Monster Pasta Salad (Halloween Party Food)

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Back from a weekend of good food, good drinks and good shopping in Chicago. We celebrated our 18th in style:) I am pulling some fun post together but is taking me a while to get my stuff together. It seems I am still trying to get us "settled" in our new house...September has been a a blur but at the same time a really long month. Hoping that I get … [Read more...]

Handmade Fall Finds on Etsy

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I am off on mini-vaca with my honey. We are in our favorite city…Chicago…celebrating 18 years. 18 years (22 if you count our courtship:) married to my honey….not to get all gushy…but really he is the mac to my cheese…he makes me laugh the hardest…and everyday is an adventure---the good the bad, ugly and pretty….everyday. No one else I would share … [Read more...]

DIY Wood Coasters

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So....sometimes I’m in a craft store…for a specific purpose….and I get this crazy idea in my head…and then start shopping for the crazy idea….this was one of those moments. I was in the wood burning tool aisle….you know with all the wood…and tools. Too specific? Anywho, I started to gather an idea in my head for some coasters that we were in … [Read more...]

Scalloped Potatoes

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Hey…happy Monday:) Hope you had a great weekend! Potatoes and cheese…with cream…I mean how can you go wrong? You can’t go wrong. It is comfort food at it’s best. This recipe pairs perfect with anything---chicken, beef, pork…or just hunker down on your couch and eat it alone---I’m not going to judge. In college, on a rainy Sunday…my housemate … [Read more...]

instafall & Giveaway

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Instagram is almost like a blog onto it’s own. It is so easy to keep in my groove and share pics here and there…..I am an insta-lover fo sur:) Last weekend I pulled out some fall decorations (from the depth of the boxes in my basement….that’s another show for another day.) I can’t find some of my things that I used last year….but I got my hands on … [Read more...]

Reclaimed Wood Platter Rack (DIY Shelves)

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My love for old trim parts is deep. I have used these pieces in several projects throughout the past 4 years. These reclaimed wood platter racks make great use of old trim parts. They are really art unto themselves—along with whatever you happen to place on top of them. In our new dining space….we have a large wall that was just crying for … [Read more...]

Fall Entertaining Inspiration: Let’s go pinning…

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Oh my goodness it was a beautiful fall - like weekend here! I was sharing lots of fun fall ideas over on instagram. It was fun to pull out some fall things and spruce up the house a bit. So many great ideas out in blogland. ...and on pinterest! There isn’t a doubt…Pinterest is here to stay. It is this generations form of inspiration and a fabulous … [Read more...]

crossing paths….

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It is funny how paths cross. I met my husband while passing in the parking lot outside our dorms at UD. He looked up and said “Hi darlin..”  Sidenote: "darlin" will always work....especially in a true southern accent. Always... in case there are any college age males in the audience...cue crickets:)  Another sidenote: strange to think if we were … [Read more...]

All Day Marinara Sauce

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  Making your own big batch of marinara sauce makes you feel like a rockstar. It is very easy….you can spice it up or down…salt more or less…and when you family comes home at night they will smell the goodness and realize that you are indeed the rockstar mom that you have been telling them you are all these years. Win win right?! So, the … [Read more...]

Barn door becomes coffee table…

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Hi all! Did you hear that this winter is going to be colder than last….that is what the experts are saying. They must be wrong…right (she says while hands shake…). Oh the humanity!!! So try to soak in these last few weeks of hotness mmkay?!? One of my all time favorite projects that we have completed was our Barn Door Desk. It was a perfect … [Read more...]