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Sunday, October 31, 2010

San Antonio Rose

I know this post is not about Thanksgiving planning.

I'm planning.  I really am.  It's just that hubby and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary in early October and we decided to visit San Antonio for a special anniversary trip.
San Antonio is so beautiful.

The Riverwalk is something you must see.

The buildings are well maintained.  You don't see crumbling, aging buildings on the Riverwalk.

Form always follows function.  Attention was given to some of the smallest details.  Notice the support under the staircase.

Form again...this is part of the drainage system!  Beautiful, isn't it.

The Aztec Theatre...originally opened back when the films were silent movies.  It's still in business today with live theatre performances.

And, of course, the Alamo.

And, just because I can't visit a city without a visit to an antique store.
Cool fans.  Cast iron.  Vintage enamelware.
Vintage kitchen.  Need I say more.

There are so many more pictures I could add but I'll save some of them for later posts.  I hope you enjoyed this trip with us!  I promise to post more of the Thanksgiving preparations very soon.  The kitchen is almost ready.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Clean Drawers!

I have clean drawers!!
LOL, no it's not what you're thinking. 
I have nice, clean kitchen drawers!

Remember when I was freaking about cleaning my house. 
If not, you can read about it here. 

Honestly, I tend to freak when it comes to having parties or guests at my house.
Doesn't everybody?  No?  Yeah, that's what I's just me.

Well, once I regained by composure, I went on a mission to solve my problem.  I had just the solution to my woes.

No, can't lie, really I was in Dollar Tree looking for some of those cute ceramic pumpkins everybody and their brother seems to have found but me.  Yep, they're all gone.  So, I was just meandering the aisles looking for fall-ish stuff when I noticed a box of the foamy stuff you line dish cabinets know what I'm talking about?  Well, they had black and, lo and behold, right in the same box was a roll, a BEAUTIFUL roll of black toile drawer liner!  See, I didn't really know what my solution sorta found me.

So, here's the before.

By the way, that's not crumbs in the bottom.  It's scratches in the paint.  Oh, there were crumbs or debris as I called it before but I did clean the drawers before this : )

Enter the beautiful toile paper!

See!  Isn't it beautiful!  It's adhesive backed and super easy to cut and put in.

Clean, beautiful drawers!  For now.

Oh, and here's the black, foamy stuff in my glass cabinet.
Looking pretty good too!

Happy 10/10/10!  Check back for more updates on my kitchen redo!  And, I'm sorry for the pictures spilling over into the sidebar but I really liked the impact of them being big.  Does anyone know how to change my column widths?!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Corn Pudding...Yum!

As promised, here's the first of one of the dishes I'll be preparing for Thanksgiving.  It's SO super easy and great tasting.  It's one of those dishes that word gets around about when I take it to potlucks.  It goes fast!  So, I won't make you wait any longer.  Here it is...Enjoy!

Corn Pudding
5 simple ingredients:

1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 can drained whole kernel corn, 1 can creamstyle corn, and
this is VERY important...1 box of JIFFY corn muffin mix

You can use any brand of corn muffin mix but it won't be the same.  There's just something magical in the Jiffy brand. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Then, easy peasy, dump all of the ingredients into casserole dish like this:
No need to spray the dish before, there's enough butter in there to keep it from sticking : )  Now, stir the ingredients together until the batter is uniform.
Pop it in the oven for 45-50 minutes until golden brown.  (Don't you love the vintage Corning Ware!?)

Honestly, you can't mess this up.  If it's still wet in the middle, put it back in for a few minutes.  I've served it all the way from "right on the edge of moist" to "really done" and it's still wonderful.  My girls actually ask to lick the spoon after I've mixed it...yeah, it's that good.