Gather | A Holiday Tea

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GORGEOUS Jeanne! I would love to host Christmas gathering where we have a coffee and hot chocolate bar and make gingerbread houses…With the table decorated like yours!

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I am loving sharing fall inspiration this past week and we will keep sharing through Thanksgiving.

I am peeking ahead for today because I have been fortunate to be included in the Farmhouse Holiday Series and today we are sharing our kitchens dressed up for the holidays and also sharing a favorite recipe.

Leading up to Thanksgiving and into Christmas the house just FEELS cozier.

I love the extra textures, the smells, the baking and preparing.

I love the gathering!

I thought a holiday tea would be an easy and pretty way to share how gathering during the holidays doesn’t have to be a big event. It can be intimate invitations with some of your favorite people. Simple gatherings are some of the sweetest ways to tell those that you love how special they are to you. I would take an invitation to spend time together and to catch up over a gift any day! What about you?

This post is sponsored by HomeGoods. We found everything we needed at HomeGoods to create this beautiful and intimate tea!

We are giving away a $100 giftcard to HomeGoods! Please leave a comment on this post sharing what kind of intimate gathering you would like to create.  We will announce the winner next Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our favorite and EASY recipes is Cherry Clafoutis. The kids make this on their own (and our Maddy made this one).

Cherry Clafoutis

1/2 stick butter, melted, plus more for baking dish
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for baking dish
1 pound fresh or frozen pitted cherries
1/2 cup sugar (we used Stevia)
Pinch salt
4 eggs
1 cup milk (we used half and half)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lemon, zested
Powdered sugar

Butter and lightly dust with flour (we used gluten free) a 7 by 5-inch baking dish
Add the cherries to the baking dish
In a bowl add sugar (we used Stevia), flour and salt and mix until blended.  In a large bowl combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, butter and lemon zest until blended (if you have brandy on hand it is delicious with a few Tablespoons). Add all of the ingredients together and pour over the cherries.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is golden brown.
Dust with powdered sugar if you wish.

 

If you love holiday tablescapes as much as we do I would love to have you check out our brand new (instantly available) online course Holiday DIY Tablescape with designer and artist Jen Wagner.  This course is $18 with lifetime* access.

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Come and check out the other bloggers and their spaces dressed up for the holiday!

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Dear Lillie | Jeanne Oliver

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Ella Claire | French Country Cottage | Rooms For Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors

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Liz Marie Blog | Kindred Vintage | City Farmhouse | Love Grows Wild

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Jennifer Rizzo | My Sweet Savannah | Miss Mustard Seed

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Fall Kitchen and Recipe Tour 2016 | Mini Home Video Too

Welcome to our first home tour in our new home! Thank you for joining me for the Farmhouse Holiday Series. Come back each week over the next few months and get peeks into our home dressed up for Fall and Christmas.  Our hope is that this series will be glimpses into our homes during the holidays, and that we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces.

We went on a crazy home journey within the past year and you can read about it here, here and here.  We had no interest in moving and then here we are. It was a year ago this month that we looked at that first home and all of the adventuring began.

We have been in this home for 6 months now and we have worked the hardest to turn an unfinished workshop and garage into our new studio.  We have so many ideas and plans for this home and we have been having the best time making it ours.  Today we are taking a peek into our kitchen and this is an area where we will only be making small changes for awhile.  Before we moved in we had the whole house painted Nano White by Behr (ceilings, walls, baseboards) and we had the window frames painted Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams. We also replaced all of the lighting throughout the whole house. It is amazing what just paint and lighting can do to transform a space.

All of the homes we put offers on were mid century or more modern homes.  We had been wanting this change for awhile and it feels so good to have this new creative energy. Creating comfortable and beautiful spaces within our home for our family and friends is one of my greatest joys.  I am not in a rush to fill the space and want to allow the space to organically come together.

 

 

One of our favorite parts about this new house is the layout and all of the windows.

I love making breakfast each morning and looking out the back windows and seeing the mountains. If we are really lucky we will see our favorite residence of our woods…the does and fawns.

I hope that never gets old.

We were able to take many of our vintage pieces and mix them with more modern pieces in this home and I think they work beautifully together.

I have learned to carry scissors in the car so I can cut all of the wild flowers along the side of the road on my way home each day:-)

I like to have my cooking staples on hand and easily within reach.  I love creating layers in decorating throughout the house and the kitchen is no exception.

I change out everything on the vintage cutting board each month based upon the season and what plants I can find.

