Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from me, OMP and the pups. We hope today is filled with joy, love and happiness. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives, and that includes you!

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

W. T. Purkiser

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tie One On Tuesday

Well, well, well, Thanksgiving is almost here. The turkey is ready to go, the pants have been switched to elastic waist and I am ready to throw down! There is just one thing missing, the wine. Wine with turkey? Yes you silly little gobbler! 

I usually don't think of red wine with turkey. Reds just seem a little too heavy. Luckily, after much research, I found the perfect red wine to pair with your Thanksgiving meal. A Pinot Nior or a Syrah are usually the best picks. The Pinot has a fruitier taste to it with normally a touch of spice and the Syrah has a more smokey spicy flavor to it. Both types will add strong elements to your meal. Just be careful not to overpower the food. The wine should compliment it. 

The best pairing with turkey, or any poultry is a nice white wine. Now before you turn your nose up to whites, give them a chance. A nice dry Riesling is a perfect pair for your meal, just make sure that you don't get one that is too sweet. Probably the best white wine to serve is a Pinot Grigio. It is a very nice light wine that still has a sweet flavor to it but really compliments the herbs in your stuffing and your turkey. 

My favorite pairing for Thanksgiving dinner? A wonderful bottle of the champagne or sparkling wine. It adds the dry flavor of the white wines with bubbles! The only thing I can say about pairing sparkling wines with turkey-MAKE SURE YOU PICK A DRY SPARKLING WINE! I can not stress this enough, people! Extra, extra dry-nothing fruity!

The last thing to remember is to not go overboard with price. A nice wine doesn't have to be expensive. There are a lot out there from the 10-15 dollar range and look for local. 

No matter what you plan to serve on Thanksgiving day, I hope that your meal and the day is a roaring success!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Feel Good Friday

 via pinterest, says blog no longer exist. If you know who created this, let me know.

Friday, oh yeah, Friday, you're the best day of the week! Yahoo! Gettin' my Friday on!

Have you been to Q is for Quilter's website yet? No? Well get your cute buns over there! She has awesome patterns for quilts and embroidery and guess what-you can download for free! Yep! It's true!

MargieMargie may possibly have some of the cutest and sauciest patterns around. Swoon!

Speaking of swoon, does anybody have $580.00 for a pair of boots? I'm pretty sure I need these.

While we wait for someone to deliver my boots, here is a cute puppy picture. Puppies gotta pup!

Well, there ya go! A little bit of happiness for your Friday enjoyment. Now get out there and kick some leaves, drink some warm cider and just be happy for the day. Remember that you are loved!

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
Pamela Vaull Starr

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Stuffy Stuff

Guess what? I'm back, Jack! Oh yeah! OMP is on the mend, back to work and we are getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. YAHOO!

I recently participated in a Secret Santa/Satan swap with all of my mod sisters on Craftster. The premise was to create naughty and nice treats for your partner then we all have to guess who crafted for us. Well, I got my package last week and my secret Santa was none other than the most amazing LimeRiot! I know, right? I almost peed my pants from excitement! Look at what she made me!

You can check out her blog and get the backstory and more awesome close up pictures.

I've been busy too! While I can't post what I did for the secret swap yet (my partner hasn't received). I can show you A few Christmas goodies that I have been working on for other swaps. Yeah, being cooped up for a couple of weeks made me a little swap crazy.

Did I mention I was a little swap crazy? What are you working on? Anything good? Does it involve naughty cowboys? No? Well, it should.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dear Hallmark Part... (I lost count)

Dear Hallmark,

Well, well, we are again. It's the holiday season and you have stepped up and given me 12 new movies to watch. Aren't you the sweetest, and by sweetest I mean, why do you hate me so much? 

You are like a drug dealer! As much as I try and try, I just can't give up your sickening sweet feel good movies. I JUST CAN'T! WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME? 

Not only have you given me 12 new reasons to cry ,but you are playing movies from years past! You're secretly trying to kill me, aren't you? Do you have stock in Kleenex? I haven't even had a chance to put away my Halloween decorations and I am bombarded by single mothers, down on their luck and a town pulling together to help her and her five kids. Well, let me tell you what I did about it! I sat down on my couch, Kleenex on one side, the remaining Halloween candy on the other and I watched your silly movies and I cried! That's right! I sat through every one of those movies and cried with the occasional, "they love eachother so much," whimper mixed in for good measure. 

Oh, and if making me cry last weekend wasn't enough, you start showing nothing but holiday movies all day and night on November 9th! What the what? My DVR will only hold so many movies! 

And even worse, you are bringing back the puppy cartoon! Great, you're gonna put another puppy out in the cold. Super Hallmark, thank you very much. My heart just exploded. 

 I just wonder how you sleep at night on that bed of sap and cold puppy cartoons.  Hallmark, I hope you are happy with yourself.

Your biggest fan, 


PS-I am still  mad at you for taking Martha off the air and replacing her with Marie-but that's for a different time. You're lucky I'm in the holiday spirit, but just you wait. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Feel Good Friday

It's a beautiful Pacific Northwest kind of day and it's the weekend! YAHOO!!!!!

I want to thank everyone for checking in on me and the OMP. He is still in recovery mode but is doing well. Not over the top but not lagging behind, just right where he needs to be. The pups have been keeping him company and making sure that he is getting plenty of naps. 

I am truly blown away by the outpouring of love we have received. You guys have humbled us. I wish I could express how thankful I am for each and every one of you. You are truly a wonderful group of people. We are both blessed.

This weekend, Sunday to be exact, OMP and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary. Although every year is special to us, this year means even more. Without the surgery, I'm not sure how many more anniversaries we would celebrate together. We don't have a lot planned (money is a little tight and OMP is still homebound) but I don't care. I am just happy to sit with my man and my pups and just be.

I hope your weekend is magical and filled with lots of love and kisses and all around happiness. Go jump in a pile of leaves or watch a silly movie or call and friend and tell them you love them. Whatever you do, make sure that it's full of awesome-just like you. 

Happy Friday Everyone!