Happy summer from the country.

This is what my friend brought me yesterday.

Summer squash and cucumbers and tomatoes.

I think I’m going to try this fresh salsa recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

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How to Build a Shutter Wall

How to Build a Shutter Wall


A long time ago in a land far away we created this wall in the upstairs guest bedroom tucked under the eves of the attic.

It is still one of the projects that people ask about and pin and send me e-mails full of questions on how to make it.

And I’ve never posted a tutorial on how to build a shutter wall.



Mostly because I just made it up as I went along.

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How to Grill Corn (Perfectly)

How to Grill Corn (Perfectly)


If you have followed this blog for more than two minutes….you may have heard….

….I live in the country.

I might have mentioned that before.

A few 100 times.

How to Grill Perfect Corn-on-the-Cob

And where I live….we really don’t have drive-through diet cokes or Target or movie theaters or fast-food restaurants or four-lane roads…..

…..or stop lights.

Except the kind that blink yellow.

And we only have two of those. :)

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The Best Way to Remove Wallpaper

The Best Way to Remove Wallpaper


Before we begin.  Before we discuss the best way to remove wallpaper….I’m adding a disclaimer……

…..I’m not a professional wallpaper remover.

Not even close.

I never went to wallpaper college or studied up or took a class on the ins and outs of pasted on paper.

But what I am… so much better.

I’m the girl who bought an old farmhouse in the country that had rooms and rooms and rooms of brightly patterned walls….

…..and I removed that wallpaper from every single one.

I think that qualifies me for a wallpaper Phd. :) Continue reading




Okay…total couch to 5K update.

I walked/ran 2 miles…..

….to Christmas songs.


I couldn’t help it.  The app started and they told me 3…..2……1.  And I was off and walking.

No turning back.

No changing the song.

Just me and the open road…..

….and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.” :)

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The App That Inspired Me to Tell My Story

The App That Inspired Me to Tell My Story


If you have read this blog for more than two minutes…..

….you know I love to tell stories.

Like the time I found out I was a Venn Diagram.

Or the time my roast became the talk of the county.

And the time my Mayflower table came to town.

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What I Never Knew I Needed From the Clearance Aisle

What I Never Knew I Needed From the Clearance Aisle


The other day Hobby Lobby had an 80% off sale.  And since nothing says date night more than rows and rows of urns and picture frames and pillows and bird’s nests marked with yellow stickers for a mere fraction of their original price….

….I brought my husband along for the treasure hunt.

He stopped to join all the other patient husbands in the front by the candy aisle and I took off in a full sprint to the back of the store.

First one aisle….then another.  And then…..half way down aisle two….I saw it.

You know…IT.

The thing that you find…..that you never knew that you wanted….that you had absolutely, positively no idea that you ever even needed….

….until you find it and wonder how you have existed until this moment without having it in your life.

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Ten Minute Decorating Idea For a Farmhouse Bathroom

Ten Minute Decorating Idea For a Farmhouse Bathroom


farmhouse bathroom

A long time ago in a land far away when I first started writing this blog….

… farmhouse bathroom was featured on a really really big website.

I couldn’t believe it.

I was so excited and told anyone who would listen and called my mom and my sister-in-law and several random neighbors to tell them the news.

It was the best thing to happen since sliced bread….

….and spray-on self-tanning lotion. :) Continue reading