The kitchen – my favorite room. Heart and soul of our home. Supplier of sustenance, aromatic ambience, making of memories – all of these intensified by the holidays. Endless cookies and memorable meals enabled by a graceful dance between cook and kitchen.
For me, the kitchen seems the most logical place to begin decorating for Christmas. Once embraced by the heart it will slowly exude throughout. Plus, at least you can begin dining festively.
Keeping true to my minimalistic prefrence in the kitchen, the decor is...
I’m not sure about everyone else, but I definitely fit into the “messy” category when painting (well, doing any project really). I am the WORST at cleaning up afterwards. I don’t like this trait about myself. In fact, I wish I could change. Not gonna happen. I’ve tried. I’m not programmed to operate that way. I assume most “clean” DIYers end their work taking cleanup into consideration. Enough time, energy, and daylight left to complete this final step. I’m an all or...
Most husbands are probably thrilled when their wives decide to have a garage sale. And, what’s not to love? Clutter outta the house, make some money, and the garage gets a good cleanin’ in the process. I can neither confirm nor deny this, but I suspect my husbands are quite the opposite. Clutter outta the house: check. Make some $: check. Clean garage: nodda. Oh, and end up with more clutter than I had to begin with: check. I am sure this is not the norm, and my parents are to blame.
Oh sure, blame the in-laws. ...
Before we moved to our current home, I used to bake like I was the sole provider for a bake sale (good thing I’m not, since the profits would be eaten before even placed on display). With that said, I still bake up some fun in the kitchen here and there. For the most part I enjoy this immensely, with one exception: assessing what’s needed. Not every creation made in my kitchen was complicated by unreachable embellishments – but, for the many that are: problem solved!
My absolute favorite books for baking inspiration...
How many times have you heard “it’s the thought that counts.” Nobody means it – especially when it comes to gifts. For those of you who strongly oppose this, try it. I dare you. Seriously. The next obligatory gift occasion tell that to either your wife or mother. There is a 50/50 chance your mother will ‘fake it.’ Your wife will not. Even if her words differ from her behavior.
I stumbled across this idea nearly 10 years ago. To this day it remains one of my most favorite gifts to...
My name is Carrie Siems, and the current chapter in my life began in 2002 when I met my husband to be. Since then, Jeff and I wed, built a home, had a child, cut our income in half, and moved from our first home to our second home in June of 2009. We have always been interested in looking at other homes, and agreed that if the right opportunity came along, we would peruse it. The home we currently live in began as a joke. Seriously. It’s a nice home, in a nice neighborhood. The interior was nicely decorated… when it was...
This is one of the largest projects I have ever undertaken. If you want to complete the project as is, each step of the process is listed and linked to it’s post (if a number is not linked, it’s either not fully completed or hasn’t been written up yet). If you do not want to do this project, I have it broken down step by step so you can go directly to the part you’re interested in.
You may want to check out these tips and tricks before you start.
Reasons we chose to paint the floor.
Find inspiration for floor...
There are many pros and cons of being an only child. Going to an amusement park during family vacation: definite con. Inheriting china from both lines of family: pro. Especially for me. Something about delicately hand painted porcelain brings with it a sense of nostalgia. A more formal time when jeans weren’t worn to church, men held doors open for women, and children listened to figures of authority. (Much of what still holds true to the South today.)
But for me, it’s not just the china. The sterling flatware, silver...
This wall may portray me to be very vain – especially when the number is in black and white. This was a large wall that I really wanted something that made a statement on it. Sixty-six picture frames did the trick. Each and every picture in them is of my immediate family: Jeff, Bentley and I. No, it’s not a shrine that we bow down to with each passing. But, each passing does bring a smile to my face. I don’t see 66 picture frames, but 66 fabulous memories I’ve has with my family.
With a tight budget armed with...
This combination of flavors is sophisticated enough for an adult palette, but it’s sweetness can capture the approval of children. The Calvados creates depth to an otherwise simple meal, and the balsamic adds a savory element. This would pair nice with a simple side salad drizzled with a simple vinaigrette.
4 pork chops, your choice of cut
3 tbsp olive oil, 1.5 tbsp to rub meat and 1.5 to coat pan
sea salt to taste
1 cup risotto – risotto is actually a type of rice. The type of rice used for this was arborio...