Monday Musings

It’s January! Happy 2019 everyone! Is it me or was December about week long and is January like the longest month ever? Have you taken down all your holiday decorations? I took most down right after Christmas but kept some stuff out, I did a woodland theme this year so it wasn’t as theatrical as last year’s Candyland theme. One of my favorite things about Christmas is to wake up in the morning and be greeted by a house that’s all lit up and looks so warm and welcoming. Then come January, it’s cold and dreary and dark. Ugh. So I made the executive decision of leaving the mantle lights on. They may stay there till March.

If January is the most depressing month, then Monday has got to be the most depressing day. Needed a glass of wine and some homemade Cheddar cheese crackers to cheer me up.

I’ve made these before, excellent to have in the freezer for a quick appetizer, all you do is take it out an hour before, slice it and bake it. Great quick appetizer. I tried to make these with whole wheat flour and whole flaxseeds but it didn’t taste right. I found the recipe from Tartine cookbook.

  • 8 oz grated Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temp
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

Mix butter and cheese in food processor, then add flour and spice mix and add the walnuts at the end. You want to see the walnut pieces in there. Roll it into a log or squarish shape as I did, freeze 2 hrs or refrigerate for about 3, then slice into slices (about 1/8″ or 1/4″ thick) and bake a 400 degrees for about 7-10 min depending on thickness. Cool completely and store in an airtight container, keeps up to 2 weeks.

Interesting article in WSJ about The Top Ten Upgrades to Sell Your House. Apparently light grays are still really popular, I’ve also read that this trend is on its way out. And while WSJ says crazy patterns and Moroccan tile is out, Houzz’s article on home trends predicts that Moroccan tile will popular in both kitchens and bathrooms. I’d really recommend you stay away from anything too trendy and too busy unless you really really love it.

This is so tastefully done and wouldnt date easily.

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Home Design and Decor

This however gives me a headache. The hood has a decorative band, backsplash has so much going on, it’s visually exhausting. I can’t imagine looking at this every day. I get they are trying to go for a hacienda style, but the stainless steel range looks really modern under the hood, cabinet style is more country aided by the baskets up top. I would have done all white cabinetry up the to the ceiling, built in hood to match the cabinets and done a white backsplash and taken that tile right up to the hood behind the range.

Statements in Santa Fe

Now can I pass off these crackers as dinner?