gone missing + the kitchen reveal

What can I say?  It’s been over a year.  Let’s pretend I’m starting over, does that work for you?  Okay thanks!

Where shall we start . . . there have been so many updates.  I think I’ll blame part of my absence on the feeling like things have to be perfectly done before I want to share them.  Realizing that our home to me will always be in process, will always have tweaks and changes, and that I’ll always rearrange the furniture is helping.


I think we’ll start with the room I spend the most time in – the kitchen.  The boys eat – a lot so we hang out here what feels like all day sometimes.  I definitely didn’t love the golden oak cabinets when we moved in.  We went on a massive Home Depot shopping trip a couple of weeks after we moved and actually got all of the paint to paint the cabinets – it only took me a year to start the project – and another 6 months to share it with you.  At least those times are shrinking right – ha.  Anyhow, here’s where we started:


I’m lazy – let’s just get that out there.  I had no intention of sanding a l l  t h o s e  c a b i n e t s.  Look, I’m already side-tracked . . . insert quick little project:

2014-03-24_0011 We sold the dining room table and chairs from out last house just guessing they wouldn’t fit.  Plus it was a rectangle shape that sat 6, our little family of 4 always sat awkwardly at it.  I knew I wanted a round table – we just fit better.  So, found this little gem on Craigslist for $30 – score!  It has a leaf and can fit up to 6, which sits nicely in the hall closet 360 days of the year.  Anyhow, back to why I brought this up . . . we wiped the table down with liquid deglosser and then primed it.  No sanding.  Yay!  Zac actually took over the table project after I primed it.  He ended up spraying it and sealing it and it’s held up awesome (until one of the boys took a black sharpie to it, but even that is fading).

So we used the liquid deglosser on the cabinets too (that one bottle goes a long way – still plenty leftover for two bathrooms and a laundry room).  Then got a good coat of primer on them.


I was worried after the first coat of paint that it would take 18 more coats but two worked just right.  We painted the drawers and most of the doors last summer when it was nice and warm in order to dry everything nicely in the garage.  We ran out of time and room to finish the last round of doors.  I’ve always loved the idea of open shelving, but Zac is not a fan.  I {may} have strategically not painted the doors that I didn’t really want to put back up.  I know he’s onto my schemes.


I love the little bookshelf over the fridge.  There was actually a cabinet there that Zac had to take down so the fridge would fit.  He then rebuilt it and that shelf fits cookbooks perfectly.  Nice little place to add some color.


After living with some of the open cabinets for a few months I know that I want to leave the doors off of the upper cabinets where they’re currently open.  But I’m ready to put them back on those two cabinets on each side of the range – it just gets a little too dirty/dusty for me.



Here’s to hoping that it’s not another year before I post again.  Thanks for stopping by!



blueberry muffins


A litte one, who’s not so little anymore, crawled into bed with us this morning at 6:30.  The sun was bright and the birds were singing squaking and I knew falling back to sleep wasn’t in my future.  It was hot yesterday, like 102 degrees hot.  We normally enjoy perfect summer days in the 80s, but this weekend Oregon decided to skip the 90s all together and shoot to 100 – crazy.  So all the doors and windows were open and so I figured I could have the oven on for 20 or so minutes and it would still cool off enough to make the most delicious blueberry muffins ever!

Our family loves to pick blueberries.  A lot.  I think we’re at 50 or 60 pounds so far this year.  Mostly we freeze them individually on cookie sheets and then bag them for frozen treats and use them in pancakes throughout the year.  But don’t blueberry muffins sound awesome?  I thought so too.

My new favorite spot for recipes is Mel’s Kitchen Cafe . . . and I was so excited when I found her recipe for the best blueberry muffins.   So good!!

room reveal: Logan’s bedroom

We put together a pretty fun surprise for the boys the other weekend.  They stayed the night at Nana’s and we got to work painting, putting beds together and generally overhauling their rooms.  Let me back up . . . when we moved in we threw their mattresses on the floor, toys in the room and clothes in the closet and let it be for a bit.  Here’s the before (and yes, we used moving boxes to block the morning sunlight – don’t judge):

So we started by painting Logan’s room a soft grey (you’ll see the color again in future posts).  I knew a while back when dreaming about his room that I wanted horizontal grey stripes for the window panels – only problem is that I had a hard time finding fabric that wasn’t crazy expensive.  I ended up finding a duvet cover at Target that was perfect – so this is simply a queen size cut in half and sewed up to fit.  The bonus is that it had a couple of pillowcases to match.

I love how the lamp’s pull is a whistle – and the base is a bat – so Logan.  And we had to give Yoda a little blog love too.

We did something fun with chalkboard paint in another room (it’ll make it’s appearance soon) so I was excited for Logan’s little square.  Zac thought up a super great way to keep those paint lines perfect a few years ago – we taped it off and then painted over the inside edge with the same grey wall paint and let that dry.  That way the grey paint fills into any holes under the tape.  Then we painted three coats of the blue chalkboard paint.  I wasn’t super excited about the color at first, I had pictured it more light blue . . . but after we got some chalk rubbed in it’s much better and growing on me.

The boy had requested a desk, only problem is that there was definitely not room for a traditional one in his little 9×9 room.  My Mom and I found this one at Ikea, it mounts perfectly to the wall between the door to his room and the closet.  And we love how it folds down when not in use.  Those little bins for markers and whatnot come from Ikea as well – perfect for the space.

And finally we can always count on Zac to make things more efficient – so he added a shelf and lowered the hanging rod in Logan’s closet so that he can reach his clothes without a step-stool.

Let’s look at the before and after one last time . . .

Stay tuned for Josiah’s room reveal!

raspberry cake

It’s so good you guys!!!  I saw the recipe in Sunset Magazine July 2012 – it looked so good and I knew that Zac wanted to go pick berries (randomly one of his favorite summer traditions – something about the harvest and working for your food).  So we had fresh raspberries (picked at Willamette Valley Fruit Co.), in fact we had 30 lbs. of blueberries and raspberries!  We freeze most of them individually on cookie sheets then bag them in gallon bags to munch on all summer (the intention is we munch on them all year, but they don’t ever last as long as we think they will).  Anyhow – back to the cake . . . have I mentioned it was good?  I even forgot the last step to dust it with powdered sugar – which makes everything better – but it was still sooooooo good.  Even super yummy a few days later.  Keeper.

I have to admit I’m definitely no baker – everything (which isn’t much) I learned from my friend Sarah who is amazing!!  SERIOUSLY.  AMAZING.

Thanks Sarah for being my baking inspiration!

moved in!

We got ourselves all moved in over the weekend – and finally got internet service today!  This little room is somewhat clean, the rest of the house is a complete disaster.  A little flu bug has hit our house (nice timing eh?) so we’re moving pretty slow around here.  There are many little things on our project list that aren’t exciting or blog worthy (leveling out the washing machine, fixing the sink etc.) but eventually we have some very fun plans for this space.