Love the Skin You’re In

Is there really time in life for self-care? Can you take care of your skin without toxins? Is toxic free skin care and makeup even possible? Self-care for moms? That's a good laugh. Is there such a thing? Does it REALLY matter what we girls spread all over our face...

For the Record

I began this blog when my firstborn Aidan was three months old. As a new mother, I craved a platform to share his gorgeous face with my family members and I had some pretty strong opinions on what was wrong with this world that I had just brought him into. That was...

Thrift Store Fabulous

We've all got signature moves right? You can probably make chocolate chip cookies (I can't make them save my LIFE!) but... one of my signature moves is strategic wardrobe improvement by shopping for second-hand clothing and Cheap Vintage Clothes at the Thrift Store....

The Garden Journal

I have a dear new friend. It's my garden journal. Have you ever wondered why you should keep a garden journal or even HOW too keep a garden journal? For years I have been wanting to keep one and I am not quite sure why this particular garden discipline has been so...

There’s a Hole in the Bucket, Dear Liza

Bucket Sink DIY So this is our Bucket sink DIY. Yep, how to make a vintage bathroom sink with a brass bucket.   Joel and I are going to unpack how to make a bucket sink for the ultimate vintage bathroom sink. You can use your favourite bucket to make a copper sink,...

Roasted Poblano Potato Soup

I settled in to make my new Poblano Potato Soup and thought... Worn floors under my feet and rustic beams over my head? Is this really happening? I still find myself having "pinch me" moments when I'm in this new...old kitchen. The reverse makeover is coming together...

Homemade Crackers: Simple Meals Before the Big Holidays

I'm not a crackers person. I'd rather tuck into a crusty chunk of bread. At least that's what I would have told you before making Homemade Crackers. Now, I'll eat my hat, crow and apparently scads of homemade crackers. We are gearing up for what is the most wonderful...

The Cold Calm Before the Garden

Allow me to pause from decorating, painting and wandering these halls, still stunned that this is our home... I have an announcement to make... It's Winter in Door County BUT The snow is receding. For now, that is. For someone who hates winter, I'm... adjusting. No...

Everyday Chateau, Episode III

Woohoo, baby, we are in full fixer upper mode around here! That is, in between the meals and the homeschooling and the oiling and the recipe testing... This vision for the kitchen is coming together and I have to stop myself from saying, "Slowly, but surely." as we...

Rustic Mushroom Bread Pudding

"The air is full of spices." One of my favourite lines from the 1995 film version of Sense and Sensibility and it rings true in this house these last four days. It's all chopped herbs, cracked pepper and sizzling butter! The electric oven is covered in snow out in the...

Where Women Create

Or, at the very least, "Where this Woman Creates" WWC is a fine magazine run by the amazing Jo Packam and once I had the honour of being on the cover of Jo's food based "Where Women Cook" (found here). That was back in the blogging hay-day... but... Forgive my old...

The Rejected House, The Before Pics

If you missed it, you'll want to go back and get up to snuff because I'd love to share with you now the before photos of this French Farmhouse Makeover and why I rejected this house for TWO years! I can't tell you how wonderful it feels to actually have something to...

Longing for Home

My toes are cold. That's an understatement. Because it's 57 degrees in here with a space heater cranked. It's an insult to injury thing. (I've been struggling with really bad allergies all year and we finally figured out its dust, dirt or something coming up from the...

Bake it Off – A Simple French Chocolate Cake

I don't know about you, but when the walls start to close in, I seek out some pleasurable distraction and most of the time that involves me in front of my range, creating something delicious and comforting. Today that distraction came in the form of my Simple French...

Visions of Hanging Meats Danced in Her Head

I wanna talk about my larder but first I need to rant.... Few things are as frustrating as being on a plane and feeling it begin it's decent towards the airport only to feel it, moments later, make a sharp turn away from the relief that comes from landing back on...

The Ties that Bind

But before the Pesto recipe, I know you're gagging for a farm hunt update... There are things in the life of a Believer that bind them to the LORD. At least I think there are. What do I know? Not much. But, I do know that I'm an ornery, self-sufficient, fool....

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