Finally… a laundry room reveal

it’s been a long time coming, but i’ve finally taken pictures of our laundry room make over.  i have a love hate relationship with my laundry room. it’s tiny, that’s really my biggest complaint. i dream of a large mudroom with a place to fold and hang clothes, a sink to wash dirt out of baseball pants, and an ironing/steaming center so that i don’t have to set up my ironing board in the kitchen. but i just don’t have the space for those things… and trust me, i have doodled and blown walls out in my mind to get me the laundry room of my dreams. it’s just not possible.

since it is used everyday and it’s off my kitchen, i thought if i can’t fix the layout and usefulness, i might as well make it cute. if you know anything about me, know that i LOVE stripes. especially black and white stripes. just while writing this post, i see 6 different areas in my home that have black and white stripes {one day i will take you on a tour of my home to show you my love affair with stripes}. the art above my sofa, the rug in my family room, throw pillows on my front porch, the rug at my front door, the throw pillows at my kitchen table. it only made sense to have my laundry room have black and cream stripes, too.



 we had just a standard flush mount builder-grade ugly light in here. we came across this cute vintage blown glass light fixture on a date night. it’s small, so it doesn’t get in the way of the Ikea cabinets we put up. plus, it puts a really pretty pattern on the ceiling when it’s on :)


we had just a wire shelf above the washer and dryer. we took that down and hung these cabinets. My grandmother came over and did a load of laundry… she somehow helped me burn up the washing machine. The dryer is still kicking along… in the meantime, we have an unmatched set.

The cabinet doors are frosted, obviously you can see everything we store. On the right side, you’ll notice that I keep everything organized in black storage cubes from Walmart. Each one holds different things. I have one for rags, another one for the iron, starch and other ironing needs, there is one for light bulbs and of course a miscellaneous catch all cube.


we hung this MDF trim board around the room to break up the wall, give it a decorative look, and to allow us to hang hooks on the wall for the laundry baskets, pool bag, and whatever else I don’t want sitting on the floor.


we keep our shoes in here, too. that eliminates the “where are my shoes???”



that’s our laundry room! It’s small, but it makes me happy.


lamb lollipops with old neighbors… and her ‘must haves’ when welcoming guests

you know those people who can whip up a good meal just opening up the pantry? they don’t measure anything, they don’t follow a recipe, they just create. we have the privilege of knowing someone who cooks just that way… it’s wonderful to watch her cook and dance around the kitchen pulling pots, opening jars, pouring wine… however it’s a little disheartening when you want the recipe for the dinner she made and dropped off at your house for no reason at all.

i wish i could say that we’ve known Kathy and her charming husband, Pete, for a long time, but truth be told they lived across the street from us for 2 years…. the entire first year and a half we only knew their names and would wave while checking the mail. finding out that Pete is an editor of a large hunting publication and my husbands affinity to hunting and the great outdoors sprang a friendship that should’ve started from the moment they moved in. after just 6 short months of brewing a friendship, Pete and Kathy moved to a new city. Not to far from here, but it’s not across the street. it’s been 4 months since they moved and we finally made it over to their house for dinner.

she is an entertainer. the ultimate hostess. when i think of someone who has deeply affected my desire to learn more about cooking and entertaining, she is one of the firsts. having dinner with them is so much fun… it’s rare that both husbands and wives get along… especially when there is a pretty good age difference between us {they are as old as our parents, which makes it even more fun!}. Chris and Pete chat about fishing trips and fall hunting plans while Kathy and I chat about olive bruschetta and paint colors. more than an entertainer and hostess, Kathy is brazen and bold. She is loud and fiery… the traits that i hope to grow between now and 60 :)

less about Kathy and Pete and more about what she served for dinner…

we started with roasted figs, scored into quarters and shoved with herbed goat cheese and prosciutto.  kathy3

this isn’t exactly the same recipe for the figs, but sounds yummy!

Kathy is very good at creating meals Sandra Lee style. for our second appetizer, she had taken already made tomato focaccia from the local grocery and topped it with goat cheese, and fresh basil. she baked it and then drizzled a balsamic  glaze over top. de.lish.


i was fine just having those 2 things as my dinner… but that was just the beginning. for dinner, she made these lamb lollipops that were out of this world. i have to admit that lamb isn’t one of my most favorite dinner choices, but hers were grilled and a perfect medium rare. for the side, she melted butter and garlic, tossed in lima beans, parsley and cherry tomatoes. it was so fresh… perfect for summer. here is a link to a similar salad.


the company and the food was just perfect.


heidi’s 1st birthday… the Pie Party

i can’t believe our sweet baby girl has turned one! we are so blessed to be the parents of such a determined, independent, smart and spunky girl. she already has her big brothers {and her daddy} wrapped.

it all started when we brought her home from the hospital. i started calling her different nicknames like ‘sister’ and ‘oh, girly’ {really original, huh?}. i eventually blurted out ‘Heidi Cakes’ during one of her diaper changes, which i was quickly corrected by her 3 year old brother that she was NOT a Heidi-Cake, but a Heidi Pie. That was it, a nickname was born. Throughout her entire first year she was rarely called just Heidi… the boys even introduce her to people as Heidi Pie. so when planning her first birthday, it was only fitting to have a Pie Party. And what a Pie Party we had!

we invited the usual… our parents, aunts, uncles, and close friends. we thought it would be so much fun to get the party goers involved, so we asked that everyone bring a homemade pie for a pie contest we would be having. i was so surprised that everyone got into this, BIG TIME! We had trash talkers, crust extraordinaires, pie baking newbies, veterans and even a couple that brought store-bought pies and switched them over into pretty pie plates thinking that they wouldn’t be found out, they were totally caught :)

to capture this party, we had Anna from Anna Hughes Photography come and get every detail.

the pie competition had 3 categories: 1} prettiest 2} tastiest 3} most original

to cut the sweet we had buckets filled with personal sized vanilla ice cream.

we took the party one step further and had different pizza pies. Sit back and get ready for 1,000 photos of Heidi’s Pie Party.

















