Book storage for toddlers

Over the past three years what started off as a handful of books that could fit in a little basket has grown into a collection of books that overflowed out of several baskets. We love our nap time and bedtime ritual’s of pulling out a few stories, which at this point he “reads” to us,…

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Spring into Summer Knits

I just finished my last winter/spring knit for my daughter and have already got a few projects in mind for the spring and summer. I went to my local yarn shop here in Syracuse last week, and picked up these bright colors for my daughters knits and this beautiful white to make the Backyard top…

Bread boxes for the modern kitchen

Bread baking much like pie crust has always been pretty intimidating to me. I consider myself to be a pretty good baker, with the occasional total disaster, but when it comes to making a starter and my own bread it’s so scientific it makes me nervous. For Christmas I was gifted “Artisan Sourdough Made Simple”…

Kitchen renovation phase 2

I love to cook, bake, and entertain, and so the kitchen is naturally the place I spend a lot of my time. I’ve always dreamed of a big beautiful kitchen with lots of counter and storage space, though who doesn’t want that.  After looking at 40 or so houses, I realized I was not going…

Going vegan

For most of my life I’ve been pretty picky and easily grossed out when it came to meat , but I ate it on and off for the first 30 years of my life. When I had my son in 2015, I for the first time had to think about how what I was putting…

Vegan Polenta Pizza

I’ve been mostly vegan (100% vegetarian) for about 3 years now, and when I first made the transition I  relied heavily on other vegans to figure out how to cook again. For New Years I had intended to get to the store to make a fancy dinner, but with two little kids it just didn’t…

Extra living room seating

We’ve talked about getting extra seating for our living room for years now, and still haven’t pulled the plug. Part of it is settling on a chair that we both love, and the other part is the fact that we will probably be moving in the next year, and it makes sense to wait until…

My Daughter’s Nursery

When we lived in the city our guest room also functioned as our nursery when our son was born. When we moved into our little house we added a bedroom, which gave us a dedicated guest room again. The first thing we did with this room was paint over the purple walls with a warm…

Removing Staircase Carpeting and Painting it White

When we moved into our house a year and a half ago our stairwell was dark, outdated and always looked dirty no matter how much we vacuumed.  I searched the internet for inspiration on paint colors, and ideas to brighten up this otherwise dark space. Once we nailed down what we wanted to do, we…

Winter is here and I can’t stop knitting

I think it’s safe to say that I am a knitting addict. There is something both rewarding and totally therapeutic about taking a ball of yarn and turning it into something  you can wear. I learnt how to knit from my mother when I was 10, but wasn’t all that interested in it at that…