Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fun Registry Items


My sister is getting married this summer and when I asked her if she and her fiance had registered yet, she said they hadn’t because essentially they already have 2 full working households.  Since she is having a hard time deciding what they’d want to register for, and because she reads the blog, I figured I’d take a few minutes to highlight some fun things I think they should ask for…whether she listens to me or not is a whole different story.


1.  KitchenAid Mixer.  I LOVE my KitchenAid.  Cookies, breads, mashed potatoes (I’m sitting here wracking my brain trying to think of healthy things I make with my KitchenAid since they are both really healthy eaters….some of the breads and muffins and oatmeal bars are healthy….)

KitchenAid® 5-Quart Artisan™ Stand Mixer


2.  Vita-Mix.  We have a KitchenAid blender and really like it, but everything I’ve heard about the VitaMix blenders are amazing. 

Vita-Mix® TurboBlend 4500 Blender

3. Zorijrushi Rice Cooker.  Christy – I know you guys probably already have a rice cooker, and I haven’t tried this one out, but I think it’d be perfect for you.  It cooks rice, oatmeal, bulgar, quinoa, steal cut oats…has a timer you can program…MAGIC!!!

Zojirushi Micom 5.5-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer

4.  A good set of knives.  We love our Henckels, but there are a lot of good ones out there (Shun and Wusthof both come to mind)

Henckels Four Star II 7-Piece Cutlery Set

5.  A good BBQ.  We probably grill at least 3 nights a week, even in the winter.  My Grandpa gave us a Weber for Christmas the first year we were married and we love it – one of the best (and most used!) gifts we’ve ever received.

Weber Grills and Accessories


6.  Joel’s mom gave us a Vidalia Chop Wizard a few years ago, and while I was skeptical about how much I’d use it, we actually use it all the time.  Carrots, onions, potatoes, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, celery – we just put them all through this. (Joel and I each separately tried to put chicken through it – I definitely wouldn’t recommend that :-))

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Snow is in the forecast

but I’m looking forward to sunnier days

1988 katy

My mom has been scanning pictures from our family albums and just sent me a USB drive with over 700 pictures from throughout my childhood.  It’s been so much fun looking through them all!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

project time!

it seems like I just did this:
Looking back, I guess it was a year and a half ago…which makes it somewhat acceptable that it turned back into this:spice drawer before
A quick 15 minutes later, a clean drawer emerged again.
spice drawer after

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011!!

I’m not sure where the past year went…but I do know it was great!  We both started new jobs, we had some great vacations, and got to spend a lot of quality time with family.  We’re looking forward to an even better 2011 during which time we’ll hopefully be moving into the 2011 HGTV DREAM HOME (I can dream big right?)! 

I’m not a big resolutions person, but I do have a few goals for the year:

1)  Be a better blogger…26 posts in 2010 – not quite what I was aiming for

2) Organize my pictures and other computer documents.  After getting our bags (and most of our pictures from the trip) stolen in Argentina, I’ve realized the importance of backing up those things that are important to me.  Since most of my pictures are digital, I need to organize them and BACK THEM UP!

And because we had a low-key New Years Eve, here are a few pictures from snowmobiling in Casper over Christmas.  (THANKS Roxann, Greg, Byron and Joe for making snowmobiling possible – we had a GREAT TIME!)

snowmobiling 1snowmobiling 3 snowmobiling 2 snowmobiling201003