Thursday, December 6, 2018

Decking the halls

centerpiece on dining table

I hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas season so far!
Over the last few years I've been trying to simplify my Christmas decorations. I am not a minimalist by any means, but I've cut back a bit. Just a bit!lol
We have a small house, and too many decorations can make it feel cluttered real quick. 

In the kitchen I've done a simple small boxwood wreath on the window,and pine cones sitting in a sugar mold. 

On top of the fridge is a cluster of trees.

I also put out a few festive dish towels, and that's it! One of the best things about a white kitchen is it doesn't take much to change the whole look. Just a few pops of color and you just changed seasons!

I'm on the look out for new kitchen rugs..

I do like mixing in my aqua blue with the red for Christmas. 

Our dinette area gets the same small boxwood wreaths on the china cabinet. With some Christmas decor inside. 

This shelf is above the patio door. Some pine cone candles, boxwood, and a letter board finish this shelf off perfectly. 

My centerpiece is also a wooden sugar mold. Just a different style than the one on the window sill.

I bought two of these simple little trees this year. One on the dining table, the other is on top of the medicine cabinet in the main bath.

Let's move on to the living room....

I got this galvanized ring at target. I must say, i love the look!

My family thinks otherwise lol. 
My husband and one of my sons said the exact same thing....
"Why's the tree in a bucket?"
 *sigh* men. 

The deer picture is from home goods. 

My sister thinks he looks mad. 
I think he's just tired.

All the boxwood wreaths are from target. This is their second year. I put them in garbage bags, and hang them in the garage for storage. They stay really nice. 

The tree this year is white, gray, and red. 
The ornaments are white and gray.
The berry garland is the only red on the tree. I like the way it pops.
I also add the huge pine cones. 
The garlands are from Hartville Hardware. 

I did add these deer this year. they are from target. 

Well that's my little house Christmas tour!

Here's Chewy trying to figure out where his ratty old couch blanket is that he likes to lay on. Sorry Chewy, I'll put it back out lol.

Thanks for stopping by today! 
I wish you and your loved ones a very 
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Cheesy Potato Soup

This soup is super easy, and so delicious!

Cheesy Potato Soup

2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans water
1 C. velveeta, cubed
1-2 C. cooked  ham, diced
1 can diced potatoes, drained
1 can corn, drained
1/2 tsp. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. garlic salt

Put everything in crockpot. Cook on high until cheese melts.(Usually 1 hour.)
 Then on low 2-4 hours.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

fresh summer salsa!

Who doesn't love some fresh salsa?

Our garden has been producing lots of tomatoes this year!

Here is my fresh 'straight out of the garden' salsa. And guess what...
only 6 ingredients!

 Tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers, cilantro, and salt. That's it!

6-12 roma tomatoes, halved 
1 onion, quartered
1 Tbsp. garlic, chopped
1 tsp. salt
some fresh cilantro
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers 

Throw everything in a food processor, and pulse 4-5 times. 

It is so fresh and delicious!


You can use fresh garlic, I always just use the chopped garlic from the store. No peeling!

I like using a nice amount of cilantro too.

If your tomatoes are smaller like the one on the left in the pic below, then you'll need 11 or 12.
If there bigger, like on the right, then you'll only need 6-8.

My jalapeno peppers were on the small side, so I added 2 into this batch.

It was hot!

For a mild salsa, only add 1 pepper without it's seeds.
For a medium salsa, add 1 jalapeno pepper with the seeds.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

My Summer reading list

Hi everybody! Where does the time go?! It's been a while since I've posted.
 We're in the middle of summer, and I've wanted to share with you all my summer reading list, in case if anyone is looking for something new to read.

First on my list is 'Lilac Girls'..
  This novel is based on a true story.

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

**It was a great read. It is based on historical facts and actual people.

Next is 'Sworn to Silence'...
This is a murder mystery series set in Amish country.

Sworn to Silence is the first in Linda Castillo's New York Times bestselling Kate Burkholder series.
Some secrets are too terrible to reveal. Some crimes are too unspeakable to solve. . . .
In Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. A young Amish girl named Kate Burkholder survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer . . . but ultimately decided to leave her community.
A wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as chief of police. Her Amish roots and big-city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She's certain she's come to terms with her past―until the first body is discovered in a snowy field.
Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past―and expose a dark secret that could destroy her.

**Even tho this book is set in an amish setting, it can be graphic. I love the character Kate Burkholder. There are 13 books in this series so far, with Kate in all of them. And all set in amish country in southern Ohio. Just keep in mind these are not christian books, and are rougher than the usual soft love story amish books my mom reads!  

I just started this book..
 'The Death of Mrs. Westaway'

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

**I hope it's as good as I heard. (Keeping my fingers crossed!)

And lastly, if you haven't read this series yet, you need to..

'Mark of the Lion' series...
'A Voice in the Wind'
'Echo in the Darkness'
'As Sure as the Dawn'

The first book in the bestselling Mark of the Lion series, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget―Hadassah. Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, this young slave girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent Rome.

**This is a great christian series! I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did. 

So grab a book and a glass of lemonade, and enjoy your summer!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


The main bath

Well our main bath is getting there! We got the  counter top, sink, and faucet in. We replaced the lights and tub a few years ago.

We still have to do flooring in here, but we're not ready for that step yet. Flooring is the last thing, then this space will be completely done. But for now, just ignore it..

I want to put in a framed mirror, but I'm still looking for one I like. We changed out the clamps to give it a more modern look for now.

I went with antiqued bronze fixtures.

Let me show you the before pics...

When  we first bought this house, the counter was a rose,or coral color...

And I decided to do a paint kit on it. It  lasted us quite a few years, and looked okay. But it started to peel, and I knew it was time for a new counter top.

So it was out with the old!

And in with the new!

We decided to go with a laminate counter top to keep cost down. I think it looks great, plus I love that it is maintenance free. I did opt for a fancier edge on the front to give it some character. And finished it off with a square sink!

I painted the walls 'iceberg'. It is a beautiful color! 
If you live in the area, you can see this color at the Hartville Hardware in their design house. It's in the master bath. I love that it feels like just a hint of color.

**You want a great tip when painting or remodeling a room?
Get yourself a rectangle Styrofoam compartment plate. In each square, I wrote with a marker what those screws were for. It made everything super easy to keep track of. And saved time later not having to guess what screws went with what. 

I had every intention of painting the vanity in here white. I was afraid with all the wear and tear we put on these drawers, I'd have to do some serious maintaining to keep them nice and white. So, I figured I'd give them a good cleaning and decide later about painting.

I decided to try Rejuvenate cabinet cleaner.

Once I was done, they looked so good! I decided to keep the oak in this room for now. (you can get it at Hartville Hardware) You literally can see the rugs' reflection in the wood! No lie!

Well, so far I love it! Next, I'll pick flooring, and we have to decide if we want to put in a new toilet too. All in good time!

Thanks for stopping by!