By Kelly Raabe - September 3, 2021
This post contains affiliate links see our full discloser here.A Collaboration by Jodie & KellyA great place to start with a dinner party or even a short notice friend over for coffee is a centrepiece.  This sets the tone, casual or formal, and also serves as a decorative purpose.   My mom loved to entertain and anyone who was ever invited to one of her Victorian tea parties, travelling dinner parties or kids theme parties can attest to the fact that she never spared or skimped on the details.  It was the little things like name place tags, take home gifts ...
By Kelly Raabe - August 27, 2021
This post contains affiliate links.  See our full disclosure HEREGrowing up, Saturday afternoons were for visiting my Great Grandma whom we called "Äiti", which is Finnish for Mother.  She lived just up the road from us and had an amazing view of the whole countryside.  She gave the most cheerful welcome, and wanted to make you feel comfortable.  We would always sit in her kitchen and watch her while she made the best cup of camp coffee you ever had and then she would offer us a treat like her famous Finnish pancakes, cherry cheesecake or old fashioned doughnuts.  Then ...
By Jodie Rhodes
There was a time not too long ago that you could not get me to even touch a power tool! But, with a big change in my circumstances I had to really get out of my comfort zone and do what I had to do, if anything was going to get done. The quote, that 'great things happen out of your comfort zone' is so true.This past winter I took on a spontaneous project and it was a prime example of me getting out of my comfort zone. I would like to share the project with you and a little ...
By Kelly Raabe - August 18, 2021
During the summer months things get so busy that the house can get really disorganized. Coming and going often and more time spent outside can really put you behind in keeping the house in order.  Before you know it you have a lot of clutter and for me that means a cluttered mind as well.My bathroom cupboard has been bothering me for quite a while and I just had to do something about it.  As you can see it was a disaster.  No rhyme or reason to the items kept there, just scattered about.  I not only wanted to organize ...
By Jodie Rhodes
Rainy days are for indoor projects. Agreed? I am also very blessed with an easygoing toddler who entertains herself so well, that I am able to get bigger projects done if needed. There is a corner in my kitchen that I have been trying to makeover for awhile, and I finally got it mostly done. I wanted simple, but eye catching farmhouse style. So as usual, white paint and barn wood is my go-to for that. I was searching through my outbuildings for what to use for the corner, and I happened to find an old small table in the back ...
By Kelly Raabe - July 30, 2021
This past weekend we took our 1985 Vanguard motorhome, aka, "Papa Vito" out for the very first time.  It might seem odd to some people to go from living in the country with wide open spaces and peace and quiet to then go camping out in nature with similar surroundings to home.  For us though it is the slowing down and just enjoying the simple things.....waking up to the water moving slowly across the lake, the warm summer breeze, the sound of the squirrels and birds and enjoying that early morning coffee while taking this all in.  Some of my ...
By Jodie Rhodes
Good Morning everyone! Hope you all had a great week and ready for the weekend! My daughter and I got the morning chores done here on the farm, and now we are enjoying our breakfast with a relaxing read from Little House in the Big Woods.  Anyone else love reading these books to their kiddos?Ma Ingalls has truly been my inspiration in the type of mother I want to be for my daughter.  Calm, patient, positive, hard working and hospitable.  But most importantly, organized!  She made sure each day had something important to accomplish along with the daily chores. Remember her ...
By Kelly Raabe
These days it can be a real chore to find wall art at an affordable price and in the style you are actually looking for.  When it comes to larger art pieces that make more of a statement it can be especially expensive.  This was the trouble I was having when I tried to find art for my dining room and bedroom.  Everything was so expensive and still not the look or style I was going for. That is when I started to browse for antique looking landscape paintings online and came across a variety of prints on Etsy that ...
By Jodie Rhodes
Home improvements are so enjoyable but sure a lot of work and can be expensive. Being the frugal mama that I am, I try to do as much as I can with what I've got or can get my hands on for super cheap.  Some white paint and some old barn boards can sure go a long way in giving you that updated farmhouse feel without costing you much, if anything.Now with that I'd like to share with you a little project i did in my kitchen this winter.  I live in a very old farmhouse, where everything is outdated ...
By Kelly Raabe
I did not start today with the intention of making my own tortillas and salsa.  I did have the plan to make tacos though, as my son's friends were coming over to play outside and it's our tradition whenever they come over.  So I asked my husband to go to the corner store for tortillas and all they had was one very small bag.  Not enough for 4 (almost men) growing boys, my husband, myself and my daughter.  Normally I do make my own tortillas but I just thought with all the action of the day it might be best ...

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