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  11. Cute πŸ™‚ you should do a post on Halloween lunch ideas. My computer is stuck on google halloween lunches so each morning I have to come up with something “awesome” for M’s lunch. What have you done so far? Peanut butter marshmallow sands for sure and orange jack o lantern?? What else do you have this year?????

    • I’ve been afraid to start too early naming the lunch things because I’d run out of ideas! I’m still brainstorming! I think popcorn one day as ghost poo would be fun instead of crackers. I just picked up some Ghoul-Aid juice boxes made by Kool-aid. They have more calories than I normally give them for lunch, but that’s ok once in awhile! What about pretzel sticks for broken broomsticks? Have you done the mummy hotdogs? I think red food coloring in vanilla yogurt could be vampire blood. Is that too gross?

  12. Hi! I found your site searching for a Halloween countdown calendar. I really love your printable lunch box notes! I’d really like to use them to create a tear-away countdown to Halloween on my Halloween bulletin board at work but the formatting for your images isn’t coming through when I click your link to download the printable adobe document. πŸ™ Instead of your nice graphics, it’s just inserting random letters. I’ve tried on a few different computers now and keep getting the same result.

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  21. Adorable, practical, and sentimental . . . a perfect trifecta of homeyness!

    Love the bottle and bird vignette. May I ask where you found the bottle?

    • Thank you! The bottle was dug out of an old storage shed on my parents’ property. One of those things someone thought was junk a million years ago. πŸ™‚

  22. The bathroom colors sound like Jeff Gordan’s old rainbow car(NASCAR) – I caught that because my son was a huge Jeff Gordan fan as hew as growing up. When he was about 8 yrs old we painted his room the rainbow car colors – one wall a different color. Yes, very overwhelming.

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  25. Loved your blog, the bed is awesome and the potting shed -mmm wish I had one in my back yard, but then I would have to work in the yard. Ok, I will be content with what I have. I have a recipe for Applesauce Oaties from your mom, she wrote it out for me years ago. It has been one of our favorites. Don’t know if you have the recipe or not, would love to send it to you. Message me your address if you would like it.

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  27. Must I have a bay leaf? This sounds so good. I am experiencing “bun freeze” at temps close to zero. I’m making this soup this week! Thanks! PS I tried the fabulous raisin cinnamon bread and two loaves lasted two days.

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  29. Beautiful! Inspiring to see those colors together, you might have just inspired a color theme for the girls new room. It is so bright and cheery. Also, I’m so glad I don’t have the only son who assumes the grocery store is just an indoor playground made specially for him! Yesterday he sat in the middle of the main isle because I wouldn’t let him steer the cart all by himself!

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  31. Annisa, I have a true Swedish ginger cookie recipe which called for cream and a lot of work rolling them out, so when I found this one that tasted as good but was easier to make I went with it. Shawn loved these cookies and I like them because they are chewy. I use to make them every Christmas. I have a hazelnut macaroon cookie recipe that is just like the one Aunt Elin made when we were there in 1980. It takes about 3-4 cups of chopped hazelnuts!

  32. I love these pictures! And just for the record, there’s 8 of us following your blog and we love to see your beautiful family. More pictures! Give everyone a hug from Alaska.

    • If I count the baby, that’s 9 from Alaska, right? So, 9 plus 1.7 gives me over 10! Hurray!! πŸ™‚ Love yours as well.

  33. I love you and I love this post, this is why I should have taken you shopping with me while I had the chance! I see Fashion Design in your future….. or at least more reviews!

    • LOL! Either would be fun, that’s for sure! The weather hit 70 degrees today, so I had to take my jacket off. Maybe it will cool down tomorrow so I can go back to it. The only problem will be do I wear red or teal?? πŸ™‚

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  35. We are currently tackling this bed and undecided on the stain. I love yours, though! It’s rich and warm. Would you mind sharing what brand/color stain you used?

    • Fun! I hope it is going well! We used Varathane brand stain & poly combined. It was the American Walnut color. However, the stain/poly combo is not as rich in color as what you might expect from a pure stain – I learned this during this project! So, after the first coat, I added a little bit of regular stain in American Walnut to the stain/poly combo. I just played with it until it was going on as dark as I wanted. You could add a regular walnut or even a kona color to darken the stain up. This was our first time using the stain/poly combo and I was expecting it to have more sheen than it actually ended up having. I hope this helps! Long answer to a short question!

      • Shortly after posting, I saw your tips on staining and found the answer. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the detailed info! It will all come in handy very soon!!

  36. These are so creative! I must confess now, as your sister-in-law, I made you an “I love pepper” tea towel with an embroidered pepper grinder in red and I selfishly kept it for myself. You’re a much better daughter-in-law! I feel terrible and yet so happy to have this off my chest! ha ha I’m going to go visit your friends site, what a great idea for gifts!

    • Hey, I’m just happy you were thinking of me. πŸ™‚ That’s always nice! I’ve been thinking lately that I should get crafty with embroidery thread.

  37. Moving… argh… my sympathies go out to you, but on the flip side, it is fun to rearrange and reorganize and have a good excuse to redecorate! Can’t wait to see pictures of your new place..

  38. Great tip on just attaching the head and foot board to a metal frame! We’ve been on Ana White’s site looking for a full size bed frame for the girls and I think we’ll just do what you suggest. Thanks for sharing and for the humor, it always brightens my day. If it ever gets done, we’ll share a photo.

    • We really like the twin with a trundle that we made for Sweetie Girl’s bed. Those plans came from Ana White too. Next on my list is finding a new bed to make for our room! It’s time for an update.

  39. It looks so light and airy! I love all the windows, like nature is coming right in but without the cleanup! Happy Spring!

  40. What a creative idea! I never would of thought of using a tub/shower for storage and without damaging the tile at that. Incredible, and beautifully covered up as well.

    • I do not know what kind of bird it was. I probably need to get a book about Georgia birds and see if I can find it. Let’s just say, the hubster turns all of his shoes upside down if he leaves them outside now! The nest, sadly, has been removed and the bird has not been back since the shoes have been turned upside down.

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  42. Will you please come to my house when you’re done with this project? Seriously, we need to do our kitchen cupboards as well, so I’ve got to know how you do this, I’ll be looking forward to a follow up post. Your kitchen cabinets in Oregon turned out beautifully and I’m sure these will too.

    • I’ve never been to Alaska! Wouldn’t that be a hoot?! A DIY vacation…I could probably handle that! πŸ™‚

  43. I never would have guessed black, but it does seem to match wonderfully! The kids look so happy…hooray for Spring Break and free time.

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  48. I’m so jealous! And I was just getting happy about seeing a few green wild strawberry leaves popping up… I just bought strawberries from the store yesterday for $2.50 a basket and they were red and juice filled, but without that farm fresh flavor…. boo-hoo

    • But you have your rugged scenery to enjoy! πŸ™‚ It is pretty fabulous to have a growing season start so early here in the South.

