Monday, November 22, 2010

Cozy Weekend

Good Monday morning to you!!  It is mighty chilly here in So. California today!  When I woke up, the rooftops were all white with snow.  Okay, not really, it was frost.  But it was white.  And it was pretty!   It rained most of the weekend, and it was so nice.  On Saturday I took a class all day at my local knit shop.  LOVE this project.  I won't reveal what it is until it is done, sometime later in the week.  But I am using two yarns together, and I love the bulky texture by doing this!
And I found a great new blog, and am trying her textured basket weave dish cloth too.  Not nearly as quick as the others I have made, but I love the pattern!
And I am also working on a crochet afghan, that I have now "frogged" three times!!!!  GRRRR~~~
But I did have the best seat in the house while working (frogging) on my projects yesterday.
At first glance, you might think Ducey has the best spot.  But if you look more closely, you can see that I have moved a comfy chair in front of the fireplace for the winter.  It is the THE best spot in that room.  It is in front of the fire.  Has a nice bright lamp right next to it.  An ottoman to rest my feet.  AND, I can even see the telly if I want to.  PERFECT!!  This is where I was all of yesterday afternoon, knitting, and frogging!
The rain came down hard at times this weekend.  And as typical Californians who seldom see rain like this, we had to go stand at the front door and watch!
Ducey was very curious about this strange "wet stuff" falling from the sky too.
He went from this spot...
To this spot....all day long!
 Today is absolutely BeaUtiFul!!!!  Noah has no school this week, so I think we will make cookies, and have an indoor play day.  Maybe Hannah and Claire can come too.
On a side note, I am gearing up for Christmas.  I saw this darling bucket the other day at Target.  They only had two left.  So I snatched one up.  I am going to just have a very small tree this year, and it is going inside this.
Isn't it cute!  I love the jingle bells that go all the way around the top of it.
Lately a lot of bloggers are listing some of their favorite things on holiday posts.  I have been trying some of them out for myself.  I found this Meyer's Soap in Basil at Target.  It was in someone's list of favorite things.  Can I just tell you....it smells WONDERFUL!!  Not like the herb really, but fresh and clean, and yummy.  I bought the pump hand soap and the dish soap.  I also discovered this J.R. Watkins soap, in Lemon.  I love the old fashioned label on the packaging.  It will be the perfect addition to the gifts I am putting together to go with my hand knitted dish cloths.
Another favorite thing here in our house, is Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle mix.  YUM!   One night last week, I made breakfast for dinner.  Pumpkin waffles, fried eggs, and applewood smoked bacon!  Low Cal....NO!!!   Delicious...YES!!!!!
For the first 30 years of our marriage, (we just celebrated our 31st in September)  Greg never set foot in the kitchen, except to eat what I had prepared.  Now, we both cook together often times!!  He is a pretty darn good helper too!!!  And we have found that we really enjoy cooking together.
He made the waffles, and I made the eggs and bacon. 
It is the start of the Holiday Season.  I hope you are all enjoying it!

22 comments:

Clara said...

Ahhhhhhh!!! I can just feel the warmth of that fire. More good food--Kris how do you keep that figure? We all want to know. Oh, and where did you find such a great guy? Lovely post.

~Niki~ said...

oh my~can I come for breakfast? and coffee? yum!
love your living room~the fireplace looks so cozy. it's been getting cold here in AZ too.

Bethany said...

I can't believe you've had a frost and we're still at 60 in PA!!
I want the cold weather!

Amy said...

Ducey is the cutest dog! I love that pancake mix. I need to try making waffles with it one of these days.

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

How nice you cook together!! occasionally Mr Red Door helps me and I enjoy it so much.

I need to look for that mix!! Love Trader Joes!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! HUGS!!!

Ruth Marie said...

I LoVe those little chicken containers in your kitchen - they are so cute!!! I loved your term too about being a "Bird Nerd" - I thought that was fantastic! Consider me a total "Bird Nerd" LOL!!! Ducie is a total sweetie too! I love that photo where he's looking out of the window! xx

Kristi said...

