Chair Project

I hope you had a great weekend! Lets just jump right into it.  I found these cuties over the weekend at my local thrift store.  I desperately need to replace my desk chair and I was thinking this one would work. 

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I think the back has an interesting detail.  Of course, I need to definitely replace the old fabric on the seat, but I think this chair has a lot of potential.

I was really lucky with these chairs.  I decided to stop by this store and lo and behold it was half off all household pieces.  So these chairs were actually $5 each….you heard me….$5.  I grabbed them and stuffed them in my car quick. 

Now I need to figure out what fabric I should use.  I really want something fun and funky…..something to pull me to the chair……something to say “sit down and work”.  I was thinking about these, but none of them really grabbed me, besides these fabrics were in my collection already…..I think I need to buy something.  What do you think?

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I’m going for the funky, fun, modern look.

Well after looking at this picture, I may consider the fabric with the writing, but I may have to lighten up the chair and I’m not sure if I want to do that.  What do you think?


Apple Orchard and More

As I stated in my last post, we visited the County Line Orchard this past weekend and we had a great time.  This Orchard is like a country amusement park filled with tractor rides, farm animals, a corn maze, entertainment, food and  lots of fun.

We didn’t even realize we were there for over five hours…wow!

The orchard charge admission for entry, and we decided to purchase the All access pass. Our first stop was the Kids Farm.  They allow the little ones to feed the farm animals.  We saw goats, pigs, baby chicks, sheep, rabbits, calves, llamas, and miniature horses. Here are a few pictures.

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We must have spent two hours in this section alone.

After the Kid Farm, we decided to eat, so we headed over to the kitchen and dining hall.  They have picnic table and a live band to jam country-style.

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We saw a bunch of ladybugs and I love them, so I had to take a picture.  I told you I was picture happy here.

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Now that we got our eat on, we took a tractor ride to the corn maze, pumpkin patch, sunflower garden and apple trees

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 Overview of the corn maze is the picture on the building…Go Blackhawks!

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My husband came out of the sunflower garden with this beautiful flower, he called it a crystal eye sunflower.  I thought that was so sweet.


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Now, after all the feeding and picking, we had to pay for the things we picked.  You can’t just go up to a register,pay and leave, you have to pass all the sweet snacks, caramel apples, pies, apple cider, pumpkin donuts, plants and even toys (and much much more).   We tried the caramel apples, cherry apple cider and vanilla creme soda, which was delicious.

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If you are ever in Hobart, Indiana at the beginning of Fall season, you have to stop by County Line Orchard….nice place to visit.



Falling for Apples

Hi All!  I hope you had a great weekend.

The official day of Fall is September 22nd, but it’s now creeping in.  The leaves are starting to fall ,the temperature dropped and I see pumpkins everywhere.

I’m not ready yet,  I haven’t completed all of my summer projects, and I absolutely dread winter.

Since I can’t add more days to fall, I’ll embrace it and I decided to visit an apple orchard. We took the little one to County Line Orchard in Indiana on Saturday because it was a beautiful day and I’m not sure how many more we will get. It’s one of those self picking orchards, but this one has so much more.

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We picked!

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We also picked Gala apples, but for some reason I didn’t take a picture of the sign.  Well, probably because it was the last stop and we were exhausted. 

Here are a few pictures of the apple trees.  I just thought they were so pretty.  I must have taken over a hundred pictures.

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That’s my husband trying to find the perfect apple…LOL

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That’s my husband’s baseball grip for the perfect apple.  I believe he had more fun picking apples than all of us.

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I thought this was so cute! I just had to post this one.

This place offer so much, I will have to post the rest of our activities tomorrow. If you are in Northwest Indiana, I would highly recommend visiting. Now I need to figure out what to do with all these apples…..maybe apple pie.

Family Room Update #3

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to post an update on our family room.  I absolutely love how it’s coming alone.  At this point, we only have to install the baseboard and do a little paint touch ups, but I already started putting some accessories in place….I just couldn’t help it. 

