Showing posts from December, 2012

Christmas Day Snowshoe

Last winter we didn't get enough snow to go snowshoeing which is really sad when you live in Wisconsin. Last week we got our first big blizzard so we were able to snowshoe on Christmas Day. We also got out yesterday for another snowshoe. What a great way to work off some of those extra holiday calories!

My Christmas Gift from Christian

My husband is incredibly talented and thoughtful when it comes to gift giving. I knew he was building something for me but I had no idea what. Part one of my gift started with a box filled with puzzle pieces.

I had to put the puzzle together in order to get a clue about my gift. He didn't tell me what the puzzle said or what shape the pieces would form. The experience reminded me of a Survivor challenge. In fact, after I solved the puzzle I yelled, "Kelly wins immunity!"

Next we put on our cold weather gear and headed out to the shop where I had to close my eyes as Christian guided me into position. When I opened my eyes, this is what I saw:

A hand-built picnic table! Isn't it beautiful? I almost want to put it in our dining room!

All summer long I was complaining that we didn't have anywhere to sit and eat outside. That won't be the case next summer! 

I feel so spoiled.

Merry Christmas

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:  make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.  (Psalm 98:4)

Homemade Wreath

Every year we have to cut a few feet off of the bottom of our Christmas tree because it won't fit in the house. This year I decided to make a wreath from some of the leftover branches. 

I think it turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself! We have it hanging next to the back door which is where Dusty likes to hang out.

And how about a few cute shots of my sweet boy:

And finally the tree in all it's glory:

I love the warm glow that the lights give off. It's so cozy!

Snow Day

Yesterday we were pummeled all day long with heavy snow and gusty winds. A blizzard in all it's glory. I have never seen a winter storm close not just schools, but so many other businesses and events. By early afternoon, almost everything was shut down. I woke up at 4AM with good intentions. I was going to go into work early and leave mid-day before the roads got too bad for the hour-long commute home. After showering and packing up my work things, something in my gut told me just to stay home. I am lucky to work at a place that cares about my safety and is understanding in these matters. So, I took a snow day. And what's a snow day without building a goofy snowman!

I spent most of the day cleaning and knitting but by late afternoon I was starting to get a little stir crazy. I bundled up and headed outside. Buster had a blast catching snowballs that I tossed his way. Meanwhile, Christian played on the tractor clearing heavy snow from our driveway.

I'm so happy that we finall…

On Our Menu: December 17 - 25

Are you ready for the holiday parties to begin? We actually had our first of 6 last week already. Our goal for this week is to eat a lot of veggies in preparation for all of the heavy foods and sweets we'll be eating over the long weekend. 

Last week I tried 2 new recipes. (Click the title for the recipe link)

Linguine with Clam-Free Sauce
Arame (kelp) is used in this vegetarian dish to represent the clam taste in the sauce and the chopped mushrooms almost look like clams. The sauce was creamy and good. I used regular milk in the recipe and slivered almonds instead of pine nuts.

Baked Mac Oh Geez
This is a vegan version of mac and cheese therefore, no actual cheese is used. Instead, an interesting combination of nuts, milk, and spices make the cheese sauce, and you know what, it's good! My mac turned out with a purplish tint. I couldn't find brazil nuts so I used some walnuts and almonds instead. Maybe the walnuts made the sauce purple? I don't know. In any case, we both en…

Christmas Ornaments: Made by Mom

Every year my mom makes me a Christmas ornament. Last year she asked if she could stop this tradition since I'm grown-up now and married. Ummm, no... Her handmade ornaments are so special and I always look forward to seeing what she creates. Here are some of the ornaments she's made me over the years:

Isn't she talented?!! And here's the ornament she made me this year:

Now, a fish skeleton may seem like a strange ornament to you but it's actually quite thoughtful. You see, Christian and I get an ornament from every vacation or adventure we go on. Over the summer we went fishing out on Lake Michigan for the first time. So this fish skeleton is our trip ornament from that adventure! Very cool.

On Our Menu: December 10 - 16

Winter is finally here - we got our first snowfall! I love how clean, bright and cheery everything looks. Now we just need a few more inches so I can go snowshoeing! 

I recently tried two new recipes. (Click the title for the recipe link)

Maple-Balsamic Tempeh with Chestnuts & Golden Onions
I couldn't find jarred chestnuts so I used canned whole water chestnuts and they worked just fine. The taste of this dish was okay but not something that I'll make again. Also, it uses two packages of tempeh so it was rather expensive to make.

Feta Shrimp Tacos
What a great way to use up leftover red cabbage! We love Mexican food and this was a unique twist on our usual dishes. Very easy to make and great taste.

Here's what's on our menu this week:

Thursday is the first of many holiday parties. This one is a pot-luck. Lately my go-to dish for parties has been Szechuan Black-Eyed Pea Salad. It travels well and is a nice, healthy alternative to all of the other yummy but fattening foods …

WINNER of Apple Sweater

The winner of my hand-knit apple sweater is:

Debbie L. who purchased a vintage angel music box from my Etsy shop! Congrats Debbie! Your apple sweater will be mailed to you in a few days.