Wednesday, November 30, 2011

most wonderful time of the year

Now that Thanksgiving flew by in a flash, it is time to enjoy the Christmas season! Austin and I put our tree up along with house decorations and outdoor Christmas lights. My mom and I started a fun habit: every day we send each other one picture of something that gets us in the mood for Christmas! Christmas music, decorated tree, light festivals, December magazines, and holiday bows! I am very excited for Christmas but I know it will fly by far too quickly, as always...

The tree is up! Zoe chewed through some of the light wiring the first night we had the tree up,
so we had to get new lights and sprinkle cinnamon all over the tree...
Enjoying cider and decorations at the Christmas Tree Farm.
We found a Christmas tree for Austin's mom and my parents found a tree!
Massive Christmas tree at the Galleria. Crazy shopping season... I prefer online shops!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

gobble gobble

Happy (late) Thanksgiving!
Hope you had a wonderful holiday.
Here was what my holiday was like:

Terri's chocolate meringue pie
Aust threw a sausage at Alex and missed. It toppled his pie onto the floor.
Ponce discovered he enjoys lemon meringue pie.
aunt Maggie's pumpkin pie
mom's green bean casserole
Aust, me, and Ponce with our new buddy Pete (my brother Aaron's new pup).

How was your Thanksgiving?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

happy birthday, dan

Today our eldest furry, Dan, turned 5 years old!
We have had him since November 1, 2007 :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

fall food

I mentioned making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies yesterday, so here is the recipe. They are very soft and fluffy! Be prepared... it makes dozens and dozens of cookies, so you may want to half the recipe unless you're baking for a very large crowd. (I had to give away lots of them to friends and neighbors and we still have tons leftover.)

1 1/2 C butter, softened
2 C packed brown sugar
1 C sugar
1 15-oz can pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 C all-purpose flour
2 C quick-cooking oats
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 C semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients together and add to the wet mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes per batch.

recipe via allrecipes

I have decided to become uncommonly good at baking.
It is fun, delicious, and makes myself and others happy.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

happy weekend

Yay for fun weekends! Austin and I got to hang out with our friends Ali, Colter, Will & Elizabeth last night. (Happy birthday to Ali!) Today we went to the King's home for lunch. Erin made a delicious meal of quiche, tomato soup, and french bread, and I brought pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. We had a nice time and got to see Amos crawl! Now I am blogging before a crazy performance week ensues...

I love the clothing on Gorman. I thought it was odd they had new summerish looking items and swimsuits... but it is based in Australia... no wonder!
I also really like this 2012 calendar by dekanimal on Etsy:
I usually make a calendar with iPhoto, but I'll probably buy a second one for reference in the office. We'll see... we really only need one, huh?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

any time now

I would love for it to be like this outside...
(and while I'm wishing... that would make a nice home)

Too bad it is still not winter cold, but rainy and humid here in Texas.

01. Terrain

Thursday, November 3, 2011

for ponce

Why I love dogs.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

year 25

I am 25 today!
It wasn't the best day... up until Aust had one of my favorite meals ready when I got home: Panera mac and cheese and a smoothie... mmm! And then I didn't have to do homework tonight which was a great birthday present.

Goal for year 25 of life (a quarter of a century old... yikes!):

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