Saturday, September 29, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
My mother-in-law's Hammond organ finally made it to our house! My husband has been trying to get his hands on this organ for quite some time. We made the trek from Northern California to Los Angeles earlier in the year to try to bring it home, but alas, the day we planned to drive home there was heavy rain predicted over the grapevine, so we came home organ-less (and the weatherman was RIGHT).
We recently made the trip down again for my sister-in-law's baby shower (yes, there are babies springing up in this family like lovely wild flowers), and my husband was determined to bring the Hammond home this time.
So, in case my post title had you wondering.....uh, no. No one had surgery.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
After the paint went up in the nursery, it was time to start building the bookshelves that would eventually flank the window, and would be joined by a window seat. I used Billy bookcases and Hemmes TV stands (both from Ikea) to make up the majority of the structure. The bookshelves will obviously be bookshelves (duh), and the TV stands will eventually turn into the window seat.
To ensure they didn't look too cookie-cutter, I added a little somethin' special to the bookshelves...
Monday, September 24, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I just love easy recipes. Don't get me wrong. I also love complex creations that require hours of undivided attention. But, as a workin' gal, some days I just want a delicious dinner with minimal effort.
I was perusing Pinterest a few weeks ago, and noticed a friend of mine had pinned a crock pot recipe involving chicken, pineapple, soy sauce and brown sugar. I should have repinned it. I meant to repin it. But I didn't. And when I went back to look for it, I couldn't find it.
So, dag nabbit, I took a walk on the wild side, and invented my own.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Though, Aybee secretly thought Lolly smelled AMAZING.
|She likes disco music. Just kidding...she prefers the blues.|
|She was always up to shenanigans.|
|She napped in her tiger print hut.|
|She liked her lemons straight-up, no ice.|
|She especially loved Brian. She claimed him as her boyfriend.|
|Nine times out of ten, she preferred to walk instead of fly.|
|And sometimes she just couldn't hold back how excited she was to see us.|
As tired as she was, she was pretty darn proud of that egg. It was not fertilized, so she eventually stopped caring for it and we were able to throw it out.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
I love making mozzarella at home. It's such a delightful treat. Almost a year ago, I bought a 30-minute mozzarella kit. It's so easy, and the flavor is out of this world.
We were having friends over recently, so I decided to take my mozzarella-making one step further and turn it into a decadent appetizer, by adding a drizzle of olive oil and just a touch of white truffle oil. Oh baby, this was stupid GOOD.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Confession time: I have a jar problem. I like to save glass jars. I've had this problem for a few years. Every time I eat the last pickle, red pepper, olive, or pickled jalepeno, I get a little bit excited because I know I'll have another jar for my collection.
There is a method to my madness though. I use these jars as upcycled decorative items. I've used them as flower vases, and most recently, I used them as candleholders in a tablescape.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Hi friends. With all of the concern and hype around "scrapers" in blogland (essentially, peoples and / or sites who use blog content without authorization), I've decided to join the masses and truncate (shorten) my site feed. This means if you read my blog via email or RSS, you'll still receive your Pig and Paint emails, but you'll only see the beginning of each post and will have to click a link to my actual web site to read the rest of the post. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause! Many of the blogs I follow have been doing this for years, and I have not found it to be annoying or troublesome as a reader, but I know everyone is different. I hope y'all will stick with me as I experiment with protecting my blog content.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. :)
I bought another grout color. I decided I needed a second opinion, so to speak. I could tell Brian wasn't thrilled with my first grout color choice, and I was having a hard time deciding if I would like it long term.
So, I picked up "haystack" during my lunch break. It's lighter, and slightly grayer (though I realize it looks rather orange-y in the picture below).