Thursday, June 30, 2011

We found out today!

It's a...


We are so excited to welcome a little ruffly bundle into our lives late October.  Honestly I've been telling everyone it's a girl for a while now and Rob had a prophetic dream before we even knew I was pregnant.  So it's not exactly a surprise to us but we're still so thrilled!

Once in the car on the way home from the midwife, Rob asks me

 "you're not going to go all crazy with pink in the nursery are you?..."

How about these beauties for inspiration hon?

House of Turquoise

Lonny mag

Look at these sweet little feet!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Summer Foods: Sun Tea and Bruschetta

I'm not sure how I discovered sun tea.  It happened just a few days ago but even still I can't remember.  I do know that it's very complicated and time consuming to make.  Ha.  

1. Pour water in a glass beverage dispenser. (Can you believe someone donated this gorgeous glass beauty to Goodwill?? I snagged it for $4.99! My favorite thrift find so far this summer.) It even has an old fashioned metal twist spigot.
2. Dump in 6-10 tea bags of your favorite flavors per gallon of water.  Estimate the water, please don't measure.  It's a part of summer to guesstimate your recipes. For this batch I used 3 Constant Comment tea bags, 3 green tea berry, and 2 unknown bags from my mom's stash.  
3. Let it sit in direct sunlight for the afternoon.  At least 3 hours, the longer the better I think.  Mine sat for about 6.
4. Thinly slice 3-4 lemons and drop 'em on in.  

Best served in mason jars with a little sugar.  I didn't add sugar to the whole pot on this one because my sweet mama is diabetic and I love her.


My mom brought me a bushel of homegrown tomatoes recently.  Seriously, I filled a serving bowl to overflowing with the gems.  What better way to use a bunch of maters than brushetta?  Easy and delicious.

Pour ~ 1/4 cup olive oil in a bowl.  I know you know how to pour olive oil, I'm just a Pioneer Woman wannabe with my action food shots. 

Chop up a bunch of fresh herbs.  Use dried ONLY when you must.  There really is no comparison to fresh and dried.  I used to scoff at those people who insisted I use fresh herbs in recipes- they are expensive at the grocery store!  So I planted a few in my garden this year and they've been by far the most used crop! Using dried herbs in bruschetta is like saying- if you don't have fresh, throw in a few chopped sardines instead. It's a completely different flavor, almost another ingredient altogether.  

Top left: dried oregano TR: fresh rosemary BL: fresh thyme  BR: fresh basil  
I'm abbreviating because I just heard Wyatt wake up!

Chop and add to oil while you dice tomatoes.  Let's it stew and create a kind of herb infused olive oil. 

See.  Overflowing.

Side note:  Take a look at these. The mater on the left is store bought.  Nice but a little pale and super symmetrical.  The right is homegrown.  See how the homegrown is a much richer, darker red?  HUGE taste difference.  I used to scoff at this, too.  Until I actually tried a homegrown tomato.

Dice 6-8 tomatoes and toss with herbs and olive oil.  Add 3-7 cloves of minced garlic depending on your garlic addiction and mix that in, too.

Let this sit in the refrigerator for an afternoon- at least a couple of hours.  Again, the longer the better.  I like using leftovers days afterward on pizzas, sandwiches, etc. 

I don't have any more pics because Rob came home and we had too much fun celebrating his birthday and Father's day with my parents to stop and take pics of food!  

But all you do to serve is :
Slice up a skinny baugette into ~1/2 inch pieces, 
Toast those pieces in a 300 degree oven for 10 minutes, 
Slather each slice with melted butter and 
Scoop a little topping on each slice. 

Done and yum!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Park Time

We love park time.  

Sliding with Dad,

sliding solo,

playing with rocks, (i love the toddler squat)



and generally running around.

Park time is the best.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hero's Day

This past Thursday was Hero's Day at the Hyde house.  We got to celebrate our Dad's birthday a few days early and Father's Day a little late.  Combine the two and you get a day for a hero.  

My parents came into town and we had a celebratory grill night.  I love summer for many reasons, one of which is how easy grilled meals can be!  

We pretty much just sat outside and chatted while grilling one thing after another.  Boudain with hot mustard, jalapeno and cheese sausage, and grilled thick-sliced squash.   Rob would take it off the grill and I'd slice it and put it on a plate with toothpicks.  A good grazing meal!  

Rob's main present was an iPad.  I don't think he's set it down once since opening it!  But he still refers to it as his 'personal computer' and not an iPad.  

Macproductembarass-itis.  It's a real problem with many, especially engineers.  

We love you Dad and you truly are our hero!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Living Room Reveal

For all fifteen of you who follow this blog... here's what I whipped up in a whirlwind of activity last night around this time:

A living room transformation!

As I was browsing Nesting Place last night, I found this blog about transforming the style of your house without breaking the bank.  It is exactly what I have been wanting to do for a while but didn't know where to start.  I wanted our living room and the feel of our home in general to be lighter and more welcoming.  Here it was before.  (Rob is trying to teach Wyatt to crawl.)  Mostly reds, golds, and browns.  OK but nothing special. 


