Sunday, November 29, 2009

* buy handmade *

I Took The Handmade Pledge!
knitting away.

glad i have a lap cat to keep me warm. thanks..

this year i am especially thankful for..

the whole family in town.
my dad who always has a story to share.

rambunctious nephews.
[our latest nicknames by linc]

an oven full of pies.
a kitchen full of moms + grandmas+aunts+sisters+daughters+granddaughters.

mom's apple pie. made under gram's watchful eye.
"put in all the butter your conscience will let you, my mother always said." ~gram

j's pecan pie.

my spirited and sprightly grandmas.
my mirthful mother.
my good genes. [te hee]

the cutest chef i ever did see.
and yummy grilled veggies.
and a thanksgiving day warm enough to grill.

a table full of food.
a table full of laughter.
a table full of family.
grandma's tossed salad with homemade honey-dijon dressing.

sitting around the fire together.
grandma's stories.
husbands that get along better than us seesters ever could've planned.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

thankful: my big ole family.

in this week of thanksgiving, i am so thankful for my extended family.

thankful for lots of noise & laughter.
thankful for yummy food & aj's carrot cake.
thankful for toddling toddlers & grandpa's laugh.
thankful for family banter & shared memories.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

a walk in the park.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

- John Muir
lately our place to play in has been the county park.
i like to run down hills.

photos by: jalexander.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

christmas can [still] change the world.

we are leading a 4 week study on this. looking forward to it!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

move over...

mike + mand.
we're moving into your silo!

neat-o, right?!

found here.

Friday, November 6, 2009

foodie friday!!! earl's.

my love + i were out on a jaunt to pick up a craigslist find [pics to come!]. we drove by an inviting diner-ish looking place with a large sign that read 'earl's'.
"i think i've heard good things about earl's", i told j.
so it was decided.
after we picked up our treasure we were coming back to earl's for dinner. very.good.decision. it was cold & snowy outside. it was nice & warm inside. we picked a table right next to a heater and that made me happy. it smelled like home cookin' & apple pie. that also made me happy. grilled cheese w/ homemade chips for me, broasted chicken with mashed potatoes & gravy for j. fresh cut curly fries with gravy for an appetizer. and a piece of chocolate peanut butter pie to share for dessert.
worth going just for the pie.
and the fruit jar drinkers.

we'll be back earl.

go to earl's:
12139 olean road
chaffee, ny 14030

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


[warning mand: looking at these pics will remind you
how much you need want this house.]

we recently went to look at a house with m+m.

it was built in 1814. known as the 'covington route' in the underground railroad.

see that room in the back? that's the meat house.
the hooks to hang the meat are still there.

it's a rather large house. but we have big plans.

see the bell?! to call in the farmhands...or children.

marble sinks in bedrooms with original faucets.
[who's the hottie in the mirror?]

i love all the windows.

and the amazing wallpaper.

the backyard wasn't too shabby.

totally spectacular barns. big. huge. barns.

and lots of them.

intercom system. we tried it. it works.

trout stream bordering the property.

conspiring together to figure out how we can pull this off. aka convince the hubs. the trout stream was very helpful.

halloween @ sweethome

c+h wanted to party on halloween. so i called mooms & told here we were coming out to the country to party. we invited m+m. mooms invited aj+uncle stu. and the party was on.
these trickers showed up as well:

i always thought it was tricker treat [trick or treat.] so much to learn...
our party centered around food [imagine that.]

the menu:
curried butternut squash & pear soup
red cabbage soup
apple pear cheddar salad
pumpkin biscuits
cajun cornbread
homemade cheddar chive bread
cocktail meatballs [i had to throw in some meat somewhere to satisfy the hubs!]
caramel toffee apple dip
sparkling grape juice [or it wouldn't be a party!]
fresh homemade donuts

and it was a very happy halloween!