Time for a Blog Hop


Anyone get the entire holiday week off?

DIY Pottery Barn Chairs

I recently acquired some fabric from Wholeport.com. Remember my repainted Ashley Furniture dining chairs? You know, the ones I blogged about almost 4 years ago (!!!) with the intention of replacing the fabric (4 years ago)? It's finally time.

The original fabric, all stained and faded and pilled and yucky.

 
Pica does not approve.

Last year, I found some beautiful Pottery Barn cushions on clearance. They were perfect for our living room.


Fancy!
(Just ignore the dog hair. There really is no stopping Pica. When she gets excited, which is ALL THE TIME, the hair just explodes from her body.)

Since our dining room and living room are side-by-side, I wanted to recover our dining chairs with fabric that would complement the Pottery Barn pillows. But it's not like I could just order matching fabric from them. Have you seen their prices? They charge $8.50 for sand!

Luckily, Wholeport had exactly what I've been looking for.

Living room cushions and soon-to-be dining room fabric, together at last.

(In case you're wondering, the smaller cushions are from OneKingsLane and I love them. When you sign up, you get $15 off your first purchase!)

 It's going to look nice, right?

Next up, the stools for the kitchen island!

Blog Hop! Link Up! Yippee!!!


Have a fun weekend, everyone!



Slow Cooker Apple Cider Recipe

(Yep, it's another Nanowrimo repeat today. Enjoy!)

I loooove hot apple cider! It's so easy to make and it seems fancy if you serve it to company. This is wonderful to drink in cold weather, which makes it perfect in our house, which I keep at a brisk 60 degrees during the winter (Sexy Nerd loves 60 degrees - our agreement used to be 50!) I make this every time Sexy Nerd puts up our Christmas lights.

He's starting early this year. It seems a bit unfair to Thanksgiving, but here we are.


Our $5 Crock Pot is working hard!

LambAround's Best Hot Apple Cider Recipe (approximately 8 servings)
  1. Make a simple syrup by bringing 1/8 C water and a 1/4 C sugar to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and add 1/8 tsp each of allspice, cinnamon, and ginger. Whisk well and let simmer for 5 minutes before removing from heat.
  2. In a separate pan, bring the following to a boil: 2 C water, 1 can frozen apple juice, 1 cinnamon stick, 9 allspice berries, 9 whole cloves, 1 sliced apple, and the zest of 1 small orange. Add 1/2 of your simple syrup and whisk well.
  3. Transfer your mixture from step #2 to a 2.5 quart slow cooker/Crock Pot set to low heat. Fill to the top with hot water. I usually let everything sit in the slow cooker for at least an hour to let the flavor develop, but it's great right away as well.
You'll want to add more syrup and/or water based on your own preference. Sexy Nerd likes the recipe exactly as written, but I like to fill my mug with 1/2 apple cider and 1/2 hot water because it's a little strong for my taste. It's easy to ladle out helpings that are only liquid, but when serving the last remaining cups, I pour this through a strainer so no one ends up with a mouthful of cloves or allspice berries!

Blog Hop for Friends, Fun, and (Bloggy) Celebrity Status

We're just a day away from seeing David Sedaris at Popejoy Hall! YIPPEE!!

Also, you know that novel I've been diligently chipping away at? The one I've been neglecting this blog for? The novel that's been keeping me awake at night, constantly churning away in the background of every little activity in my life? Yeah, that one. It's had a major development snafu. The ending is now the beginning, which means everything I've written leading up to the old ending (everything) is no longer any good and I no longer know how to end my story. Yaaaaaay!


Welcome to another Not "Baaad" (get it?) Sundays link up. There are 2 things that make this blog hop special:

1. This Linky is open to all posts that you are proud of. Did you recently post about a great decorating project, craft, or recipe? That's wonderful if you did, but just fine if you didn't.

