Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday's Mom Tip [5/52]

[5/52] painting tips

Place a rubber band around your open can of paint to wipe your brush on.
No more drips down the side of the can. (this one's for me!!)

painting hacks, painting tips, cleaning tips, DIY, home improvement, life hacks

Line your paint tray with foil or a plastic bag for easy clean-up.

10 Paint Secrets: tips & tricks you never knew about paint! Great tips!

Instead of getting your paint tray covered in, well, paint, use a plastic bag to line it and pour th... - Courtesy of 2 Little Super Heroes

and I love this handy trick!

Cut out the side of a milk jug to create a paint holder with a built-in handle and brush-holder.:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

top ten + pin it tuesday: farmhouse love

I'm loving all things farmhouse these day-- and here's some inspiration that I've been pinning!

(1) cotton wreaths and stems // magnolia or boxwood wreaths on old windows, chalkboards, or mirrors (2) trays - wooden, basket, galvanized or wooden tiered, or cake stands (3) cute pillows (4) open shelves  (5) any and every thing reclaimed or distressed wood - especially counter tops! (6) cutting boards (7) metal or wooden bar stools (or a combo of both) (8) white dishes (and Rae Dunn pottery fits in nicely!) (9) signs (10) shiplap

23 grapevine wreath adorned with cotton bolls as shown. Simple country style that is timeless...

Cotton Stem - Magnolia Market | Chip & Joanna Gaines – The Magnolia Market

Laurie on Instagram: “Blogged my Friday Favorites today! There's all sorts of randoms like where you can get this minty little clock, my new favorite concealer and details on the cutest rug ya ever did see! pop on over, check it out and let me know what you're lovin this week at [or link in bio!]:

Farmhouse style fall kitchen decor. Wooden tiered tray. Wood tray. Farm fresh homestead:

Kitchen: Basket platter with green element, salt and pepper shakers and napkin holder.

Rustic Rectangular Tray with Leather Handles | Williams-Sonoma::


Affordable farmhouse pillows available on Amazon! Get the Fixer Upper style for your home while shopping in your jammies! Joanna Gaines loves using neutral pillows to create farmhouse style. All the links on the blog | <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.theharperhous...</a>


Our Industrial metal brackets are perfect for building open shelving units like those seen in the show. All you need is the wood for the shelf, and you're ready for a simply DIY!:


Rustic coffee station

Coffee bar:

LOVE these! Super easy DIY Farmhouse Frames by Little Glass Jar.

White plate + sign on cabinet by sink // bread box // cutting boards // open cabinets

fresh kitchen styling vignette of cutting boards and containers

Fixer Upper: bar stools

Tray decor:

Christmas in the Kitchen - Farmhouse Christmas Tour

| Butcher Block Countertops, Part I |

Farmhouse style hutch decorated for Christmas with fresh greenery and black and white accents.:

Rae Dunn ♥️:

Copper, raedunn and shiplap! Farmhouse decor:

nice Floating Barnwood shelves - coffee bar area.. A great solution to a…

Script Wall Expressions / Magnolia market


Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Mom Tip [4/52]

[4/52] Those pesky cords!! 

I recently discovered a way to hide them and keep them under control......
Command Cord Bundlers and Cord Clips...they are on my to-buy list!!!

source: Instagram

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source: Walmart

17303CLRES Command(TM) Clear Large Cord Clips

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How did I not know about these things????

And speaking of cords and small appliances.....I finally let my dinosaur blender go!! It would not die, 34 years later and it was still going strong. BUT, I have a Nutribullet that serves the same blending purpose and I never use it anymore, so while cleaning out kitchen cabinets last week, I finally tossed it! 
A prime example of "they don't make things like they used too"!! :O)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pioneer Woman: Hoppin' John, Loaded Corn Bread, & Collard Greens

The Pioneer Woman Cooks
A Year of Holidays Cook Book

Recipe-a-month Cooking Challenge [1/12]

January 2017
Happy New Year!!

Every New Year, I hear about everyone cooking up black-eyed peas (which supposedly brings you good luck!), and I just think "yuck". While Peter and I can eat pretty much anything, I usually have to pass on black-eyed peas. I actually did cook up a pot-full a few years ago, but for me, they were just a huge miss! Peter mentioned a dish using black-eyed peas that he had tried and it sounded intriguing. It's called Hoppin' John, and it has all the ingredients in it that I love - peppers, ham, garlic, lots of great stuff that should make for a pretty tasty dish. Surprisingly, when I started my Pioneer Woman recipe-a-month challenge, there it was, the first recipe I turned to, her recipe for Hoppin' John! Of course, I picked that to try this month, along with her recipes for Loaded Corn Bread, and Collard Greens. :O)

(I'll post her recipe with my variations noted).


