Friday, November 26, 2010

So after hours of prepping and cooking and stressing and fretting and a few near-breakdowns, Thanksgiving was wonderful.

We hosted it at our house -- I love having a house full of people and energy. We brought in a couple folding tables and chairs and cleared out the living room of what could be removed. It was most definitely cozy.

Unfortunately, by the time everyone arrived I was so tired and worn out that I didn't enjoy it near as much as I should have... I'm so, so, so thankful for this little baby in my tum, but I am not thankful for the permanent headache that comes along too. I didn't take any pictures, but Jenny did and I'll post them if there's some good ones.

That said, we had LOTS of good food and I learned a few lessons:

No. 1 ~ Do not leave the lid on when roasting the turkey. Although it got done and tasted good, it looked nothing like the turkey in my mind.
No. 2 ~ Sewing and crafting for Thanksgiving should not be done within 48 hours of when the cooking is to start.
No. 3 ~ No matter what you think, the table is never big enough.
No. 4 ~ I don't know how people do it that have full-time jobs, multiple children, AND you have people over for Thanksgiving. Amazing.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

It's Official.

So....


I'm officially tired all the time.

I'm officially cranky most of the time.

I'm officially having a hard time getting dressed all of a sudden.









But more importantly, we are officially very excited that a new baby is on the way.


EstimatedDateofArrival ~ May 29th.
I would have loved to tell each and every one of you in person, but the way the news has slowly been leaking around, I figured I'd better make it official!

Besides, I'm too tired and cranky to make that many phone calls... :) XOXO

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dumpster Diving and Sun Dogs.

So a while back while we were on one of our trips to Anchorage, we saw this frame out by the road for someone's trash. Being the somewhat-hoarder that I am, I snagged it up for a rainy day. The frame was in tact, it was just that the artwork had come unglued. I knew I could think up something useful for a huge frame.

Well this week it found a purpose. I've been pining for a chalkboard somewhere in the house and Bry took some chalkboard spraypaint I'd bought, painted the backside of the artwork and nailed it to the frame. It's perfect! It can hang on the wall and is super light, so we can just take it down for Ever when she wants to draw.

This is not an extraordinary picture of a sun dog, but is special simply because it was taken from our kitchen. From wikipedia:

A sun dog (scientific name parhelion, plural parhelia, from Greek par─ôlion, "beside the sun"; also called a mock sun) is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun. They are formed by plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds or, during very cold weather, by ice crystals called diamond dust drifting in the air at low levels. These crystals act as prisms, bending the light rays passing through them by 22°. If the crystals are randomly oriented, a complete ring around the sun is seen — a halo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

November.

I thought November was ignore-your-blog-month ... No?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Little Red.

{I was a chimney sweep ... that unfortunately lost my tools.}

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ghoulishly Green Key Lime Pie

So my Nigella recipe for this week was selected after I stumbled across some key limes at the organic grocery store in Valdez during a basketball trip. Somewhat random. But they were just perfect for the Key Lime Pie recipe, which was delicious and simple. My heavy hand with the food coloring turned out to coordinate well with Halloween, thank goodness.

Jo promised to make some sort of spooky cupcake for her recipe this week. Hopefully she'll share so I can post a picture for you :)

xo,
Jackie

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gakona version of the Zoo.

So today we took another trip to the Gakona Petting Zoo :) Also known as: the neighbors house. This time armed with old apples to bribe our friends closer. It was a lovely way to spend the morning. I compare this to you urban folk getting to go to the zoo. Fortunately, Ever doesn't even know what she's missing by only seeing three species of animals.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Learning about pumpkins the hard way ....

So my sister and Jose bought us two big, beautiful pumpkins this fall. They were perfect.

And I ruined both of them.

The first one I ruined before I even got a chance to carve it. Snow sat on it for a few days, I brought it inside, it rotted.

Pumpkin No. 2 was carved into a lovely, lovely owl. (Just like this picture from marthastewart.com). I thought, "Well, this one I'll just keep inside, then the snow won't ruin it." Left for a basketball trip. Came back two days later, and my beautiful owl was turning blue and the inside was a terrible web of mold.

Drats.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A No-Picture Update.

Another week come and gone ... so fast. Because of some computer issues this week, I don't have any new pictures. Which is super sad because I had some great ones of Ever and Bry. So bummed.

