Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Kitchen

It's all clean!

My desk, in the corner of the kitchen (the books aren't permanent. that's a project in process)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Renovations continued! Which fabric should I use?

Bedroom renovation continues! It's almost done now, just waiting to re-catalog and replace books, put up curtains and pictures. But first...I had to add a shelf for plants!
The pieces await construction

It's not exactly the same green as the bookshelves, but close!

The curtains will be white, with little embroidered butterflies in light blue and yellow

But first I have to decide on a fabric for a runner across the shelf

I can't decide....

hmmm

No easier from this angle

The green in this matches really well, but maybe it's too dark? Then again, that could hide any potential water stains

This green doesn't quite match, but I like the flowers...

This goes with the butterfly theme, but it's not quite right...too light?

This really stands out, but the green is wrong and I don't have anything else red. Then again, that's never stopped me...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Renovating the bedroom; or, I deal with stress by moving everything

Before - bed by the window

Shelves in the corner (laundry drying...ok, totally dry and not put away)

Clothes closet

craft closet

Starting to move the books out to the living room

The living room plants waiting hopefully for their new shelf in the bedroom

I would like to say that the living room shelves looked like this after I moved everything....but actually they looked like this before. I haven't done the living room yet

Paperbacks mounting up in the kitchen at my desk, waiting to be re-cataloged

Cleaning up the hallway - it has to get messier before it gets cleaner

Starting to clear off the bedroom shelves

First stage in moving the bed

Shelves and sheets piling up in the living room

Moving the bed

The bed almost in its new home

Fairy lights!

Shelves in place

You can see it's sort of an extra large cupboard bed

With a little gap to reach my bedside table and the light switch

Putting back the sheets and books

The hallway beautifully clear

It took forever to clean the entryway because I dropped a huge bottle of laundry soap on the doormat. But it's very clean now!

I live in a book world

The fabric in the entryway hallway

Of course, now the living room looks like this, but you can't have everything

Back to the bedroom - the clothes closet is beautifully arranged

Bed curtains at the end of the bed (sideways picture, sorry)

And at the end of the bed.
I'm not completely done - I still need a small table or shelf from Ikea to put in front of the window for the plants, I have to hang pictures in the bedroom and the hallway, and recatalog and replace all the books on the shelves. But I'm getting there!

Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

I adapted this from Smitten's recipe. I sauteed onion, cooked mixed wild and brown rice in the rice cooker, and boiled the broccoli. I made a basic cheese sauce. It smelled really good but tasted kind of bland - could have used some more spices. I probably went a little overboard on the brocooli, but I had some to use up.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Amaryllis! It's ALIVE

Winter is long, cold, and eventually all that dirty grey and brown gets on your nerves (yes, some parts are white. some small parts). Obviously, the solution is to grow plants in your window. Unless your window faces north. But I persevere! With some success! I am imagining a little conversation...
Amaryllis One: "growing, growing, growing" (hums quietly)...WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING?
Amaryllis Two: "flowering. like we're supposed to"
Amaryllis One: "you're not tall enough! you're supposed to grow tall first!" *hyperventilates*
Amaryllis Two: "screw that. i'm gonna flower and get it over with"
Amaryllis One: *leans far, far away* "why am I stuck with all the crazy plants?!"

Two days after I took this picture all the plants said "we're done" and fell flat. Oh well. It happens with paperwhites.

Yes, that is a squirrel's butt. Gotta have some entertainment.




Nut bread that works!

This recipe is from my trusty Good Housekeeping cookbook. I cut out some of the sugar and chop up whatever nuts I have on hand. I also add a ton of dried fruit, which isn't in the recipe at all. It comes out very thick and heavy, but if you want something to slice and toast or heat up with butter, it's yummy. Kind of like a heavy muffin. I actually made this a couple months ago, so it's not really a new recipe, but I threw in sunflower seeds this time, so that counts as new.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Fruit and nut loaf fail

This was supposed to be a fruit and apple loaf, quick bread. Does it look like bread in any way, shape or form? No. I used a recipe from my old Sunset book of breads, which I keep for the cornbread and banana bread recipes, which I grew up eating and have copious notations on how to adapt, mainly by cutting the sugar in half! There simply wasn't enough flour or liquid in this to make any kind of bread. It turned into a kind of greasy cross between an apple crumble and granola. I tried it out on the staff at work and they were like....um...yeah...maybe with yoghurt?