The Nester also wrote a lot about gallery walls.  So I started to change the feel of the room with that.

The plate is a hand-painted piece that my great-grandmother Bonnie painted. 

This is my favorite piece of the gallery- the wire filing basket with two shots clothespinned on from our wedding. 

The chunky frame comes in a close second- it's Rob with his back turned on our wedding day waiting to see me in my dress for the first time. :)

For the rest of the room, I made very simple changes.  I shopped the house and traded out side table nic-nacs.  

Mom and Dad on their wedding day binder clipped to a spanish Baptist hymnal I thrifted.  :)

I had a silver lamp with a red shade sitting on two black books here and switched it all for a black base lamp on khaki/linen colored books.  Simple changes make a big difference!

I used another wire filing basket to hold the magazines.  I found three of these things at Goodwill and I'm pretty sure they were 50 cents each.  

Other changes:  

~I stole the IKEA drapes from our bedroom where they didn't quite fit.  A little fabric treatment (or mistreatment) on windows really softens up a room!
~I switched lamps and lampshades from around the house.  The lamp on the left is actually covered in an off white t-shirt that I pleated and hot glued on the inside of the shade.  I really do things by the book around here.
-The kidney pillow was a red and gold paisley with fringe on the ends.  An expensive fabric and fringe given to me by my mom from her stash, it just wasn't working any more.  So I -gasp- cut off the high dollar fringe and stuffed it into a new pillow form I made using a sharpie and cotton quilt batting.  It's the silhouette of a stag.  (Super easy tutorial coming)

-There was a high maintenance greenery piece in the corner that fell apart at the slightest touch.  So I shuffled it into a rarely used mud room and replaced it with a stable fern/shrub thing. 
-I cut stems of crepe myrtle branches from the 17 hot pink trees we have in our yard and stuck them in a thrifted glass pitcher.  It's the only flowering plant we have in our landscaping. 

All in all the only money I spent was $2.67 at Wal-Mart for a large plate hanger with which I hung the white platter with the Frost quote on it.  It's actually a Williams Sonoma serving platter given as a wedding gift.  I have always loved the shape of it and hardly ever use it for food.  So I used the Cricut Classic Font to make vinyl lettering and voila.

Not bad for two hours work late at night by a crazy pregnant woman.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sneak Peek!

Am I crazy?  It's arguable.  Two and a half hours ago I was reading The Nester and got an uncontrollable urge to finally do something I'd been procrastinating.  

Here's a little sneak peek of the project.  I'd love to blog the whole thing now but it involves hammering and you just don't wake up a baby by hammering late in the night.  I did that once before with Rob hovering nearby saying, "Honey, you're gonna wake him up..." and me denying it until the first hammer tap produced a sleepy whine from the back of the house.  

So I'll tell you more tomorrow. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sewing Lately

If your name is Kari H. do not read this unless you want to spoil your present.  
It's in the mail by the way.

Wow.  If there was such a thing, I'd say it's baby season around here.  I try to hand make a little something for each new mom I know and there have been three here in the last week alone!

This could be my favorite burp cloth I've done so far.  The birdies were pre-made by my sister Kat for another project and I stole them she gave them to me.  They had book pages spray-adhesived to the back of them and when I ironed them onto the green using transfer paper,  a little of the typing showed through.  You can kind of see what I mean in the second picture.  The green fabric is a piece of queen sized flat sheet from Wal-Mart and the soft back is organic cotton quilt batting.  Both remnants from my t-shirt quilt project.  (Which I will post a tutorial on as soon as I buy a quilting presser foot and bind it all together!)

Here is baby B's 'formal wear'.  Inspired by  -who else-  Jones Design Company.  I love how it looks like a Miss America sash!  I was 'Miss Teen USA' once for Halloween and I felt like a million bucks in my handmade stretch knit mermaid dress with tulle poof at the bottom.  Thanks mom.   Anyway, the ruffles are just different widths of grosgrain ribbon.  Easy ruffling because there's no hemming involved! 

This is what happens when you aren't fast enough in taking a second, less shadowy picture... your big helper snatches them up and models them!  His shirt was made by my friend Courtney.

These are for baby H, whose mommy I hope isn't reading this.  With a week old newborn, I doubt my blog makes it to her must read list.  But just in case.

The first one is baby H's 'casual wear'.  I flipped the fin and added an embroidered eye and wobbly smile to E. Jones' version.  The fabric is a charcoal/grey cut up Miley Cirus skirt from Wal-Mart.  There's not a lot of other places to shop around here without driving 1+ hours so Wally World gets a lot more business from the Hydes than I'd prefer.  Such is life.

And here's baby H's 'formal wear'.  This is actually the one I made for baby K earlier this week in the hour before his momma's shower!  I couldn't find the right fabric so I did what I usually do.  Search through all of our closets for a piece of clothing that I can proclaim unnecessary.  Nothing is safe.  And this time I found one of Rob's short sleeve Polo's.  It really had shrunk in the wash, honest.  For baby H, I made the knot a separate piece laid on top of the tie for texture.  

And that's been my sewing lately.