Monday, January 30, 2012

Dream Home Ideas via Pinterest

Michael and I are big dreamers and can not wait to one day build a dream home. I have been spending lots of time looking a homes for sale all over the states we would be interested in living and love thinking of what we could change. We can not wait for Michael to graduate from grad school so we can buy (or maybe build) our first home!

A few months ago we went to the parade of homes event in the BCS where we went to homes that local builders had built or were in the process of building. We love the idea of building, but know this may not be the most reasonable option for our first home (we will see though). I guess it will also depend where we move to. If we move to Colorado this thought will be thrown out the door, but if we stay in Texas this may happen. 

Most people who know me, know I love Pinterest and I love finding pictures of beautiful rooms. The best part is to later show Michael and then talk about what we both would do if we could build this. 

Here are some pictures by rooms of things we love -


We know we want gas range no matter what! We love to cook and can not wait till we can have a really nice stove. We also do not like white or light oak wood. We perfer dark wood and we love seeing the grain show through. Stainless steel is the way to go if we were buying new appliances, but it is not a must (at least right now haha). We love stone in the kitchen and a nice island will have to be a must. We hate where we are now, we are cramped and run into each other like crazy. An island will be perfect to help solve space issues. And a nice stone on the counters is a must as well. We can not wait to have a dream kitchen. We have talked about if we buy a fixer upper, we will look at the kitchen size first to decide if we could gut it and build something to our liking. Sounds funny to some people, but we will spend most of our time in the kitchen and the living room so we want these rooms to be just the way we want them.

Laundry/Mud Room:

Having two labs who can not get enough of swimming or playing in the mud, we love the idea of one day having a mud room and laundry room mix. The image with the little dog bath is a great idea but Samson would never have that. As much as this dog loves swimming, he HATES HATES HATES bath time. I do love how bright that picture is with all the windows. I hang dry some of my clothes so having the rod above the washer and dryer is a great idea. I had never thought about having a slot to put the washer and dryer in where there was folding room on top, but that is genius! You wouldn't have to leave the room to fold the laundry. I really like storage and especially if that means you can put things away so you don't have to see everything sitting out all the time.

Master Bedroom:


Before I start with this, no matter what step in our life, we will always have a sleigh bed. I LOVE our bedroom set we have right now. We bought our bedroom set with wedding money and this was something I could not wait to get. It is dark wood (our favorite) and the sleigh bed is what I had dreamed of for years. So in all these bedroom pictures you have to imagine a sleigh bed. I love tray ceilings in bedrooms so this would be really nice. We both like the darker colors of paint in the bedroom, it makes it feel warm and cozy. Wood beams would be amazing and so would stone, talking of warm and cozy haha. I am not looking for a log cabin or anything, but something with texture would fit both of mine and Michael's styles. I think french doors would make the room perfect, but it just depends on where we live. I will have to say, the master bedroom is not something I have found lots of pictures of what I would say is my ideal thought, but I have an idea in my head that I have not been able to find in a picture yet.

Living area:

I have never had a window seat and after seeing many pictures and seeing one being built, we will someday want one in our home. I love how cozy they look and perfect use of space. I think one would be perfect in the living room. Imagine it snowing outside and you are bundled up with a mug of hot chocolate watching the snow fall on the mountains. Wow that would be beautiful! One day this will be us. When we live in Colorado there will be no need for air conditioning (only heat) so having a door that can be half open would be a nice treat! And dark hardwoods throughout the house is what I dream for. I know Michael loves carpet, but I am a wood girl and that is where my heart is.


Oh Bathrooms! I love long hot showers, but not baths! I think bath tubs are very pretty and look nice, but for me there are sort of a waste of space. I would much rather have a nice big tiled shower with a rain faucet shower head. When we have kids we will need a bath tub, but that could be in the other bathroom. I love lots of space so if the bathroom was big enough where the bath tub was not in the way I would not be against having one in the master bath. I also think long mirrors are a great touch to a bathroom. The fourth picture has heated floors which would something Michael would love. I think tile looks very pertty in a bathroom as well and if it could be tied all in together it would look beautiful. And like I said earlier I love storage so in a bathroom this will be a must. 


I love the thought of a wrap around porch! Sitting on rocking chairs, drinking lemonade, watching a sunset, and the pups sleeping next to us, that would be perfect! One day I hope we can have this!

The thought of buying or building a house for our future family just makes me smile. I can not wait till we get to experience this next step in our life together. I know these are all wishes and dreams and maybe one day they will come true. I am grateful for everything Michael and I have and will be grateful for everything we have in the future. I will be happy as long as there is love and a roof over our heads.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lemon Blueberry Cake

How did I used to bake without this beautiful piece of equipment?!?!?

Thank you mom and dad for this wonderful Christmas present! 

I love this and love how many things I can do with it! It makes cooking and baking so much easier! No more wasted hours shredding chicken by hand, just pop it in the mixer and turn it on, magic! There are so many attachments I can not wait to get and start using.

The latest creation:

Lemon Blueberry Cake

Michael loves blueberries and I love lemons and the two go together perfectly! This morning I woke up and couldn't wait to get started making this new recipe.


Box of lemon cake mix
Ingredients to make the cake
1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 cup of blueberry yogurt

First, preheat the oven to 350*F and generously spray a bundt pan.

Place 1 cup of blueberries and ½ cup water in a saucepan and simmer.

Make the cake mix according to the package. I used a lemon cake mix which needed 3 eggs, 1 1/3 cups water, and 1/3 cup vegetable oil.

Once mixed, zest one lemon and then squeeze the juice of the lemon into the batter.

Add 1 cup of blueberry yogurt and mix.

Once blueberries are thawed put them in a blender. Pour into the batter but do not mix.

Pour batter into the greased pan and bake for about 50 minutes to an hour.

We had some technical difficulties flipping the cake out of the pan haha

We took this cake to Sunday School today so I cut it all up to make it easier.

Yummy, yummy!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sweet Sleepy Labradors!!

We have had some crazy dogs this week thanks to the rain making our backyard a swamp, so we have been waiting for Saturday to come so we could take them to the lake and tire them out!

This is what the dogs have been doing since they got home -




Thursday, January 26, 2012

Peanut Butter Cup Bars

YAY for a new favorite dessert!

I absolutely love love love peanut butter and Reese’s are my favorite chocolate candy! (I personally would chose a fruit candy but when there are no fruit options Reese’s is my go to candy) 

These are basically giant Reese’s peanut butter cups!


½ cup butter
1¾ cup powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
¾ cup crushed graham crackers
¼ cup butter
½ cup milk chocolate chips

Line an 8x8 baking dish with foil that has extra that hangs over the sides. Spray the foil with cooking spray.

Melt the ½ cup butter over low heat in a medium sauce pan. Turn off the heat and stir in the 1¾ cup powdered sugar till smooth.  

Add the 1 cup peanut butter and ¾ cups of crushed graham crackers to the mixture. (I chose not to crush the graham crackers into a powder and left some chunks – a little texture!)

Once mixed thoroughly spread the peanut butter mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Try to smooth it best as possible.

Using the same saucepan melt ¼ cup butter. Add ½ cup chocolate chips and stir till almost melted. Pull off heat and continue stirring till completely melted.

Pour chocolate on top of peanut butter mixture and smooth.

Put in the fridge to cool for at least 30 minutes.

Once cooled, cut and enjoy :]

I made these for dessert with friends last week and for Tasty Thursday today at work. Hope y’all like these yummy treats!