Jo and I kept up with our Nigella cooking, although this time we had to do it seperately. Jo made the "Jam-Doughnut Muffins". They were incredible and beautiful. To me, they tasted just like shortbread, which I love. I made the "Toffee Apples". (I did have pictures, but no more.) They fall under the "Children" chapter, but I think you'd have to be pretty picky about which age of children you share them with. The toffee was SOOO chewy that I didn't let Ever near them and it would be simply torture for any kid with braces. They were a tasty treat still ... took me back to fair days.

Ever's been keeping us busy ... We've come to agreement that she's officially reached the all-dreaded terrible two's.

12 degrees this morning when we woke up. Winter is here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Boots, blocks, & a buddy.

{As you can see, we are still working on Ever's smile.}
{Thank goodness we had 2 pairs of rain boots to wear in the house while playing, it was about to get ugly :) }


{Trying to persuade the neighbor's goats & horse to come over and say hi.} How much action can two little ones fit into a couple of hours?!? Boots, blocks, jumping on Grampa, looking for goats, chasing dogs, and calling for horses. A busy morning indeed.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Comfort Cooking.

Last week Jo and I had our first "Nigella Night" (or Nigella Noon, as it was) ... Jo got this cookbook last year and we both fell in love. So a few weeks ago, she gifted me my own copy and we plan to cook our way through it this winter.

The recipes we selected for our first date were Apple Kuchen and Cheese Blintzes. While Rowan took a snooze, Ever, Jo, and I cooked away. Unfortunately, we didn't get to complete both recipes in time for Ever's nap. So because of time and pan restraints, the Apple Kuchen didn't quite turn out. We'll have to give it a try again soon ... However, the cheese blintzes were delightful. Definitely a once-in-a-while treat, but wonderful to know they're there :)



Junior High basketball is in full swing, so everything is planned around daily practice and weekend trips. Yesterday I made a chicken pot pie and pumpkin pie (Mom's 9x13 version, which Bry calls a pumpkin cake). We all came down with a case of the winter yucks last night, so this week we'll be laying pretty low, eating our comfort foods, and trying to get better as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What She's Working on Now.


Building towers and ABC's ... a very busy girl. But with today's new snow, we're going to have to take a break to go out and eat some.
P.S. Neil Diamond keeps showing up on the radio -- makes me think of Mom and Stacey :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Playing and Praying.


Today's one of those nice days where we don't have to go anywhere. I love these days.

Ever's busy finding new areas of the house (the windowsill!) to explore and I'm trying to drum up some energy to get my chores done.
At a retreat I attended the other day, the speaker talked about the feeling of "receiving" a prayer. She said there have been times in her life where she's had the feeling that someone somewhere was sending prayers her way and all she could do was fall down on her knees and receive those prayers. I hope the people I'm praying for today can experience that feeling ...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I got the sweetest card today.

If I had a single flower
for every time I thought
of you, I could walk forever
in my garden.
-Claudia Ghandi

{thanks Mom}

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How I Feel Today.


This is turning into a photo blog. Not because my photos are so great, but because I'm too lazy to come up with anything to write about ..... hmm.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Grafton Gray.


It still needs the trim done and some finishing touches ... but here it is.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happenings.


Well today is an exciting day at our house. We're getting filled up on propane, natural gas, and water. Yippee! We have been out of water since Sunday -- which is about as fun as it sounds. It's going to be like Christmas when that big water truck pulls up!
We're also putting the color on our house today too. Painting the house has been one of those projects that is long overdue ... I kind-of shoved Bryan into it (by buying the paint, starting the job, and then not being able to finish it.... a committed love at it's finest). I really think he's going to be happy he did it in the end though. So exciting!
The last picture is the yarn that will hopefully be transformed into a sweater for Bryan over the next few months. It is a truly lovely wool and I can't wait to dive in ... It's so hard to get a good picture of the two of them these days. I should've just photographed the yarn ...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Loving ...

:: These:

:: These

OR these

:: Most definitely love these
:: This

:: The endless amount of very cool knitting patterns out there, like this

:: And, most importantly,This Girl

** Phew, I just had to get that wishlist off my chest ... I think the feeling to do a little "school shopping" sticks with you long after school is out :)
** Better go, I see this sweet girl has taken to tagging all her books, toys, and the floor with a beautiful red crayon in the time I've taken to write this. A budding artist, right?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blueberries.

Blueberries.
Blueberries.
Blueberries.
And a peach.



Monday, August 30, 2010

Colors of summer.




:: Make sure to notice the corn !! What a sweet surprise, I seriously had no expectations when I started it.

:: This morning Ever & I made a Peach & Nectarine Crostata from Ina Garten's cookbook ... it's now earned a spot among my all-time favorite treats. No picture. Surprising, I know.