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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I Think I Have Gone Over the Edge...Someone Catch Me!

Last weekend was moving weekend-SO, what does my dear husband decide to do? Catch H1N1 and spend the next four days in misery. And he felt the need to share it with our three year old. My weekend was HELL. Between the packing, the loading, the unloading, the painting, the health crisis and the weather, my nerves were a little frayed to say the least. Then, being the brilliant soul that I am, I do NOT take the week off from daycare kids. There are boxes everywhere, my worldly possessions are strewn about the new house in very bad fashion, we have no tv service, no internet, and a major cold front has moved into Colorado and it is bitterly cold and SNOWING on the first official week of FALL. The children cannot go outside, they cannot play in most areas of the house due to the moving debris, they cannot watch cartoons, they cannot do much of anything and we are all going insane.
Pray for us all :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

My Shopping Spree

I got so spoiled this weekend, but I had so much fun! We went to our first football game of the season on Saturday morning, and it was so much fun. The air was chilly, it was overcast, we were bundled in blankets and jackets....I LOVE this time of year! Then my dear, sweet man took me furniture shopping for our new house. I found a couch and loveseat that is going to be just perfect in my front room. Just have to make that final college tuition payment and then it will be mine!!!! BWAH HA HA! We went out to eat at a nice Italian restaurant, and then he took me to Steinmart for some new clothes. Such a sweetheart, he his :)
On Sunday we got up to a miserable weather morning of drizzle and fog, and went right back to bed. My crafts stores were all having huge sales, so off to town I went! I got three new cricut cartridges, an awesome edge punch (icicles) and a bunch of gorgeous fall, thanksgiving and christmas papers.

New Bedroom Set

When it comes to making major purchases for my home, I am a coward, and I am picky. I don't want to buy it until I have searched the ends of the earth (or maybe just all the malls, outlet stores, departments stores, etc in my area). I saw this set at JCPenney a few months ago, and initially liked it even though the color scheme was a little bolder than my typical taste. I continued with my search for months and could not find anything that I just LOVED. And if I am going to sleep with it for a few years, I better LOVE it. I went back to Penneys and decided that this was definitely the one for me, but I had a hard time making myself pay the $500 plus it was going to be with the sheets, curtains, pillows, etc. I checked online and they had it for clearance online!!! WhoooHooo! I paid less than $300 for all of it and got free shipping to my house. I hadn't intended on putting it together until we moved into our new house, but Brad wanted it on there. so I washed and ironed everything last night. I think I am really going to LOVE it. What do you think? Keep in mind, it is not staying with the color of wall behind it. Our new house is going to have spice and mocha colored walls to go with this set!

My Flowers

Usually my roses, dahlias, and glads are in full bloom by mid-late June. This year with all the rain and mild temperatures it took untiln the first of September for any of them to bloom. Just in time for me to move, of course! Anyway, here is one of my beautiful rose bushes.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Here is the link to the painting pics!

Kitchen Pics

Hmmmm...blogger is having a hard time uploading these for some reason. I will try again in a little bit!

We are winning!

Last night I recruited some help to tackle the kitchen. Kyle, Meghan and Emily came to my rescue and we managed to get most of the kitchen painted. YAY! The kids did an awesome job. It required three coats to completely cover the khaki color, but it looks terrific! I LOVE the butter color! I don't know about the kids, but I am seriously sore from all of that arm work and climbing all over the cabinetry. We had a couple of scary, daring moments in our efforts to get to the corner of the super-high ceiling. We balanced a ladder on top of the countertop and made Kyle and Emily take turns climbing to the top of this precarious perch to paint that wall. Here are some pics from last night. This escapade turned out somewhat blunderous ( I have to fix a microwave handle that my knee hit when trying to straddle the oven) but over all I think it is going to be BLISS!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My Help

Kitchen BEFORE

Me Verses the Ugliest Color in the World

We are moving! While we are very excited, some things have to be done to the new house before we can move in. The kitchen is getting a total makeover, courtesy of me! The joke around my house is that if you stand still long enough, you will get painted! I love color. But NOT the current color of this kitchen. The current color is somewhere between khaki green and baby poo brown. I chose a pale butter yellow color for the kitchen and went over to the house Sunday afternoon to start my painting. I took my little helper (probaby not so wise) and we began painting. The texture on the walls is pretty rough and there are lots of "little" pieces of wall-not wide enough for a roller. And it is going to take at least two coats of the yellow to cover up the khaki.What you see in the pic is all I got done in three hours. I really thought I would be much farther along. This is definitely going to be a challenge!

My Little Helper

Sunday Morning Brunch Casserole

I woke up much earlier than my family on Sunday morning, at about 5:30 in fact. I did my Beth Moore Bible study on Daniel. Have you done this one? If not, you really need to check into it. I think this is her best by far. I am learning SO much! Anyhoo-I did my Bible study, colored my hair, and was joined by my three year old while the hair was still poking out in sticky spikes from the cap and smelling of a science lab.We decided to get breakfast going and I wanted to try something new. I pulled out my Gooseberry Patch "Autumn in the Contry" cookbook and decided on the Sunday Brunch Casserole. We got busy cracking eggs, chopping onions, and frying bacon. Here is the recipe if you decide to give it a go! This one got 5 thumbs up by the family:)
Sunday Brunch Casserole

1/2 lb bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled, drippings reserved
1/2 C onion, chopped
1/2 green or yellow pepper, chopped
1 dozen eggs
1 C milk
20 oz pkg frozen hashbrowns, thawed
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dill weed
Heat reserved drippings in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and pepper, cook until tender and set aside. Whisk together eggs and milk in large bowl, stir in bacon, onion mixture, and hashbrowns. Mix in cheese and seasonings. Pour all into greased 9x13. Bake uncovered at 350 for an hour.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

My house smells DIVINE! I absolutely LOVE autumn and have been in a pumpkin and apple frenzy. This is one of my favorite recipes. My kids just gobble this up-it won't last the day. This one goes on the 'Bliss" list!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

1 1/2 C Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 2/3 C Flour
3/4 salt
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Salad Oil
1 C (canned) Pumpkin
1/2 Water
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp each-Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cloves

Mix all ingredients well with electric mixer on medium. Stir in 1 Cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. Bake in lightly greased loaf pan at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Cool before cutting.