Life, Lately (and a giveaway)

Here’s what’s happening around here lately, in list form…

WANTING | this creamer and sugar bowl set from Crate & Barrel for our new kitchen, which doesn’t actually exist yet

CRAVING | soup, chocolate pudding, and apples (who over 10 years old even eats chocolate pudding??)

COOKING | fall comfort food, even though it’s still in the seventies

DRINKING | coffee, apple cider, not enough water

READING | countertop tutorials, this week’s Bible study lesson

LISTENING | to train whistles and church bells

LEARNING | that sometimes life just doesn’t make sense, in the worst possible way

HOPING | that I can make it to (almost) full-term with this pregnancy

FEELING | baby kicks!

WEARING | this Madewell vest. Every day. For the rest of my life.

madewell vest

And Matilda is…

EATING | macaroni & cheese and gum

READING | The Berenstain Bears, Maisy, and Little Critter

LEARNING | the ABC’s and how to ride her bike

PLAYING | with her dolls and stuffed animals, mostly

FEELING | like naps are a waste of time

WEARING | rain boots and hair bows

ritzy keen bows

And that brings us to the giveaway! My good friends, Kristina and Rachel, are the creative duo behind ritzy keen., a handmade accessory boutique for children and adults. I’ve been wearing their pieces on Matilda since she was born and I absolutely love them for their simple design and on-trend colors. My favorites right now are their bitty bow and flower clips, which work perfectly for holding Matilda’s hair out of her face.

ritzykeengiveaway

I’m giving away one $20 gift certificate (redeemable via their Facebook page) and two sets of bitty bow clips in our favorite colors of the moment: mint, black & white polka dots, and coral.  Ways to enter (up to four entries per person):

  • Comment on this post with something you’ve been loving lately
  • Share this post on Facebook and/or Twitter for additional entries (must leave a separate comment on this post for each ‘share’ in order for them to be counted)
  • Post the image below on Instagram with the hashtag #threewoodenspoons

ritzykeengiveawayinstagram

The giveaway will close on Friday, 9/26/14, at 12 pm EST. I will choose three winners randomly. Make sure to leave a valid email address when commenting as I will use that address to contact the winners. The winners will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address or new winners will be chosen.

Good Luck and thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: ritzy keen. is providing the gift certificate but I purchased the bows to give away because I really do love them. All opinions are honest and my own and I was not compensated in any way.

Posted in And That's What I Think About That, Giveaway | Tagged , , | 36 Comments

Farmhouse Update | part three

Hello, again! I never got around to posting an update last week…we got a lot done but it was a little hard to tell. Mostly drywall, priming, and ceiling stuff, so not very exciting…

This week shows some progress! Reid (and company) tiled the shower with white subway tiles and finished grouting it today. I love it. We decided to go with a dark gray grout to get more contrast; it will lighten up some once it dries but should still stay quite dark.

grouting subway tiles

It was more work than we anticipated but it was worth it, in my opinion. I like that it adds an industrial touch to an otherwise rustic room. I’m really trying to avoid being too literal with the ‘farmhouse’ style and I think mixing in some urban elements will create a nice balance.

subway tile in shower

“Mom, I’ll do ‘cheese’!”

DSC_0804

The downstairs is now primed and painted and ready for trim, after the floors get refinished. I didn’t get a picture of it completely done but we chose white paint so you get the idea. Have you ever stopped in to grab white paint? I mean, there’s an entire book dedicated just to white. Good grief.

DSC_0803

Our plans for the stairs are to paint the risers white and sand and stain the rest to match the floors. Under the stairs is a little built-in desk.

The kitchen is still empty but the cabinets have been ordered! Hooray! They should be ready in a couple of weeks. We ordered our countertops and I’ve been pricing out appliances…I’ll hopefully place an order tomorrow. It was a tough decision! There have been so many decisions to make and I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed at times. Like with the cabinets, for example…what type of wood, what style panel, straight edge or beveled, one door or two, glass or no glass, what kind of crown molding. Oh, and white? Choose from these fifteen shades. Help! It’s a good problem to have, though, and I’m certainly not complaining. I am so excited for this kitchen.

DSC_0816

The upstairs hasn’t really been touched yet so that still looms ahead. I started to fill in the holes in Matilda’s room but that’s as far as I got. We’re hoping to get away with just painting and refinishing the ceilings and floors for now. And updating the light fixtures, of course. I asked Matilda what color room she wanted and “pink!” was the response so we have a gallon of ‘bare pink’ ready to go up in her room. The rest of the rooms will be white…maybe we’ll add some color later on but for now I’m just ready for a crisp, clean slate.

DSC_0817

Plans for this week: sand the floors, purchase trim, order appliances, work on the upstairs…and the ten million other things that always seem to pop up. There’s always something! Just part of the beauty of an old home, or that’s what we tell ourselves, anyway.

Catching up? Part One | Part Two

Posted in The Farmhouse | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

FAVORITE RECIPES | autumn edition

I’m not really one to do review or round-up posts but I have a bunch of new readers (welcome!) so I thought it might be appropriate, just this once…or maybe a few times a year. Some were posted four years ago! If you were here then, thanks for sticking around for so long!

With autumn just a few weeks away, here are a handful of my favorite seasonal recipes that always appear on my menu around this time of year. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

bss1

Butternut Squash Soup

Quite possibly my favorite of all time (bold statement, I know), this soup is rich and creamy while still packing in a bunch of vegetables. The addition of cayenne pepper and nutmeg really add to the complexity and I could eat it daily. Sprinkle some crumbled bacon on top for some crunch and you just might die of happiness.

 shreddedkalesalad

Shredded Kale Salad with Maple Walnut Vinaigrette

This hearty salad is delicious and filling on its own, but try topping it with the crispy chicken from this post and you’ve got a killer combo. It also pairs really well with the butternut squash soup mentioned above. I served them together for a luncheon earlier this year and it was a big hit.

http://willrun4food.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/dsc_1151.jpg

Apple Danish Braid

The use of frozen puff pastry makes this danish braid a breeze to put together, yet it always impresses. It’s great as both a dessert and breakfast pastry.

DSC_0503

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Honey Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

This is my most viewed/pinned post and it’s easy to see why. These cupcakes are super simple to make, thanks to the help of a box mix, and perfect for the fall season. Just don’t blame me if you polish off the frosting by the spoonful.

aa9

Glazed Apple Squares

These bars may not look too pretty but they are dreamy. They are the perfect way to use up your spoils from the orchard and they will disappear rapidly.

Enjoy!

P.S. You can always visit the recipe page for an index of all of the recipes I post (or almost all…I’m working on updating it).

Posted in Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments