Monthly Archives: July 2011

Quilt Adventure

My parents gave me a sewing machine about a year and a half ago and after several small projects I have decided to take on a big project: a quilt.  I’ve been putting it off ever since I got a quilt book and did the math on exactly how much fabric you need to make a queen-size quilt.  Apparently you can’t just sew two pieces of fabric together and call that a quilt.  And did you know there’s a back to the quilt?  You have to make the back look nice even though no one will ever see that.  So it was a bit of an investment – but not as bad as it could be since I had a gift card left over from Christmas (thanks Nana!).

I have been wanting to do a grey, yellow and white color scheme and then found out that it is a very “in” combination right now – not just for home decoration but for weddings this year too.  So I wasn’t going to do it anymore but then I realized that by the time I finish it, grey, yellow, and white won’t be as popular.  The finished quilt is this pattern:

I’m making mine a little bigger so that it can actually be used on a queen bed.  The fabrics in the first picture will be the little rectangles and they will be framed by a solid light grey fabric.  The background of the whole quilt will be white.  Mine will never be on the ground like this.  So we’ll see how this goes – after the money I spent on it I will definitely be finishing it!

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Highway Beatification

Saturday’s posts will involve us discussing something we’ve found to be ridiculous or stupid.  You don’t have to agree with us, just listen to us.

This is the highway Taylor and I drive on every day to get to work.  Notice the lovely shrubbery growing in the median between the two sides of the highway.  This was actually planned by the Texas Department of Transportation many years ago.  They planned to leave a space between the concrete barriers to plant bushes to make the highway look less highway-ish.  They got through all the work and then realized they didn’t budget enough money for the maintenance.  Taylor and I have seen workers standing on the median hacking away at the plants because removing them every time they grow back apparently costs less money than watering them.

Until this past month.  That’s when the Texas DOT decided to stop funding it completely.  And instead of just letting them die out and let the highway look like a highway, the City of Dallas has torn everything out and is planting NEW THINGS.  Taylor heard on a radio show that the new plants are “maintenance free”.  They apparently require no watering!  I find that interesting because every day for the past month I have seen a man sitting on top of a truck holding a hose and watering them while his coworker slowly drives down the side of the highway.  This causes traffic because every person wants to take a look at the guy sitting on top of a water barrel on a truck.  We’ll see how long this plan lasts.


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Swiss Cheese Fondue

Friday posts are going to be all about food – recipes, interesting foods, and cool restaurants we’ve visited.  Today I’m talking about one of Taylor’s and my favorite foods: Swiss Cheese Fondue (I would call it a dish but that just doesn’t seem right – a dish is more of a complete meal and I’m not so sure melted cheese qualifies).  Yes, it is as rich as you think and that’s why we only eat it once every six months.  We first became obsessed with the fondue in…Switzerland.  We visited my friend from grad school in Basel and she insisted this would be the most authentic meal.  They brought out the pot of fondue and a basket of bread and both Taylor and I thought that it wasn’t going to be enough food.  It was and it was so good.  If we could have found a way to heat it back up in the Hotel Ibis later, we would have taken the leftovers with us.

Somehow we managed to continue eating the rest of the trip despite having about a quart of cheese a piece.  So for our birthday last year we decided to try and recreate it.  It didn’t take long to find a recipe that actually tasted pretty much exactly like it.

1/2 pound Jarlsberg cheese, shredded

1/2 pound Gruyere cheese, shredded

1 garlic clove, cut in half

2 Tbsp. flour

1 cup dry white wine

1 Tbsp lemon juice

Dipping Foods: Bread, Apples, Veggies

1. Toss the cheese with the flour

2. Rub the inside of a pot with the garlic, then discard.  Add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a low simmer on medium heat.  Slowly add the cheese, stirring in a figure 8.

3. Once it’s melted, enjoy!  Taylor and I are too cheap to invest in a fondue pot and sit in front of the stove and eat it.

I know more than anything, you are jealous of the mirrored backsplash.  At least three of the apartments we looked at had mirrors – in the kitchen, in the dining room…classy stuff, Texas.



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One Year?!?

A year ago today, Taylor and I arrived in Dallas.  We had a potted plant, our summer clothes, and whatever else could fit in our 2 door car – so, not much.  Everything else wasn’t coming for 5 days – I think we regretted telling the movers we were okay with that once we got here and had to buy an air mattress and cheap sheets to hold us over.  We accomplished a lot in those 5 days – got our driver’s licenses (the DMV is what hell will be like – sitting in a sweltering room with 50 other people for 5 hours watching court TV), Taylor signed some work papers, I prepared myself for having less than 24 hours to find my work clothes once the movers arrived, and we watched many episodes of The Office – one of the few DVDs we had – as stealing our neighbors internet proved to be unsuccessful.  But that was only 5 days!  Here is a quick recap of what happened over the past year:

I started my first job out of school and will be celebrating my one year anniversary on Monday.

Taylor started a teaching position, quit at the end of the year (3000 students all in 11th and 12th grade is as terrible as you think), and was hired at a much cooler school – they have PEACOCKS – starting next month.

We went to the State Fair where Taylor had a corndog and we passed on the fried frito pies, fried beer, and fried margaritas.  I was adventurous and had a root beer.

I went to a Cowboys football game and we went to a Yankees / Rangers game  (there were more Yankees fans).

We went to Austin and realized it’s way cooler than Dallas.  One of my coworkers said someone told him Athens, Georgia is like Austin.  I vomited.

We began riding our bikes including a 30 mile bike ride in Italy, Texas.  I was incredibly slow and was passed by pretty much everyone including a man that had 1 arm and a false leg.  I am not exaggerating.

Very recently we got a kitten named Luna.  We have found that she is as crazy as her namesake.

There have been many other occurrences but let’s look to the future.  To commemorate our 1 year anniversary of being here in Texas we are actually going to keep up this blog – we heard the first three posts weren’t enough to hold you over.  We have topics for every day of the week so you’ll have to come back tomorrow!



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