Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tutu Heaven

I made this tutu for my niece Lucie and my sister-in-law sent me this picture on Christmas morning. She seems to like it! I'm loving the Christmas pajamas underneath.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

From The House's

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lovely Loveseat

I finally found and acceptable loveseat for our house. We have limited space and I wanted something somewhat older looking but in good shape. I found this jewel on Craigslist for $25! It's in perfect shape and goes great with the house.

One day I think it would be fun to recover it and maybe take the ruffle off the bottom and let the wooden legs show...or maybe a different type of ruffle. It's in great shape though so nothing now.

Yes, that is clean laundry on the floor that I took off the couch to take the picture...I need more than just one day off a week. I'm blaming it on Chick-fil-a.

Finally Ready!

We're finally ready for Christmas. It took me longer this year because I'm working a lot more and don't have much time at home. I mailed off the last present to Ga on Friday.

I had great idea's for my Christmas wreath but had to compromise because I didn't have enough silver balls and Target was sold out when I went back. :( The lights came from the Salvation Army thrift store for $1 a strand. I put one up inside too. Thanks to our blizzard last week I need to replace a few bulbs that don't work now due to excess wind.

We bought our tree from Lowe's again this year but got a different kind; Scotch Pine. The limbs are sturdy and it's a lot fuller than the Fraser Fir but unfortunately doesn't smell as nice.

You probably can't tell but it's snowing pretty well right now. Nathans on a walk to the store across the street for a few things. It's really pretty for the first few hours until it gets driven on and turns all gray and dirty.

How did I miss this! So I've never seen Holiday Inn! I love Bing Crosby and White Christmas so I'm very excited to add this to my favorite Christmas movie list. Oh and I wish I could dance like Fred Astaire...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Weather Report

Yesterday we woke up to howling winds and a couple inches of snow that was blowing around. When Nathan took me to work at 7:30 it was 11 degrees and by the time he picked me up at 2:30 it had snowed another 3-4 inches. The wind was so bad and the snow is so powdery here that you can't see.

This morning when we got up it was -4 but it's warmed up to -2 now.

I sank when I stepped off the back steps.

Nathans new form of exercise.

As I was taking these pictures our neighbor who was shoveling his sidewalk and said "and this is only the beginning". As if we haven't been told this a million times already.

'It's a Wonderful Life

Last Saturday night we got all dressed up for the free showing of It's A Wonderful Life at the Orpheum Theater here in Sioux City. It's an amazing theater that was built in 1927.

I bought a new hat for the occasion and wore Nathans grandmothers velvet skirt.

There is a huge radiator heater behind this beautiful grate!

We tried to take a picture of ourselves in this mirror...didn't work out to well.
(Nathan bought me the coat at a thrift store here in town when he was visiting for his interview)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chocolate-Infused Barbecue Sauce

I made this last week and put it on chicken and baked it. It was really yummy! It makes a pretty good amount so I'm trying it on pork tonight.

Chocolate Infused BBQ Sauce
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

Combine ketchup and next 9 ingredients (through pepper) in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring with a whisk. Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth.
Yield: 3 1/2 cups