Monthly Archives: November 2011

Fall Specimen Art

Remember my Halloween Specimen Art? I wanted to jazz up a couple of the frames for the upcoming Celebration of Thanks (Thanksgiving, but doesn’t upcoming Celebratin of Thanks sound fun and fancy all at the same time?!?!?!). I only needed to make inserts for two of the three frames since my entryway has a cornucopia, candles, and some Little O Thanksgiving art on it. So, I got some fall-ish scrapbook paper and Hobby Lobby (50% off), my Silhouette SD, and got to work to make these two cuties for the kitchen πŸ™‚

Aren’t those turkey’s fun!? You could do this with stickers and scrapbook paper if you don’t have a punch or machine cutter.

This one is a little hard to read because of the reflection, but it says “thankful.” You could also do this with sticker letters. I just cut out letters from the different papers I used for the turkeys and cut the frame out of the same orange and white polka dot paper that is backing the turkey specimen art. It was a simple, but cheerful way to add some “thankfulness” and “turkeyness” to our kitchen! As thankful as I am for so, so many things this year….sadly, I am anxiously awaiting decorating for Christmas. Is that crazy?!?!? I hate to wish away such a beautiful, meaningful season such as Thanksgiving, but my Pinterest board for Christmas is continuing to fill with ideas and I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to wait to get a big tree put up in our foyer!!!!!

Mrs O

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CSA Share #2

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being a part of a CSA. Did I mention I love it?! Seriously….I was smiling all day yesterday (not just because of a great coffee/soup date with my friend Krystle, although that also contributed) because I knew I was getting our second share from Elmwood! I got a dozen eggs, organic chicken necks and backs (I have no clue what to do with these….), organic sirloin tip, organic chicken wings, and two boxes of gorgeous organic veggies πŸ™‚ The first box I opened looked like this

The tomatoes were picked before our first frost, so they need a couple weeks to ripen, but I appreciate that the farm was trying to get food into our boxes and give us some tomatoes. They’re so thoughtful and hardworking! πŸ™‚

Let me lay out what we have for you

Rainbow swiss chard, kale, radishes, stripetti squash, tomatoes, butternut squash, two HUGE sweet potatoes (and we haven’t even finished the sweet potatoes from the last share–good thing they’ll keep for a while!), delicata squash, garlic, white, red, and sweet yellow candy onions…

a bunch of red potatoes, 5 green sweet bell peppers, two huge heads of bok choy (yay!)….

3 heads of lettuce, 2 beautiful watermelon radishes, 3 beets, a stalk of celery, and a large bunch of collard greens!

More than enough to get us through the next 2 weeks as we will have a few things leftover (some potatoes and the butternut squash, but those keep for QUITE a while). So, here is our menu plan (no–it doesn’t include sauteed grated beets :/).

Friday- Salad with Radishes and Skirt Steak & Bok Choy Stir Fry with Rice

Saturday- Zucchini Pesto Pizza with homemade Dr. O pizza dough

Sunday- Chicken Caesar Sandwiches and Sweet Potato Fries

Monday- Roast Beef and 15 minute Collards

Tuesday- Caesar Salad and Rigatoni with Swiss Chard

Wednesday- We’re attending an interview dinner for residency applicants, so Little O will have to fend for herself πŸ˜‰

Thursday- Bok Choy and Carrots Stir Fry with Roasted Radishes

Friday- Leftover Roast Beef and Balsamic Swiss Chard

Saturday- Lemon Garlic Spaghetti and Roasted Brocolli

Sunday- Stripetti Squash Pesto

Monday- Chicken Packets and Roasted Carnival Squash (this squash is from our first pickup)

Tuesday- Bacon Cheeseburger Chicken and Baked Sweet Potatoes

Wednesday- Lasagna Roll Ups and Roasted Delicata Squash

Thursday- Chicken Wings and Roasted White Potatoes and Carrots (This is also the day we will pick up our next share πŸ™‚

I’ll post any recipes that are stellar (or horrible) as they come about, but if you’re antsy for any now, feel free to comment below and I’ll share!

As always, the kale will be used for kale chips (or as I’m affectionately referring to them now…superfood chips). I usually eat the crust from Little O’s sandwich, some Quaker Rice Cakes, and half an apple for lunch, but in an effort to save money (those Quakes get expensive when Little O and I each go through a bag a week! She loves the cheddar cheese ones and I love the ranch!) and boost my daily veggie intake–I’m replacing Quakes with superfood chips πŸ™‚ And considering the last bunch of kale (which was smaller) made 6 or so servings of superfood chips…this bunch should get me through to the next share pick up πŸ™‚ The bell peppers usually go with Dr. O to work as a snack…I’m sure the celery will also be a good snack. I’m thinking add some raisins and peanut butter and Little O might be having ants on a log as snack for a couple days! We’ll see whether or not she likes it.

If you have any other great ideas for things I can do with my delicious farm fresh goodness, please comment below! I’m always open to new ideas πŸ™‚

Mrs. O

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Autumn Wreath

I wanted to make an Autumn wreath for November until we bust our Christmas decor out, but I didn’t want to spent a lot of money :/ So, I bought a skeen of thick yarn, a few sheets of embellished felt and a straw wreath on sale. I use pins to secure the yarn because of the heat that gets trapped between our glass door and the black door, but you could use glue too πŸ™‚ I wrapped the yarn around the wreath. I used one full skeen for a 12 inch straw wreath. Then I cut different sized circles on the felt (I just traced ribbon spools). The smallest ones I made orange and I pinched the middle and pinned it onto the layered felt circles of other colors, then I pinned that onto the wreath. I made a few extra circles that weren’t orange, pinched the middle, and pinned them around the larger felt flower. I tied some orange ribbon on to attach it to the wreath hanger (because the straw wreaths are too thick to fit straight onto our wreath hanger) and VOILA! It was a very simple, but cute wreath! Here areaΒ  few close ups

I think the mix of cranberry, brown, khaki, cream, and the pop of orange just screams Thanksgiving πŸ™‚ I love it! And for your viewing pleasure here’s a picture of a sweet little kitty cat that absolutely loved trick or treating on Halloween!

She really got into it and had us running around the neighborhood saying “Hurry! A light!” We had such a blast together!

Mrs O

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