I love including our children’s art throughout the house and I adore this sculpture that our Maddy made a few years ago.

I love when they will let me show them art techniques and then they run with it and create mini masterpieces in my eyes.

We had originally planned to put up open shelving in this area but we have loved the mix of the vintage shoe trolley with the white ironstone and other collected serving pieces.

We have lots of years to play with this space.

While I was in Normandy a few years back I found some of the most wonderful vintage grain sacks.  I framed many of them and you will find some of them around this home.

If you have vintage needlepoint or fabric but you don’t know what to do with it I highly recommend framing it. It adds so much interest and texture to a room.

Because I know that photos make it hard to feel the flow of a home I wanted to make a quick kitchen video for you all.

Kitchen Video Tour

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I love cooking for my family but also having friends over and casually and comfortably entertaining.

The biggest thing that I have learned over the years is to cook things that I love to cook and things that I have cooked so many times that I am not stressed with my guests.

So, make a fun cocktail for your guests and enjoy cooking for your friends and family and keep the focus on them and having a great time.

I have included a few of my favorite recipes below with videos that were created for my Art of Home online course from last fall (back when I had red hair:-)).

Butternut Squash + Sausage Soup

Butternut Squash + Sausage Soup Video

 

 

Easy Cocktail Recipes Video

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Come and check out all of the beautiful glimpses into the other kitchens in the tour.

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen

 

 

Ella Claire | Craftberry Bush | Miss Mustard Seed | Jeanne Oliver

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen 2

 

Love Grows Wild | Rooms FOR Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors | Dear Lillie

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen 3

French Country Cottage | My Sweet Savannah | Kindred Vintage | Jennifer Rizzo

 

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If you are new to my blog you may not know that we have the most gorgeous and fun online home courses on our creative network!

We have a brand new online course beginning on November 1st with the talented Melinda McCoy of House 214 Designs.

Feel Home: Creating a Timeless Feeling Home is all about how to decorate a comfortable and beautiful space!

We all have the same questions when it comes to designing our homes. Where do I begin? Is this really me or am I making this decision because it is the latest trend? Am I still going to like this look six months from now? Whether you are the everyday home designer or working with a professional, the choices you make for your timeless home need to be made with intention. This course will guide you through the process and teach you the framework that I use to create a timeless home with my clients. We will create storyboards, discover the language for a timeless home (hint, it has a lot to do with your personality), and learn the exact design elements that create a timeless feeling. You will learn by doing. As a result, making design decisions for your timeless home will be easier. You will be making your decisions with intention and confidence rather than because you saw it in the latest issue of a favorite magazine. This course will teach you not just the what, but the how and why behind creating a timeless feeling in your home.

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

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Step by Step Kitchen Cabinet Painting With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

One of the questions I get asked the most is regarding how I painted our kitchen cabinets and what do I think of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

I have waited until now to share my opinion because I thought we needed to really live with the cabinets to see how they wore with daily use and to give me time to give an honest opinion.

Before we start let me be honest that if I had contacted many people to come and give us quotes to paint the cabinets. I have the worst track record of getting contractors to either show up or get back to me with quotes. I did NOT want to do this job. Not even kidding.  I really tried to find someone else but I didn’t have any luck and that is when I decided that the only way I could do this was by using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP).

The reason I had the guts to undertake such a huge project was because with ASCP I wouldn’t have to sand all of the cabinets.  Maybe a silly reason but it was the one thing that really helped me to feel like I could do this.

I am a hugely externally motivated person and the main reason I had the motivation to FINALLY get this project started was because Fifi O’Neill and her crew were coming to photograph our home for different magazine.  They were arriving just days before I was leaving last summer to teach in Italy and I had some huge time constraints to get this job done.

Before we started the project we first met up with the owners of Shades of Amber and they gave us private lessons to put both Kelly and I at ease.  They gave us such confidence and shared exactly what we needed to start. I am so grateful for their kindness and patience with us!

So, first I will share all of the step by step instructions and then at the end give you my honest opinion about our cabinets and if I would do it again.

Trying to figure out what colors to go with.

(Sorry for the dark photos but most photos were just on my phone. Without these I wouldn’t have taken many progress photos.)

Step One:

Wipe down all of the cabinets using Krud Kutter. This is to make sure you don’t have grease and oils on the cabinets before you paint. Don’t skip this step. I did this while they were still on the hinges and hanging to make it easier.

