Monday, November 30, 2015

Dining Room: Before & After

I seem to always forget how busy the months of November and December can be.

Especially when you and your husband decide to repaint your dining room and kitchen before your Thanksgiving guests arrive.

Our dining room was due for a facelift. If I had to guess, the room was painted in the 90s sometime- a soft cream color complete with a country blue heart shaped stencil border. [And also because when we took everything off the walls, you could see where they had hung for years and years.]

-Before-



I love color. If you remember, my craft room is bright yellow. I dislike white, cream, tan and beige. So boring. I had picked out a color for our kitchen (back in May!) and my husband thought we'd do the dining room the same color. That idea was busted when my parents brought down a stained glass light fixture that my Dad had made that used to hang our kitchen growing up. When my parents renovated their kitchen, the light fixture was shunned in the basement. The light fixture is very bright and colorful. It was not going to work with Maine Sky, the grayish-blue I had chosen for the kitchen.

After looking at paint swatches, we decided on a deep, rich orange with a brown accent wall.

 
I got bored cutting in, so I had some fun. When my husband came home from work he said, "With all the time you spent doing that, you could've had it all done."
 
 
-After-
 

 
People have said that the dining room looks smaller. I prefer the term "cozier." We still need to decide what we want to hang on the walls, but that can wait for now.
 
Today, I'm going to work on painting the second coat in our kitchen. (We only got one coat done before my sister and her family came to visit for Thanksgiving.) Now I want to paint all the rest of the house. We're already talking about what to paint the living room...
 
Thanksgiving was so nice this year. My husband and I hosted and it was delicious. Here are the rolls I baked for it: Gramma Cather's Oat Meal Dinner rolls.
 
 
 
I'm working on Christmas presents for my nieces and nephews, too. I'll post pictures when I get them done.
 
I also need to make our Christmas cards. Oh gracious, I hope I have enough time! Who else is cranking out the handmade gifts this year? <3

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

more rainbow rolls!

I did ten Christmas cards the other day, but because I wanted to print more, I inquired if there were more cards that needed to be done. I just did about twenty more and I did more rainbow rolls!
 
Rainbow rolls are magical.


 
 

Make something beautiful today. <3

Monday, November 9, 2015

rainbow roll

At our church this year, we're participating in the Christmas Cards for Inmates Program. People were asked to take some blank cards that make a Christmas card. There were some stipulations- no glue or glitter.
 
I took our Christmas card design from last year and just carved out the "2014."

 
I also did a rainbow roll with red and green.
 
I love rainbow rolls.
 
My first test print after I carved out the date.

 
I think I'm going to do a rainbow roll with our card this year [which I still need to finalize the design.]
 
Who else is already thinking Christmas? <3

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Apple-Raisin Cookies

Over the weekend, I visited two [out of three] of my sisters and their families.
It was great! I got to meet and cuddle up with my newest niece and play a lot of silly games with my other niece and nephews.

Yesterday was my get-back-in-the-groove day. I cleaned, did dishes, laundry and meal planned.

Yes, I am a meal planner.

I have a budget for groceries every week and I go into town to grocery shop once a week. (That is what my mother-in-law did and I adopted that idea also.)

As I was trying to think of ideas for meals this week, I decided to peruse our old issues of Everyday Food. ::sigh:: That was my favorite magazine, only the size of a Reader's Digest, with lots of delicious recipes on every page. I was so sad when they stopped printing it. Well, we have four years of back issues, so I pulled out all the Fall season issues and started flipping.

I was also keeping an eye out for a good cookie recipe since our jar was almost empty. I chose to make some Apple-Raisin Cookies from the October 2010 issue. (Let me preface that I did a food swap with our neighbor yesterday morning- his apples for our squash, so pretty much anything with apples is a go. We have A LOT of apples...)


These cookies are softer and more cake like, which I'm not a huge fan of, but I like these for something different. It may surprise some, but these don't have any cinnamon like every other apple recipe- only nutmeg and cloves.

Apple-Raisin Cookies

1 c. flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
pinch of cloves
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 T. milk
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced small
1 c. raisins
3/4 c. confectioners' sugar + 2 T. water, for the glaze

-Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together.
-In a [stand] mixer, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time.
-With mixer on low, add half of the flour mixture. Add the milk and then the rest of the flour mixture.
-With a spatula, fold in apples and raisins. Drop dough in 2 tablespoons mounds, about two inches apart, onto parchment lined baking sheets.
-Bake cookies for 14 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through. Let cookies cool completely.
-In a small bowl, whisk sugar and water and drizzle over the cookies.
Makes about 26 cookies.



Now what to do with all the rest of the apples? <3