Saturday, September 13, 2014

One Year Ago Today

Today I looked back on the blog to see what was happening around this time. As luck would have it, I actually posted this exactly one year ago. It's hard to believe that was a year ago.

It has gone by so fast!


I know everyone says that. Especially when you are in the thick of things, and it is overwhelming and you are stressed out, people will tell you, "Soon you'll look back and this will all be a memory." And at the time, you kind of want to punch them in the face and say, "Yeah, well right now this sucks."


That's not just me, is it?

Anyways, people said that to me a lot. And I didn't punch them in the face, I plodded ahead, knowing that someday they would be right.

And now, here I am, a year later. A lot wiser, on the home building front, a little wiser on taking things one day at a time, and none the wiser at keeping up on laundry



One year ago today we finished excavating the basement. I was in the middle of scheduling the house movers and concrete workers and electricians and plumbers and coordinating more people than I ever had before.

And I loved it.

It meant there was progress.


A year later, I am very happy with where I am. I am still struggling with the insecurities of this season of life, but overall I am so pleased with how far things have come.


Things are moving at a much slower pace than a year ago when I was scheduling a million different people, and at times I miss the progress and the action. Now it's a lot of small things that get pushed aside or put off. I liked having deadlines to work towards.


But I also love seeing all the little details coming together when I do finish a project. Like yesterday when I finally got around to hanging the sign above the kitchen entry. I still need to hang the cabinet door in there and theres a box of old paperwork on the floor that needs to be sorted, but the sign is hung, and that makes me happy!


Fall is coming and its not slipping in quietly. It has hit hard here the past couple days, and I am embracing it with open arms. The other evening the house smelled of pot roast in the crock pot and bread toasting in the oven and it was like Lucky was coming alive. We are slipping into our groove, our season is upon us and we are loving it!


Bring on the pumpkin and gourd decorations, slow cooked meals and cool evenings. It has been one year since this journey really got going and so many changes have come our way. Time hasn't stopped and life hasn't paused, so it's up to us to take the time and look back and remember.

Remember how far we've come, how much we have to be thankful for and to look forward with optimism and enthusiasm.

Have a beautiful weekend!




Monday, September 8, 2014

Time for a Slow Down and a Party


We have been in Lucky for nearly eight months now! It has been amazing. The functionality and practicality of this house is wonderful.


Remember back here, when I said I was working on before and after updates? Yeah, I'm still working on that. I am hovering in the last remaining days of summer craziness, but I can smell the slow down coming. Autumn skies and temperatures are popping in to remind me that summer will soon slip away.


The Hubs has been wanting to do an open house for quite sometime. Our way of saying thank you to all those who helped make this home a possibility, and also for a chance to invite over all the friends and family that have been asking what are you guys up to in that house?!

The thing is, I keep dragging my feet. I always tell people I have an open door policy, if they can step over the toys, they are welcome anytime to come see us or the house! And I truly mean it.


But an open house? It seems so formal. It brings all the unfinished projects that I live with daily right to the forefront.

I desperately want to throw open my doors and say 'welcome to our home', but I find myself apologizing, or rattling off the list of to-do's to visitors to make sure they know that I don't plan on living half finished like this forever.


Then I read this, "America spends more on garbage bags than 90% of the world's 210 countries do on everything." ~ Dr. Wess Stafford in Too Small to Ignore, via the Nester.

That is startling and really puts things into perspective.

It really makes me think about what I'm wasting and what I'm complaining about. Who cares that my dining room walls still need a finishing coat of paint? Who cares that we still have bare bulbs hanging in some of the rooms? Who cares that we don't have a couch in our living room or a flat screen tv, or the gallery wall is half finished?



I care. But I am trying really hard not too. There are so many hurting people in the world. There are too many people not just wanting a better life, but desperately needing it. There are people in the world who would give anything to have the stuff we're throwing in our zillion trash bags a year. They would trade me my first world problems any day.

I need to focus less appearances, and focus on what really matters. The people around me. My neighbors and friends. They aren't waiting for a perfect home for an invitation. They just want a chance to spend time together. They want to see my family, and my home, not some page out of a magazine.

I am working on pushing aside my fears of looking lazy or unfinished. I am learning to let go of my insecurities and acknowledging that all things take time.

One of the reasons I wanted this house now, was so we could spend the rest of our lives here growing and changing and making memories here. From the beginning I have been the proponent of taking our time, saving our money and slowly making it our dream home.

