Monday, December 21, 2009
*** He makes hot chocolate with water, no milk. I make mine with mainly milk, maybe a tiny bit of water. This caused some major discussions this weekend. I finally got him to agree that hot chocolate with milk tastes MUCH better. Of course, it doesn't hurt when you pour half a bottle of Bailey's in it either.
*** I'm never going to be able to convince him that Lifetime movies don't get old after watching them for 8 hours straight. He is still not a fan.
*** Setting the thermostat to 62 degrees is not acceptable to me when we're in the middle of a blizzard and can't leave the house. It was 57 degrees in our house on Sunday morning - he turned it down hoping it would "save money". I told him I'd rather have a $500 electric bill than freeze to death. I wanted it set to 76 - we compromised on 69.
*** He still thinks I looked pretty even though I barely showered or got out of sweatpants all weekend - awww!
*** He is just as obsessed with celebrity gossip as I am. Case in point: fighting over all the trashy mags I bought on Friday before the storm hit.
*** We didn't want to kill each other TOO many times by Sunday night - a success!!!
We spent about 5 hours yesterday digging out of the snow. We made little tunnels all over the front and side of our house and got all the cars cleaned off. As much as I did enjoy the lazy weekend, I'm seriously ready for it to melt already!! Once you have to start going out in it, it's not fun anymore!
Unfortunately, I had to come into work today - major bummer! At least it's a short week...can't believe Christmas is like 3 days away!!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Here's the lovely medicine cabinet in all it's wallpapered glory - it has no idea that it's about to meet it's final resting place at the dump...
And here is that hole covered with the beadboard paneling. And a good shot of the new light J installed.
Now, I won't leave you hanging with just ugly demo pictures. Here's the current state of our bathroom:Lovely beadboard - still need to do the corner trim pieces, but J is working on those this week.
Still need to do the baseboards and the top molding above the beadboard, but I love how it looks with the new floor!
So that's our current progress. We are having family over the Sunday after Christmas, so our goal is have the entire thing finished by then. Do you think we can do it??
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Second - I went to my friend L's annual Cookie Exchange Party last night. So fun! To me, that's the perfect holiday party. Girls only, plenty of booze and cookies. Plus, for non-bakers like myself, it's a way I can get a few dozen Christmas cookies without baking them myself. J was literally waiting by the front door when I got home last night to see what kind of goodies I brought home. I have to say, this was one of the best years in terms of quality and quantity of cookies. All the girls had been emailing each other the week of the party to make sure that we had a good variety of cookies, and it worked out well.
Since I despise baking, this was of course a little bit of a challenge for me. I searched far and wide for an easy recipe that would still look like I slaved away over a hot stove. My whole problem with baking (and especially cookies) is that it just takes SO long and it's very labor intensive. I hate having to make batches and batches and checking and cooling.... So when I came across this recipe, I knew I found a winner:
Snickerdoodle Blondies (found from Dozen Flours)
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture until well blended.
Spread evenly in prepared pan (mixture will be somewhat cookiebatter-ish.) Combine white sugar and cinnamon in a little bowl. Evenly sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the batter. Bake 25-30 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed. Cool slightly.
While still warm, cut into bars with a sharp knife. Yields: approximately 30 servings (depending on how you cut the bars)
Obviously super easy and I love that you just spread them in a pan, bake and you're done. They look fancy and they definitely got gobbled up at the party. Highly recommended, especially for non-bakers!!
Also at the party, we had my friend L's famous Punch. We call it "The Punch". She makes it every year and we literally drink every drop. It's pretty lethal and I definitely consumed 3 wine glasses full last night, which is probably too much for a Thursday night!
2 1/2 c. Southern Comfort (basically an entire bottle)
2 1/4 qts. 7-Up
6 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 (6 oz.) can frozen orange juice
2 (6 oz.) cans frozen lemonade
Chill ingredients; mix in punch bowl. Add 7-Up last. Yum!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
A silver engraved necklace with my new monogram. L-O-V-E this one from Etsy. Edit: The Etsy seller is courtneyanne Designs
Dory Barn Coat from Lands End. Santa, I hope you already bought this one for me because they are running out of sizes and colors! Better hurry!! (Chocolate Brown, please!)
Real Simple Best Recipes Cookbook. Being a new wife and all, I need something to wow my husband and make him believe that I AM Martha Stewart!
Santa, you are great at bringing me tech gifts. I-pods, Garmins, you name it. This year, you can put one of these adorable little video cameras in my stocking and I will be one happy girl!
Last but not least, a Little Green Clean Machine. Now, my mom said it's just wrong to put cleaning appliances on my Christmas list, but she obviously hasn't seen our old shabby carpet that we can't afford to replace right now. This will help me get those gross stains out so I can stop bugging Jake for carpet installation!
Thanks for reading this Santa. I promise to leave extra cookies out for you and the reindeer if you could slip any of these under our tree this year!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This may be my hands down favorite picture from the entire day. It was right as J and I saw each other for the first time before the ceremony. I'm totally framing this and putting it next to my bed - it makes me melt!! Such a cute hubs!