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happy president's day



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sunday in bed

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It’s Sunday and everyone deserves a day off.

Here’s wishing you a restful Sunday.



enjoy your saturday

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recipe friday

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MIDDLE East pitas


Ingredients

1½ T oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 carrot, julienne style
½ green pepper, chopped
3 oz chicken, chopped
¾ tsp spice mixture
       (see below)

Pita Bread


Garnish (options)

shredded lettuce
tomatoes
mayonnaise
onions
cucumbers
shredded Swiss cheese
dash of hot sauce


Spice Mixture (keep remainder in airtight container for future use)

1 T sweet paprika
1½ tsp onion powder
1½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground ginger
1½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper


Directions


Cook onion and green pepper in oil.  Add chicken and spice mixture. 
Cook for 3 minutes or until meat is no longer pink


Fill pita bread with chicken mixture; add garnish to serve.



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a plan for a second home




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I am always dreaming of what my ‘second home’ could/would be and exactly where my ‘second home’ could/would be. I lean towards Beaufort SC on any given day (actually where this home builder is located, what a wonderful coincidence) but, I wouldn't be too picky if it came right down to actually getting a chance at a second home.

Well, I have been holding on to these house plans forever.  I am not quite sure how old they are or how long I have been squirreling them away but to me, they seem timeless. So today, I thought this might be a good opportunity to put everything in my blog and share it with you. Bet you fall in love with this cottage as well.

I’m a sucker for anything with the word cottage in it, so when I saw the plans for Eastover Cottage on Southern Living Magazine’s home plan website, I knew I had to check it out. Yes, it’s small but oh so well done. The square footage is so efficiently laid out for the amount of space that it has there.

I love everything the word cottage stands for, small, warm, cozy, beautiful, charming and the Eastover certainly fits the bill, and come on, with 5 porches, well it doesn’t get more charming than that. (I even dream of my own home furnishing store one day and guess what, it even has the word COTTAGE in the name!)


The home has a main floor with 1,775 sq. feet and an upstairs with 775 sq. feet. The home definitely has a southern feel to it with lots of Greek Revival elements, too. (This is my style of home – the exact same style elements that are present in my 'first home', and I absolutely love it.)


I really like the layout of the Eastover Cottage, with all the main rooms on the first floor. The master suite is huge and self-contained and I really like the open floor plan of the public rooms. 

I grew up sitting out in the yard or on the porch talking with friends and family at night (Ohio weather permitting) and all these porches are the perfect way to begin and end a day.



Here’s a more detail look at Eastover Cottage and some of the beautiful elements of this home.


Enjoy




Let's start at the Front Porch and take the guided tour through the house. I just love this front porch. I LOVE the width and depth of this porch with plenty of room to create a living space outdoors. I love the X porch railings instead of your standard porch rails. Doesn't it give it more interest and charm? And look at that view (ok, the view doesn't come with the plans but I'm thinking it's one I would work into the 'second home' location. What do you think?)



As we enter the house, the beautiful quaint Foyer greets us (Quaint, right? Just like a cottage should be). Don’t you just love a curved staircase? There's enough room for a table in the corner, and through that door to the right is a downstairs powder room. I don't even have to change any of the finishes on this Foyer, stained hardwood floors (gorgeous, check), black railing and stairs (gorgeous, check), white wainscoting (gorgeous, check), window pain, stained front door (gorgeous, check)... did someone call me and ask my opinion on this? I'm thinking maybe and I just don't remember.



The Living Room is right off the Foyer and looks out onto the front porch, the railing upstairs is for a loft that serves the two upstairs bathrooms and bedrooms. Ok, where do I begin... even the furniture is hand picked for me!



Here’s a peek in the kitchen with a great eat-in bar area, plenty of counter space and lots of light. Just off the kitchen is a porch area you could screen in or enclose and make a breakfast area and sitting room. Yes the 'cottage' kitchen is a bit small, but I'm usually the only one in the kitchen at any given time, so - this works for me - especially in a 'second home', right? The finishes in here are exactly what I would order... again!



