Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Anniversary

We have our one year anniversary in our house this week. When we saw it the first time I fell in love at first sight. The brick on the outside, the white doors throughout the house all really high, the french doors to the formal dining... 

A little weird is that we have SIX windows in the bedroom (which are by now all covered with curtains)


 The master bathroom has a huge window as well.

 

At first I loved it, until we moved in and there was no way to walk around, take a shower, brush your teeth, in private. We tried to come up with a cool idea on how to cover that window. It is too narrow to attach shutters, curtains look weird and might mold. The only idea we came up with were to attach a tinted window film. Of course we messed up. There were scratches and bubbles all over the window and it looked really bad.

When my mom came in town couple weeks ago, I wanted everything to look perfect and tried to take the film off. Not as easy as I thought it would be. The removal spray which you can buy at your local home improvement store, didnt work at all. I was so disappointed. I tried soap water but that didnt work, the hair dryer didnt work either. When my mom finally arrived the film was 1/4 removed and everything else was still attached to the window.

 My mom and I spent several hours in the tub with raiser blades getting rid of the film inch by inch. Finally the film was all gone. I bought a new one, Brian and I put it on and it looked even worse. We tried so hard, but messed up again. You think how hard can it be?? Thats what I thought, I was so mad at myself, and threw everything away. We put towels over the shower, showered in the dark and tried to hide more or less from our neighbors for a couple of weeks. Awesome!! Finally I got tired of it and bought another box of tinted window film and cut it to the right size. 


 We tried really hard to not mess it up this time. It took forever, but finally the result is good and will stay as long as we live in that house (or even longer!)


I can't wait to take my first bubble bath! :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Finally Thanksgiving is here!

Our table setting for Thanksgiving







The kids table



 The Food


Turkey




Brian getting instructions on how to cut his first turkey




Sweet Potato Casserole


Green Bean Casserole


Potato Salad

 

Cranberry Sauce


Stuffing


Jello


Dinner Rolls


The full entree assortment






 Dessert

Mystery Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Spice Cake


Cake Pops

 

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting






...and the full assortment of sweets





 The Snacks




Hope you are enjoying some nice days with your loved ones!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Martha Stewart canceled this year!

Dear Family & Friends,

I know that you were eager to accept our family’s invitation to Thanksgiving dinner when you found out that Martha Stewart would be joining us. However, due to a scheduling conflict, Ms. Stewart finds that she is unable to grace our table this year. With that in mind, there will be a few minor changes regarding the meal and decor, as outlined below. Please be aware of them, and adjust your appetite and dress appropriately.
Thank you…

1) Our driveway will not be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries. After several trial runs and two visits from the fire department, it was decided that, no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect.

2) Once inside, please note that the entry space will not be decorated with swags of Indian corn and fall foliage. Instead, we included our dog in decorating by having him track in colorful autumn leaves from the back yard. The mud was his idea.

3) The dining table will not be covered with expensive linens, fancy China, or crystal goblets. If possible, we will use dishes that match and everyone will get a fork. Since this is Thanksgiving, we will refrain from using the paper SpongeBob dinner plates, the leftover Halloween napkins, and our plastic cup collection.

4) Our centerpiece will not be a tower of fresh fruit and flowers. Instead we will be proudly displaying a hedgehog-like decoration hand-crafted from the finest construction paper and pine cones. The artist assures me it is a turkey, albeit one without wings, legs, or a beak.

5 )We will be dining somewhat later than planned. However, our daughter will entertain you while you wait. I’m sure she will be happy to share every choice comment her mother made regarding Thanksgiving, pilgrims, stuffing choices, the turkey hotline, and, especially, her husband. Please remember that most of these comments were made at 7:00AM upon discovering that said husband had only remembered to pull the turkey from the freezer at 6:00 AM, and that the thing was still hard enough to cut diamonds.

6) As an accompaniment to our daughter’s recital of these events, I will play a recording of Native American tribal drumming. Curiously, the tribal drumming sounds a great deal like a frozen turkey in a clothes dryer, but that only enhances the holiday appropriateness. If our daughter should mention that we don’t own a recording of Native American tribal drumming, ignore her. She’s only nine; what does she know?

7) A dainty silver bell will not be rung to announce the start of our feast. We have chosen to keep our traditional method of assembling when the smoke alarm goes off.

8)  There will be no formal seating arrangement. When the smoke alarm sounds, please gather around the table and sit where you like. In the spirit of harmony, we will ask all the children to sit at a separate table. In a separate room. Next door. And I would like to take this opportunity to remind our younger diners that “passing the rolls” is neither a football play nor an excuse to bean your cousin in the head with bread.

9) The turkey will not be carved at the table. I know you have seen the Norman Rockwell image of one person carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers. Such a scene may occur somewhere in America , but it won’t be happening at our dinner table. For safety reasons, the turkey will be carved in the kitchen at a private ceremony. I stress “private”, meaning Do not, under any circumstances, enter the kitchen to laugh at me. Do not send small, unsuspecting children, or older, helpful grandparents into the kitchen to check on my progress. I have a very large, very sharp knife. The turkey is unarmed. It stands to reason that I will eventually win the battle. When I do, we will eat

10) For the duration of the meal, we will refer to the gravy by its lesser-known name: Kraft Cheese Sauce. If a young diner questions you regarding the origins or makeup of the Kraft Cheese Sauce, smile kindly and say that you know the answer, but it’s a secret that can’t be revealed to them until they are 18.

11) Instead of offering a choice among 12 different scrumptious desserts, we will be serving the traditional pumpkin pie, garnished with whipped cream and dog tongue marks. You still have a choice: take it or leave it.

That concludes our list of alterations. Again, I apologize that Martha will not be joining us this year.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cake pops for the holidays

With all the groceries at our house in preparation for Thanksgiving (we have a lot since Brian went shopping and bought everything 3 times too much) our freezer and fridge are exploding. In the freezer I found some cake pops last night and I couldn't resist. I took out my white and chocolate candy melts, some sprinkles and got to work.

I only had 12 left, a perfect amount for our guests (and myself!)

The full assortment of the Thanksgiving / Pre-Christmas Cake Pops


Can you see the tiny candy canes?


                           


Confetti 




 Happy Thanksgiving!




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