4.22.2014

House update... sort of

I wanted to show a few updates of the house. Don't get your hopes up, because it looks way worse than the last ones that I showed y'all! As I mentioned last week, just as we were ready for the new drywall to be put up, we realized that there were still a few areas that really smelled. After getting approval from our insurance company, we had the ceilings in the kitchen and our master closet and part of the bathroom taken down. This is what it currently looks like. Today more smoke remediation will begin, and hopefully this will be the last time we have to deal with the stench. 



While we are waiting for progress and a place to live, I have been putting a lot of thought into window treatments. I need an outlet for my creative energy! We are still lacking something on the large window in our master bathroom. Drapes in bathrooms always throw me off, so I can't decide what to do here. 


I was debating long light panels to fall behind the tub like the photos below. Unfortunately, our window could not come down as close to the tub due to code restrictions. There is always the option of a roman shade, but I want something that would be open for the most part and closed for privacy. We don't really have neighbors in close proximity, so privacy isn't a huge issue. Any suggestions?



4.17.2014

Happy Birthday Archer

It seems like yesterday that this sweet little guy made his way into the world. Over the past two years he has given us so much joy and laughter. His personality is so big, for such a small boy! He is growing so quickly that I want to freeze time and enjoy this fun period of his life. Happy Birthday Archer!!!








4.16.2014

Where there is smoke, there is usually smoke damage

Last night after work, we headed over to the house to check the progress of everything. When we walked in, we immediately still smelled smoke, even after the restoration company was supposedly finished with the smoke removal. We climbed on a ladder and realized that the entire ceiling area over the kitchen as well as our master closet and bathroom all still smell like a BBQ restaurant. This worries me because I fear that our house will ALWAYS have this burnt smell.

We are awaiting approval from the insurance company to move forward, but it is looking like we will be removing more ceilings and treating the beams for the smell. Of course, this means many more days added to our timeline which is already at the 2 month mark. It is frustrating and I am trying so hard to be patient, but I really do miss having my own house.

In other news, the painters got a little ahead of themselves and started repainting all of our interior doors. I decided to go with the same Sherwin Williams Iron Ore that we had on the doors at our old house. It is great at hiding dirt and I just love dark doors. My dad says my house looks like the inside of a battle ship but I disagree!
Has anyone else ever had to deal with smoke damage? Please tell me that this is fixable! 

4.15.2014

Tuesday Catch Up

Life has been pretty hectic lately, as I am sure many of y'all can relate. Our house repairs are taking longer than expected. After all of the smoke damage was treated, we were still smelling smoke in the house. This pushed everything back a week for more smoke treatment and to have more of the affected insulation removed in the ceilings and attic. The painter was supposed to be there today to begin priming all of the lumber to make sure that no more smoky smell would be coming out. 

Last week we narrowed down our final flooring choice. It is a 7 inch, hand scraped board in a lighter finish... still dark, but not as dark as before. Hopefully this will help conceal scratches and little muddy footprints .

Last Thursday I took the day off to spend with the boys. We ran a few errands and then had a picnic at our church playground. It was fun to be a stay at home mom for the day! The boys are getting to be at such a fun age. Even though they are wild and crazy, they constantly have us cracking up.

On Friday I was back at work, but broke away to Goodwill during lunch and found the most amazing brass table. I have been wanting a brick layers table similar to the ones sold at Restoration Hardware, but they are ridiculously expensive and I am much too cheap! When I first saw this table, I knew it had great potential. I stood there stalking it and making sure no one else bought it before me. Most people probably thought it was junk, but it was solid brass and had an interesting wood inlay on the top that I think I may use somewhere else. Here is the before without the top. It isn't finished yet, because the weekend got too busy, but stay tuned! 

We also had friends join us for grilled pizza on Friday evening. If you cant tell by the messy clothes and faces, the boys had a blast playing together.

We also had an impromptu 2nd birthday for Archer on Sunday. This month has completely crept up on me and I can't believe my baby is almost 2! With Brad's work schedule and this weekend being Easter, we decided to go ahead and celebrate early. We had a few family members over and ate hot dogs,cake and ice cream. Nothing spectacular or Pinterest worthy, but he loved every minute. 


4.07.2014

Peanut Butter Silk Pie

Last Thanksgiving I decided to change up our annual pie routine and make The Pioneer Woman's French Silk Pie. If you have never tried it, then you must make it, it is to die for! Everyone raved about how amazing it was, Pioneer Woman does not disappoint! Sadly, Brad does not like chocolate so he didn't get to try any. Being the awesome wife that I am, I decided to figure out how to make this pie in a peanut butter version so that he could enjoy it as well. 

