Salad Hack 2.0

Even though I have had success with my first “salad hack,” I’m always trying to up my salad-eating game.

While at youth camp with our church last week I took advantage of the cafeteria’s salad bar and ate salad everyday. When I got home I missed that easy access salad and wanted to bring a “salad bar” to my kitchen. I started shopping for the storage container I had in mind but couldn’t find one that was just right, so like any resourceful person would do, I used what I had and…


A mini salad bar that has one lid to open and fits in my fridge.

It’s just an old-school Tupperware cake-taker flipped over and filled with various Tupperware containers that I already owned.

I filled the cups with the produce that I’d bought on sale and some from the garden (as in Salad Hack #1), along with some cottage cheese, black beans, and pickled beets, and voila…lazy girl’s salad!

I’m thinking when one container is emptied I’ll refill it as quickly as possible with the same component or something new so hopefully things will always stay fresh and I’ll only have to do a total renovation every few weeks or so.

Plus, this easy access mini-bar pairs well with Salad Hack #1…just add your grain of choice!

Now go clean out your Tupperware cabinet and put those babies to use!

Praise the Lord for Tupperware. 😄


This wasn’t on the list…

IV played in the dirt all Father’s Day weekend. He’s trying to dig out a pond and make a place for my mom and dad’s RV. In the process he uncovered almost a hundred of these patio stones:

They’re nothing fancy but they’re something we’ve been needing for our back entrance into the mudroom:

This was not on the to-do list but the time was right and the materials were at hand so Lottie and I set to work.

IV helped level it, Crockett helped break up some dirt clumps, and King painted the door, and…

SO much better! It looks happy now. 🙂

Lottie even got to put her little fairy garden in the new flower bed by the door.

Thankful for a productive weekend!

Praise the Lord!


Checkin’ it off

Progress…I like progress.

I’m glad to have the mudroom finished!

Here’s another angle with the original before picture and then the after…

Now I just have to find myself a nice yard sale treadmill to go in here and I’ll be set to spend many hours in this room…of course, I’ll be spending many hours in here anyway. Laundry never ceases!

I also finished the porch ceiling! (Much to the dismay of the barn swallows.)

IV is suppose to hang my swing today. That swing was a design by my Papaw, and I’m not sure if he made this particular one or if it was by my uncle Dale, but I love that it’s a part of our home.

Praise the Lord.


Page 2

Yep, I don’t even have a second thing crossed off page 1, and I already came up with a page 2 of the to-do list.

I have made slow progress though…

I finished the mudroom ceiling:

Now I just have to get to the walls and trim. However, I had to take a break from that to paint the porch ceiling so IV can hang the swing.

Here’s the before:

And you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the after. I’m working in 1.5 hour windows usually so I don’t always have time to finish what I start. That’s something I’ve had to become okay with…doing what I can, when I can.

I do love the color though:

I love Utah so I knew I couldn’t go wrong with this.

Here it is compared to the Greenwich Village I used on the mudroom and foyer ceilings:

More blue, less gray.

And here it is compared to the real Utah sky:

Pretty close! 😊

Finishing a home renovation is kind of like running a 50k (that’s what I was doing in Utah; sitting in a chair on top of a mountain I just climbed)…it gets less fun as you go. BUT just like the 50k in Utah…the view is worth it!

Photo cred: photos.in.the.shade (that’s King on Instagram)

That Georgia sky ain’t too bad either.

Praise the Lord.


What’s HVAC, you say?

I started to write this blog at the end of January, but I thought, “We didn’t really get much done.”

BUT THEN I was like, “DUH! We have HVAC!”

Now…I’ve been surprised by the number of people who have asked me, “What’s HVAC?”

Either I’m not using the acronym correctly, or there are a lot of people who have never gone without it!

Therefore, I present to you…HVAC (aka heating, ventilation, and air conditioning):

This all came about shortly after Christmas.  An overly kind family gifted these to us before the holiday, but IV wasn’t able to get it installed until things slowed down a bit, and that was a-okay. We’re eternally grateful to Roxanna and Florin for the system, and to Dennis for bartering with us for the labor.  We have enjoyed being able to take our coats off in the house! 

Warm toes, warm hearts.

I made a slow transition from Christmas to Valentine’s Day.

You may remember me celebrating having a working dishwasher…well that was short lived.  So, it’s back to the hand washing for now, but I’m still grateful I don’t have to use the bathtub anymore! Plus, everyone leaves you alone when you wash dishes so it’s a good time for quiet thoughts and prayers. 

Our snow day…just a little.

The days at home caused by the ice and snow gave me time to get a few details done around the house, such as sewing some curtains…

I’m a very amateur seamstress but I got it done.

IV fought thru the flu, or some kind of week long sickness, but didn’t slow down very much. He used the extra time at home to finally hang Lottie’s and Duke’s Christmas gift. The backboard was the covering on our enclosed fireplace. Upcycling.

On the downside, we keep having annoying setbacks amongst the process. 

A pipe froze and IV had to cut a hole in the wall to fix it.  Oh well, we were just thankful to have running water again!

We’ll fix the hole one day…it’s patched up for now.

Happier news is that Puddles the pig is loving life in the shade!:

The kids and I have also had fun watching birds come to our ugly yet functional frisbee bird feeder. The birds make it pretty.

Also, the flowers that were blooming when we first fell in love with this place are at it again! I’m hoping all the new bulbs I planted will follow suit!

And then I finally got around to another section of tile in the laundry room. 

Nana and Poppy came to town and gave me the little boost I needed. 

Tilings okay, but flowers are still my fave. 😊

My granny gave me the little mini skillet in the background to add to my collection. Love it!

Happy Valentine’s Day! And Happy Birthday to my all-star basketball player  (and so much more) Lottie!

I definitely praise the Lord for her!!!