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  50. What an amazing post, I laughed, smiled, and cried my way though. Your Mom was an inspiration to so many. Thank-you for sharing and inspiring us with your memories and thoughts of her. I enjoyed the pictures and seeing your adventures as a Mother. It is so good to read and learn and glean from others and then just let go and parent with passion and common sense and God-given parental instinct. I used to wish there was some sort of manual…. but alas, it could never cover every possible situation could it:) You are a great Mom. I have learned from you and have watched your firm but gentle, concerned yet carefree, loving and independent nature all rolled into one. I just wish you weren’t so far away:)

    • I didn’t mean to make you cry! Thank you for your kind words. I hope your Mother’s Day was special.

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  52. Thank you for sharing your efforts! I currently bake our own bread, but havealways baked white bread and never ventured to the wheat and grains. We loveDaves breads (live in Oregon), but it’s spendy, and I love to bake it myself. I have all the ingredients now, and today is the day to try your recipe – wish me luck!
    Oh, one question. I don’t want it too sweet, so should I use your former amounts of molasses and honey?

    • Yay! I hope it goes well. This has been a fun learning experience for me, so if you have tips for me, let me know! I really don’t think that even with the additional tablespoon of honey and/or molasses that you’ll think this is a sweet bread. I’d go with the updated amounts. You could omit drizzling honey on top of the bread prior to making it though. Lately I’ve had some unsweetened coconut that I need to use up and I’ve been throwing a little of that in the recipe, so it’s a really forgiving recipe and customizable to what you enjoy. Good luck! I hope it turns out! πŸ™‚

      • It is wonderful!!!
        My hubby is very impressed, and the only thing I’ll do different is to turn my oven down a pinch – even with the foil the last 15 min,, it got a bit too dark. I should have known as my oven does run a tad hot. Im having toast with it right now πŸ™‚
        So, now my sis wants your website, and I’ll give mom the second loaf to enjoy.
        Thank you again!

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  56. Beautiful and sleek looking! I never would’ve thought of black for the lower cabinets but it looks great and what a nice price tag too.

  57. Found your recipe and have been playing with it myself. Already had decreased the water as I did by mistake and it turned out fine, so am down to the 2 cups as well. I have been putting everything in my bread machine and taking it out at the dough stage. It rises very quickly, even with just the 1/4 c. gluten, so am pleased. It does brown really fast in the oven though, so wondering if a slightly cooler (400 degree) oven would help this? Even with the foil on at 7 min of cooking the tops got really brown. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • It might! If you try it at 400 degrees, let me know! I’d be curious to learn if it affects the browning much. I’ve had two different ovens since trying this recipe, so I know it has a little to do with the oven and a little to do with how much oil I put on top before baking. The more heavy-handed, the more quickly it browns. The sweet spot for my oven right now is somewhere around 10 minutes. My last oven, I could go all the way to 15 and still be fine. Glad you enjoyed the recipe! Happy baking!

  58. I love it! I’ve always wanted a laminating machine …. oh the possibilities. What fun you all had and with turtle too. Thanks for sharing the files, we’ll print them out as I have a young man in my household learning to read too!

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  60. Do you have any advice on where to find fabric (mesh) and/or maybe where they sell a replacement seat cover? I have search multiple times and no results for something inexpensive.

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    • It has been well-loved! I’m almost hoping the kids grow out of it sooner than later so I can come up with another use for it!

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  63. Hi, i ordered the cord to do this to my fav chair now that i have it the quarter inch seems to big and difficult to knot… Can you please share the knot you used?
    Mahalo

    • Of course! We used a double half hitch knot. Sometimes it is called a two half hitch know. There are a ton of descriptions and pictures on Google images. I hope that helps. Ours is still holding strong – we haven’t had to tighten it since we initially re-corded it. Good luck!

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  65. I love it when your blogs are about my stuff! Makes me feel so special. You do an amazing job with your pics and your posts.

  66. Ok, so I just showed my Nels your blogs and now our secret is out–he knows about the zucchini. But, there is no denying–he loved the muffins. They were very delicious!

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  68. Oh, Annisa, I love your blog–especially when it’s about my stuff! I have added more stuff and it is looking better. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s coming along.

    • You have a gift! No two ways about it! πŸ™‚ Glad I get to see the fruits of your labor. Now come to my house and work your charms outside!

  69. Oh how I love the pictures and memories and I totally follow the mom guilt thing….When I feel it I say to myself, “No, I got this!” Imperfect and all, “I got this.” What a joy and adventure being a mom. I love it…most of the time. ha ha

  70. Loved seeing the wall – Aunt Jan told me about it. The title Junk Whisperer really fits Dawn as she has a wonderful gift. Your summary Annisa is right on; that Dawn decorates to give herself joy is the most special part. It is the way God is. Sometimes we are privileged to see his decorating creations in very remote places as well.

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  72. What a great idea! We just got a flat a few weeks ago while on the highway… glad it wasn’t 40 below… I asked for my old flat tire back and my husband tried to leave it….I knew it would come in handy for just such an occasion! I’ve been redeemed! I’m totally doing this even if we get snow next month, I’m going to enjoy planting one last thing.

  73. So…. Annidene washed our pink booster seat two days ago and it lasted a whole day clean until baby sister sat on it… had a little accident…. got washed again… true story it is now hanging on the wall drying by the wood stove… yes… in August we’ve fired up the woodstove because it’s been in the 50’s already. Boo-hoo! Thanks for inspiring my teenager to good works!

    • I’m impressed with such a helpful teenager! I need her to come hang out at my house. πŸ™‚ I’m also shocked that it’s already cold…in August! We had 85 and rain yesterday.

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  77. Great post, I love being home too. I must say my happy place is on the couch with a cup of coffee in the early morning before anyone else is awake…. liken to that 5 seconds of quiet…Love the feeling of a whole new day about to approach.

    • Yes! Have to get up before everyone else – even if I’d rather be sleeping. I need to strengthen my resolve aka caffeine-up before I can face the world!

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  79. Paint everywhere, ha ha! I love it! You have awesome roofing skills and what a fun project to share with kiddoes….I’m feeling a pinecone project coming to Alaska…

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  81. So, I just happen to have a crate full of old horse shoes…Happy to share them with you in case you feel a need to stockpile…

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  84. Yes, the postage was too much, but you are worth it, right? I try to keep you happy. Do you need another one, or do you have a stockpile now?

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  86. It can be both a bird bath and a wishing well–it doesn’t matter to me. Maybe some birds will make wishes in it while bathing. It makes me happy when you do blogs about my stuff. I have some new things waiting for your next visit so they can be blogged about.

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  89. You always bring a smile to my face…or even make me laugh out loud! Your idea is genius! So much so I came pretty close to getting on Amazon right now… trigger finger itching to press that “place order” button! I am sure Sophia would love to play! Soooooo, did you just hot glue these bad boys together? Did you cut out paper to mount them on and have the kids just glue them together? Do tell!! xoxoxo

    • Just doing my part! πŸ™‚ No, it’s much easier than that. They melt in about 10 seconds from the heat of an iron. Just don’t be like me an forget to put the parchment paper down the first time! They melt EXTRA fast when you forget that step. GAH! You need to order the little board with pegs to place the beads on so that they won’t slide around. Otherwise, you will go MAD, I tell you.

  90. Hi! I found your site while googling how to use bolts instead of screws for Ana White’s Farmhouse Storage Bed. I know yours is not the storage bed, but could you give me any guidance on using bolts instead of screws? Also, is there anyway to use a bolt without it showing on one side? (my guess is no, but I am new to this!) I would so appreciate your help!! I don’t want to be stuck with the bed in one room forever! Thanks!

