Saturday, February 26

garden update!

so i spent the whole day from 8am until 3 this afternoon in the yard raking leaves, pruning hydrangeas, and using the sid loaned gas blower to clean things up...i was determined to get things together before the snakes find a home this year! yikes!

i cant really move my arms but am going to tackle the linen closet and drawers/closet later today or tomorrow but as for the back yard, things are looking good!!!

here's an update of the baby lettuce we have growing!!!

Friday, February 25

spring cleaning weekend

it is my goal this weekend to do all the things that i have been putting off for ages now it feels like...going through drawers and giving to nearly new, moving my winter clothes upstairs and spring clothes down, sprucing up the guest room, painting the bathroom upstairs, blowing leaves off the back yard and bagging them up, washing the screened in porch and preparing for spring use, clean up the papers all over our office...the list goes on and on! 

my goal is to get this all done before march comes and flies by with busy plans every weekend until mid-April! anyone want to come help? secretly hoping carrie will show up at 8AM on saturday and demand to help me "play junior league" and get rid of everything i won't wear again in this life time!

Thursday, February 24

Wednesday, February 23

carrie quiche

loving my new quiche recipe from carrie! super easy and most everything we normally have on hand!

4 eggs (beat the heck of them as carrie says...5 minutes or so on a med/high speed in the kitchen aid....should be frothy)
1 cup reduced fat sour cream
2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup reduced fat cheese
6 pieces of turkey bacon cooked crispy and cut into small bits
1 cup cooked spinach (drain this VERY WELL as spinach cooked retains so much water)
1 mrs. smiths frozen pie crush

get the eggs really frothy as mentioned above. then everything else gets added to the mixer and is mixed on low for about a minute. pour in pie crust and bake for 1 hour (or until eggs firm) at 350 degrees.

so simple and soooo good! carrie loves it best a day old, regardless its great! 

Tuesday, February 22

queen madeline

for anyone who doesn't know elizabeth's sister madeline is an artist and a great one at that. she has commissioned several pieces for me in the past (this is her 5th, and 6 & 7 are being worked on now) as well as painted a few for my mother as well that my father has framed. every piece has amazing character and is better than the next!

her newest challenge was a painting for our dining room...i wanted something that would be sentimental but not overly intense.  i decided that to those that really know joe and me would realize the meaning behind it and everyone else would just think it was a beautiful tuscan villa, so i gave her a few photographs of summerour studio, the site of our wedding reception, and a huge canvas, and boy did she deliver! happy valentines/christmas present to joe!

so i am now going to pawn her off on all of you or anyone interested. she does amazing work and if you want her contact information/don't have it then just shoot me an email. below is more of the work she has done for me in the past...she doesn't know it yet but her next subject for number 8 in our house is going to be a picture of none other than wilson!
river house painting for mom and dad last yaer
enjoying our new beautiful artwork from someone special to us! great job madeline!

Monday, February 21

Sunday, February 20

garden update!

so my garden [dirt in pots right now] is started! so far i have sown some seeds to grow lettuce, spinach, parsley, carrots, scallions, and marigolds. starting in march after laney & ro's wedding i will start inside in my jiffy starter set, tomatoes, canary peppers, basil, cucumbers, and a few other fun things! after they start to germinate, those things will go outside but the little starter set is pretty cool. 

you take these indoor greenhouse sets basically and follow the directions (get the little seed pods wet and then put the seed on it, put the lid on the seeds to keep in humidity, and watch them grow until ready to transport outside)

cross your fingers i can do something right and at least one of my many seeds will sprout into a plant that will survive and produce some sort of flower or veggie!