Saturday, September 26, 2009

September Happenings

A couple Fridays ago, a friend called me to ask what I was up to. She wanted to invite me to go to our high school's football game with her. My response was, "Sorry, I'm on my way to my in laws to make grape juice." She laughed. "Is this how you spend your Friday nights?" she asked. She's often giggled about my weekend festivities. Hers usually involve local bars, and she finds my Mormon ways sans alcohol humorous and interesting. I love that Chad and my idea of a good time involves food and family. Here are some photos of our recent food-fabulous activities:

Personal Pizza Night--

On this occasion, each of us created our own personal pizza from quite the assortment of toppings. It was a lot of fun and very tasty.

Homemade Grape Juice--
Our sweet neighbors have grape vines, and when we asked if we could use some to make grape juice with they generously shared.

As you can see, we only got four jars, but it was a lot of fun, and extremely yummy.

Last night, we went to the Lenoir County Fair (it's got nothing on the Grant County variety of my childhood. . . sorry, Kinston) and feasted on a greasy funnel cake, then went to Joy and Bruce's for more food. Bruce grilled a couple quick steaks, we threw some frozen pizza things in the oven, and I made Brazilian lemonade (recipe from Our Best Bites, of course). It was all quite delicious, although I'm pretty sure Cameron's date thought that between our eclectic food choices and strange card playing we were all insane.

In other news, we finally finished our sun room TODAY! My favorite room in the house is now use able, and I couldn't be more happy about it. I finished the last coat of paint on the trim this morning, and my wonderful father-in-law came over this afternoon to help install the ceiling fan. I've got to give the built-in about a week of drying time before I can stack it with books, but for now, this is what it looks like:

Chad and I have managed to steal yet some more furniture from our very generous in-laws, so we'll have some wicker stuff in here for awhile until we can afford to buy furniture of our own. I'm going to paint it this week, so I'll post pictures of the room again once it's furnished.

That reminds me. I don't think I ever posted pictures of our front rooms with furniture, so here are some (the pictures aren't the best, but at least you can get an idea):

This is the sofa that we bought pretty soon after moving into our house. It's one of the only pieces of furniture we've actually bought. It's very comfy and looks a lot nicer than our previous 1980's sofas. The first sofa of our marriage was provided by The Branbury Apartments, and the second one was inherited from Meredith and Adam's apartment complex--they were apartment managers and their complex was throwing away furniture, so we got a sofa and love seat for free. Yes, we inherited furniture that was deemed garbage by a PROVO apartment complex. That should tell you what it looked like. One arm was completely collapsed, so I stuffed it with pillows underneath our slip cover. It was a gem, let me tell you. Anyway, I love this little leather number much more.

We're going to recover these wing backs eventually, but for now they're in Chad's grandparents' original baby blue. I love a good wing back, and I've already found a really fun striped fabric I'd love to use. The drop leaf end tables were theirs, too, and they are absolutely beautiful. I love them.

Super comfy recliner that we also inherited from Chad's grandparents, and the rug I bought at Ollie's (oh how I love giant Big Lots-esque stores):

The dining room furniture that we inherited from Chad's parents. (Are we sensing a trend here? Man, our house would be so empty without family finds. Thanks so much, EVERYONE!)

I love our little house. It's getting closer and closer to being finished. We worked on finishing off the counter tops in the kitchen today, and once we get a couple of drawers built, that room will be done, too. Progress is so beautiful. I love it.


  1. Yummy pizza! Looks really good!

    Our first sofa was also from an apartment complex that deemed it junk. It had mismatched cushions and I had to stuff a couple of blankets under one side to keep the cushion from completely sinking down. Thank goodness for couch covers. :-)

    Also, even now our house would be very empty without furniture finds from family and friends. We have about 3 pieces of furniture that we actually bought. Everything else I just make work with new paint or new fabric. It is actually kind of fun! Good job on your house. It is beautiful! Can't wait to see more pictures.

  2. Don't you just love knowing that you can make grape juice and that is way more fun than going to a bar on the weekend!!!!

    Your house looks beautiful! You have such great taste in decorating!

  3. Everything is looking great!~

  4. Your house looks great! And homemade grape-juice, who does that? You are so talented. Just to let you know, our first couch and the one we currently used were found on a curb on two separate occasions.

  5. Anonymous8:47 AM

    Love the post and all the great pictures. The house islooking so great. Can't wait to get home and see the sunroom all finished. Sure miss you. See you Thursday - I fly into Raleigh at 5:00pm. I'll come by to say hello later that night...
    Love you,

  6. I'm super jealous of your sunroom

  7. Anonymous11:57 AM

    Katie your house is sooooooooo pretty!!
    I love your sunroom, I can even see Steph's house out the window :)
    That pizza looked yummy :)

  8. your house looks SOOOO good! i must say i am a little jealous as i sit here in my ghetto apartment with my 1980s couches. :) someday, right? when i do have a house at some point i want you to decorate it because girl, everything looks amazing. miss you katie!

  9. Nice Blog!! We have a wide range of Dining Room Furniture which helps you to reset your dining room.

  10. Katie- I love grapejuice that has been canned and done by your own hands. It's so good and better than store bought. My sister and I used to do that when I lived in Utah.
    Thanks for sharing pics of your home. It's beautiful. Progress is a good thing. Espically when its putting your own stamp on your home!


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