Sunday, January 30, 2011

Downtown Lawrence

Saturday afternoon we took the boys to downtown Lawrence.  Most of downtown is on Massachusetts Street, or "Mass" as we locals call it. : )  It's a really eclectic part of town with shops, restaurants, and music venues.  The other day I saw a man walking down Mass carrying a 2 foot tall naked doll.  It was creepy and interesting.  You don't see that on a Saturday.  It was game day (KU vs. Kansas State) and there were KU fans everywhere.   

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kansas is 150

Saturday is The Kansas Sesquicentennial (thank goodness for spellcheck).  Kansas will be 150 years old ... and everyone here (in the state, not our home), is very excited about it.  In fact, the kids don't have school on Monday because of it.  I'm all for celebrating the birthday of this state, but can't we also send our kids to school on that day?  Today was Kansas Day at the boys school.  They wore their new KU shirts with pride.  They were shouting "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" in the front porch shots.   

Jenn brought my attention to the amazing valentines on Eighteen25 today.  Love them!  And love this cookie recipe that was also on there.  A valentine's twist on a classic.  I'm going to make them this weekend.

Peanut Butter Blossoms
(Valentine's Day Style)

* Heart shaped Chocolates (we used dove milk chocolates and reese's peanut butter hearts)
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
* 1/3 cup granulated sugar
* 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 2 tablespoons milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* granulated sugar

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl. Add 1/3 cup granulated and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into mixture.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate heart into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. (we put them in the freezer because the chocolate hearts continue to melt)

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Etsy Art

I've been looking at different art websites, Hobby Lobby, and Michael's for some cute prints for the playroom and kitchen.  The only place I can find anything that I remotely like is Etsy.  And they are so cheap.  Here are two of my favorites I discovered at the Dallas Etsy Handmade Bash:


Paperfingers is a husband & wife team that is expecting triplets.  They make prints with every letter of the alphabet.  Love their fonts and colors.  The letter prints are on sale for only $15.  I'm ordering mine tonight.  


I bought some stationary from Oh Louise! at the Esty bash and love it.  She will let you customize any of the colors on her stationary or prints.  I think I need the wine print for my kitchen.  She has another cute one that says, "you had me at merlot".  Need that one too.

It was in the 30's today and warm enough to play outside without hats and mittens.  We were able to drag the big wheels out of the driveway and actually take them for a spin.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Seriously, More Snow?!

We got two more inches of snow over the weekend.  The boys absolutely love it!  Here are just a few pictures from our weekend in the snow.

  Steve took them sledding by the KU stadium.  The three of them fit on one sled.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Kansas Tradition

Steve and I experienced our first KU game last night.  The Jayhawks played the Longhorns at Allen Field House.  Our babysitter is a KU grad and she told us that if we showed up in Longhorn gear, we would probably get beat up.  Plus, we were taking somebody that is a supporter of Steve's company--and he's a huge KU fan.  We felt obligated wear blue and red (although I think Steve had a Texas shirt on under his blue KU shirt).

We learned about all of the KU traditions.  They boo their opponents when they're announced and hold up a copy of the KU paper and pretend to read it.  Then they rip up the paper when the Jayhawks are announced and throw it in the air when the first basket is made by the Hawks.

When an opposing player is fouled out or the opposing team is shooting free throws, they "wave the wheat".

Not the best pictures, but as you can see, everybody is wearing either blue or red.  

 It was such a fun experience, I can't wait to go again.  And then we got to come home to these two monkeys!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rock Chalk Pancakes and Jayhawks

Early bird Landon woke up this morning and demanded pancakes for breakfast.  I think Grammy and Aunt Jenn spoiled him by making them so much over Christmas.  After I agreed to make pancakes, he asked me to make them in the shape of different cars.  I can do a heart, I can do Mickey Mouse, but I can't mold a pancake in the shape of a car.  I had an idea (inspired by W-S's pancake molds) and pulled out some cookie cutters.  I greased them up really well, set them in the skillet, and then poured just a 1/2" of pancake batter into them.  I left them there for about two minutes and then gently eased the cookie cutter up and off.  Then flip for another two minutes on the other side.  It was so easy and the boys loved it.  Clearly I need some more cookie cutters since most of them are Christmas shapes.

