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Happy Thanksgiving, friends!  Have a wonderful weekend.

A YUMMY way to eat your leftover turkey!

Green Bean Bundles

This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner sides. The best part is that's it's sooo easy!  You can make 'em in a cast iron skillet, or better, in the oven.  Try 'em!  Just make sure you make enough 'cause they go really fast!

You'll Need:
Fresh green beans Bacon (each strip cut in half) Olive Oil or Parchment Paper Pepper
(Oven set to 325 degrees) Drizzle a little olive oil on cookie sheet to avoid sticking OR use parchment paper.
Take a bundle of green beans and wrap them in a piece of bacon.Place green bean bundles on the cookie sheet, the overlapping side of bacon face down.Repeat steps 1 & 2 until cookie sheet is covered (try to leave space between bundles so they can cook on all sides).  Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper.*
Place cookie sheet in oven and let cook for about 20+ minutes...until bacon looks cooked.
Put cookie sheet in broiler (this'll get 'em crispy - mmm mmm) and watch very closely for about 2+ minutes (be careful that they do…

Historic Remnants

If you're into old homes, you'll enjoy these, I'm sure:

old old wallpaper...don't think it's from 1890's though...anyone know what decade this is from?

old gas fixtures

not nunchuks, but window weights!

old tongue and groove beadboard

in upstairs fireplace

burlap in the walls

tons (almost literally) of cast iron plumbing (these things are so heavy!)

plaster and lath is everywhere 

Royal Charms

Queenie's pretty hard to look at these days, what with all her cracks, debri, holes, and so on...but if you look very closely, you can see how beautiful she once was (and all the potential she still has to offer!)
Here are some of the royal remnants:

original wallpaper hiding in hallway closet - mostly painted over :-( - BUT! will ya look at that!  It's a crown!!!  I'm tellin' ya, she's a bon-i-fied queen

more wallpaper in closet (looking up at ceiling) - NEATO!  Anyone know where I can find this kind of stuff?

stained glass (living room window) - makes me all giddy inside

more stained glass!  (window on main stairs)

oh and the hardware...incredible!  THIS little guy is on a huge pocket door!!

the staircase...need I say more? (this house had me at hello!)

original parquet flooring (each little slat is nailed down individually!  how did they have the patience for that?!)

tile in front of fireplace - wowie!

old vents around the house - sooo pretty!

Color Conundrum

Hi there.  I have a question:
Is it against homeowners' code to paint your house almost the same color as the house across the street from you??  
I'm new here; help me out...
view of neighbors' house from our window...theirs is blue too!
I've had my heart set on a blue house with cream trim and a red door.  Not smurfy blue, not sky blue, not navy, not country...a sort of gray-blue...yeah!  A nice gray with that lovely hint of blue...
only problem is...the house across the street is almost the same color!  Okay, but hear me out; I have some things going for me:  
1.  The style & era of our homes are different...  2.  She's got wood siding, ours is masonite...  3. Her roof is red-brown, ours is gray-brown... 4. Her door is stained wood, ours will be red...
but the blue is practically the same...yikes!
so is it wrong to go for it?  should I ask the homeowner/s what they think?  I don't want to.  :-)


I saw a territorial little squirrel on the neighbor's roof today; he was looking down at something, his tail was slapping and he was "barking" at some kind of intruder.  I thought, "Oh, little squirrel.  You think you own that roof, but you have no idea..."  Then my mind sort of took off from there.

Hmmm...that silly squirrel is barking away, thinking (with such a limited understanding) that the roof is somehow his, but he's completely ignorant of the fact that humans built that house and laid that roof and there's no way that he could really own that rooftop.  He's not capable of building a house and he certainly takes it for granted that it's there, being a part of his squirrely habitat.  
Hmmm...we sorta do that too!  We can't create trees or air or mountains or oceans, yet we, like cranky squirrels, go barking around, claiming territory that isn't ours to claim, and worse, are completely ignorant to the fact that there is a Creator beh…

Her Royal Highness...

Meet "The Queen," a 3000-somethin' square foot, 115 yr-old mass of wood, plaster, cracks, creaks, and potential!

She's a little sad.  She's a downright mess, actually.  Her younger days of glory are only a faded memory and any glimmer of hope she had of being restored to her royal splendor of yesteryear is long gone...until now!(dramatic music)
(drawn out basketball game announcer voice) 
Meet the.... rOyal cOUrt!

(band instruments awkwardly fall out)
uh...hmm...well....yeah...  (Mumbling in the background)
(basketball announcer voice recovers) uh...Yes!  That's right, folks!  These jokers are in charge of bringing the Queen back into full swing, giving her the royal charm of once-upon-a-time!  Yes, with some elbow grease, late nights, and lots of nice friends, they just might be able to pull it off, folks!  Yes this is the exciting account of the Queen's Reformation - let's see if this crazy crew can turn this old crone into a royal beauty once again...sta…

Pumpkin Puree

In honor of trying to cook more from-scratch, I decided I would attempt to make my own pumpkin puree from our Fall pumpkin this year!

For starters, I was so excited about having a pumpkin this fall!  Fall is my FAVORITE season!  Having our little black kitty, Otis, around during autumn made the season even more nostalgic, but I just couldn't get him to stay still for my fall picture...

I brought my pumpkin to a fall-themed engagement party where we carved pumpkins on the lawn, caramel-dipped apples for dessert, and celebrated the bride-to-be!  It was so fun!  I opted to paint my pumpkin instead of cutting it so I could keep it as a decoration a little longer before eating it!

Rachel + Grant = June 26th, 2010!!
So now for the pumpkin puree.

When you're ready to cut into your pumpkin, cut off the top and gut it like you would a jack-o-lantern (don't forget to set aside the seeds for roasting - mm mm).  After it's gutted, cut it up into large pieces and peel the outer skin.…

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

This is the best pumpkin bread I've ever had, hands down.  It's moist, spicy, sweet, and perfect.  Besides the fact that it's knock-your-socks-off-good, it's got some great stuff in it like whole wheat flour, almond flour, wheat germ, honey, and flax!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread
(by EL, modified from Joy of Cooking)

Preheat oven to 350.  Makes two delicious 9x5 loaves.
Whisk together:
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup almond meal (if you don't have almond meal/flour, make your own by putting whole, unsalted almonds in the food processor.  Store any leftover almond meal in the fridge or freezer)
2 T wheat germ 2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground cloves
 wheat germ and flax seed Flax seed can be used as a substitute for one egg (as done in this recipe); store these in the fridge & add to recipes for a boost in nutrition!
clockwise:  beati…