Wednesday, November 18, 2009

an uneventful weekend (massive headache not withstanding)

post estate sale we had a low-key weekend last weekend...there are several (well really, a LOT) of pieces of furniture from the great aunt (which we are keeping for various reasons) that need refinishing and/or reupholstering, so the husband and i started on a couple of chairs late last week...i uploaded a picture of his chair (complete with his 'helper' sitting in it) but it disappeared from picassa and i was too lazy to download it again...but here is my chair:

hideous, no? it's a fine, fine, fine chair...made by a well known north carolina furniture maker (you know we are known for our furniture, right?)...anyways, when i spotted this beauty in the formal living room at the great aunt's house i immediately (and i mean in a skinny minute) knew exactly what to do with it...i have that special vision...it's a talent that not many have, especially those in my family who see stuff like this and say 'good grief, get rid of it already'...this chair is destined to be the niece's christmas present from the MIL and me...i've already gotten the upholstery off and will start step 2 this weekend (if the weather is nice...hint, hint)...

as mentioned before there was a birthday party for nephew #3 on sunday...sophie wanted to go to the party and be the official gift unwrapper:


but when i told her all the nephews and the niece would be there she ran and hid...which turned out to be a wise choice...insert headache here...

and finally, i've been cooking a lot on the weekends...friday nite is always pizza and a salad, saturday is whatever is in the freezer and sunday has been crab cakes (from trader joes) and baked potatoes with a salad...but we were out of crab cakes and there was an entire package of chicken in the freezer so i made pretend fried chicken with roasted asparagus (just started eating it...boy, i've been missing out!) & red peppers and crock pot macaroni and cheese:


the mac & cheese was outstanding...if you like homemade 'custard' style mac and cheese...this tasted just like what my mom made and what i make too but took a lot less hands on time...the recipe is here (i followed it as written save for i used 2 eggs instead of 1)...if you like REAL mac and cheese (not the stuff out of the 'blue box') i highly suggest you give this version a try...if you do, let me know how you liked it!

~k

ps: i'm happy to report that my headache is almost gone...i concluded that it is either: a migraine, a tension headache or a sinus infection...i'm treating it by getting lots of rest, drinking vast amounts of hot tea, taking ibuprofen every 4 hours and a zyrtec once per day...i don't wish a 4 day headache on my worst enemy...

2 comments:

Sandy said...

Oh, that Sophie is so pretty...and she is funny, too, running to hide from the idea of little children making lots of noise! That food is looking yummy.

Swampgirl said...

I think I share your furniture visions...and I look forward to the chairs rebirth! It has great bones! I have been trying mac and cheese recipes since we had some at Disney World (Liberty Tree Tavern) that we LOVED! I'll give this a shot. Paula Deen's recipe was very good, but this looks much easier!