Remedy

Last weekend I got hit with a cold and I’m still trying to get over it. I know I shouldn’t complain – there are much worse problems in the world than my measly little cold virus. You know how some people seem to handle getting sick with a cold or flu so well? They don’t make a big fuss and have some magic way of quickly getting over it – chicken noodle soup, hot tea, vitamin C, rest, witchcraft or whatever. Well I’m not one of those people – all I want to do is crawl into my pj’s and never leave my house while I sleep, drink hot tea, and eat soup for every meal (I may be exaggerating slightly, but you get the point). Ryan is always doing nice things for me and being generally amazing so when I said I’d been craving some spicy, sweet potato soup he was nice enough to indulge me and that soup is currently bubbling on our stove as I type this – win!

We posted another version of this soup here. The soup we made today doesn’t have many ingredients (sweet potatoes, yellow onions, garlic cloves, honey, canned chipotle peppers, vegetable stock, and a dash of salt) and honey is one of them – it’s spicy and savory and a little sweet all at the same time. Did you know that September is National Honey Month? I didn’t, until recently when I read this article. And if I ever wanted to buy something nice to store my honey in, I think it would have to be this.

Also, we planted yellow onions in our garden this summer which we harvested and are now using – we even added some to the soup. I think the color of these onion skins is gorgeous.

by Valerie | 09.29.13 | Garden, Recipes | 2 Comments »

Puppy pancake

This morning while trying to decide what to have for breakfast, and being given a choice between pancakes or cold cereal, pancakes were the clear winner. Ryan’s were peanut butter and chocolate chip with bananas on top and mine were plain with strawberries and raspberries on top and they were all delicious. Whenever we make pancakes, waffles, or crepes, we always make one for Melody and she wouldn’t have it any other way. One puppy pancake, coming up!

by Valerie | 09.29.13 | Around our home, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Farmer’s Market finds

I love going to the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, but Ryan and I both hate dealing with the lack of parking and the crowds so it’s not often we actually make it there. Last Saturday, we made the trip though and it was wonderful to see the many booths of tomatoes, peppers, and other local goods this time of year. We left with an interesting assortment of things – fresh apple cider from Wasem Fruit Farm, hot dog buns, Roos Roast Lobster Butter Love coffee beans (my personal favorite), and two bunches of fresh flowers. Zinnias make me happy – they are so bright, colorful, and cheery; they remind me of my Mom’s garden back home when I was a little girl – they were one of the few flowers that would survive the Texas heat. You can almost always find one or more flower arrangements sprinkled around our home, because I love fresh flowers so much.

by Valerie | 09.29.13 | Around our home, Around town | No Comments »

Ch-ch-ch-changes

The weather is just starting to really turn and it’s felt like fall in the air this week. The leaves are beginning to change and, I’ll say it again, it’s my favorite season. We switched out our bedding to this beautiful gray silk channel quilt and shams (bonus, it looks great with our Revere Pewter walls) with fisherman knit pillows thrown on as well; it’s cozy and feels great to the touch – and now I will admit that I have a thing for really good bedding, mixing beautiful fabrics and textures in just the right colors, it just feels right to me. And I’m still enjoying that fresh, hot apple cider. Cheers to fall!

by Valerie | 09.15.13 | Around our home | No Comments »

Garage rainbows

I noticed this rainbow on the wall of our garage; the sunlight was catching the reflector on one of our bikes and the result was this lovely little splash of color on our red brick – how delightful, right? Texas Tech pulled out another win against TCU this week, which makes them 3-0 and makes us happy to be watching college football with a winning team. The weather has been a little odd this week – the high was in the mid-90’s earlier this week and is only 60 today. Last night was absolutely lovely though; cool breeze with cooler temps blowing in, I enjoyed a nice glass of wine, and we had the pleasure of attending a reception for “SightSee: Colin Blakely & Amy Sacksteder” at the Ann Arbor Art Center – great show, beautiful work, and always wonderful to see friends. I think our friends‘ baby (who, by the way, is the most beautiful baby boy I’ve ever laid eyes on in my entire life) summed it up when he said, “Ooooooo, art!” And Melody just won’t stop being ridiculously cute, seriously.

by Valerie | 09.13.13 | Around our home, Around town, Photography, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Week(end) report

Here’s what we’ve been up to this week… This happened where I work; very exciting to have personally witnessed this not once, but twice at the Ross School of Business. Ryan successfully completed his first mountain bike event: Triple Trail Challenge. I cut more hydrangeas from our garden, which are changing from the pale green color they start with to a beautiful dusty pink at the tips of the petals, and picked more tomatoes. Our fall blooming clematis are now blooming. Starting to think about making some chili soon, once it cools off a bit more. Bought our first fresh apple cider from Dexter Cider Mill for the fall – you haven’t had cider until you’ve had it fresh, and from Dexter Cider Mill it’s pretty amazing! Melody likes to squeeze onto the small rug under our coffee table and lay in the sun. Texas Tech won against SMU last week and we’ll be cheering them on again against Stephen F. Austin tonight – Go Red Raiders!

by Valerie | 09.07.13 | Around our home, For Funsies, Garden, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

They all have names?

I had no idea there were so many named Keebler Elves and that one of them, Roger, is a jeweler. Why do the Keebler Elves need a jeweler? Some of them have names that make a little more sense to me, given their occupation, like Fast Eddie here; Fast Eddie wrapped the products, of course…and I’m willing to bet he wrapped them fast.

by Valerie | 09.03.13 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Shifty eyes

From The Simpsons episode Beyond Blunderdome:
Gibson: “You want me to replace the villain with a dog? I mean nobody will know what’s going on.”
Homer: “They will if you set up that the dog is evil. All you have to do is show him doing this. [lowers eyelids and glances around in shifty-eyed fashion]”

by Valerie | 09.01.13 | For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

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