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Our Fixer Upper – Curb Appeal Facelift

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Hello everyone! It’s been awhile….I’m hoping I can get back to blogging. Life is crazy šŸ˜œ Since we last spoke šŸ˜Š Handsome and I bought and new home! Yay! I am not sure that it is considered a fixer upper by true definition, but I promise you it’s been a fixer upper for us!! Handsome takes care of all the MAN POWER and I get to decorate! Yay!! 

First things first, the front of the house needed a way overdo facelift….so that’s what it got! Out with the old and in with the new!!! 

Before:


Please don’t mind the crazy lady on the ladder, she’s just cleaning the cobwebs. Haha! As you can see there was WAY too much white and an aqua door!! Plus the landscaping was out-of-control!! So we put together a plan to give some TLC! 

After: 


Ta da!! So we cleaned up the landscaping and laid new mulch, planted some flowers in the planters that were already here, I just gave them a fresh coat of paint. Then we replaced the mailbox and light fixture. We painted the front door and shutters with a really pretty rich blue to bring out the beautiful brick. We also painted white trim around the door. Then we replaced the doorknob, lock and kick plate to match.


Then I made new wreath for the front door. Every new house needs a new wreath! We also ordered the vinyl address for the front door. 



So there’s the front and next we moved inside! 

More to come…..šŸ˜Š

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Farmer’s Market Finds

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Farmer's Market Finds
Farmer’s Market Finds

Here in my small Bluegrass town we have a Farmer’s Market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. This past Tuesday I found some wonderful vegetables at the Farmer’s Market. When the Farmer’s Market is open I try to buy as much of my produce that I can at the market rather than at the grocery store. It is very important to me to buy local and fresh ingredients when cooking. Also there is a certain kind of feeling that comes from bringing fresh vegetables home from a local farm in your home town….it kind of brings things full circle.

Our Farmer’s Market has wonderful fruits and vegetables, but it also has beautiful flower bouquets, baked goods such as breads and muffins, spice rubs and other homemade items. While visiting the Farmer’s Market I picked me up a little breakfast snack….chocolate chip zucchini muffin… and it was delish!!!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffin
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffin

So after returning home from the market I came up with some recipes to cook my famer’s market finds for dinner. Plus this gave me the opportunity to use my pressure cooker that Handsome and I got as a wedding gift. Let me tell you this pressure cooker is one fancy kitchen appliance…it is nothing like my grandmother’s pressure cooker! I have to admit I was kind of scared to use it at first, I thought that maybe the top would blow off and put a whole in my ceiling so I waited forĀ Handsome and IĀ to useĀ it together….Haha! And there was no blow up and the green beans and new potatoes turned out amazing!

I hope you enjoy my recipes and get to your local famer’s market and see what you can find to bring home and cook!

Fresh Green Beans & New Potatoes

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Green Beans & New Potatoes
Green Beans & New Potatoes

Fresh Green Beans & New Potatoes (Pressure Cooker)

Ingredients

2 cups of fresh green beans, ends removed and snapped
5 medium new potatoes, quartered
1 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
1/3 cup diced onion
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup of chicken broth

Instructions

Add green beans, new potatoes, bacon, onion, salt and pepper to the pot.
Add chicken broth to just cover the top of the green beans and new potatoes.
Cook green beans and new potatoes for 7-10 minutes under low pressure or according to your pressure cooker directions.

Fried Corn

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Fried Corn
Fried Corn

Fried Corn

Ingredients

4 Tablespoons butter
6 ears of fresh corn, shucked, stripped and scraped
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 4 tablespoons of butter.
Once the butter is melted, add corn.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Stir frequently cooking for 20 to 30 minutes.

*The secret to good fried corn is when cutting the corn kernels from cob make sure you get some of the corn milk to cook with the corn as well.

Handsome’s Favorites

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Handsome

So here is my Handsome…..you see now where he gets his name…. he is so handsome! I know, I know, ok so I will move on toĀ his favorites. Anyone who knows Handsome, knows that there are two favorite things he cannot go withoutĀ (when I say things, I mean food, because I am hisĀ favorite thing, j/k, no but really…. Haha)…but back to his favorites…. he absolutely loves chili and red velvet cake.Ā And when I say loves, I mean LOVES!!!! When I cook chili, he will eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner – no exaggeration. Also, he will take chili to work for lunch everyday until it is gone…seriously! Me on the other hand, once I eat something, I may be able to eat it one more time the following day, but after that I am pretty much done with it – not a leftover kind of girl! šŸ™‚ And for the red velvet cake, Handsome has always love Red Velvet Cake, even so much that for his Groom’s cake for our wedding we had Blue Velvet Cupcakes (technically they were red velvet, just the color blue). Ā I cook almost every night during the week, but most of my cooking is done on the weekends and you can bet that Handsome will request chili and red velvet cookies. So here are two easy and simple recipes for Handsome’s chili and red velvet crinkle cookies. I hope you enjoy!

Soup Days

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You know there are certain days that call for soup, and here lately in the Bluegrass State we have had a few of those days, more than I would like. I usually sit down every week and plan the meals for Handsome and I for the following week andĀ there are two factors that determine what meals we will have: 1-what is on sale at the grocery…duh!…and 2-what is the weather going to be like. For instance, if its going to be in the 60s and sunny then we do a lot of grilling, but if it is going to be in the 30s and snowing then we cook more inside the house. However, for you that do not know this, Kentucky weather is very UNPREDICTABLE…seriously, today it is 30 degrees and snowing and by Friday it is supposed to be 60 degrees and raining!!! –Ā CRAZY! I know!Ā Ā So this pastĀ weekend it was cloudy, rainy and cold,Ā and I thought what is a better way to warm up, than with a bowl of soup. So I found a new recipe that I think you all are going to love. It is a white bean and kale soup recipe and it is very healthy and can evenĀ be tweaked a little and turned into a vegetarian soup as well. It is not likeĀ any other soup I have ever made, it is a very light and clean soup. So this past Sunday my family and I got together and watched the UK game…and yes we beat Wichita State!!! Go C-A-T-S! CATS! CATS! CATS! Sorry, I had to do it! So the soup was a hit and the Cats advanced to the Sweet Sixteen….it was a good day!!