larder dreams

It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. My favorite sweet treat brought home by my hubby, getting into my pyjamas on a Friday night, clean sheets, and anything that is organized. We already know my love for glass jars and boxes of all shapes and sizes. So it should come as no surprise that I have always dreamed of having a larder or pantry. Ohhhh just the thought of all that organization makes my heart skip a beat.

I have been using these two images for inspiration:

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The cupboard that we intend to make into our future larder currently holds our freezer. We have a tall larder fridge in our kitchen and a smaller under counter freezer, which we shoved into this large cupboard. Until now, I had just piled things on top of the freezer that were extras or just bigger items. Because we have no shelves in our future larder yet, we were using two of our kitchen cupboards to hold all of our food.

I have already laid out my plans for Alex. Detailing the shelves I want him to build to make my dream come true. However, with everything else needing done in this house, my dreams of a larder are not really on the top of that list. So I took matters into my own hands. Is it perfect? God no. Does it work? For now. Does it make me giddy? Totally.

So here is what I did to solve my immediate food storage issue.

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The freezer used to be turned toward the left. It was a huge pain to open the door, then the freezer door, then squeeze my butt in the tiny cupboard, kneel down and then try my best to see inside the dark recesses of said freezer. I really thought it would be too big to turn outward especially because we now have a gas pipe running along that back wall. But I measured and it said it would work. So I shimmied the freezer around. Then, that piece of wood on top? That’s the top of an old wardrobe. I saved it because I figured I could find a use for solid wood somewhere! This created a few inches more counter space on either side, which we really needed.

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You can see that we have a good 12″ on the left there which will be perfect for some nice deep shelves one day. For now I am keeping all of our grocery bags and bigger items that are not used often down there. It is kinda wasted space just now, but I can reach down there easily and still use it. We have lovely brick walls in this cupboard too. I painted it white in there forever ago, but it really needs a second coat, but I am going to wait until I know for sure what we will do in here for the long term. One day larder…one day you will be better :)

So now it gets a little odd. See, we have night stands in our room that have 3 drawers each. We also had a bed that was second hand and well, broken. After rolling to the middle of the bed every night for weeks and then waking up with Alex’s side crashing down something had to be done. I took two drawers out of each night stand and used these to prop the bed up. Hey, I know it is a little ghetto but it worked! We got a new bed shortly after (hooray) and as I went to put the drawers back I decided I preferred the night stands with one drawer and a nice cubby underneath. I have plans for those bad boys, but that is another project!

Now I had 4 drawers just hanging around. I have seen tons of stuff on Pinterest where people use drawers like shelves and so I figured I would hang on to them and use them somewhere. Well today is the day my friend! When I start ripping things apart with no plan, this is where my mind leads. I threw the drawers on top. Instant shelving.

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Ha! Oh and don’t mind the back of the larder door. It still needs to be painted. Usually nobody sees the back of that door but me :)

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Now for the fun part. Loading all my goodies inside!

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Oh my goodness. I can see what I have. I have room. It reminds me of a little country store with small wooden shelves. I know this is very far from my dream. And I also know it will get better once we build shelves and utilize every inch. But this made me so happy. This was also the day before my weekly shop and I still had room once all my purchased were put in. I still have a kitchen cupboard that we use to store the girls snacks and cereal so they can access those things freely. It is the little things! Now I need to start buying cute jars :)

monday things

1. Obviously Scotland does not celebrate Thanksgiving, so I usually make our meal on the Saturday after. We gorged ourselves on food and I made way to much, as usual. Things not pictured: turkey, cranberry, mashed potatoes, gravy, and of course the marshmallows on those sweet potatoes!

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I always make a pecan pie, but I add chocolate and coconut to ours. Oh so good! Alex said I need to make a pie every weekend now. The one I made last Saturday didn’t even last until Monday! So, I made another pecan pie on Friday. It is now Sunday and there are only two pieces left. Maybe we need to back away from the pie train.

