Friday, March 25, 2011

Confessions


I am a terrible housewife.

Really.
I am.

Just ask Mr. Gill.

Actually don't ask him, because he loves me he'll say that I do well and I try to keep things in order.

But that's not really true.
If you've lived with me than I don't have to really explain....but, I am pretty sure most of you that read this don't currently or have ever lived with me so I feel like I need to prove it.

I took photos of our place one day after I cleaned the whole downstairs (which is rare, let me tell you) so I could show people what our place looks like in general.

When you first walk in you see this! Clean Kitchen.

Kitchen

Clean Entertainment Area

Cleanish Living Room

Living Room
And now the proof.
Real Life


This is just a small example of normal-ness of messy that is our house...and is my lack of house-wifeyness. I WANT our daily lives to look like the super cute pictures you saw earlier. But, I am pretty much super distracted ALL THE TIME and really struggle with putting things where they go, and cleaning up after myself. Nor do I have dinner on the table waiting and open the door w/a cold beverage and a cute 40's dress and high heels and wearing immaculate make up when Mr. Gill gets home. 
Mr. Gill doesn't seem to mind though, which is nice, it works out that his expectation of house-wifeyness is pretty low. He likes clean (relatively) clothes to wear and um....for me to love him so-I've got that down. 

Also more confessions-I hate popping blisters and zits. And I have both of them right now, one of my foot and one on my face. I'll let you guess where the zit vs. blister is. (Blister on the face? YUCK)

And I HATE running. But I like how I feel afterwards-so I have this internal battle always before I go on a run....and lots of times the hate of running wins. 

One last confession. There is a puppy that comes to visit us at The District every so often and I LOVE HIM! He's so soft and cuddly and I want to steal him and make him mine. But, only if I can keep him as a puppy always. One of the guys I work with has an idea called perm-a-puppy....permanent puppydom (!) not to be confused with a permed puppy. When they have that process finished I'll perm-a-puppy that dog and he will be mine FOREVER!

Confession Friday...there you go world.

Jenny G

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Faking It

Mr. Gill is going to play a show of his original songs at The District, a coffeehouse here in Boise that we've been hanging out at recently.
He's been talking with the guy in charge of booking the acts for the coffee shop and he asked Mr. Gill if he had any promotional photos.

Promotional Photos......um.....okay.
We can do that.
So...during practice one day I got to play Promotional Photo Photographer.

Which, I think Mr. Gill found a little annoying because I was a little bit in his face for over an hour.....but I had fun.
Original

The Contemplative Singer Songwriter

I took some interesting shots-but praise the LORD for The Pioneer Woman and her downloadable PS action sets.
Original

Vintage-loving Acoustic Guitar Man

My Husband the Rock Star

They make me look like I know how to use PS.
Original
The lovable (yet talented) Mr. Gill


Which really is amazing because I pretty much only know how to open the program. Someday I'll learn how to be um.....effective at PS....like....how to do something, or anything really.
But for now-the Pioneer Woman not only teaches me how to make tasty butter-laden masterpieces in the kitchen, she allows me to produce Promotional Photos.

Thanks Pioneer Woman.

Sincerely,

Jenny G. (& Mr. Gill)

ps-the link takes you to PW's page for PS downloads and I HIGHLY encourage you to check out PW Cooks also-I love it, although my ever getting larger thighs do not. Plus, she's pretty much hilarious so-GO GO GO Check it out. Here's the link to her site again, incase you are too lazy to scroll up to the top of the blog.....like I am.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Life

So I was walking home on friday afternoon and I saw the most wonderfully surprising thing.
Joy






















Isn't it lovely?


Spring is coming my friends.

New Life






















What a reminder in this season of Lent that out of death comes BEAUTIFUL NEW LIFE!!

*Jenny G

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Obsession

I have a new obsession.
PoachEgg2.jpg

Poached Eggs.





A little weird I know, but let me tell you a story.

I was never into eggs much growing up. My dad LOVES eggs and would whip up a batch of scrambled eggs w/tobasco sauce and onions and peppers. And, they were good.....but I usually could take it or leave it.

A couple of weeks ago my new friend Lindsey introduced me to the wonderful world of poached eggs! (Disclaimer: My mother has poached eggs for us every Christmas w/out Eggs Benedict Christmas Breakfast Tradition....but I don't know if I'd experienced Poached w/out Cheez Wiz)

Lindsey did not intentionally introduce me to these amazing eggs, she just happened to be eating one over a salad when I came over one day.













And it looked AMAZING. So the next time I made lunch for myself I gave it a try.

I used Deb's tutorial and successfully made myself a spinach avocado poached egg topped salad and it was WONDERFUL! And now, I have it almost every time I cook for myself. I've had several different combinations....I think currently my favorite is mixed baby greens, two little red potatoes, scallions and poached egg w/a little evoo and vinegar and salt and pepper! The golden deliciousness that is the yolk drips into the salt and peppery potatoes with a little bit of bite from the vinegar and creamy nuttiness of the evoo....YUM!!
It totally rocks!
Mr. Gill is not supposed to have eggs often.....silly cholesterol, but I did make him a salad for dinner one evening when I needed food asap. He LOVED it (and will only have it as a treat) and it all came together in 10 minutes!


Thank you Miss Chicken for changing my eating habits! :)

Jenny G
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