Winter storm Linus

Winter storm Linus

The snow started to fall early this morning and it hasn’t stopped since; they are predicting 10-14 inches (#winterainteasy) for Ann Arbor by tonight/tomorrow morning – but I have to admit the fact that this winter storm is named after my favorite Peanuts character, Linus, makes me smile. I have been enjoying watching it fall, drift, and blow outside all day. We took a nice, long walk in it with all our snow gear on earlier and Melody seemed to really enjoy it. Here’s a silly little video I took of the snow outside our window this afternoon… Hope you’re all staying warm, cozy, and safe on this snowy Super Bowl Sunday!

Winter storm Linus

Winter storm Linus

 

by Valerie | 02.01.15 | For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Super Bowl snacks

Turkey avocado guacamole sandwich

Not only do we have some yummy chili to look forward to for dinner tonight, we also made some fresh guacamole, turkey avocado guacamole sandwiches for lunch, and a skillet cookie cake which we followed this recipe for. It’s been a good day to stay busy cooking up delicious eats in the kitchen; Ryan is outside right now shoveling our sidewalks and driveway again and the snow is still piling up.

Super Bowl Sunday guacamole

Cookie cake!!!

by Valerie | 02.01.15 | For Funsies, Recipes | No Comments »

sweet and spicy stupor bowl chili

Homemade veggie chili

It’s a very snowy Super Bowl Sunday and nothing goes better with being “snowed-in” and watching people talk about deflated ballsKaty Perry, and occasionally puppies than a nice comforting bowl of chili.

Ingredients:

  • 2 red bell peppers, roasted then diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, roasted then diced
  • 1 small white onion, roasted then diced
  • 1 large jalapeño, roasted then minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 28oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil (we used a chipotle infused oil)
  • 2 tbsp dark chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp smoked chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tbsp molé spice
  • 1 heaping tbsp (about 1-2 tbsp) of good chocolate shaved
  • salt to taste

Heat an oven to 350. Slice the onion into large slices. Put the onions and peppers in a large roasting pan/dish, then coat with some olive oil. Place into the oven to roast. Roast them until the peppers start to brown/blacken. Flip them occasionally to make sure they roast evenly. Set aside to cool. Once cooled peel the skins of the peppers, deseed, and dice. Dice the onion as well.

Heat a large pot to medium heat. Add the oil into the pot, let heat up then add the garlic. Cook until it starts to brown. Add the onion and peppers. Cook for about another minute. Add the chili powders and chocolate. Cook until everything is well incorporated. Add the the tomatoes. Bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes (or more). Add the beans and cook for another 5 minutes. Salt to taste. Serve to your liking. We’ve got a bag of Fritos ready to go for some Frito pie.

Super Bowl chili

by Ryan | 02.01.15 | Recipes | No Comments »

easy like Sunday morning

Easy like Sunday morning

Our friend Lisa Waud (of Pot & Box) recommended we visit Graye’s Greenhouse and we finally got around to it yesterday; what a lovely place it is – I was like a kid in a candy store! The staff/owners that work there are so kind and it’s such a beautiful and charming place to be on a cold January day (or any day I’m sure!); we left with several plants in hand, including a few succulents (one of them is so itsy bitsy and so darn cute that I couldn’t resist taking it home with me), a lovely lime-scented geranium, and a few Calathea. We also found a pretty hanging ivy and a yucca plant after a few other stops, before heading home. It’s so nice to have beautiful, green plants to help make our house feel like a home. Melody and I were enjoying the new additions this Sunday morning – and a little Lionel Richie certainly didn’t hurt; I love Sunday mornings at home.

lime scented geranium

itsy bitsy

ivy

Easy like Sunday morning

by Valerie | 01.25.15 | Around our home, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

all in a week’s work

Daffodils & Hydrangea

What a difference a week can make; the photo above was taken this morning of the daffodils and hydrangea on our kitchen table and the photo below was taken last weekend on the day I brought these flowers home. It’s fun to watch the daffodils grow and if I’m missing spring, which I know will come eventually, I can always just surround myself with spring flowers to remind me that it will be here some day.

Hydrangeas and mini daffodils

Hydrangea

Daffodil

by Valerie | 01.24.15 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

oh the weather outside is weather…

Snowflake

It snowed here almost all day yesterday – big flakes, then little flakes, then big flakes again…blowing and drifting through the sky. This perfect little snowflake hitched a ride on my coat as I was leaving work yesterday afternoon.

We have a love/hate relationship with Melody’s snow jacket – we love it because it keeps her warm and fairly dry when there’s snow on the ground, but she hates the process of getting in and out of it for some reason (#winterainteasy)…once it’s on her though, she doesn’t seem to mind it and she bounds through the snow happily in her little red coat.

Winter walk

Winter walk

by Valerie | 01.22.15 | For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

keep moving forward

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The highlight of my week was definitely shaking the hand of Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, yesterday; he gave the keynote address for the Ross School’s McInally lecture honoring Martin Luther King Day. What an honor it was!

by Valerie | 01.20.15 | Holidaze | No Comments »

weekend haps

Hydrangeas and mini daffodils

We celebrated our anniversary last week with dinner (at Grange) and drinks (at Ravens Club) out on the town; cheers to 14 years! And we spent a nice weekend of mostly just relaxing at home, cleaning house, and picking up some fresh flowers to help warm up the place during this chilly, winter weather – amaryllis in full bloom, mini daffodils in a shiny gold pot, and hydrangeas seem to be doing the trick for the time being!

Amaryllis full bloom

Cheers to 14 years!

by Valerie | 01.19.15 | Around our home, Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Outside/Inside

1/12/15

It’s cold outside (high of 13 on the 13th – #winterainteasy), but it’s cozy inside…and these over the knee boot socks I’m wearing certainly don’t hurt (I have a hard time resisting a good sweater knit)! Hope you’re staying warm in this wintry weather. Bonus: Ryan surprised me with these beautiful, white spray roses, for our anniversary.

cozy stripes

Home sweet home

14th

by Valerie | 01.13.15 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

I wanna hold your hand…

I want to hold your hand

Celebrating 14 years of marriage with the love of my life tomorrow. He makes me happy every day and I will always love the way it feels to hold his hand.

by Valerie | 01.12.15 | For Funsies | No Comments »

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