We had the fire going all weekend too! It was so nice. Your spot sure does look comfy cozy! I'm already decorated for Christmas! My halls are decked and I love it!

That breakfast for dinner looks so yummy!

Holly said...

It's been a little chilly here but not cool enough for frost. Wish we had a fireplace like your beautiful one but here in Phoenix, we don't really need one. I'm excited to see what you're knitting.

Pammy Sue said...

What are you doing knitting, you traitor!!! Ha-ha. I'm a crochet snob.

Loved all the pics and your cozy crochet spot.

Kris said...

Oh mercy Clara...by keep that figure, do you mean, how do I keep it so fluffy? Tee-hee. I seem to have lost my figure, but hope to find it again one day.

Katie said...

It's SO nice to see your blog again & with pictures!!
I just got home from work & I'm sitting in front of my fire too! It's pretty darn cold & so far we have received nearly 4 inches of snow! I hope it stays all week and they cancel work ;)
I love your knitting project, the two colors are so pretty together! I'm thinking it's one of those cool winter hats with the flaps over the ears?? I'm probably way off ;)
Enjoy your week with Noah w/o any school!!!

Debbie said...

Oh Kris your right it is REALLY cold for us California girls AND if you can believe this we finally went to turn our heater on for the first time in this house (we keep our house SUPER cold, most people complain, but we like it)and my hubby couldn't get the pilot lit. He could always do it at the other house so it never occured to him that he couldn't...It was 56 in here ~ a little cool even for me, haha.. Your "perch" (as my kids call my comfy chairs) for the day was just perfect! We haven't lit a fire yet though that will probably happen tonight with no heater yet. You are always soo productive and busy with all of your projects. You put me to shame...and if you are "fluffy" figured, then I am overly fluffed, haha...I have never tried Trader Joe's pumpkin pancake mix, but I will have to. My hubby ordered Mimi's pumpkin pancakes last night for dinner, and let's just say he was MORE than a happy camper. Enjoy your week with Noah...

Genn said...

I love your house, and it looks especially cozy in these pictures. I really like that chair in your winter spot. What a comfy and relaxing place to sit and read or relax, or knit, or eat or whatever!

I love TJ's pumpkin pancakes too. I was just there last night. Should have picked some up. Got 4 bottles of wine instead. ;)

Lauri said...

Wow! you got a lot more rain than we did this weekend but I do love the cooler weather.

I love that you and Greg are having so much fun cooking together.

The Garden Bell said...

So, I'm sneeking online to check on a few of you. I can't just walk away and spend the WHOLE day cooking. What a treat of a posting. Love the RED Cabinet by the way, yes, I do see it, yes I do adore it....

I'll try to pop back in.

Diane said...

YES!!!!!!! I am going to be needing my chair back.

Linda said...

Looks like such a nice, cozy day!!

Pam said...

You both look so cozy in front of your BEAUTIFUL fireplace. I love Meyer's Basil soap...it's my very favorite. I need to try TJ's pumpkin waffle mix - yum.

Beverooni said...

Let me just say MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM to everything you posted about. I absolutely LOVE breakfast for dinner. I wish I could find the pumpkin pancake mix here. That looks especially yummy.

annielizabeth said...

Hey Mouse, how ya doin'? Just kidding. Congrats on 31 years and being able to be in the kitchen at the same time. How many bro's do you have? Enjoy your week w/ your grand-babies. The red and white project has the shape of a water bottle! Love the red tin and your Rooster canisters on the counter. My temporary kitchen until the house sells is Rooster themed. Could I borrow 'em? It's cold again today. Here in the San Gabriel Valley where my shop is looks as if we're gonna get more rain. Stay Cozy and enjoy!
PS love your blog name. I keep trying to do it...simplify my life!

annielizabeth said...

Oh, and I forgot to say that I have a link in my last post to your tissue party poufs! Hugs!

Queen of Crafts, Current Events, and Such. said...

First of all ...I like your pup. Second of all....I like your cozy fire....3rd of all .........I was at a flea market a couple years ago, and I saw a cute little syrup holder. Anyhoo....I decided to browse some more and come back on the way out....Guess what? It was gone. And you have it!! lol