Just thought I would let you all know about my new favorite cookbook! I just got it and already have tried several recipes that have turn out great. Here is a little background on the author. Laura Troyer has been a baker since she was a child, growing up in an Amish family that ran a bakery. As an adult she also ran a very popular bakery not too far from where I live here in Ohio. Sadly the bakery closed a while ago but she shares many of her recipes in this cookbook! Love, love, love her thumb print cookies with cream cheese frosting!
The cookbook has main dishes, breads, soups, salads and desserts along with some healthy versions of some of her recipes. You can order it on Amazon HERE.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Pinterest is sooo bad. It shows you pretty things that you become obsessed with and must have! Such is the case of this years Christmas "tree"
Saw it on pinterest and showed it to husband. Husband says he could make it and off to Lowes we go. Husband spends several evenings in the barn in freezing weather to make and paint it.
Set it up in living room. Figure out the wiring. Then the fun begins. More trips to the barn to get Dept 56 houses and several hours later............
I have been collecting these houses for years but displaying them has always been an issue. They take up so much room. The collection outgrew the 4 x 8 table I had been using a few years ago. So the last few Christmas' they didn't get put out. Made me sad. But now I have this great 5 tiered tree to put them on with room for more!
Used a package of batting and one of stuffing too.
Santa is saved for the top. Here he is with his reindeer taking off from the north pole.
I guess I would call this a pin win!
Thanks to husband.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
The other day I showed you pictures of the galley kitchen. It opens into a pretty nice size breakfast/mudroom with a built in breakfast bar. We finally got all the molding done and tools cleared out so here is the finish room.
I love all the cabinets! I got the stools at Wayfair for a really good price.
This tall cabinet is a broom closet with lots of storage.
This cabinet has a coat rack and shelves. Again, lots of storage.
So where do we stand on the overall project? A few paint touch ups and two thresholds where the wood floors transition to other floors. Then we are working in the basement for a few days. Oh, and I have to clean windows and do a lot of dusting. Then finish staging. So maybe the house will be on the market in a week if we really push it.. Keep you all posted.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
I've got to tell you about a new way my family is celebrating this holiday season!
Each year we look for some way to bring the light of Christ into Christmas by finding a charity or cause that blesses others. This year we are going to do a service advent calendar that my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) has made available called.....
Each day you can find an act of service for that day, starting December 1 (today) through December 25, and also watch a beautiful video available HERE. You can print out the calendar if you want. The acts of service are based on Jesus Christ's teachings and example. Today's challenge was
JESUS LIFTED OTHERS' BURDENS AND SO CAN YOU
(I'll warn you the videos are very touching so have some tissues ready) You are also given examples of things you could do or choose something you think of yourself. Either way it is a great way to remind ourselves each day to follow our Savior's example and turn outward during this time when so much emphasis is placed on material things. It doesn't have to be some huge thing that you do, just a little kindness that lets someone know they are a person of value. I hope you join the millions of people that will be changing this world, one act of service at a time!
The kitchen in the flip house is almost done! Just a little molding and touch up painting and it is complete.
This view is from the breakfast room through the galley kitchen and into the foyer. We put down a floating floor system in a rich medium wood finish. It was a bear to do because of all the cuts but now it looks so good.
Just in case you forgot what we started with......dark cabinets, carpet on the floor, filthy appliances, stucco walls and cheap counters and back-splashes.
The ceilings had grease spots and the ugly florescent lighting cast a sickening glow on an already depressing room.
But now here is the sink area and the new stainless dishwasher. All the appliances are brand new and really pretty. We also replaced the side door at the right of the photo. New sink, faucet, hardware......pretty much everything was replaced except the cabinets.....those we just painted white.
The stove, microwave and fridge all match the dishwasher. We tiled the back-splash with simple white square tiles.
We carried the wood floors all the way through to the dining room in the back of the house off the breakfast room.
The dining room just needs some molding and a little touch up paint. I hung the curtains yesterday. For a treat we are eating our lunch in here everyday......It's a nice break from the work that still needs to be done.
Here is the living room with a few of the staging items already in place. Still more staging to do but until the last of the jobs are done, there is no hurry. We still have to finish molding, paint some outdoor trim. put transition floor molding and thresholds in. We also have some outdoor lighting to address, the basement needs painting, and the half bath down there needs some work. Then some general clean up. After that we will call the realtor and get this cutie on the market.