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More Kitchen Happenings

My husband is amazing when he gets on a project. Really! As soon as I got the kitchen cleaned up he brought in my new lower cabinets for the island and office desk. We decided to do a counter height desk that would match the rest of the kitchen as we now have one huge room for cooking/dining/office. We spend most of our time here and it’s all one room now so it made sense just to keep it all in the same style.

I still have my lovely door countertop but eventually it will be a beautiful island 🙂
Very bad lighting and messy due to the lack of shelving but here is our in-kitchen “office”

Our new kitchen is coming along piece by piece! I rather prefer it this way as I can try things out and adjust as needed before things become permanent.

Yay for progess !

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Kitchen Reno Update

This is what currently remains of our kitchen/dining room wall!
Here is a view from the dining room looking into our kitchen. You can see our “faux island” topped with a door. (it’s temporary, I promise!)
The view from kitchen to dining room.
The view from the entryway

We are still in the early stages but I am so happy with it! There is more light and it feels cleaner (despite the uneven flooring)

The next step is installing a beam and completely removing the 2x4s. So this is what my husband decided to tackle after work today. Like they say, you can’t keep a good man down!

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Kitchen Reno

A kitchen remodel was my first request in our new house. I love to cook and I don’t mind smallish kitchens but the dark cave-like feel was kinda getting me down. Plus…mustard walls, blue counter tops and dark maroon cupboards would make even the hardiest among us a little sea sick.

The unofficial “plan”
The double oven and cabinet has been added from our old house. My husband installed this on his first round of the remodel. The original oven was on the half wall that was removed.
Here my husband removed an old glass stovetop and a the section of half wall that went with it. Thankful that mess is gone! The glass top had a horrible crack in it!:(
Some cupboards were removed as well on this wall. Lovely paint combination,  yes?
This is the “new” side of the kitchen with a new gas stove top and new counter and cabinet.
The “old” side of the kitchen. Gorgeous… original mustard walls, blue counter and maroon cabinets! :0

We have cabinets for our island coming. Thanks to some heavy budget cutbacks we will be able to get those in a month or so. Next up is to investigate and remove the center wall. Hopefully it’s not weight bearing!

Then, my dear friends, the demo shall commence! My new motto to repeat 10 times daily (or 10,000 times daily ) “The mess will be worth it!”

DIY, Home

New Year, New Projects

One thing I really wanted to do is to get organized this year. I’m sure many people have that on their list January 1st and as the days slip past and weeks turn into months it becomes more of a dream than a reality. I can relate to that! I started a full house purge and on my way through I noticed a few small, seemingly insignificant items that just REALLY  bugged me. Messy papers for one. I hate messy papers and yet I love paper crafts. The struggle is real folks!

So, as a task oriented individual I set out to find a solution. Behold mess paper exibit A:

A box. Full of notes. In alllll different sizes on so. many. scraps. of paper. The inconsistency of it all! (Insert dramatic music here)

The goal is to copy all pertinent information onto index cards and file by date. Why bother? Um, because there’s good stuff in them thar notes! (Use mountain man voice here)

So I have begun and I have to say I am very happy with my progress. True, it may take me more than 2018 to complete (I have notes from as far back as 2005-2006 ish) but I love being able to flip through them easily and remember/review what was preached.

My stack so far
Another card in progress
See what I mean? Scrappy paper mess into neat and tidy 🙂
My notes in their new home. No messy scraps and easy to look through. I’ll be taking notes on index cards from now on so no more copying for me!
Home, Organize

Just Getting Started

Yesterday I was in big time purge mode. I just got tired of being tired. I’m sick of managing “stuff”. I want clarity of mind when I look at my home and I want to be able to find the stinkin’ tweezers!

Anyway, I cleared out a couple of kitchen cupboards and ended up with a full trash can and a bag to donate. That felt so good I kept on going…and going… it’s like that one action sparked a whole chain of events. We ended up with 3 bags to donate, 3 bags in the trash and several items that we could sell.

Now, I’m no mimimalist by any stretch of the imagination. But when you are wearing many different hats simplicity is the name of the game.

Just for funnsies I took a before and after of my most dreaded cupboard. The baking cupboard. *shudder* Truth is…it wasn’t that big of a deal. Just goes to show you that the old saying “Once begun is half done” still rings true!

My girls love baking! Putting things away neatly? Not so much :/
Neater but not very easy to get to…I need a shelf!
Pretending to be handy and install my shelf…um, yeah…
Reason #5, 001 why I love this guy!
So.much.better. It really is the little things!
Frugal, Home, Life, Organize

Tidy and Thrifty*bring in 2018!

