Sunday, December 21, 2008
I am signing off here until we return from Ethiopia with our new baby girl. It's just been a bit too crazy around here for me to try to keep up with this blog when there is so much going on here. I will only be posting there for a few more weeks then I will come back to this blog to start recording the adventures of our brand new family. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year...see you in mid-January 2009.
Monday, December 08, 2008
We finally found a cute little tree that reminds me of a larger version of Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. We decorated it last night and now our house smells like Christmas. It gets me into the holiday mood.
This online holiday radio also gets me in the Christmas spirit...I love it
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
The recent cold weather has made me want to make all kinds of holiday goodies...chocolate covered pretzels, cinnamon rolls, toffee, and all sorts of cookies. I made Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies last week and have been enjoying them and a cup of hot chocolate for breakfast the past few mornings (the breakfast of champions)...it's ok to eat cookies and coco for breakfast in December...right?
Thursday, November 13, 2008
My most recent hero in the creative world is Joel Dewberry. He is an amazing fabric designer and artist. Find out more about his beautiful fabrics here. Joel was kind enough to send us a wonderful assortment of fabric to create mini '2x2' quilts to bring to an orphanage in Ethiopia in January.
If you are interested in being part of this, please email me::firstname.lastname@example.org. We are very, very excited about this project. This is a very simple project...you do not have to be a pro-sewer to take part in this.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Amy's Favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
3 T. honey
1 15oz can of pumpkin
2/3-3/4 c. apple sauce
2 t. vanilla
3 c. flour
1 1/2 t. baking power
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. pumpkin spice
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
Place brown sugar, honey, pumpkin, apple sauce and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat until blended. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture...mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Drop onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
We have well recovered from our Halloween sugar high. We went trick-or-treating around town and enjoyed the uncommonly warm weather. Normally it is snowing on Halloween, but this year was just as warm as can be! It was almost too warm to be trick-or treating during the hot afternoon sunshine. We were able to spend some time with good friends and have a low-key Halloween.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
We have been enjoying the beautiful weather this month. We have been going to pumpkin patches, the corn maze, and hikes.
At the beginning of the month, Blake and I participated in the Denver Paint-In for Peace. We went down to Denver and painted in Civic Center Park. It was so much fun. Blake loved watching all the people and made a beautiful painting.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
With all the craziness that has been going on, I have been taking comfort in my kitchen and have been trying some really great recipes...try some of these if you get a chance:
Home made Oreos - they are especially amazing and pretty darn simple...and this is an amazing food blog.
5 minute bread recipe - (recipe at the bottom of the page) this recipe is great if you would like to make a fresh loaf of bread often with out having to kneed and proof and all that other bread making jargon. I honestly doubted this recipe. I thought it was way to simple to produce good bread. I was over joyed with the outcome.
Dear blog...I hope to be posting here again sooner than later.
Monday, September 01, 2008
When the garage sale happened this year, my mom called to let me know my quilt was still there and it was now $5 and she put it on hold for me (thanks mom!). This quilt is amazing. I could look at each of the fabrics for hours and hours...I love it. The original owner and creator did such a good job that I am afraid I am not going to do them justice. They started to do the actual quilting part on one corner of this very, very large quilt...I have a long, long way to go, but hope to have it done by Christmas.
