December 26, 2011

Quilt Back FAIL

I have yet to master the art of knowing how much fabric to order. I generally err on the side of caution and get too much. This time I really thought I got the perfect amount. I was going to use off-white fabric as the main backing piece with a stripe of scraps from the front down the middle. So I don't even need the fabric to cover the whole back and I still don't have enough for that (I haven't even cut the selvage edges off yet).

As a side note, I do NOT pose Malie in these photos. She sees me lay something out and  just has to make herself the center of attention.

Malie even did some double checking for me and confirmed it's not enough fabric.  So I'll be ordering some more fabric to make some thick stripes that cross in the back to divide up the off-white fabric into 4 pieces. 

Until then, back in the 'in progress' box... if Malie will let me take it.

December 25, 2011

Christmas Dinner Success!

Growing up, my family always had Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve. That way Mom could have Christmas day off to spend with us, rather than cooking.  The hubs and I still haven't really figured out our own traditions yet, so every year we just kind of go with the flow and see what happens. This year's dinner was a success. (sorry for the lower quality, these were all taken with a phone and posted on Facebook during the process... we were a bit bored, haha)

Turkey all herbed-up and starting to roast.  My first turkey!
Mixing in the seasonings for mac and cheese.
More mac and cheese - have I mentioned I love mac and cheese? :-)
Potatoes roasting - the hubby makes some awesome roasted potatoes
Yes, I cheated - those are Pillsbury Crescent Rolls...
Prepping the asparagus
MMmmm... dinner
Leftovers anyone? I think we'll be eating this for a while.

Today we are just relaxing and watching some Christmas movies. Currently on is Christmas Vacation.  Fun fact about this movie, we lived in Colorado when they were filming this. Our house was pretty far outside of town and my parents were stopped on their way to work so they could film the scene with the car under the semi, and I "got lost" in the Wal-Mart that they go through on the sled (and by "got lost", I mean, I ran away from my parents and would scream and run the other way whenever they came near - gotta love kids!).

Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011

Christmas Dinner for 2

A few years ago I attempted to make a full on Thanksgiving dinner for just me and my husband.  I made a roast instead of a turkey as it seemed a bit less intimating and much less meat, and I made all the sides I used to have back home. It was very yummy... but so... much... food... We were eating leftovers forever.  After that, I vowed to never bake another full holiday dinner... queue this Christmas.

I have a few days off of work from the holidays and decided to make a nice dinner for just the 2 of us. I found the smallest turkey breast I could and started planning a menu - heavily based off of Pioneer Woman recipes :-)
  • Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast - except leaving the skin on. Really, who doesn't want some yummy skin!
  • Oven-Roasted Asparagus - this is one of the very few veggies Mr. Kiwi will eat. He even REQUESTED it!
  • Roasted Potatoes - this is the hubby's job (I promise this is the last 'roasted' item on the menu)
  • Macaroni & Cheese - OK, not exactly traditional, but this recipe is sooo good!
  • Steamed Rice - We always had rice and gravy growing up and it was my favorite. yuuummmmm
  • Homemade Rolls - recipe out of the Betty Crocker Cookbook 

So that's the plan anyway.  I'll be cooking up a storm on Christmas Eve :-)