Monday, February 20, 2017

Cinnamon Buns

My sister Elizabeth is a wonderful baker.  I still start drooling when I think of the time she made chocolate eclairs from scratch and there's a Milky Way cake that she made once that I think about frequently.  I'm pretty sure that Josie has inherited Elizabeth's baking ability - or else maybe she's just inherited my family's love of baked goods of any kind.

Either way, it makes me happy as I can enjoy the result without putting in any of the effort.  

That's my kind of cooking project!

This morning, Josie made homemade cinnamon rolls.

Here they were right out of the oven:

And here they are being iced:

They were as amazing tasting as they looked:

They were just coming out the oven when I arrived home from my pilates class, so that hour of exercise was for nothing.

The recipe made about 14 rolls and Georgia, Josie and I only ate one each.  They were pretty filling.

So, we have extras at our house, if anyone wants one!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Snow Day

We had our first snow day yesterday.  Both schools were closed by Wednesday evening, so we got to plan ahead and sleep in.  Normally, I'm not fond of a snow day but this one pleased me.  I was ready for a day with no activities.

I'd say that we got about 14 inches of snow in total, but it was hard to tell since the winds had blown the snow into drifts in some places and almost-bare earth in others.

I spent my day relaxing on the couch.  Josie looked up recipes for her new favorite obsession - making slime.

Gordy worked from home, setting up his computer in what I am now referring to as his Winter White House:

I visited him a few times, once to watch a furniture delivery truck attempt to climb our steep hill, fail half-way up and then begin to slide back down, coming to a rest just feet away from crashing into our neighbor's house.  Again.

Did I ever tell you all about how a box truck (employed by a person who was buying snow tires from us), had a major catastrophe with it's parking break, barreled down our steep hill and crashed into our neighbor's house this fall?

It wasn't pretty and it almost happened again.

Gordy is back at his office today and Henry and Josie are at school, but Georgia's school had another snow day.  The sun is out and the snow is melting a little bit, although not enough to make a difference.  It's freezing outside, so that doesn't help.  

We are a little worried as we discovered that our gutter heaters and heated roof panels aren't working and more snow is predicted for next week.  We think that the heaters may have been fried when our house got hit by lightening last year.  We are now searching for an electrician who is familiar with this system so we can get it repaired quickly.  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Josie's "new" Room

Right before Christmas, Josie got a new, larger bed and so now we working on redecorating her room.  The last time that we decorated this space was back when Josie was 4. 

Josie is almost 12 now.

When we moved into our house, Josie wanted a bright pink room and I happily obliged.  Her walls were bubble-gum colored, we bought a pink quilt and a pastel-flowered rug, we found pale green bookshelves/toy box and we reused a dresser that my parents bought for me back in my college days.

The room was adorable, but not particularly appropriate for the pre-teen who Josie is today.

Josie and I searched the internet for inspiration and we settled on this:

Josie loved the peacock-colored bed and the pillows, so we found similar versions for her new room.  But she didn't love the paint colors, so we're now working on finding a color she does like.

Over the weekend, we shopped for paint and bought samples. 

Because her walls are currently so bright, we thought it made more sense to paint pieces of white posterboard and hang them up on the wall behind her bed so we could choose the right one.

The bed is a peacock blue, so we tried mostly blues, creams and whites.

And here are the results:

I like the one on the far left, Gordy liked the one in the top middle and Josie isn't sure she likes any of them.  I think we are going to have to get more samples and try again.  Maybe using a more green-based paint?  

Any suggestions?

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