• DIY,  Repurposed/Restored

    Repurposed Shipping Crate Ottoman

    Repurposing shipping crates….Oh, the possibilities! They come in all shapes and sizes and you can get them for free!If you are lucky, you will find one loaded with cool hardware already attached! That being said, I have my own shipping crate story to tell you… This story involves one of those “No, you’re not serious!” moments with my husband.  If you like to repurpose things, I am sure you have experienced a moment like this with one of your loved ones. Well, it happened like this… My husband Dave, our youngest son Owen and I were driving down a residential street near our home. As we were driving along, I…

  • DIY

    How To Easily Age Metal

    Aged Jingle Bell  Aged Metal… Old milk cans with a ding here and there… Galvanized buckets that someone in your family used years ago and it has now oxidized after being exposed to elements… Rusty keys found in your grandmother’s old cedar chest… These items are not only family heirlooms but they seem to give a feeling of a much simpler time. There is such a “kick your shoes off and relax” kind of feeling in a home that has been tastefully decorated with touches of the past. I think that is why I love distressed furniture and rustic decor. I would love to have all of my decorative touches…

  • Organization

    Pantry Organization

    When we first bought our home, I really wanted a pantry but the home did not come with one. I love to have a supply of staple foods on hand at all times such as different types of rice, beans, sugar, flour, grains and the different foods we eat on a regular basis so I am not required to run to the grocery store every time I want to cook or bake. When we first moved in, we converted a large deep cabinet into a pantry in our garage. Because the shelves were so deep in the cabinet, the items would eventually pile up and go to waste. One day…

  • Recipes

    Tori’s Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

      The perfect, moist chewy chocolate chip cookie! These cookies have been named Tori’s Cookies because that is what all of our friend’s and family know them as. I turned this recipe over to Tori as a young teenager. I don’t think I have actually made this dough in over 10-12 years because she has made them. She has made them for almost every get together, birthday, holiday or special occasion ever since. Family and friends search out her chocolate chip cookies at potlucks. A few years back, I was tired of always trying to make chocolate chip cookies and they never came out the same; every time it was…