    Margy

    • Good question. You’re going to have the same problem with screws or bolts being visible unless you are using a Kreg Jig to create pocket holes. That’s what we did with the Pottery Barn trundle we created, but that one is not coming apart based on how we built it! I need to ask how easy it is to use bolts with the Kreg Jig. Anyway, I just went up and looked at the farmhouse bed and the bolts are visible, but only because I went and looked for them. They just seem to disappear otherwise. You could try counter-sinking them and then covering the hole with a decorative and somewhat temporary wood bead or medal stud. Alternatively, now that I’m thinking out loud, you could spray the heads of the bolts before you use them with an oil-rubbed bronze spray paint to help it blend in with a stain or white if you are painting the bed white. Does that help? I’d love to see what you create!

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  93. Something else I hope you will make when we are there. The list is getting long. You’re going to be busy cooking.

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  98. Have you tried the two white candlesticks that you have on the floor up on the mantel? Then, maybe one short item in the middle? A basket down on the hearth. You can always fill the fireplace hole with logs like I did my boiler. Just some ideas.

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  104. Can I just say that I love your wall… love that it was a wall of sideways strangers for an extended period of time… love the sweet faces of those two! But what really made me smile was the framed thermostat. You are priceless. xoxox

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  109. I love it! I miss you and yours this Christmas. Oh what I wouldn’t do for some of your little ones muddy footprints on my kitchen floor! ha ha I love that imagery, can I quote you?

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    • I think I mentioned that it is hard to truly make a homemade bread taste exactly like a commercially baked bread. With that said, I’d say it’s closer to Blues Bread. The recipe is pretty adaptable though, so you can add more seed-type ingredients to make it closer to the taste you are aiming for. Good luck!

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  114. Your pictures are making me drool… just a little. Wanted to share with you that over Christmas I made a similar cookie, but it also included a little milk chocolate as well as diced crystallized ginger topped with a rum glaze. Lord have mercy. It’s probably a lucky thing we are not neighbors! Miss you lady!!!! xoxoxo

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  116. Thanks so much for posting the recipe i make bread often but still sometimes buy Dave’s as a treat since it’s delish !!! so i was excited to try your recipe and it is delish too! : )

    – I made a few modifications, i only used 1/4 cup vital gluten sometimes i find more makes bread too chewy for my taste, especially if it’s a 50/50 white/whole wheat ratio. I also added in a “soak” time, i had read on a few other sites that is the secret to Dave’s bread- so followed the steps up to where you add the flour at that point i added 1 cup of white and 1 cup of whole wheat and let that mix for a good 5 mins, then covered with a towel and let sit for at least 90 min (i think longer would be even better for flavor development) after 90 mins it was very puffy, i added the rest of the flour, 1 cup white 1.5 cup whole wheat, and then gave a good long knead in the mixer, about 15 mins. Then I continued on with the recipe as stated. I felt the heat would be too high so I set my oven to 400 and baked for 26 minutes ( both loaves browned perfectly and had internal temp of 190 ).

    thanks again!

    • This is AWESOME!! I am so stoked to hear about your experiment. I have to try the soak time! I might have to get a mixer if I want to do 15 minutes of kneading though…OY, the arms!! Wouldn’t it be fun to do different taste tests?

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  118. This is incredible! I read this out loud to my kids and we all laughed so much and wish I could be there to help flush toilets! Why do strange things happen when your husband is out traveling? Wasn’t the basement flooded last time? Argh! We’re going to try your cookies out.

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    • I found it in the shed awhile back. The kids have been playing with it, but I like the turquoise color. I just can’t figure out how to incorporate it into my decor without it being hokey. GAH!

  120. I love love love the way you write! Thank-you for making me laugh, learn and live all at the same time. The word picture imagery with the kids possibly cleaning the paintbrush in your chai was great!

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  123. If you have cats then don’t wear your favorite t-shirts to sleep unless you wanna wake up with lotsuv tiny little claw-holes in them.

    • Hi – No. All the ingredients – oats, quinoa, etc. – go into the recipe raw. There’s enough moisture in the bread to make it all work out in the baking process. Good luck!

  124. Wow, I had no idea it was so intensive! I enjoyed reading the grueling details and how you both stayed the course. I can’t even imagine running 1 mile in my life at this point. I felt pretty good about playing volleyball for 2 hours straight…

  125. Gonna try this…just did an internet search on how to fix a small hole in a shirt…so THANK YOU!

  126. I WISH I could find my glue gun! I had to settle for tape instead, boo-hoo. Perhaps the broom handle needs some new grip? Do you have any more leather cording left? ha ha

  127. Anissa- thank you so very much for the lovely write up! Wow! We are so happy that you and Thelma (LOL) are pleased with our products. We would love it if you send us a pic of you two on your road trip!

    Blessings,
    Ashley & Penni

    • Oh my goodness! We’re tentatively planning a little road trip this summer (with kids, so not the full deal), but I will definitely send you pictures! You guys are awesome!

  128. Oh my goodness gracious! I am blushing (On behalf of my daughter/business co-partner, as well.) with your generous accolades, regarding our Hen and Chicks Too shop on Etsy. Thank you from our hearts, and working hands & feet!

    It is always our earnest desire to create what we hope may become heirloom treasures; which contain beauty and blessed meaning for the heart of each recipient!

    This lil’ Shop is a long time dream of ours, and little by little coming to fruition. Your incredibly kind, generous words, and wonderfully fun rendition of what a sweet friendship can be, just brightens my heart!

    Margaritas ~ young Brad Pitt ~ driving a convertible cross country ~ wind chasing through your hair ~ is the all-time talked about kindred spirit friendship journey dream…and yes, minus the drop off the cliff scene!

  129. You’ll never believe what I have thawed out in my fridge for dinner tonight….yep, salmon. AND I’m going to try the Parmesan encrusted recipe, Thanks! I’ll let you know how it tastes.

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  131. I have recently found small holes in the front of a few of my t-shirts. I know it is nothing I have done. I am wondering if moths have done it. The holes look like they are moth eaten. However, I cannot pin it to a particular closet or drawer. I am completely baffled by this. It is very perplexing as all the clothes aret brand new. I will try your solution and see how it looks. I have been wondering what to do. My holes look just like the ones in your t-shirt. The weird thing is
    it is always in the lower front of the t-shirt and either 2 or 3 small holes.

    • That is strange. I’m guessing it’s probably a moth having a little feast on your clothes! The other idea could be that something on your seatbelt or jacket is rubbing on your clothes and making the holes. If you do use the Liquid Stitch, just use a gentle hand and minimal amount to start – especially since you have more than one hole and they are in a more prominent location.

    • Such a small thing! I think it’s a recent addition…I checked some old bedsheets the other day and they didn’t have the tags. So I’m not completely cuckoo! Have an awesome day. πŸ™‚

  132. I am crying right now! So dang funny. Sweet little boy had a perfectly straightforward comment… I tell you, my friend, the teacher’s comment almost made me spit out my water!!!

