Hello, hello! You are joining me on a very special day.
It’s my dad’s birthday!
If you know him, feel free to give him a call today. By “call” I mean leave a message without any expectation of a call back – that’s a true gift. Or honk when you drive by his house. The neighbors will love that! Or maybe just bake him a pie. That’s what he REALLY likes.
Now on to some other things making me happy today!
This was just too fun not to share. Can you spot the bear among the reindeer?
INSTANT POT LOVE
Did anyone get an Instant Pot for Christmas?
Whenever I hear someone talk about their Instant Pot, it’s basically one big love fest. People are very passionate about this machine created by Robert Wang, PhD. According to this article on The Kitchn, the feeling is mutual.
Promotional photos of the Instant Pot always show the timer’s device set to 5:20 and that’s on purpose! Apparently if you say five-two-zero out loud in Mandarin, Wang’s native language, it sounds like “I love you.” Here’s his actual quote.
That’s kind of sweet.
I think I’ve found someone who takes pie even more seriously than my dad does.
Check out this masterpiece…
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Go boldly where no cran has gone before. 🔴| Preempt any holiday piesaster and snag a bushel of plump, fragrant, and most notably, high in pectin cranberries from @paradise_meadow_cranberries for a guaranteed jammy filling. Last year, I brought an overly juicy, undercooked pie to Thanksgiving dinner and had to sit by mortified as my in-laws politely insisted on eating their slices, oozing raw bottoms and all. Crust me, it was a dough blow. SAVE YOURSELVES FROM IMPENDING DOOM—do what you cran, do what is pieght. 💪🏽 #sponsored
Or this one emulating Vincent Van Gogh. Can you even?!?!
I think it’s cool that you can find joy and art in most anything – even pies.
HANDY HUSBAND HAS A BLOG
Guys. This is shameless promotion of Handy Husband’s blog. Yep, he finally got in on the blog action. Probably because I made it look so fun.
Since Handy Husband doesn’t do anything halfway, the pictures and layouts are fantastic.
His latest post is about run commuting on the shortest day of the year. His other posts are topics that we don’t cover on this highly intellectual blog – machine learning, computer-y stuff, uh, more computer-y stuff. Definitely check it out!
I just adore the windows in this kitchen by Oh! Farmhouse.
Also, I love their comment about moving the dishwasher over to the right to give the sink space to shine! Smart thinking.
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I took this pic because the noonday light was so great, but it also reminded me of a last minute design decision we made. After we Photoshopped our kitchen design to include the cabinet color, we realized we did not like the dishwasher butted up against the right side of the farm sink. The stainless against the porcelain clashed and looked clunky. We really wanted the sink fully trimmed, symmetrically, in the Hague Blue cabinetry. We decided to swap the location of the trash drawer and the dishwasher so that the sink was surrounded by cabinetry. It was a minor change that made for a huge visual impact without affecting the functionality of the space. Sometimes it's hard to see these things, even when looking at a drawing. We're so glad we caught this detail. Something to consider when designing your kitchen, or any other part of your home. #kitchen #farmsink #quartz #caesarstone #brass #bluecabinets #shaker #mixedmetals #blackwindows #barnlight @walnut #island #brasshardware #wideplank #pravadafloors #subwaytile #10footceilings #kitchenaid #kitchendesign #ohio #farmhouse #urbanfarmhouse #modernfarmhouse #newconstruction #customhome #naturallight #hagueblue @kitchenaidusa @deltafaucet @caesarstoneus @pravadafloors @kohlerco @jeffreycourthd @barnlightelectric @farrowandball @wsdesignkitchenbathstudio #toledo @gilleysquires
I like this idea of anchoring a simple frame with some decorative wood pieces from The Simple Farmhouse.
I was going to call them corbels, but I don’t think that’s what these are. Let’s just pretend I have all my words and am using them today, okay? Thanks so much.
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Some pretty bad thunderstorms are coming through. Frodo keeps checking in with me…to make sure *I'm* ok with that. 💙😂 . . . . . #bordersofinstagram #bordercolliesofinstagram #bordercollie #simplelivingsaturday #simplywhitesaturday #sundaysimplicity #farmhousestyle #simplicity #signage #fridayfarmhousefavorites #farmhousefridays #instadog #instadecor #redbordercollie
I just read an article about NBA players going vegan or vegetarian and
because I have so much in common with professional athletes I think to myself, “I should really try to cut meat out of my diet.”
Then the VERY NEXT article I read is a recipe with meat in it and I start wondering if it’s time for dinner yet.
I guess I need to work on my willpower a little more, but these Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Not Enough Cinnamon look delicious!
(image: Not Enough Cinnamon)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD
Here’s me and my dad when we both had a lot more hair.
My dad is a man of few words, but I know without a shadow of doubt that he loves me. He loves my kids. Heck, he probably even loves Handy Husband.
My dad is a quiet constant in my life. Never demanding, but always available. He’s steadfast and reliable, yet surprises me with his sense of adventure. He never pretends to be someone he isn’t and he is liked and respected because of it. He’s smart, funny and the hardest working person I know.
He’s probably feeling a tad bit uncomfortable with all these mushy words, so I’ll stop now while I’m ahead.
Happy birthday, Dad! I love you!
And Happy Friday to all of you! I hope your holiday week has been nothing short of amazing!