Posts

Showing posts from October, 2011

And more waiting…

Image
We’re a week away from this baby’s scheduled due date, and I’m already getting a good dose of instruction in patience.  Most of my clothes don’t fit anymore, even the maternity ones.My back makes a really gross crunching sound with almost every step.The couch has become the most comfortable (and boring) place to be.Motivation to leave the house is at an all-time low.And we’re generally getting pretty good at waiting. And I’m getting plenty of opportunities to stare at various areas around the house and come up with project ideas….the natural consequence of boredom!Did I mention we’re scheduled to get a winter storm this week?  Baby will probably decide to make his/her entrance that day and we’ll get to finagle the hour-long drive to the hospital in the snow. That’s the word from Murphy, at least. Meanwhile, to do *something*  (ANYTHING), and get out of the house yesterday, we took a walk and played with our new camera. We’re getting a little better at using our camera, although I’m no…

Butternut Squash Custard Bake

Image
I posted this recipe last fall.But I just made it again, and it knocks my (and hubby’s) socks off, so it deserves another mention.Just to be clear….this dish is kind of like a veggie dessert.  It’s not quite as dessert-y as pumpkin pie, but it’s definitely crossing into the gray area between a sweet side dish and an all-out fall dessert.  And that’s (partially) why it’s so awesome!  I have no idea what to call this.  The original recipe calls it “Butternut Squash Casserole”, (blech!) but I think that’s a misnomer because I’ve never had a casserole that tastes so much like dessert.  (I also recently made a “yellow squash casserole”, and since we were expecting something as good as this recipe, that version was just about inedible.)So I’m going to call it….Butternut Squash Custard Bake instead.  Ready?First, you’ll roast the squash – the original recipe roasts it differently, but I think my way is easier:Grab yourself a butternut squash.  They’re pretty big, whitish-colored squashes in …

A Scandinavian Table Prayer

Image
A lovely reader emailed me recently about the Norwegian table prayer sitting on the buffet in our dining room.  Since this isn’t the first time I’ve gotten questions on that prayer, I thought I’d just do a little post about it.  My mom’s side of the family is from a heavily Scandinavian part of the country, and although they’ve got some Swedish in them, they seem to identify most with their Norwegian roots.  But, you know….Norwegian, Swedish….it all boils down to Scandinavian!“Welkommen” signs next to front doors, exclamations of “uff da”, and the occasional mention of lefse or the joke about lutefisk are not unusual when the family gets together.  (If you haven’t heard about lutefisk, it’s herring pickled in lye, and it seems to be one of those things that you either love or can’t stand the sight of!)Have I mentioned that I actually find lefse in the grocery store these days!??  Mmmm.  We only buy it around Christmas, but yum. Good stuff.  (Potato tortillas covered in butter and suga…

A Halloween Treat

Image
With Baby’s arrival anticipated for the day after Halloween, our Halloween plans are pretty much nil this year.  No annual Halloween party.No costumes (even though painting my belly like a basketball and wearing a jersey would be SO fun!)No plans for the trick-or-treaters.  Sorry.  We’re probably going to be one of the boring, dark, undecorated, uninviting houses this year.  No legitimate reason to make any fun Halloween treats.Awww….. But wait!  It’s football season!Football game afternoons with friends are a great excuse for treats, dips, and other goodies, so why not make some Halloween fun a little early???The hubby and I got to brainstorming what kind of cute, easy little treats we could take to a football shindig this past Sunday.  Lately, I’ve been making and eating peanut butter balls as a “high protein snack” recommended by the doc….and those round little PB balls are a pretty good shape to make into a lot of different things….Like ….bats?We just needed some “bat wings”,  a w…

Repost: Master Bath: Got Space?

Image
***This post was originally from October 2010! Somehow an edit caused it to repost in October 2011.  Sorry for the confusion – this bathroom remodel is all done and here’s a quick jump to the reveal if you haven’t seen it yet!  And now back to the original post…***When we first moved into our house, we anticipated changing a few things.  And we also knew that a couple of those things would involve some significant expense, because they’re not things we’re willing to DIY.One was our fireplace.It started out as this (after I goofed around with iridescent paint on it)And now it looks like thisThe second major project on the to-do list was our master bathroom and closet.  I’ve never shown pictures of these areas before….so brace yourself.This is what we’ve got now:The closet has double racks down the right side (you can see our hamper hiding back in there too)Shelves and hubby’s dresser at the end – both packed/organized about as full as I can get them.  I can’t reach that top shelf witho…

The Nursery Reveal!

Image
I’ve been yakking about this “black, white, and teal” nursery for long enough, don’t you think?  I’m probably about as sick of hearing about my “half-finished” projects, and “can’t show you all of it quite yet” as you are.But now that Baby is due in less than a month, we finally got it pulled together!Anyway, the nursery is pretty colorful these days, but it really is a black and white and teal color scheme.  I used lime as an accent, and if we have a girl baby, I’ll add in a bit of plum as well.First, we started off with paint, the moldings , the (so stinkin’) cute tree decal, and the fuzzy blanket I sewed.Then we finally got some furniture (big fat thanks to the soon-to-be-grandparents for helping us out!)And after that, I got a little stuck with décor.  I didn’t really want a theme…yet the tree was suggesting birds/trees/nature or something of that sort.  Plus, I was having trouble finding cute soft goods in the right colors.To keep the dresser/changing area uncluttered, I settled …

Time Capsule: $10 Transom Window

Image
Since I admire one of my favorite projects almost daily (except on those days I don’t open the curtains), and since my blogging skills have improved a leeeetle bit since the original post back in March of 2010, I thought I’d do a recap of the $10 “transom window” I made with dollar store supplies.As much as this picture shows how impatient I was to get the project done (and how excited I was to post about it – let’s be honest!)….It also really doesn’t do it justice.The project first started when I moved my “Pottery Barn” drapes higher above the sliding glass door because they were too long for the rod. But then I had a big gap on the wall between the top of the door and the rod, and I just had to find something to fill it. Funny how projects snowball, isn’t it?I initially thought I’d get some square medallions to put up there in a row, but then I got the idea to use mirrors to replicate a transom window. I thought I’d be buying cheap frames and mirrors, and doing the framing myself. B…