Happy Birthday, sweet girl!


my inner ina

we were at the beach last week enjoying our last vacation of the summer. it never fails, while i’m away from home, i always come back really inspired to tackle projects, rearrange rooms in my house, and mostly… meal plan. my enthusiasm usually fades the moment i walk in the door and am faced with unpacking, starting laundry, a pantry and refrigerator completely empty. this time was different…  i decided that i wanted to start cooking ina garten recipes, mainly to learn her techniques and feed my family really delicious meals. my grandmother is here for the week so i thought it would be perfect timing to welcome her with my first ina recipe… Garlic and Lemon Roast Chicken.








this chicken was so delicious that i went out today and picked up another one to take to a friend and her family for dinner. she just had surgery and who wouldn’t love a good comfort meal? I paired our dinners up with ina’s green bean gremolata  and the mashed potatoes that i make for every holiday, my make ahead mashed potatoes.

the left over chicken went into tonights chicken enchiladas. i love when dinner works out that way! let me know if you try the recipe! you’ll be so glad you did!


the BEST blueberry cobbler… ever.



After a weekend full of baseball, I NEEDED to have a good dinner… we were a little over having ballpark hotdogs {even though they taste better at the ballpark for some reason}. I whipped up the Pioneer Woman’s hamburgers, which were delicious, and the Best blueberry cobbler… ever. I’m not that original with adjectives that describe my food… I’m pretty sure it always starts out as the Best or the Greatest . Nonetheless, you will want to make this warm summer dessert and you’ll be so glad you did. Top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I’m not sure it gets much better than that. [Read more...]

sweet georgia peach basil mojitos… delish!

last weekend we had dinner with some dear friends at one of favorite restaurants. milton’s is a quaint establishment set up in a 150 year-old farmhouse in the heart of crabapple/milton. many of the fresh ingredients they use come from the 1 acre garden they have out back. how awesome is that?


the southern food with a modern flare is sure to not disappoint… but beyond the homemade pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes, a certain peach libation caught our attention. and oh. my. goodness! it was a georgia summer all caught up in a mason jar. it was just too good to not try to make one of these at home… so, after many attempts, i do believe i have the second best georgia peach basil mojito.

  peach basil mojito

This is for 1 drink:

1 peach

1 shot of white rum. I used Myers

1 lime

1 tbls. sugar

3 basil leaves

Peel and coarsely chop the peach. Using a cheesecloth or sieve, create a peach puree. Set aside. In your glass, place a tablespoon of sugar, 3 basil leaves and 1/2 tsp of lime rind and 1 tbsp of lime juice. Muddle the ingredients together. Add the peach puree and rum. mix together and serve over ice.

have guests coming to visit? Welcome them with this drink and I’m pretty sure they may never leave.

happy summer!


my husbands favorite dinner… croque monsieur


have you ever seen the movie It’s Complicated? that movie happens to be our favorite movie! i always get inspired to cook, dream about my ‘next’ kitchen, how i’d like to have my garden, and possibly a bakery {the last idea would never happen, but if i did have a bakery, it would totally be like the one in the movie}. if you’re familiar with the movie, then you must remember the part where she whips up these amazing sandwiches called Croque-Monsieurs. [Read more...]

Tips on how to decorate your kitchen



There is no other space used more than a kitchen. It’s often overlooked as a space to decorate… until now! [Read more...]

Tips on Hosting an Easter Brunch


The Easter season is such a special time in our family. Not only do we celebrate lots of birthdays in our family, but we most importantly celebrate that Jesus is Risen. If your family is anything like mine, Easter morning is pretty chaotic. You know… hiding the eggs, explaining why the Easter Bunny comes and when, putting the kids church clothes on practically in the car to hopefully keep them clean a little longer. If you’re hosting the family over afterwards for Easter brunch like me, well you just stepped crazy chaos up a notch. I’ve made a list of must do’s to help your Easter Brunch go perfectly.


1}  Make a list of who is coming and go over with them the plan for activities. Will you be attending church together? Will you do your egg hunt before or after brunch?

2} Plan the menu. Keep it simple and ask for help.

Ham, quiche, fresh fruit, scones, and coconut cake are my most favorite things to eat on Easter.

Doesn’t this quiche look yummy? You can find the recipe at Southern Living


3} Get out the dishes and serving pieces you want to use.

I like to write on a piece of paper what is being served on each piece.

4} Plan the activities for the kids… obviously an egg hunt, maybe a plastic egg toss? Easter pictionary is always fun for the kids and the adults.

5} Set the table and decorate the night before

6} enjoy!

I hope that this list spares your sanity!  Happy Easter, y’all!


‘Mom’s Night Out’ must see movie!

Oh my goodness, last night I was invited to go see the preview for a movie that is coming out Mother’s Day weekend called, Mom’s Night Out. It’s such a great movie! If you have small children, grown children, hope to have children, a mother or father, you need to go see this movie!


If you do have kids then I am sure you can relate to the moms in this movie! I laughed so hard I cried, and I cried because I felt like so many parts described me!  At the end of the movie, you remember to embrace the chaos and find the joy when it’s hard, because we all know it can be hard!  So, grab your friends, family or whoever and go see it! You’ll be glad you did :)

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