Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Our foreign exchange student from Japan. We stopped for a hot coco break!
Is your tree up yet?
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Mushroom Walnut Stuffing. Really easy and super tasty.
Paula Deen's Pumpkin Pie...apparently it doesn't get much better and is pretty simple to make. After making it, I fully agree...this is the best pumpkin pie I've ever had! (And I didn't burn it!).
After the evening of gluttony, and the coffee kicked in, we played a round of Cranium!
And then it happened, the tryptophan kicked in...
Hope you all had an amazing holiday!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
"Stuff" in my kitchen has slowly been gathering in piles and running out of room in cabinets. I needed to do some re-organization. And Target had the simple answer to my problem.
I bought 4 of them...and used 2 to re-organize the inside of my pantry, and I used the other two to re-organize the top of my pantry. This was originally the storage space for our hot water heater (awkward right?). We had them move it when we moved in and decided it would best be suited for a pantry. But it's big and awkward, and right smack in the middle of my kitchen. I couldn't do much with it but store stuff on top (which looked ok). Here's the before:
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Martha Stewart recipe has been floating around Pinterest for awhile now, and I must say, it is one of the easiest Risotto recipes I've made. Andy loves risotto, but it usually is such a pain in the butt to make, so I think Andy will be seeing a lot of this one, (plus it tasted out of this world delish!).
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, in juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, casings removed (I used chicken sausage and it tasted great).
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 bunch flat-leaf spinach (10 to 14 ounces), washed well, tough stems removed, chopped (about 7 cups) I used whole leaf spinach, rather than chopping because I'm lazy. It works either way.
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- In a small saucepan, combine tomatoes (with their juice) and 3 cups water. Bring just to a simmer; keep warm over low heat.
- In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add sausage and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up sausage with a spoon, until sausage is opaque and onion has softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add rice; cook, stirring until well coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, stirring until absorbed, about 1 minute.
- Add about 2 cups hot tomato mixture to rice; simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until absorbed, 4 to 5 minutes. Continue adding tomato mixture, 1 cup at a time, waiting for one cup to be absorbed before adding the next, stirring occasionally, until rice is creamy and just tender, about 25 minutes total (you may not have to use all the liquid).
- Remove pan from heat. Stir in spinach, Parmesan, and butter; season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately (risotto will thicken as it cools), and sprinkle with additional Parmesan, if desired.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Cut out the size you need to fully wrap the candle holder.
If you use white paint, it won't show well with a candle lit, but I like the look of it, and it won't be lit most of the time. For the smaller candle holders I will stencil with dark brown. (I'll show you those once complete). I didn't have Modge Podge, so I just used a glue gun to seal the burlap together. In the mean time, check out my newest piece of DIY decor. Great gift idea!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
My Dog = Happiness.
My husband and my dog have kept me sane over the past few weeks.
I hit a wall. I had so many obligations and appointments I just couldn't keep up with everything. My calender over the course of the last few weeks has been full to say the least; I'm desperately looking forward to the Holidays as I will finally be taking some days off of work to just "be." There have been a few things that have happened since my last post...I went to DC for an annual sales conference and got promoted, Andy and I have partnered with a local church here in Tacoma and have kept incredibly busy with that, I've met new friends, I've attended bridal showers and weddings, I've spent countless hours throwing the ball with my new dog Augustus and have been trying to train him, I've cooked a few super tasty meals, I've scoured thrift stores and bought a bunch of stuff to make over the holidays, and my dad loaned me his fancy DSLR camera (yay!!!! Now I just need to figure out how to use the thing!). I hope to be back with some sort of regularity...I've missed this little part of the universe.