Here are a couple of before and after pictures


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I will have more for you next week. I promise it will be more detailed.  I was just so excited to post this update.

It’s amazing what paint and lighting could do to a room.  It feels spacious and bright.  I love it.

Week Night Quick Pasta

I bought some heirloom tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market this week and I have no explanation as to why.  I guess it was the colors, but I’m not a big fan of tomatoes.  Well, I decided to make a quick dish.  I wanted to make a tomato bread, but I didn’t feel like going to the store to purchase french bread and mozzarella, so I made this

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I made this pasta with the ingredients I had at home.  I used the following:

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Heirloom tomatoes

Fresh Basil

Juice of 2 Lemons

1 Teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 cloves of garlic minced

2 Tablespoons butter

Salt and pepper to taste

1 package of Spaghetti pasta

parmesan cheese

This was so quick and simple and delicious. 

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.

I melted the butter in large skillet, then added the garlic and lemon juice.  After about a minute I added the tomatoes and tossed constantly. After about 5 minutes, I tossed in pasta, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper. Cook for about another 5 minutes.  Serve with cheese on top.

Bargain Find over the Weekend

I had a little time to shop this weekend and I hit three of my favorite places New Uses, Goodwill and IkeaNew Uses is a second-hand store for home decor.  I like this place because sometimes I find very nice items to spruce up a little…you know, PROJECTS.  I believe this place is owned by the same company that owns Plato’s Closet (clothing).  I also stopped by Goodwill on the near west side for a brief look at their home section.  This place is not that big, so it really doesn’t take too much of my time, but I always find something here. And of course, I had to visit my favorite place, IKEA.  I alway find something here.  I bought a few items, but I will show them in a later post. 

So, look what I found at New Uses and Goodwill

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I found this baby at Goodwill for $5. I just had to buy it. Now I need to find a little place for it. 

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I purchased this lamp base from New Uses for $5 and the lamp shade is from Goodwill, also $5.  I’m thinking about covering the shade because it has a spot. I grabbed it because it’s similar to the lamp I was craving last week….Please see post here. 

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I found this one at New Uses also, isn’t it cute?  It was actually black, but I decided to spray paint it white with Krylon Semi Gloss.  I like the way it came out….do you?  This item is also similar to one of the items on my crave list.  I can not believe my luck this weekend.

You will see these cuties in a future post once the family room is completely decorated….after a little tweaking of course.

Peaches Please!

Hi All, I hope you had a great weekend! My weekend was relaxing and added a little shopping.  Well, lets dive right in with my first post of the week.

I was walking through the farmer’s market last week and I was passing the peaches and the aroma pulled me back.  OMG!!!…these peaches smell so good, I had to grab them.  I’m told this is the best  time of year for ripe peaches. Now that I have them, I need to figure out what to do with them because, I’m not a regular peach eater.

After surfing the internet for a couple of days, I decided to try my hand at a cobbler….why not…..I’m a southern girl.

My husband loves peach cobbler but I never knew how to make it, so I never tried. I found several recipes I like and came up with this.

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The following measurements is for 3 ramekins dishes (small ceramic baking dish)


5 peaches

2 Tablespoons Disaronno amaretto (love)

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons corn starch

Pillsbury pie crust (roll)

1 egg white for washing

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine peaches, amaretto, nutmeg, brown sugar,granulated sugar and corn starch.  Mix all ingredients together and set aside.

Roll out the Pillsbury pie crust and use the ramekins to cut out 6 circles.   Place one circle crust at the bottom of each dish, then fill the dish with peach mixture, and place the other pie crust circle one top.  Brush egg white on top of crust and sprinkle a little granulated sugar (about a pinch).

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(peeled and sliced)

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(added ingredients to peaches)

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(rolled out Pillsbury Pie Crust)

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(cut circles using baking dish)

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(after placing crust at the bottom, fill w/peaches)

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(place pie crust on top, brush egg white & sugar)

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I will tell you, my husband and I absolutely loves it….he actually cleaned the plate.   Oh, I added a scoop of Breyer’s French Vanilla ice cream on top.

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