  133. Happy Birthday Jeff. You are blessed with a wonderful wife and friend. It has been so enjoyable watching you become the man you are today. Have a wonderful day. Sandy

  134. Every time I see the kids playing in the creek or the bushes I think of “Georgia” snakes.

  135. Thanks so much, Annisa. Your article is greatpy appreciated.I have a 1970s vintage concert shirt that cost me a small fortune and I somehow got a hole in it smaller than the size of pencil lead. Waiting on my order of Liquid Stitch to try and fix it. You Rock πŸ™‚

  136. Fixing the blemish In the black part is easy. The trick I use is a black sharpy permanent marker- very carefully tint your odd spot till its black as your shirt. Then let dry completely. After u can spray a little
    White vinegar and that will help the color stay permanent although it may not be necessary but it doesn’t hurt to be double sure. Never tried other colors as it would be harder to match.

  137. Oh Annisa I’m going to miss you and yours. It’s been so good to have this time with you before you move across the ocean.

  138. Wow! SO exciting! An international move! Dodge has thoroughly enjoyed your sewing machine. Best of luck!

  139. Congradulations to Handy Hubby! I wish you safe travels and happiness on this huge mark in your life. I cant wait to read all about it! So happy for you! Ireland amazing!
    Cindy

  140. How exciting! I’m over here in China knowing about everything you are talking about since we just went through it! What an opportunity for us to experience this big world!! Looking forward to seeing all your pics and updates.

  141. Yay!! What an exciting new journey!! Sending lots of love and prayers for the most amazing experience. ?

  142. LOL, for a second I thought you found this awesome riveting tool with flowers in Ireland. Not so much. It is beautiful!

  143. That was quite an adventure! I admire your attitude and spirit–it’s always good to have a thankful heart.

  144. You make me roll with laughter and choke up with tears. I don’t know how you write like that but this was such a blessing to me today to read! Miss you and love you…give everyone hugs for me.

  145. Thank you for all the information with asides! I can’t wait until chapter 2….Aunt Beth

  146. I think it would be fun and funny to throw candy at people. Wish you were here to go to the parade with. Love Home Free. Happy Fourth to you. Love you.

    • Hi! Not much at all. The safest way to know is to carefully cut the cord off your particular chair and measure the entire length to know for sure. If you had to replace the cording on both sides of the chair, I’m guesstimating 10 feet or less. Don’t hold me to it though – it’s been a couple of years! When we did ours there wasn’t hardly any price difference between a large and small roll, so we went with the large roll of cording.

  147. So ooo love your blog-love how you write! It’s just like you’re standing here talking! TY for sharing!

  148. My laundry is hanging out on the line to dry today as well:) Thanks again for the good reminder about attitudes….I needed that, being it is Monday…. I’m thinking you should also post your infamous saying, “It could be worse…” ha ha

  149. It’s beautiful! I’m so happy for you all to get settled and make that house a “happy home.” Give everyone a hug for me.

  150. Again I so ooo enjoyed “the tour”! Grandma loves the pictures and Tor writing!!! I can’t wait to visit-I’m sure the Lord will provide in His time! I’m so happy for you all! Your house & yard look so cozy & inviting! Sending my love & hugs to you all! Gma Sue

  151. I would love to run to work but logistically seems tricky. I assume he has a shower at work? Leaves work clothes there? Does he run with his wallet, phone, and keys?

    • Yes! Logistics are tricky! He does have a shower at work. He’s had both scenarios where there’s a locker available to store his gear and another where he had to keep everything at his desk. He used a lot of odor absorbing balls in his shoes then! He runs with wallet, phone, keys, change of clothes, small towel and a lunch. He uses a backpack designed by Dueter. It works really well for run commuting. He rolls his clothes to prevent wrinkling and he keeps a pair of dress shoes at work. Shoes are heavy! Alternatively, you could always take public transportation (if possible) to work and then run home a day or two a week. I have heard of people who run to a YMCA or gym where they have shower privileges if their work doesn’t provide them. Let me know if you have any more questions. πŸ™‚

  152. It must be a relief to have a home and one so lovely with a garden no less! Happy living in your new country!

  153. Thanks for the glimpse of Ireland and the beautiful photo’s of kids and hubby. We surely miss all of you.

  154. There is one mistake in your story. You listed treadmill under fun stuff that you got rid of. That can’t be right, can it? Enjoyed the blog very much. Enjoyed your visit and miss you now.

  155. So enjoyable as usual! I’m very thankful for your cheery entertaining posts! Even one of my nurse friends is reading your blog! Her sister lived on Riverdale & she met you & the kiddies once!

    • It did get the job done. Hauled my piano all the way to Renton, Washington in that thing. Our fellow apartment people were SHOCKED to see that trailer in the city! LOL!

  156. SO, nothing like starting the Monday morning out with crying…sniff sniff…but thank-you so much for sharing this book and your thoughts and allowing us to view Motherhood, home and life through your eyes and the eyes of your children. It was so beautiful and makes me want to read these books….next on my list:)

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  158. I love your story lines you use with your recipes, especially your blackberry encounter! You are a good writer.
    One question, when you though your strawberries, should you reduce your liquid, a lot of juice, compared to fresh…

    • Thanks for your kind words! You made my day! I have not had any problem with using the berries as is when they thaw. So, no, I don’t reduce the amount of liquid. The amount that goes into the bag is the same that comes out. Just remember to not totally liquify your berries when you are prepping them to either make jam right away or go into the freezer. You want some chunks. πŸ™‚ Also, this recipe is so forgiving. I’ve had berries that are still a tiny bit frozen when I put them into the hot sugar/pectin mixture and it turns out great. Good luck!!

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  160. Annisa, I have using a Banana Zucchini Muffin recipe from FOOD.com. My Dr. said to lay off the Swedish donuts with my tea in morning. This recipe has no sugar! I add more zucchini, extra egg and banana and spices. I use old fashion oatmeal and add 1/2 cup more if it is too moist rather than more flour. I freeze and take out a couple at a time, cut in half and butter the tops. Vance put jelly on his but I don’t think it was sweet enough as he hasn’t ask for more. I have gotten use to them because I had to cut carbs and lose weight. Your muffins reminded me of Grandma Myrtle’s Apple Cake recipe that she made very fall. I love your blog and like keeping in touch with you Love you, Aunt Jan.

  161. HI Annisa, what size bread pans did you use? I used 5 by 9 and the dough didn’t rise to the top of those pans after an hour rising, so thinking that I used the wrong size pan I went ahead and baked them as instructed. They are flat on top and less than 2 inches tall! I used my stand mixer with dough hook to knead instead of by hand, that is the only thing I did not follow! I wonder what to do differently next time, can you suggest?

    • Hey! That’s a bummer! I have not used a stand mixer, but if anything, I think that would have done a better job. Ha! I’m not sure though.

      I do use normal size bread loaf pans, which I think are 5x9ish.

      It sounds like something went wrong with your yeast. Did the loaves rise to the top of your bowl for all of the other risings within a decent amount of time? I can usually tell if something has gone wrong with my yeast even if it seems to be rising “okay” before I put it in the loaf pans, as the dough will feel tough to work with, if that makes sense. It won’t have that ‘give’ and ‘bounce back’ when I’m kneading it.

