Showing posts from February, 2010

Bye For Now, Ft. Smith

Today we've got a list of errands, and then we're on the road to Florida to begin our adventure!

My New Hobby...

I went to my first-ever auction last month with my mom & "Grammy," just to check it out, and I was hooked.  The thrill of waiting to see what treasure they'll hold up next, the disbelief of how little that beautiful piece of furniture sold for, the rush you get when you get the guts to hold your number in the air, the satisfaction of getting that piece you wanted, and for a steal...I'm telling you, it's so fun!!!
This is a Hazel Atlas Davy Crockett milk glass mug I "won" at the auction.   I can't explain it, but I love milk glass and the nostalgia of this piece - it's from the 50's.
My momma :-)  Ain't she cute?
Risa came to check it out for a little while too!

My mom & I went again this weekend and we stayed the entire 4 hours!  How is it possible that we were so intrigued??  I dunno.  I bought that mug, she bought an old coffee mill advertisement, and then we sat there, trying our luck every now and then of course, but mostly we wat…

Nicaragua Drawing Nigh

I can't believe it's almost here!  4 more that really it?!  I feel a bit panicked, as though I must have a million things to do before we leave, but things are really running smoothly.

our apartment is almost completely empty (thanks to my dad and friends who helped us haul all the heavy furniture around on Friday afternoon)our taxes are about finished (thanks to UJ)our suitcases are 75% packed (thanks to me :-)we said our goodbyes at church today and they "commissioned" us off in prayer!the Queen is ready to spend Spring with our neighbor Tomand, well, I'm saying "bye for now" to the Kitchenaid mixer and the big box of art supplies :-(Now to wrap up existing design projects, spend some time with friends and family, and finish packing. this really happening?
This is such a new season.  We'll be married three years this May and we'll have moved out of our first home and started living overseas for the first time.  It's excit…

1920s Wood Cookstove

Tedd & I had a very exciting Saturday...

We took a road trip to Antlers, Oklahoma to visit Bessie, a lively 83-year-old woman who runs "Grandma's Antique Cookstoves."  After 3 hours on the road, we were out in the country, winding down side roads, when we saw the sign...
We pulled in, met Bessie and her son, and stepped into the shop they have set up in their back yard.
We came to look at the white and chrome cookstove they'd sent us a picture of in an email, but when we went inside the shop, they said "well, here it is!" And it was black and chrome...and completely different than the one we'd traveled all that way for.  My heart sunk a bit.  Tedd explained how we came for the white one and they told us that it had sold had been a simple miscommunication with Bessie. that same little shop, something caught my eye...perhaps our trip wasn't in vain afterall!
"Can you tell us about this one?" I asked.  
For the next ho…

Quick Quesadillas

This one's for my dear friend Kunal, a Jesus-loving, Indian, engineer, bachelor, from Africa, newly located in Pine Bluff, AR - now you know all about him.  :-)  He wants quick & easy recipes "for a rookie;" so here ya go, Kunal!
These are very good for your taste buds!
Makes 4: Serves 2

You need:
2 T Olive oil or 1 T butter
1 Med Onion
8 flour or corn tortillas
Two or more big handfuls of leftover shredded (torn-into-pieces) chicken (I recommend getting it from one of those take-home rotisserie chickens - rotisserie for dinner & chicken quesadillas for lunch the next day!  so easy)
Spinach or pieces of broccoli (optional)
Handful Cilantro
1-2 teaspoons Cumin
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Cheese of choice (along the lines of Mozz, Cheddar, Colby Jack, Pepper Jack)
tomato (optional)
sour cream or plain yogurt (optional)

Okay!  So.  You cut your onion in half, peel the skins off (discard), and slice each half into little strips.  In a non-stick pan, over …

Art For Orphans in Uganda

Check out this news story:

7th-Grader Giving Back Through Art Auction "Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed" art by Emily Lodes - a version of this one will be sold at the auction!
If you're local, please consider coming to this upcoming Art Auction, Feb 28th, at the Farmer's Bank in Greenwood, 3 to 5pm - all proceeds go to orphans in Uganda & it's hosted by a 7th grader!  How cool!

