Saturday, January 22, 2011

January Update

 Winter is here- for reals.  Yesterday, the high was 10.  Yikes!  This is our first dose of super-cold weather, and I'm not loving it.  Last week (when it wasn't so cold), Brent took the girls outside to go sledding and build a snowman.  I stayed warm inside.   
Here's my little buddy on his 2nd birthday.  He's so cute!!!  Nathan calls almost all animals puppies; he does an AWESOME horse sound, he love cars, and seems to have a healthy dose of "punk" running through his veins ;)  Nathan is also the "coolest" person at our house, it is a real treat for the girls to get him up in the morning and get him up from his nap.  Oh, and he melts my heart with a hug and kiss!

 As promised, Roasted Red Pepper Soup

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 c. chopped onion, diced
1 tsp. Thyme
1 box Chicken Broth
1 jar roasted red peppers
1 large potatoe, peeled and diced
1 c. whipping cream or half and half

Heat your oil in a large saucepan.  Add minced garlic and cook for about 30 sec.  Add onion and cook until tender.  Add thyme and cook an additional minute.  Add all remaining ingredients, except cream and cover.  Cook until potatoes are thoroughly cooked, about 20 min.  Use a blender to puree soup and then return to heat- do not boil.  Add cream right before serving.  YUM-O!

Look at my cute girls drinking their hot chocolate at their princess table mats!

This is my latest quilt that is going to my dear friend Rachel who just welcomed a sweet little girl into the world!  This one is machine pieced and hand quilted.  I know, who does hand quilting????  Well, I have to say I really enjoyed working on it.  The work was nice and calming in the evenings, and I will definitely do it again.

Friday, January 7, 2011

It's a New Year, but not a new me

That's right, no new me.  Which means I will probably continue to post on a regular 2 month basis.  Regardless, here we go.  I think I'll work backwards.  1.Tomorrow I am going to take down the Christmas tree- really.
2. I just finished reading Wuthering Heights.  Um, I thought it was supposed to be a romance- and what is UP with people writing books featuring totally unsympathetic main characters.  Weird. 
3.  I made ridiculously yummy roasted pepper soup.  I mish-mashed about 3 recipes, and I think I'll give it another try tomorrow and hopefully document it for all of blog-land.
4.  The kids are OBSESSED with Star Wars.  Even Nathan.  He runs around the room trying to sing the theme music.  It is ridiculously cute.
5.  Speaking of cute- check out my kids!
6.  Christmas was great.  The kids were all so excited about everything, and grateful- even for socks.  I really do have great kids who are appreciative of everything they got.  Brent got a new surround sound system (courtesy of Nathan's meddling), I got a new cd player for the kitchen, and we're finally parking in the garage!  Also, got the Pioneer Woman cookbook.  I'm sure we'll all pack on a few pounds before the end of 2011.  Good news for Brent, bad news for me!
7.  Sophie's bumps and bruises have all healed up nicely.  Her smile is almost completely evened out and I can see her scar is beginning to fade.