February 21, 2011

A First

While I've been healing, I've been reading my share of magazines. The inspiration for this post is the latest issue of Victoria, a magazine that I thought had gone under!
In the January/February issue there is an article, Peaks of Perfection, which is styled so scrumptiously and is totally on the topic of desserts with meringues. I have always been intrigued by meringues. They are so light and yet so dense at the same time. How and why is it like that? The best part is the way that it melts in your mouth. Mmmmm.

While I've always been intrigued, I've also been a bit petrified to make anything that has any inkling to be like meringue. I think I've filed the experience away in my brain as daunting, something that must be timed and perfectly produced, otherwise... disaster. Is this true?

I am about to find out. I am making a coconut cream pie, and to make a pie, one needs a crust.

This was my first crust from scratch, and hard work in my convalescing condition. Jon had to roll the last bit of thick dough for me.

I didn't have pie weights, so I had to improvise. A source on the internet recommended using beans or rice instead.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes until golden brown.

A first!

Now comes the hard part, but I'm saving it for tomorrow.

February 12, 2011

The Gall of it All

I had emergency surgery this morning to remove my gall bladder.

My flowers from Mr. Wonderful, who really is wonderful! He ran lights to get me to the emergency room, and stayed with me through the 5 hour wait to be seen by a doctor.

I'm fine now, just sore. Nothing pain meds can't help. Guess 2011 is all about clearing out the clutter!

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February 9, 2011

Road Trip

Mr. Wonderful and I escaped the Super Bowl madness with a trip to Austin this weekend.
With all of the ice and snow, it took us a while to get out of Dallas County, but eventually we made it and we stopped to eat breakfast at this yummy hole in the wall Mexican & Chinese Restaurant in Waco. By the way, it's pronounced WAY-CO, and not WHACK-O, like my nephews like to say. :)

We went to Austin to check out this exhibition at the University of Texas School of Architecture.
Mr. Wonderful played a big part on a few of the projects on display. 

We caught up with friends and ate some wonderful food - both home cooked and restaurant meals.

Eat here. 'Nough said. 

Mr. Wonderful took this picture of my chicken and waffles. 
It was sooooo good. Absolutely amazing! So delicious! My mouth waters just looking at this picture. I had always wanted to try chicken and waffles, and another one of my life's dream was fulfilled! Yay!

It was a lovely trip, so inspirational and fun! There is such a creative and entrepreneurial vibe to Austin, it's hard not to catch it. Our trip was short, but it was enough to rejuvenate us and get the creative juices rolling. And, it was sunny and 75 degrees!


It is the Year of the Rabbit, and to celebrate and expose my students to the Chinese Lunar New Year, I thought it would be cute for my preschool classes to draw rabbits. My plan was to create an informative and interactive display with their adorable pictures. Unfortunately, school shut down last week and I missed the opportunity to display their work, but their pictures are too cute not to share.

Through directive drawing, (step-by-step instructions) we drew three bunnies, three different ways - from the front, the back and the profile. This exercise is great for my English language learners because they have to listen to instructions and it also illustrates important vocabulary. Did I mention the exposure to other cultures?

My students drew with markers - A REALLY big deal if you are 5 years old, pasted their papers on to red paper and placed a piece of Japanese paper with rabbits for decoration, ALL BY THEMSELVES!

I am so proud of them! It makes me all warm and fuzzy just looking at them.

Around the House

 Love is in the air!
So is the smell of chocolate chip cookies.

Snow Day #5

Unbelievable. What did I do today? Not much. So, I'm going to post on what I've done in the past few days.

February 5, 2011

Save It For Later

I started making my Valentines yesterday.
Pretty, pretty paper from here and here

Unrelated to Valentine making, but I woke up with this song in my head...

February 4, 2011

Blue Berry Day

Due to another day of school cancelled due to inclement weather, I finally got around to finishing my blue bag that I started last week.

I love the way it turned out!

The fabric is from an estate sale that I went to a few years ago. I'd been holding on to it for a while and wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. I love it as a bag.

I also really love this big white button and the honeycomb yellow fabric that lines the inside. It's so cheerful!
Sew... now that that's done, I turned my attention to baking and making use of what was in my fridge.
Blueberry Muffins!

I think this was the first time I had made blueberry muffins from scratch. I used a recipe from this book that I got for my birthday. The muffins were good, Jon liked them anyway, but that kind of doesn't count since he'll eat anything. The cinnamon and orange zest gave them a nice flavor. I don't know, I think I just have a super sweet tooth, but I thought they could use something more - like cream cheese icing. Just kidding... sort of. 

Finally around midnight it started snowing. After days of below freezing temperatures it FINALLY started to snow. I love the snow. It's so beautiful. I feel like a kid and never get tired of it. 

Since it was midnight, and no one was watching... 
One life's dream complete.

February 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year! It's my year, the year of the Rabbit!

I made this card for some new friends last night:
The envelope is lined with cute little bunny paper from Paper Source. I stamped 2011 from my antique stamp set on the front of a folding card, and on the inside used the Double Happiness stamp from Paper Source. I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out.

We braved the cold and icy streets to go out and celebrate the Lunar New Year last night with some of Jon's colleagues. We didn't eat Chinese food, we ate tapas, because nothing says Happy Chinese New Year like Spanish tapas! It was a nice break from the last days off that we have had due to ice and freezing temperatures. More snow is expected tonight, I am hoping for a final day off tomorrow. I've had so much fun getting things done around the house.