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Our Home Transformation.......Jodi the Decor Coach

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Joe and I both wanted to move out of Durham.  Our home is fairly old and in need of upgrade in all areas.  Our back yard is a muddy mess and needs much work.  The interior needs new flooring and paint in every room.  The kitchen needs new countertops and a backsplash...(years ago Joe attempted to surprise me with  a tile backsplash.  He went to a place in Durham that had been in business for years and put 50% down.  To make a long story short they went out of business and we lost the deposit.  Sad but true.  So we put up wall paper instead.  It was nice but has gotten shabby over the years) After much thought we decided we just did not have the money to buy a new house but instead we would fix up what we have.  Plus we have plenty of space and a nice size back yard so we have a perfect blank slate.


Having no design experience I had no idea where to start.  How about an interior designer?  They could do the entire house for me and I would not have to lift a finger. Did a bit of researc…

Our Home Transformation.......The Kitchen Table

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Well, I did not mention it before, but the same time we bought our new couch we decided it was high time for a kitchen table.  The one we had was older then our adult children. It had many scars common with years of wear and tear.  It served us well but now was our chance to get something nice....
We choose a farmhouse style table at Broyhill in Blowing Rock....























It is soooo pretty.  Rustic feel with nice warm tones.  Matches well with our existing chairs (glad we did not have to buy new chairs:-) It can be extended on both ends for those special occasions when we need more space.
 I wanted something pretty for my table top so I decided to check out my favorite garden center, The Garden Supply Company in Cary NC.  As luck would have it I  found a nice container at 50% off and selected my favorite flower to fill it, Primrose...beautiful!




We are thrilled with our new table and I am enjoying the Primrose too!  Roxy and Brodie told me they are glad to be seeing the bottom of a new table.  Th…

Recipe Review..."Philadelphia Fruit Pizza"

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I don't know if you have been on Pinterest yet but it is an amazing site.  On my personal site I have boards of various topics....travel, fashion, dogs, decorating the list goes on and on.  One of my boards I have titled "Recipes I Want to Try".  I save recipes that look good to me on this site and pick one from time to time to try.  Well this week I decided to attempt Philadelphia Fruit Pizza.
























I studied the recipe...


what you need 1 pkg. (16.5 oz.) refrigerated sliceable sugar cookies, sliced 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla 4 cups assorted cut-up fruit (kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, drained canned mandarin oranges) 1/4 cup apricot preserves, pressed through sieve to remove lumps (after adding the water:-) 1 Tbsp. water (I added a bit more) make it HEAT oven to 375°F. LINE 12-inch pizza pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. Arrange cookie dough slices in single layer in prepared pan; press together to form crust. Bake 14 min.; cool c…

Our Home Transformation.......The Couch

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We have lived in our house for over 20 years.  I really can't tell you how old it is but it has been around a while.  To say it needs work is an understatement.  Every room needs much tender loving care.  We need things in every catagory. (Luckily I have some of my parents furniture which filled in many empty spots in our home.  Thanks to my brother Dave who told me to take the furniture I could use after Mom and Dad passed.  He said no one else needed it and that I should consider it a gift and reminder of their love.  Thanks Mom and Dad and thanks Dave.  I miss you guys!)
So we need paint, drywall to fill in holes, new carpet or hardwood floors, the list seems endless. How do I start?  I need to slow down and not get overwhelmed.  I guess I will begin with the greatest need.....the couch.
Horror of horrors....this poor couch has seen better days but not many.  It took a turn south the day we got it and it is not that old.  It was and always has been comfy the problem is, the fabr…

Exploring Kathiey's Not So Local World..."Williamsburg Va" Part One...

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Stephanie, Erica, and I decided we needed a Girls Getaway Weekend.  It has been awhile since we have vacationed together.  The last time was several years ago when we went to the Turks and Caicos (blog post pending:-). Where should we go?  This will be Stephanie's first time away from Caleb since his birth in July. So it has to be a close and easy drive for her just in case she has beautiful baby withdrawal and has to zoom home.  How about Williamsburg?  I have always wanted to visit Colonial Williamsburg and this was our chance.  Where should we stay?  How about a Bed and Breakfast?  I consulted Google and found the perfect place A Williamsburg Whitehouse.




















This is how they describe themselves on their website...
"This majestic Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast offers unique Presidential suites, beautiful sitting rooms and a wonderful JFK Library with hundreds of books to enjoy. A Full breakfast is served daily in the Reagan Dining Room or in the JFK Library at a table for two. W…

Monday Morning Motivation

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Happy Monday Everyone! Enjoy Your World:-)

Pop-Up Pizza Casserole from Hometown Cooking 2002

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Returned home from a great weekend with Steph and Erica in Williamsburg and decided to throw an easy meal together. I needed something fairly quick and easy, for me, the tired traveler:-)
I went through some old recipe files and found Pop Up Pizza Casserole.

POP UP PIZZA Casserole
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped green pepper
1 clove garlic, minced (I used garlic powder) 1 1.5 oz envelope of spaghetti sauce mix 1/2 tsp of dried oregano crushed
1  15oz can of tomato sauce 1/2 cup of water

1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese (I suggest 2 cups)
POPOVER BATTER:
1 cup  milk
1 Tablespoon cooking oil
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I suggest a bit more)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
*Brown ground beef, drain. Add onion, garlic, pepper,spaghetti sauce mix, oregano, tomato sauce and water. Heat to boiling. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour hot meat mixture into bottom of ungreased 9x13 pan.  Cover with Mozzarella cheese.
Popover batter: Combine milk, oil …

The Best Cellar Restaurant, Blowing Rock NC

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Several weeks ago Joe and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at "The Best Cellar Restaurant" at the Inn at Ragged Gardens in Blowing Rock NC.  What a wonderful dinning experience.
Here is how they describe themselves on their website...
"The Best Cellar Restaurant in Blowing Rock, North Carolina was established in 1975. The original location was in a basement on Main Street, where previous owners sold soups, sandwiches and new and used books. The name was derived from the fact that the restaurant sold books in a basement, hence The Best Cellar. Over the years, the menu evolved from sandwiches and soups to the freshest of meats and seafood.
The Best Cellar prides itself on having provided its customers with the finest of food, wine, and service for 30 years. All dishes, including bread and desserts, are prepared each day on site. Many of our dishes have been favorites for years, but we always have daily specials to satisfy those customers looking for something new." You will …