When to Pick the Rhubarb?

Simple post, simple question… Remember when you identified the rhubarb growing in my hard back in this post back in March? I found out from the previous owner that the rhubarb plants growing in randomly chosen places throughout my yard are over 50 years old and were there way before they bought the house! Very cool… Well, when do I pick these bad boys? This is the one in my front yard, … [Read more...]

Hot Dog Shaped Hamburgers

What do you do when you start making burgers but then realize you are OUT of hamburger buns? You could go bun-less, or just use bread (bleh), but if you have hot dog buns, you’re in luck! This isn’t a tried and true recipe, just something I came up with on the fly last night. First, I shaped a pound of ground beef into hot dog-gy shapes, trying not to make it TOO thick and keeping in mind that … [Read more...]

Backyard Transformation

This post started out as a “YAY! The duck house is GONE!” post, but in looking back through old pictures, I’m realizing just how much work we’ve really done on our yard in the past few months. Before we came to check out our house for the first time, we knew the house was sitting on 1.08 acres, which was a BIG change from our apartment with a balcony! When we came to check out the house … [Read more...]

Pay No Attention to the Peeling Paint…

When we got workin’ back in Sept ‘09, we scraped paint, patched, primed, and painted two coats on all of the walls and ceilings in our house in the month before we moved in. We decided to skip the hallway and bathroom, since those were two rooms that didn’t need furniture moved in and out and we could easily paint them once we were living in the house. Before picture: HA! So now it’s ohhh, 8 … [Read more...]

My Girl Eats Bubbles

I’ve been a bad blogger lately… I hit the best neighborhood garage sale of the year, including a stop at the “Pottery Barn house,” and never talked about it. I pretty much redecorated my whole living room, bedroom, and got a new kitchen table and never blogged about it. We’ve done a ton of work to our yard and our garden is planted, and yep, you guessed it, I never talked about it. Blame it … [Read more...]

Quick Lemon Poached Salmon (and a plea for citrus-y recipes)

When you buy way too many lemons in anticipation of a certain little girl’s birthday party, then completely forget to make lemonade, don’t worry! You can still make lemonade, but once you’re sick of that, make a lemon-y dinner! Lemon Poached Salmon Step One: Slice lemons and line a baking dish with them. This used up a good two lemons. Step Two (and three, four, and five, since I only took … [Read more...]

A Day at the Park

I’ve been wanting to do some professional pictures for Lily’s 1st birthday, but of course I missed my appointment, put off scheduling another, and yada yada yada, here we are, she’s a little over 13 months! Since yesterday we were blessed with beautiful temps and blue skies, I decided to take my little point and shoot camera (no, I don’t have a SLR like eeeeeveryone else, although I’d LOVE one), … [Read more...]

Conduit Pipe Curtain Rods

I finally have curtains, yay!!!! But I’ll let you in on a little secret… my curtain rods only cost $5 a window, and I didn’t buy them at a garage sale. You might wonder why curtains get me so excited… If you’ve been reading, you might have noticed that we haven’t had curtains in our family room since the day of our closing. They were thin, looked to be bedsheets actually, with curtain rods … [Read more...]

Little Golden Storybook Art

Have an old book with lots of memories or a damaged book that you’d love to do something with? During my awesome trip to Goodwill that went down in the record books, I found this Little Golden Book, circa 1942, for 49 cents! When I opened it, I fell in love with the artwork and colors and thought it would be perfect in Lily’s room! The walls have been bare since we moved in and I’ve … [Read more...]

A Package Deal

Most of our garage sale finds from this weekend are stashed in my decor storage area since I couldn’t get them hung/displayed before the party (you know how that is), but here are our big goodies!   large antique mirror, $5 (yes, that’s my un-made bed. no shame here, folks…) lawn tractor, $250 plus $125 of maintenance to get it running like the beast it is (but no, I don’t think it’s … [Read more...]