Hook Rack Makeover with Spray Paint

Hook Rack Makeover with Spray Paint
The further I get with painting my main floor rooms, the more projects I find that I should do. Is it just me, or is this just the way home improvement works?  I have been working on the hallway to our upstairs bedrooms, including painting all of the trim, doors and door jambs white.  We have ...

Safety Gear Dance: Getting It All Together

Safety Gear Dance: Getting It All Together
I’ve been doing a lot more DIY over the last year, and I have invaded dear hubby’s shop space in the garage.  He doesn’t mind, and has been very helpful  and supportive. He’s a safety conscious guy who uses all kinds of safety gear when he’s out in the garage, including dust masks, safety glasses, ...

Sourdough Blueberry Bread 8

Sourdough Blueberry Bread
I’ve been curious about sourdough for quite a long time, but didn’t try to make my own starter until recently.  I have been experimenting with recipes, and came across a sourdough banana bread recipe.  I had never seen sourdough used for a quick bread before, and I wanted to give it a try. While dear hubby and ...

Patio Containers for Easy Summer Color 3

Patio Containers for Easy Summer Color
Spring is my favorite time of year, and one of the things I love is planting my patio containers.  I kind of feel like a kid when I’m shopping for flowers for my containers.  “Wow, look at those Martha Washington geraniums!  I have to have a purple petunia with splotches!  Yellow dahlias!!! Squee!!!” OK, maybe ...

Closet Reorganization Continued, and a Rant About Doors

Closet Reorganization Continued, and a Rant About Doors
I was pretty proud of myself when I finished my hall closet makeover.  I painted the door white to match the trim, then added three hooks and an organizer to the back of the door.  The organizer is actually for rolls of kitchen wrap, but I thought it would work really well for our collection ...

Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe 9

Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe
I’m always thrilled when my daughter asks for a meal that is predominately green, so when she asked for homemade split pea soup, I was more than happy to oblige.  It’s easy to make from items I usually have on hand.  Bags of dried split peas, lentils, and beans are staples that I like to ...

Hall Closet Makeover: Love Home Challenge, Week 2 7

Hall Closet Makeover: Love Home Challenge, Week 2
This is week 2 of  the Love Home Challenge by Mary Organizes.  Each week, there will be a focus area and participants will do a project of their choosing in that area. The idea is to do projects around your home that make you fall in love with it again.  Last week, I finally finished ...

Memo Board: Love Home Challenge, Week 1 5

Memo Board: Love Home Challenge, Week 1
Over the next 13 weeks, I will be participating in the Love Home Challenge by Mary Organizes.  Each week, there will be a focus area and participants will do a project of their choosing in that area. The idea is to do projects around your home that make you fall in love with it again. ...

Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole 4

Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole
Who doesn’t love cheese?  A basic cheese sauce is easy to make, and uses basic ingredients that I keep on hand.  And it always goes over well with the family. I frequently make this cheddar cheese sauce to go with broccoli and cauliflower.  It is the basis for my homemade macaroni and cheese, and also ...

Dining Room Makeover, Part 3: Picture Ledges 2

Dining Room Makeover, Part 3: Picture Ledges
With my freshly painted  dining room walls, there came a little art rearrangement.  I moved the family photo that occupied the dining room wall next to the cupboard to the narrow wall between the patio slider and the picture window, above my wine cabinet.  I’m much happier with this arrangement.  This is a special family photo ...