Festival of Lights – Day 3

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From Brassy to Classy!

I had some spray paint leftover from the light fixture makeover. However, the shiny brass finish on the three hall lights was mocking me. The shape of the lights are fine, it’s just the finish that needed updating.halllightmakeoverThe lights were fairly easy to take down, but I did make Hubster do the electrical part. The most time-consuming part was taping each little glass pane! I also taped over the sockets and the sticker warning me not to use more than 25 watt bulbs. After a few coats of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint and removing all that tape, they looked so much better.

Hubster then mounted them back on the ceiling for me. He decided he doesn’t like where this is going… 5 ceiling fans to update, 1 kitchen light, 1 more bathroom light… Oh, well! those are projects for a later date.

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Feta Dill Dip

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We’re 2/3 the way through 2014, and I have yet to post a recipe! Yikes! Since it’s quick and easy, I often make this tasty dip. Last weekend, I made it for a party, but went a little too crazy when adding the dill. fetadilldip

Ingredients:
1 c. Feta, 1/2 c. milk (or 1/2 c. Greek yogurt), 1 Tbsp. dill weed, 1 clove garlic (minced), 1 lemon, fresh cracked black pepper, parsley

Directions:
Zest and juice lemon and set aside. If you like your dip to be chunky, mix all remaining ingredients together. Blend it for a smooth dip. Mix in zest and lemon juice (to taste). Garnish & serve.

Garnishes:
kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, parsley, dill, capers, etc…

Serve With:
pita chips, pita wedges, cucumber slice, bell peppers, carrot sticks

DIP TIP: When taking the dip to a party, I transfer the dip into the original plastic feta container for easy transport.

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Pruning Our Maple

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Two years ago, Hubster over pruned the pin oak in our backyard resulting in a sun-scorched trunk (and at our first house, he over pruned an ancient oak). Although summer pruning is frowned upon, I had to trim up the bottom of our maple tree before my resident arborist got to it. Our maple is located in the front of our house, right where our front plateau slopes down to the lower plateau. It is the only tree in the front on the same plateau as our house. and was never trained or pruned so it was a bushy sphere of a tree. You couldn’t actually sit under the tree to enjoy the shade.PrunedMaple

After checking to make sure there we no nests in the targeted branches/limbs, I trimmed off the branches that hung too low. I cleaned up the dead branches within the canopy. There were a few limbs that needed to be cut (which I trimmed, but our chainsaw was left at the cabin) to clean up the final appearance.

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Now, Hubster will be able to get under the tree to mow and weed whack. We can sit under the tree and enjoy the shade. With a few more years of growth, this maple will be the perfect climbing tree.

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On another note, we just discovered these four hatchlings in one of the hanging baskets on our front porch! They may be making a home in our maple tree sometime soon!

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Happy 7th Anniversary to My Hubster

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<3 Today is Hubster & my 7th wedding anniversary! <3
and YW’s 600th post!

I’ve married my best friend, found my soul mate… I could use all these clichés. However, there is no combination of words that can express our love, our connection, our partnership. We’ve faced more obstacles than most do in their first 7 years, but our foundation is strong.Anniversary

Hubster, here are 7 unusual things that I love about you…

<3 You don’t notice the 5 inches I get chopped off my hair since it’s so long. If I try a new shampoo, you notice that my hair smells different.

<3 You usually pick out terrible movies at Redbox that you think I’ll like. Once in a while, you get lucky and pick exactly the one I wanted to watch.

<3 Sometimes we can’t drive in the car for longer than 5 minutes without getting irritated with one another. Other times, we can drive in the car for two days straight in perfect harmony.

<3 At home you tease me and pick on me about my silly blog, but then I overhear you talking it up to others.

<3 We dislike the same silly movies that many of our friends find hilarious and recommended.

<3 When you have a cold or your back is out, you simultaneously want to be babied and left alone.

<3 No matter how difficult life can get; when you kiss my forehead, temples, and eyelids, everything feels right in the world.

Blake Shelton’s lyrics on our bedroom wall art continues to act as our daily reminder, “GOD gave me you for the ups and downs / GOD gave me you for the days of doubt / And for when I think I lost my way / There are no words here left to say / it’s true, GOD gave me you / Gave me you…”

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Crochet Swaddling Blanket

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Friends of mine are due to have a baby next month. I purchased a gift off their registry, but needed to include something more personal and handmade. Earlier this week, I attended their shower and presented them with this crochet swaddling blanket. They have talented friends and received many wonderful homemade gifts.swad

I used a double-stitch, Lion Brand Baby Soft Yarn in pistachio, and size J crochet hook. 71 stitches across and 43 rows created this ultra soft and light-weight blanket. I hope their baby loves it. <3swad2

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Berry Business

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I love berries. Hubster & I decided it was finally time to work on incorporating berries into our garden.

Friends of ours have golden raspberry bushes in their garden that we’ve coveted for so long, and they’re given us a few canes to transplant. My parents have red raspberry bushes and spared a few canes to add to our garden. We have some black raspberry bushes growing on the steep bank along the road so Hubster dug them from the hill. All these raspberries were transplanted into our far raised garden bed.

We also purchased 3 dwarf blueberry bushes; 1 jelly bean blueberry bush and 2 peach sorbet blueberry bushes. While I’ve been resting my sprained ankle, Hubster planted them in the front of the middle raised garden bed.berrybusiness

We should figure out some netting or caging to keep the plethora of birds away from our new crops, but we’re just not that far yet. Hubster loves strawberries, but we haven’t built a proper strawberry box yet, so they might need to wait another year…

What type of berry is your favorite?

XOXO,
Yong Wifey