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October Recap And A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

October 31, 2011 07:24 by ehouston

I have been wanting to make these regular posts for a while now, but with only one under my belt so far about August, I figured October 2011 will officially mark the first opportunity to pull everything together.  In addition to a monthly recap I will be putting up a Project Page as an index for anyone interested in creating something they have seen here.  I hope you all enjoy my  attempts at website organization!

October 2011 in a nutshell:

I started this month out with a bit of environmentally sound inspiration after discovering GreenCraft magazine at my local Joann’s ETC. store.  While I have yet to create any specific item I spied in the pages, I definitely saw this as a jumping off point for my holiday gift giving.  I always try to add some handmade gifts from the heart and this year I hope to incorporate more recycled, or rediscovered, items as I like to call them.  Usually I reserve such things for smaller holidays, but not this year.  Get ready family!  I hope I don’t disappoint.  Open-mouthed smile

In honor of thinking “green”, I also tried out a local annual clothing consignment sale and managed to unload a few items during a big closet purge

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While I did not make a monetary killing, I did pay for my consignor fee and all the purchases I ended up making for myself.  So, I broke completely even and learned that the sales are very hit or miss, but not to give up after just one shot.  My plan of attack for this coming spring will be to put in some of what I consigned this past month, plus a whole bunch of warmer weather items.  Maybe by this time next year I will have really whittled the pile down.  By the way, I only suggest this approach to someone that has a lot of closet space and no immediate need for cash or more storage.  Well, I guess I always have an immediate need for more cash!  But you get what I am saying.

We had tons of family fun this past month attending fall festivals, parades, a pumpkin patch and a trunk or treat.  You would think the Little Guy is all worn out and done at this point, but instead I just managed to create an activity monster.  It’s hard not to jump on the fall fun bandwagon when so many of these events are free, but I now understand those moms that talk about setting the bar low so things can only go up.  Genius, simply genius!

I talked a bit about my need to get off the carbs and professed my love of all things bakery related

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They say that admitting your problem is the first step, but the truth be known, I have been gorging myself on homemade artesian and other fruit breads ever since.  I know, I know, pathetic!  For those of you that love carbs too, I will be sharing that artesian bread recipe this next month!  Tease!  YEP!

I also lamented the discovery of my Nashville, TN Dream home finally going on the market.  This news still gives me a sick stomach and lump in the ol’ throat.

3120 Hunters Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214

Dream Home For Sale (picture courtesy of Zillow.com/Remax Elite, Nashville, TN)

I have spent many a day-dreaming moment placing our furniture in the rooms and redecorating the space to suite our needs.  The patio would be FABULOUS if I could just get my hands on it and all our friends would love to come to our parties by the pool!  Speaking of yard work, the last of the holly bushes was finally planted a couple of weekends ago and that part of the fall spruce up is complete.  Hopefully I will manage to get out there and pull all the hoses and flower pots in before too many more freezing nights.  I can’t believe it was snowing just a state away over this past weekend!

It appears that most of this month was about decorating, or really more about rearranging our existing décor, and using what we have in new ways.  I managed to pull together some much needed side tables for our family room, and this next month I will show you all how I solved my table tray issue with diaper boxes.  Yeah, more uses for junk!

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I also performed some decorating miracles (not really, but we are very happy with the changes!) in the formal living room by just moving things around.

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And, softened the hollow sound of our upstairs hallway by hanging up some of my favorite quilts, but with a little twist.

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Wow, I guess I accomplished more in October than I thought!  Here’s to the next month and the million item and growing “To-do” list!

Take care everyone and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Eating–Grapefruit

March 7, 2011 06:03 by ehouston

If you haven’t taken advantage of the citrus season yet, you should.   Grapefruit

Last week we grabbed a bag of ruby red grapefruit after gobbling up all the clementines we could get our hands on the week before.

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However, we discovered that they are not as quick a snack as we seem to need around here.  So, I finally broke down and just sliced them all up so we could scoop and eat as we wanted. 

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Since doing so, we have pretty much gorged ourselves again.

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(We have learned (the hard way) that he has to see you applying the condiment or it doesn’t count and he continues to ask for more, more, MORE!)

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It Started With A List

November 25, 2010 09:48 by ehouston

It always does.  About a month ago I started the “what will we have for Turkey Day” list. 

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After many, many revisions that list finally morphed into the “here’s what we need to buy” list.  Last night it became the “what time and order do we start the cooking” list.

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This morning, while eating blueberry pancakes and bacon, and watching the Little Guy pick all the blueberries out of the pancakes first, it occurred to me that I had our “eat time” is at the start of nap time.  Where was my brain this week?

After careful consideration I decided we would eat at roughly our regular dinner time of 6:00 to 6:30ish and I would complete the bulk of the cooking during nap time.  DUH!!

So, the turkey is roasting and filling the house with the most delectable scent.  I just popped the dressing in and I am getting ready to put together the mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and the green bean casserole.  In the meantime we have been munching on pigs in the blanket.  Gawd, what is it about this day that makes us eat all the bad things we love at once?  It’s as though we are trying to provoke our body into some kind of shock or heart attack!  At least Thanksgiving would be a great last meal.

Oops, I just realized the sweet potatoes were not named above.

Oh man, I better get back to my list.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!!!

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Eating....again....

January 26, 2009 07:32 by ehouston

It seems I cannot stop lately.  New Year's resolutions are out the door!  Well, I am not even sure I let them in, in the first place.  I might be eating a lot, but for the most part it is fairly healthy.  I have been playing with my George Foreman grill and this is what I came up with. 

Fake Panini's!

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Essentially you just take pita pockets, fill them with your favorite ingredients and then smash them in G. Foreman's grill.  I used ham, cheese and some home made honey mustard.  mmmmm....  Mr. Foreman's grill even adds those nice little stripes, but this version of the classic Panini sandwich is must less greasy.  I completed the meal with a bowl of lentil soup, featuring a few squiggles of yellow mustard.

I am thinking the mini George is going to have to go.  I am now shopping for the Mack-Daddy George Foreman.  Has anyone else used the big boy before?  Is it worth it for occasional indoor grilling?

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Topic: Eating....Not Cooking, But Eating!

January 12, 2009 07:03 by ehouston

I love to eat!  I also love to try new things, whether that means a new restaurant or a new recipe.  I have noticed lots of other blogs have posts about cooking and because I enjoy cooking too I thought I would join in all the fun.  However, I decided I would rather just focus on the eating since I like that part the best.  I will share my recipes here and there if I created the food in question, but many of our meals are just combinations of old standbys.  Take for instance Tuna Mac & Cheese with Peas, which is one of my favorite meals.  I am sure this is totally unappealing to some of you, but these are all comfort foods for me.  When put all together this meal is like an old quilt from Grandma.  I love the flavors of the salty tuna and cheddar cheese mixed with the sweetness of English peas.  mmmmm, mmmm, good....Oh, I believe that line might be taken...?

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Lunch, last Wednesday = Tuna, Mac & Cheese with Peas

How To (if you cannot just figure this one out):

Make Mac & Cheese according to package instructions.  (I used classic Velveeta Shells & Cheese)

Open can or package of Tuna and poor into the Mac & Cheese; Mix thoroughly, breaking apart any big chucks of tuna

Stir in one can of English peas

Eat!

Rub your full belly!

Say Yum!

;0)

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