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Floors Are Sanded!!

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Hey guys!  Just a reminder to please check out the poll over there on the right side of the blog (regarding Queen t-shirts), and I would LOVE to get some input/comments onthis post w/ your ideas. Thank you! I know I said I wouldn't be posting this month, but I wanted to throw out one more post...because I'm thrilled to say that floors at the Queen are sanded!!  That means, in no time, we'll be moving in! I can't tell you how many times I walked into that house and felt completely overwhelmed and discouraged.  There was just so much work to be done.  Everyone who walked into our house would say in that sing-songy way "Y'all've got a looooootta work to do."  (I know, very Arkansan, but that's how we say "you all have" - "y'all've," and I just don't think there's a more perfect way to say it :)    And now we are sooo close.  We had a to-do list as long as Santa's naughty list (ha! that was really dumb, but oh w…

A Few Announcements & A New Poll

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Hi there :)  Just want to throw out a few little blog announcements.  Please read the last part of this post 'cause I'd love to pick your brain a bit.

1. I'm going to take a "blog vacation." I'll be out of the blog world for the month of August, maybe with the exception of writing a post on/near my birthday (the 27th), and I'll start writing again in September.

This is going to be a bit difficult for me, actually, 'cause I really enjoy blogging, but I think it'll be a good break for a number of reasons:
I want to re-prioritize and step away for awhile (so blogging doesn't become too much of a big deal in my life).  It's just good to do that with most things in life, I feel -- step back and evaluate.I want to think about where I'm taking this blog (like should I continue to keep it casual fun, or should I pursue the next level of bloggy business?). I want to use my free time for some back-burner projects.And my other reason is my second …

Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bread (+ Free Printables)

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This is a great way to use up the zucchini in your garden.  Goes perfectly with soup or Italian dishes. And hereare some labelsyou can use if you'd like to make these into a little gift :)

Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bread
Adapted fromJoy of Cookingrecipe for "Zucchini Cheddar Bread"

Preheat oven to 350 & prep a loaf pan (I used a mini-loaf pan)

Whisk together your dry ingredients:
- 3 c all purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Then add:
- 1 c shredded zucchini
- 3/4 c shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 c of finely chopped green onion
- 1 Tbs fresh dill (or 2 tsp dry dill)

Toss and coat the above ingredients with the flour mixture.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the following:
- 2 lg eggs
- 1 c buttermilk
- 4 Tbs (1/2 stick) of melted butter (salted)

Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, and gently mix until just moistened.  The batter will be lumpy.  Pour it in your loaf pan and put it in the oven.  If baki…

Baby Faces

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I'm working on getting a passport for our little Ian.  I felt sure I could do the passport photo myself.  It's harder than you'd think...

Light At The End of The Long Scary Queen Tunnel

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I am so stinkin' proud of my husband.  He's worked so hard, and I'm so grateful for his incredible diligence, his optimism, and the sacrifices he's made in order to make this house our home.  We're hoping to move in by the end of September.  And it just might be possible!
Wanna see some of the exciting stuff that's been happening at the Queen lately?
Here's the upstairs bath as of this week.  The current project in here is getting the floor scraped up so we can sand the wood floors.   And just to give you an idea, there on the right side is a picture of the upstairs bath back in January.
Okay, now for the basement.  Tedd is waterproofing it.  He's done tons of research and it's a bit over my head, but it basically comes down to painting a waterproof sealer all over the floors and walls (huge project).
Then there's all the repairing and scraping of the hardwood flooring, that way the refinishing can take place soon!
And the kitchen... currently…