Monday, January 31, 2011

amazing orchids

i have two orchids in my kitchen window.  they bloom in the fall and the spring.  i swear, they never stop.

here is one that hasn't finished her fall blooms, but has a new flower spike nearly ready for spring.

last fall, the tip of this flower spike was somehow broken off.  i have read that you should not remove the spike until it turns completely brown.  it never did bloom, but look what is happening at the top of the spike...
it seems to have had a baby orchid.

it also has 2 new flower spikes...

the photos below are from years past. 
{march 2009}

{march 2010}

p.s. do you have any idea what to do with a baby orchid?  i will research it, but maybe it has happened to you.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

pam's herbed baguette

we had homemade soup with this

it is pam's recipe,
but i found it on dawn's blog.

it's quick.
it's easy.
it's delicious.

i used whole wheat for half of the flour
{next time i will only do 1/4 whole wheat}
also, i used fresh rosemary & parmesan cheese.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

have you seen?

have you seen this?
{we watched it last night, and wow, was it good}

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have you seen these?
{the adorableness is difficult to bear}

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have you seen this?
{i swear, i'd wear it every. single. day.}

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have you seen these?
{invented by a mom}

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Friday, January 28, 2011

show & tell {& homework & i won!}

pa gave ned this nifty little airplane.
{my dad is pa ~ because 16 years ago,
emily decided that grandpa was just too long to say.}
today, ned showed his class how it flies.

{♥ we love you, pa ♥}

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ned absolutely loves it.
can't. get. enough.
it comes home on thursdays
and he cannot wait to get started.
it isn't due until wednesday,
but yesterday's homework was
devoured by my homework-loving boy,
and turned in this morning.
so, today,
he asked his teacher for extra homework.
i am happy to report that he brought home a
nice, fat stack of reading and math worksheets
to enjoy over the weekend.

{i am catie, and although i do not love homework,
i love that ned loves homework.}

~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~ ~:~

☼ i won! ☼
look here
and here
and here
help me decide.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

my new favorite breakfast

i just love kashi cereals
{kashi anything, really}

and i'm nuts about this brand new one:
kashi golden goodness

paired with greek yogurt...

it is my new favorite.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

vegetarian taco casserole

i love tacos, but nothing compares
to the ease & warmth of a casserole.

this one is on the menu once a week.

vegetarian taco casserole

beans {i mix whole pintos with refried}
your favorite salsa
grated jack cheese
12 corn tortillas

spread a bit of beans in the bottom of the dish.
make a layer of tortillas {i use 4},
then half of the beans,
then a layer of salsa,
then a layer of cheese.
repeat layers again {tortillas/beans/salsa/cheese}.
for the next layers, just do tortillas/salsa/cheese.
bake at 350° for about 45 minutes.

serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole,

and the very best chips.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ishtar market :: in boise

i recently discovered another
cultural gem here in boise

i was on an errand for a
replacement sewing machine lightbulb,
but could not resist checking out the
middle eastern market next door.

i met the very kind owner, essam.
essam is from iraq.
it really is a small world.

i bought a giant tub of imported tahini,
some delicious rolled baklava,
and the very best hummus & pita
on the planet.

ishtar market & restaurant
4516 w overland road
boise, id  83705

Monday, January 24, 2011

veggie stroganoff

egg noodles, "stroganoff" sauce, & veggies
cook noodles per package directions.

chop veggies and place in a large pot.
{i used broccoli, cauliflower, & purple cabbage}
strain noodles over the pot,
using the boiling water to cook your veggies.

while veggies are cooking,
add sauce ingredients to the hot noodles:
{apologies to my vegan pals}
sour cream
mayonnaise {yes, i did}
{i even added a little buttermilk}
parmesan cheese
lemon juice
salt & pepper

drain veggies & add to noodle mixture.

top with fresh parsley, green onions,
and more parmesan.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

DIY :: custom pages for your day planner

for many years, i have made my own day planner pages.  the store-bought refills are pricey and never exactly right for my life.
making them myself means i can print just a few and make changes whenever i need to.

my planner is roughly 7" x 9" and it takes half-sheets of paper {5 1/2" x 8 1/2"}.  rather than cut the sheets in half, i fold them.  this makes each page stronger, and fewer cut edges mean fewer paper cuts.  any type of document in a horizontal format will work for this project, but i like to use a spreadsheet.

i have an adjustable 3-hole punch that i use just for these pages.  you can use a current day planner page as a template and punch holes one at a time.

here are a few basic templates
i created these using open office {a free program}.
i can email these to you so you can customize & print your own.
note: each page is to be folded down the center.

Friday, January 21, 2011

winter window

p.s. if you care to compare...
my christmas window is here,
my fall window is here,
and my spring/summer window is here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

ned's art :: the house period

ned makes lots of art.
lately, it's houses,
clog-clad people with arms outstretched,
and cheery sunshines.
{hape = happy}

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

duck love

i haven't posted about my ducks for quite awhile.  if i'm quiet about the ducks, it is most likely because i am waiting until i see them both.  i walk almost every single day, but it has been nearly 7 weeks since i last saw patito.  i was certain she had migrated, but had faith that she would return in the springtime.

this afternoon, as i walked by,
{minding my own business}
i was very sweetly attacked by
~my sweet petites~ 
she is really dear heart.  she does a little eager hop when i bend down to feed her.  do you remember when she started flying up to eat out of my hand?  she is extraordinary.

i don't know if she's been nearby all this time or if she has just returned {the weather has warmed considerably}.  as my mom says, "it matters not, to me."  my heart if full knowing that she is happy & healthy.

and here is my beloved pip {pippa, pippi}
i see her every day.  she has a pretty steady boyfriend.  maybe i will be a ducky-grandma this spring...


this is a very special doll
that dianne made for me this christmas

since she is so clearly pro-duck,
i've been waiting to share her with you
until i could also share some ducky good news.

p.s. to see another work of art by dianne,
also posted on a blog today, look here.
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