2. I am nearly done with our Christmas shopping! Ahhhh! I wanted to get Sara Bear a pram for the doll she is getting and decided I didn’t want to get a cheap fold up one, as was my plan, because I am not sure she will use it to often. However, she has been going on and on about wanting a pram so fine. Umm, how come I never knew that decent doll prams required you to sell a child in order to afford one? Oh my word. It is for a doll yes? Not a human? After a solid 7 hours of searching I finally settled on one from Tesco Direct that was on sale from £50 down to £20. I would have bought her a nicer one but I wanted to get her a changing bag, clothes, and a bed for her doll too. We shall see how long this pram fascination lasts before I drop over £70 for one, lets just say that.

3. TV talk: The only thing I can really think about now is Walking Dead. Oh man oh man. Whyyyyyyy? I spoke to my mom last week (she is an episode ahead of us being in the US of A) and I was explaining how anxious I get watching it every week. It is like I am on the verge on a panic attack every time. I almost don’t want to watch it because then I can pretend everyone is still alive and well. All she said was, ‘well, if that is how you feel then you definitely won’t like what’s coming.’ Oh how right you were mom. Oh how right.

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A lot of shows stop for Christmas although I am not sure why that in tales a two month break, but whatevs. So, we have stock piled a few things like Blue Bloods which started a few weeks ago here. Also, we are going to finally start watching Breaking Bad. Very exciting times here :)

Oh and also, anyone watch Masterchef Australia? Anyone? OMG if you don’t, you need to get on that! Our favorite cooking show by far! It goes on for months so we like, know these people right? I started crying a few weeks ago when people were sent home because my word they are like my friends at this point so every week now is tear fest. We were watching the finale last night and Alex said all serious and slightly concerned, ‘it sound’s like Lyndon has a cold…is he alright?’ Oh this just shows how well we know these people! Anyway if you do watch it were you disappointed with the winner? We were. Very. Ugh.

4. A little sneak peak at the colour and painting progress downstairs:

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Love the colour!

5. I was meant to go to Edinburgh with a friend on Saturday to visit the German market and well, get a little crazy. But I started not feeling to great on Friday. By Saturday it wasn’t any better so we didn’t go. I was quite bummed :( I took a nap yesterday, went to bed and slept a full 13 hours last night, and I am already feeling tired again. Good grief I can sleep! We are really hoping to make it this Saturday instead!

6. I have mentioned my love for Essie Button before, but can I just say how happy I am that she is doing Vlogmas? Loving every video! It is making me want to do a vlog. Maybe. One day :) I do still want to do a house tour…so maybe I will get on that.

Hope you all had a great weekend! :) Check back in on Wednesday for a house update post!

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Hello? Is anybody still here? Ummm…I am not really sure where to begin as I really don’t know what happened or what my deal was.

I guess it started when Sara fell. She scraped her thumbs really bad and at one point I was feeding her one cheerio at a time because the poor thing couldn’t use her hands. Then they got infected. At the same time, she had some ear and eye thing. I suppose 3 creams, antibiotics, and eye drops for a week straight was all I could really handle.

Once Sara was all better, I woke up one day with swelling by my ear and temple. It spread. It was scary and I ended up in the hospital myself for a few days. But I am all good! :) They never did figure out what caused it but it went away and I just pray that it never happens again.

And the list goes on…we celebrated Alex’s 30th birthday, Emma turned 6, we went to Edinburgh to see the Christmas lights turn on, we had Thanksgiving, and we got our house all decorated for Christmas yesterday.

