Wednesday, March 21, 2012


 Added the Navy and Nantucket Red old oriental rug to the living room.
The Whale Runner from Cuttler's adds a nice touch to the nautical twin bedroom.

Monday, March 12, 2012

 Happy Monday morning!  We had a busy weekend here, how was yours?  We started off boat shopping Saturday morning and found a beautiful old Formula Cruiser that we think will be just the thing for putzing around the lake with the grand's this summer and beyond.
 Sunday we headed up north to celebrate Nolan's birthday.  Dana had a nice lunch of chili with all the toppings; cheese, sour cream, and scallions, plus yummy corn bread.  Nolal loves cupcakes so instead of a birthday cake she made red velvet cupcakes that she adorned with Cat 'n The Hat flags that she also made. 
 Pippa and Aunt Taylor having a quiet moment at the birthday party.
After the birthday party in MP we stopped in to visit some of Pippa's cousins on our way home.  Bella, (pictured above) loved her.  The three other cousins were not quite so sure that Pippa was going to fit in.  All in all they had a wonderful time. 

Not all was fun this weekend.  Dear friends of ours lost their 42 year old son as a result of a snowmobile accident a week ago last Saturday and the service was Saturday night.  It was a beautiful service with many wonderful speakers that, along with our friends strong faith, brought some peace to them during this sad, sad time.

Hug your loved ones my friends and rejoice in this beautiful day that The Lord has made.  

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

A Puppy And A Happiness Jar

 Finally a fairly decent picture of Pippa to share with you all.  Isn't she just the cutiest?  God made her this cute to make up for how awful she acts ;)
 At the kennel for the Rochester Leader Dog Academy they have a wall of the breeder dogs so you can see who your puppies parents are.  Here is Pippa's Dad Gabe, a fairly white, yellow Labradore Retriever.  I think she resembles him.
 This is her beautiful, Golden Retriever Mom Abby.  Hopefully Pippa will take on some of Abby's Golden traits as she ages.  She has longish hair on the back of here legs, ears, and chest so I think there is a good chance that she will.
On another note, the other night I went to Homegoods looking for another blue and white lamp for up north and found one that was recommended by one of my pintrest friends, but, unfortunately, it was too big for where I need one.  Over in the accessories section though they had two of these happiness jars that I also need for the mantle so I picked them up.  Unhappily, when we got home and lifted the back door hatch of our SUV one of my happiness jars fell out and smashed to bits.....grrrrrrr.  I have done this so many time and it makes me so mad every time.  Psssst ~ I didn't open the hatch from the inside, but John did......Not that I am blaming him though.  Ok, I am, but anyhow......Any friends, family or fellow bloggers in the Rochester, MI area, if you see one of these at a local Homegoods I would appreciate a heads up so I can replace the one that I (john) broke.  Thanks!!!

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Meet Miss Pippa

Our darling little puppy from The Leader Dog For The Blind Program is now in the house.

She is the cutest thing you can imagine. We are so excited to be able to be a part of this wonderful program.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Ina Garten Homemade Chicken Stock

Good morning.  There is a big pot of homemade chicken stock (see above) simmering on the stove and the smell is delicious.  It is kind of a welcome home smell for John who has been out of town for a few days.

Yesterday on my way home from up north I stopped at Whole Foods to get groceries.  I knew I wanted to make some stock so I checked my Iphone for Ina Garten's recipe to make sure we had all the ingredients needed.  Well, for the life of me I couldn't find it.  As a result I am going to post it here then pin it to Pintrest so I am never without the recipe again.  I make stock occasionally just using what I have but I picked up Ina's, "barefoot contessa ~ how easy is that?, cook book at TJ Max the other day and wanted to try her recipe.  I have one other barefoot contessa cook book and found her recipes in it to be scrumptious.

homemade chicken stock
(Anybody know why she doesn't capitalize anything?)

Makes 6 Quarts

3  (5-pound) roasting chickens
3  large yellow onions, unpeeled, quartered
6  carrots, unpeeled, halved
4  celery stalks with leaves, cut in thirds
4  parsnips, unpeeled, cut in half (optional)
20 sprigs fresh parsley
15 sprigs fresh tyme
20  sprigs fresh dill
1  head garlic, uppeeled, cut in half crosswise
2 T  kosher salt
2 t  whole black pepercorns

Place the chickens, onions, carrots, celery parsnips, parsley, thyme,
dill, garlic, salt, and peppercorns in a 16-20 quart stockpot.  Add 7 quarts of water and
bring to a boil.  Simmer uncovered for 4 hours.  Strain the entire contents of the pot through a colander and discard
the solids.
Pack in quart containers and chill overnight.  Refrigerate
for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.