Valentine’s Pictures

21 02 2010

Here are some random pictures from Valentine’s Day celebrations at our home.  All of which somewhat pertain to food…

Here was our table setting for Valentine’s Day:

And here are some of the foods Mom fixed for us the day before V-Day:

I hope your Valentine’s Day was a great one!  Love from the Muse and Murse!


Christmas Scenes from Our Home

23 12 2009

Here are a few pictures of the Christmas decorations around our home.

Our little woodland tree and reindeer.

The electric fireplace, nativity and stockings.

Our Playmobil nativity set.

The Christmas tree (and presents we are going to give).

And the Christmas tree in the dark.

Hope you enjoyed the little seasonal tour!

Have a marvelous Christmas week from the Muse and Murse!

All pictures can be found on our Flickr photostream.

P.S.-That final picture was taken during our visit to Big Cedar.  That’s not our house, haha.

Thanksgiving Pictures

6 12 2009

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving over at Eric’s brother and sister-in-law’s home.  It was us, Eric’s brother and sister-in-law, two of their kiddos, Eric’s parents and my parents.  There was tons of good food and lots of laughter.

After eating it was rather entertaining to just watch the kiddos and relax.

And Eric brought over one of his train magazines to show Skyler.  It was very cute to watch him be so intent on the trains!

These are just a few of the pictures that I took.  There are some more over at this set on Flickr.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere

11 10 2009

I said I would show the pumpkins we got from the pumpkin patch last weekend, so here are the pictures!

These two pumpkins are called Pie Pumpkins.  You can open the top, put in butter and cinnamon, and bake them and eat all of the insides.  We hope to try that out sometime with these little guys!

The big acorn is actually a really good-smelling candle I got from Bed Bath & Beyond last year.  I need to remind myself to actually burn it this year!

And I’ve been excited to take a picture of our pumpkin pie plate.  We got it about a month ago at Macy’s.  As you can see, it has the recipes for the pie and pie crust on it, along with cute little illustrations of the ingredients.  There’s a debate going on between us if we should actually use the plate for baking or just decoration.

Now this big pumpkin we didn’t actually pick up at the pumpkin patch.  My parents brought it back with them from their trip to Colorado.  I think it’s the prettiest big pumpkin I’ve ever seen.

And lastly, here’s our Apple Gourd and Jack Be Littles.  This electric fireplace is in our media room for the season, that’s why you see the old movie posters on the wall.

This is the first year I’ve seen apple gourds before, but I really like them.  The guy we spoke with at the pumpkin patch said many people eventually scrape off the skin of the gourd once it’s dry and display it or even make a bird house.  Sounds neat!

Fun Weekend Finds

20 09 2009

I recently located a used bookstore list, so I’ve been hoping to visit one or two here and there just to see what neat places are in town.  With that in mind, this Saturday Mom and I ventured to a couple of places we had never been before.  One was a used bookstore, Adams Walls of Books, and the other was an antique-type store, The Marketplace.  I was rather intrigued by Adams Walls of Books, a store which is only open for three hours a week.  I definitely intend on returning there next time I’m in search of an older print of a book.  But we enjoyed looking around both places and we even found a few fun things!

Mom and I are always suckers for children’s books.  But we are especially huge suckers for children’s books with adorable, retro illustrations!  We couldn’t pass up these inexpensive, unique finds…

Not only was this book cute, it also had a female snowplow main character, Katy.  I was pleased with the break from the traditional: truck/working vehicle = male character.

And who could resist this Gingerbread Man?!

We had seen this book in hardcover at Barnes and Noble for a pretty penny and we were even tempted to purchase it then.  But finding a used, paperback copy for $3 was an easy buy.  The simple illustrations are just lovely.

And this book we purchased with Eric in mind.  Gotta love trains with faces on them (pre-Thomas the Tank Engine)!

This final find is not a book, it’s an old egg carton.  I just fell in love with the colors and characters.  Still brainstorming on how to use this…contemplating decorating a container of some kind.

Total, this was all $20, about the price you would pay for a brand new children’s book at Barnes & Noble.  I’m thrilled with our finds!

Note:  All of the pictures can be found on my Flickr Photostream.

Cute Custom Sketch

20 09 2009

The other day I found super-cute prints for sale at Art Star Gallery & Boutique by Kurt Halsey and we got inspired to get a customized drawing sketched by my mom.  We absolutely loved the result!  (The pictures so don’t do the sketch justice, by the way…)

Thank you so much, Mom!  Can’t wait to hang it up!

Salt and Playtime

29 08 2009

There is this cool little brand we have found for unique, kitch-y things called Fred.  For Christmas my Mom gave us a Batterfinger, which is a neat little spatula for getting all of the left over batter from the bowl.  For Eric’s brother’s birthday we got him the Pizza Boss 3000, which is the most manly a pizza cutter could ever hope to become.

And when we visited the Cockrell Mercantile recently we got our newest set of salt and pepper shakers!

They are called S&P (salt and playtime).  It makes it rather fun to simply season your food!  Ah, the pouring holes were a tad small, but that was quickly remedied by my dad’s skill with drilling.

We had no idea the colors of the blocks would match our table cloth so perfectly!  It made us happy to see that they did!

Fred has quickly won us over and we will have fun perusing through the rest of their creative little knick-knacks.