Thursday, January 19, 2012

Morton and the Mirror


Every weekend I try to go to AT LEAST one thrift store.  I’m always searching for quirky things for our house, frames for my future gallery wall, or furniture that needs a little TLC.  For the record, I’m not one of those lucky gals that stumbles upon a barely sat in Eames chair for $20 or some other out of this world deal.  I sometimes find a mirror I can repaint or some candlesticks that I can put on my mantel.  However, this weekend was different.  I felt like that lucky gal.  I wandered into a new thrift store I’d never been to before and it was like stumbling upon a treasure trove!  I saw chairs to reupholster!  Mirrors to hang on my walls!  Quirky antiques to adorn my shelves!  It was AWESOME. But then I rounded a corner and saw that one thing I KNEW I had to have.  And here it is…


Isn’t she beauty-ful?!?!  I can’t even BELIEVE I found her, just hanging all alone on a peg board wall for only a few dollars!  She was waiting for me to take her home.  Can you tell I’m obsessed?  I have plans..




Then today when I came home for lunch, there was a gigantic package waiting for me, which is always SOOOO exciting.  What could it be?!?!  So I carefully undid the tape and inside was another box and inside that box was the most wonderful thing that has ever arrived on my doorstep via UPS… his name is Morton.



OMG!!!!!!!!  I squealed! And then I immediately hung him up on any random nail or screw I could find, just to see how he will look in all sorts of places around the house.  I can’t believe he’s mine.  From my parents for Christmas.  My mom actually had him shipped to her first because she wanted to meet him before she sent him to me.  HAHA!  Wow, I sound like a total nut job right about now, huh?  Anywho, that’s Morton and my new mirror.  I’m off to FaceTime with my parents and Morton…

Thanks for stoppin’ by!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Apple Pie: A Weekend Project


Hey everybody, Nick here.  So this weekend my lady and I took on a little cooking project of sorts.  Here in the south we like our apple pie, and I’m not talking about the kind you bake.  I recently procured some Tennessee white whiskey, made from corn and smooth as water.  The perfect thing to do with this stuff is make apple pie liquor.  So the wife and I headed to WalMart to gather our supplies.  We got ourselves some apple juice, specifically Simply Apple, some cinnamon sticks, sour apples, and some Mason jars of the quart variety. 

Now, in a big stew pot I mixed up my apple pie.  I would share this with you but sadly, it’s my secret, get your own!  Haha!  Really though, you can look it up online; or as the wife would say, “Google it!”  So while my magic elixir was simmering away on the stove I took all the tops off my jars, cut up my apples and put the cinnamon sticks in the jars.



Make sure you get the seeds out.  Nobody wants seeds in their pie shots.

After it simmered for about 15 minutes it was ready to be cooled down.  Since the liquid has to be cool before it can be poured into the jars, I went ahead and prepared an ice bath for my pot.  I’m impatient and didn’t feel like letting it cool on it’s own.


Here’s an artsy little pic the wife took of my handy work.



So next I just used a ladle and a funnel to fill my jars and then set them all in a cool place to chill out for a week or so.  Now I won’t lie, I’ve already taken a few swigs from one of the jars and it is BEYOND delicious.  It’s also dangerous stuff, since you can’t taste the alcohol.  This stuff will be perfect for get togethers in the cold winter months and on into the summer for barbecues and such.  If you can’t get your hands on any white lightening, pure grain alcohol works just fine.  Hope you enjoyed my first post here on our little blog!  I leave you with some more pictures my lady took of the process.  Thanks for stoppin’ by!




Sunday, January 8, 2012

Holy Smokes!

Long time no blog, folks!  It been crazy with a capital K around here lately!  Mix together the holidays with some sad family stuff and we were all caught up in that little thing called life.  So I’ll get you up to speed on what’s been happenin’ in our neck of the woods.  '

Christmas was absolutely fabulous and I got to spend FOUR whole days with my parents and brother.  They live about 7 hours away from me, so anytime I can see them is a good time for me!  We always stay at my aunt’s house when we go “home” (we used to live in the same town, but since I now live in KY and my parents are in IL we meet up in our hometown) and it’s so nice at Christmas to have everyone there in the house as one big family.  I luuuurve it.

I got a pair of Tom's and I’m so psyched to wear them!  They’re beautiful and white, so I’m not quite ready to bust them out in the dead of winter and get them all gross, but they are AWESOME!  Nick got a LifeProof case for his iPhone.  If you’ve never looked into them, they’re awesome and waaaayyyyy better than Otterboxes. 

With the New Year now officially rung in and off to a fast start Nick and I sat down to make a list of everything we want to do around the house this year.  A few things we hope to get crossed off the list early in the year are:

-Paint the family room

-Paint the kitchen

-Paint the laundry room, including the cabinets.

Hopefully these painting jobs will give us the DIY nudge we need to take on all the other projects on our list!  Obviously this will lead to some (hopefully) pretty great posts here on the ol’ blogger-ooski.  Anywhoodle, stick around and let the good times roll!

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