Anywho :) I have been thinking a lot about the blog while I have been away. It really bothered me to not be doing it, but I just…I don’t know. Didn’t have time? Of course I could have made time. But, this is a fun hobby for me not something I want to stress about. I also have two little people and and I am back and forth to the school 3 times a day, sometimes more. I know bloggers who have kiddies and manage. I find it really difficult to get projects done in the little time between school runs as well as finding the time to document and post about it. Excusses? Maybe. But as I said this is an enjoyable hobby, not a job. I want to write and share because I find joy in doing this. I want to work on my house because it makes me happy to see everything coming together. I always need a project and right now my list is a mile long. I guess after a year of working on a house, you’re bound to get a little burnt out and need a break. And if I am not doing house stuff, what can I write about?

Since Christmas is coming (is it just me or is it coming way to quickly?!) work on the house has come to a stand still. I really don’t know how other bloggers do it. I read post after post involving hundreds of dollars being spent on projects. We just can’t do that. We have to save and budget. Big projects, like our plans for the flooring upstairs, are going to wait until the new year.

We have been pottering about doing little things around the house, and I have started painting our bedroom. Although by started I mean I did a quick coat along the top about a week ago when the kids went to bed. Slow and steady :) I will share what we have been up to soon.

Here is what I would like to do, and what I think will work for this space of mashed up everyday home life. I would like to post three times a week. That I think I can manage and still have time to create content. I loved doing my Monday Things so that will stay. Monday’s will be a general post about life, what we are up to, watching, reading etc. Wednesday will be a house post. I will post something about a project we are working on and so forth. And lastly, Friday’s can be food related! I may talk about our weekly menu, a new recipe we tried or I created and things like that. How does that sound?

The reason I decided this is because I noticed there was no real balance. It was either to house heavy, or to food heavy. I think having a schedule like this will not only help me focus but also for you guys. If you are only interested in house stuff, then pop along on a Wednesday for some new stuff. Only food? Then it is Friday for you! What do ya say? Good? Bad?

I’m excited to be back! This is getting quite word heavy, so I will go and see you all next Monday to start this whole thing going again! Yeah! :)

 

monday things

 

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1. Our windows are all done! Hooray! Having workers in your house for a week straight is tough. Especially ones that create mess and chaos. I did not want to hang up our new curtain rod in the living room until the new frame was painted, so Friday night we took the classy route and nailed up a black sheet. Oh yes. We did. 

2. Someone in the States told me they were running a marathon (like everyone else around me it seems). But then they went on to explain that it is a zombie marathon. Say what now? Umm yeah. Apparently it is the thing. That is one sure fire way to make me run anyway. And have a full blown panic attack, followed by a life threatening heart attack. See I have a huge fear of being chased…or hunted. I cannot play hide and seek with my own children. Alex teases me sometimes by running up to me from behind and gets his giggles from seeing me jump around screaming like I have fire ants in my pants. After a little research into this zombie thing I discovered that they have similar things here in the UK. The most popular is the 2.8 Hours Later event where you get chased by zombies, at NIGHT, while trying to find the asylum: aka safe zone. This takes place in a city such as London or Edinburgh. I can’t think of a single thing more terrifying than this. The awesome thing is you can volunteer to be a zombie and go to their zombie school. Now that I could do! 

3. My friend turned 30 the other week. I sent her this. Teeheehee.

4. A few months ago I stumbled upon a new blog. Essie Button. Then I discovered her YouTube channel. I spent days watching every video and I am now convinced I need more make up in my life. I recently went to Boots and spent an hour just playing around with their makeup. Can’t. Get. Enough. I have also never been a lipstick girl. Because I never wear it, when I do I feel like I am about to go work on the corner. However, Essie has made me want all the lipsticks. All of them.

5. I few months ago I read Wool by Hugh Howey. Oh man it was so good! And not at all what I would normally read. The third book in the series, Dust, has just came out and my mom tried to send it to be through Kindle. It won’t let me download it for regional reasons which is super annoying. Think I am going to break down and buy it. If you have not read Wool, get on it!

6. Speaking of books, I also just bought Immoral: Tales of a Vampire Hunter. I read it in one day. Awesome read! Can’t wait for the next one already.

