As of 4:30 p.m. on Friday we are now officially the proud owners of two mortgages.  Yay?  We are under contract to sell our current home soon so cross your fingers there are no snags there.

What does that mean exactly?  Here’s what it means.  By smartphone.  So I make no claims as the quality of these pictures.  I didn’t even bother to watermark them.  They are what they are.  Oh, and none of these furnishings are mine.  I do not own a floral cover for my futon.

We are the proud owners of a sauna.  Yup.  WTF?  Yup.

Located in what will be the Husband’s very first Man Cave. We’re thinking of calling it The Conn.  Hopefully there are some Trekkies out there.  The sellers called it The Summer House.  As a side note if the Husband is ever to post Notes From the Man Cave again, they may actually be typed up in his Man Cave.

We are the proud owners of some crazy old (read: as old as me), crazy cool bathroom tile.

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Great Video?

Or the Greatest Video?

(Despite the fact murdering linebacker Ray Lewis’s loathsome band of thugs has adopted this song at home games.)



The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

Do any of you watch Parks and Recreation?  If you are fans of The Office, Parks and Recreation is an absolute must.  The last season just appeared on Netflix so I’ve been rewatching it for some laughs.

If you do watch Parks and Recreation, then the title of this post might mean something to you.  If you don’t, well, it’s still pretty obvious as to what I’m trying to convey here.

In my last post I revealed some shocking paint color choices and a shockinglier giant sweet potato.

I am absolutely painting my new master bedroom tango and rhinestone.

I may have embellished on the size of the sweet potato.

It was big.

Real big.

Just maybe not record setting county fair big.

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Hi Tuesday.  Welcome to the week, albeit a bit late.

I hope everyone had a chance to check out my submission to the 23 Paws party over the weekend.  Yup, still shamelessly promoting my post in which I prove to you The Snoops is a human.  For the record I think the virtual 23 Paws party is better than an actual 23 Paws Party.  For one, 23 is an odd number of paws which means there would be at least one sad little pooch.  For two, I’ve been to a dog’s birthday party before and, well, let’s just say The Snoops left an unwanted present in the corner of a basement.  We left early.  Sigh.  Can’t take the kiddos anywhere nice.

Some random things that are going on here in my Midwest.  We are still moving forward with the move forward.  Or sideways.  We are moving in more of an Easterly direction.  We are scheduled to get the keys to the new place in less than a week so let the packing and painting begin!

Fortunately the move lined up with a 40% off paint sale at Sherwin Williams so I dropped almost $300 on paint for four rooms yesterday.  I’m a paint snob – I admit it.  It’s Sherwin Williams for me or bust.  We are purchasing the home from an elderly couple who have lived there for the past 15 years so the house needs a spruce.

Sherwin Williams has this great online tool called the Color Visualizer that helps you choose colors for your home.  It’s kinda fabulous.  I love all things home repair and remodeling so I‘m planning to blog about the transformation.  Maybe I can be Sherwin Williams new poster child?  Or rather Sweetey Petey could be since I’m not a child.  The Snoops falls into that category since she acts like a child sometimes, at least at birthday parties.

Here is a sneak peak of what I’m planning for the master bedroom.

While this is is no way my future bedroom, this IS my bed and dresser (minus the mirror).  Crazy.

I adore accent walls so I’m going with a bright orange, Tango, for the wall behind the bed and Rhinestone, which is a very light but bright grey for all other walls.  I have curtains already purchased and a few photography prints I still need to purchase online from an artist I found at a craft fair earlier this month.

I’m excited and I hope you are too.  I know I lean more towards food satire here, but hey, it’s my blog and I can remodel if I want to.

While we are on the subject of food satire, I posted this gem on Sunday asking what it was and why was it wearing a hat?

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Hi everybody.  As a heads up, Cinnamon over at Eat Pray Tri has officially packed up and moved all of her belongings to California which means she is currently unemployed.  This is GREAT as it also means she is back to blogging and will be doing it way more.  Yay for quitting her job!  Yay!!

On that same note, 23 Paws is also back (it was never really gone) to connect virtual pets all over the blogosphere.  I always participate and this month is no different.  I did however, link an old post, er rather a back post, for this month’s 23 Paws.  Or 23 Back Paws as I just decided to call it.

I’m really proud of this post so if you would like a good laugh you can check it out on my blog here.  It’s also linked up on Cinnamon’s blog here.

As a spoiler, I may just prove to you my poodle, The Snoops, is a human being and NOT a dog.  Yeah, I do.  Pretty convincingly too.

If you would like to laugh further, you can read the post that first got me hooked on Cinnamon’s blog.  It’s about lip gloss addiction, which is a problem we both share.  We apparently also share trash cans, but that is less relevant and not quite as humorous.

That is all.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.



Question of the Day: What is that?  Why is it wearing a hat?

A long time ago…

Some days, unlike today, it feels longer.



The Postal Service – Nothing Better

My grandma hasn’t cooked much in the past few years.  For her, Meals on Wheels means a chatty volunteer dropping off pre-cooked dishes for her to enjoy.

Around here, Meals on Wheels, means literally, meals eaten on wheels.

Okay, not that literally.  I said meals eaten on wheels, not off wheels.  I promise, no butternut squash was eaten off that tire.  Pinky swear.

You’re probably wondering what possessed me to put Butternut squash on a tire and take a picture of it in the first place.  Yes, I did in fact ruin a perfectly edible bite of butternut squash just for a photo-op.  Shameless.  Anyway, Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life is sponsoring yet another edition of Munchkin Meals.

Today’s theme is picnics!  Quite appropriate if you ask me as the heat has finally broken here in the Midwest leaving room for some absolutely gorgeous afternoons.

We have had our fair share of traditional picnics with a blanket sprawled out underneath a shade bearing tree.  Nowadays, however, The Pete is just too mobile to sit still long enough not only to eat, but to let us eat as well.  Instead, we have been having our picnic lunches on wheels.  Stroller wheels.

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19. September 2012 · 21 comments · Categories: Recipe · Tags:

Beet It.

Beet it.

Golden beet it.

Beets are all the rage these days.  You can find roasted beets on blog after blog, beet chips sold at the grocery store and beets in every color at your local Farmer’s Market.

Personally I find beets too “earthy” to cook with on a regular basis.  Unlike zucchini which I can incorporate into pretty much every dinner, I need to be in the mood for beets.  I’m sure lots of bloggers will disagree with me here.

It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right.

Just beet it, beet it.

Just beet it, beet it.

Just beet it, beet it.

I like to cook beets another way.

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Oh yeah?  Well it was my weekend too.

We visited out of town with family.

I had a few moments of revelation along the way.

That picture symbolized revelation right?  I thought so too.  Great, let’s begin.

I’ve always wanted a horse, but this is the closest I’ll probably ever get to owning one.

Wait, no, this is the closest.

I don’t want to own a pig, but apparently you can wrap bacon around anything and most people immediately consider it yummy.  Even fruit.  Really?  Fruit?  Okay, I’ll try it.

Amish Country is a popular place to visit.

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What an attractive name for a blog post.

We have a busy weekend ahead so instead of my usual snark, please enjoy a photo dump of my Nikon camera.  It’s a mixed bag, kinda like me.


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