Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Snow Storm

We had a decent snow storm! This one was heavy and sticky. The type that looks beautiful but is horrible to shovel. It seemed like 8 inches which isn't much here.
It was a very grey day.
I love this baby tree covered in snow.

It is marvelous being surrounded by trees in this weather.
Later the sun started to show its golden hues!
All the photos were taken from the comfort of home through the window with my cheap camera.
After the golden hues, we saw pink.
We have been quite busy as you can imagine so I haven't put much effort into my blog. Our first real snow fall in our new home was an excuse for a post!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend and week ahead! Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Aventures of Settling in a New Home!

It's been 2 and half weeks already in the new house and it was been entertaining!

Here is our first piece of furniture. Ok, its not exactly furniture but it gets sat on often! 
It was a blessing in disguise to find water around the base of the toilet after a couple of days. The toilet that was there was obnoxious for lack of a better word. It had the LONGEST and LOUDEST flush of any toilet on the planet. I'm not kidding! 

Our new throne is lovely. You are getting a glimpse of our outdated full bath here. When the time comes we will be looking into professional re-glazing of the tiles. They are in fantastic shape and if re-glazed in timeless white, they will look brand new!

We also had a pipe freeze in our downstairs bath. It has been unseasonably warm but we had a few ridiculously cold days thrown in the mix. This was a new experience for me! 

After approximately 3 hours with the hairdryer, the water started flowing again. So now I know how to unfreeze a pipe and prevent this in the future! This may push up a re-model of that bath since we would like to move that pipe into the house. Then we don't have to think about this in the future. Luckily this is the only pipe on an outside wall.

What's this below you ask?
Well it is queen size mattress that arrived via Fed Ex. Not kidding! It is a 12 inch memory foam mattress! I was incredibly fascinated with this.
After being removed from its compression packaging, it gets unrolled and takes up to 72 hours to fully expand! I purchased this after reading amazing reviews and realizing we don't have to spend hundreds of dollars for a comfortable, quality bed.

The frame we got for it is also really cool allowing for stacking under the bed storage units. Perfect for an old house with small bedroom closets! This also came in a small box. I was so pleased that we have another mattress and frame on order for the spare bedroom.
How about a love seat via Fed Ex?
Yup, that's a loveseat in there! Finished product below. It took a little time for the cushions to fluff up too since these were compressed too. It is super chocolaty although the camera did not pick this up. Shopping on a budget does require some work!
The best purchase so far? This washer and dryer pair. This was my first time having a purchase such appliances. Total score! I have never used units so efficient! The reviews I read did not lie!
Anyway that's all for now! It will take time to settle in since both Jim and I got rid of our furniture in our last home sales not realizing we would be buying property again in Massachusetts!

Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you a marvelous week ahead. ~Val

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Veggie Ball Sub

Jim and I were watching a Food Network show and the host was at Marabella Meatball Co. in Philadelphia. They make veggie ball subs! This had us salivating. This restaurant is kind enough to share their recipe here

Unfortunately when writing this blog post, I discovered that their business had closed. I don't think it had to do with their recipes though!
We were very impressed with their deliciousness. 

The following ingredients get combined:

1/2 cup breadcrumbs
4 eggs
1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/8 cup chickpeas rinsed and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts roughly chopped 
1 tablespoon of golden raisins roughly chopped (we left these out since I was skeptical) 
1 teaspoon chopped garlic (we left this out as well because of my tummy)
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 bunch broccoli crowns cooked, cooled and roughly chopped
1/4 head cauliflower cooked, cooled and roughly chopped

Once the ingredients are mixed together well, refrigerate for 15 minutes. 

Preheat oven at 400 F. 

Scoop and roll out mixture into 2.5 ounce balls. Ours were about 1.5 inches wide.  
Place on a greased baking sheet. I just put them on a sheet with parchment paper (no greasing) and that worked well. Bake for 30 minutes until golden.
Ok, we didn't use rolls but rather toasted sandwich bread. Then topped them with red sauce and provolone cheese. They are fantastic with just cheese too.
The host's comment was that they tasted like meat. Jim thought the same thing. It has been over 20 years since I've eaten meat so I can't quite comment on that (man I'm getting old!). 

Anyway they are full of tastiness! Next time we are going to form this recipe into patties for burgers. I bet they will freeze well at a fraction of the cost of veggie burgers!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week! ~Val

Saturday, January 16, 2016

New House!

