Dec 21, 2012

chocolate peppermint crinkles


So, I guess it's officially.  We're here.  We're (semi-)settled.  Most of the boxes are unpacked and we know where the cutting boards are.  So, it's time to get back into the kitchen, I suppose.  At least between fresh coats of paint.

We know it's official because earlier this week we were surprised to find an invitation in our mailbox for a neighborhood holiday party.

Another neighbor stopped by the next day to give us his copy of the invitation to be sure we knew we were invited.  I may have been donning pajama pants and an old college t-shirt, with my hair all a mess with a howling dog who didn't know how to react to a man coming to our door.  I may have had wallpaper scraps sprinkled across the newspapered floor as well, as I was un-wallpapering the foyer at the time.

Dec 10, 2012

whole wheat pumpkin chocolate chip bars and celebrations


Can I tell you something?  House buying is stressful.  It's a bit of a mind game.  No matter how simple the buying-selling situation may seem, it still results in a roller coaster of emotions reminiscent of the high school dating scene.

Don't get me wrong, it's totally worth it in the end, but be prepared for some serious ups and downs.

We were planning on getting our keys on Friday.  Our loan had gone through with time to spare, and we were on top of the world.  "Home buying must be more difficult than this," we said.

Well, we were right.

Dec 4, 2012

patience

I learned something this week.

 I learned that waiting is hard and distractions are good.  We're closing on our house tomorrow and should *hopefully* be getting keys on Friday!  That's awesome, but in the mean time, it makes life move in slow motion.

Wouldn't the sellers appreciate us going to rake the leaves on a 60 degree December day?  Wouldn't they be happy to have us put up a mailbox and clean up the yard?  No, no, and no.  So, rather than getting arrested for trespassing, we wait.  Until this weekend.  When it's 40 and raining.


Patience, patience, patience.

Dec 1, 2012

hearty vegan chili


And, we're back!  So apparently if you blog and blog and blog, at some point you run out of storage.  That was the case all of a sudden last week as I was trying to post these pretty pictures of my chili.  So, after figuring that out and getting a new website **www.achookiechookie.com**, we're up and running again.

It's a good night.  I'm finally posting my chili, we're watching the Georgia Dawgs play for the SEC championship with our pup in his jersey, and in approximately 6 days (but who's counting), we'll be homeowners!!  Life is good.