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My Christmas Sideboard

This year my husband I decided we would decorate with our existing decorations.  We have boxes and boxes of decorations that we have collected over the years. We also have a wonderful variety of everyday objects we have collected that can easily be incorporated into our holiday decor.  I decided to take a little bit of this and a little bit of that to decorate my Christmas sideboard.

A little greenery!  I purchased this pre-lit winter garland several years ago.  For a couple of years it graced our fireplace mantel.  Then for a couple of years it welcomed friends and family as it hung over our front door.  Now the garland has landed on our dining room sideboard.  I am so thankful the lights are still working!

A little bit of glass! A couple of vintage birds have landed on the Christmas Sideboard along with a sugar bowl and a couple of vintage dessert cups.

A little sparkle!  Glittery pinecones, crystal snowflakes, a large mercury glass ornament that has lost its hanger and a yard find birdcage.

The decor was missing something until I saw the crystal cake stand in the panty and the glittery butterflies landed on the birdcage.  Then Voila a beautiful Christmas sideboard was laid out without purchasing so much as a pine cone.

I am linking up with Hooked on Holiday House Tours over at Hooked on Houses….

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Wordless Wednesday…”Owl” backyard baby

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cooking on my day off…summer squash soup with brown butter

There are many things I have to do on my day off.  Some days are spent running errands to the grocery store, the pharmacy or doctor’s appointments.  Some days are spent on a little “me” time and personal pampering.  However, there are days when I just want to hang around the house watching the food network or work on future blog posts.  Then there are those days when I decide to cook… on my day off. 

There is such a sense of accomplishment. 

The discovery of the recipe. 

 The gathering of the ingredients. 

 The slicing and dicing and the measuring,

sauteing,

 roasting,

the ingredients are simmering on the stove, the aroma fills the house and I am cooking on my day off and enjoying every minute of it…especially when its time to eat!

Summer Squash Soup with Brown Butter

1 cup thinly sliced leeks
1 cup thinly sliced shallots
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
3# of summer squash (patty pan)
3 Tblsp Canola Oil
4 Garlic Pods Smashed
4 Cups of Vegetable Broth
1 Herb Bouquet(thyme, parsley and bay leaf)
3 Tblsp Butter unsalted
2 Tblsp Honey

Sage
Nutmeg

Slice patty pan and brush with canola oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place small sage leaf on each patty pan and roast in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until fork tender. 

Meanwhile, dice remaining squash and set aside.  In large dutch oven saute leeks, shallots and carrots in remaining oil.  Add diced squash and smashed garlic stirring often to prevent garlic from browning.  Add vegetable broth and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add herb bouquet. 

When roasted squash is ready remove the sage leaves and dice the squash and add to pot.  Continue simmering for another 30 minutes. 

Remove from the heat and discard herb bouquet.  Blend ingredients in small batches in a blender.  Store in separate container in the fridge until ready to heat and serve.

Reheat the soup mixture slowly and gently.  Just when the soup is hot, melt the butter until foaming subsides, add to soup.  Sprinkle a bit of nutmeg to pot.  When soup is served drizzle with a little olive oil. 

 


 

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Happy Friday!!!!

Here’s wishing you a very Happy Friday and a Memorable Weekend! 

 Why? 

Because I thought of you today!

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(d) is for decorating (a-z challenge)

I enJOY making things look pretty!  Decorating our home or the bookstore that I manage or simply arranging the buffet line in the church cafe gives me a great sense of accomplishment and JOY!  It is my happy place!!!

This past weekend my husband and I hosted a birthday party for his mother.  She celebrated her 75th (B)irthday

  I had the pleasure of spending time in the kitchen with my Mom prepping and cooking the appetizers and desserts for the party.

  While my mom was whipping up the italian creme birthday cake, carrot cake cupcakes, oatmeal cranberry cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries. I was working on the crunchy veggie dip, texas caviar and antipasta salad.  

 When all of the food was ready I was able to focus on the one thing I have a knack for… decorating.

 

I have linked up with Tossing it Out who is hosting the Blogging from A-Z April Blogging Challenge.  It’s a post a day for the month of April excluding Sundays.  You can learn more about it by clicking on the “A-Z Button” in the right side bar. 

I am linking up with Tablescape Thursday hosted by Naps on the Porch

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home is where the heart is….

You have heard it said, “Home is where the heart is” and that couldn’t be more true for me than at this time of my life.  If you have been keeping up with the Terrill’s lately you know that we are living in a 26′ travel trailer.  And yes it is by choice!  I have embraced this time as an opportunity to appreciate the simple things in life.  And life in a travel trailer if anything, is simple.  There is only room for a limited number of  “things”.  My favorite blanket and coffee mug as well as my favorite pair of slippers and a comfy sweater. Yes of course we have the basics such as a fridge and a microwave as well as a few “luxuries” like our laptops and cable TV.  And if it were not for my loving husband and my sweet son this could be a totally different experience. But the simplicity of our situation has given us the opportunity to spend more time together being a family, doing silly things, reminiscing about days gone by and helping us to remember just how far God has brought us. 