7. I always crave sweets on a Monday. Maybe it is my way of coping. Who knows. This german chocolate pecan pie sounds perfect. Oh man.

8. Alex is off work today, but the girls are in school. I think we are going to order some breakfast and enjoy some time together! Happy Monday! :)

monday things

1. I have been struggling with a cold for the last week and on Saturday I allowed myself to wallow in my own self pity. Nothing got done.

2. I bought my first cinnamon apple candle of the season! It is one of my favorite scents and makes me look forward to dark cozy nights cuddled on the sofa. Yes, I am one of those fall/winter loving people. I do not like summer, and I am glad to see it’s back side.

3. Yesterday, I made a pork roast with all the trimmings for our Sunday dinner. The roast was cooked low and slow and made my whole house smell like a holiday. I may have gotten all sappy/teary asking the kids what they wanted for Christmas and generally freaking everyone out.

4. I love love love apples with pork. I made some applesauce to go with our dinner yesterday too. I just chopped up some apples, tossed them in a pot with enough water to cover the bottom, sprinkled some mixed spice and cinnamon, then simmered until tender. I like my applesauce to be chunky so I usually mash it with my potato masher, leaving some nice chunks of apple in there. I use the left overs in my morning oatmeal (which I just scoffed). It is great because it helps cool down the oatmeal so the kids don’t have to wait to eat it. And it is super yummy.

5. I had to dig out my winter coat this morning. And wear my knee high wool socks. Brrrr. I love it.

6. I want need this hot fudge pudding cake in my life. Now.

7. TV talk now folks. Dexter. What to say, what to say. I love Dexter. It holds a place in my heart. But, what the what is going on this last season? I really expected more. I am a little disappointed to be honest. Boo.

8. Mad Men. Any fellow watchers? What is the fascination? I mean, we started watching it thinking ‘eh, lets watch an episode or two and see if we like it’. We are now into season 3, and we have no idea how we got here. It is so good! I couldn’t tell you why though. Just trying to explain it to someone makes it sound like the most boring show ever. There is something about it and we are hooked. GAH.

9. I really wanted to get this print from Etsy for the kitchen. She had a print with Julia Child’s quote, ‘people who love to eat are always the best people’. I pray she sells it again. It is on my officially nonofficial wish list. 

10. I bought paint!! Like, a colour! Go ahead, gasp and clap…I’ll wait. I am so excited to finally see walls that are not so clinical and white. We chose a soft grey which will go in the kitchen, bathroom, and living room. Eeeeek!

11. I am going to go light my apple candle and pretend it is a relaxing fall day while I fold mountains of laundry. Happy Monday all! ;)

drama

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I firmly believe that when I was younger I would subconsciously flock to drama like a moth to a flame. Then I would moan and cry about all the drama in my life. Well uh, duh! Now that I have grown up (HA), I hate drama. Hate. It. I don’t want it. I don’t need it. I got enough of my own issues to deal with. I mean, really. This is why I have become somewhat of a hermit. A home body. I like to keep to myself. I am in my fortress. Nothing can get me here! However, sometimes drama just comes knocking on your door. Oh hello…you.

We were so excited on Thursday because Alex had a 4 day weekend and we were planning the perfect mix of staring at walls, and blog worthy house projects. Then drama came a knockin’. We have had some family ‘stuff’ to deal with the last few days. Everything is ok right now, but we are trying to be there for the people involved. It has been hard.

So, I wanted to pop in and say hi, and I am here (kinda). As a result of getting nothing done this weekend I also have nothing to really blab about to you guys either! This week you can look forward to me ummming and ahhhhing my way through the days. :)

I will just share with you something I saw on Rants From Mommyland yesterday. Oh my goodness this is me to a T. Every word. This is how I react to most situations, because I just cannot deal with drama like a pro. Made me giggle and nod along in agreement. I am not alone. Hooray! Should be cheering that fact? :)