Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Guest Bedroom Ideas

Alternate title idea? Finally Ready for Thanksgiving!
(Yeah, I'm a bit behind.)

Guest Bedroom #1 - remember how it looked before?

I sweat the bedding didn't look this wrinkly in real life!

The new flooring makes such a difference. The last time I shared photos of our house before Thanksgiving, it was a disaster.

I told Sexy Nerd before our guests arrived that we should iron this tablecloth. "It will be easy," I said, planning to iron it right on the table. His response? "Nah. I don't see any wrinkles."

Tom Turkey, our official guest bedroom ambassador. Light makes his wings and head move. Most amazing of all? He was ONE DOLLAR! Can you believe this amazing time we live in?

Guests could find our wi-fi info on the card.

 
And a Cheryl's cookie on the pillow!

Have you seen these Oliver plates from CB2? So cute.

The guest bathroom, complete with cleverly placed mirrors.

Did I have you fooled?

Guest bedroom #2


More cookies, of course.

Pica felt bad that the guests in this room didn't have an official ambassador, so she volunteered.



I tried to convince Sexy Nerd's mom to give the hula hoop a try, but no luck. 
(At least, she didn't admit to it. I doubt she was able to resist...)



Up next? Getting our house ready for Christmas. Mid-January sounds about right!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sexy Nerd Quote of the Day

I found a great deal on Groupon for our recent visit to Salt Lake City. For about $30 per person, it included admission to 12 attractions, including the Clark Planetarium, Red Butte Garden, Hogle Zoo, and the Tracy Aviary, as well as a tasty lunch at The Lion House Pantry Restaurant. One of the activities we redeemed was for tickets to an educational IMAX movie. There were many options to choose from and, knowing my Sexy Nerd, I was surely going to end up watching Hidden Universe 3D (the most educational-looking one of all.)

Imagine my surprise when he wanted to see Island of Lemurs, suggesting it with so much out-of-character enthusiasm that I at first thought he was being a sarcastic punk. We received our tickets, picked our seats, and waited for the movie to begin.

"You're not just watching this because you know I'll like it, are you?" I asked.

"No," Sexy Nerd assured me, smiling. "I love lemurs! Who doesn't love lemurs?"

The lights dimmed and the documentary began, with Morgan Freeman taking us back to the time when lemurs ruled the island of Madagascar, thriving in an all-lemur paradise. I glanced at Sexy Nerd, who was still smiling. Suddenly, he frowned. He leaned over to me and whispered...

"I thought lemurs were meerkats."


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sprin...errrr...Fall Cleaning

Sexy Nerd and I actually cleaned our house last week. It has been said that our home cleanliness standards are "below average", which I would take offense to, except that it's 100% accurate (and we're the two people who have been going around saying this. We have no shame, apparently.) What do you do after cleaning your house from top to bottom (well, the parts our house guests were likely to see, at least)? You take photos and document it, of course!

Here is a sneak peek:

We removed about two dogs worth of Pica hair from beneath our kitchen island. Yeesh!

Note the fresh roses on the island. Damn, we're fancy.

Don't note the giant wooden giraffe, whose head is chopped off by the dining room light fixture and who is not fancy.

Friday, November 21, 2014

How to Make a Pumpkin Latte

(A recipe for lazy people.)

Have you noticed every blog has posted a Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte copycat recipe lately? This one is different. I promise! It's so good that I've been making a regular one with my breakfast each day and another decaf pumpkin latte every evening. At work, I shared the recipe with two patients last week!

When those pumpkin latte recipes started popping up, I couldn't wait to try them. They all had the same problem though - too much time and effort. Ummm, I want a pumpkin spice latte recipe that I can actually pull off before work in the morning, when my brain is still mostly asleep. Have you seen what some of these other recipe creators expect you to do? Boil down 3 cups of sugar until you have a simple (yeah right) syrup, shave fresh cinnamon from the stick you got from the farmer's market this morning, and have a unicorn spit into the mixture.

Who has time for all that?



Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (for LAZY people!)
   Serves 2

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup milk (I use 2%)
  • 3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I use homemade vanilla, which I highly recommend for all your vanilla needs. It's so good! It's also about 99% vodka.)
  • 1 tablespoon caramel syrup (I use Torani. If you don't have this, white and/or brown sugar works too.) 
  • 3 cups strong coffee
  • pumpkin pie spice
Directions

Blend everything except the coffee and pumpkin pie spice in the blender. If you have a Vitamix, Blendtec, or other high power blender, you can just let the mixture whirl away until it heats itself (about 2 minutes in my Vitamix). If not, you can pop it into the microwave briefly, or just leave it as is. You don't add very much milk, so it won't cool your piping hot coffee more than a couple of degrees. Divide the pumpkin mixture between 2 large mugs (4 if you're using little cute ones like these.) Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Add coffee to each mug.

Yum!

If you're feeling especially fancy, you can top this with whipped cream or sweetened, frothed milk. Ooh, and chocolate shavings! No unicorn spit though.

And don't make the same mistake I did. For my first batch, I thought I'd skimp on the sugar/caramel syrup to save calories. Pumpkin Spice Lattes need to be sweet! It's like the difference between making a scrumptious pumpkin pie and a big ol' healthy pile of steamed pumpkin.

This has been a NaNoWriMo repost...I really should be working on my novel instead of writing this.
Yes, it's the same novel from before. Why-ever do you ask?
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