I do what I can.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Patio...

I just wanted everyone to know it is perfect patio weather in Utah right now ~I love this more than anything when you can go out to eat and sit on the patio and drink lots of diet coke. ~If you are me you end up spilling a fair amount on yourself but it is still a good time. Also you get to eat yummy bread. I love a good day and well the last 24 hours have been just about the best a girl could ask for. Oh and if you need one Aimes is just about the best patio friend a girl can ask for ~we have spent quite a few meals together out on the patio ~even in D.C. where patio season is short due to the humidity.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Too Long...

So you have to know that your hair is too long when you get three inches cut off and a week later anyone still has yet to notice~

I am trying to grow it out so I can donate it a good cause ~not quite like Jo in little women or that one episode of Little House on the Prairie but all the same a worthy cause. ~It will now take several more months but the ends were just too disgusting to live with any longer.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Obsession...

obsession: 1. Compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety. 2. A compulsive, often unreasonable idea or emotion. 3. A perfume by Calvin Klein.

Lucy van Pelt tagged me for the obsession meme. I am supposed to list five things I am obsessed with right now. So here i go in no particular order...
  • FABRIC ~I quilt and I sew and I am full of good intentions so I buy fabric to make about three times as many quilts and skirts as I actually finish. I currently have three large rubbermaid totes full of fabric, a large box, three joanns bags and a couple of piles of fabric at my moms house posing as her stash. I also have one quilt that I have been "working on" for seven years now that is currently all basted together and just waiting for me to do all the hand quilting on it. I am in the middle of two quilt tops too. I know I am sick but I was raised this way and I can't help it, plus I can point a finger at a lot of people who are worse than me.
  • TARGET TEE ~I am currently living out of two suitcases that I carefully packed. Oddly enough in those two suitcases I have managed to fit 20 target tees ~I still have a large pile of them at home. Many of them are getting warn and need to be tossed but every season they change the colors just a little bit and if I throw out the one green that I love I can't just replace it with another. I do throw out the groddie white ones because I buy four new ones at the beginning of the season.
  • DIET COKE ~I can discuss this drink like a oenophile will discuss wine. I know what restaurants serve coke products versus pepsi and I will hesitate dining at a pepsi restaurant. I know what service stations have the best mixes on tap. Don't even get me started on Sonic and happy hour. I try all of the crazy versions CocaCola comes out with that they slap that diet label on but I still prefer my DC. I like to drink it in a glass glass it has to be so cold it is almost frozen and it needs to come out of a can. When I worked for the US Senate I knew which vending machine had the coldest DC in it and would include it as part of my intern training. My favorite glass ever to drink my DC out of is a Tortilla Coast 2001 Inauguration glass that one of my interns stole from the restaurant for me. I get happy just thinking about it. I have thought about quiting but life is hard with out handy happiness.
  • GAS MILEAGE ~I will tell you about the gas mileage my car gets any chance I get (last tank 34 miles to the gallon.) I don't let people put a couple of gallons of gas in my car when they borrow it because then I won't know what my gas mileage is. I love nothing more than pulling away from the pump and looking at my number. Once I got 28 miles to the gallon and was beside myself with greif and had to have a mechanic look at my car and tell me that it was okay. My best ever 4o ~I got it on a road trip caravaning with Grant ~he drives like a 80 year old woman, it was awesome to get that number but not worth driving that way. My car LOLA is one of my favorite things but what I love most about her is her gas mileage.
  • MOVIE INSPIRED INFORMATION ~I like to go to the movies but I sometimes get crazy obsessed with the movies I see or movies that are coming out. Recently I saw Painted Veil. I read up on cholera for a week. When I heard about Marie Antoinette, the Blair Witch Project, I read up on everything posible about the production and totally knew all about the movie before they came out. Blair Witch had thee best movie websites ever! I like a good 90 minute adventure and the hours of joy it brings me.
I know that was way too much information ~sorry for over sharing!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Still Schmidting...

I am still Knitting and will post my progress or slow lack there of soon...

In the mean time I have completed another quilt and thanks to my friend Erin the recipient of this quilt i actually have photos to share. If you visit Erin (or Lucy the older sister) you have already seen it so this post is soooo boring and two weeks ago.

Here are a couple of notes on the quilt though. It was inspired by Denyse Schmitdt's "Any Way You Slice It." I used eight deep olive greens with at least two star fabrics and eight tan creams with a couple of stars too. The boarder is Amy Butler's King Fern. I had it quilted at The Corn Wagon by Ramona, it is quilted in a pattern she calls "blooming roes with leaves." I chose a vintage blue by Moda for the stop boarder and binding to offset the green. I also had it quilted in that same blue to soften the sharp lines and add another dimension.


I truely enjoy Erin and her many talents and had a lot of fun sharing this one of mine with her.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Easter Week...

I realize it is a week after the fact but I just got the photos finally e-mailed to me. I love any good excuse to spend time with my family and Easter and a free ride to Boise with my Baby brother and his brood was a good enough reason for me! Here are some photos to share.

Zee the wee was very content just hold two eggs during the hunt even though he was encouraged by all to hunt for a few more...


Smilie was seeing if the dinosaur egg he found would actually make a dinosaur ~it did...


Whit and her girls model the easter skirts I made them to celebrate the holiday...


I love home ~I love ham and funeral potatoes and I love the fact that home is wherever my family is.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Me unhappy what would make you think such a thing...

So work is sucking my soul dry so to make my soles happy I have adopted a couple of new friends.


Color me happy ~what could be better than a pair of wedge espadrilles with some madras plaid. They look stunning with my candy red peddie.


Classic black because it is thinning ~but the yellow ascents make me so happy in so many ways ~like the fact that it matches one of my favorite cardies.