Art For Orphans

I'm so honored to be a part of this!  My art "made the news," which I can't help but smile about, but on an even cooler level, this 7th-grader from Greenwood, AR is so inspiring!!
Linnae has gathered donated art from locals, and is hosting an art auction called "Art For Orphans," from which all proceeds will go to orphans in Uganda!  I don't even know this girl personally, but I'm very wowed by her passion, paired with action (& at such a young age)!  Check out this quick news story:

7th-Grader Giving Back Through Art Auction - Local News Story - KHBS NW Arkansas
*P.S. Can you spot my donated piece?  It looks similar to the one above.

Lemon Crisp Cookies

They're paper-thin, very light, and refreshing...
This one had very good reviews recently with our small group!
(sorry for the poor quality pictures - our good camera's charger is currently missing)

I used Joy of Cooking's "14-in-one" butter cookie recipe.  I'm pretty sure you could use any butter cookie recipe you like...

The thing is, I wasn't very happy with the butter cookies themselves, because really, I'm pretty sure my mother-in-law's butter cookies have made me a butter cookie snob.  Joy's weren't bad at all, they just weren't awesome.  I was looking for awesome, ya know?

Sooooo...that's when I started playing around with all that dough...
I took the dough and made little balls.  Then I covered them in plastic wrap and squashed them paper thin, just to see what would happen.  And ya know what??  They were awesome!  Little butter crisps, mmm mmm.
So, to make these: make a butter cookie recipe, cover little balls in plastic wra…

Locks of Love - Round Two

Welp, I went and did it!  I was feeling nervous at first - two years is a long time to let your hair grow out, just to go chop it off in one swoop.  But it was time, and I'm so happy I did!  This is the second time I've done this now (I hear it takes 10 ponytails to make one wig!!)  I highly recommend everyone try it at least once, if you're able, because it's such a neat experience!

Even my brother, Evan, is growing his hair out so he can donate to locks of love!  How cool is that!?

So here's my hair-cutting adventure in pictures:
its final hour...
eek!  Trying to imagine it all gone!
and from the back (but my head's tilted, so the length is a bit exaggerated)...
"Are you positive?" she asks.  "Uh...yes!" I reply.
a close-up...doesn't it make you cringe a little?
12" all gone!  (Little ad for Great Clips here, huh?  I had a coupon for $6.99!)
new do.  i told her to do whatever's "in" lately...I'm livin' on the wild …

Locks of Love

Tedd likes my hair long.  I do too, but to a certain point.  Once it gets reeeally long, it winds up in a bun most days, and that's no fun.

In May of 2008, I donated my hair to Locks of Love for the very first time.  It was a very special experience.  I found my hippy hair pictures!  This was right before I donated:

So then I had 14 inches cut off: They tied it tightly in a ponytail, chopped it off, and then went ahead and styled the hair I had left.  kinda weird, huh?  it's like a little pet :-) and then the tied, clean, dry ponytail is sent off in a ziplock bag, and then a padded envelope, to Locks of Love!   This was our 2yr "engagement" anniversary a couple weeks after the big haircut (so you can see what it actually looked like after)
I heard it takes about 10 ponytails to make just one wig.  Wow.  So now, two years later, my hair is long enough to donate again.  I'm making an appointment tomorrow.

We'll Take 'Em All

Alright.  I think it's time to confess...

Tedd & I plan to have 3 stoves in our kitchen.  There, I said it! 

Yep.  You read right.  It's embarassing.  It's overkill, I know.  Go ahead and get out all your chuckling before I continue.

I'll wait...
You done?

