Whitewashed Pine Floor Renovation

About 15 years ago we extended our 1912 farmhouse, adding two bedrooms to accommodate our four kids. Back then, we used a lot of old-growth 2” x 6” pine lumber we cut off our own land, both for the framing (i.e. this house will never fall down) and for flooring in the bedrooms. The floors... Continue Reading →

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Busy Saturday around the house + cold rainy weather: it's the perfect combination for an easy meal that's warm and comforting, and cooks on its own. This chicken tortilla soup fits the bill, and we enjoyed it this afternoon after working on a house project and trying (still not successfully) to put all the Christmas... Continue Reading →

Rustic Artisan Bread

Connor (check him out on IG at @that_ginger_bread_man) and I put together bread a few times over the holidays and on a whim, we did this recipe that was on the IG story of @oldsilvershed. It was the best we have ever had! It made a HUGE loaf. The conditions were perfect or something, it... Continue Reading →

Christmas Nougat Candy

This no-bake candy was a big hit at my house this Christmas. Comments I heard included: "Why is this SO GOOD!" "I can't stop. It's ridiculous how good this is!" "What's in it, again?" I got the recipe through Pinterest, from the A Pretty Life in the Suburbs blog, but I had to make some... Continue Reading →

Starry, Starry Christmas Bread

A new recipe I tried last year was a big hit with the family and was surprisingly easy to make, so I thought I'd share it with you. Original recipe is here, and their photos in this bake-along post show how easy it is to make this fancy-looking bread. Cinnamon Star Bread 2 cups unbleached... Continue Reading →

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