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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Anniversary Dinner

On Friday the 13th Justin and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. I made a nice dinner by candlelight.
I set a simple table for the two of us while dinner was cooking, nothing fancy.

We had bacon wrapped filet mignon, parmesan asparagus and mashed potatoes. 

I set the kids up at the bar, but little one decided she was joining us at the table.

For dessert blackberry crisp and the best ice cream ever!!! (it finally made its way to Raleigh and we stocked up on a recent trip to the city!)

You can find the recipe for the blackberry vanilla crisp HERE. It is absolutely delicious.

Happy Anniversary hunny. I love you muches and looking forward to many more.

Michele <3

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Revisiting the dining room

So I don't think I've shared my dining room in some time. I haven't made many changes because well I've been pretty content with it and rather focus on other rooms in the house that really need help!
I say this is our dining room, but the reality is if we had an eat in kitchen this would be our breakfast area and I would purchase a much larger there is plenty of room for the guests that we never have.  :)

I got these kooboo chairs from World Market some time around January. I actually bought 4 of these, but I like mixed chairs around the table. I just wrapped an antique french postal bag around the cushion and on the other is a feedsack.

I added my new french chair.  (Please ignore the armoire. I bought it at goodwill over the summer for Reagan's bedroom and since Justin was deployed it has been sitting here.) We will move it as soon as I get her bedroom together.

I still love my european grainsack as a table runner.
The cloche and Mackenzie Childs plate is home to some peach jam I made a couple weekends ago.
I flipped my red check pillows over to display red ticking.

The Mary Kay Crowley painting was a Mother's Day gift from Justin, I framed it myself. I love it, it is just fabulous! I first came across Mary Kay Crowley paintings from Kristi, The Thrifty Gypsy and fell in love I could live inside her paintings!

I hope you enjoyed my mini tour.

Michele <3

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Homemade Play dough

I love making stuff with my kiddos, although lately we haven't done much. We Justin painted both of the kid's rooms and we moved Reagan to the bigger bedroom, since Jonathan will be going to his dad's house in Texas for the school year. (He leaves in 2 weeks :( and I am sad) Her room looks like a twister hit it, I'm hoping to have everything organized in a couple days.
I am also getting the house ready for my sister's visit in August....but in between all the laundry, rearranging and cleaning I squeezed a project in with the little ones.

I thought it was fun and I'm certain Reagan enjoyed it much more than Jonathan.
I let them choose what colors they wanted to make.

Reagan is working hard on her pink snowman.

She wanted me to take a picture of it.

Have fun with your kids today!


1 C Flour
1 C Water
1/4 C Salt
1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
2 tsp Cream of Tarter
Food Coloring


Mix together all the ingredients, except the food coloring, in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring. Once it begins to thicken, add the food coloring. Continue stirring until the mixture is much thicker and begins to gather around the spoon.
Remove the dough onto wax paper or a plate to cool.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!

                                                   Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
                                                         (Pictures are from last year)

Monday, July 2, 2012

My French Country"ish" finds

I went to a couple yard sales a few weeks ago and came across these gorgeous chairs! I was smitten.

Ok to be honest with you I actually walked away from them to look around at some other stuff, until I saw a van full of ladies walk up the driveway...I ran back to the chairs and told the lady. I'll take them, $30 for both!

They had been her Mother's and her mom did the fleur de lis needle work. She said they were atleast 80 years old. The other chair hadn't been reuphostered yet but she gave me the finished needlework. I just need to find someone around here who can do it for me. The back of the chair is finished in a red velvet.

I picked up the vintage children's cookbooks for my little ones.
I LOVE the phone, I can't wait to hang it in my kitchen. I got that baby for $3.
It needs a little reworking. It receives calls, but doesn't ring, and you can't call out.

Look at this copper bathtub...*cough* I mean boiler.
Reagan thinks it is a bathtub LOL

I found it at one of my favorite antique shops in downtown Selma.

We have been busy here! Justin had his ALS graduation ceremony last Thursday (I will share pictures soon) and Friday was his Birthday.
We'll be celebrating our 5th wedding Anniversary in less than 2 weeks. A week after that Jonathan will go live with his dad for the school year and Justin will go to 7 lvl school for 2 weeks.
He'll be home for a short time and then he'll be TDY in Utah for a couple weeks.

While hubby is gone my older sister will be visiting from Houston, so in the mean time I will be getting our home visitor ready LOL
I'm so excited, while she is here we will celebrate our birthday's together (hers is the day before mine)

Sooooo I will be popping in and out!
I hope y'all are keeping cool! Have a happy and safe 4th of July.