Step Two:

Take all of the doors and hardware off the cabinets.  Make sure you are careful in how you organize and save the hardware to make it easier when it is time to put it all back together.

Step Three:

I bought the two sizes of ASCP paint brushes and I am glad I did. I ended up mostly using the smaller one though.  Before you start I would recommend flipping through the brush a few times to get rid of loose bristles.  Make sure you shake the can well (in our case we mixed one part Old White with one part Pure White).  You may not believe me until you do this but the best thing to do at this point is to just dive in.  The paint is forgiving and even thought the first coat may have you freaking out…the second coat will make you start seeing where this project is going.  We started with the cabinets (Who am I kidding? I started with the cabinets) and did the doors last.

I waited until each coat was dry before I added another coat.  I ended up doing three coats to everything and I think I should have done four.  Without our deadline I know I would have done that. I was so sick and tired of painting and I just wanted it to be done. Don’t do this. Don’t skimp during the process because you will regret it later.

Step Four:

Once your surface is painted you can choose to age the wood a bit with 120 grit sandpaper. I wasn’t sure if I would do this or not but because of the shape of our cabinets it actually looked good.  Keep in mind that we have three kids and they were going to do it anyways with daily use and it makes the new marks just look like part of the charm.

I used the 120 grit sandpaper on the edges only and never on a flat surface.

Step Five:

At this point we put the whole kitchen back together before I waxed all of the cabinets and doors.  I think it made the process easier but that is a personal preference.  We used the ASCP clear wax and I LOVED it!  I have used it on so many other things since (including my art).  To apply the wax I recommend working in small sections (2 ft x 2 ft sections). I also recommend purchasing the wax brush because it is just soooo nice and makes the process easier.  You dip the tip of the brush into the clear wax (dark wax too if that is your thing) and in circular motions you get into all of the nooks and crannies of your piece.  You then take rymplecloth (cheesecloth) and wipe the excess wax off.  Your cabinets and doors should not be gooped with wax. This is a sealer and you want to treat it as such.  Using the wax is gorgeous!  It not only seals your cabinets but also gives is an awesome matte appearance.  After 24 hours you can add a second coat.  I have to be honest that we still have to add our second coat (more about that later).

Step Six:

Buff the wax if you want a sheen.

Those are the nuts and bolts and now to the raw truth about the whole process, what we think as a family and would I do it again.

The process is a biggest pain in the butt! Serious! So much work and it is easy to start to rush things because you just WANT TO BE DONE. I have heard people say that just broke it down over months to make it not as bad. No way!  I wanted this done and I wanted my kitchen back together. That is so not my style. That being said…I should have done that forth coat. Dang it!  It is not something that anyone else has commented on and my husband doesn’t know what I am talking about but I see it.  After 10 months I have to tell you that except for the cabinets where the garbage and recycle cans are…they have held up AWESOME.  I have some touching up to do on a few cabinets but not anything that will take me too long.  To do a touch up after you waxed just use the ASCP mineral spirits to take up the wax, touch up, let dry, re-wax.  Not too tough.  I am planning on doing the touch up within the next few months and also finally get that second coat of wax on whole thing;-).

Would I do it again?  In a heartbeat!  It transformed our kitchen!  Our home is so much brighter and now our whole house flows better.  It was hard to convince my husband to paint over our expensive cherry. Keep in mind that we built this home and we both still remember how much of an upgrade the cherry cabinets were.  If we ever get sick of the paint then you can strip them and do something different. It is just paint. Serious. Live a little!

I would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

If you are interested in more posts about our kitchen remodel (and we still aren’t finished)…

Ikea Hack: How We Built our Kitchen Island

Kitchen Remodel Before and After

My Thoughts on Our Marble Counter Tops

Adding Open Shelving

Ripping out the built in desk

Living Room Makeover

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My Thoughts On Our Marble Countertops

I have found that so many people have very strong opinions about having marble countertops.

A few days after we had our marble island counter installed an acquaintance was in our home and this was her response as she ran her hands over our marble…

“Oh, my!  You went with marble!  Are you going to regret that?”

Hmm

I won’t even go into the next five minutes of me defending the honor of my shamed marble.

This wasn’t my first experience with the opinions and gratefully I was better prepared this time to stand strong in my choice and to be proud of it.

Let me go back just a bit and explain how we came to getting the marble and what I think about it after living with it for 6 months (the good, bad and ugly).

This was our first big remodel of our home and I was so excited to add new character and design elements into our home.

