Monday, October 5, 2015

Kitchen Progress

We are finally making progress on updating the kitchen and boy it already looks so much better .  I am loving the white cabinets and the tile is FABULOUS!  The kitchen and eat-in area are so much brighter, now the rooms blend better with the rest of the house.

 Our kitchen has a solar tube,  which gives wonderful light,  but it does make it impossible to get a picture without the glare. 

Steve has been out of town for two weeks so my son stepped in to lend me a hand.  We actually got quite a bit done today.  I am giving you a glimpse and hopefully I'll be back soon for the final reveal.

 Painted cabinets prior to installing tile

New marble back splash.

  The tile looks darker in the picture than it actually does in person,  Next up is grouting.

Here was my original plans for the kitchen and the progress we have made.  I'll be back with a complete source list soon.

Install bead board and board and batten to island
Paint cabinets white with grey undertones.
Paint soffit
Install trim above cabinets
Build range hood
Remove microwave from above stove
Build in new microwave
Install marble back splash
Change knobs and pulls

Future plans....

Replace appliances with stainless steel
New granite counter tops
Change pantry doors.
Add bead board to walls

Now,  I have to get back to painting the crown molding so we can install it tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you here Wednesday evening for the Share Your Style party. 


Partying at:
Savvy Southern Style
My Romantic Home
Coastal Charm
French Country Cottage
The Dedicated House
An Extraordinary Day
Redhead Can Decorate
DIY ShowOff
Ivy and Elephants


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Share Your Style Party

Welcome to the Share Your Style party.

I am excited you are here and I look forward to see what you have to share.

So far this week I posted about finally getting my French chairs upholstered.   It was a long process but they turned out great.

Slow Cooker Carnitas is one of my families favorite meals and I had to share this delicious recipe with you.

Thanks for dropping by and for your support of our party.  Debra is our host this week so I'll turn it over to her.



Welcome Friends,
Glad you're here to Share Your Style!

First, I have 3 great features from last week,
 then please read on, I have a little blogging news.

Nancy from Nancy's Daily Dish gave us

Rhonda from Ramblings of a Southern Girl shares

Mary Jo from Masterpieces of My Life shows us how
 to take Dollar Tree pumpkins and make them over 4 different ways!

pssst...I think the moss covered ones are my favorite!

And this last week was spent giving 
my China Cupboard a Fall Makeover, Here and Here.

and now to my update...

I just wanted to let you all know, this will be my last week co-hosting Share Your Style. Nothing dramatic going on, my health is staying stable, but my life is changing, as it has a habit to do. Traveling with my Hubby and some family things are on the horizon, and I know I need to dedicate more time to those things. I'll still be posting, I just can't keep a weekly time schedule. Stepping down frees me up to post when it's easier, and hopefully no pressure. Don't worry about me, you all that have been with me over 6 years know I tell it like it is. I hope you'll still come visit me, and I hope you'll link up all the fun and inspiration with one of the other seven great bloggers who are still participating in Share Your Style. Thanks to the other co-hosts of Share Your Style! And thanks to all my readers, you know how much I love you guys! OK, hard part done...

So now,
Let's get on with the party!

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Delicious Slow Cooker Carnitas

Hi everyone.

I believe I have shared only one recipe on my blog in the eight years I have writing.  You know this has to be one of my families favorite dishes for me to share it here.  I  found this delicious carnita recipe on Platings And Pairings and I've now made them twice and everyone absolutely loved them.  I have tried numerous carnita recipes and this one is hands down the best!

