Friday, November 23, 2012

Making a House smell like Home for the Holidays


All it takes is a bowl full of baking ingredients, an oven, and a love of family time!


From the Joy Of Cooking

GINGER SNAPS 
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 well beaten eggs
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vinegar
3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2-3 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon cloves

Preheat oven to 325
Cream butter and sugar together
Stir in eggs, molasses and vinegar
sift and add in increments flour, soda, and spices
mix ingredients until blended.

Form dough into 3/4 to 1" balls. Bake on greased (if not non-stick) cookie sheet about 12 minutes.
Dust with powdered or plain sugar.

Seal in baggies or plasticware to keep them soft-chew soft!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The wheels of home improvement sometimes turn slowly...and sometimes very very slowly. :) Since the floor I have added a couple little pieces to the home, but have done nothing on my major list.

Unless you count my war against the indoor bats. I'm against bats in the house. Just sayin.

I did however find some inexpensive but attractive curtains an tieback hooks for my living room. I think it cozied it up...what do you think?

 BEFORE:



  














AFTER:


















AND, I found this adorable lil topiaries at Goodwill for $1 each. I was actually looking for topiaries to go here too! Love it when a plan comes together :)


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A little improvement

So the restoration has begun... I love my grand lady but there are a few (hundred) things I have plans to do to help her be her grandest self.

One was finished today...I'm still in sticker shock, but I'm so very happy with it.

From taped down blue carpet (I can't find my before photos dang it) to:


drum roll please.....

TA DA!!

A new floor!! :)

I love it! I hope it lasts 4 times longer than carpet.

I broke a cardinal rule though, I didn't get the room painted before the floor went in. I know, I know!! But when I get to that I will tape like crazy and double drop cloth it.

Hmmmm wonder what I should do next????? 

Choices include
stripping wallpaper - in the kitchen and upstairs bedroom
redoing the downstairs bath and putting a shower
kitchen - I could paint the cabinets just to get by for awhile
paint everything!!
windows
landscaping
attic sealing - and evicting the bats - ewww
etc, etc

what do you think??

oh and I'm hosting a graduation party here May 26th I better get ready for!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Re-introducing home sweet home

I sold my house and bought this one last fall. I moved in the first of December. So far I have hosted two large get-togethers and a couple girls night ins.

And I have begun to make lists of things I'd like to do it.

For the most part moving into this house has been like slipping into your favorite pair of jeans.

My pet project will be getting my library done. This is a good interiem look, and stores my books well, but eventually I want floor to ceiling built in bookshelves with a window seat. Even more fun would be if I could learn how to do this myself.

I'm becoming very happy with my dining room. I added the table and chairs for $100 off of craigslist, I still won't tell how cheaply I picked up the china hutch (but it was cheap!! ) and get this.... I traded some college text books back to Amazon and they put the value onto a gift card, I then used the gift card to purchase the rug. The price on the rug was amazing!! 120 bucks for a brand new, good quality, 7x10. Seriously!

I still need to pick out paint for in here I'm thinking just a rich deeper-than-sage dusty green.

So thats the first peek...here are a few more shots of fun times making new home memories....

Added an oak fireplace to the living room. Love having the TV on this rather than just an entertainment piece.

Two Christmas trees this year and candles in every window. I've never felt so cozy!!

I also have a huge project to do remodeling the kitchen. the powder room... upstairs windows.. my daughter's bedroom...ah and on and on.

I think I'll talk about the kitchen next post. And hopefully I can find my camera again (haven't seen it since the move) and wont have to post cell phone photos! ;)