|(Remember my super-duper ideas for presents that will finally manage to blow my hubby away, for the first time in 40 years? They are hiding under this quilt, in the back of my little car! Shhh, don't tell!)|
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Our first kiddo arrives today, and apart from a bit of baking, which she will gladly help me do...
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
|Lex, making Burgundy Beef for us last Christmas -- she was a wee bit nervous about setting it aflame!|
We have a beautiful beef tenderloin that will be our main Christmas dinner, and it's so big that I should be able to slice several steaks off of it before roasting it, with which I can make John's favorite Steak au Poivre another night. I don't mind cooking. In fact, I'm quite fond of it. I'm not, however, quite as fond of cleaning up one big mess after another, and I'd rather spend more of my time enjoying these friends and family, and not so much by myself in the kitchen (my kitchen only has room for one or two people at a time). So, here's what I'm wondering. What are your very favorite things to cook for a crowd -- easy things that you can prepare in advance, or which freeze well, so you can pull them out again later on and have a ready-made meal, or things from which you can use the leftovers to make something totally different, so it won't seem like you are eating the very same thing two nights in a row? My sister-in-law Priscilla is a pro at this, I know, for when she still worked full-time, she said she only cooked from scratch a couple of nights per week, but they managed to eat quite well off of it all week long. I'm hoping she will be the first to contribute some good recipes! What about the rest of you?
Monday, December 19, 2011
I happen to know a very talented young designer, Alexis Lane of Lane Design Studio. She made an exciting discovery recently, which she wished to share with you:
Growing up I heard more than once that I look just like my mother. My favorite story to tell is about a woman who stopped the two of us at a shopping center and said “Well don’t you two just look like Pete and Repeat!” I more than just look like my mother, though. We share quite a few personality quirks, one of which is that I get a little Color Mad myself.
As a kid my favorite activities always involved paint, markers, or anything else bright and shiny I could get my hands on. When trying to figure out what career path to take without becoming a starving artist, it was Mom who steered me in the right direction with “Uh, Lex, did you consider Interior Design?” So, yes, I have a bit of a thing for color.
I hope you understand, then, when I say that I got a little misty eyed when I discovered the website Design Seeds. This website by Jessica Colaluca creates beautiful color palates inspired by photographs taken from nature and other fun images. The results are breathtaking. I have a feeling a few of these might work their way into some of my designs very soon!