4 cups dried black-eyed peas (I used a 1 lb. pkg.)
4 T. butter
4 cloves garlic - minced
1 large onion - diced
1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red bell pepper - seeded & diced
2 stalks celery - diced
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (I used a dash of red pepper flakes)
5 cups chicken broth
2 cups diced ham or ham hock
2 T. white vinegar

Cooking Instructions {HERE}


1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk (I just do the 1 cup milk + 1 T vinegar)
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup shortening - melted then slightly cooled
2 T. butter
1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green bell pepper (I used baby bell) - diced
3 cloves garlic - minced

-- cast iron skillet

Cooking Instructions: Add cornmeal to large bowl along with flour, salt, powder, and soda. Whisk together. In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, milk, egg, whisk until smooth. Pour this into dry mixture and whisk. Whisk in shortening, set aside. In skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add peppers and garlic. Cook 3-4 minutes. With veggies in a single layer in bottom of skillet, pour batter on top, smooth out evenly. Bake 20 minutes at 425  degrees or until golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve with Hoppin' John & Collards!


2 bunches collards or kale -rinsed well, stems removed
6 slices bacon - cut into pieces
2 cloves garlic - minced
2 T. apple cider vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

Heat pan to medium-high and cook bacon until half way done. Add garlic, stirring for a minute. Add greens, tossing until almost wilted. Add vinegar, toss. Season with salt & pepper. 

My review: I had only ever tried black-eyed peas once in my life, and obviously I cooked them all wrong, because they not only looked yucky, but tasted yucky as well. I was very anxious to try this recipe since I normally love all bean/pea soups and I really love corn bread and collard greens. I also wanted to do the yearly New Year's tradition of eating them for "good luck"! :O) Ree even added in her notes about this tradition that, she always heard if you leave 3 black-eyed peas on your plate after a feast of Hoppin' John, that you'll enjoy even more love, happiness, prosperity, and luck than you would from simply eating black-eyed peas in the first place....but seriously, who comes up with this stuff? And am I really superstitious??? Anyhow, rave reviews for this dish from me, Mom, and Dad - who I invited down for dinner to taste test too. The flavors just blended together so nicely, the peas with chunks of ham, the greens with that hint of vinegar, and the (unsweet) cornbread loaded with bell peppers -YUM!! I will most definitely be adding Hoppin' John as my New Year's feast next year! 

Just when I thought I couldn't learn to love anything else...I do\id!! :O)

two ships that pass in the night.....

Nathan heading down to NY from Maine------>

passing Logan heading up to Boston from NY------>

Now, how COOL is that??????

So proud of my boys!!
<3 <3 <3

Saturday, January 21, 2017

taming paper clutter

What to keep, what to toss.....I'm drowning in paper clutter!! I save EVERYTHING!! It's this time of year, after all the holiday shopping, and all those receipts, that I feel the need to really sort through all the paperwork that has piled up and hasn't found a home.

A few years ago, I actually finally found the solution for filing all those receipts and important papers in one spot. Remember this......

This old bench is the forever home for all that pesky, it's pretty and functional.

I found a drop-in filing system that fit inside perfectly........

There is even room to hold the paper shredder. I love, love, love that everything is now in one spot, no scouring the house looking for a receipt and no cluttered drawers and baskets full of unorganized papers.

But, while I had my long-term filing system in place, I needed something to keep my bill paying stuff, current receipts, and monthly budget in. I've been wanting a "command center" or mobile "bill paying station", something similar to ideas I had pinned. (picture sources for the following pics: Pinterest)

How to Create a Kitchen Command Center Part 1 of 2Organized Portable Home Office:

Great bill organizer!: Command Center

command center: How to get organized and design your home using Pinterest | The Butterfly Mom. Tackle the kitchen paperwork monster with this simple yet ultra effective “command center” via Lovely Crafty Home.
A simple and pretty solution to paper piles - use a basket and file folders to temporarily sort papers by category until you can permanently put them awayThe Sunday Basket | Professional Organizer Lisa Woodruff shares her weekly paper organization and planning tool - the Sunday Basket.

how to create an office in a boxkitchen basket organization:

Seems simple enough, a basket or bin and some folders. So, last fall, I found the perfect holder at Target online for like $20 and bought some pretty Sugar Paper folders too, now I just needed to start sorting and forward 3 months later...and new bill paying/filing command center.......

I keep current paperwork, bills to-pay, and receipts from the past 1-2 months, which I'll later add to my filing bench. It also holds my planner (Sugar Paper) and calculator, pens, etc. I picked up those fun polka-dotted clothespins in the Target $$ spot. :O)

Paper clutter challenge ---- check!

My goal is to keep on top of my filing and only store receipts here or in the won't find a receipt anywhere else in my house (now maybe I'll be able to put my hands on them when I need something!!!).

{a day in onancock}

07.14.18 We (Peter, Glenna, Addison, & I) took a day trip to Onancock for Dawsyn's 1st Birthday party! What a gorgeous day on...