Hey there! I am beyond blessed to be the wife of Mark Andrew and the stay-at-home-mommy of Quinn and Morgan! I love to decorate, create things, and generally make life more beautiful! Come join me, and let's see what we can make today!

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Tuesday Tips and Recipes #2

My family enjoys Greek yougurt and granola for breakfast.  One day my husband decided we should make our own granola.  After tweaking the recipe for the last six months, we have come up with a winner, and I want to share it with you!  

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Surgery is off the table!

Did you know surgery was ever ON the table?!  Well, briefly, it was.  I have mentioned a few times that I hurt my knee on vacation (five weeks ago), and it is healing very slowly.  The x-rays showed no breaks or fractures.  Last week, I had an MRI since I had a lot of popping and catching in my knee that made them think the meniscus could be torn.  However, it is not torn, PRAISE GOD!  If it was torn, I was looking at surgery.  Since it is in tact, surgery is off the table.  It is still swollen and bruised and very sore, but the PT is helping tremendously.  Here is a pic of Mo and me when I was getting iced after a session last week.  

She HAD to bring her doctor LalaLoopsy.  Anyone else have a kiddo that is into these?  We don't even have the channel that the show is on, but she sure knows about them and apparently loves them!

Anyhow, I, as always, have soooooooo many things that I want to share with you, but I am short on time right now since everything takes me about 10 times as long as usual.  However, I am trying to really take the time and slow down and enjoy this rather than be cranky and frustrated with my slowness.  (My family would tell you that I am trying hard, but crankiness and frustration win out often...;)  AND, I have a number of tutuorials that I have been working on, and I accidentally deleted the photos from my iPhone.  I thought I imported them, but, oops!

All that to say, even though I have not posted anything fun for awhile, I am always working on something--and right now I am working four smaller projects, one medium-ish project, and one super-humongous-gianormous-so-excited-about-it-I-can-hardly-stand-it project!  You will be seeing some of those soon!

AAAAAAAND, the contestants for Creating With The Stars are going to be announced on Friday! I submitted my entry, and I would LOVE to be a contestant, but there are 361 total entries, and only 12 will be chosen. But I have a chance, right?!  Hop on over to East Coast Creative and check out the entires--you will LOVE them! My project is #24.

Enjoy the Son today!


Tuesday Tips and Recipes #1

This is going to be the first installment (hopefully of many!) of Tuesday Tips and Recipes (TTR). For about a year now, I have been wanting to share some tips and recipes with you, but I felt there were a couple of obstacles. First, I am not a great a cook.  I'm not terrible, but my husband is a waaaaaaaaaay better cook than I am!  So, first obstacle, who wants to try a recipe from someone who isn't a good cook?  Second obstacle, I usually just post DIY projects, and I didn't know how to add anything else in.

Well, obstacles, be gone! I am not the best cook, but I do try.  I figure that will make the recipes I post even more legit, because if I can do it, anyone can! ;) And as for the format concerns, it's my blog and I can post whatever I want, right?  So, I have decided that each Tuesday I will post a recipe or a tip that I want to share with you!

TTR #1: Prolong the life of your fresh herbs by putting them in water.


I love fresh herbs, but I hate that they don't last very long.  My husband, resident chef, said he heard that if you cut the ends and put the herbs in water, much like you would for fresh flowers, they would last longer. So I gave it a try.  Folks.  I am not kidding, the parsley in this pic is more than four weeks old!  I know it is starting to look a little droopy, but it is more than a month old!  Crazy!  The cilantro was going on two weeks, and it was still perfect!  I have been doing this for a couple of months now, and it is fantastic! Not only do the herbs stay fresh longer, but the refridgerator looks so fancy inside! ;)

I'm off for an MRI soon.  Remember that bruised knee I got on vacation last month?  Yeah, it's having problems and the meniscus might be torn--pray for me!

I'll talk with you soon!  Enjoy the Son today!


February Mantle

I like to decorate.  Okay, that's an understatement.  I love changing things around, especially changing things with each new season.  The one area that I change every month is my mantle.  (I am working on a post that has all of my mantlescapes in one place for easy viewing!)  You may recall that I built my Faux Fireplace just so I could have a place to create monthly vignettes!

Here is what my mantle looks like this month.

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Family Room Update

If you have followed this blog the last couple of years, you know that my family room has been a work in progress.  It is certainly not "done", but it sure is cozy!  

One of my favorite pieces in the room is the kitchen-cabinet-turned-credenza that I designed and built to create a custom entertainment center.  I first showed you this piece last May, and you can see the original post here.

Because everyone likes a good before and after, here you go:




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