And to be honest, it already is. It is a dream that we are even here. I remember the tears and the fights and the days when I was convinced we would never leave the trailer house.

Those days are over. We are here. And everything else will take time. This is real life. I'm learning to find beauty in the things I would normally overlook.

(That is at my barn. I haven't let the house get quite that bad yet!)

Our house will never be 'finished'. There will always be another project, another decorating idea.
But our home is now.

Our home is in the walls that need another coat of paint, but gets pushed aside because my girls need help painting pictures. Our home is in the love seat that is too small but forces us to snuggle when we sometimes don't want to! Our home is a kitchen without back splash tiles because baking pumpkin muffins for the baby bump took precedent.


Bike rides on beautiful days with my girls, become priorities to mowing the lawn. 


Rare evening at the river make me thankful for so much, including my messy, unfinished, beautiful home.

I am not going to pretend that the unfinished projects and decorating dilemmas will no longer bother me, they will. But I am going to put them into perspective and remember that they do not define who I am.

A messy house does not make me a messy person, an unfinished project does not make me lazy. It is just the stage of my life I am in right now.

I am going to shake off the self doubt and schedule an open house. I will complete the projects I can, and leave the rest to be done in there own time.

Autumn is coming and it deserves a party! Official date coming soon! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

A little of this, A little of that

I took a little break from my summer rebellion to enjoy the Fourth of July.




I camped in a tent, swam in the river, ate ridiculously too many hotdogs and all around enjoyed the number one summer holiday!


It was hard to hate on summer, when I woke up to this each morning.



Now I am back to my usual self, staying in the a/c as much as possible, baking zucchini bread, and drinking apple cider trying to think Autumnal thoughts.

Mostly its the long hours that are wearing on me again. I just like routine and regular bedtimes and that has NOT been happening.

Instead, work has looked like this lately.


So I remind myself that I am blessed to be living this wonderful, exhausting farm life. The work is long and hard, but the view is pretty awesome. 


When I am home, I am playing catch up on piles, upon piles of laundry and doing a little baking.

The garden I planted this spring is not going to produce much this year. Turns out the cattle manure we mixed in the soil was too fresh and essentially we over fertilized the garden.

So far, the zucchini and the pumpkins are the only things that look like they're going to make it. Maybe a rogue squash or two.

Lucky for me I've been turning this...

Into this...

Zuchinni bread currently has my heart. Delicious. 

In other news, I am working on a post that recaps the past year of Lucky

Because here is the crazy part, it has only been just over a year since we went from this to this. And that is pretty incredible. 

Hang in there with me, I will be working on that post in-between life's other little matters!

I will get it posted as soon as I can! I hope you are all having a wonderful summer! 


Monday, June 16, 2014

Summertime Blues, Beauty, and Babes

Summer is not my thing.

I'm sorry. Don't hate me.

I can't help myself. I have always been an autumn kind of girl. The warm scents, the promise of cozy winter evenings at home, the snuggling and early dark. It is my jam.

This summer time gig, with the endless days, for me means, crazy bedtimes for cranky kiddos, the hub's working till sundown (nearly 10 pm), snakes, bugs, etc.

Most of these things are hard for me on their own, and as a whole, it can be flat out overwhelming.

The other evening, well after kiddo's should've been asleep, I sat outside their bedrooms listening to them NOT sleeping, and crying I told the Hub's, "I hate summer".

I was miserable and I was wallowing it in.

And it was getting me nowhere.

So I am pulling myself together and trying REALLY hard to embrace summer rather than fight it. It is not natural for me and it's not coming easy, but I am trying.

Sometimes it's all about slowing down and remembering to take in the everyday beauty. Here's what's been inspiring me lately.

The backyard view from Lucky


An incredible sunset at home. 


Ditto. 


An afternoon bargain hunting. 


And coming home with these finds. 


A mango smoothie on a 'day off'. 


 Getting my feet in the dirt and making things grow. 


Stopping for wildflowers. 


 Making new barnyard friends. 


Homemade quesadillas. 


Afternoons with my little one in my lap. 


And growing miracles, one day at a time. 


Summer will be just a memory by the time this little bundle arrives in December. All the more reason for me to take the time to slow down and savor every moment. 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer. What is your favorite thing to do during these long days? I'd love to hear what makes your summer special! 

