Tuesday, November 22, 2011


We're thankful for so many thing in our lives. Here's a short list from the fam: our family, life, a yummy dinner altogether, the turkey, Jesus' blood, friends, that God made us, warm blankets, kisses.

This is the first Thanksgiving that I'll cook in five years! I had fun putting together this menu, and can't wait to dig in! Got to keep the dinner light so there is plenty of room for dessert!

Herb crusted Turkey Breast w/ Mushroom Leek Stuffing
Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan 
Great Harvest Dinner Rolls 
Twice Baked Potatoes 
Granzellas Sicilian Style Olives
Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade 
Pumpkin Apple Pie
Meyer Lemon Semifriddo with Homemade Blackberry Sauce

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sideboard Make-over

Alright, here it is, my first reveal using Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint! This piece was made by my great great cousin (or some male relative) and was given to my Nana who gave it to my mom who gave it to me! I loved its shape, and it comes in so handy for storage, but ugh, it really needed some love. It isn't completely finished (still deciding what I want to do with the knobs- wrapped jute?) but I was so tickled with how it turned out, I had to post. I made the number stencils myself, too! I think Jon was very unsure of them ("Hey, babe. Where did you get the idea to put numbers on it?") but once all the numbers were on and distressed, he thinks they look great. The chalk paint is pretty forgiving. I did not sand anything down, so we'll have to see how well it holds up without chipping off, as we use the furniture piece frequently. I finished the piece with Johnson's paste wax. It smelled like turpentine, pretty bad. The chalk paint had very very little odor (close to no VOC's). 
There are several things that really add to the splendor of this shot:
trash can, unicorn, tongs. Wagon wheel. 

So there you have it. It still looks old and on the rustic side, but it looks so much better than before. I used some of Jon's gutter spray paint for the knobs, and the color is great. The wax coat darkened the color and gives it a richer look.  The girls helped make the pinwheel garland for Christmas. I got the frame at the thrift store for a few dollars, and dad had the mirror cut to size for me. Quick and fun project! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Babe!

Dedicating this song to my amazing husband. I listened to this on repeat on the plane trip from France because I was so stoked to see you. Welcome to your thirties JJ! I'm so blessed to have you! Best hubby, best dad.
xo  K

Weezer's "Best Friend"

When everything is wrong I'll come talk to you
You make things alright when I'm feeling blue
You are such a blessing and I wont be messing
With the one thing that brings light to all of my darkness
There is no other one who can take your place
I feel happy inside when I see your face
I hope you believe me
Cause I speak sincerely
and I mean it when I tell you that I need you
You're my best friend
and I love you, and I love you
Yes I do
Yes I do...
Yes I do

Letters from Lindsey

Lindsey wrote the sweetest thank you cards to Jon and me.

the Lam
the tyou
got my

you wit
to Fras it Wud

Daddy, Thank you for the lamb toy you got me.
Mommy, I love you even if you went to France it would be wonderful.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Amazing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

You know how some girls scream and go crazy when they see their fav star? Like, Paul McCartney, Elvis, Beiber... well, that's mentally what I did when Jon bought me Chalk Paint. To each their own. :)

I have been drooling over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and today as we were driving through Jacksonville I spied the store that I thought might be our local carrier. We went in, and bliss. First, the store is just darling, filled with goodies, and second... it sells A.S.C.P!! I have seen blog after blog where gals have transformed some downright ugly pieces of furniture into darling "I want that!" 's. I am all about natural wood, and one of my favorite looks is raw waxed wood. However, about 90% of our furniture was given to us (thanks!), so we have lots of styles and 'well loved' pieces. So hopefully we can unify and bring a little of Jon and my style into the house via chalk paint (yes, I am aware it's not my fairy god-mother).

I have already started a small project, so HOPEFULLY it turns out well and I'll put it on here! Fun!

Girls... there is NO prep involved with this paint. No sanding, no anything. Just paint it on. And it goes on virtually any surface. I know, it's amazing!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Sky, a Poem by Natalie

On cold days the sky is cloudy.
On warm days the sky is blue.
I see in the sky a flock of Canada geese.
I love to go outside and look in the sky and see birds flying.
The sky is pretty.
God made the sky so we can see God's nature.

Pumpkin Place Holders

I love making decorations for the table and saw this kit online at Paper Source (great site). Mom had picked up different sheets of scrapbook paper for a funky turkey craft (check it out here). She also got the ribbon, isn't it adorable? I cut the paper into 1/2 inch strips that were four inches long. The girls taped (double-sided) the strips together at each end and then I added a felt leaf (you could use paper if you want to write in names) and ribbon. How cute did they turn out?! You could make these larger, but I love the mini-size.

Picking Pumpkins

Our friends Paul and Virigina had the kids over to pick out a pumpkin from her garden. She surprised them with darling pillowcases, too. I'm not quite sure why Natalie dressed as a bandit. :)