It is funny how when we look back at our past, when times were tougher because money was in short supply, we tend to think of those days with fond memories.  We remember the struggles but more so we remember the fun times we had as a family.  I remember there were weeks when we would only have $10 leftover after food and bills and we would try to decide how to make the most of that money.  Usually we would blow the money on a VHS movie in the sale bin and watch it so many times we knew all of the great movie lines by heart.  But most of all I remember that was home and we were a family and it was a place filled with love. 

Not too long ago we were living in a home where I thought we would live in for the rest of our lives.  It was very difficult to leave that place not because of the address or the location but because it was our HOME and it was filled with so many memories and so much love, I thought it could not be duplicated.  But now this is home, however temporary it may be, our travel trailer is just a different location but it is still home and it is filled with love and we are making memories that we will talk about for years to come.  I also know in just a couple of months that God is going to bless us with our dream home.  And that home will be quite a bit bigger than our current living arrangements and it will have room for a few more things.  But it will be our HOME not because of the memories we will make there or the things we will put there but  because HOME is where the HEART is…..

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we’re camping…

Well we aren’t really camping.  When you go camping you are getting away from your everyday stuff.  You load up the camper.  You make a meal plan, choose your most comfortable weekend clothes, load up the fishing poles, add the makings for smores and few comfortable lawn chairs. You choose a scenic state park or a location that is known for good fishing or hiking.   Now you are ready to camp.  Camping is a for a quick weekend getaway.

We only resemble camping.  We have loaded up the camper…with everything we think we might need for the next 6 months.  As for the meal plan..we aren’t cooking in the camper.  However, I do make a pot of coffee most mornings.  I didn’t really choose my most comfortable clothes, I chose my favorites.  We do have a view… of a stocked pond.  And yes we do have the fishing poles and lawn chairs at the ready.  However, this is no weekend getaway.  This is our home away from home. 

I have gotten some very interesting comments and nervous looks from my friends.  I am asked almost daily “How is camper life”?  I can honestly say that it’s OK.  It is my choice.  It was actually my suggestion.  One I hope I don’t end up regretting.  I have had friends say that there is NO WAY they could live in a camper for 6 months.  Others have expressed there concern for the close quarters.  Yes it’s a small space.  Yes it is limiting.  But how many cups can you use at a time?  How many clothes do you really need?  How many pairs of shoes does one person need?  Well lets don’t go there! 

There was a time when I would not have considered living in a camper.  But I am at a place in my life where I have found contentment.  God has blessed me with my hearts desire.  I have a wonderful husband who loves me.  I have a son who is my heart.  I am working in Ministry helping people with thier walk with the LORD.  I am surrounded by people I consider true Friends.  I have a relationship with my Savior.  And now God has thrown open the doors and the windows and has made it possible for Danny and I to build our dream home.  So until that house is complete…we’re camping!!!

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it’s a battle…

Brick vs. Stone.   Stone vs. Brick. Yep, it’s been a battle.  I never thought I would struggle so much with this decision.  I knew I loved the Hill Country stone look.  I knew I wanted my house to be a sturdy brick house.  Then the battle began.  First I chose a beautiful rustic brick with rich chocolate undertones and with almost black bricks scattered throughout.  Beautiful!  Second I began to look at stone.  Carrying my brick sample board from one stone wall  display to another.  The results ranged from boring to an absolute train wreck.  I did find stone that was a perfect match with the brick, it was from a quarry in New Mexico, quite a stretch from Texas Hill Country Stone.  Finally, I decided to start over.  The battle continues.   Brick vs. Stone!

Okay, do over!  I am so thankful that I didn’t find a stone to match the original brick.  It gave me time to really think about what I envisioned the house looking like. It really wasn’t about just choosing a brick I liked or finding a stone to match the favored brick.  It really came down to the brick and stone being the canvas for the beautiful picture that will be our home, our Garden of Eden this side of Heaven.  So I decided to look for a color palette that would show off the accent pieces Danny and I have talked about for so long. 

Ding, ding, ding!  The battle is over.  We have a winner.  The brick is called Mocha Brown Antique.  It reminds me of my favorite frozen coffee drink, Caramel Frappuccino!  The stone is Cream Chopped Limestone!  I think these choices will provide a beautiful canvas for the bronze window frames, the black pillars, our front door with the wrought iron texas star.  Not to mention that the house will be framed by two beautiful oak trees and eventually there will be beautiful shrubs scattered across the front lawn.  

