September 15, 2013

• HOUSE & HOME • Home Tour Pt.1

As I was setting up the home tour tabs in my menu bar it dawned on me that I don't
think I have ever posted a Home Tour on here or on my other blog Our Home in the Maples.

Do you find this kind of odd?

I can honestly say the main reason I haven't . . . is our home is constantly in a trasitional stage. You see, no sooner do I get close to finish a room, something just doesn't look right to me . . . 
so I start changing things again!

You will also notice some of the images have the watermark from my old blog, Our Home in the Maples.
So, I will give you a tour with what I have from when we first moved in, to about a year ago. If I stop changing my mind, hopefully the new reveals will be coming over the next several months; so bear with me, ok. 

This house was actually built for someone else but the deal fell through. In fact, it happened the evening before I looked at it; the realtor hadn't gotten the chance to update the MLS information before I went through.
 Although there were I few things I wanted to change . . .
as soon as I walked in the door
I knew it was our HOME.

Here is the exterior, before we closed:

After some TLC

This summer we had to make a few changes, pull out some bushes and replace them. Plus it looks like
next year we may have to remove the maples trees, they look like they are getting that fungus, if we can't
get it under control . . . bye bye trees.

Ok . . . lets start the tour of the inside, we will start with the first floor but only a few rooms. Since the house is still a work in progress many of the photos are from before I started changing things. So bear with me, ok.

Although the foyer had hard wood floors, it was looking worn
(after 5 years,3 dogs and people running in and out), when we replaced all the carpet in
the house we also replaced the flooring in here.

the new flooring in the family room . . . and my bella, she was not quit a year old yet.

the dinig room light was replaced with the one out of the breakfast area; it isn't exactly what
i want but it works better than this one.

Now many people who have seen my kitchen like the way the sink is . . .
Do you see the cabinet above the sink? WELL . . . because of the position of the sink the
cabinet on the far right is nearly impossible to reach anything on the top shelf without either standing
on a step ladder or climbing on the counter. Could someone explain who thought this was a good idea.

Earlier I talked about the bar by the back door. After complaining about this area for a year, I finally asked DH to put shelves up, since at that time I was using the breakfast area as a make shift office. We are actually in the process of removing the bar, counter and repositioning the sink.

 Many of you may not recognize or know what the desk is . . .
it is actually an army field desk that I refurbished to use as my office desk.

So that covers part of the first floor.
 Now remember these are from a  year to 18 months ago, so there have been slow . . . very slow changes happening.

I really do hope you enjoyed the mini tour . . . stay tuned for part 2

I was featured at "One More Time Events"
Thank you so much Tammy!!

September 7, 2013

• RECIPES • Zesty Baked Italian Chicken

My wonderful DH can be a bit of a picky eater. 

He dislikes chicken (yard bird as he calls it) with a passion, so trying to get him to eat it can be a bit of a challenge. He will eat my chicken wings, chicken alfredo every  now and then, he will eat the hell out of my white chili (which I only make once a year), and every blue moon he will eat fried chicken.
Well, the other day I had a taste for baked Italian Chicken, which we have had before ( made by someone else), DH didn't really care for it, BUT that is what I wanted, so that's what I made.
you know what?

Plus it is one of the easiest dishes to make.
I am tempted to make this in my crockpot the next time around . . . if I can fit all the chicken in there!



  • Skin on, bone in chicken drumsticks or thighs
  • 1 - 16oz bottle of Italian dressing
  • Rice



  1. *Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
  2. *Rinse chicken
  3. *Poke holes in chicken with a fork (this helps the dressing sip into chicken) 
  4. *Place chicken in deep 9x13 pan 
  5. *pour all 16oz of dressing over the chicken 
  6. *Cover with ten foil and bake for 2 hours 
  7. *after 2 hours, remove foil, check to make sure chicken is done, then place back in oven uncovered for 30 minutes to brown. 
  8. Serve over rice, make sure to drizzle some of the yummy juices over it too, and your favorite veggie.
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This was fall off the bone, YUM YUM GOOD!!!