Remember when I couldn't decide which pair of shoes to get for my birthday ~well I didn't get either because they didn't have them in the neutral in my size when I went back. Guess what I found at the Ross last week for a quarter of the Nordies price. ~my birthday shoes just waiting there to cheer me up on a gloomy day.

I tell myself someday I will find the job I need at a company I love ~but until then I have my shoes to keep me happy~ and my friends of coarse shoes could never be as great as friends like you!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Not a Sight of Grey but a Sound~

We are having absolutely beautiful weather at the moment and I am enjoying every minute of it ~minus the 480 I spend at work surrounded by walls. I have been walking and hanging out in the yard. I did a little shopping at 9th & 9th and have been eating a late dinner for the most part not wasting a minute of light.
Along with the lovely weather I am having a lot of fun listening to a little gift got this week ~someone in an effort to look out for me gave me the entire play list for the second season of Grey's Anatomy. It's been a lot of fun trying to listen to all 145 songs. So along with all the sunshine going around I am enjoying my very own bit of Grey~

Friday, March 09, 2007

Breakfast of Champions...

I had Thin Mint cookies for Breakfast today ~on Wednesday I had Samoa ~on Monday I had Tagalogs.
I love March and those fabulous cookies that come around just like crocus to let you know the sun is moving and there is always a new season to be had.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sweet Lil' Sweater


So I am trying to learn how to knit ~it only took me three months to do my first solo project a scarf. Well I just finished up project #2 this month and got it delivered to the person it will fit the best. I used cheap yarn on this project in so when I didn't finish it wouldn't be a huge waste. I also got the pattern from a library book once again so it wouldn't be a huge investment and some ugly reminder sitting on my bookshelf let me know I failed.
I think it turned out alright ~the cheep yarn did give me fits and I am pretty sure I am banded from borrowing knitting books from the Boise Public Library from here on out because I had this book checked out for four months ~with all of the renewals I could do.

So here is the finished project modeled one warm winter Sunday by Bottsie.


Here are the details:

Pattern: Jacket with Seed Stitch Bands

Source: Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss

Yarn: Lyon Brand Yarn "Micro Spun" Lilac

Needles: US 3 & US 2


I am so not a knitter just yet but this next project I think will make me one~

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day & the sort...

I recieved my valentines card in the mail this week from home it had a $2 bill a valentines tradition in my family and it was thoughtful as always in it's sentiments except for it was signed

Love, Mom &

~Dad forgot to sign it before he mailed it.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Schmidty Quilt

I love to quilt ~I like to pick out fabrics I love to use my rotary cutter and I love what I get in the end even if it is just a little much. ~I also give almost all of my quilts away ~this year was no exception I made seven quilts and kept one for myself ~and how many of the quilts that I gave a way did I remember to photograph ~one. So I have asked a couple of people to do their best and send me some photos here is one that I got back of "the big zig" I made from Denyse Schmidt's Book.

I made this for Grant & Brit's wedding ~Brit is a real live photographer so the photos I got from her were a little awesome. ~Love makes everything a little awesome.


...and I just can't help myself but have you look at this and it's price tag ~not exactly what it cost me to make this little beauty.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Mad Skills...

Tonight I went to my knife skills class taught by the U of U aka that other Utah School ~it was in their continuing ed stuff so I don't feel like a real traitor.
The class was awesome, I haven't been cooking a lot lately because I am staying with friends right now. It was so great to be in the kitchen and using my knives again that I love so much ~I have the Wusthof Classics ~I have a 8" chefs knife but I covet the 10". Gretchen O'Connor that taught the class was a lot of fun she works at the Citris Grill ~she was a little nervous it was her first class although she does in home cooking lessons for people. Any ways because it was a knives skills class we did a lot of chopping ~I was of coarse a natural and asked if I had any previous training ~yes thanks to my mom and 4-H.
When the class was all said and done we had some Gazpacho, Peasant Soup, Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Jicama Coleslaw, Cucumber Coleslaw and Salmon to go with all of our soups and salads. I am going to pass along the Jicama Coleslaw recipe because it was so lovely with salmon you really must try it next time you get a chance. ~oh the best skill I learned in the class, when you scrap the food on your cutting board with your knife to repile it or to scrape it into the bowl, flip the knife over and use the back so you don't dull the blade.

Jicama Coleslaw

1 Red Onion ~small diced
1 Large Jicama ~grated
1 Bunch Cilantro ~chopped
1 Red Pepper ~small diced
1 Green Pepper ~small diced
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
Zest from one Orange
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Jalapeno ~minced (optional)

Place the grated jicama, diced vegetables, and chopped cilantro into a bowl; mix together. Add orange juice, zest, salt & pepper; let sit for 20 minutes. Toss again before service. Adjust Seasoning.

Monday, January 08, 2007

A Meme from a meanie...

My sister tagged me and now i am doing this list of things no one knows about me ~but i share everything, i blog.
1. I biffed my last finals for both undergraduate and graduate school ~I slept through my last undergraduate final and had to beg the teacher for a re-do and broke the diskette my last graduate school final was on just before it was time to present ~there were five us who had a grade riding on this one and the teacher let me turn the presentation in a week late.
2. I have seen more than one boy naked when they thought i was asleep in their room and they could just sneak in for a change of clothing ~boys are dumb and i peek (don't tell my mom.)
3. My favoritest thing before I go to bed in the whole world is clean shaved legs on crisp clean sheets.
4. I love to iron and think rising steam is one of the nicest feelings on your skin.
5. I only sing in public because I think it is a commandment (D&C 25:12) and I am still a little bit afraid of God and my Father.

Now it is my turn to tag ~go ahead and make your list Aimes & Marce.