For those that have tried both the chocolate and peanut butter versions, most actually like the peanut butter version better. It is rich and creamy, perfectly balanced by the homemade whipped cream topping. Please excuse my less than Pinterest worthy photo.


**Warning, this recipe contains raw eggs

Pie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (I used organic so there was a bit of texture to it, but I have also used creamy and it is just as wonderful)
  • 1 cup Salted Butter, Softened
  • 1-1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • 1 Graham Cracker Pie Shell 
Instructions
Using an electric mixer, whisk 1 cup of softened salted butter and 1/2 cup of white sugar until fluffy. Add in 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. 
Lower the mixer speed to medium and add in 1 egg. Whisk for 5 minutes and add another. Add the remaining eggs 1 at a time waiting 5 minutes in between each. After the final egg has been mixed in for 5 minutes, add the filling to the pie shell. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Whipped Cream Ingredients
  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Powdered Sugar (I prefer less sugar with this recipe because the pie is very rich on its own)
Instructions
Whisk 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream and 2-3 tablespoons of Powdered Sugar on high until stiff peaks form. Spread Whipped Cream on top of refrigerated pie and enjoy!

4.02.2014

Dark Wood Floors

This is currently the state of our living room. The ceilings, floors and walls have been ripped out. The burnt wood has been replaced and we are waiting on a final smoke treatment before we can start putting the pieces back together. I think that the smoke treatment smells worse than the smoke itself... think a cheap musky air freshener. Ick. 
We are currently looking at our flooring options and much to Brad's dismay, I think I may be second guessing my initial dark flooring selection. During the time we spent getting in to the house and actually living there, our dark floors were a total nightmare. I am not sure if it is because of the flooring color, the fact that they were not properly covered during construction and had a film of dust on them, or the giant German Shepherd that constantly brought in huge muddy footprints. Most likely, it was a combination of all three.


As you can see in the photo below, they were a magnet for dirt and footprints. Even being mopped twice a day, it never got any better. I loathe cleaning, so I imagine that mopping every day would get quite exhausting! The floors were very dark and had little differentiation in wood grain/ color. I think a little variation would help to disguise dirt better than a solid color. I also plan to go with a more distressed looking wood. As nice as shiny smooth floors are, that is just not realistic for our family. Y'all have seen my kids, they're little disasters! 
I am torn because I really do love the look of the dark wood. Has anyone had a great experience with dark wood floors or is this pretty typical? Should I give them another try? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated!



3.31.2014

Charleston

Hey Y'all! Sorry for being so scarce, life has been hectic across the board and it has left little time for blogging. This past weekend, my parents offered to take the boys to the beach. The kid free weekend initiated a quick trip to Charleston for Brad and me. We decided we were well overdue for a weekend away since we hadn't left town together in 4.5 years! It had been way too long!

We enjoyed spending time together and being tourists. Most of our time there was spent discovering restaurants and bars and looking at all of the gorgeous scenery. I asked for suggestions on things to see via Instagram, and really appreciate all of the great ideas. We did as many of them as we could. 

Upon arriving to town on Friday, we hit happy hour at a few spots while dodging rainstorms.  We decided to drop into the Rarebit for dinner and it was awesome. We had the chicken and waffles and fried catfish with mac and cheese. To die for! I also tried my first Moscow Mule in a frosty copper mug. Definitely my new favorite drink and I will be on the lookout for the copper mugs to make these at home! 

Sorry for the blurry photos, I didn't realize my phone was set to macro.

After dinner, we met up with one of my best friends and her husband that live in town. We stayed up way past our bedtime catching up and having a dance party in their living room! The next morning we got an early start with a breakfast at The Mills House and then did a lot of walking around town taking photos of ourselves!

The history in Charleston amazes me and all of the architecture is so beautiful.


Plants also grow like crazy there! I wish I could get my flowers to do this well!

We intended to stay through Sunday, but late Saturday afternoon we decided to head home so that we could get a jump on Sunday and do work around the house. We have a lot of projects under way that we would like to have completed before we move back in. If you have small kids, then you can understand that it is much easier to get these things accomplished without chasing little boys and making sure that one of them isn't sneaking off to eat dog food!

 Overall, it was a great weekend of catching up with friends and we really enjoyed our time together. I am very thankful for my parents bringing the boys with them to the beach, but I am more than ready to see them tonight and kiss their little cheeks!