      Unless temperature and humidity are just absolutely perfect, my dough will usually, at a minimum, rise to the top or just above the top of the pan and be slightly rounded. It is harder to achieve this if I’ve gone extra heavy with the whole wheat flour in the recipe. Whole wheat flour absorbs moisture differently and can produce denser breads.

      Those are my initial thoughts… I wish it was a slam dunk for you the first time out of the oven! I made my weekly batch today and it makes the kitchen smell so darn good!

  162. I discovered your blog while searching for a way to fix a hole in a jersey shirt. You have hit the proverbial nail on the head with the fabric glue! Thanks for the genius idea! I’m also going to be trying a couple of your step mom’s project ideas.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your blog. I’m going to add you to my Pinterest board so I can follow along. And that is quite an honor, trust me. It’s kinda sparse!

    BTW…I’m an, almost, 59 year a old “seriously” sarcastic woman who is usually the one doling out the advice, so it makes me smile to see a young lady who likes to craft and cook.

    Keep it up! You’ll be a big hit!!

  163. Thank you so much for this tip! I just put on my favorite T-shirt this morning, and noticed a small hole on the front. Since it’s my favorite and I had altered it to fit *perfectly,* I was not going to throw it out without ruining my entire day. Thanks to you, I neither have to dispose of it, and my day is no longer ruined!

  164. Yesterday my daughter cut two holes in her “kitty cat dress” and was extremely sad after she realized what she’d done. The first was a tiny almost unnoticeable hole and the second is more of a v-shaped cut. I didn’t really want to sew it because my hand stitching stinks so I googled and came across your post. I remembered that I hand some small bottles of fabric glue from another project! It’s currently drying on the kitchen table but I used Aleen’s Flexible Stretchable and I applied tape to the front of the dress to hold the cut together and used a small brush to apply the glue. Hopefully I didn’t glue the tape to the dress but it was ruined any way. If this doesn’t work I guess I’ll iron a black patch over the cut and hope it blends in with the rest of the cheetah print! Thank you for the idea!

  165. This was hilarious to read! Possibly the only redeeming value in this project is that you’re making us all laugh….AGAIN! Love it, thank-you for filling my day with humor today:)

  166. I have a very thin material shirt and I went to a friends and her new puppy clawed three big holes in my shirt. Do you think it will work with this?

    • Can the glue close the holes? Yes. Can you do it and make it look good? That’s the bigger question. The bigger the holes and the more prominent the area, the harder it will be to disguise because this isn’t a perfect fix. It takes a little finesse, but it’s a pretty darn good fix for small holes. It sounds like your shirt is already ruined, so it might be worth it to try. Wish I had a more definitive answer for you!

  167. Holidays are just extra special opportunities for new memories. You and your family will remember this one all your lives!

  168. Happy Thanksgiving Annisa, Jeff and family. Thank you for your thankfulness. We all have so much to be thankful for. Being thankful fir what you have is what it takes. You ar away from your extnded family but you have three people around you to remind you of those wonderful blessing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  169. We love and miss you all everyday. Keep being thankful. Love and enjoy each other every day. We will be thinking of you tomorrow. ???

  170. We missed all of you and enjoyed your post, many happy thankful days ahead to you and yours:) Give everyone a hug from me:)

  171. Can this also work on the “pesty” holes we get from the button on our jeans (rubbing against the counter tops from doing dishes LOL)

    • I think the best cure for that is not doing dishes! LOL! Honestly, I have not tried it with a thicker material like jeans. I have used fabric glue on hemming dress slacks and lighter weight curtains – even making pillow covers, but I have not tried it on jeans. I imagine it could bond the material, but since traditional denim doesn’t have a lot of “give” then it would pull apart fairly quickly. In this case, I think you’d be better off with a few discreet stitches with needle and thread.

  172. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. Unless you travel or work in a foreign country you don’t get a chance to see such things. I love hearing and seeing about your experiences in Ireland.

  173. I love your write ups about books. I don’t have small children around much but these things are nice to know when I want to get a book for someone. As you know you had the best reading encourager in the world. She instilled that appreciation in me.

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  177. I have a purple “team” shirt. It has about a quarter-sized hole in a discreet area on the side toward the bottom. I’m going to use all your ideas… will put a lightbulb on the outside and put a few stitches in as though mending a sock. Then will use some fabric glue to fill in between the stitches. I have a purple Sharpie to then color the glue. I’m excited to see if it works. If not, at least it will have kept me busy and off fb for awhile (newly addicted).

    • That would be a tricky fabric to mend! Let me know if Sharpie works. The glue should dry clear. Good luck!! Sounds like you have it all under control!

  178. Thanks for sharing this. It is interesting to learn how things are different in different countries. It makes me thankful for my water heater that is on all the time and a clothes dryer that I can dry anything I want in it. However, I love drying clothes outside when I can expect them to get dry in a reasonable amont of time.

    • Come and get it and I will definitely provide the cookies. I’ll even make them myself! In fact, I did make cookies yesterday, so you’d better hurry before they are all gone!

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    • Hey! Was it an inelegant solution? Yes. But it was also a totally cheap solution that definitely blocked that draft. So, it definitely worked. We applied the DIY trick to both fireplaces and we only had to re-shove the bag up in one of the chimneys once. I will say, you need to make sure nothing can get down your chimney – a chimney should have some sort of cap on it to prevent the weather (or birds) from coming in. Also, and I do feel like I should stress this, it’s not the safest solution. If someone forgets there is a DIY chimney plug in the chimney and lights a fire, that could be really bad. The plugs you can buy at Home Depot or Amazon are designed to pop/release if a fire is lit in the fireplace. So definitely don’t move or rent your house out on AirBnB without telling people to not use the fireplace! Hope that helps.

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  181. I like your Pot of Gold. Simple to do and very enjoyable. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day has never been on my list. However I think it will be fun to experience it in Ireland. Be sure to keep us posted on all the activities.

  182. Hello! We love Dave’s Bread, but with 6 kiddos, it’s an expensive habit! Have you worked out an estimated cost per loaf? Thanks!

    • Hi! I know! Dave’s can be SO expensive. Long story short, no, I have not calculated the cost. If you factor in your time, it’s probably never worth it, right? I do like knowing what goes into my bread though and I’ve found this bread is versatile. If you cut out some of the random ingredients, like vital wheat gluten, you can cut the cost down. Or only use ingredients that you would normally keep on hand. For instance, if you don’t eat steel cut oats regularly, then omit that ingredient and just double up on the regular oatmeal. I don’t like buying a special ingredient just for one recipe. Also, I’ve been adding sunflower seeds lately because I found them on sale. So, I can add or omit ingredients with this recipe, customizing it to what’s on sale or in my pantry and it seems to turn out just fine!

      • Thank you! My 10 year old daughter loves to bake, so it shouldn’t take much of my time πŸ™‚ I think I can make a regular wheat loaf for $1.00, so even with the extra ingredients, it shouldn’t be more that the store price.

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  184. The cup song was so cool. I want to make a fan. Are we going to walk all over Ireland? I’ll have to get some new walking shoes!

    • Thank you! On the video – I KNOW! It pretty much encompassed everything. His poem made me sad and hopeful and happy and sad again! A country’s past, present and future is very complicated.

