Sunday, September 27, 2009

land of the living

It's been awhile so I thought I would update on what's going on with us. Steve and I both are fully recovered from having Swine Flu. It wasn't horrible but it lingered for awhile and we both missed most of a week of school. At least we've gotten it and we don't have to worry about it anymore. We both got the regular flu shots this week so hopefully we have done some preventative medicine. We continue to work on the house. It's been fun and this week we are finally hanging pictures so pics will be coming soon.

I feel like I'm back to the land of the living... why you may ask. Well, for the past 5 weeks my eyes have been swollen and still are. They haven't hurt and my vision hasn't been affected which are good things. Still, 5 weeks of swollen eyes is not fun. Now my actual eye balls are swollen and blistering (gross, I know). Some days are better than others. I've been avoiding some places/people since I look puffy but I decided I have to get over it and move on. I've been 6 doctor appts. and most seem to think it's allergies to something. We moved out of our house for a week and they didn't get completely better so although it may be something in our house it is others things as well. We now have clean air ducts at home which is a good thing I guess. I have started back on allergy shots which we're (me and my allergist) are hoping will work a little magic. I went back to church today after missing for several weeks, it was WONDERFUL!! I'm so blessed by our church and our friends at church.
So that's what's up with us. I hope everyone is having a great start to fall!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Just a few words Wednesday

Well, they got their own and now Steve and I both have it, lovely! Let's hope the fever goes away soon!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Cooking with Julia

Last Saturday we saw Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. It's a fun movie and I think Meryl Streep did a great job! Well, we were inspired to try out Julia Child's French cooking. We choose Boeuf Bourguinon, a recipe featured in the movie and a dessert that didn't have to be cooked~ Chocolate Mousse (since we only have one oven). Although it took about 7 hours start to finish we had a BLAST trying something new. It evened turned out pretty good :) I did less cooking and more picture taking. So enjoy our night with Julia.
Here's Steve studying the cookbook. Gotta read the recipe very carefully!
Anna is an exchange student from Germany who is living with Karen this semester. We have had tons of fun introducing her to American traditions and fun. I'm sure she thinks we're crazy sometimes!

Essentia cooking for me, cookbook and Youtube with video instructions on preparation :)
Karen chopping, Steve browning the meat
Hard at work with little bitty onions

While we waited for it to cook Steve and Anna worked on some math homework

Tada, Boeuf Borganon~ Julia Child style.

Karen hard at work on the mouse, you had to mix it over hot then cold water. What a pain! But TOTALLY worth it, it was so yummy!

I was in charge of melting the chocolate.

And for dessert, Mousseline Au Chocolat

To continue on our great night we introduced Anna to The Sound of Music! She enjoyed it even with Karen and I singing along. It was a fun end to a day full of new experiences in the kitchen. Not sure how much we'll use Mastering the Art of French Cooking but who knows!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Better View

I thought I would give you a better view of the rocking chairs I mentioned in my last post. As I said before my sister had these waiting for us on the day we moved in. It certainly made my day since our closing did not go as plan and there was a lot of anxious moments waiting for Fannie Mae to get their act together. At last we came home and even though we couldn't get in yet we could enjoy part of the house. Our previous house didn't really have a porch so this is a great addition.