Decorating for the Holidays Requires a Plan and a Strategy… December 7, 2017 - Decorating your house for the holidays is something that many of us do. Those who it falls to can often feel like this is a massive undertaking and, well, it is. Year after year it goes up. Most likely we add to it and then it comes down. The following year it’s even more work … Continue reading Decorating for the Holidays Requires a Plan and a Strategy…
A Month of Little to No Blogging… May 30, 2017 - Wow, what a month. For those who follow my blog you inevitably noticed that I have been unusually quite for nearly a month, but what a month it has been. Rest assured there has been some cooking to share there hasn’t been anywhere near the volume I normally do. Add to a lighter cooking load … Continue reading A Month of Little to No Blogging…
Making Family Traditions My Own, The Matzo Cloth April 19, 2017 - Many of us grow up with family traditions. Often in those traditions there are family heirlooms. As we grow up and leave home to start our individual lives as adults we start reminiscing over holidays past. We think of the smells, sights, sounds and even the heirlooms and it evolves into a nostalgia. If there … Continue reading Making Family Traditions My Own, The Matzo Cloth
Good Design is All in the Details March 10, 2017 - In 2014 my husband and I decided to leave the fast paced life of the California bay area and move somewhere slower, quieter, and allow us to focus on quality of life. After finding a house on Zillow we flew out to Iowa to see it in person. Once at the location we new we … Continue reading Good Design is All in the Details
Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination at Christmas (part 4, All That Candy) February 15, 2017 - So, I meant to write this over the holiday season but time got away from me and even though this is from a Christmas Book I wanted to share this part of the project with all of my foodie friends or any of you who have a sweet tooth. In Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination … Continue reading Jet the Frog’s Big Imagination at Christmas (part 4, All That Candy)
A Light Remodel or a Light Remodeling January 6, 2017 - Last March my husband and I started remodeling the main floor of our turn of the century farm house in northern Iowa. After getting the kitchen done and the floor laid life got busy and we didn’t make any more progress on the house. Then while my husband had some time off between Christmas and … Continue reading A Light Remodel or a Light Remodeling
Christmas Time, Will Always Be, Just So Long, As We Have We December 15, 2016 - So I was recently asked about inspiration. Where does it come from? This got me thinking about my “creative process”. I’ll admit it sort of floods in the moment the inspiration hits so trying to figure out the steps or the process is a bit tricky but I will give it my best shot.
Welcome Christmas, Fahoo, Ramus Welcome Christmas, Dahoo, Damus December 13, 2016 - When thinking of decorating your house for Christmas there is one room that often gets over looked but needs a little love and that’s the guest room. It doesn’t need to be a lot but a few touches to make your guest know you thought about them to make their stay special makes all the … Continue reading Welcome Christmas, Fahoo, Ramus Welcome Christmas, Dahoo, Damus
Fahoo, Fores, Dahoo, Dores, Welcome All Whos, Far and Near December 12, 2016 - As we walk thought my house you will see an odd room. Well, it’s more of an odd space. Straight in just past the kitchen is this large square space or room, it only has one full wall, on with a door and a hutch, and one that it is partial and leads you into … Continue reading Fahoo, Fores, Dahoo, Dores, Welcome All Whos, Far and Near
6 Tips for Tackling the Pantry: Explore the Possibilities… December 11, 2016 - A pantry, no matter the size, is the key tool to any home cook. This is where the secret lies, to the question, what’s for dinner? How you stock your pantry is entirely defined but how you cook, what you like, and what you have planned.
Fahoo, Fores, Dahoo, Dores, Welcome Christmas, Bring Your Cheer… December 9, 2016 - Our holiday tour takes a turn into another and more traditional room of the house. However this room is anything but traditional. It’s the living room. When we bough this house this room was listed as a 4 season porch. Most porches that are inclosed like this are “3 season porches” but this one is … Continue reading Fahoo, Fores, Dahoo, Dores, Welcome Christmas, Bring Your Cheer…
Christmas Day, Is In Our Grasp! So Long, As We, Have Hands To Clasp! December 8, 2016 - If there was one thing I was excited about most this Christmas season it’s my Christmas dinner. So come this way and see the next room on my holiday tour of my house decorated for the season and take a look at my dining room.
Welcome, Welcome, Fahoo Ramus, Welcome, Welcome, Dahoo damus… December 7, 2016 - As we continue the tour of my home the next room I want to share is yet another that can be difficult to decorate for Christmas. This kitchen. With food, crumbs, grease, and counter space at a premium, kitchen pose difficult to bring in some holiday cheer.
Fahoo, Fores, Dahoo, Dores,Welcome Christmas, Christmas Day… December 6, 2016 - Brining Christmas cheer into your home does not need to be difficult. As we let ourselves be enveloped into the season it’s hard to look anywhere and not see the holidays represented somehow. When it comes to decorating our homes we often focus on common rooms, the living room and the dining room. Some may … Continue reading Fahoo, Fores, Dahoo, Dores,Welcome Christmas, Christmas Day…
Fahoo, Fores, Dahoo, Dores Welcome Christmas, Come This Way… December 2, 2016 - The Christmas tree. Should it be real? Can it be fake? Do I need to go chop one down? Can I buy it from the supermarket? When does it go up? How long does it stay up? Do I have to let me kids decorate it? What do I do with all my fancy ornaments? … Continue reading Fahoo, Fores, Dahoo, Dores Welcome Christmas, Come This Way…
Layers, LAYERS, and MORE LAYERS!!! December 1, 2016 - The difference between a house and a home… is layers.
The Big Idea November 30, 2016 - The big idea. The inspiration. The epiphany. Where does it come from? How do you get it? Some might describe it as a light bulb going off over your head. Some may describe it as a being struck by lightening. Do only creative people get it? Who is a “creative person” anyways?
The Thanksgiving Table November 14, 2016 - With the big day fast approaching there are a ways you can prepare. Planning, shopping, organizing, cleaning, and one I find helpful, a dry run. Since I only set this table once a year it’s easy to misplace things. Do I have all the plates I need. Do I have enough seating for everyone? Do … Continue reading The Thanksgiving Table
Shulchan Orech or Set the Table November 12, 2016 - Growing up observing Jewish traditions and heritage one thing we did from when I was very little was Passover. The reading of the Haggadah and the service that went with it seemed like it took forever when I was younger but at the very end my dad would announce “Shulchan Orech!” This was the phrase that … Continue reading Shulchan Orech or Set the Table
Dream Kitchen in Progress November 7, 2016 - You crack open a cookbook. Maybe it’s your favorite Michelin starred chef. Glossy pictures of amazing food. You’re inspired to give it a go. Then, you enter your kitchen and reality hits. It’s dark. It’s gloomy. It’s dated. The appliance are old. The burners on the stove have a mind of their own. The refrigerator … Continue reading Dream Kitchen in Progress
Christmas Cards? In November? November 2, 2016 - Now that it’s November it’s time to start thinking about all of your Christmas planning. Yes, Thanksgiving is coming up but hopefully you already have that planned. Now, since there isn’t much to do on that front it’s time to think about Christmas Cards and any other preplanning you need to be doing.
Designing Featured Images November 2, 2016 - When working on launching my blog I discovered that I would have to do a lot of custom artwork for my blog. The template I picked out allowed me to put featured images on pages and categories. This was going to be the image that would be seen before a reader picked a post to … Continue reading Designing Featured Images
Time, Patience, and Detail October 31, 2016 - Happy Halloween! With today being Halloween I was thinking about what to post. Later today I will have more food post and what-not but I was thinking I should pay tribute to this holiday with a throw back to one of my favorite costumes I made. Yes, I sew too.