A Few Before Photos

Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you, but I am READY for the weekend!  It has been another busy week working around the new apartment.  We finally have almost everything put away.  This weekend I am  having a big porch sale to sell off some of the furniture and accessories that will no longer fit in my new place.

Today, I wanted to share a few before photos of the new digs.  Like I said, when I first looked at it, it was pretty rough.  Now it is definitely starting to feel like home.

Are you ready?

Now for a sneak peak of one of the changes…can you tell which room got a fresh coat of Navy?

Stay tuned for more progress photos next week…

Have a nice weekend, do you have any plans?

Tasty Thursday: Hearty Chicken Mushroom Soup

I love to cook.  I don’t cook anything fancy or difficult, just fresh, healthy meals using “real ingredients.”

Over the past few years cooking has become a favorite past time of mine.  I have decided that I would love the opportunity to share some of the recipes I try each week with you on Thursday’s.  Hopefully, you will enjoy the new weekly addition to the blog and will enjoy trying some of the new recipes I share.

A couple of weekend’s ago, I was visiting my parents in Fayetteville, WV.  The evenings were already starting to cool off and you could feel fall in the air.  Saturday evening mom decided to make a Chicken Mushroom soup for dinner.  Creamy and hearty, it was the perfect soup to take the chill off. It was such a tasty way to start the fall season off in the kitchen, I had to share…


Chicken Mushroom Soup

serves 4-6


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1/2 c. diced carrots
  • 1 large celery, diced
  • 12 oz, mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove garlice, minced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream
  • 4 new potatoes, diced
  • 1/4 c. corn
  • 1/4 c. lima beans  (the original recipe did not call for the last three items, but we added them and it added a lot of flavor)


Cook chicken breasts and dice.  Heat butter and olive oil on medium-low heat in a large saucepan. Next, add the mushrooms and continue cooking until tender.  Stir in flour until blended; add chicken broth and thyme.  Add the cooked chicken, carrots, celery, potatoes, corn, and lima beans.  Bring to a simmer, stirring.  Cover and reduce heat.  Cook for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, until vegetables are tender.  Stir in cream and add salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

In addition to soup, we tossed a simple salad together and served it crusty rolls to complete the meal.

 Linking Up to: Tasty Tuesday’s

Tell Me Tuesday…BAM or SLAM!?

BAM for skirted sinks!

Overall, the majority said you love the look. I too think it is a terrific and inexpensive way to add a little interest to a sink and a great way to hide away your “dirty little secrets.”  However, many of you brought up a good point (one that I had not thought of)…germs and dirt.  I agree that maybe it is not the most practical solution for under the sink….but overall it was a BAM for style!

Have you seen Carolina Herrera Baez’s apartment in the October issue of Elle Decor?  What I thought was interesting was the nail head trim detail she used to add a touch of the unexpected to her Madrid apartment.  I have seen this idea before on Pinterest.  At the time I pinned it in my DIY file, and thought…what a unique idea?

Are you a fan!?

I recently found these examples on Pinterest. The first, a room designed by Womack Interiors…

and the second on Kara’s Kottage. Kara lined her walls with burlap and lined them with nail head trim.

Images via Elle Decor, Womack Interiors, Kara’s Kottage


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