If it weren’t for Pinterest, I would not have half as many ideas for our kitchen. Tim and I are addicted.
Here’s a small collection of ‘pins’ that have inspired our design:
I bet you can’t guess what color cabinets we’re installing?? Ha! What can we say? It looks so clean and fresh.
I am extremely excited for this remodel; I’ve looked forward to this since we bought our house (as in over three years ago!), and it is finally coming to pass.
Banana Oatmeal Cups
3 C old fashioned rolled oats
1 tbsp baking powder
3 large bananas, mashed
1 C vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 C light brown sugar (it sounded good to me so I threw it in, but it is not included in the original recipe)
3 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper cups, or spray pan cups with baking spray if you prefer.
In a small bowl, whisk together the oats, brown sugar, and baking powder.
In a separate bowl, stir together the almond milk and bananas, then lightly mix in the eggs. Stir in the dry ingredients and add vanilla extract. Add in the chocolate chips, 1 tbsp at a time, stir until just combined.
Divide the batter among the muffin cups (I ended up with 14), filling the cups to the top. Bake for about 21 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.
It was just like having a serving of oatmeal! I think next time I’ll leave out the chocolate chips, and add a few dashes of cinnamon.
I like carrots, but, really, the only time I enjoy grating them is when it’s for carrot cake. It’s one of my favorite cakes, and here in the Dickson home, we’re big fans of cream cheese frosting.
For Adrienne’s birthday, I thought it’d be a nice surprise to bake one for her (I’ve heard tell she’s a fan). It was my first time making a layer cake - usually I’ll do cupcakes or a single layer cake that barely makes it out of the oven before I slather it in frosting and shove into my mouth like you’ve never
But, all midnight noshing aside, I was excited to make this as a round layer. I started small, with just two layers.
Practicing drop stars, flowers, and swirls
Belle trying not to blow out the candles before Mommy
Let’s get layered ohh you dirty
And then we ate it and delicious cake was in my tummy. And I was so happy.
Leo Robert Gomer is here!! (4/19/2012)
Adrienne and Justin had their adorable baby, and I got to see him just a few hours after he arrived. I had to share a picture of this cutie pie!
Happy New Year!!
I know I’m kind of behind on the holiday posting! It’s already 2012. Whoops. I felt so disconnected from the holidays this year, because of how much pain I was in, how tired I was, blah blah blah. Anyway, Marco had a wonderful holiday, which is the most important thing! It felt good to be able to bring such smiles to his face.
The Friday before Christmas, my amazing best friend Micaela came up to stay the night and keep me sane. We sipped a little bubbly (delicious Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose – YUM) and discussed life in general, exchanged gifts (I’ve held onto her gift for several months, I was DYING for her to finally open it! I found this beautiful vintage locket in the shape of a book; the cover had a cameo on it. It was part of an estate sale that ended up in a shop near my house; the clerk estimated 1950s). Micaela gave me a beautiful raspberry colored scarf/shawl, and an awesome crafting book full of neat ideas that I feel like I can actually do! It’s like Pinterest, in book form
After the fun present part, Micaela helped me chop pistachios and candy canes so I could make chocolate bark:
Dark chocolate with pure orange oil and pistachios
Milk chocolate with almonds (my grandma’s favorite, I made it especially for her)
Dark chocolate, white chocolate and smashed bits of candy canes (micaela took a meat tenderizer to the super-size candy cane)
I also baked some cookies, molasses and ginger snaps, and dark chocolate and mint cookies:
The next morning, Christmas Eve, we enjoyed coffee and conversation, and Marco engaged Micaela in a few rounds of tag and hide-n-seek.
Woo hoo! Marco loves racing cars around the house, and this one is his new favorite.
Marco and Belle decided to take their mid-day siestas, so the grown ups lounged around. We exchanged our gifts (I’m excited to start reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami ! Timmy got a Wii golf game – at least he doesn’t have to wear the weird plaid to play lol!), and I tried to feel less tired.
