Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kitchen Ideas

I love my craftsman house but life is challenging with a 1920's style kitchen when you have a household of kids and friends, family and neighbors stopping by. This is my current kitchen...

My kitchen is cute but not very functional. You see how you have to squeeze by the refrigerator to get to the backyard - what a pain when you entertain a lot. I would love to knock down a couple of walls and open up our kitchen a bit more. I would also like to make the backdoor area a pantry and put french doors in the dining room. 

Here are some pics of a recent kitchen makeover that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I just want to pull up one of those island chairs and have a rum and coke (I don't like wine, otherwise I would've said wine!)
Thanks Finding Home for sharing your beautiful kitchen with us!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Going Vegetarian? Sort of.

I have been feeling the need to eliminate some meat from our diet. So, Todd and I have been talking about going vegetarian, well, sort of. We aren't getting rid of all meat and will continue to have a couple of "meat" meals each week but we are just cutting back on how much meat we consume. I have been interested in trying a meal planning web site recommended by Dave Ramsey.

It is called E-Mealz and they have many options of meal planning such as gluten free meals, vegetarian, and portion control. You can even choose the grocery store you prefer for your shopping list. I chose any store because WINCO is not an option and that is where we do our large shopping trips. The meal plan costs $15 for three months worth of meal planning. If you enter the word DAVE as a coupon you save an extra $2.50. They strive to keep the meal costs under $75/week - which is great considering all the men I feed around here.

Here is what's on the menu for the next two weeks...
Mexican Scrambled Eggs and Beans
Mixed Greens with Garlic
Turkey Pitas
Pasta Salad
Acapulco Burgers
Chic'n and Pasta
Red Beans and Rice
Pasta, Broccoli and Walnuts
Black Bean Burgers
Cabbage and Home Fries
Tofu with Greens and Cashews
Lasagna Pie
Pesto Pasta

They even include sides with your meals and grocery list. We will see how it goes. I'm not a big fan of tofu but maybe we will throw in some chicken into the recipes once in awhile. Check it out!


Essential For My Survival

We purchased the boys a 12 foot trampoline for our backyard. Yes, I know it is NOT pretty and does nothing for my quaint backyard but, it is essential for my survival and their survival as well. I can now say, "Go outside and jump that energy out!" Sweeeeeeet.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I won, I won!

One of my fav blogs is Young House Love. They always have great giveaways and I usually enter since I look at their blog EVERYDAY. Guess what? I won, I won. Here is what I have won...
Custom Family Tree Print - Cerulean - 11x14
It is a beautiful Family Tree by Genuinely Yours. So lovely, isn't it? I love having art around my house that represents our family and our stories. Love it! I am so excited.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Fav Song Today

I love this song!

Click to watch this video

Going Grey

For those of you who know me I love to paint! I love to paint my walls and furniture. Well, lately I just haven't been happy with the colors in my non-bedroom rooms. Here are some images that inspire me to go grey.

Granted we live in the northwest and we have a lot of grey. I think I just need to know that grey can be beautiful and I am more than willing to try it out on my walls. A trip to Sherwin Williams is in order ASAP!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Summer Shoes

I have a hard time finding summer shoes that are slip on and cute but not sandals. So, I had a 25% off coupon for Crocs and decided that since all the men in my life sport Crocs I should give it a whirl. Here are my shoes - they will be here in 7-10 days. I am excited to see if Crocs are for me as well!

Cute, huh?

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Empty Porch

We have some serious porch issues. When we purchased our house 7 years ago the previous owners had glued down fake grass on the porch. It was so lovely to pull up and find this...
The paint peeling and multi-colored cement, fun stuff. We haven't found a solution to this problem yet. We will probably need to visit our friends at Sherwin Williams to help us sort through this problem. Until then we would love to find a cute bistro table and two chairs to decorate our little porch area. I also need to head down to the basement to find our cute summer lights to hang up.

Here are some options for our porch table and chairs...
Red Lily Cadiz Mosaic Bistro Collection | World Market
What do you think? I think after we paint our porch the matching green and black to go with our house then the red will pop out and be adorable!

