Monday, December 31, 2007

Real quick before midnight...

I had taken a short holiday break from the blog world, but wanted to put up a Christmas post before the year is over. We went to Birmingham for Christmas. I hadn't been home in almost 6 months!! That's the longest I've ever gone and seriously can't ever do that again.

HOME!
Ah, that Christmas glow. I am an impatient present receiver. I'm even bad if it isn't my gift, like can I open that present that's been sitting in front of you that you have barely noticed? It wants me to open it. 

Loot! Nathan and Zac asked for larger gifts and I planned ahead. So I had to open like 2 in a row. I can't wait to use my new sewing gear and I got a new camera. 

Haha look we're taking a picture with a picture of us. We're so cool.

Ok, it's almost midnight. Gotta go. Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merry Early Christmas!

Last weekend was quite busy, buuut fun. Saturday was my holiday party at Dwelling Spaces. Even though it was mainly my friends who came, it was fun. The weather and power outages kept people inside. Stela, who was hosting the party with me, couldn't even come due to slick roads.

Dwelling Spaces
Owl cookies, peppermint bark and pumpkin bread muffins and rings!
The Knit Owl pillows and bags.
The next morning we celebrated Christmas with Nathan's family. His sister, Megan and brother-in-law were leaving town earlier than us, so we celebrated Christmas a week early. I kind of liked it early though. I am so impatient when it comes to PRESENTS.

Green and red paper with yellow yarn was my theme this year. I just think it looks so pretty together. I used to make fun of my mom for having themes. Though I think that was mainly the quilted angel ornaments and clothes pin hung bows on the tree and how dare we hang a nasty sentimental ornament! (Moooom, I love you.)

This is the owl pillow I made for my sister-in-law. I have been wanting to add some owls to my stuff. I thought this little guy was cute.


Nathan's family has a tradition of photographing their presents every year. Sooo, here's what we got. That giant present is Nathan's new easel. You know, if Santa brings me a new camera this year, I will vow to make an attempt to feature people in my pictures. Geeez.

I must say the electric blanket from my mother-in-law is my new friend. Oh man! It's so cozy and warm! Ele loves it, too. I wish I could bring it to work. I am going to take it on the road with us this weekend. Also, Megan got me a magnet that says, "I knit, therefore I rock."
I'd like to think that's true.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Watch out for falling trees...

So, for everyone who has wondered how we have faired in this crazy weather I'm finally updating. Probably no one has wondered, but whatever. We had an ice storm last Sunday-Tues. and it was weird. It wasn't like earlier this year, the roads weren't bad, but the trees were! There was so much ice on the trees that by Monday afternoon there were branches falling left and right. It was crazy. Nathan and I kept running back and forth to the front and back of the house every time we heard a crack. Luckily, there wasn't any damage to our house. We are some of the only people in town with power. How we managed that I don't know, but I'm not complaining. We've been having friends over for hot tea to keep them from freezing in their homes. We have about 80 employees in my office and over 45 of them are/were without power. Here are some pics from Monday:


It's kind of hard to tell, but that's a giant branch leaning on the power lines that run into our house. Not cool.
He asked to come out.
Ron was only down for a second.
There is snow in the forecast for this weekend. I have a party on Saturday night at Dwelling Spaces and that could keep people from coming. I love snow so much though!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

I'm Craving Pad Thai Chicken

I put together a yummy, if I may say so myself, chicken dish tonight. I've been craving Pad Thai and I think I made this subconsciously, cause it's similar. Um, yeah so anyway. I loooove Asian food. I wanted to make something tonight, but had to make do with what I had on hand. Here is what I came up with:

2 chicken breasts, chopped (or tofu)
1 medium onion
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup sesame oil
2 tablespoons peanut butter
3 tablespoons of brown sugar (mmm, I know)
1/4 tsp dried ginger
1/2 tsp salt
dash of shredded carrot
tiny bit of diced dried red pepper

video
(That would be Nathan playing drums in the background.)

Saute the garlic and onion with a little bit of butter for about 5 minutes. Stir in sesame oil and peanut butter. Once the peanut butter has melted add the chicken followed by the rest of the ingredients. Continue cooking on medium high, stirring constantly (the sugar sticks to the pan) for about 5-10 more minutes. Then turn heat down to low, cover and cook until the chicken is done or you feel it is well marinated, or until you are too hungry to wait anymore. 

Serve with basmati rice. MMM. I added some sautéed onion and butter to the rice while it was cooking.
I kind of cook by the seat of my pants and I'm not experienced at writing recipes, so don't get mad at me if you make it and it's not good. I'm not Paula Deen, yall


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The most comfortable spot...




Come party with the birds...

If you live in the Tulsa area you should come!
There will be new Knit Owl items and new things from Stelabird.