It happened this time! We moved into this charming New England colonial this past week built in 1900! I didn't want to blog about this sooner which may have possibly jinxed things.
So I will be able to cross owning an antique off the bucket list in 2016!
In general it does not feel like an old house. It is immaculate inside and out. However it is outdated in the bathrooms and kitchen.
There are still some gorgeous old accents like the front door with the letter slot (my favorite thing with the house). The mail carrier actually still slips the mail through this slot! I do want to get a mailbox for outside though since the slot is quite tiny. Mail must have been really small back in the day.
I love the old door knobs and skeleton key holes.

This chandelier is the real deal. All glass! It is in a bedroom. How shabby chic of the prior owner!

This is the huge walk up attic that we could turn into a room and add square footage to the home.
The windows have been replaced with the exception of a couple old custom window which I love seeing.
This old radiator still has its humidifier. Back in the day, people added water to that tray behind it which would then give off water vapors as the heat rose. The downstairs has been updated with baseboards for the heat and the upstairs still has these relics which I love!
There is a cool old slate sink in the basement that we are thinking of putting outside as a planter since we won't use it inside!
While this house is not a complete rehab, we will be updating the bathrooms and kitchen. Since they aren't pretty I will not be showing them until we start the work! 

There are some other items from the inspection we will be addressing as well so I am calling this my bucket list rehab! We will be taking our time with things since it is completely inhabitable so it will likely take a few years before we have everything completed.

Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! ~Val

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Sentimentalist

The Sentimentalist on Etsy makes the most beautiful cards, tags and more! I have been admiring her work for years now on social media.

How wonderful are these holiday gift tags?
Holiday Gift Tags
Gift card holders are great to have on hand.
Gift Card Holder
Valentine's Day will be here before you know it! Here is a set of sweet cards. Card sets also make for a great gift idea for those you know who love to write notes!
Valentine's Day Cards
This shop also has marvelous framed art. I adore this message. "Love is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you just let it fly, it will come to you when you least expect it."
Inspirational Art
These clothespin gift tags are adorable!
Clothespin Gift Tags
I received these cute ones from this shop this year:

Of course there are perfect greeting cards too. This one is for someone who has beat breast cancer!
Beating Breast Cancer Card
So next time you are looking for a beautiful card, tags or some inspirational art, stop by The Sentimentalist!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you had a wonderful holiday! ~Val

Saturday, January 2, 2016

CK Stitches

Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you a fabulous year of health, happiness and prosperity!

CK Stitches is an Etsy shop I stopped by this holiday season for a couple of gifts. 

I purchased the following scarves that are very well made and of soft, comfy fabrics.
Chevron scarf
Cheetah Scarf
Besides fabulous adult and children's infinity scarves, the shop also has pretty coffee sleeves. These are great little gift ideas!
Coffee Sleeve
 If you know someone having a baby, burp clothes are always needed!
Burp Cloth Set
We ladies can never have too many pouches for keeping organized!
Zippered Pouch

Wristlets are perfect for low maintenance gal!
For the little ones there are crayon rolls.
Crayon Roll
So next time you are looking for a new accessory or a cute gift idea, stop by CK Stitches. I'm sure you will find something just right!

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, December 26, 2015

End of The Year Review!

2015 was quite a year!

It was my first full calendar year for being self employed as well as living with Jim. I wouldn't change a thing!

This year I ventured onto Amazon with a findings shop! I wish they would create attractive store fronts for sellers like they do with Amazon Handmade. Anyway I am still thankful for the site helping me grow my business.

When thinking of the highlight of the year I would have to say being asked to take part in an episode of New England Chronicle. If you missed it, it can be viewed here: Keeping it Symbol: Rock On. My part comes in around 2:30 on the time counter. I certainly never wanted to be on television but was really flattered to be asked and I'm so proud that I went through with it! 

I treated myself to a new camera.
But some subjects weren't too happy about that considering this dude's face!
I tried my hand at resin. Very cool! Of course I haven't had time to do more with it.
I experimented with tofu. This chowder, although not pretty, is a favorite of ours now!
Discovered some neat places.
Had some fun custom orders!
Survived an insane winter!
I wonder what this winter has in mind for us!

I hope you all had a fulfilling 2015! Wishing you an amazing 2016!!! 

Happy New Year!

Thank you for stopping by. ~Val