    • An inch is a big hole. The glue should be able to hold it together (you might have to do a little at a time, let it ry and then finish closing it off), but it’s going to be noticeable – especially on the stomach area. I hope your shirt was the only casualty and you didn’t get scratched too! Take care.

  185. I use 2 1/4 cups water and 4 1/2-4 3/4 cups flour (2 cups unbleached white)…
    Curious what size loaf pan is being used? On the second rise mine will barely rise to level in a 9×5 loaf pan. Should I use an 8×5 to get a higher raise? Just wondering if it me or the pan size.
    Thank you

    • Hey! I just went and looked at my pans. I think they are 9×5, that’s standard, right? It doesn’t say the dimensions – they are a Pyrex, but they do say 1.5 Qt. I do the first and second rise in the bread bowl and then I split the dough in half and transfer it to the bread pans for the third rise. Mine definitely clear the bread pan, but I’m having them do that rise (and all of the rises) on a heated pan in the microwave where I can control the air temperature. If my kitchen is drafty and cool, I have a heck of a time getting it to rise, so that’s why I went to the microwave. Not sure if that helps…

  186. They kind of look like tablecloths. I don’t think of linen as absorbent–just wrinkly. Actually, until I read your blog, I didn’t even know linen towels were an option. You try them first and let me know what you think.

  187. I agree with Dawn. My towels seem to last forever but then I use them until holes start to appear. I think I’d stick to the Terry cloth Towels. However I’m noted to be the last to try new things. In case you are wondering about the email address below-I changed my email address. Sandy

    • Our holey towels became “river towels” when I was growing up. Remember that? I was saving “river towels” when I became an adult until I remembered that I didn’t spend my summers at the river! Ha!

    • I’m not quite sure – I just enjoy making it, but I should probably try to figure it out one day. But the previous commenter might know. She had her regular white bread down to around a buck per loaf. The ingredient list is flexible though, so that can help!

  188. Lol–your dad is wearing jeans that look just like those to do chores. I should probably make him put on his good ones and save those for going places.

  189. There is a hardware store in Mt. Angel, Bochler’s, that is a lot like the one you showed. I’ll have to send you a picture! It’s a place everybody knows to go to ’cause they’ll find what they need!

    • And if you don’t find what you need, you’ll probably see someone you know! And the hardware guy is always good for a story or too! LOVE IT!!!

  190. Just to check to be sure as I looked at both the liquid stitch original as well as the liquid stitch fabric mender and it doesn’t say on either tube if it dries clear. Do you like the original better than the fabric mender version?

    • Now I don’t know which one I originally used (that tube is long gone), but I just bought the original again. So, it’s a keeper for me. Mine has always dried clear. Test it on the inside of a hem just to double check though. That’s the safe bet. Let me know which one you like! xoxo, Annisa

  191. It is hard to believe your kids are 7 & 10. They are growing up way to fast. Have a wonderful time at the sleepovers. It is pretty energetic having two sleepovers in a row without a couple of days break.

  192. Total off topic question, only because it’s Irish…..have you ever seen the movie “Once”? One of the songs from it, “Falling Slowly” won the Oscar. And then it became a Broadway play which was wonderful, tho I preferred the movie. Sweet, sweet story. Great songs.

    • Chris, I don’t think I’ve seen that movie! Now I need to look up the song though! I did just get to hear 3 year olds sing Molly Malone – a classic Irish tune – this week! Never heard it quite sung that way and, of course, I loved every moment. School music is the best!

  193. I think the black sink is soapstone, which I love. I would love soapstone counter tops. Or concrete.

  194. Jeff might be the Handy Husband but you are pretty clever to think of ways to create items for your home. I’m looking forward to what you do with the space in the hutch.

  195. I always enjoy your mom when you kids were just little. After all I have know each of you since you were born. She was fun , creative and was always trying new things to make money. (such as the cow pie pen holder). I enjoyed her friendship for many years and was sorry to see her go at such a young age. However, we can rejoice because we will see her again in heaven.

    • That’s right! I’ve been telling my kids stories about growing up and they love hearing about my days at Bridgeport where you and the other school workers were such a big presence! Thank you for your loving thoughts.

  196. Having spent so much time at your home for many years, I also remember your mom’s beautiful handwriting…and the homemade sausage that she knew I loved and never let me get out the door without. πŸ™‚ Her generous and always feisty spirit lives on in you, friend.

  197. I can see ideas running through your head when you come to visit your dad this summer. I can’t wait for your posts of the projects you come up with. I’d love to see you while you are here.

  198. Your wonderful grandmother encouraged my boys to read..and they did. There is nothing better than a good book for kids or adults. Sue (your mother in law) use to read the Bible to her kids while they were waiting for the bus. I would drive out of our driveway and see that every morning. I was so blessed and thought how fortunate those kids were to have a mother read to them from the Bible everyday. It was a great way to start the day.

  199. Would anyone know of a repair for the chair arms? Ours are blistered and look like they are melting away. Thanks.

    • Hi – Could you cover over them with something else? Wrap them in a water resistant fabric or rope? Also, are the arms removable? If they are, could you replace them with a similarly sized piece of wood?

  200. I like it. You could add a few more flowers around the edge. However as I’ve said many time, you are so clever. happy July 4th!@

  201. HOW CAN WE REPLACE THE RUBBER PART THAT SITS ON THE BOTTOM FRAMEWORK OF THE ANTI GRAVITY LOUNGE CHAIR TO KEEP THE METAL FROM SITTING ON THE CONCRETE? OURS WORE OFF AND NOW THE RAIL IS GETTING RUSTY AND LEAVING RUST STAINS ON OUR CONCRETE. DO THEY SELL PARTS ANYWHERE? OR, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT TO USE TO REPLACE THEM? WE THOUGHT OF WRAPPING AN OLD HOSE AROUND IT BUT WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO GO WITH THE BRONZE FRAME. THE NEWER CHAIRS HAVE FOUR CORNER HARD RUBBER TIPS. OURS WERE BOUGHT YEARS AGO BUT ARE STILL IN GREAT CONDITION EXCEPT FOR THIS ISSUE. THE RUBBER WAS FLAT ON THE BOTTOM WHICH WORE OUT. THANKS!

  202. Portland, Oregon, is kind of known for its food carts. About a mile from my daughter’s home is Cartlandia, a collection of maybe 25? carts selling food from so many nationalities. A feast of flavors, sights and aromas and a collection of all kinds of people, languages, life styles and dress. A mini trip to exotic parts of the world!

  203. Good advise, Anissa,
    We wee one of those farm family who never got away unless it was to Grants Pass to see my parents two or three times a year. I regret not insisting we take time to go to the coast, zoo, mountains etc. Our boys missed out as far as I’m concerned. Oh well, we all survived but I can still wish we would have taken a few short trips.

  204. Thanks again for the blog. The time you have been here has gone by fast. It’s almost over, but don’t be sad. We’ll be there to spend time in your home in a couple of weeks! Oh goodie, huh! ? ❀️

  205. Thank you Anissa. Your dad is one of the hardest workers I know. My husband was to. Growing up on a farm has lots of advantages along with the downside. I’m glad my boys were reaised on the frm. Enjoy your time here. I know it is drawing to a close.

