Refinishing the Ugly Cabinet

Dear Sis,

Remember the world’s ugliest cabinet from when you helped us move in two years ago? It has been plaguing me every time I look at it for too long, but no more! Yesterday I rolled it end for end into the yard and sprayed it black, while Mr. Baby played with toys on a picnic blanket, at a safe distance. Today, I lined it with contact paper to hide the dark hideous unfinished particle board from view. I still need to spay the other side of the cupboard door, put the handle back on, and attach it with new hinges. I have to update the post when that is all done:) To bad I forgot to take a before photo to hallmark the amazing transformation!!!

Love,

b

 

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Pillow vs. Baby

Dear Sis,

Mr. Baby had a grueling wrestling match with a throw pillow just after super time.

Part One

A battle between baby and pillow begins

Part Two

The heated battle continues

Part Three

The pillow surrenders

Love,

b

 

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A Visit with Some Great-Grandparents

Dear Sis,

Mom’s parents made the trip to TX to meet their first great grand baby. 

Thursday

Mr. Baby and I met them in the airport around noon. We stopped for lunch to give Mr. Baby a break for his carseat and to fill our empty tummies. Although it was only a little after one here, their tummies were still on eastern time! We finished the drive, got the grandparents checked into their hotel, then gathered at our house to enjoy some family time until the grandparents and Mr. Baby got sleepy:)

Friday

We spent the morning window shopping on Historic Main St.

Grandpa found a nice pair of shoes… which caused him to endure a bit of teasing about his extensive shoe collection. The afternoon was spent lounging at home with baby until it was time to make the 45 minute drive to pick up barbecue. Grandma enjoyed the drive. We saw a lot of Texas Hill Country ranches, all green and flower filled for spring. Purchasing barbecue was another fun experience for the Grandparents. They had never picked their dinner out of a barbecue pit before:) 

Saturday

Josh took the Grandparents for a flight, which Grandma was giddy about. “I wasn’t even scared,” she kept saying with a huge smile on her face. We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying each others company and a lot of food. 

Sunday

We had a few more precious hours together before we saw the grandparents off.

Love,

b

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Melissa’s Wedding Shawl

Hi Sis,

Nate’s brother is marrying a very lovely lady at the end of this month! This thanksgiving when her and Aaron were over, we started talking about all the fun wedding planning, dresses, and other girlie things. I asked her if she wanted a wedding shawl, because her dress lacked the sleeves and it is an April wedding. She ended up picking this one!

This pattern can be purchased on Ravelry.

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Tasty Enchiladas

Hi Sis,

Nate’s side of the family enjoys eating at Mexican restaurants, so for the first time in my life I have been eating Mexican food instead of American Mexican. I started telling mom, that there were tastier ways to stretch dinner then putting lentils in your tacos… what, you and I grew up eating! She was curious as well, so together we planned a fun Mexican themed dinner the next time she came over.

Enchiladas
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  6. 1/4 teaspoon sage
  7. 1 can stewed or chili tomatoes
  8. dash of salt
Sauce
  1. 1 - 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  2. 1/3 cup butter
  3. 1/2 cup flour
  4. 14.5 oz beef broth
  5. 15 oz tomato sauce
  6. 1 - 2 tablespoons chili powder
  7. 1 - 2 teaspoons cumin and sage
  8. dash of salt
  9. 8 oz (divided) Coby Jack, Sharp Cheddar, or Monterey Jack Cheese
  10. Tortillas
Instructions
  1. Cook meat, drain out grease, and add seasonings and flour. Stir in tomatoes, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. In another saucepan, sauté garlic in butter. Add flour, stir in broth (like making gravy) gradually; bring to a boil. Cook until thickened, and then add sauce and seasonings. Continue to cook till heated.
  3. Cover bottom of 9 by 13 inch dish with sauce. Put a decent amount of meat (1/4 cup average) mixture into tortilla, sprinkle some cheese on top, roll, and place into dish. Poor some (or all, depending on how much you would like) sauce on top.
  4. In 13 by 9 inch dish, cover the bottom of
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 We served these Enchiladas with Spanish Rice and refried beans, and some vegetable I don’t remember. lol

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Pence Jug Project

Hi Sis,

My newest project has been a pence jug. The Pence jug is a fun style of minster purse, which was a coin purse that was used by men and woman alike. Original pence jugs have been dated from 1800 – 1900, and I designed this one after an antique in the Smithsonian Institution that is dated 1830 – 1860. It is a very tiny purse, that is close to the same size as the original, which is only 2 inches wide by 4 inches tall. The beads are galvanized glass, and the ring is made of steel.

 

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Passover Seder

Dear Sis,

Tonight we had a lovely Passover Seder with Miss Julie and her husband! Mr. Baby was very happy to be passed around while Josh and I finished meal preparations.

Menu

Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

Rosemary Grilled Lamb over Charred Tomatoes

Herb Roasted Potatoes

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

Spiced Peached with Coconut Ice Cream

Rosemary Grilled Lamb over Charred Tomatoes
Serves 4
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Lamb & Marinate
  1. 2 lb. lamb loin chops
  2. 1/2 c fresh rosemary, minced
  3. 1/4 c olive oil
  4. 4 T minced garlic
  5. salt & pepper
Charred Tomatoes
  1. 1 lb. grape tomatoes
  2. 2 T olive oil
  3. salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine rosemary, oil, and garlic in a 9x13 dish. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of lamb before turning to coat in marinate. Cover and stand overnight in marinate.
  2. Let meat stand at room temperature while heating grill. Grill meat to desired doneness.
  3. Meanwhile combine tomatoes, oil, and seasoning in a hot cast-iron skillet over medium high heat. Cook stirring occasionally until tomatoes are blistered, about 4 minutes. Spread onto a serving platter and top with grilled lamb. Cover with foil and rest 15 minutes before serving.
Adapted from bon appetit
Adapted from bon appetit
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Spiced Peaches
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb frozen peaches
  2. 2 heaping T granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  4. pinch ground allspice
  5. pinch ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add ingredients and cook until bubbly. Stand until liquid is cool enough to be a syrupy consistency. Serve over ice cream.
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 Love,

b

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