In the end I have to admit the battle wasn’t really between the brick and stone.  It was my battle.  I had not spent enough time thoroughly thinking through the process.  Therefore, everything was unsettled in my mind.  I also had not sought God in my decision.  After spending time with the LORD and thanking Him for giving me my hearts desire.  After asking the LORD to open my eyes to see what His plans for the house were, everything became clear.  I need to remember to include God in every decision instead of plowing ahead and trying to make all of the decisions on my own.  I know this whole process will go so much smoother if I listen to the small quite voice of my friend and Savior, Jesus.

 

 

 

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a dream come true

For years Danny and I have talked about buying a piece of property in the country and building our dream home.  Danny grew up in the country and has always wanted to get back to his roots.  On the other hand I am a city girl who loves to be around people.  I guess we are kinda like the Douglas’ on that old show Green Acres except without the money.  Several years ago we found a piece of property, 4 acres in Iowa Colony.  We got a great deal on it and immediately started clearing the land.  It didn’t take long to figure out the land was covered in poison ivy and so were we.  Although we thought we could overcome the poison ivy it was just a little to country for me.  Our nearest neighbors kids were in AG and the cow pens butted up to our property line.  It didn’t take long to figure out that I didn’t want to smell cows while trying to enjoy my morning cup of coffee.  So, we decided that we would not be building our dream home on this property.   I don’t think it was God’s plan for us either.  We decided to sell.  It didn’t take long to find a buyer and we turned a nice little profit. 

A couple of years go by and we have the itch again.  After a little looking, Danny found a great piece of property in Rosharon, 2 acres in a deed restricted neighborhood.  The best of both worlds.  This is a really beautiful piece of property, one oak tree that is at least 100 years old and 2 others half as old.  When we have been out to the land we have seen large owls, a mama pig and her piglets, over-sized rabbits and deer, lots of deer.  We have affectionately dubbed the property the hundred acre wood.  I just hope we don’t see a Tigger or Pooh Bear. 

Danny and I are very excited about realizing our dream of building a home in the country.  But it’s coming with some resistance.  Our 20-year-old son is really having a difficult time with the change.  He loves the house he grew up in as do I.  We have lived in this house for more than half his life. I don’t think he realizes why this house means so much to him.   This house is more than a home, it is security, it is comfortable, it is dependable, it is his childhood.  Leaving this house means so much more than just moving for him.  It means change, it’s time to grow up, become responsible, make his own way in the world.  All of which can be a little scary.  I admit I am a little scared at the uncertainty of it all.  But I am more excited at the possibilities.  I hope I can help him to see the excitement of new beginnings.  I hope he will never forget his childhood in this house that he loves but I hope he will begin to see the unlimited possibilities that are his future.  I know if things remain the same there will be no stretching and without stretching there can not be growth.  And it is time for all of us to stretch and grow into the person God has planned for us to be.

I know with all my heart that God has opened this door for our family.  God has a plan for each of us in our new home.  A plan that will help each of us to move out of our comfort zone, stretch and grow to be more Christ-like.  A plan that is unseen by our eyes but we know in our heart it is good.    A plan that will glorify HIM.  Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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it’s time…

Have you ever had something to do that by doing it will bring an end to the thing you are trying to avoid doing but in the end the doing is inevitable?

I have been telling myself for weeks that there is plenty of time to get everything done.  I convinced myself that there wasn’t that much left to pack.  Plain and simple I have been in denial.  Well the deal is done.  The paperwork is signed.  The ink is dry.  The money has been wired to our account.  The countdown has begun.  Moving day is fast approaching.  Reality is setting in and there is so much to do. 

The to do list is not limited to the packing up of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage house that has 13 years of accumulated stuff trucked away in every corner. There is deciding if I will need the stuff I am packing at some point in the next 6 months.  Then there are the things that I have just begun to consider such as;  the change of address notifications that have to be sent and the utilities that have to be disconnected.  There are doctors appointments and veterinary visits that must be scheduled. Then there are the financial institutions that have to be notified so I won’t miss the notices they send to inform me on how poorly my investments are performing.  I must have our prescriptions re-filled , the human resources office has to be notified and then there is the whole DMV thing that will generate a Blog of it’s own.  With all of that said, I am sure I have forgotten something important like scheduling a full body deep tissue massage and a mani-pedi. 

I am not stressed out over the task at hand because my wonderful husband has a plan.  A very well thought out plan which will keep me on task and focused on the big picture.  This is all part of our Story and 6 months from now when it’s time to move into our new home the packing will already be complete and all that will be left  is the un-packing.  God has thrown open every door throughout this process letting us know that this is part of his plan for our lives.  We are so excited about all of the possibilities that the future holds for us in our new home.

Well…it’s time!

 

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