Bunnies and Brackets and Bread, Oh My!

folded bunny ears napkin

Random, I know.  With such a random title, please expect a random post to follow…. but also project updates and a Pinterest non-fail thrown in for good measure.  Happy Easter, y-all!  I hope your Easter was filled with great family time, food and celebrating our risen Savior!  We celebrated with my side of the family in Michigan with food, games, food, basketball, tv sports watchin’, food, church, food, shopping, food and guns, and oh yeah, some more food…

melted plastic plant on BBQ

As you can see from the above, my good old dad was trying his hardest to get some greens in our meals, even if it had to be of the melted plastic variety stuck to the BBQ…  😉  Dad also bravely allowed a couple of my sons to accompany him on his first morning of turkey hunting season–and they bagged one!  This was no small feat as one of his companions is notoriously chatty.  😉  Way to go, Grandpa!  And no, we did not eat the turkey for Easter dinner…

folded bunny ears napkin

So my mom was super impressed with the bunny ear folded napkins my sister and I managed to whip up for Easter dinner while she was finishing up her integral role in the church choir that none of us ever tease her about…  😉  I must thank Kris from Driven by Decor for the bunny napkin idea (click here for tutorial).  Although, we used fabric napkins instead of paper so had to improvise a bit and use paperclips to hold the bunnies together.  Anywho, obviously Easter dinner was saved by these amazing table decor masterpieces cause if you know my mom at all, you are aware of her mild obsession with table settings and dishes…  You are welcome, Mother.

And in other news here was our deck not too many days ago.  Yes, snow.  Boo.

And then here were a couple of my boys (hubs and the youngest) on the same deck not too many days ago, contemplating life, no snow in sight.  Love.  This covered deck now has furniture set up and we are enjoying the added living space off of our great room and also the spring weather when it decides to cooperate.  I’ll do a spring deck post for you soon to show you how we have that set up.

nail polish favors

Hey I made something off of Pinterest!  And it turned out totally cute!

nail polish treats

I made these nail polish candy/marshmallow treats for a recent fundraiser my son’s school held and they turned out sooooooo cute!  Click here for the recipe/tutorial.

artisan bread

So I make homemade bread quite often, and then I regret it.  Not because it doesn’t turn out (it is freakin awesome, people!)…. but because I want to eat the entire thing still warm from the oven and slathered in butter (even with the weird wart things this loaf had on it).  Years ago I bought this book:

artisan bread in five minutes a day

It makes the occurrence of homemade bread quite attainable for a busy, working mom like me.  And my boys love it when I make fresh homemade bread.  And it is very yummy and full of carbs and hard to resist for me.  But I make it for the family because I am self-sacrificing like that.  And no one notices when I sneak a slice or five.  😉  Click here to find the book on Amazon.

nhl playoff brackets

So we have a little contest going on at our house.  If you live in Canada, you already know that hockey = life’s sole purpose.  The hubs came up with the fun idea for each of us to fill in an NHL playoff bracket and the winner will get their choice of a large container of whatever they want from Costco (ok, within reason, people… we’re not talking a case of motorcycles or anything–just a bucket of sour keys or a large carton of Goldfish crackers–whatever the winner’s poison may be).  Then the losers pay for the said Costco treat.  I’ll keep you posted on how this all goes down but don’t expect my bracket to rack up any large number of points… because when it comes to hockey, I am not caring ;-).  This is why we designed our home with a great room so I can be puttering in the kitchen, still hanging out with the fam, but not forced to actually focus my eyeballs on the copious amounts of hockey our tv displays at all times.  Hey, I just participated in this crazy contest on the off chance I would win a case of Snickers ;-).

mudroom carpenter

This is a picture of PROGRESS in our mudroom – yay!  Hubs is a busy bee looking at my Pinterest mudroom pictures and trying to decipher the “style” I am going for…  Sort of cottage, craftsman, with some shiplap thrown in of course…  Click here for the post with my ideas for this area.  He is doing an amazing job!  Here is where we were at on Friday:

mudroom progress

I’m actually getting very excited to have a designated, somewhat organized spot for our jackets and shoes.  This has been a bit of a struggle for me as our last home had amazing “lockers” for each person to put all of their junk things in.  The lockers would definitely get cluttered and become great hiding spots for discarded school lunch sandwiches and the like, but at least it was somewhat contained.  The past four months have seen this little corner full on bombarded with coats, boots, shoes, hats, mitts, hockey sticks, skates, lacrosse sticks, etc.  We are definitely ready for some hooks, and cubbies and containment at this juncture.  I think this will work just fine.  And if there happen to be any stray lunch cast offs, the boys’ rooms are just across the hall from this little spot.  A quick toss and all is where it is supposed to be ;-).  Another great house design tip from Building House|Making Home – “if you have messy teenage and pre-teen boys, put their bedrooms close to the garage, laundry room and mudroom to facilitate stinky and or stray clothing item triage sessions”.  I know I am a genius already but you may type any glowing comments below if you so desire ;-).

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come again real soon!  ♥ Tina

Building House|Making Home Christmas House Tour

So today I’m linking up with The Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes.  This post is a very real, very authentic look at what our house looks like 10 days before Christmas and 17 days after moving, pictures are taken with a cell phone and this totally goes against my perfectionist tendencies ;-).  BUT…. I’m posting it anyway since The Nester is all about opening up our imperfect homes, love that!  And boy, do I have some imperfections to share–here we go:

The stockings were hung by the exposed chimney with care” because why unpack regular decor when you can unpack the Christmas stuff?!?  As you can see our “hearth” is not quite complete ;-).  My wonderful husband has that on his to do list for the one day he has off between Christmas and New Year’s Eve that we are home.  He’s just the BEST!  Shiplap all the way to the ceiling, baby!  I couldn’t be more excited!  Here’s an inspiration photo that we are modeling ours after:



You can also see that our Christmas tree is sporting exactly six ornaments.  After locating the tree box, lugging it upstairs, setting it up, stringing the lights because the “pre-lit” lights no longer work, and starting to “fluff” the branches, I called in the reinforcements.  My ten-year-old son was in charge of hanging the ornaments while I dispersed the other decorations.  Six ornaments in and he needed a break…  Sheesh!  I had no kind, Christmas spirit words at that moment for my son.  The tree currently sits surrounded by the ornament storage totes and when our plumber came to install the last two faucets, he wondered if we were all getting Rubbermaid totes as gifts this year ;-).  Not a bad idea, actually…

Let us continue the imperfect tour with the lovely hole in the wall to the right of the fireplace which SHOULD have a vent cover installed but our HVAC guy ordered the wrong size.  We will be finding the correct size and installing that ourselves…. soonish.

The stockings were a Pottery Barn online purchase and sadly, they are no longer available.  I do love these stockings and haven’t seen any that rival them in my book since I purchased them ten years ago.  They are the exact colors that I use to decorate for Christmas each year, they are large, and they are stretchy.  Our families’ stockings need to be large and stretchy since that is the only gift giving that we do around here.  The stockings will hold magazines, t-shirts, underwear, socks, candy, toys and much, much more.  My sons have been known to put the stockings on after they have unloaded them and walk around like a bunch of goofballs.  😉  It’s a pretty hilarious tradition actually and cracks me up every year.

What goofy Christmas traditions does your family have?  Please tell me something so I know we are not alone in our Christmas goofiness!

Anyway, Merry Christmas and the most Blessed 2017 from my imperfect home to yours!  Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon!  ♥ Tina


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