Sunday, January 11, 2015

Helloooo 2015!

It was a wet and chilly start to 2015. The work week was thankfully slow given people were still out enjoying their break. Since we spent our break doing a little house cleaning, it has been nice coming home to a relatively cleaner living space.

Speaking of cleaning, these articles popped up on my media feeds last week and while I have my own methods, I thought they were pretty great:
     1) Stop organizing and just have less stuff and 2) Kissing your socks goodbye
We basically doubled our space from our tiny apartment with this house, haven't added anything new and yet we have loads of "stuff". We've been purging boxes upon boxes from the pre "us" era. I do like the idea of only keeping things that bring you joy (from the second article) and plan on using that idea as we continue to purge the remaining containers. The plan is to be done in a few weeks so we can move on to more exciting activities. Like painting!

We also took a trip to the paint store to look at some colors that would go well with the builder selected tiles and cabinets. We are starting small by tackling the master bath first. So far, it's looking more amazing than I imagined with these colors (they're really much brighter in person):


Oh and you know what else is amazing? I turned 40 today. And didn't freak out. Ha! Birthday bonus: I got a painted water closet! Here's hoping everyone else had a great Hieuday, too.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Kumquats

Kumquats!
::our 2015 harvest of kumquats::

All 75 iddy bitty mini oranges from our tiny Charlie Brown-ish Christmas Tree sized kumquat tree finally turned bright orange with our last freeze and were ready to pick. We didn't know what to do with the harvest we had last year, so we were pretty sure we had to do something this year. Then Nicholas came home with this:

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::glorious kitchen gadgets!::

We have a canning kit and lots of small mason jars! We figured out really quick we were limited by the size of our largest water boiling vessel. But it turned out really nice and we learned a few lessons like: 1) small batches are better 2) you probably shouldn't multiply up and make a larger batch 3) less sugar because kumquats are crazy sweet.

::kumquat & cara cara oranges & ginger marmalade!::

They made tasty presents for family and friends.