Keep in mind that it had been 12 years since we had picked out flooring, tiles etc. while we were building our home and obviously there is always a budget. Dang budget…I hate you.

Kelly and I headed out to find the stone that would be the icing on top of our newly built island.

I was so excited!

I wanted to keep an open mind about what kind of stone we chose but I also knew I wanted the island to be a light color because I did not want it to become a dark hole in the center of the room.

We went to many different showrooms and even walked among the huge slabs that were outside (in 7 degree weather I might add).

All of the men working with us kept telling us how awful marble would be, completely ignored me and then proceeded to show me the most manly granite you can even imagine.

I think they thought I was building a manly cabin in the woods.

Each showroom left me more and more discouraged and everything I was being shown I truly hated.

I sank into the car seat as we headed home, turned to Kelly and said, “This isn’t as much fun as I thought it would be.” I think I probably sulked the rest of the ride home like the mature woman I am.

Kelly had made it clear from the beginning that he could care less what stone we got and this decision was up to me.

I forgot for a moment that I know what I liked and I just needed to stand up for it.

When we got home and I had sulked some more I gave one of my closest friends a call.

This girl is my artist in crime, travel companion, cocktail expert, best Halloween costume maker, designer extraordinaire and the funniest story teller.

I called her feeling defeated and I told her that I wanted marble for the island and every showroom was trying to talk me out of it.

The rest of the story is why I love her so much and I should have re-created it on video so you would all get a good laugh out of it.

“I hate when people know what they want and people try to talk them out of it!”

I want you to know that I have known Alexis for years and the following phone conversation was the most heated I had EVER heard her.

Alexis has one of the best homes of anyone I know because of her eclectic style and amazing design sense.

She told me that when they were remodeling her home that many of the installers of the tiles, counters etc. made her sign a waver because they didn’t agree with her choices (isn’t that a laugh) and they thought she would later regret what she wanted and they wanted it documented that they had warned her against it. Serious.

Of all of her choices she only regrets one and loves, loves, loves everything else she did.

Who cares what anyone else is saying…even the “experts”. Go with your gut and stand your ground.

When I got off the phone I thought I could take on the world…or at least the guys at the showrooms.

I have traveled to so many beautiful parts of the world and in so many of the hotels, restaurants and museums there is marble that has yellowed, dipped, stained and I find it all gorgeous!

I had originally hoped to find a vintage marble slab so all of the “beautifying” would already be added. No such luck for such a large slab.

As soon as I got off of the phone with Alexis I went immediately to Kelly and let him know that after Alexis’ pep talk we had some marble to pick out.

We then went to an amazing stone showroom with so much stone that we joked that it was God’s art gallery. Incredible stone that I had never seen in my life.

We picked out many different styles of marble and really made our final decision based upon price.

So, what do I think about it now that we have been living with it for 6 months?

We went with a honed carrara marble slab.

1. It is SOOOO beautiful. Truly gorgeous.   I love it so much and we have plans of adding it to the bathrooms when we update them.

2. It will not be perfect for more than 5 seconds…if it was even flawless when you got it.  I went into it half way relaxed and knowing that it would have marks of some sort immediately. Lucky for us our installers messed it up right away so that even relaxed us more.  Half of the things in our home are chipped or scratched because they are vintage.  I only want things in our home that we use and this ain’t no showroom. This is real life and I want to use what we buy.  It helped that I have lots of friends that have marble and they prepared me to just go with it…it is worth it.  We have flat marks, we have a few scratches etc. but I think it is still gorgeous. I really wish I could age it a hundred years and enjoy THAT beauty but I am sure with five of us in this house we will do our part.

3. It is easy to clean.  We only clean it with water.  We do need to look into a sealer that we can apply every once in awhile so if any of you have a great suggestion please speak up.

4. It is exactly the look we were going for.  No other stone would have done it for me.

5. We use it!  We make art on it, do homework, do devotions and enjoy the conversations that happen around it all of the time.  Jack has been known to take naps on it:-)

6. It softens the space so beautifully and will work with whatever direction we want to take the kitchen next.  The marble is a perfect neutral for any other color we want to paint the cabinets or walls.

7. Marble is timeless.  No matter what is in style or trending at the moment marble has been used in kitchens, bathrooms, floors, walls etc. for hundreds of years and they are holding up beautifully.

I am so glad I didn’t settle or compromise on a look I didn’t really like.  Every day when I come downstairs I have never regretted once getting the marble and the investment we made.