    • I think all of life has upsides and downsides. The difference is in our attitude toward it all, don’t you think? We are enjoying our time here! It’s going by so quickly!

  206. Annisa, Thanks for featuring my Sewing Machine Drawer Kitchen Organizer! Yep…don’t really know where the idea for that one came from, but glad others are enjoying the repurpose-maybe they’ve got one laying around! I’m with you on the winery you featured…skip the wine, I just want that building! Thanks for linking back, too!

    • Hi! It’s my absolute pleasure!! I think why it caught my eye is that we have an old treadle sewing machine in the family and we were just trying to decide what to do with it. My great grandma had written on a 3×5 index how she came to own the sewing machine, which is incredibly special to find after all these years – it was tucked way back in a drawer. The machine will go to a cousin, so it will stay in the family. But! the drawers are just like the drawer you turned into a tote. You are so clever! Love it!

  207. I really enjoyed this blog. Also happy you got to spend time in the states, I know your family enjoyed seeing you. Enjoy the visit from Nels and Dawn. It should be an enjoyable trip for them.

  208. Thank you for sharing your visit to Galway. It was very interesting and your pictures are beautiful. Sounds like a very successful day.

    • Are you glueing stones on a bowling ball? It’s a super slow process. One tiny section at a time, make sure they are glued and the glue has set. Also, extreme heat will make them slide off – even after the glue has cured.

  209. Oh Bless you! Thank you so much for including my doily pillow! You just made my weekend!! πŸ™‚ Pinning and sharing all over the world!!

  210. Annisa,

    I am new to your blog, and enjoy reading it. I agree with your opinion of avocados. I never liked them, and am suspicious of those who do. Ick! Thanks for sharing about your adventures, and your neat discoveries.

    • Hi! Maybe someone else will have a better idea. Short answer, I’m not sure. You might be able to use a combination of wire and the strongest adhesive you can find. Wiring through the nail holes on the horseshoes. You’d have better luck with the glue idea if the horseshoes were sitting on a discreet base of some sort. I’m also thinking that in this idea of glue/wire, you’d have better luck if the stem of the pumpkin actually went all the way through to the base…so maybe the stem was a branch or wood dowel. It would give another point of contact to make the pumpkin solid. Will you let me know if you have any luck? Thanks!

    • I think that sometimes too! Give me all the books! And as much as I do enjoy my kindle, I like holding a real book too. And I like my kids having tangible books to hold as well.

  211. I love reading about the books you and the kids are reading. They sound fun and interesting.I think my 7 year old great grandson might like the ones called Wheelnuts.

    • Oh, definitely! He would eat those Wheelnuts books up! My kiddo definitely wants to finish the series. The humor is right at their level and if that makes them want to read, so be it!

  212. What an experience! I would have sat down and cried after the first episode. Pat yourself on the back for holding up through all of this. I am really sorry about Anikas wrist. Hopefully it will heal well and she’ll be back at the playground having fun.

  213. You are so clever! I love the denim pumpkin. I can’t beleive it only took you an hour. It would take me a lot longer to get it braided and glued correctly on the base pumpkin. I’m looking forward to your next creation.

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  215. I came across this at Funky Junk Party. I love your denim pumpkin. Personally I think you can make almost anything out of old-jeans, well that is my life’s ambition to try. I’ve done denim Easter eggs before but you beat me to the pumpkin. The braiding idea is very clever and your pumpkin looks great. I’m pinning this to my denim board. Love your writing too very witty, it did make me chuckle.

  216. What an interesting castle. I am so glad you and your family are getting to see so many historic and interesting places. What an excellent experience for your children.

  217. I like this idea. Thanks for sharing. We have the same issue in our condo: one too many tubs but need more closet space.

  218. Love the wall of seats, all of itβ€”the seats, the brick wall and the bench. It is good to have a grateful heart, there is always something to be thankful for. God is my hope in these hard times. Love you.

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  220. Great article! Thank you for sharing and I hope the storm passes quickly with no damage or issues. We have been through 2 storms already this season in the Southeast USA.

    • Thank you for the clarification. Yes, in some rural areas Bus Eireann contracts with local municipalities to offer school bus services. In the area of Dublin County where we live, there are no school buses.

  221. My husband’s family is Norwegian and it seems to be pretty standard in Scandinavian countries to have 2 duvets. Well everytime I stay with a Norwegian relative there are 2 duvets and whenever I’ve stayed in hotels in Sweden the same. It’s great not having to fight over the duvets in the winter and being able to kick it off if you are hot.

  222. I’m so glad you and the family were unharmed. I’ve never been in a hurricane before so I’m sure I would be pretty scared. I do remember the Columbus Day Storm here in Oregon and it was pretty wild. We were without power for 4 days but no damage to our farm. You always seem to know what to do in any situation.

    • Thanks for the warm wishes. It doesn’t always feel like we know what to do and sometimes circumstances are out of our control, but being prepared helps.

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  226. What a beautiful church! I agree with Chris. It is good for all of us to have an open mind to learn about other cultures and beliefs. However,l do hope that your children will someday know God as their personal Savior.

  227. Hi there Annisa–

    I just came across your blog as I was scouring the net for information on moving to Ireland, because my little family may be making the same transition yours did.. We live in NC, USA right now, but may be moving to Ireland for a 18-month or so temporary work assignment. We have a 7-yr old, 6-yr old, and a 2-mo old, so I, like yourself, am particularly interested in the schooling situation. I’d love to hear more about your experience at the private school and if you would be willing to share any specifics you know about the various areas surrounding Dublin. I would be working (and living?) in the Leixlip area, to the West of Dublin. If you are more comfortable emailing, I am fine with that. If not, I totally understand that as well. In any case, thanks for taking the time to read this comment.

    Zac

  228. I think Tor is beyond his age. What profound stetements. I enjy hearing about all your adventures including riding the train. As you know that isn’t done here as much. I guess it happens in big cities but not in Dallas, Oregon.

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    • Hi Bob – reach out next time you’re over here again – while everyone comes for the castle and stone, the castle grounds were outstanding. The poison garden and rock garden areas were really something to be seen!

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  236. Honestly, it’s much more interesting if things DON’T MATCH! The beauty you pulled off is the harmony between these items. It would be boring if they all went together. The right amount of many notes creats a song that one note just can’t manage. Lovely, indeed.

  237. Looks like a beautiful place to visit. The steps look more scary than kissing the stone. You certainly have to watch what you are doing. I wonder how many people fall going down the steps.

    • I’m guessing falls don’t happen super frequently or they’d have a hard time getting insurance. Everyone was pretty careful when we were there and it all worked out great!

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  241. These are really neat. They would make super gifts for teachers or to add a little something to a friends gift.
    Inexpensive but nice.

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  247. I like both the 2016 and 2017 trees. You have such a vision of how things will look when you are finished. Both of the trees are beautiful.

    I have a real tree which I like. The problem I have is getting someone to go with me and cut it down and put it in the house. For these reasons I’ve thought of getting an artificial one. However, I’d probably never get it put together right.

