Sunday, June 29, 2014

To Stay, or Not To Stay

Three years ago, we bought our house....

We were IN LOVE with this house from the moment we pulled up in the driveway with our Realtor in tow. And I fell even more in love with it as soon as we walked in. We came from a house that I bought when I was just 22 and single. It was a shoebox...horribly laid out. BUT, it worked for me. And it worked for us when I married my husband. And it even worked when we had our first born, Autumn. But then, we found out we were expanding with Brooklynn. NOW, we were stressed about living there. We found this house the DAY it went on the market and it was a short sale! It was meant to be ours!

Fast forward three years. We've done some landscaping and some odds and ends around the house to make it our own. But we were never really sure if we were going to STAY here forever. Ron really wanted at least an acre of property. But after looking for quite a while, going back and forth on what to do, putting some bids down on houses and properties and it not panning out, and me not really decorating the house or really making it our own, it has finally come to the point where we just can't find anything that is better than the house we have...without having a mortgage that takes up both of our paychecks.

So, we're staying.

We. Are. Staying.

Whew! I can FINALLY start planning! For someone who doesn't like unfinished work or living life without a plan of action, this is a HUGE sigh of relief! I really didn't care if we stayed or if we moved, I just wanted to NOT be in a state of limbo anymore!

So, now I've gone full force in planning....

I have TONS of BIG projects in the works. First up?? POOL! If you know anything about me, you know that the beach and the pool are a HUGE part of who I am. I grew up with a pool in my backyard. I love to be able to just wake up and go swimming, entertain around the pool, relax at night in the pool, come home from the beach and jumping in the pool. I just love it...need it. HAVE to have it.  

And now I will. Well, next year I will. No sense in putting it in now when it'll be done in the winter and then I can't really use it.

I have MANY more projects that will need to get done. And I will need a contractor to help me with them. Thankfully, my parents are moving back in November and my dad is a builder. He will already have his first jobs lined up when he moves back. 

So now, you'll get to see the transformation of my house. This is why I love blogging; because now I can look back and see everything that we've done. 

I've been on a pinning rampage for kitchens, bathroom, pools, and offices. (check my boards!). If you know of any good blogs for home designing, decorating, remodeling, let me know! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Chalkboard Art

Happy first day of summer!!! Well, it was when I drew the board...yesterday. haha!

Yesterday, I showed you my Spring Chalkboard I did a few months ago.  And today, here's my FIRST Summer Chalkboard!!  I say 1st because I wanted a few different things in my mind, but I couldn't do them ALL in one board.

This one took a lot of erasing...with a paper towel (wet AND dry) AND Q-Tips. lol. I used a ruler to help keep the writing straight in the middle there... I REALLY wanted to draw a mermaid in water for the "Mermaid Kisses" part, but I didn't trust myself on that one! eek!

You can check out my "inspirations" on my Chalkboard Art Board on Pinterest..this one was a combination of a few different ones.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Spring Chalkboard Art

I was doing some "research" on what I could do for my summer Chalkboard Art, and I realized that I don't think I shared my Spring Board, that I'm KIND of obsessed with. haha. Anyway, I realized I needed to blog about it because I would want it for future reference to maybe do it again! haha!

If you want to check out other boards I've been pinning during my "research" you can check out my Chalkboard Art Board on pinterest.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Baby C...Gender Revealed!

Today was the day. I wasn't going to find out so soon... I really honestly, didn't care that much. We thought we pretty much knew what Baby C was going to be. But hubs suggested we go now. Ok. I'll make the appointment....

My belly has been tied up in knots...What was Baby C?!?!


HAHA!!! We all KNEW we were going to have a 3rd girl....

Let's just call Ron "The X-Man"

I think for Halloween he should dress up as an X-Man character...

Now... to start thinking of Baby C names!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Blueberry Cobbler Crisp

So, one of my favorite desserts to make is a Cobbler... I don't know why it's so comforting, but it is. Summer, winter, whatever is in season you can use for the fruit.

This is my take on a Blueberry Cobbler Crisp (I add the crisp because I just LOVE the crumbles on top).

There are 2 parts: The Cobbler and the Topping

For the Cobbler, I just use a simple recipe, using Bisquick. ha! See?? simple.

6  tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/4  cups Original Bisquick™ mix 
1/2  cup sugar
2/3  cup milk
3  cups fresh blueberries
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Heat oven to 350°F. Pour melted butter into baking dish. (I always use my cast iron pan, but if I need to take it somewhere, I put it in an 8 or 9 inch square pan.)
  • In medium bowl, whisk together Bisquick mix, sugar, and milk; pour over melted butter.
  • Stir lemon zest, lemon juice, and blueberries together.
  • Sprinkle blueberry mix evenly over Bisquick batter. 

For the Crisp, I use a basic streusel recipe

1 cup flour
1/3  cup sugar
1/4  cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (or sometimes I trade out for pumpkin pie spice!)
1 stick of cold cut butter (1/4 pound)

For the topping, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and the butter. Mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas. Rub the mixture with your fingertips until it's in big crumbles, then sprinkle evenly over the fruit. 

Bake 42 to 47 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm....and maybe even with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! YUMMY!