We have been moving this week and our internet isn't due to be set up for another week. Since I found a weak signal near by I am using it but be forewarned, posting may not be regular for the next couple of weeks.
I am finally fed up with my mismatched bookshelves. I am painting them this weekend. Although, my husband does not know this and may not be on board when he finds out, but it is happening. The question now is, white or turquoise?
I saw this recipe for some perfect chocolate chip cookies on Try This! It has inspired me to resume my quest for the best brownie recipe, although for my diets sake I am going to have to limit it to a batch a month rather than a batch a week. In the meantime, I want to try these cookies when I go visit my family. Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe?
Last week Sotheby's auctioned off an unfinished Jane Austen manuscript for over a million dollars. I know there have been a couple of unfinished manuscripts found and at least one, Sanditon, has been completed by another author. I wonder if the purchaser plans on having someone complete the work. I hope not, I read Sanditon, but it just wasn't the same. What are your thoughts on current authors finishing a partial Jane Austen manuscript?
My parents are working on furnishing their new retirement home (they want to spend their winters out of the snow). Since they haven't actually retired they need office space without compromising guest space.
For a big desk to work in the same room as a bed I feel like you have to have a big space so it doesn't feel cramped.
I love the idea of turning closet space into an office.
One of my favorite ideas is the use a piece of furniture, like an armoire or roll top, to hold your office.
I didn't start reading or watching Harry Potter until four years ago so I can't say that I have grown up with the series. I have fallen in love with it though and I am sad to see it end (why can't JK write a couple more?) I can't wait to see the movie this weekend!!
While checking out thrift stores for dressers I found this frame and silver plate for a whopping total of two dollars. The frame I going to use for the currently unframed ACEO painting my husband gave me. The silver plate will be an excellent addition to my plate wall which hopefully will be going up on a wall for the first time next month.
And now to the dressers/bedside tables. I bought these two pieces. Next up for this furniture, a new paint job and new hardware.
My husband and my niece have birthdays that are five days apart. Since today is smack dab in the middle of those birthdays I have cakes on the brain.
This past weekend we discovered a local grocery/bakery store with incredible cakes like this one. Looking at them was enough to convince me to buy a cake rather than make one this year for my husband's birthday. They look too good.
My sister, on the other hand, make a strawberry cake. Completely from scratch. I have never heard of a strawberry cake made with real strawberries. Not surprisingly, it got rave reviews. I found a recipe for a strawberry cake that uses real strawberries on A Dash of Sass. My sister used the recipe for Pink Lady Cake from Smitten Kitchen with a couple of alterations she saw recommended in the comments section
How do you store your flour and sugar? My Mom and Grandma always kept the flour and sugar in large drawers in the kitchen. I couldn't help but think of them when I saw these drawers on Pioneer Woman. I love her version with the glass front drawers.
I also love the sliding cover. My Grandma's flour and sugar drawers had this while my Mom's doesn't. Personally, I like the idea of having a cover for the drawer.
Would you ever store your four and sugar in a drawer?
I have never had a hammock but I have always envied those who do. Now that we are moving to a rental with a backyard, I want one. So my question is to those who have had a hammock, is it as wonderful as it seems?