The process of getting our house was rather quick. Garrett and I both lived with our families before we got married but his mom was moving to Florida the May before our September wedding. Therefore, G needed somewhere to live. We looked into apartments but most of the rent was more expensive than a mortgage so we decided to look into houses. One cold February Saturday we went to look with our realtor and saw about 5 or so houses and we picked ours. We looked one day, that was it. After a lot of going back and forth we got it, and our close date was April 3rd (I think). Plenty of time for Garrett to get moved in before his mom had to move. (If I could go back I think I would’ve picked one of the new houses we looked at but God clearly had us in this house for a reason or else we wouldn’t be here.)
\At random times I’ll get bit by the organization bug and one day it was for the pantry. But first a back story! Then we’ll get to the part of organizing your panty for cheap, sound good?
Because who doesn’t love a good back story?
I have strange love for coasters! There’s just so many options (especially the DIY kind!) and they add a little bit of décor to your table! I did have tile coasters that I made but Lady being a rambunctious pup typically knocks them off the table and I’m so afraid they’re going to break! So switched them out for these easy to make DIY simple twine coasters!
How in the world is it already half way through October of 2015?
Some days I feel like I have all the time in the world but most days I’m struggling to keep my head above water. What I really hate though is that I’ve let things that don’t make me happy wiggle their way to the top of my priority list because I feel like I have to do them.
Not any more. Life is too short, it just is. I have idea after idea stored up in my mind and project after project stored in my garage (and I’m pretty sure my husband would like to start parking in there again, sorry babe).
So I’m going to go after those projects and redo those rooms I want to and start making my house somewhere that is visually pleasing a relaxing to me so that I can love living here even more. Which I truly love living in the house that I do, no matter how small and imperfect it is. It’s the man and the dog that I share it with that make it so full of love and life and that’s why I love it. But I’m a girl that likes to work with her hands so I’m going to do the things I love to make the place I love living even better!
And I’ll document that here along with other tid bits of life and I hope you’ll stick around to see what we’re up to. I’m excited to be back at this space because this is something I love to do too and I want to make this as beautiful as possible as well.
Until next time,
I LOVE almond, I mean I really love it. I’ll let you in on a weird secret I have: sometimes I randomly go to the cabinet, get out the almond extract, and just smell it, because it smells so dadgum good! Give me all the strange looks you want, that scent is heavenly!
So naturally I love these almond cookies!
So it’s that time of year! We all bake and my mom is no exception. She makes around 13 (yes really that many) different types of Christmas treats each season!
These chocolate mint crackle cookies are just as their name suggests: chocolate, minty, fudgy goodness that will melt in your mouth! And one of the great things about them is most of the work is already done for you because the first ingredient is boxed cake mix!
Wednesday I posted about making Lady a first Christmas ornament but it’s also our (mine and Garrett’s) first Christmas as a family. That means all our decorations are “new” (at least to us) and everything we do is a first, like having wreaths on our front door.
I’ll go ahead and say it, I really really dislike cheesy ornaments (I didn’t use hate because my daddy taught me that hate is strong word).
Ahh the day of feasting is upon us! My family actually had our Thanksgiving on Sunday so that my brother and sister-in-law could there so today we’re celebrating with the small part of Garrett’s family that still lives here in TN. While it’s not what we’re used to I’m kind of loving it! We’re not pressed for time so we can enjoy the full experience with both sides and we get to eat everything at both meals! No more missing out so we can still eat at the other family’s house!
I still can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by! This year me and Garrett have SO much to be thankful for that it’s almost overwhelming! A new pup, a roof over our heads (that we’re able to afford a roof over heads), food on the table, the love from our Savior and the list goes on and on! While day to day life can be stressful at times the bigger picture humbles me to my knees! And if you’re reading this right now I’m especially thankful for you! The love this blog has already received makes me want to cry! And I hope that it’ll continue to grow!
“In everything give thanks to The Lord” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I hope your day is blessed and that you reflect on all the wonderful things in your life and most importantly I hope you give thanks to The Lord from whom all blessings flow.
Now get to feasting! I need to go cook a green bean casserole!
Lady & Laura Kate
Well I definitely thought two things about this recipe: 1) that it was a family recipe and 2) that I had been eating it at every Thanksgiving for my whole life. I was wrong about both! It is a Paula Deen recipe and we’ve only been eating it since 2006 (but apparently it’s so good that it transformed my memories).