Monday, November 26, 2007

Wedding Invitations

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Thanksgiving was great, as usual. We missed having Jill & Nathan, but there was still quite a crowd. Lots of fabulous food. I made the turkey, cranberry relish, Italian Sausage stuffing , and apple pie. Others brought potatoes, Greek salad, broccoli salad, cornbread stuffing, rice, vegies, deviled eggs, weenie wraps, and too many desserts.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Before and After

Before ....
1992 floral wallpaper
Brass fixtures
Pedestal sink

After ....
Metallic bronze paint
Texturized walls
Brushed nickel fixtures
Vessel sink with vanity
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Powder Room complete in time for Thanksgiving

All we need is a little color.

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After hours of searching plumbing supply stores and the internet, we settled on an vanity that Lowe's carries in their stores. Not thrilled about the faucet and will replace it when we have time.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Early Thanksgiving

Darla and I went to Loma Linda for Jill's shower and an early Thanksgiving dinner. The long weekend was a blast. Nathan and I golfed and beat the 'regulars' that we were paired with. Then we all cooked a fantastic Thanksgiving meal including the stuffing (recipe below). Went to church and did a little shopping and to top it off, Jill's bridal shower.

Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing

The best stuffing ever. Of course anything made with heavy cream, butter and parmesan cheese is great.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What were we thinking?

Why did we destroy our powder room just before the wedding and Thanksgiving. Next week...25 guests for Thanksgiving dinner and so far, no working facilities on our main floor. I guess we just couldn't take the
circa 1992 wallpaper for another second.

So we ripped and ripped it off until we couldn't take it anymore and had to go golfing. Finished the dirty work after hitting a few balls around the course.

Every day for the last week we've done a little (exture, primer, paint, baseboards) until now we have metallic gold painted walls and a new light fixture. The search for a vanity continues...

...and the dog slept.

Green Party Salad aka Green Jello

Hate to admit that one of our family's favorite holiday salads is 'jello'.

1 cup milk
16 large marshmallows (cut in half)

Heat in double boiler until marshmallows are melted. Turn off heat

Add and stir until dissolved:
1 pkg lime jello

Cut into pieces and stir in:
2 - 30z. packages cream cheese

In serving bowl combine:
1 can undrained crushed pineapple (chill overnight for best results)
Jello, cream cheese mixture

Chill until cold.

Whip, then fold in:
1 cup whipping cream

super secret optional ingredient: 2/3 c. mayonnaise (we never add it)

Born on a Blue Day

Incredibly interesting book written by a savant. The way he visualizes numbers is fascinating. He was featured in a documentary called Brainman. Check out the author's website.