Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #212

Messy Messy Fail - Just like the classic scene at the end of The Big Lebowski, one should never try to clean up ashes of any sort when there is wind. 

Tidy Victory - Slowly yet surely I've been getting books, pictures and my tchotchkes up on the shelves in the library.  They've all been sitting all lonely like in their boxes, just waiting to be displayed.  I haven't found the right arrangement yet but I'm getting there!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #211

Messy Messy Fail - I have too many clothes.  I will readily admit that.  I almost have all of my boxes of clothes put away from the move - clothes from the opposite season will now remain packed up until they are ready to be used.  How many white chunky sweaters does one need to have?  Certainly not 5!

Tidy Victory - We were unable to put a bird feeder up at our old house due to chipmunk/squirrel problems.  As in they dug a colony under our front steps which they sunk and had to be replaced.  At our new house, we have a beautiful garden and birch tree right outside our breakfast nook - perfect spot for our bird feeders!  We have morning doves, sparrows, blue jays and GORGEOUS cardinals that visit us every day now, so fun to watch!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Happiness is Homemade Link Party #210

Messy Messy Fail - I made cinnamon rolls for the household starting with the dough last night.  It had to rise twice, once on the counter and another in the fridge.  I thought the piece of plastic wrap I refrigerated it in would hold it - I was wrong.  Dough BOMB in my fridge.

Tidy Victory - They still turned out quite tasty - just sweet enough dough with an INCREDIBLE maple/coffee (just a hint!) icing - pin it here or go to the online recipe here.  Enjoy readers!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #209

Messy Messy Fail - A few weeks ago, for Valentine's Day, the kids and I were making our chocolate Valentine buttons when I realized I had more pretzels & candy pieces than chocolate kisses.  I did happen to have some left over from another baking adventure in my cupboard, so I broke them out and placed them on the pretzels as per directions.  So apparently the chocolate was so old that it would not melt nicely and we were left with a bit of a messy messy mess.  See picture of crumbling chocolate below.  

Tidy Victory - These 12 buttons were gross but the other 68 turned out just fine!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #208

Messy Messy Fail - We seriously have flies AND ladybugs all over  our farm house.  At first I felt bad about killing them and flushing them, but now I'm so annoyed my guilt is gone.  The toddler was so distraught by the Ladybugs "staring at him" on the wall (there were like, 3) - I told him it was good luck and at least Ladybugs don't bite and to consider himself lucky.  I chuckle.

Tidy Victory - Will be making indoor fly catchers as soon as I am done setting this post up - I'll let you know how it goes, wish me luck!

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #207

Messy Messy Fail - We have our first new home boo boo - SOMEONE (hmmm perhaps one of the two little boys?) broke off the lid of the giant shallow drawer in the refrigerator.  I can't imagine who, really I cannot......it's such a tiny little piece that snapped off.  Enter the Guerrilla glue - we'll see how it turns out!

Tidy Victory - If you follow me on Facebook you know I successfully assembled my first piece of furniture - a Walmart purchase linen closet.  We desperately needed something to contain towels and sheets, so BOOM there it is.  Linen closets ain't got NOTHIN' on me! 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #206

Messy Messy Fail - At our new home, we have a custom-built bench and table in the breakfast nook that does have a few open gaps at the corners where little fingers could possible stash tiny treasures.  And they did so.  I like to call it the "The Nook of Despair".

Tidy Victory - I put on my big girl pants, figured out how to disassemble the banquette and rescued the toys!  Recovered - one lego man, a Thomas train (Percy maybe?) and a few dried up play dough balls.  Reassembled and enjoyed a cup of coffee.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #205

Messy Messy Fail - Let's talk about this city girl moving to the country.  The city girl did not know what a well was (like a wish well with a bucket?!?!?!?!?!), and that when there is no electricity in the country with a well, the well pump does not work.  When the well pump does not work, there is no water, no toilet flushing.  No toilet flushing with three males in the house = no bueno.  Now the city girl knows what to do when the power goes out - WISH IN THE WELL FOR THE ELECTRICITY TO COME BACK PRONTO.

Tidy Victory - This city girl also discovered a composting bin next to the barn and vegetable garden.  I have always had a thing for not wanting to throw so much garbage away, feeling wasteful, etc.  I am so excited to be throwing all of our food scraps, coffee grinds and even fireplace ashes away in it to reuse in the summer for our garden!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #204

Messy Messy Fail - Along with a new country house comes a long crushed stone county driveway UPHILL.  When that long crushed stone uphill driveway freezes, it's pointless to try getting up it.  Even with a running start.

Tidy Victory - Salt.  Lots and lots of bags of salt.  

Monday, February 12, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #203

Messy Messy Fail - It seriously took almost three weeks to get the internet set up at our new house here at Starry Acres (named it myself!).  Hence the lack of HIH party posts over the last month.

Tidy Victory - Fear not - we are back on the grid, looking to invest in a generator (we'll save that story for another post) and ready to roll people!  Now let's party!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Snowflake Counting Cards

Messy Messy Fail - We moved!!!!!  But I lost the coffee in the move.  That's what happens to the last items in the house being packed - they go into the nearest box regardless of the label on it and are lost until every box is opened.

Tidy Victory - I found the coffee within three days of moving.  Don't be impressed that we went through every box in 3 days.  I'm just super stoked I found the coffee.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #202

Messy Messy Fail - My house.  Right now.  Being packed up.  Messy messy MESS!!!!

Tidy Victory - Although packing truly is the pits, I think we are doing a good job of it.  We didn't wait too long - packed up lots of items we didn't need for every day living - and for the last two weeks we've been boxing up the remainder.  My favorite packing tip?  Use your dish/bathroom towels to wrap around breakables and save on packing materials!