Tuesday, November 23, 2010

front of ze house

As you can see here, our slip-covered sofa acts as a divider in our living room. Here's the little nook hanging out behind the sofa...and no, we did not choose these paint colors.

curtains and hardware: Target, recliner: West View attic, pillow: Ross
(this pillow is insanely adorable, the pic doesn't do it
justice), rug: Target
record frames: Urban Outfitters, album covers: thrifted,
FaithHopeLove art: bought on honeymoon, slanted desk: Crate
and Barrel, chair: I wanna say Costco? can't remember...
small painting: bought on honeymoon

Monday, November 22, 2010

a manly meal

My sweet man put up with mostly meatless meals for the months of September and October. He complimented each new concoction of veggies and rice or noodles. No complaints. The meals were always flavorful and filling, but not exactly "manly."

Last night I decided to surprise him with a humongous plate of nachos. He acted like it was it Christmas. He's all, "what made you decide to make this?" BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, that's why!

I added a packet of taco seasoning to ground turkey and then baked tortilla chips w/ cheese and the cooked meat on top at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. I served the nachos with sour cream and fresh green onions. I wouldn't have minded some black olives as well, but Andy isn't an olive guy.

We both realized that we've never eaten nachos together. How is that possible? I'm kicking myself for not thinking of making them earlier. Next time I plan to have lettuce on hand to make taco/nacho salads. I also want to try shredded chicken nachos.

Somehow, despite the nachos, I still lost weight over the weekend. SCORE.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

an "Amélie" inspired post

Andy Rennie is a good looking husband who can never escape the arms of his wife. He is a manager and fired people who did stupid things.
Andy Rennie doesn't like when the Bears lose or when his fantasy football team suxorz. When his wife calls to him from another room. Kesha. Peas.
He doesn't like being woken up.
He likes having his feet rubbed, drinking his coffee black, the smell of dinner cooking.
He likes Taco Bell. Spoiling the dog. Picking his teeth with toothpicks.
Andy Rennie likes to move by dumping things into boxes and then unpacking them later. He likes to brag about how efficiently this method "works."

Laura Rennie is a city girl who went to school in a country town. She wrote papers upon papers and now she has graduated and wishes she had papers to write.
She doesn't like public restrooms, the smell of Target popcorn or when she can't get water out of her ears.
She doesn't like cleaning the stovetop. When her toes cramp. Seeing someone she knows but forgetting their name. Discovering used toothpicks stuck to dishes, on the floor, in her bed, anywhere. Taking showers on a rainy day.
Laura Rennie likes reading perfectly inspired sentences. When a song makes her catch her breath. How the smell of fall fills her nostrils with crisp air.
She likes taking everything out of her desk drawer, taking inventory and then putting everything in its right place.

"Amélie doesn't have a boyfriend. She tried, but it didn't live up to her expectations. On the other hand, she enjoys all sorts of little pleasures, putting her hand in a bag of seeds, piercing the crust of crème brûlée with the tip of a spoon."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books."

^by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Last January I compiled this list of the 27 books I read in 2009. One of my New Year's resolutions for 2010 was to read a book every 2 weeks. I've read 30 so far, which means I have met and exceeded my goal already!

One book that I could not finish was "The Manny" by Holly Peterson. It was awful. Don't waste your time. I regret wasting my time trying to read it.

I look forward to sharing my 2010 list with you, but I'm even more excited about the 49 books sitting on my shelves that I have yet to read. Maybe next year my goal should be to read all 49...ha. I think I need to stay away from The Green Valley Book Fair in 2011.

What books should I put on my birthday/Christmas list?

yum in my tum

I've been embracing a new mentality: Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full.
I am ten pounds lighter and feeling great! I realized that by counting calories I was constantly checking to see how many calories I had left so I could snack more, even if I wasn't hungry. Now I wait until my stomach growls to eat, or if I recognize that I'm getting tired or cranky.
It's harder for me to obey the stop when you're full part, so I give myself small portions to start with and I usually don't need to get seconds. Our bodies have the amazing ability to communicate with us, so why don't we listen?

Here are some of my favorite meals for breakfast and lunch:
-Toasted 100 calorie sandwich thins spread with peanut butter + a banana on the side
-Barbara's Peanut Butter Puffins cereal + sliced banana
-1 pumpkin muffin + one serving of fruit

-Sliced apple + sliced cheese + a serving of Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips
-Boson Lettuce with reduced fat feta cheese, walnuts, sliced strawberries (or chopped apples) and raspberry vinaigrette.
-Black beans with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

the best parts

-snuggles. lots of them.
-sharing a ridiculous love for our dog
-praying together
-walking down memory lane (we have 5 years of memories!)
-making each other laugh at all times
-waking the other person up in the night if one of us has a nightmare
-being completely uninhibited, goofy, vulnerable and knowing you're still loved
-PDA. we're PDA-ers. Sorry, world. We're in love. and we're married. boo-yah.
- ;) ;)

I got the sweetest phone call from my husband yesterday. He called simply to compliment me and tell me how grateful and blessed he is to have me. That right there-- that is the very best part-- having love for someone and them joyfully receiving it.

this was taken shortly after Andy asked
me to date him with the intention of marriage.
Andy is 20 here, I'm 19.

Monday, November 8, 2010

really, French couple? REALLY?

PARIS, Nov. 2, 2010

French Baby Survives 8-Floor Fall

Parents Left 18-Month-Old with 3-Year-Old Sister in Apt.; Baby Fell out Window, Bouncing off Awning into Arms of Passerby

(AP)  French police say an 18-month-old boy has survived a fall from an eighth-floor window of a Paris apartment by bouncing off an awning and into someone's arms, apparently uninjured. 

Police say they have detained the parents of the baby boy for questioning.

According to police, the parents had gone for a stroll on Monday, a French holiday, and left the 18-month-old with his three-year-old sister in the family apartment in eastern Paris.

Police said Tuesday the little boy somehow had access to an open window and fell out. He hit an awning of a ground-floor restaurant then bounced into the arms of a passer-by.

They said no injuries were uncovered by initial medical exams. 

hello free stuff

Check out this list (scroll down to find it) of freebies that CVS is offering starting Thanksgiving Day. I'm going to be grabbing Carmex, Excedrin, Eucerin lotion, Old Spice deods and some candy for my husband (haha, riiight).

I have never participated in the madness that is Black Friday, but it is really tempting. BlackFridayInfo.com is a great place to look if you're wondering what stores will be offering.

If I'm in town, I may just have to hit up a couple places.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

in a rut

I'll be back to blogging soon. I'm too brain dead to blog.

Monday, November 1, 2010

base recipe for pumpkin muffins

If you're not a pumpkin lover (silly you) check out my honey and banana muffins here and my banana chocolate nut muffins here.

I tweaked this pumpkin muffin recipe from allrecipes.com and was very happy with the result. I added chocolate chips and walnuts, but you could also add dried fruit. Some reviewers used even less sugar and still liked the result.

Laura's Pumpkin Muffins
makes 3 dozen muffins

2 cups whole wheat flour
2.75 cups all purpose white flour
1.5 cups granulated white sugar
1.5 cups brown sugar
1.5 teaspoons each of baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, ground cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 eggs
1 can (29 oz) pumpkin
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
add-ins are optional- I used 3/4 cup choc chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (note: I used less choc chips but the same amount of walnuts when halving this recipe, and I loved them!) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix wet and dry ingredients separately, then mix together. Fold add-ins into batter. Pour into greased muffin tins or loaf pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
After they are baked, muffins can be frozen and then microwaved for 20-30 seconds.