Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I wasn't going to post this, because it really has nothing to do with crafting, but I just had to get the word out about Alton Brown's Turkey recipe.

Seriously... hands down amazing. I started the brine two nights before the big day and it made our house smell amazing! P.S., I am now a huge fan of vegetable stock... It has such an amazing flavor that in my opinion, you don't get in just regular chicken stock...

and BAM! My picture perfect turkey :) I should probably start counting my lucky stars, because I have no idea how this turkey turned out so pretty... Those stars weren't with me when baking that pie though :(

I think we stared at the turkey for quite a while before we even started carving it. We couldn't believe how perfect it turned out... and it tasted even better than it looked. If you're looking for a good turkey recipe you have to try Alton's!! Thanks Alton!

Then, I don't know how I did it, but I convinced Mr. Husband to take a break from Football to start doing this.... I don't know if any of you have ever seen those poles with clips to hang up the lights, but it worked so well for us, and the lights are still up :) The pole is a little cheap, but it certainly did the job...

And I just had to capture Mr. Husband's first time on a roof... I don't know what was funnier... Him being concerned about being on the roof, or being concerned that the lights are going to burn the house

His mom is probably going to kill me when she see's this post :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

San Francisco

Towards the end of November, Chris had training in San Francisco for work. Whenever he goes on work trips, I always throw a fit! I hate being home by myself.... But this time he was finally going somewhere fun, and I was happy to tag along :)

When I got there to join Chris, I was immediately in awe of the buildings. I am in love with the old architecture.

I was even more so in love/obsessed with the chandeliers in the hotel. I let Mr. Husband know that I only want to stay in this hotel on future trips so I could stare at the chandeliers :)

We only spent the weekend there, but we did sooooo much! We walked around the market and of course near the pier and Fisherman’s wharf. I remember going to San Francisco when I was in junior high with my parents, and the one thing I was looking forward to was a big bowl of clam chowder. It was even better than I remembered it...

And, of course my obsession with light poles continues....

Now lets talk about the trolly’s. I was obsessed, and Mr. Husband knew this was going to be my favorite part of San Francisco. Even though I had been there before I had never ridden a trolly.... I felt like I was in a episode of Full House! We also visited the museum and it’s unbelievable the amount of work that goes in to maintaining them, and even more unbelievable as to how long they have been running.

Then it was on to Lombard street. Most people would take pictures because it is the most crooked street in the world, but I took pictures because of the amazing Hydrangeas :) This is one of my favorite flowers and even said to Chris that “These were the flowers in MY wedding”. He gave me the look, and then I remembered that he was at the wedding too :)

One of the last things we did was visit Alcatraz. I love the move “The Rock” because of all the action in the movie and the concept of how the island was used back in the day.... but mostly because Sean Connery is a hot old guy.

I neglected to mention that this whole trip we were in the rain, and Mr. husband didn’t tell me that flats were not going to be sufficient... so I walked around in extremely cold weather wet, with extremely cold, wet feet :(

The next morning before we left, we went down to what I think would be downtown San Francisco.... I loved seeing Schwab branches everywhere, and couldn’t believe they had as much advertising as Apple... I was proud :)

Overall, we had a wonderful trip. It was super short, but the perfect little weekend getaway!

Monday, November 1, 2010


If it seems like I haven't been a good blog poster lately it's because I haven't.... and it kills me to say that!! But I know it was worth it, because we finally finished our backyard! We finished last weekend, and laying the sod was the hardest part (in my opinion) of the entire process.... (go here to see where we started!)

They delivered the sod the night before, and it looked so innocent just hanging out in our drive way... but little did we know that each of these were going to weigh in excess of 30 pounds!

It was awful, but we're so happy with the final result! By the way... This grass will stay this way ALL winter... one of the many advantages of living in Arizona :)

I planted these all by myself : ) Geraniums and Mums...

Now I can finally get back to crafting!