I think the moral of the story is to keep your opinions to yourself and let people enjoy their choices, don’t be talked out of what you really want and everyone needs an Alexis in their life!

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IKEA Hack {how we built our kitchen island}

When we made the decision to rip out our existing island we had planned on paying a contractor to do the work.

What did we know and how could we take on a project this big?

We knew we didn’t want what we had but where would we even begin to pick out the insides of the cabinets and basic design?

As we were walking through IKEA one night we both stopped in our tracks and were really looking at some of their island designs.

We didn’t want what IKEA was selling for our island but it allowed us to think outside the box and to realize we could piece together the cabinets that would make our ideal island.

With a little puzzle work, a brother that did electrical and plumping, a husband that dabbles in woodworking and a wife that would do the painting…we were on our way.

All resources are listed at the end.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comment section.

{I don’t think of documenting projects until the last minute so forgive the photo quality}

{BEFORE}

{THE DEMO}

{BUILDING THE ISLAND}

We purchased different size cabinets that would allow us to have two large cabinets on one side, cabinets under the sink, sink mount (we bought our sink also at IKEA) and a smaller drawer and cabinet to the right of the sink.

We knew we wanted to have the freedom to paint the cabinets over and over if needed so we chose the white unfinished wood cabinets.

As you can see we have gaps around the cabinets because we needed to space them out to create the island size we really desired.

We did the best we could to take advantage of the spaces between the cabinets and to make sure we had charging stations and all the outlets we could need.

On each side of the cabinets we attached 3/4″ MDF to build our custom wainscoting and pull the cabinet space together.

This was very important to me to include the custom woodwork and create an island that looked more like a furniture piece and to also incorporate the design elements that are throughout the house.

Anywhere we had gaps between the cabinet we included MDF to close the space.

Kelly was able to use the larger gap between the two larger cabinets to hide our Wi-Fi access point.  The wood panel is removable using speaker grill fastners.  Pretty clever!

These cabinets also were wired for our charging station, printer and microwave.

From this angle you can see all the spacing that is still visible from the top but all along the sides it had now been closed in.

Kelly and my brother were able to do all of the electrical and plumbing which saved us on money and time because we were often working on the island late at night.

We installed the garbage disposal switch under the sink because we didn’t want to have a hole cut in the marble counter top.  I am still not sure I like it there but I can’t say I would love it on the counter either.

I almost never paint anything without trying out the samples in the space and really living with the choices for a few days.

I think one of the biggest mistakes anyone can make when choosing paint is to not sample them first.   It is worth the time and small amount of money to see what the samples will look like in your space with your lighting.

Don’t ever rely on the paint swatches for a realistic paint color.

We sampled three colors for the island and we ended up choosing Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore in eggshell.

I am still so happy with our choice and the paint has held up beautifully in the space.

We primed and lightly sanded the cabinets before we painted and we even used paint with primer for a better coverage (Aura by Benjamin Moore).

We also primed all of the MDF before we painted.

Before our Carrara marble could be installed we needed to have the island completely built and ready to paint.

At this point in the renovation we had been without water in our kitchen for a full month.

We were really excited to get the counter and sink installed and to get the water back on.

(I will have a whole other post on my thoughts on the marble and why we chose marble for the island)

Our marble was dropped and chipped the first time they came but here they are bringing in our counter a few days later and it was the beginning of a six month customer service nightmare that has not ended.

I don’t want to make this post about that experience but I do want to make sure my local friends and readers know not to use Stone City to fabricate any of your projects.

You can read my Yelp review HERE.

{FINISHED}

I still can’t believe that we really did this!

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t find the new island so beautiful and functional.

It was so much work and it was hard to not have our kitchen for a month but I would do it again in a second to have this result.

Resources:

 2 Akurum 36″ base cabinets in birch

1  Akurum 15″ base cabinets with upper drawer in birch

1 Akurum 36″ base sink cabinet in birch

All of our doors and drawers are Ramsjo in primed wood (white) so they could be painted

Glass handles from Hobby Lobby

Fieldstone paint by Benjamin Moore

Faucet by Home Depot (we will be changing it out because it does not reach far enough)

Apron sink from IKEA

Vintage grain sack used for a curtain in place of doors from French Larkspur

Yellow metal stools from Target

You may enjoy these recent posts about our remodel:

*Adding Open Shelving

*Ripping out the built in desk

*Living Room Makeover

*Kitchen Remodel {before and after}

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Kitchen Remodel {Before and After}

Of any project that we have ever done in our home this project made the biggest impact!