2. Do you ever find yourself trying not to duplicate posts on blog hops but aren't quite sure what you posted the previous weeks? Problem solved! The Linky from today will return in the future and will bring many of today's links with it (not all of them, or it would start out with thousands of links every week!), making it easier to see what you've posted (and giving you a 2nd chance to visit any great posts you may have missed!)

I do ask that you link directly to your post and include a photo from that post, not just your blog logo. And if you could post my Not "Baaad" Sundays button or at least a link with your post, I'll love you forever! Link up, then get out there and mingle! Don't forget to tell people that you found them through LambAround. That cute lil' lamb button above would look so nice on your site (pretty please?)

Have a terrific weekend, everyone!

Best Travel Site

I'm not supposed to be blogging right now, (that novel isn't going to write itself, after all) but I wanted to quickly share my favorite travel site. Have you tried the Google flight finding tool? I've loved it for a while, but only recently noticed this feature:

THANK YOU, GOOGLE!!!

Is that the coolest thing you've ever seen? The Google flight homepage automatically puts in my location (Albuquerque) and shows me everywhere in the entire world I can fly to, with the total cost of my roundtrip (or one way) airfare. The prices above are my options for ditching work today and hopping on a plane. Who'd have thought a last minute fare to Vegas could be so low?

Then again, if I call in today, who else will help all the crazy parents who visit our office? It wouldn't be right.

Frozen (and NOT the Charming Disney Kind)


I am a thrifty person. Not cheap, just thrifty. Okay, maybe it would be accurate to say that I'm up along the very border of cheap. Only my toes are over the line. Today I would like to share a story from my college years, when I was working as a Pizza Hut manager, about one of the many times trying to save a few dollars has put me in a stupid situation.

I had a coupon for a free car wash. The regular price was $4.99, so without the coupon there was no way I would ever be getting my car cleaned. My car wasn’t dirty enough to justify using the coupon, so I continued to put off using it until the day before it expired. Although it was the middle of January, I took my Alero through the automatic car wash after leaving work, shortly before midnight. It was the last day before the specials changed at the grocery store, so after the thorough washing, I decided to drive next door to do a little grocery shopping before going home. I zipped inside right before the store closed and came out about 15 minutes later with a basket full of bargains. I had a little trouble getting my trunk to open, but didn’t really think anything of it. Then, I went to open my car door.

The driver’s side door was frozen shut! So was the passenger door! After working such a long shift, (my usual day started at 6am and ended close to midnight without any breaks) my mind had been too sleepy to ever say Hey! What happens when you pour water on something and stick it in the freezer, stupid? Okay, to be honest, I probably would have made this mistake even without working that day. After all, my $4.99 coupon was going to expire!

I hadn’t met my Sexy Nerd yet so I had no one to call for help. It really wouldn’t have mattered though, as I was too much of a penny-pincher to have a cell phone (if Sexy Nerd hadn’t insisted on getting me one after another stranded/dangerous situation incident, I still wouldn’t have a one.) So, what did I do? It was after midnight, with no one around except three homeless men, (the grocery stores in the bad parts of town always have the best prices!) 

I climbed into the trunk, pulled the little strap to unlock the back seat, pushed the back seat down with my legs, climbed over the back seat, wiggled my way over the tiny center console into the front seat, shoved the frozen front door open, went back around to close the trunk, hopped back in and was on my merry way.

 Me being so cool (and so smart!) in my college apartment.

Sexy Nerd would like to add to the above photo that my apartment reeked from my guinea pig, Mr. Ducky.

What’s the wackiest thing you’ve ever done to save money? I want your tips!
 Today's post is a blast-from-the-past (less affectionately known as a rerun) because I'm taking the Nanowrimo challenge and am 100% dedicated to finishing the 1st draft of my novel this month. Stop distracting me! You know, because I would totally be writing a chapter right now if I weren't posting this on my blog...not researching an Albuquerque to Tucson to California to Las Vegas road trip, obviously. And I really should be getting my Christmas cards out soon...
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