Saturday, January 13, 2018

Creative Features, Kitchen Remodel and Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party Jan. 13, 2018

Thanks for dropping by our link party!  Your posts are seen on 4 blogs when you link up!  Each host chooses Features from last week's party to Feature on their blog so make sure that you stop by each blog to see if you were Featured!

This last week I shared some details of our recent KITCHEN REMODEL. 
Some work we did ourselves, some we hired out to professionals.  I am pretty happy with the result!

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Pillar Box Blue has a great collection of new uses for Old Wooden Crates.

Old wooden crates are a cheap and stylish way to create furniture and extra storage for your home. Here are 21 of the best wooden crate repurposing ideas. #oldwoodencrae #woodcrate #applecrate #winebox #repurposedcrate

By Country Chic Cottage.
Make these Valentine cookies for someone you love! Cute covered Oreos that look like lady bugs! So simple and no baking required!
Bombshell Bling shared a cute tutorial for a Fringed Heart Flannel Scarf--cozy!

This tutorial will teach you how to make this adorable fringed heart flannel scarf. Beat the winter cold while still looking fashionable!

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Little House Living had the most views with her Make Your Own Reed Diffuser.
Pretty nifty!
Reed Diffuser

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kitchen Remodel and Funtastic Friday 161

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How has your first few days of 2018 been? We have a new granddaughter--Staci gave birth to Oakli Alma (Alma was my mom's name) on January 8, 2018 at 11:03 A.M.  Oakli weighed in at 7 pounds 11 ounces and is 21 inches long.  Get to meet Miss Oakli next week!  Will have photos to follow!

We’re looking for bloggers to help host the Funtastic Friday link party. If you’re interested, get in touch with me or one of the other party hosts.

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I shared information about our new KITCHEN REMODEL  on the blog today.  So happy with it!
 Here are our Features from last week's party:
John Marzetti Noodle Casserole is an easy comfort food #recipe that everyone in the #family loves. Filled with ground beef and noodles, and smothered with a cheesy sauce, this is the ultimate in comfort food!
John Marzetti Noodle Casserole Recipe @ Play Dates to Parties

Heidi's favorite - Cranberry Orange Mini Bread Loaves @ Little House Living
Vegan Cheesecake
Debra's favorite - No Bake Vegan Cheesecake Recipe @ Powered by Mom
Make these Valentine cookies for someone you love! Cute covered Oreos that look like lady bugs! So simple and no baking required!
Sherry's favorite - Valentine Cookies: Lady Bug Covered Oreos @ The Country Chic Cottage
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Fast, easy, taste great and good for you! Who doesn't love tasty, and healthy?
Donna's favorite - Skinny Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps @ Embellishments
Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!
Lacie's favorite - Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

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Kitchen Remodel Details

I have lived in several homes during my marriage.  Our first house was the one that we brought all of our children home to (except our youngest) and then one that holds the most memories for me.  We lived for a short time in a custom-built home but sold it after two short years--it never did feel like home to me.  The house that we live in now and have for the past 21 years was quite small when we purchased it.  My husband added on over the years--once out of necessity when we had a "surprise" who turned out to be our Ali Rose.  Larry added a family room, bedroom with walk-in closet and added a walk-in closet to our bedroom.  Later he added a garage and has re-done the yard to be so lovely.  He is pretty handy!

This past Spring we decided to remodel and enlarge my kitchen.  I don't know how I survived with six kids in the small kitchen that I had for years (Ali came after our two oldest had graduated high school).  You know, wherever mom is is where everyone else wants to be, yeah?  Even the dogs!  

My husband and I decided to use Lowe's Design Center in Sparks, Nevada to help us lay everything out and the sale on Kraftmaid cabinets (30% off) didn't hurt, either!  We are quite happy with our cabinets--we purchased Kraftmaid cabinet style Gentry Maple Square in Slate finish.  I just wipe them occasionally with a damp cloth to keep them neat looking.  Actually, as I was doing yoga today I noticed it's time to do that.....Yes, I do some of my workouts in the kitchen because I love it!

My husband and one of our sons did the demolition work--which I am sure they found awesome!

It was a long process, longer than I anticipated.  Wall moved, washer and dryer and hot water heater moved to a new laundry room, new granite counter tops, all new cabinets, new Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring, new appliances (except for the fridge which was still in good functioning condition).
Our granite counter tops were purchased through Lowe's also and are Caledonia 3 CM Granite.  

My husband wanted to make sure everything was just so; the cabinet installers and the granite installers placed those items.  We also had a tile backsplash added and hired a tile installer locally for that.  My husband actually is quite handy--he has finished basements, built garages, added on rooms to our home but between feeling the pinch of aging, his long hours at UPS, and wanting to make sure everything was perfect, he opted to have the professionals install.  He did tear out our old Pergo floor and laid the Mannington Adura Max water-proof floor easily.  It will be placed in the main living areas and hallway in our home but not till Spring of this year.  I do really like it--it cleans easily and has a lovely, textured appearance to it.  I chose "Margate Oak" for the color and it reminds me of old barn wood almost--but not as splinter-y lol.  We purchased our flooring at National Flooring stores and felt we received a great price on it.

We removed a large window and replaced it with double doors, bought at Home Depot.  It's so nice to be able to walk out into the backyard rather than go through our garage as we have done for years!

There is a bit of an adjustment period, at least for me.  I was so used to my old appliances that the new ones seemed odd and not user-friendly to me.  For instance, our new range has a convection oven, which I hadn't used before.  I realized my baking times are different than with my old oven.  I am slowly figuring out how long to leave my chocolate chip cookies in compared to all the years before.  I do make really good chocolate chip cookies, so I have been told :).

Our range is electric and is a Samsung Smooth Surface 5-Element Self-Cleaning Slide-In Convection Electric Range (Model #NE58K9430SS).  We also chose a Samsung 1.6 cu ft. Over-the-Range Microwave (Model #ME16H702SES).  Our new dishwasher is a Bosch Silence-Plus 44dba.  It is much quieter than our last dishwasher.  Our backsplash was purchased through Lowe's and is American Olean Starting Line Gloss White Ceramic Wall Tile, 3" by 6".   
If you have any questions about anything you see here, send me an email to and I will try to answer your question.

It is nice to have a new, roomy kitchen--once it was all done!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Party in Your PJs 190 and Shared Ideas

Welcome to Party in Your PJs!  Our precious Oakli arrived January 8th, all 7 pounds and 11 ounces of her!  Staci is tired but what mom isn't after giving birth?  Little Parker, who is 19 months, has been showering his sister with kisses.  Can't wait to see them next week!

Features from last week's party:

Just Measuring Up  showed us how to make Storage Bins from Cardboard Boxes.  Clever!

Joy at A Vintage Green kindly shared a blog post from each month of 2017--stop by and see what she was up to!

 Chas' Crazy Creationsmade a Terra Cotta Personal Space Heater for this cold rooms.
Why didn't I think of that?
Terra Cotta Personal Space Heater

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