I love things like this. I love finding vintage table cloths and materials, vintage pyrex, anything vintage/retro. A few weeks ago, we went to the Denver Modernism Show I really didn't know what to expect, but it was right up my alley. They had lots of artists showing their work and many booths that held vintage/retro treasures. There was this orange rotary phone that I fell in love with, but was a bit out of my price range at $80. They had booths and booths of the old pyrex containers. It was so much fun to look at all the designs and learn something about the vintage pyrex bowls I own. I love how these old things hold so much beauty and simplicity. I am just drawn to them. I would much rather have my vintage pyrex bowl on my kitchen table than something that hardly has any history. I really think that is what gets me the most, the history these objects have. I love to think about all the fabrics for this quilt...is this quilt made up of scraps from dresses that were too short to wear any longer? It's like our old house, part of our house was built in 1911...I like living in a home that has been standing here before I was born...like my quilt, and my old pyrex bowls, it has many stories to share.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
We had beautiful weather all weekend. It was cool and crisp in the mornings and evenings and nice and warm the rest of the time. We got back to the church on Sunday evening. After the students had gone home, we watched in the distance as a tornado came out of the sky and touched down. It did this a few times before we saw it begin to get bigger and start to pick up dust and debris. I have never ever seen anything quite like this before. It was amazing and scary at the same time. Thankfully, there were no major injuries and no major destruction. Crazy Colorado Weather.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
I was able to finish this painting last week. I love to paint and I go through times when I paint late into the night after everyone has gone to bed. I started on this last winter and just never got around to finishing it. The other day, Blake was really into her watercolors so I was actually able to finish this painting. I'm still trying to figure out where it will live in our house...probably in the dining room, but well see. I have loved painting for as long as I can remember. In second grade, I painted a picture of a bunch of teddy bears, all of them wearing bow-ties...the art teacher picked my painting to hang in the hall. At that point, I was completely hooked. I loved it. I mainly paint in water colors. I love to watch how the colors mix and mingle in the water. How they take on a life of their own, something that is completely out of my control. This painting was do with acrylics and a medium to make the birds and the wire stand out. This was an experiment and I think I am pretty happy with the outcome.
Art and creating is somethings that I so cherish in life. I hope and pray my children will have a love for art, even if it just for looking at paintings or sculptures or being able to appreciate someones creative abilities, or even just a love for the 64-count box of crayola crayons (you know the box I am talking about, the envy of all elementary students). Having a creative outlet is so important. It helps you to learn how to take chances and risks, and it allows the chance for mess ups and to be able to start over on a clean sheet. Creativity is everywhere we look. Weather you love doing art or not, we are all creative beings. We are made in the image of The Creative God and therefore, creativity runs through our veins.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup fresh (Iused fresh since they are in season) or frozen blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan.
In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, 1 cup sugar, juice and eggs. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir into egg mixture alternately with milk. Fold in lemon zest, nuts, and blueberries. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Remove bread from pan and drizzle with glaze. Cool on a wire rack.
This bread is so good and easy to make...my only problem was I didn't grease the pan well enough and one of my loaves didn't come out all the way...so sad. I want to try this bread using raspberrys...we're off to the farmers marker to see if we can find some there.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
This weekend, I was supposed to run the Bolder Boulder, but while we were working in the yard on Sunday, Blakeley dropped a gigantic shovel on the top of my foot and that stopped any hopes of running the 6.2 miles. My friend Amanda ran that race with flying colors...woohoo!
Sunday, May 04, 2008
On Saturday, we went to the first Paris Street Market of the summer. I love going to Paris Street because you can find so many interesting things. It makes me want to buy old tea cups and vintage quilts and giant metal flowers for my garden. We first discovered Paris Street about five years ago. It was in this little parking lot at the community college. Each time we would go, we would see the same vendors and started to build relationships with them. The market soon got too big for the little parking lot and it moved to a new shopping center a few miles away. I remember feeling so sad when it moved. I just wasn't the same. It had lost the feeling of the small community. It has now been at its new location for the third summer. Yesterday it was evident that the community feeling had been formed once again. Just like the Warren Miller ski films mark the beginning of the winter season, Paris Street Market is the first real signs of the summer season to come...however it was only 40 degrees when we left the house Saturday morning.
Saturday I also spent the day in the front lawn raking and pulling weeds and planting a few flowers. I am most excited about a Honeysuckle that I hope will twist its way around our picket fence. I was so thrilled with how our yard looked when it was finished and I was also rather sunburned...another sign summer is coming soon.
Tonight, we had some friends over and enjoyed doing a bit of slack lining (Andy lowered the line by a foot so it was much easier to do now) grilled some veggie burgs and made some jalapeno poppers. I am ready for the warmer months to come and this weekend was a reminder of time being spent outdoors with good friends enjoying the long days of summer.
Friday, April 25, 2008
I have always thought that I would love to have a bakery. I love to make breads and cookies and pastries. I love baking because it feels like such an artful and love-filled process. When I bake it is almost always with someone in mind, normally Andy or Blake, but someone that I love who I want to enjoy something that is made from scratch. I have big plans and many cupcake recipes to try out...I think I want to try a red velvet and cream cheese frosting cupcake recipe first, or maybe a dark chocolate with raspberry frosting cupcake, or even a vanilla cupcake with butterscotch frosting, or how about a coffee cupcake with caramel frosting...so many recipes so little time.