Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fun Kitchen Items and a Surprise on our Door Step

Jim is a BREAD MAN if I have ever seen one. The first time I ever watched Jim grab a piece of plain white Mrs. Beards Bread right out of the package and eat it, was when I knew he was seriously in love with bread.

I love the smell of fresh baked bread, but unfortunately for Jim I have never succeeded in making a from scratch loaf of bread.

Until now. I squealed with delight when I opened up this wedding gift from the Gibbs family. Finally, I can serve homemade bread along with my homemade meals. This is the Zojirushi BBCC-x20. Based on my online research, this is the king of bread machines. I read the manual from cover to cover in one sitting.

So here is my very first loaf. I know, it's hideous and I was just crushed when I pulled it out of the bread machine. I swear I measured every ingredient carefully and then checked on the dough every 30 minutes to see what it looked like. According to the manual I did everything right. But isn't this just the ugliest loaf of bread you have ever seen? According to Jim I did everything right....and I guess that is all that matters. You can't judge a book by it's cover, and neither should you judge this white bread.

What is this a picture of? Only the cutest glasses I've ever seen! They are the beer glasses from Crate and Barrel that I received from my Friend Sarah. I thought they make the best juice glasses.

Another fun gift from my friend Melissa is this bright green tea pot. I've been drinking a lot of tea lately and it's so much more fun to drink tea out of this modern pot. Love it!

Woo Hoo! I screamed when I opened this Le Creuset dutch oven at the house. That's really one of the biggest perks of getting married. Random gifts show up on your door step, daily. Jim and I wait for the other one to be present and open them together.

My first dish in the new Le Creuset - pot roast of course! See my favorite pot roast recipe here. It's by Ina Garten. She's amazing and her recipes always taste so good!

This is a fun thing I wanted to share. I have this fern hanging on our front door and during one very hot day last week I asked if Jim would water it for me.

Then he e-mails me THIS picture! Ahhhh! We have a birds nest with the cutest little blue eggs. Jim actually thought it was fake, it looked too perfect.

Last night we checked on our eggs and couldn't believe we found little birdies all screaming for their momma. We freaked out and put the hanging plant back. Today, in the morning sun we checked on them again and I snapped this picture of our furry little babies sleeping in their nest. It's hard to even tell when one begins and ends. They are all cuddled together. So cute!

Have a great week folks!


  1. I am soooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous! That is the MAC-DADDY of all bread machines! My Mom has the smaller version and it makes AMAZING bread.
    You will love your Le Crusset! I have 5 and That is really all I use to cook..except for my De Buyer French Blue Steel skillet.

  2. How fun! I read somewhere that it's good luck to have a bird build it's nest near your home/porch.

  3. What a great post, Mandy. You are receiving some lovely and very useful gifts. The photo of the nest is amazing. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary


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