When Marco woke up, we made the trek to San Jose for my family’s dinner at my uncle’s house. It was good to see everyone, and I was happy to see my grandmother in good spirits. She’s been so frail for so long, it was a relief to see her smiling and laughing again. Marco was free with hugs, and my cousin Tony made an appearance (I haven’t seen him in several years). Overall, a good night. We couldn’t stay very late, because we had to drive back up to Napa. The drive home was difficult for me; I couldn’t get comfortable and the Motrin wasn’t doing anything for the pain.Poor Timmy was exhausted too, so we were relieved to finally make it home.
Christmas morning and day to come in the next post!
I love Christmas. But, it has to be said that I can’t get merry until it’s actually the Christmas season…in other words, stop trying to force it down my throat the week PRIOR to Thanksgiving! I was not ready for Jingle Bells yet! Don’t despair that I’ve turned into a Grinch – I LOVE it – I am just not ready for it so early!
Anyway, now that I AM ready for decking my halls with boughs of holly (and glitter), I have to share some photos from our adventures at the Christmas Tree farm! Marco was so excited and happy, and we found a lovely tree. We went to the farm with our neighbors, their daughter, and their new baby son (soo tiny!!), and the Gomers. It was great to share the fun with other families.
He’s such a big boy. Look how tiny he was last year at the farm (click link)
it was very windy that afternoon, hence my bad hair.
All gussied up
One of my favorite ornaments
The owl ornament Marco picked out himself
I can’t wait to put presents under the tree! I’ve been plotting my baking and crafts (yep, I think I’m getting a little crafty this year), and have purchased some presents that need to be wrapped. Our cards are ready to be addressed and mailed, and nail polish has been selected for the fun times ahead…
OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Aire
So, I might have bought some
most of the OPI nail polishes from the Muppets collection… Tim, Marco and I saw the Muppets movie the day after Thanksgiving, and we LOVED it! We’re huge Muppets fans, and it was so awesome to share it with Marco. He laughed, giggled, and danced in his seat the whole time.
Our tree is decorated, and it is officially the holiday season (and Santa Claus has got a toy for every good girl and good little boy…)
Bring on the peppermint mochas
For Thanksgiving, we spent the day and evening with Micaela and her family. I racked my brain (and perused Pinterest) to find some good ideas for appetizers. I decided that cheese is always good. So, I made some goat cheese ‘truffles’, inspired by an appetizer i’d tried at 1313 Main, a wonderful wine bar in Downtown Napa. It’s very simple, and so tasty!
Note: all pics were snapped with my iPhone. I should’ve used my regular camera, but I hate to get food hands on it! LOL
Ingredients: Holiday grapes, Chevre cheese, pistachios (I bought pistachios, and used the tenderizer to smash ‘em good) I spread out a piece of wax paper to keep the cleanup to a minimum.
It’s time consuming, but you have to cover the grapes with the Chevre cheese. I used a spoon to apply the initial bit, then rolled them around to make them even.
epic, tasty win.
For my 2nd appetizer, I found a pretty treat on Pinterest.
Ingredients: Water crackers, brie, cranberries, sugar, maple syrup (I used Grade A amber), and honey (mint was used for garnish, I forgot it whoops) Follow the recipe as given HERE, but I used honey instead of chutney
stirring the fresh cranberries with the warmed maple syrup
After sitting overnight in the fridge, I sugared them, and let them dry for an hour.
so tasty on their own, BTW.
Assembled as follows: cracker, brie, drizzle of honey, 3-4 cranberries.
Finito, and I might have eaten like 5 of these. Whuuut.
What delectables made it to your Thanksgiving table? Any treats you want to make for the December holidays?
Pretzels and chocolate are one of life’s perfect couplings – salty, crunchy, sweet…
I pretty much HAD to make them. So, I snagged the Snyder’s Snaps (regular, not the Butter) and Hershey’s Hugs and followed the super-simple steps:
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- Line up the snaps on a cookie sheet, and place the unwrapped Hugs on them.
- Place in oven for 2 minutes – don’t go over this time! You don’t want them to melt completely
- Take ‘em out, and place the remaining Snaps over them to create choco-prezt sandwiches.
After the success, I felt a little cocky. So I decided to mix it up a bit
This time, I used the Nestle Chocolate & Mint chips, and mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
SO FLIPPING DELICIOUS! Thank you a million times for bringing this to my attention, Miss Chelsea!
What other combinations would work?
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