Wednesday, December 30, 2009
only small things with great love.
Happy are those."
I'll admit that I jumped for joy, did a little dance and even squealed with delight when I found a set perched under my mama and papa's Christmas tree.
Bright white dishes- the answer to my domestic prayers.
Therefore, it seems rather strange that I detest white fabric.
White wedding dresses- no thanks.
White t-shirts- always look dirty.
White pants- too delicate.
I'll take vanilla, thank you very much.
Yes, I'll take all of the above.
Therefore, the other day, the very same day that I gazed in awe at my bright white, pristine dishes, I took a bright white, pristine fabric and dunked it in a bath of tea.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I'm pretty content, at the moment, tucked away under a warm afghan, with my feet wrapped in a most fluffy pair of new Christmas socks.
For the most part, we've been extremely busy around here. Chad-o, in all his masculine wonder, kindly assembled my new desk. I give him major credit. Just looking at all the pieces made me dizzy. He, however, proved a different story. Without one complaint or even a hint of frustration, he put together my little desk, and made me one very happy girl.
I'm so pleased. I actually wish I had work to do, or piles of papers to check. But, since I don't, I'll allow myself to sit back, relax, sip tea and dream.
See that sturdy, wooden chair? It was a gift to my dad from my Nana, some thirty years ago, when he first opened his dental office. I love that. Sentimental value.
As for the rest of what you see here, there's plenty of more meaning. It's an ultra necessary ingredient in my decorating scheme. I enjoy when there's more than meets the eye. Think of it as a story told through stuff.
So, my darlings, welcome to my office.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I'm quite certain that my 6th graders will never forget today. I won't either, as watching them create, design and problem solve proved a true joy.
And the results?
Adorable. Clever. Interesting.
Ohh~ the suspense!
Monday, December 21, 2009
But, I'm learning.
I'm slowly realizing that things can't stay the same forever.
I'm beginning to understand that change doesn't mark the end, but rather, the next step and a fresh start.
I do love to travel down memory lane, though.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
1 pound M&Ms
Then, melt the vanilla chips until they are ooey-gooey .
Finally, drizzle the melted wonder over the cereal mix, carefully tossing to coat all the pieces evenly.
I'll be honest, this "White Christmas Party Mix" is highly addictive. It's the perfect grab-and-go snack for this ultra busy, hustle and bustle, holiday season.
Eat and be Merry.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
403's Agenda: Make steaming mugs of cocoa, top with fluffy, gooey marshmallows and bask in the glow of the twinkle lights.
Relax. Talk. Be together.
Hope yours is cozy, too.
There's something about the snow that really lifts my spirits. Most people find it despicable; I however, find it comforting and cozy. Today's snow brings me extra happiness- it's the glittery kind. The kind that sparkles and shimmers in the bright winter sun.
This morning, our little one braved the elements.
Yesterday, you see, she was a bit scared of the snow; not too sure if she trusted herself to venture out into the white, blustery abyss. I suppose being a five pound ball of fur and cuteness can present a whole set of new and daunting challenges.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent,
that is to triumph."
-Amos Bronson Alcott
Me either--really. Until recently, I was sadly unaware of how wonderfully necessary blocking is to the knitting world. Consider me born again.
I can't even begin to comprehend knitting without blocking. Blocking is a technique often used by knitters to reshape or resize a project. It generally involves using water or steam to coax a piece into the desired look or shape. Honestly, I was kinda afraid to try it. I pictured all of my hard work being ruined or disfigured. Thankfully, in my sickly state, I decided to give it a try.
Now I'm hooked. I heart blocking. Maybe this sickness has shown me some sort of light. Either that, or it has quite possibly warped my mind.
Probably the latter. (sniffle, sniffle, cough)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
As I prepare for the upcoming Christmas festivities I can't help but to let my love of simple things take over my gift giving. If I could have it my way, gift giving would once again become meaningful. I'm really big on that-- meaningful gift giving.
I'm so deeply saddened by the pre-made gift baskets at department stores and the on-line ordering of goodies such as cookies and muffins. In my opinion, that just turns gift giving into a chore, something we quickly click on and order between phone calls and dinner preparations and car-pool drop-offs.
In some ways, I wish gift giving would return to the days of old-- back when people wished and hoped and waited for something special.
So, here at 403, we're going back to basics.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
My crafty mama made them for my 4th grade Social Studies project. Yep, she did such a great job that I received an A+ and had "my work" displayed in a drugstore window.
I thoroughly enjoy recycling such nostalgic treasures and seeing these cute figurines perched among the branches. All these years later, I still remember her working away on their intricate outfits, while Dad watched Sunday football and I painted the cardboard background.
Ironically, she and my dad came over the other night while I was decorating and unwrapping these pieces of my past. I really enjoy when they stop over, especially when they bring me coffee and soup.
I'm thankful for landing such great parents.
I have it good, and I'm beyond blessed.
Thanks, Life. I'll continue working hard to keep up my end of the bargain.
Until that day comes, I'll continue stalking some of my favorite cooking web-sites and putting a CK twist on the goodies that catch my eye.
For the past few weeks I've been dying to try this recipe. I have a love affair with gingersnaps, and a slightly disturbing infatuation with autumn. Therefore, as one can probably imagine, this delightful concoction had my heart racing--soaring--skipping beats.
I gave in. I could no longer resist.
Did I mention I'm also on a bit of a health kick?
Well, I am.
Farewell cup of vegetable oil and white all-purpose flour.
Hello applesauce and whole grain flour and cage-free eggs.
mmm...warm, savory, autumn goodness...