Flower Power

I am so excited to see life in my yard right now.
I am pretty sure (but not 100% convinced) that we will not have any more freezing cold temps until October. So, that means it is time to plant some flowers on my porch. Last week I hit Home Depot to find some lovely annuals.

Here is my porch before...

I can't wait until summer. It was a great treat to have temperature's in the 70's last week. Now that I've moved the bench to the backyard what should I put on our porch? Hmmmmm....

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My Fav Cookie Recreated!

I came across this blog the other day, Come On Ilene! What type of Girls Scout cookie is your fav? My all-time favorite cookie is the Samoa/Caramel Delight. Oh my goodness it is a piece of heaven. I could eat an entire box. Well, on this blog she has recreated the Samoa cookie and I am dying to try it. I need a long afternoon with no children to accomplish this task. Yum, yum! She also has a recipe to make Fish crackers, Wheat Thins and Twix. Go check it out. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Smokin' Recipes

The other morning I was in the process of cooking breakfast and boiling water for our french press when all of the sudden I started smelling smoke. Then I realized that I had set my recipe box on the front burner and it was turned on - AH! My recipe box was completely melted on the bottom. I safely retrieved my recipes and threw the box in the garbage. Now what? What should I do with all of these beloved recipes? I started searching for a new recipe box but had no luck. I then decided to go online and find out how other people organized their recipes. After much searching I decided to head out and purchase a cute notebook, plastic dividers for 4x6 cards and dividers for types of recipes. Here is how I have put together my recipe notebook.

I chose a basic black binder with turquoise stitching and lining.
You can purchase 4x6 photo sheet protectors.
 I placed 2 recipes with titles showing on each side.
Meet my handy dandy label maker - love it! 
I added labels to each divider.
It is finished!
I'm not sure if I'm going to love this method but I thought I would give it a try. Going through all of my recipes was super helpful. I threw out about 20 recipes I didn't like. I like this binder because it is super easy to find the recipe I am looking for. Another option I considered purchasing was this great find on Etsy.
READY TO SHIP...New Item..Beautiful Recipe Card Box  with Fun Colorful Dividers

How do you organize your recipes?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Basement Floorplan

Recently I saw on Young House Love Blog how they created spaces using floorplanner.com. This is a great resource and easy to use.
So, I decided to try my hand at it. I decided to design my future rec room. We will have an office area, TV/movie area and a play area. Here are the pics of the space now.
Here is the future space on floorplanner.com. Click on the link below.
I will have lots of storage for toys and crafts! Hopefully by fall 2011 this sketch will be a reality:)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Our Community

My good friend Lindsay posted this on her blog the other day and I thought I would share it as well.

Seven years ago Jeff Vanderstelt shared with us a vision he had for a church body that loved Jesus and loved people. After hearing this vision of what the church should really look like we prayed for months about what God would have us do. We quite our jobs in the Seattle area and moved to Tacoma not knowing what God had for us here. It has been an adventure and we are thankful for God's calling many years ago.

If you have ever wondered why we wanted to be part of Soma Communities here is a video that sums it up well. We are so thankful for our Soma family. Being a part of Soma has changed our lives and our view on how to love people. We are challenged daily to love people like Jesus loves people. To not put on a smiley face and say I'm a Christian but to be real and raw about life. Click on the link (Soma Communities) below to watch the video.
Soma Communities - Tacoma, WA

Monday, May 9, 2011

Nine Going on Ten

As I hosted Mother's Day lunch at my house this last weekend I started to realize how badly I need to update some of my beloved kitchen items. Here are the items I need to update after 9 years of marriage.

OXO® Digital Instant Read Thermometer

3-6-9-12 Wall Clock
I just like this clock and I think it would be cute in my kitchen:)

5-Piece Bamboo Utensil Set5-Piece Parker Bowl Set
W├╝sthof® Gourmet 12-Piece Knife Set
The Cellar "Carrington" 16-Piece Glassware SetPyrex Accents Covered 2-Cup Measuring Cup
 Martha Stewart Collection Measuring Cups, Set of 4 CollapsiblePyrex Solutions Bakeware, Nonstick 4 Piece SetPyrex Accents Rectangular Baking Dish, 3 Qt.

I think we should have a "bridal" shower every ten years of marriage. Don't you think?