Friday Favorites – Dec 8/17

ALL… THE… CRISTMAS… INSPIRATION…out there right now!!!

I can hardly stand it!

It’s all so stunning… charming… beautiful!

I really need to get my butt in gear and start decorating.

The tree is up…

And the elf has made an appearance…

But I’ve got a 16 year old with a birthday this weekend and we’ve got some partying to do first!


favorite kitchen


favorite dining room


favorite office


favorite bathroom


favorite mudroom (those floors!)


favorite laundry room


favorite kids room


favorite built-ins


favorite living room


favorite art


favorite foyer (that wallpaper!)


favorite barn door


favorite dark interior


favorite glimpse of Christmas


favorite outfit



Inspire Me Monday – Bria Hammel Interiors

I just recently stumbled upon the blog of Bria Hammel Interiors

and just couldn’t stop scrolling.

I love the bright spaces…

I love their attention to details…

I love the interesting tile backsplashes…

And I expecially LOVE their use of bright and bold wallpaper!

















Mudroom/Laundry room







Bold wallpaper




Bookcase styling



Friday Favorites – Nov 17/17

Snow is blanketing the ground.

Christmas songs are playing on the radio.

Holiday decorations are filling the stores.

And the kids letters to Santa are ready to be mailed.

I guess that means its just about time to start dragging all the Christmas decorations out of storage (and I just finished cleaning up and putting away all the Halloween decorations!)

Tis the season…


favorite kitchen


favorite study


favorite laundry room


favorite mudroom


favorite bathroom


favorite barn door


favorite bedroom


favorite back door


favorite gallery wall


favorite ironstone


favorite exterior (and the most precious baby boy)


favorite outdoor dining space


favorite outfit (and boots!)


Friday Favorites – 11/03/2017

The day after Halloween we woke up to snow.

And it’s cold…

darn cold.

So, I’m going to start dreaming of Christmas

… and just ignore the skeletons and zombies

currently frozen to the ground, buried under the snow.


favorite kitchen


favorite dining room


favorite office


favorite bedroom


favorite hallway


favorite bathroom


favorite kids room


favorite powder room


favorite pantry


favorite art


favorite outfit


favorite shoes (Sorels!!! because its cold)


favorite first glimpse of Christmas


Inspire Me Monday – Fall Porches

I wish I could do something like this…

I tried to do something like this…

But the weather just doesn’t cooperate up here.

Here, it froze early and killed my potted mums, before the pumpkins were even out in the stores.

But I still gaze at these lovely porches and wish.

Oh well, on to Halloween decorating…





Friday Favorites

Almost the end of October…

Hard to imagine?

The kids are sooooo excited for Halloween,

(close rival to Christmas for favorite holiday)

but the current weather forecast is calling for snow from the 31st to the foreseeable future,

so I’m not so excited…

Here’s crossing our fingers the snow holds off until after trick-or-treating!



favorite everything


favorite kitchen


favorite dining room


favorite office


favorite mudroom


favorite bedroom


favorite laundry room


favorite boys room


favorite bathroom


favorite gallery wall


favorite barn door


favorite outfit


favorite flowers


Friday Favorites

The kids are all home for a 4 day weekend.

And that’s a good thing…

Everyone was beyond ready for a rest.

September starts off with such a bang and it’s been a full month of hard core school & activities.

Whew, even I was ready for a sleep in.

Happy Thanksgiving!



favorite kitchen


favorite open shelving


favorite banquet


favorite light fixture


favorite faucets


favorite gallery wall


favorite bathroom (those doors!)


favorite laundry room


favorite patio


favorite ironstone


favorite outfit


favorite booties (love fall!)




What’s up Wednesday – Apples

Ironically, this post is almost the exact opposite of last Wednesday’s.

We’re still trying to reduce the family’s overall sugar intake (or at the very least, trying to be more conscious of how much sugar is in different snack options).

And so with that in mind, I attemped a sugar free apple crisp.

But it turned out pretty meh.

Which is a problem…

Because we’ve still got buckets and buckets of apples.

And it’s been a real challenge to come up with good apple recipes that are low on the sugar.

So for now, in an effort to get through all the apples,

I’m just making whatever people will eat.

And boy, oh boy, did I ever hit it out of the park last night!

Apple pie so good it doesn’t even require ice cream!!

Say what??

That, like, never happens.

Ice cream is a must on apple pie.

But, I’ve also been trying to eat dairy free,  so getting around the ice cream was a double win!!!

Seriously… Soooooo good.


Best Apple Pie EVER (click on picture to jump to recipe)


Also, I’ve been making batches of my Mom’s applesauce with the smaller apples.

Because, it really, really sucks to peel little bitty apples.

I first tried some variations of Mom’s recipe, adding different ingredients found in other recipes on pinterest.

But the kids just turned up their noses.

It didn’t taste like Grandma’s.

Didn’t cut the mustard.

So, now, I make it exactly like hers.

Nothing complicated.  Just good and wholesome.

Just like Grandma 🙂


Mom’s Applesauce


1 cup water

1 cup sugar

dash of cinnamon

Place clean, cut up apples in a large pot with water, sugar and cinnamon

Cook down until soft (about 20-30 minutes)

Put through “ricer” to get rid of skins & cores


Notes:    I quartered my apples (but they were just small apples)

I used about a tsp of cinnamon, which is probably considerably more than a dash

I used enough apples to fill my largest pot 1/2 full (it’s an 8 qt pot)

A “ricer” is apparently an old lady term for a chinois strainer (if you’re trying to find one, like I was, and no one at the store knows what you are talking about.  Love you Mom)


Inspire Me Monday – Studio McGee

Studio McGee is the interior design studio of Syd and Shea McGee.

I want to be Shea McGee when I grow up.

I mean, even her name is cool.

I absolutely drool over every interior they produce… EVERY… SINGLE… ONE!

Seriously.  Sometimes they showcase a project and I think, well, that’s really not my style.  Then I REALLY look at the pictures and I think, man, that’s fabulous, I could really see myself living here.

Then they turn around and present a totally different project and I think, man, I could really see myself living HERE.

It goes on and on.

They get me excited about white.

They get me excited about colour.

They get me excited about art.

They get me excited about clean styled bookcases.

They get me excited about open shelving in kitchens.

They get me excited about dark painted cupboards.

And they get me really, really, REALLY excited about bathrooms…









Living Spaces






Laundry rooms and Mudrooms












What’s up Wednesday – Going sugar free

Sugar… gack… it’s my kryptonite…

But I’ve been working hard lately to reduce our family’s sugar consumption.

I was tired of the kids coming home and plunking down with a bag of chips, shovelling in 3 cookies and chasing it all down with an italian soda.

I mean, come on!

It is crazy when you calculate just how much sugar you’ve consumed in a 5 minute span.

But it’s my fault… I’m the one stocking the pantry… they’re just hungry and grabbing whatever is handy.

So I’ve made these sugar-free chocolate chip muffins twice now (sugar free aside from the chocolate chips, of course).



And the kids LOVE them!!

Gobble them up!!!

Of course it may be because I haven’t baked muffins in months??

Regardless… they’re gone in a day.


Also these little power balls are on constant repeat.  Again, no added sugar.




Now I just have to find me some good sugar free apple recipes.

I have 6 buckets of apples I picked yesterday.

The last from our tree.

HUGE harvest for us this year.

Last year, I had 2.

Literally… 2 apples.

This year, PILES!