Thursday, May 28, 2015

Why I Have People Over When I Don't Have A Floor

I've shown you our downstairs kitchen problem. I've told you about our adventure living in the chaos. In all this, we've had friends and family in and out of our house for the last few weeks.

Our instinct when our home is less than perfect, is to hunker down and bar the doors. And if someone, heaven forbid, happens to need in our house, we apologize profusely for the mess and imperfection. We don't want people to see us in all our messy glory.

But...

We still need relationship even in the midst of chaotic living.

We need real relationships. It's one of the problems in our culture. We judge each other's level of perfection from a handful of Facebook status updates. Or blog posts. We're all putting our best foot forward and avoiding getting our hands dirty in the messes of each other's daily lives.

Why I Have People Over When I Don't Have A Floor. Why you should rethink waiting until everything is perfect.

Why I Have People Over When I Don't Have A Floor. Why you should rethink waiting until everything is perfect.

Why I Have People Over When I Don't Have A Floor. Why you should rethink waiting until everything is perfect.

But this goes deeper than just our homes. This cuts down to who we really are at the core of our being. We're not just afraid to show our messy houses. We're afraid to show ourselves.

Let's get past the false fronts and stop being so dang polite.

If you come over to my house, you won't be greeted with apologies. I'll probably have to move a load of laundry out of the way and you'll probably have to step over a stack of Legos before we can sit and talk. Really talk. Not about the weather and what we did last weekend, but about our innermost thoughts, fears, and struggles. Maybe even a bit about the philosophy behind science fiction or what contributed to the fall of the Roman empire.

I may not have a floor in my kitchen, but I'm not about to miss out on the opportunity to develop real relationships.

Who's with me?


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Living In The Chaos

In the last few weeks, we've had a water leak, a ripped up floor and baseboards, no pantry storage, and a big hole in the wall. We're currently down to just needing a new floor, new paint, and new storage. It's progress.

But I've had my fair share of "I'm done" moments during this stage.

They usually happen after a long day of keeping the toddler from eating all the crumbs stuck in the exposed floor glue while dealing with the 3 year old's fit every time I simply suggest that he might need to use the potty about now. Another agonizing dinner decision because I can't find anything, and another night of having to eat in the living room because there is way to much crap covering the kitchen table. And another day of fighting the horde of ants traipsing into my kitchen to get to those food crumbs before the Munchkin does.

Living in the Chaos: kitchen in the middle of being repaired

Oh yes, there have been many days where I felt my grip on sanity slipping away. I've taken out my frustration on my family. I've shed tears. I've had to take long breaths with my eyes closed. I've had to work hard to keep my voice calm. I've had to retreat to my room while Hubby watches the kids and takes care of dinner.

Between a messed up kitchen dumping it's contents into the adjoining rooms and two littles, it's hard not to give up. It's like holding back a tidal wave with one hand and trying to do the dishes with the other. I have to fight against throwing up my hands and just letting nature take over. Any minute that wave could come slamming past me.

It's amazing how one room in an imperfect stage can have such an impact. I've had to remember that is just what it is: a stage. Stages are hard. I'm trying to embrace the imperfection and the chaos, knowing that the finished calm will be that much sweeter for putting up with it for so long.

In the meantime, I'll just be over here with my paper bag.


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Monday, May 11, 2015

Triple Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake

Everything's better with Nutella, right? Right. This triple chocolate Nutella mug cake is my go to for the quiet moments that I savor after the kids go to bed. It's a perfect little serving of moist chocolate cake that goes great with a big glass of milk.

I originally found this recipe at Table for Two. I'd tried a couple other mug cakes before and wasn't impressed. The texture was always weird. Until I found this one. It was so good! The texture is more cake-like since it's made without eggs.

I made a few changes but the recipe is mostly the same. If you hop over to Table for Two, Julie has a few suggestions for subbing out the Nutella AND more mug cake recipes! And her pictures are way prettier.

Triple Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake- Gooey, not spongey! Made without eggs.

Triple Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake- Gooey, not spongey! Made without eggs.


Triple Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake ingredients- Gooey, not spongey! Made without eggs.

Triple Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake- Gooey, not spongey! Made without eggs.

Triple Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake- Gooey, not spongey! Made without eggs.


Triple Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake
Adapted from Table for Two

1/4 cup flour
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
2-3 Tablespoons granulated sugar(I'd make it three if you leave out the Nutella)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon milk
2 Tablespoons oil(I usually use grapeseed, but I have used olive. It can be done with coconut but the result isn't as reliable)
1-2 tablespoons chocolate chips
1 big tablespoon of Nutella

Combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Whisk in milk and oil. Stir in chocolate chips and then pour into a mug. Add tablespoon of Nutella in the middle of the cake batter. 

Microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds*. Add a sprinkle of chocolate chips on top if desired. Enjoy the chocolate gooeyness!

*The time in the original recipe is only 70 seconds. Obviously, my microwave may have issues. I'd start with the original time and increase time in 10-15 second increments if needed. This may just be me, but mine always cooks from the bottom up so remember that even if the top is a little gooey, the inside may be finished. If it's overcooked it will become too dry on the bottom.
Triple Chocolate Nutella Mug Cake- Gooey, not spongey! Made without eggs.

I realized that I never got a shot of the cake texture in my first photos so I shot this one the other day. See how rich and cakey it is? This cake has ruined me for all other mug cakes! Sometimes I can't finish it because it's so rich. That's when I reluctantly hand it over to Hubby.

So go forth and make yummy gooeyness! 



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Monday, May 4, 2015

April Review {2015}

Time for the 2015 April Review! I'm just excited because I wrote more than 2 posts last month. That hasn't happened in a while!

We had an interesting April, that's for sure. I was able to clear out a ton of junk and wrap up the 31 Days to Less Clutter series, I was asked to curate a shutter upcycle board on Hometalk, and another major leak in our kitchen has everything in a mess and us waiting patiently for everything to be fixed. My favorite post though is my last one, 8 Ways to Foster Your Child's Creativity. I guess I'm a tad passionate about that subject!

The links to each post are below so keep on scrolling!

February-March Review



31 Days to Less Clutter: 5 Tips for Knowing What to Keep



19 Brilliant Ways to Reuse a Shutter. Shutter upcycle/recycle



 31 Days to Less Clutter: Don't Be A Dragon! End the hoarding.



Another Kitchen Leak, Another Design Dilemma



8 Ways to Foster Your Child's Creativity



I'm really looking forward to next month, especially as our little kitchen comes back together. I'll bring you all the updates! The big hole in the wall is supposed to be fixed this week and then the baseboards after that. I am so ready!

Thanks for hanging around here and being awesome! Love ya muchly! And May the Fourth be with you!


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