Slow Cooker Carnitas Street Tacos 

Prep time
Cook time
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Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 1 cup
  • Tortillas (I used a corn-flour blend)
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut
  • Carnitas
  • 4-6 lbs. pork shoulder, slightly trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 tbsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 oranges, sliced in half
  • 1 lime, sliced in half
  • Pickled Onions
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ⅛ - ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tablespoon kosher salt
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Combine garlic salt, chili powder, dried oregano, dried basil, cumin, ground coriander, brown sugar, and sweet paprika.
  2. Rub the spice mixture evenly over the pork. Place pork in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  3. Squeeze the juice from the oranges and limes over the pork. Place rinds pulp side down in slow cooker over the meat.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours, or until pork is tender and falling off the bone. Use a fork to pull away from bone and discard it.
  5. Preheat oven broiler. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and arrange pork in a single layer.
  6. Taste the pork for saltiness. You may want to sprinkle some additional salt on top. (I especially like using my homemade citrus salts at this stage of the recipe!)
  7. Place underneath broiler until tips of pork are browned and slightly crisp, about 3-5 minutes. (Don’t walk away from it. Keep an eye on meat to make sure it doesn’t burn or become overly browned).
Pickled Onions
  1. Add sliced onions to a medium bowl. Pour enough boiling water over them to fully cover and count to 10. Drain onions and place in jar or bow.
  2. Heat vinegar, lime juice, ⅛ cup sugar, chili flakes and salt in small saucepan over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  3. Taste for sweetness and add more sugar as needed.
  4. Pour vinegar mixture over onions.
  5. Allow to stand at room temperature, until fully cooled. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
  1. Place carnitas in tortillas and serve topped with sliced avocado and cilantro. Pass around extra limes for garnish.

*We also add a little salsa and sour cream to our tacos...delicious.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you at the Share The Style Party starting this evening.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

New Upholstery

I hope you are enjoying the first days of Fall.

  I am loving all the beautiful Fall Home Tours on blogs now.
Do you remember months ago where I posted that the upholstery on my favorite French chairs
was ruined?  Well,  I ran into quite a few obstacles but they are finally recovered.

These chairs are in our eat-in kitchen and they get lots of use (and sometimes spills).  I loved the original blue and white buffalo check and had the top of the chairs reupholstered  in the same fabric.  The seats are done in a heavy white marine vinyl that can be easily maintained.  Luckily,  the tiny blue and white stripped fabric on the back of the chairs was not damaged so it was left.

Upholstery is not cheap!

  I searched on-line for an upholsterer and emailed pictures of the chairs for a quote.  I was amazed at the big differences in quotes I received.  Luckily, I found a sweet elderly husband and wife team that now only work part-time.  They did an amazing job and charged me half of what the lowest quote was!   I am now looking for fabric for them to cover two chair cushions.  Send me an email if you live in the Orlando/Clermont area and need a good upholsterer.

I am headed to Target to buy Scotch Guard which hopefully with save the chairs from future spills.

Thanks for dropping by.


Partying at:

No Minimalist Here~Share Your Style


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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Share Your Style Party

Welcome to the Share Your Style Party.

We finally have the kitchen cabinets painted...Yahoo!  They look great and I'll be sharing pictures in a couple of days.

This week I posted Two Reasons Your Blog Revenue Is Down and a easy way to fix it.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy this early Fall.  I am turning the party over to our host Ron...Enjoy.  


Thanks again to all of you who join our Share Your Style Party each and every week. I certainly appreciate the many things you share with your hosts.

J & I enjoyed a long weekend in Indianapolis, IN.

Each week one of your hosts will take a turn choosing the features, and then ALL of us will share them on our blogs for tons of exposure.

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I just returned from an extended weekend in Indianapolis, IN for J's Aunt Wanda's 8th birthday. She celebrated in high-style. Check out her surprise!

Now it is time for you to party with us.

Here are just a few of the amazing ideas shared with us last week:

Back Porch Musings shared A Tale of Two Tables. I love the blue and white and the cotton centerpiece.

Ramblings of a Southern Girl shared her doughbowl dining arrangement filled with antlers and pumpkins.

The Kids Activities Blog featured such cute looking candy corn-inspired sugar cookies.

I love Halloween, so check out Simplee Thrifty's Oreo Eyeball Cookies. Soooo adorbs!

Perfect for the season, Mom's Madhouse shared a delicious looking Pumpkin Pie Martini.

One more.... Everyday Home shared such darling and tres useful Fall Printables.

If one of your links was featured, be sure to grab our button before you go!!


Now, on to this week!  We hope you'll join in with your decor, vintage, DIY, tablescapes, creations and yummies… in other words, pretty much anything STYLE related.  Grab our party button and add it to the bottom of the posts you link up:

Dixie Delights

With that, it’s time to Share Your Style!!

Share Your Style, y'all!

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