Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Lord willing, we are off to England tomorrow for our Christmas adventure. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Using all of the buffalo

Being herbivores ourselves, we don't cook much meat in our house. But, seeing as how we had 20 guests for the holiday coming over who are more than likely meat eaters, John brought us down a turkey and so kindly cooked it for our feast. After all the good meat had been sliced off and saved in the fridge, I became determined to get ALL of the rest of it off and turn the scraps and broth into dog food for Crum, since no one else wanted it. In the spirit of the early native Americans, if we're going to kill an animal, let's be sure to use all of it. Here's our 4 hour project in a photo montage. VEGANS! AVERT YOUR EYES NOW!
Here I am, boiling the bones down.
One clean carcass! And a house filled with the smell of turkey. Note the spray bottle on the counter for spraying Crum because he was whining so much in the kitchen.
I left out some other gross photos, but here's the final product! I added in some carrots, spinach, rice, and black eyed peas to the broth and meat and blended it up. My hand is in there for bowl size reference!
Kim had a great idea of freezing them in muffin tins so they were individual size servings! It's working out nicely, but taking my whole freezer. I had to make Seth get rid of his beloved Otter Pops to make room.
Ah, final product being enjoyed (scarfed down) by Crum.
It made me feel better about using all of the bird and it's making Crum one happy dog!

The day after

The day after Thanksgiving, we wished Dan and Melody a happy 7 year anniversary and they left for a trip to Hearst Castle. Here's family photo.
Crum really enjoyed having us around the house for so long this week. He got extra attention and extra food scraps, despite him being on a diet. We'll start the diet on Monday.
John brought down a cigar he's been meaning to smoke and the last bottle of champagne they still had from our wedding. So, being in southern California and all, we went outside into the wonderful weather, and spent an hour or so being fabulous, smoking cigars and drinking champagne.
I had a puff, just to say I tried it, but I think we all agreed that cigars are gross. The champagne and company were great though! Fun times.


Happy Thanksgiving! We had a lovely one, the first one in our house! John, Kim, Dan, and Melody came down for the occasion and we also hosted all of our church friends who couldn't go home for the day. I think we had about 20 people! It was so fun to have our family around. We missed my dad and Michele and Kate, John, and Kaylee, but we did get to skype with them for a bit on the big day. Oh the magic of technology! I'm thankful for that for sure!
Here's a bunch of our church buddies crammed in the kitchen.
Squeezed in the living room.
Dan, Mel, and Kim chatting before dinner.
John bbq'd his turkey and put apples inside. I tasted it and it was great!
Must have photo of the food! This is only 1/5th of the counter space that was covered in food. Kim and I made a bunch of dishes for the dinner including: mushroom stuffing (from scratch of course), bourbon sweet potatoes with cranberry glaze, roasted Brussels sprouts with cranberry brown butter, and pumpkin pie. Seth made mashed potatoes, his own special recipe.
And of course, we had about 10 different desserts!
I couldn't find any cornucopias, so I made a stick wreath from found sticks outside and then made an arrangement to set inside it. Turned out pretty.
Hope your day was great and filled with good food and friends. We love you!

Monday, November 22, 2010

New beginings

As I mentioned, I recently got a new job at RVCA (pronounced rooka)! I spent almost 4 years at Quiksilver in the Tony Hawk department and loved it, but it was time for something new. If you aren't familiar with RVCA, check out what they do. This is one of those companies that I love everything they do, and am so excited to have the opportunity to work here for the next chapter in my life. I'm in the art department now as opposed to the cut and sew design department at Quik. I'm learning new things everyday and loving it all! And I am blessed to work with really cool people too!

Halloweena ballerinas

Like I said, we aren't good bloggers. Here's the update from Halloween and it's almost Thanksgiving. Sigh. Anyhow, I recently got a new job with a different company (RVCA) and as my parting gift to me, I somehow convinced my Quiksilver coworkers to dress as ballerinas for the company Halloween party. This is the awesomeness that ended it up being:
I had to make the boys tutus "extra long and fluffy" in order for them to wear them.
And, like so many other crazy pet owners do on Halloween, I dressed up my dog in a matching ballerina costume. He looks uncomfortable. (Don't worry, I only made him wear it for the photo, and took it right off).

Friday, October 29, 2010

Such neglect

Let's face it, we aren't good bloggers. Sigh. So anyhow, we need to fill you in on what's been happening with us as of late. It's way too hard to post everything we've done since my last post, so I'll just give you some highlights and promise to be better at keeping up. Double sigh.

Okay. In September, we went to the Santa Barbara area for the wedding of Nate and Kristin Dreesman which was absolutely lovely! Thanks for inviting us, we had a blast.
Dan and Melody looking sharp!
Seth and Kevin having good times
Then, Jeffy had a birthday! He decided he wanted a rock star themed party, so the costumes were pretty amazing. Seth went as David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust era) and I went as Siouxie Sioux from Siouxie and the Banshees. Jeff was Angus from ACDC and Liv was Ace Freely from Kiss. Good times!

Friday, June 18, 2010

We Like Flowers!

Liv and I are launching our freelance floral "business" blog today! Please visit us at We went with the obvious name after throwing a few fun ones out there, but we wanted something straightforward that didn't limit the style or event that we would do flowers for and we just said "You know, we like flowers. We want to do this." And so it begins...
If you need any arrangements or a florist for an event and are in Southern California, you give us a call! We're pretty cheap and have a lot of fun ideas. We're keeping our day jobs but would like to take on a few projects and we'll take it from there. We're super excited!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer hair

As you can see, my hair was getting out of control! It's pretty much a curly mess of a bird's nest when it gets past a certain length. And, since summer is upon us, I decided to get a drastic new hair cut! I went to my new friend Jaime at the Toni and Guy salon in Newport Beach. She also happens to be my dear friend Paula's daughter. It was such a fun experience! I haven't had my hair cut in a salon in so long, so I had a good time. Here's before:
And after! Sassy!

More plants

I planted a few more plants in the front planter bed. Our lovely neighbors Sharon and Todd gave us some plants as a welcome to the neighborhood gift. One of them is the plant in the middle here with little yellow flowers. It's some sort of scotchbroom but I can't remember the name now.
I bought the purple flowers at Rodger's Gardens in Newport Beach with Liv a few weekends ago. I got the idea from Sharon's garden and I've been looking for it for a while now. It smells like licorice and attracts butterflies!
And here's our lavender, mint, and gardenia. Still looking good! Not dead yet! The mint is even bigger now and about to take over this little space. Good thing I love mint! I need to look up a good mojito recipe for the summer.

Crum's 1st Birthday!

June 2nd was Crum's 1st birthday. Seth wouldn't let me throw the dog a party for fear that I would become a "crazy dog lady" so I settled for making him a party hat and putting his bowtie on for a few pictures. This series of pictures makes him look like the hat is weighing his head down and he can't hold it up anymore! haha! It was only on for a minute before he tried to get it off and eat it. Happy birthday Crummy!

Kelsey and Jake

Well, as usual, I am way behind in updating the blog. We went to our good friends Kelsey and Jake's wedding in early May and I'm finally putting up the pics! It was a really fun and beautiful wedding in Encinitas, CA. Enjoy.
Liv and I did the flowers too! We were really pleased with how they turned out. And most importantly, so was Kelsey!
They had a candy bar which was so fun! Everyone got to fill up cute bags of candy to go. Seth ate my whole bag so he now owes me some very hard to find candies. grrrrrr.
And instead of a cake, they had pretty cupcakes! They were delicious! What a great wedding!