Happy Monday! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

What's For Dinner- Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

Have you heard of Bountiful Baskets?

It's basically a co-op that you sign up for and pay a flat rate and receive fruits and vegetables every week to two weeks, depending on where you are. You can read more about it here. 

This is only my second time getting a basket, but I love all the different things that are in the baskets, and I love figuring out what to do with them.



When I received my basket this week, it had a couple heads of broccoli in it. I love broccoli, so do my girls, the Hubs? Not so much.

Here's what I made for lunch today. The girls and I ate every thing, and the Hub's gave us his broccoli!


Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo 



Seriously delicious. Here's the run down on how I made it. Keep in mind I didn't measure anything, that's how I roll, but I'll give you the ballpark amounts on it. 

Throw some chicken in a pan with a little bit of oil and salt and pepper. I used chicken tenders, but chicken breast would work as well. (I also think shrimp would be an awesome substitute!) I like chicken tenders, because they are small, so they cook quickly. Allow the chicken to cook all the way through. While the chicken cooks, start the next step. 

Boil up some pasta according to the directions on the box. I used penne noodles, but you can use whatever you like.  I used a strainer ladle, to transfer my cooked noodles to a separate bowl when they were done. Then drop in a couple handfuls of roughly chopped broccoli into the leftover hot water from the noodles. Cook for three to four minutes, then strain out the broccoli and put it in a bowl of ice water. 

If you want to get all technical this is called blanching. 

Chop up the cooked chicken and set aside. Take the broccoli out of the ice water and toss it in with your noodles. 



Time for the parmesan sauce. Oh, this part is delicious. 


Pour about 1 cup of half and half and a 1/2 cup of heavy cream in the same pan you cooked the chicken in. (You can add more or less of each depending on how creamy, rich or healthy you want it). Turn heat to low/med, add a half teaspoon of chopped garlic, more if you like more, add a quarter teaspoon grated nutmeg, fresh is best here, and salt and pepper to taste. When half and half mixture is simmering and slightly reduced, add a half cup of grated parmesan. Stir really well, blending cheese in. 

Add the broccoli, pasta and chicken to the sauce. Stir to combine and coat the pasta, and you're done!



Eat and enjoy! 

I served mine up with a side of garlic bread. 

This meal is fairly simple, and incredibly delicious. You definitely want to eat it hot off the stove. When the sauce cools, it's not nearly as amazing as when it's warm and gooey and delectable! 

Hope this helps use up any broccoli you have in your fridge!

What are you making for supper? Let me hear it!




Monday, April 7, 2014

Folllow Along on Pinterest and Instagram

Technology is not my jam.

In fact, it generally makes me want to scream expletives at my computer.

But today I conquered technology two for two and I am excited.

If you haven't noticed it yet,  I now have a link up to my Instagram and Pinterest accounts! Check out the pics to your right, (my right is your right, right?)

Anyways, you can follow me on Pinterest if you want to see my inspirations for Lucky or follow me on Instagram and see what I've been up to!

I'm excited to branch out a bit, and show you another side of where my ideas come from!

Well that's it for today. I am technologically spent! I'm going to go do something hands on, like hang the kitchen cabinet doors or make a gallery wall! Way more fun for me than widgets and html's... bleh!

Thanks for stopping by today!

P.S. I followed this tutorial for the Pinterest link and this one for Instagram! I literally couldn't have done it without them!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Small Change, Major Happy

I finally cracked the ole paint bucket back open today. I got about half of the first coat of edging in the office done before life beckoned and I had to wash the brush and shut things down.

What can you do? That's just DIY in real life. I start one project just to stop and start another. Painting walls isn't exactly kid friendly, so when the babes are around I try to do something a little less messy or just wait till nap time.

So I decided to do a small project after lunch. By little, I mean it took less than ten minutes.

I have a storage box that I use to store the girls' shoes in. There is over twenty pairs of shoes in this thing and the girls are in and out of this box several times a day.

I bought the storage box for cheap, because the top cover was wearing off at the time. Soon after I got it, I pulled the torn cover off and it has sat in our entry way looking like this since we moved in.

It needed a little update.


I unscrewed the hinges that held the lid on.


I grabbed some fabric I already had on hand and a staple gun (a girls best friend!) and stapled the fabric in place. 


I reattached the hinges. (Look at the shoes piled in there)! 


And voila!


A happy little change for the entry! 

Happy Thursday!