    My big problem with a real tree is getting the lights on so they look good. Next year if I have a real tree I may pay someone to put the lights on. It would eliminate mega frustrations. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Thank you! I’ll bet you could get someone to string the lights for you – no problem! With the fake tree, I know you could set it up easily. It’s just 3 pieces (usually) and they slide right together. No muss, no fuss! I have a friend who’s mom keeps a closet just for her fake christmas tree. She has it on wheels and she just pushes it into the closet fully decorated at the end of the season until next year. Now, that’s taking it to a whole different level!

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  266. Happy Birthday to Nels! You are right on as far as your comments go concerning him. He is one steadfast man. He was a good neighbor when we lived on Bridgeport Roas. Like you say he is quiet but he has a great sense of humor. He is one nice man! You are blessed to have him as a dad.

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  271. this is basically the bacardi rum cake recipe…and especiallly the glaze…instead of 1/2 cup of rum…it is schnapps…I am not complaining…I am delighted…because I was going down this path on my own…your research and that of your husband as well confirms that I am heading down the right path

    Love your whimsy

    • I don’t think there’s ever a wrong path when you’re baking with booze? Is there? LOL! I hope it turns out delicious!!! Man, now I’m hungry!

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  292. Cool piece! I’m sure you’ll find something to do with it. When our Sprouse Reitz store closed here in Silverton. They had a big sale and it was just sad. We miss it. ????

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  311. Really? There’s a right way to fall? I know whenever I have fallen, I’ve always had time to make sure I fall the right way. ????????????

  312. Hmmmm, I was thinking book end too but what about one of those boot cleaner things that you scrape your feet on when entering the house after being in the garden? Or maybe an rustic apron hook for the kitchen? I could make you a rustic apron to match….complete with burlap and all, I’m not being sarcastic either, I made a burlap Christmas stocking last year and it was super cute:)

    • Thanks for the ideas!!! I need to ask Handy Husband about drilling a hole in the bracket because it would look great as a hook – like you suggested!!

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  331. Very clever. I also wanted to comment on your trip to Luxembourg. My sister and her husband traded houses with a lady who lived in Luxembourg. They live in Oakland, California. They spent several weeks there two summers in a row and really enjoyed it. They felt like they really got to know the city and enjoyed visiting different places. I have a Tee shirt they brought me from there.

    • Oh my goodness! That is SO neat! I’ve always wondered about house trading. If you found the right person to switch houses with, it could be so neat!

    • I don’t see why not. I haven’t tried it though. You could also try the mixing part in the machine and then the baking in the oven. Let me know if it works!

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  351. I started switching to linen towelling a few years back, and honestly, I’d never go back to terry towels. The linen towels are super absorbent, and dry extremely fast hanging on the towel rack. No more musty smelling towels! Not to mention the space savings, which is such a bonus. Initially it does take a bit of getting used to the lack of ‘fluff’ when first using the linen towels, as it seems like a thin cloth wouldn’t do much in terms of soaking up water. It does though, and very well. When I wash mine, I hang them up on a drying rack and they are dry very quickly. I don’t use the dryer, as it wears down the linen fabric itself. I’m also using huck linen towels that have been in the family for 60 years, and they still look like new. The switch can happen gradually, start with one and see how you like it instead of investing in the entire bunch at once.

    • Oh my goodness! You’ve had towels for 60 years? That is absolutely amazing. Now I need to google huck linen. Thank you! I have 3 towels right now. One from one company and two from a separate company. I can actually tell a difference between the two company’s products, so it has been very interesting. I’m definitely still dipping my toe into this pond, but I like the direction it is heading.

      • Yes, they’ve been around for that long. Mind you, they were used as ‘show’ towels before, not for heavy everyday use. I think that plays a big part in their longevity. Me, well I just use them all the time. Linen is incredibly resilient.
        I wash them in a front loading machine and hang on a rack to dry. I think the agitator arm in top loading washers is harsh on any fabric. The dryer will also quickly destroy anything linen, so air drying is key.
        Yes, different companies have different quality. It really does make a difference. The tighter the weave, the better it holds up.
        I find that my favourite is to dry my hair with these vintage huck towels, they soak up the water in a very different way than terry towels. Just wrap one around your hair and let sit for a while. Try it and see.

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  353. Not sure how old the post is, but I just came across it. I wanted to give a little tip that worked for me when I made a trundle bed several years ago. I didn’t want wheels because I knew it would always be on carpet, and to be honest, I didn’t want the extra added height that big wheels would require. I brainstormed and ended up using furniture movers, gorilla glued to the bottom of the trundle. The ones that are flat and just slide over carpet, etc. I used the bigger ones and they worked fantastic. My girls could easily push and pull the bed out when needed, and added no extra height to the trundle. Your bed looks great. I sold mine when the girls wanted to sleep in a bigger bed together. I’m tossing around doing another now, for overnight friends.

    • Hi! That’s a great idea and I’ll bet some others could benefit from that tip. Don’t you just love gorilla glue?!?! Your trundle must have been flat on the bottom then? I’ll have to go look at ours. The wheels work best on hardwood or a flat weave carpet – for sure. The only other weird problem with the trundle is when my kids slide it back in kind of crooked and then the trundle can get jammed. Did you have that problem too? Thank you so much for sharing your tip with me! I really appreciate it!

  354. Excellent recipe – thanks for sharing! I made this bread last night and it was pretty straightforward. I used a bread machine and it worked well. However, I only use the machine to mix and knead the dough, as nothing can knead bread dough like a two-paddle bread machine, in my opinion. I then took the dough out of the machine and followed the recipe as per the two rises and the shaping/baking. I ended up using 2.5 cups of bread flour and 2.5 cups of white wheat flour, both from King Arthur. The dough had a nice texture. I also added a large egg to the mix, as I have 30 yrs of bread baking experience and like how an egg acts as a binder and adds a bit of fat and protein. My thanks again for sharing this wonderfully tasty recipe.

    • Awesome!! Thanks for the feedback – I’m so glad it worked out. I have never added an egg to this particular recipe, but now I’m super curious to try!

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  438. The name sounds gross, but after reading your blog, I would definitely try it. I wonder how just putting sweetened condensed milk would work.

  439. The name sounds gross, but after reading your blog, I would definitely try it. I wonder how just adding sweetened condensed milk would work.

    • Probably just the same and you’d omit the sugar. I believe the consistency is relatively similar. I had so much of the evaporate milk left over that I *had* to make fudge so that I didn’t waste the can.

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  441. I can across a listing for linen towels and I was impressed. I appreciate this article. I was considering making my own towels with some of the resources on alibaba and similar sites. What do you think?

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  455. How long do you typically let it rest between kneading/before baking?? I’m a first time bread baker and need to know if this is something to be done between errands, or if I should be home all day! Thanks!

    • I usually allow 3 – 4 hours for the entire process – from start to pulling it out of the oven. Honestly, it depends on how fast your dough is rising whether it is closer to 3 or 4 hours. If your house (or the area where your bread is rising) is warm, the dough can double in size in 30 – 40 minutes. If it’s a bit cooler or if you get distracted like I sometimes do, it might be an hour before the dough has doubled in size. If you have a quick errand to do, you can probably fit it in. Good luck! I hope you enjoy bread making and stick with it! It took me awhile before I got the hang of it, but now it’s something I enjoy doing and eating!

      • Wonderful, thank you so much! Very excited, it’s something my boyfriend has been asking for for almost a year, so I figured it’s now or never!

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