Signing Off For a Bit

Hey everyone!  Just popping in to let you know I'm taking a bit of a blogging vacay!  You know how sometimes you just reach that point when your mojo is lagging or other things in life need more of your attention.....well, a combo of those is where I'm at right now.  In this wonderful age of "electronic-heaven" and social media, I find it so beneficial to just "unplug" for awhile.

I've got some reading material that many of you have been talking about, and I'm really looking forward to reading this book.  I've been following Melissa for awhile now, and find her to be so upfront and honest about whatever she shares on her blog.

Love the Home You Have Book - The Inspired Room - Melissa Michaels

One last thing before I officially sign off -- there was a neighborhood Block Party on our street last night to help everyone get better acquainted.  It was so much fun!  We may or may not have been the "elders" at the party, but it didn't matter.  Adults were far out-numbered by kiddos, ranging in age from 15 down to 6 months (you'd better believe I got some snuggling with that one)!  Super-nice & very polite kiddos who kind of liked my contribution of these Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownies.  I made a triple batch, The Man & I each had one, and there were no leftovers.....now that is the best way to deal with Brownies!

Okay folks, not sure when I'll be returning, but I hope to be fully relaxed and re-charged when I do.  Don't have too much fun without me.....oh, okay, have a blast!


Some Easter Fun!

Hey everyone!  Hope y'all had a wonderful Easter weekend.  We had such a great time.  Some very good friends from Washington state spent the weekend with us, and some very good friends from Utah joined us for Easter day.  The three of us ladies all graduated high school together, so it was a "mini-reunion!"  We are all still married to our "originals," and all the hubbies get along really well, too.

I am so terrible about taking pictures during gatherings, so I made a point of taking a few of our table settings prior to our guests' arrival.  Hope you don't mind if I share them.

We don't often eat in our dining room, but I'd love to change that; so I set our Easter table with my sweet MIL's china and silverware.

My simple centerpiece until the food arrived.  I cut out some little bunny shapes, glued them together with a shish kabob skewer, & poked these little cuties into a couple of faux boxwood spheres & added a small white pompom bunny tail.

HERE is a post I did about this sweet china.

The toile runner, placemats & napkins were perfect.  I've had this set for years and got them from Tuesday Morning -- they were made by Waverly.

Even 65+ people need to channel their inner child sometimes, and what better way than with bunnies hopping around & egg cups filled with jelly beans & Cadbury Eggs......yummy!

I found the little bunny cards on a free download HERE.

Our menu was Spiral Cut Ham from Costco (best we've ever had), rustic mashed potatoes, sweet baby green peas, rolls and THIS Super Lemon Bundt Cake.  It was all so delicious!

Our Washington friends arrived on Saturday afternoon, so I had a simple meal planned -- Lasagne, fresh baby greens salad, Italian bread &  Blueberry Crumble in mason jars -- which required a simple table setting.

Aren't these cute?  I got the recipe HERE, but I left out the mint and topped them with Cool Whip.

I bought the tablerunners & cute striped napkins from World Market on sale.

The napkins & tablerunners work so well with all of my Fiestaware colors.  
I'll be using these a lot!

And finally, some lovelies from TJ's.

I hope all of you had a great weekend and are getting your first week in April off to 
a grand start!


YAY, My Kitchen Reveal

Hey everyone!  I've been absent from Blogland for awhile, but you will soon see what has been keeping The Man and I very busy.  I am so excited to share this DIY project, but if you are totally insane, you might want to go HERE to see what this kitchen looked like in the beginning and what we did early-on to give it it's first update.  If you do read that post, you will see where I made the statement that oak cabinetry was getting such a bad wrap and we liked the look.  Ha ha!  Well, that was a lie.....not intentionally a lie, but self-protection against all the comments about "orange, build-basic oak cabinets" being so hideous.  You see, I truly didn't think we had it in us to do that big of a DIY, but I. WAS. WRONG!  So without further ado, here is what we've been up to.
Everyone needs to see a little "before" before they see the "after," right?  There are a ton of tutorials about painting cabinets, & I did read several; but we didn't really follow any of them.  Except......for several that gave glowing reports about the Benjamin Moore Advance paint.  The Man started doing some reading about it and decided that was what we needed to use.  He really got on-board with this whole project when he realized it was a perfect excuse to get a new toy tool -- the Fuji Mini-Mite.  He is now completely sold on both the paint and the paint sprayer and is even dreaming up other projects to work on!

Okay, drumroll, please!
I cannot tell you how much I love this change!

In most of these pics, the cabinets look white, but they are actually Edgecomb Gray.  It is
a warm-tone gray.

The Man and I both really like how this color looks with the granite and backsplash.

We debated about painting the light rail and the trim at the base of the upper crown or keeping it the 
Espresso color that we had previously installed when we painted the desk-buffet & island.  We are so glad we kept it the Espresso.......adds such a custom element.

I really do love the lighting here in the kitchen, but it makes for some weird colors
in the photos.  I promise, the upper and lower cabinets are the same color!

Yep, same color!

This paint color did exactly what I was hoping it would do, and that is to make our double oven unit less conspicuous.  Considering that it would cost about two grand to replace it, we went with the 
theory of making it "disappearing"into the cabinet color rather than having that amount of money disappear from our wallet!

I pretty much don't care what's on tv in the family room, because I just keep looking 
in this direction.  Sigh......

So there you have it!  We are pretty tired and are giving ourselves a couple of days to rest up, but then we are moving on to using this same paint in both bathrooms & linen closets.  We've already painted the laundry room cabinets (we practiced on them before doing the kitchen), and they look amazing.  I'll share it another time.

I hope you enjoyed my kitchen reveal.  I've been a little absent in visiting and leaving comments, and I apologize for that.  I will definitely try to do some catching up.  I've missed my bloggy friends!  I hope all is well with each of you and that you have a great rest of your week!  
Thanks for stopping by!

I often party with these lovely bloggers:

Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Snickerdoodle Sunday

Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Karen at Karen's Up on the Hill for Something to Talk About
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Mondays

Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Leslie at House on the Way for Twirl & Take a Bow
Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline for Project Inspired

Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Karin at The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday
Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday

Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe for Live Laugh Linky Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Kathryn at The Dedicated House for Anything Blue Friday
Jody & Stan at Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays 

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