kitchen renovation

We finally found our home and the process of making it OURS has been the biggest blessing and joy ever! When we found our home I knew the kitchen had so much potential! The natural light in here is absolutely dreamy in the morning and the big green wood behind us! ahh it just is the most precious space! With a lot of hard work, creativity and paint we made it the coziest space.

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DIY

half bath renovation-cottage bathroom

I'm sharing our half bath we have downstairs with y'all today! This bathroom is our bathroom downstairs & connected to our kitchen. It is the bathroom all guests use when they come over so I wanted to make sure it was nice and cozy for our sweet friends who come over! My budget wasn't big for this project so I knew I had to keep it under $300 total.

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homesteading
DIY

ultimate chicken coop shed

This chicken coop was a labor of LOVE! We spent hours upon hours watching youtube videos, reading books & asking advice from friends who have chickens on what to do with our coop and what to use etc! We wanted to make sure it was a large coop so we don't feel constrained on the amount of chickens we can have now or in the future and we wanted it to be cute on the outside since we have frontal land. Also lets be honest I'm a suckers for cute decorating and the coop was no exception! I will share what we used and have some links at the end.

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Recipes

sourdough discard cheese crackers

These crackers last about .5 seconds in our house! They are my kids favorite lunch snack with some deli meat or just a quick snack to grab without crappy ingredients when we're on the go! You can really make this recipe whatever you would like! Add different spices and cheeses to it & come up with different variations. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 

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homesteading

we got chickies and what we're doing to keep them thriving!

I feel so giddy writing this blog post! Its my first blogpost for the homestead & by golly WE'RE DOING IT Y'ALL!!! In true Shelby fashion I purchased 15 chickens from Valley Hatchery online & 17 showed up ... WHOA. So here I am taking care of and nurturing 17 chickies as quietly as I can in our rental garage and bribing neighbors with snuggles to keep quiet until we move next weekend.. oops. ‍

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Recipes

sourdough discard chocolate chip cookies

I have made a loooot of sourdough cookies in my life and these ones beat them all every.single.time! They are moist like a cake but chewy like a cookie at the same time! My kids scarf these up so quick & nothing makes my mama heart happier than when my family can enjoy the treats I have made! 

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DIY

DIY kitchenaid repaint

My family was so gracious to bless us with this kitchen-aid TEN years ago as a wedding gift! I have loved it dearly but I haven't had it on my counter for years as I don't love the color red. So I finally decided what did I have to lose if I painted it?! It is 10 years old and by golly I want it on my counter for my daily baking soo....

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Recipes

sourdough stuffed pizza

My husband has been missing his favorite pizza place in arizona [barros if you're familiar!] and being the competitive person I am I had to make the best darn pizza he had ever had tonight! **spoiler** he said I succeeded! ;)

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Recipes

jalapeno raw cheddar sourdough loaf

Do you ever have a wild itch to do something different and it turns out amazing?! That was this loaf tonight! I was making our weekly sourdough loaf for dinner and usually I will make a sweet loaf for us to enjoy for the week too! [my recipe makes two loaves!] Tonight however I looked in the fridge and saw a block of raw cheddar & a jalapeno and thought, "YEP THIS HAS TO HAPPEN!"

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DIY Honeycomb Candlestick Making

One of the most common questions I get is how to make the candle sticks I am always burning in our home! These make it so cozy & peaceful in our home. They are super reasonably priced & last a long time when burning!

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Recipes

Sourdough French Toast Overnight Bake

Sourdough French Toast overnight bake is one of my favorite breakfast treats to make for my family. The raspberries in this recipe take it to next level delicious.

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