My sous-chef:

That one on top is a basketball player shooting a basket.  Had to include this one in honor of the horns playing the jayhawks today.

 Landon looks like he was in the middle of an intense conversation.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Another Snow Day

More snow rolled through Kansas last night and we received at least 7" overnight.  It took Steve two hours to get home from the airport when it should have taken 45 minutes.  He got home at 9:00 pm at spent an hour outside shoveling the driveway so he could get to work this morning.  He even took a beer out with him to keep him company.  When he came back in at 10:00, he put his beer glass on the counter--it was half full and there was ice on top.  It's going to take us a while to get used to this weather.

Here's some pictures of the boys helping me recover an ottoman that my friend Peyton picked up for me a furniture resale place.  I loved the fabric, but it was looking a little worn.  I happen to find the exact same fabric at Hancock's.  

                                                        Here's the ottoman before picture: 

My two little helpers:

                                                             Hudson in his thinking cap:
                                                                      Ottoman after:

     It's not a major difference, but I prefer the after color to the original faded gray color.  
Now to bundle up my little helpers and head out to play in the snow!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Latest Fabric Obsession

I've been searching for weeks for some cool home decorator fabric.  I'm going to attempt to make drapes for a couple of rooms and recover a chair or two.  Most of the fabric I've come across is either too plain or too traditional.  I wanted something more transitional--like an Amy Butler print, but less girly.  I just came across a new home decorator fabric line by Ty Pennington on my favorite fabric site, Hawthorne Threads.  I love every print and wish I had a room I could do head to toe in his gray and chartreuse palette.  I ordered a few fabrics from the spiced chocolate palette and espresso palette.  I'm going to use them for throw pillows and to recover a chair.  I'm still searching for drapery fabric.  Here's a link to his entire home decorating line:

There is also a cotton/quilting fabric line with the same prints:

Here's a few that I ordered:


 I'll post pictures when I'm finished with my chair and pillow projects.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sledding and Possible New Pets

We still have snow on the ground so Steve took the boys went sledding yesterday.  They had so much fun.  I'm posting a couple of videos below.  The first one is Hudson and Landon is in the second video.

We also have a few new pets.  Thursday we looked out the window and saw a fox in our backyard.  The boys and I sat in front of the window and watched it sneak around our yard and pounce on birds.  Thankfully the boys didn't have too many questions about what it was doing.  I took this picture from our kitchen window.

We also saw eight deer in our backyard last night, including a buck.  It was so strange to see that in our backyard.  The most interesting thing we had in our backyard in Allen was Mico, the Dennett's dog.  The boys are loving the Kansas snow and wildlife!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

MDO and MP

Yesterday was the boys first day of Mothers Day Out at their new school.  It was also zero degrees, by the way.  It took us about fifteen minutes to get coats, mittens, boots, and hats on and get out the door.

Here's the boys before we left for school.  They both did great with their new class and teacher.  No tears!

I celebrated by coming home and lining my new desk drawers with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.  It looks so much cooler than shelf liner.  And when you buy a desk from the Salvation Army, you should probably line the drawers.  I created a short tutorial for those of you interested in trying it yourself.  Here is the end result:

Link to tutorial: Drawer Lining Tutorial

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New House, New Furniture

Before we moved to Kansas, my friend Peyton took me under her wing and showed me the art of spray painting furniture.  She actually spray paints everything from picture frames to ceiling fan blades.  She's my interior decorating idol.  I tackled a few projects of my own last week while it was above freezing.

I bought this table at the Salvation Army for $24.

Then I bought some Kilz spray primer and Krylon paint in ivory and ended up with this:

Peyton also taught me that you can remove the hardware and spray it too.  I used Krylon Champagne Nouveau on the hardware.  Then I put Mod Podge in the bottom of the drawer and lined it with scrapbook paper.

I also picked up this desk from the Salvation Army for $24.  Steve thought I was crazy when I brought it home.  

I used a color called Caramel Latte and this is what I got:

 It looks really shiny in the picture because of the flash, I think.  It's a little more muted in person.

As soon as I paint and recover the chair that goes with it, I'll post pictures.

It stopped snowing this morning and is 9 degrees outside.  The boys and I were out this morning, but only lasted 30 minutes.