If selling a house has taught me anything it’s that you can always use a healthy edit. This is true for our inner lives as well as possessions. I like to dig through cupboards and closets periodically and just get a little ruthless with the items hidden within. Has it been used in the last year? Do you love it? If either of those is a no then it’s probably something you really don’t need. Well, I love gathering as much as I love purging so this is an almost endless cycle at times. I’m working on a new edit system so we don’t get a pile up. It helps to keep things from coming in the house so that it doesn’t become clutter in the first place.

I always love a good container too. If I find some thing that fits the bill I will use it no matter what it looks like. If I find something that fits and is cute I will love it forever.

Here are a few of my finds from my latest thrift trip. They are of the functional variety, not the cute kind *sigh*

Gloves! And hats! And scarves! Oh my! Love these hanging organizers for those little items.
Napkins, we need them, OFTEN. Now they can stay on the table:)
The farm animal closet holds all of our extra small feeders and medicines. I found a small wire basket to keep the bunny water bottles in place.
Junk drawer organizer? I think, yes:)
Old samsonite to keep my sewing notions in one place? Yes, please!

I usually go there first if I’m in need of something then go to the next expensive place. The order is: thrift store, Dollar Tree, Walmart, Amazon – (that’s my money saving buying progression) so now you know another one of my budget secrets. 😉

Happy New Year everyone! I hope it’s fresh and bright and tidy and filled with blessings!

Farm, Home, Life

Frosty Morning on the Farm

We had an early morning appointment for my middle girl today. She has been seeing the physical therapist for her digestive system and her appointment times are usually 7 am. We were on the verge of running late but it was just so beautiful in that barely there light I had to take a couple of pictures.  I have never felt more at home than I do here. God has truly blessed us and this morning was a perfect breathless moment when it all flooded in.

Until my kids started fighting in the car at least!

Wherever you are I hope you are at home.

Food, Home

Baking 

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The Roulpat makes rolling out pie crust SoEASY! We have rolled out 6+ crusts on this bad boy in the last 24 hours! The crust peels right up and it washes off with no scrubbing- so nice 🙂

Fall is a time for baking.  We had a pie social after church and my neighbor had a bumper crop of pumpkins.  Perfect timing!  My kids decided to do other flavors so they left the pumpkin to me! (oh darn!)

I loved baking as a kid but soon fell away from it as my family grew and I saw my hard work disappear before my eyes.  Cooking lasted longer and I felt I could improve our health more with simple meals.  Fast forward… now I am finding that with a few handy tools (Thank you BONCOOK) it’s a bit easier, faster and more rewarding.  Plus, I have kids who love baking so my kitchen is gonna be a mess anyway, I might as well join the party!

I learned how to prep the puree from reading other blogs and tutorials but I’ll give you a run down in case you are interested.

Half the pumpkin and clean out seeds and strings

Bake pumpkin in a casserole dish with about 1/2″ water for 1 hour at 350

Scoop out soft flesh (once it has cooled) and puree in blender- that’s it!

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My lovely handled bowl…so simple and so brilliant. I loosely based my pumpkin pie filling off of a recipe called “Chef John’s Pumpkin Pie” on Allrecipes

 

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My mom had lots of ‘unrecipes’ if you will. I just start mixing things up when I cook. We are kitchen rebels that way. I did measure this time so this is my throw it together recipe: 2 sticks real butter 4 cups white flour 1 cup (more or less) cold water This made enough crust (bottoms only) for 4 pies

 

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I thought a monogram pie would be nice. Here I have my handy “soft knife” that will cut through crust …but NOT my Roulpat
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Ready to go in the oven!

 

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Aaaand another one
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This was my daughter’s peach pie. She did a great job 🙂

Hope you are enjoying your fall and happy baking!

Coffee, DIY, Family, Home

Time to Get Busy

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Another day another post.  I am sorry to say that my parents must return home today. It’s been fun and now it’s time to say goodbye. 😦 The next visit will be on us and we will have to make the trip over to see the clan.

Well, I shall not be bored in the mean time! I have a line up of projects that should keep me hopping for quite a while.  What’s in the works you ask? Let me tell you.

Finish staining and installing office shelves

Install large cork board

Mix glorious paint leftovers into something lovely

Paint office

Paint girl 1 room

Paint my room

Paint living room

Paint hallway

Stain stairs

Make wall words for my room- not sure which quote/scripture I’d like yet…

Make wall words for Living room- “As for me and my house” maybe?

Paint large mirror frame and install near entry

Make slip cover for “new” couch

Hmm… I think I’ll start with a cup of coffee and then decide which one I want to tackle first!