Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The reality of winter hit a couple days ago when the we woke up and had no running water; the pipes had frozen. I figured out which pipe was frozen, blow-dried it, and got the water running again! Woohoo! This however was a wake-up call, so I went to the hardware store, bought some good insulation, and then installed it. In the future, we will be better prepared for the cold!
Because of the cold weather, it has also become time to start eating comfort food (my favorite!). The past couple of nights I have made beef stew, chili, mac'n'cheese, and fried chicken with mashed potatoes. These types of meals are my favorite because they warm me up and leave me satisfied. Nothing compares to a warm and satisfying meal.
During this season I am thankful for my loving husband, hilarious family, warm fireplace, unfrozen pipes, christmas lights, warm meals, soft blankets, and loving friends!
More pictures to come in my next post. Stay tuned...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
It is day three of "hotel life". For the past couple of days I have been sitting in a hotel room entertaining myself while Emad is at work training. Spending the last couple of days here has made me so thankful that I have a home to go home to. But, there are some perks of living in a hotel.
1. I can turn the heater up as high as I like and I don't have to worry about the electricity.
2. Bottomless free coffee!
3. Free breakfast
4. Cable TV
5. I can make a mess and someone comes in and cleans up after me.
Despite all the perks, I am ready to be home! I am a hopeless homebody, who can not stand being away for too long. I think that these past weeks have been the longest I've been away in a very long time. Last night over dinner, I was thinking about how much I missed home when I realized that we locked ourselves out. Whoops! Wish us luck getting back into our home tonight!!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
2. Deer roam the roads. DEER! EVERYWHERE!
3. Everything I could possibly need is 5-7 minutes away.
4. That 5-7 minute drive is right by the most beautiful lake ever!
5. The sky is blue and clouds are white. Nothing is grey. Unless it's a rain cloud.
6. When I hear a siren, I know that I can look at the news in 30 (ish) minutes to find out what is going on.
7. When I hear a helicopter it means either (1) there is a fire or (2) someone is getting airlifted to a hospital. No more nights of helicopters circling our house with their lights in our windows! And again, I can look at the news in 30 (ish) minutes to find out what is going on.
8. Night time is dark and quiet. No people shouting in neighboring apartments or houses.
9. If I hear a gunshot, I do not worry. It's probably just some kids in the field across the street.
10. If I hear 12 gunshots, I still do not worry.
11. Strangers wave as they drive by.
12. There are about 10-15 restaurants in town. Deciding where to eat out is so much easier!
13. You meet the friendliest people at the Post Office. And the wait is always about 3 minutes, not 30 minutes.
14. Date nights consist of going to Safeway to buy groceries and get a Starbucks coffee while we shop.
15. I have only filled up my gas tank twice since moving here. I used to fill up twice a week!
16. There is a Middle Eastern Restaurant here!
17. People have fireplaces and wood stoves. And they use them!
18. Trees and vineyards change colors. VINEYARDS! They are beautiful!
19. Wineries and Farms are 10-15 minutes away.
20. There is a lake.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
At our house, weekday mornings are a rush! Upon hearing the alarm, I leap out of bed, and rush to the kitchen to get Emad's breakfast and coffee made, and lunch packed. The other morning, while speeding through the kitchen, I left a cupboard open and ran my forehead right into it! I still have a red mark from the cupboard. That is what I get for trying to be awake before my morning cup of coffee. I am a slave to my morning cup of coffee.
The best type of morning at our house is today; a weekend morning. Because of the early weekday mornings, I am unable to sleep in. So, I get up early cook a big breakfast, blog, watch TV and drink a leisurely cup of coffee. There is nothing as enjoyable as a leisurely cup of coffee.
Friday, November 8, 2013
|I used the scraps to make my Halloween Costume: a fabric owl.|
|The finished product!|
|It helps the guest room/office/craft room look more homey!|
On a side note, this was my view at lunch the other day. It was a gorgeous day by the lake!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
1 Polish Sausage
3-4 Potatoes, diced
1/2 Head of Cabbage, chopped
1/2 Onion, chopped
1 Jalapeno, sliced (optional)
Salt (Note: I used Lawry's Seasoning Salt to add a little extra flavor)
1. Slice the polish sausage in 1/2 inch pieces.
2. Add all ingredients to steamer (Salt & Pepper to taste).
3. Steam until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
1 cup Cilantro
1. Place everything in a blender and blend until creamy.
2 pieces Pita Bread, torn into pieces
2 Chicken Breasts
2 cups Salsa (recipe above)
2 slices Pepper Jack Cheese (optional)
3 tablespoons Butter
1. Grease bottom of 8x8 dish.
2. Place pita bread pieces on bottom of dish. (This will soak up all the juices & be delicious!)
3. Add 1 cup of salsa to dish and spread over the bread.
4. Place chicken breasts on top of salsa.
5. Cover chicken breasts with remaining 1 cup salsa.
6. Place dollops of butter on top of everything.
7. Cover with foil.
8. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
9. Add sliced cheese to top of chicken when it is done cooking. Let it melt before serving.
Serve with side of rice.
1 Apple, chopped up (or any other fruit, but Apples are in season)
2 cups Plain Yogurt
1/2 cup Granola (recipe)
1 Tablespoon Honey
1. Layer everything in a bowl and enjoy!
1 package XLNT Tamales (sold near the refrigerated Mexican food at most grocery stores)
6 eggs, scrambled
1-2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, or whatever you like)
1-2 Jalapeños, seeded & diced (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Slice the tamales and place in a 9x13 baking dish.
3. Bake the tamales while you are scrambling the eggs.
4. Remove the tamales when the eggs are done.
5. Place the scrambled eggs on top of the tamales.
6. Layer the cheese on top of the eggs.
7. Put back in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
When we got married, I got a bread machine which I desperately wanted! Being the rule follower that I am, I would follow all the directions but my bread would never turn out good. It would be THICK, spongy, and not very good. Finally, I found a recipe that goes against all the bread machine's rules and makes the most delicious, airy loaf of bread. Yum!