We built our home a little over 11 years ago so everything was still nice in our kitchen but my taste had changed.

It took me about four years to convince my husband to go along with painting the cabinets.

What really sold him on going for it was the awesome instruction we received from Amber and Brad at Shades of Amber.

They were amazing at giving us step by step instructions in how to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (our step by step instructions will be coming next week).

Our island had always been an odd shape and not a great useable space.  Because the island had two levels of counters it actually made it hard to do almost anything.

Once we knew we were going to refinish our pre-existing cherry floors and add cherry floors throughout the living room and studio we knew we had to make a final decision about our island.

If we were going to change it…now was the time.

I really wanted a larger island that would allow for storage, homework, baking and just a nice place to gather round and talk.

We will be adding a new counter along the back of the kitchen and a back-splash this fall.

I hope you enjoy the changes we have made and maybe you will even talk your husband into painting those cabinets:-)

I hope you will join me next week as I show how we built our island and step by step instructions how we painted our cabinets.

Thanks for looking!

{BEFORE}

{AFTER}

{BUTLER’S PANTRY}

You may enjoy these recent posts about our remodel:

*Adding Open Shelving

*Ripping out the built in desk

*Living Room Makeover

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In The Kitchen {Salmon Summer Salad}

One of the things I look forward to each weekend is having more time to prepare a meal.

I have the time to make a dessert with the kids, let the pizza dough rise or just put more attention into what we are making.

This salmon salad is one of my favorites because all of the layers of flavors.

This is the perfect summer meal!

Salmon Summer Salad

4 Salmon Filets

4 tbsp Grape Seed Oil

2tbsp Olive Oil

4 tbsp Brown Sugar

4 tbsp Paprika

4 tbsp Sea Salt

3 tsp Thyme (fresh if you have it)

Pinch of Ground Corriander

Pinch of Ground Cumin

dash of Cayenne Pepper

1-2 Bunches of Asparagus

Organic Micro Greens

Arugula

Blue Cheese Crumbles

Balsamic Dressing

1.Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees

2. Wash all of the asparagus and spread out onto a baking sheet. Lightly toss with olive oil and sea salt and bake for 12 minutes or until tender

3. After the asparagus is cooked just set it aside to cool. Once cool chop and set aside.

4. Mix together in a small bowl all of the spices and herbs.

5. Rub the spices all over the salmon filets and sear each side in a pan (with 2 tbsp of grape seed oil) for 1-2 minutes.

6. Transfer the Salmon onto a baking sheet and place in the oven for 3-4 minutes

7. While the Salmon is cooking start arranging each plate.

*The first layer on the plate is a bed of arugula

* Sprinkle with the chopped asparagus

* Once the Salmon is done place a file (or a half for children) on the arugula and asparagus

*Sprinkle the blue cheese crumbles

*Finish with organic micro greens on the Salmon.

I think the spice rub gives the meal so much flavor that you don’t need a dressing but I always provide a balsamic dressing.

Enjoy!

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The time is finally here!

Creative Girl: The Land of Light and Shadows begins THIS Monday!

I can barely stand the excitement that you all have and I am beyond thrilled to show you Danielle’s gorgeous videos on Monday!

 

You will not want to miss this course!

 

Here is a peek into what her course will be about…

 

Once upon a time there was a tiny-ish girl who loved to cut, draw, and paint. She saw things in the sunshine and shadows that other people never seemed to notice. She bounced all that wonderfulness around inside her noggin for a bit, and out popped magical pieces of art that told her stories when words couldn’t.

 

Danielle Donaldson is that girl, and guess what? She wants to share a part of her creativeSTORY with you. YES YOU!

 

The Land of Light and Shadow is a one week course with Danielle (aka creativeGIRL) that will inspire you to add depth to your work by using a bunch of super fun techniques. You’ll play with all sorts of mediums including pencil and pen work, watercolors, acrylics and patterned paper creating yummy layers. And just when you think you are done, you’ll practice adding highlights and tucking in shadows here and there to make your art sparkle. Sounds awesome, right?

Please join Danielle the week of April 28th for a romp with watercolors and white pens and all sorts of creative shenanigans into The Land of Light and Shadows.

This is a one week class with everything instantly available on April 28th!

The course is $34.

This course is available for one full year.

You can go directly to jeanneoliver.ning.com and register for the course by clicking HERE.

 (this will put you instantly in the course and you will be ready when class begins)

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