Monday, May 23, 2016

Blueberry Season

It's blueberry season here in central Florida and over the weekend Steve and I visited one of the many U Pick farms in our area.  We brought home five pounds of berries!  I froze half of them and cooked some down with sugar for syrup.  

So far we have used the fresh berries in homemade pancakes, shortcake (yum!) and added them to a fruit salad of watermelon, cantaloupe and bananas.  I see many smoothies in our near future.

I am looking for ideas.  What is your favorite way to eat blueberries?

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One of the great things about living in Florida is the availability of fresh, local produce.   You will normally find me at the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

Have a great week!


Partying at:
Savvy Southern Style
Coastal Charm
The Dedicated House
An Extraordinary Day
Redhead Can Decorate
DIY ShowOff
The Vintage Nest

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mothers Day

In loving memory of my mother Jean and mother-in-law Sara.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Toughest Paint For Cabinets

Thanks so much for all your kind comments on our Kitchen Reveal post.           .

I promised to share with you the paint we used on the cabinets.   After reading several reviews we decided to use Benjamin Moore Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint in Dove White.   This turned out to be the best decision we made in the entire kitchen update.

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This is NOT a sponsored post for Benjamin Moore.  Actually I was offered a $100 gift card from another popular brand to purchase their paint for my project but I had heard so many great things about Advance that I declined the offer and purchased BM with my own money. 

Using Benjamin Moore Advance paint is a little more time consuming due to the 16 hour curing time between coats, but so worth every minute.   During this curing time the paint will level and brush strokes will not be visible.  The paint is latex ( water based)  but creates a hard coat like oil base and no top sealer required .

Here is an example of how very tough this paint is.  I used it on the background of the oyster sign  and once dry I tried to sand the sign to give it a distressed look.  No matter how hard I tried Coarse sandpaper would not even scratch the white paint.  

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There are hundreds of post out there about painting cabinets so I won't go into great detail about the process.  I do want to share a few tips though.

Don't skimp on prep work.  This is critical to get a good and long lasting finish.

Use a really good brush.  I used Purdy brushes for the boxes and my husband spray painted the doors with the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer.   

Do not use a top sealer on this paint. 

We used a semi-gloss paint for a slight shine and for easier cleaning of the cabinets. 

A little over one gallon of paint covered our small kitchen.  This included the range hood and trim.  

Thanks for visiting!  I am off to update the guest bath vanity with the left over paint.  


Partying at:
A Stroll Thru Life
 Cedar Hill Farmhouse, The Scoop

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Finally.....The Kitchen Reveal!

Hi everyone.

Yes, I am finally getting around to showing you our updated kitchen.  It has actually been completed for several months but life has been crazy and unfortunately blogging has had to take a back seat.  I do plan on getting back to full time blogging once things settle down.

I am loving the new look of our kitchen, the stove hood and marble tile are my favorite part of the transformation.

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You may remember what the kitchen looked like before.  Not bad...just a little dark for me.



Everything is finished except for installing new stainless steel appliances which will be done at a later time.  We added to the original plans by building in the microwave,  adding crown molding and tiling the back splash. 

Painting the cabinets was a job and quite time consuming.  Looking back now it was so worth the time and effort.

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Thanks to my dad's help the plain sheet rock island has been changed to board and batten and bead board wallpaper.

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Loving the new cabinet hardware from  D Lawless.

I reverse painted this LUNCH sign on a old picture frame. 

This OYSTER sign was also one of my projects.

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Built-in microwave

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A special thanks to my wonderful sponsors that helped make this project a reality.

D Lawless  Cabinet hardware
HomeRight  Finish Max Paint Sprayer
Rockler Cordless Nail Gun
Purdy  Paint Brushes

I'll be back soon with details on the kitchen project including the toughest wearing paint for kitchen cabinets.

Thanks for dropping by,


Partying at:
Savvy Southern Style
Coastal Charm
The Dedicated House
An Extraordinary Day
Redhead Can Decorate
DIY ShowOff
The Vintage Nest

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

2016 Spring Home Tour

 Hello Spring!

Welcome to the 2016 Spring Home Tour and a big THANK YOU to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for including me in the company of all these amazing bloggers. You'll find the links to every one's tour at the bottom of this page.

 If you are coming via The Fifth House, welcome!  Isn't Carmel's home beautiful?

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy touring our home. We have lived in this home for a little less than two years now and we are slowly making it our style. 

I have to be honest with you, other than Christmas our home doesn't change much for the different seasons.  We live in Florida and the coastal look stays up year round.

The smallest olive jar is my latest purchase.  I seem to have a little obsession with these pots. 

My husband took the picture of the boat when we were vacationing in Crete.   I had it put on canvas as a reminder of a wonderful trip.

These giant clam shells had been on my radar for years but the price always stopped me from buying.  A few years ago I found this one at an antique market for a great price.  I immediately paid for it then called my husband to let him know he had just bought me my Christmas gift.  The shell weighs a ton so it never gets moved from this spot.

Last year we removed a wall to create a dining room.  It really open up our living area.


My favorite part of our home is the enclosed courtyard which the house is built around.  It is approximately 1000 square feet so it really extends our living area.  We entertain here, eat dinner most nights in the courtyard and enjoy lots of relaxing time here.  It is screened so we don't have to deal with all the annoying bugs we have here in Florida.

The original builders plan had a smaller pool located in the courtyard.  We are so glad the original owners opted instead to put the pool in the back of the house. This gives us so much more usable outdoor space.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out the other bloggers participating in the 2016 Spring Tour.  If you like what you see I would love for you to follow No Minimalist Here via email, Bloglovin, Facebook or Pinterest. You can find all these options in the sidebar. 

Enjoy this beautiful weather!



Monday – March 21
A Stroll Thru Life – Marty
Cuckoo4Design – Julia
Thrifty and Chic – Alicia
Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna
Tuesday – March 22
Making Home Base -Chelsea
Driven By Decor – Kris
Eleven Gables – Emily
Bliss @ Home – Kristin
Hymns & Verses – Doreen
Wednesday – March 23
Our Southern Home – Christy
Simple Details – Pam
Decor To Adore – Laura
Monica Wants It – Monica
21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara
Thursday – Mar 24
Decorating Delirium – Jennifer 
Simple Stylings – Summer 
Remodelando La Casa – Cristina  
Life Love Larson – Andrea
Our Fifth House -Carmel
No Minimalist Here – Sherry
Friday  – Mar 25
Dimples & Tangles -Jennifer 
 Refresh Restyle – Debbie  
Far Above Rubies -Anita 
Talk Of The House – Kelly

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