Sooooo...we love to cook, and host parties, and feed people.  That's one reason right there - more stoves = more burners. Why not get an industrial stove, you ask?  Well, because then you have to commit to all-gas or all-electric OR to an expensive gas top with electric oven (which is still unsatisfactory because I love baking in a gas oven).  We love cooking with gas, both in the oven and on the stove.  Electric stinks in our book.

A cleaned-up version of the 1938 Chamber's Gas Stove we "Craigslisted" for 200 bucks!  Yippee! BUT!  We learned the hard way, this summer, that gas ovens vent lots and lots of heat, and that makes your house hot, which makes your guests sweat, which makes your AC un…

Art Against Illiteracy

I work for Literacy Evangelism International and I feel so blessed to be a part of this organization!

My first job description is "Latin America Director's Wife," (not really, but hey, I feel like it might as well be!), and that means I go with him to Latin America (every time he goes) and I do lots of secretarial kind of stuff.  I'm the leader of the pack(ing), official primer & brochure carrier, number one background smiler at promotional meetings, flash card maker, literacy trainer, blog updater, newsletter creator, contact info writer, assistant pray-er, and photographer...among other things.

My second, and more official, job description with LEI is "Graphic Designer."  This is what really gets me pumped!!  I love art.  I like things to be visually pleasant.  And while I really enjoying pouring that creative energy into our home, I love, even more, having a purpose behind art!  That's why I love my job :-)

So here's the latest LEI banner, u…

"Valentine's Day" Present!

V-Day's something we've never really celebrated.  Last year we hung out with my parents and the year before that, we were tiling a floor all evening.  This year, Tedd had a little somethin' in his back pocket (for several months) and decided to tell me about it tonight...he used V-Day as an excuse.

About 5 months ago, I asked Tedd if we could put a faucet over the stoves for filling pots, etc.  He thought it was a cool idea, but a luxury item that wasn't necessary.  I agreed...

Meanwhile, he asked the plumber to run a cold water line above the stove :-)  That stinker.

I'm psyched!  How cool!?

If you know Tedd, you'll be just as surprised as was definitely a suave move on his part.

Thanks, TT!  You're so thoughtful and sweet!!!

*Note: that is not our kitchen :-)  It's from google images.  
Our kitchen still looks like this:

White Beadboard Kitchen

Opinions Needed:

Hi everyone.  So we're trying to get started on the kitchen as a part of our "get-it-ready-enough-for-living-in" move.  We're on a serious budget.  I love white beadboard cabinets with antique bronze hardware.  Because of our budget, we've got a mix of appliances, both white and stainless steel with some black accents on both, from Craigslist (go Craigslist!!).

I was really bummed about the mixing of colors at first, but then I looked at countless Kitchen magazines and was consoled.  Seems pretty much anything goes in kitchens these days!

To help bring the white and stainless steel together, I've thrown out the idea of using antique bronze hardware and I'd like to use brushed nickel or antique pewter/iron instead...I really think either will work, but I'm not to that point yet anyway.

So...Is it going to look really weird to have white beadboard cabinets (like the example above) in a Queen Anne Victorian kitchen?? People tell me that…

Lace Cookies

Wanna make this? You can!!  Isn't it pretty and oh so tempting??
These are delicious, impressive, and fun!  Make sure it's a dry day (humidity will counteract their crispiness) and give yourself a couple hours.  These would make beautiful holiday cookies!
Cookie recipe taken from Baking Illustrated: (highly recommended baking book!)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bring 1/2 stick unsalted butter, 6T dark brown sugar,and 1/4c light corn syrup just to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Once it reaches a boil, turn off the heat, and beat in 1/2t vanilla extract, 1/8t salt, 3T all-purpose flour (sifted), 1/2 c finely chopped almonds, and 1 1/2t heavy cream until smooth.
Set a heat-safe bowl full of chocolate over a pan full of simmering/hot water to melt (or you can do it in the microwave on medium power, stirring every 30 seconds to a minute).

On a cookie sheet, covered with parchment paper, drop some little dots of batter a couple …