Here’s a look at one of the 5 porches in this house plan. You can leave any of them open or screen-in some of them. Screened in porches give you another venue for entertaining and dining and I just love them! Many people today are even mounting TV’s in their porch areas so they can watch TV and movies and still feel like they’re outdoors. I mean.... I just can't!

Of course, you know me, there would be a few tweaks here and there, but over all, it is perfect. 

What would your dream home have in it?


And for those of you who are absolute House Fanatics, like me... I have included the Construction Details below.


BASIC
Bedrooms: 3 actual, 4 possible
Baths: 3 full,1 half
Floors: 2
Garage: 0
Foundations: Crawlspace
Master Location: Main Floor
Laundry Location: Main Floor
Fireplaces: 1

STYLE / INFLUENCES
Greek Revival
Country
Southern

KITCHEN FEATURES
Pantry
Snack Bar

MASTER SUITE FEATURES
Spa/Whirlpool
Dual Sinks
Porch
Private Toilet
Shower
Walk-in Closet
Outdoor Access

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
5 Porches
Fireplace

SQUARE FOOTAGE
Main Floor: 1775
Upper Floor: 755
Total Heated Square Footage: 2530
Garage: 0

DIMENSIONS
57'- 0" W x 64'- 0" D x 30"- 0" H

PLATE HEIGHTS
Main Floor: 10.0'
Upper Floor: 9.0'

CONSTRUCTION
Ext. Wall Construction: 2x6
Roof Framing: Gable

Images are courtesy of Southern Living.


church on sunday

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Whether a church is
simple or ornate, large or small,
old or new, wooden or stone...
it is most likely always a beautiful sight to behold.






Today, I share this beautiful image of a church with you
in hopes that it will bring
a little peace, a little joy
and a lot of love.


Lord, as I walk through this World,
Let Your Grace Light my Path,
Your Mercy Shelter my Soul
and Your Love Heal my Heart.

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recipe friday

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MEATBALLS



This recipe makes about 25 meatballs (I usually double the recipe)

Ingredients

2 lb ground beef
½ lb ground pork
4 eggs
2C Italian bread crumbs
½ tsp pepper
1T salt
½ C Grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp garlic powder
1 ½ T ground parsley
½ T crushed basil
½ C water

Directions

Make into balls (not great big ones)
Bake 30 minutes on a cookie sheet at 250 degrees

Let cool, place in zip lock freezer bag and freeze...
Then you can easily remove one or 2 or whatever needed.

To serve, take out of freezer, place in spaghetti sauce and cook...this will flavor the meatballs more and also flavors the sauce.


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a little chanel in your day

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MY ADDICTION

Step One: Admit we are powerless over our addiction
(first step in recovery, even though I don’t want to recovery)
but, ok...

"I admit it, I am powerless over my addiction."

My addiction? Why, Coco Chanel, of course.
I love the woman, her apartment, her elegance, her style, her brand, her clothing, her jewelry, her accessories, her fragrances, her accomplishments, her…
well, I LOVE EVERYTHING CHANEL

And just a fun fact here, in my circles of friends,
I have the nickname 'Chanel' and I just love that!

The world would be a better place with just a little Chanel in everything we do.



A while back I did a post on Coco Chanel, the legend and another on Everything Chanel. My obsession. It is my passion when it comes to fashion. Anyway, I received such a great response on those two posts that I now believe I am not the only one totally obsessed with this amazing lady and her brand. Thank you!

So I think it might be time to revisit Ms. Chanel.  I have a computer file stocked full of beautiful Chanel images and I can’t wait for you to see them… there's just so much BEAUTY, CLASS, INSPIRATION, inside and out. I mean, come on, to start - look at those perfectly symmetrical, interlocking circular, CCs.  They are positioned on each item just like a warm little hug from a fashion icon. 


So here we go - let's scroll through some beautiful images. 
Because after all, one can never get enough Chanel, right?




Welcome to my Happy Place
   
   

  
  




   

  

  

  
     


these are on my wish list, I can't even...
      
    




Don't you just feel a little more beautiful today because you are looking at these?

I know I do!
So of course, I will revisit My Happy Place again, very soon.

And like I said, one can never get enough Chanel.

Have a beautiful day!