Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Box Van Beans

Hello, I'm Johnny (the favorite brother). My sisters have been gracious enough to allow me some space on their blog. Thanks girls!
Just a few months ago I said to myself, "What is this thing called a blog?" Wouldn't you know, it was my younger sisters that schooled me about this thing. So here I go a-bloggin.
As you can see I am into old cars. This is a '63 Chevy II, loaded down for a camping trip to the Oregon coast with my family. This car along with the '63 Ford box van below, will be used in our business, Box van beans. My bride, Amanda, my children, Quinn, Erro and Amelie, and I are just getting started.
We are providing fine Hawaiian coffee from the island of Kauai.
We are selling it by the pound, primarily, over the phone and internet.
We are also delivering locally here in Bend Oregon, to individuals and businesses.
We are excited about selling coffee that's grown and roasted in the U.S. ,and about running a business as a family.
Please call me at 541-480-2441.
I have a small selection now, in order to offer it fresh.
Koloa Estate, (whole bean), (dark roast) $16. per lb.
Peaberry, (whole bean), (med. roast) $17. per lb.
Hawaiian Coconut Caramel Crunch (ground) $9. for 10 oz.
Estate Roasted, (whole bean), (vienna roast) $9. for 10 oz.
We buy our coffee from Kauai Coffee Company.
I will be posting more information as I am able.
Please visit the Kauai Coffee website for more description of the coffee.
Thank you, Johnny with Box Van Beans.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

John Waterhouse

I absolutely love these paintings. So, I thought I would share them with you. They are all by John Waterhouse (1849–1917).
I would love to make costumes of some of these! Beautiful!


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Keep in touch...

Don't these make you want to sit down and write a fluffy, newsy letter to your best friend?
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In the shop now.

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This in the shop as well!

Just a few things I was working on last year. Enjoy!

P.S. Pictures of gifts given and gotten to come soon. :)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Even more Christmas!

We're just trying to extend Christmas as long as possible aren't we? :)

Here is the Buche de Noel that my sister and I made for Christmas Eve. We had to fore go the darling meringue mushrooms because we ran out of time! This was so fun to make! Can anyone say "tradition!!!"?

We used this recipe from Martha Stewart for the cake and frosting. My sis made up the recipe for the filling. It was amazing, the best part of the cake I thought. Mmm! Oh, I am so hungry now!

Here's our table set for Christmas Eve dinner.

We always make Swedish Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes. My sister-in-law made the best foccasia bread. And my sister made this delicious fruit salad. It was so refreshing!

This is our advent log that we light every year. We light the first candle on the first Sunday of December and the last one on Christmas Eve night.

Hope you are all having a most beautiful January!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Christmas Morning...

We are a family who love traditions.
Snowmen built by "The Boys"
Cranberry Pomegranate sparkling cider
Swedish Tea Ring, a Christmas Morning favorite!
Eggs Benedict! (oh baby!) for "Second Breakfast" as always.
White Christmas without...
Warm and cozy Christmas within. =]

We had such a lovely Christmas! Of course it follows that we didn't do any Christmas posts during Christmas, but we thought you might enjoy some pictures anyway. =]
Have a lovely day, and don't forget to be good; for next Christmas is coming!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Things I Love...

Marmee got this Origami set for me on my last birthday. It is so fun! I had never tried origami before and I found it most enjoyable! Here are some I made to give as Christmas cards!
(L to R: zebra, dolphin(front), gorilla and lion)
A lovely stamp that I used on almost all of my other Christmas cards. =] (Thanks Beck!)
Another thing that I found is very fun to do is make envelopes out of grocery bags! Whole Foods had these bags for Christmas that had fir branches and cones on them! So I used them for Christmas cards, envelopes and gift tags.

Another thing that I really love is hot cocoa! mmm....

Add peppermint marshmallows and it becomes simply divine! (Sorry Anna, but there just is no other word for it. ) ;}
I hope everyone is having a lovely 1st week of 2009! Woohoo!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas Traditions

I hope you all had a wonderful and peaceful time these last few weeks! We had a lovely time with family and friends. The weather was beautiful...we had a white Christmas! And the food was oh so good! the only thing that could have made it better was if our sister Angela could have been here! She spent Christmas in Chicago with her husband and his family this year. We do not begrudge the fact because her husband had not been home for Christmas in six years! So, it was definitely their turn. Christmas day at our house was rather quiet this year with just us "three spinsters" and my mom. But it does not follow that it was a sad Christmas, no, we had a lovely time and greatly enjoyed exchanging gifts with each other! But oh how we missed our sisters and brother!
I want to post pictures of gifts that we received and gave but right now I want to post some pictures of our tree and some of my favorite ornaments.

We always go to the woods to cut our own tree down. They last so much longer that way and we love the natural look better than the trimmed "perfect Christmas tree shaped" tree. Just smell the difference! Scratch 'n' sniff!

Here's out lovely tree before we decorated it! Isn't it tall? I couldn't even fit the whole thing in the picture!

I love this little angel made out of a shell. Mom brought it home from Maui a few years ago. :)

Who doesn't like the RCMP? The mounties always get their man! (That one was for you Carla!) My mom and I got this in Victoria while on my graduation trip.

My aunt made us a few of these gorgeous stained glass ornaments. They look so beautiful with the Christmas lights shining through them. :)

I love this one too! How thankful I am to Jesus for coming to earth and making a way for us to go to the Father!

Oh! This is one of my favorites! A friend of ours made this little ballerina mouse. She is fearfully and wonderfully made. Right down to her little pink satin ballet shoes and her pearl tiara!

Our tin foil star my brother made years and years ago. It's been recovered I don't know how many times! We always wait for my brother to put it up every year. Even if we have to wait a week until he comes over. :) And we ALWAYS put a blue light through the hole in the center of the star. We are very traditional people! Ha! We always do the exact same things the exact same way every year. I love it. :)

And here it is all decked out for Christmas! Every year we talk about not putting ALL the ornaments on the tree but we always end up putting ALL of them on. Ugly ones and all. I told you we loved tradition! :)

May the Lord shine His face upon you in the coming year and give you PEACE.