Friday, January 16, 2015

Let's cook something and chat.

So if you follow me on Facebook you saw a few weeks ago that I watched the movie The Hundred Foot Journey with Helen Mirren. I am still thinking about it now and I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a movie so much and the fact that it just completely whipped me back into inspiration mode with my cooking was worth every minute. I am not a food blogger mostly because my cooking happens at 830-9 at night and that does not produce photos worthy of the great and powerful Pinterest but I adore cooking. I am truly terrible at following recipes with non-baking related food as I always end up with other ideas but it usually turns out pretty yummy if I do say so myself. Last night Trev and I made our first set of homemade potstickers and they were delish!

The cooking and dining happen in our kitchen and dances its way into our dining room amidst the candlelight and music.

Here's what these rooms are looking like right now for the winter months.

Right around Christmas I got an idea to move the mugs we have been collecting off the wood shelf above the toaster and hang some of them underneath the cupboards on little mug hooks. Easy access and neat and tidy at the same time. I used the tiniest drill bit we own after measuring and marking to pre-drill the holes and then just screwed in the hooks.
The wood shelf now holds more of the dry goods we use regularly like my green tea, matcha teas, cranberries, and chia seeds etc.

This time of year especially promotes lazy leisurely meals in the dining room. We are generally eat at the table people unless there is a movie we want to watch on and with our hectic work lives it is our time to catch up. Trevor reads my blog via email subscription like many of you. He doesn't always get to it the same day so he came home Tuesday night and mentioned to me that Monday's post was funny and kinda vulgar "it read like I was talking to you". Now don't go getting excited I was't dropping f bombs but I was writing the post as we were yapping at the table so it blended together and it also made me think and realize that sometimes as of late I may not always be writing as myself. I mean no one else is writing these words but this IS a blog not a running advertisement so I am going to work to keep these words real. 

I think as I have been working on this blog over the years, sometimes I tried to make myself into something more people will like and lost some of my voice. Although no one in my real life would believe that as I tend to not be able to shut up sometimes.
 I write this blog for myself selfishly and am glad that so many of you love my thoughts and home. Yes I show pretty photos of our home and nice DIY photos but lest you forget that behind this blog, is a curly haired outdoor loving, dirt digging, atv riding, jeep driving, dancing audiophile, sometimes trucker mouthed tomboy with an affinity for old things, home decor, sewing and shoes.

The getting to be infamous green buffet sees a bit of a simple look for the season without too much change. I really just love the look of the black lamps and the mirror so I haven't felt any need to change it up.

This season's current centrepiece is an old moose shed and a large brass candleholder only. Super simple and elegant. 
The crystal ashtray is our wine holder. We have quite a few of them and you can pick them up at the thrift store for 1.00 usually but they prevent the big rings from wine bottles, sangria pitchers, margaritas, beer bottles.......
Jeez raging alcoholics over here.

There has also been a few things listed in the shop over the last week. I am trying to add more often. I list a few times a week now and these pieces went in last night I have been self teaching myself a new technique with sewing and was watching a you tube video last night where the lovely woman beyond the age of 70 was a seamstress and using a sewing machine older than dirt and in the middle of the video her thread came out of the needle and she proclaimed "oh crap" I was dying laughing and felt better knowing even people who have mastered this technique for years can have an "oh crap" moment.

Have a great weekend and whip up one of those Pinterest recipes you have been sitting on and get inspired.


thoughts from alice


  1. I love to cook, but eat too fast to take pics! Great post, I too sew on a vintage machine, slightly older than myself...and certainly have those "Oh crap" moments. Its nice to refresh and recharge this time of year.

  2. I certainly am one who drops in sometimes just to see that lovely green buffet. I also love your style of vintage industrial and use your look to add industrial items to my home. You're one of the few who "gets it right" every time when adding items or creating new pieces to fit in. Years ago, we watched Two Fat Ladies Cook just to hear their "oh crap" moments, of which there were many. If you haven't seen the series, I think you would love it if you rented it through Netflix.

  3. Well, I think you have a very unique voice no matter. And you rock it! Yes, the green dresser is always swoon worthy to many.

    Keep up the real posts and be YOU.

    Jane x

  4. I love your vibe, Meg, and it comes through in the things you buy, and how you decorate. You got your hair did! It looks great!

  5. I have been sewing for a long time (although I don't think I ever improve) and use an old machine. I am known to curse using it too. Love the light streaming into your kitchen. We have the patio doors and skylight at the eat in area end but I would love a window over the sink. Unfortunately it would look into our neighbours' dining room.

  6. I would so enjoy cooking in your kitchen and serving it up at that wonderful table setting of dinning.
    Your home is yummy, as for sewing I do this as well, and have been on a big knit thing right now!
    I posted in my latest post my new nordic knits that will soon be in my etsy.
    I love meeting and visiting like bloggers who inspire, you being one of them here surrounded in your beautiful home.
    I must visit more often.


  7. I adored the Hundred Foot Journey - and i love your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your home.

  8. Did you make the china shelf in the dinninr room? Link?


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