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My Favorite Things 
Jan. 18, 2012 3:59 pm 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2013 10:50 am
Winter makes me gloomy, but it also makes me appreciate the things in life that make me happy. My family makes me happy and so does surrounding myself with beautiful things that I love. Here are a few of those things.

My kitchen:

It is not big or modern. It is small and bright and happy.

This is what I consider the breakfast station. It's my first stop in the morning for my coffee.

This is my cooking station. Plus, it's home to the treat jar. There's a strict limit of one treat per day. My boys might forget their homework, where they put their shoes or what day of the week it is, but they never, ever forget to get their daily treat.

Here's a larger view of my kitchen and what I consider my bread station.

The image on my Hoosier is actually a cutting mat. My son got it for me for Christmas, but I thought it was too beautiful to cut on, so I used some sticky tack (that's what we call it- I have no idea what it's really called) to attach it to the front of my Hoosier.

My spice cupboards are one of my favorite aspects of my kitchen. I have four of them running under my cabinets. I keep my spices in alphabetical order so I never have to search for what I need.

Not all of my favorite things are in the kitchen. This nightstand next to my bed is one of my favorite things. I bought it for $10 at a used furniture store. It was in very rough shape. I sanded and painted it and put on a new knob. Now I think it is beautiful.

I bought my desk at that same store for $50.00. I think that was a very good deal.

I love fresh flowers, bud vases and my retro planner.

I also adore this mirror my mom gave me for my birthday last year. It hangs in my dining room.

This crystal bubble bath decanter that I bought at an antique store last weekend for $2.00 is so pretty. I'm going to remove the original label and make a new one for it.

I always find great things at estate sales. This bookshelf in my son's room cost me $17.00 and all it needed was a fresh coat of paint to make it lovely.

Same goes for my corner cabinet in my dining room. It came from an estate sale and cost me $50.00 This was very ugly when I bought it, but after a sanding job and some white paint, I think it's perfect.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite things. What are some of yours?
Jan. 18, 2012 4:28 pm
I love seeing your "treasures." Some of my favorite things in my house are my dining room. I had nothing in it for probably 10 years or more. I finally was able to afford furniture, and I love it. I also have a tea set that my husband bought me for Christmas one year. It's in the dining room :) I have frame in the hallway that my daughter gave me one year. It's of all my grandchildren. The kids redo it every year at either Christmas or Thanksgiving when we're all together. Love my family!
Jan. 18, 2012 4:30 pm
I'll miss your blogs...they were one of two I subscribe to.
Jan. 18, 2012 4:41 pm
Without even seeing more than some of the trim and doors, I think your house is one of my favorite things :) In my house I think my two favorites are my Christmas tree topper and my can opener. Both are family treasures and are on page 10 & 15 of my photos if you care to see my beauties. Thanks for sharing.
Jan. 18, 2012 4:51 pm
Paula, I'd love to see your tea set. All of my coffee cups are enormous and I keep scouring the antique stores to find one dainty little tea cup for myself. I also love the idea of the kids redoing the pictures in your frame. What a neat tradition! TSP- I may have phrased that wrong... I may still renew my membership, I haven't decided yet. I just wanted to get one more blog in just in case. :)
Jan. 18, 2012 4:52 pm
Thanks for Citrus Punch. I have let's of new to me stuff in my house and I feel comfortable and cozy. My house is 150 years old and I always put older things in it. New and modern would never fit here. I love your kitchen color. I painted mine a similar color. It's so nice that you took such pretty pictures. :)
Jan. 18, 2012 4:53 pm
Thanks for your nice comment, Linda. I love the trim in my house; it reminds me so much of the home I grew up in. I looked at your pics. First off, your tree topper is beautiful. However, I am totally in love with your can opener! I would love to see more of your kitchen- it looks like it would be right up my alley.
Jan. 18, 2012 5:02 pm
Love that decanter! My favorite things are an old purple blanket that was my moms and a set a measuring spoons I played with when I was little! Oh and a wooden rolling pin I got from my MIL after she passed! I have a lot more but those are all very special! Great blog!
Jan. 18, 2012 5:04 pm
Allie, I'm with you. I can appreciate the beauty of new and modern, but that doesn't mean I want to own it! :) I love second-hand stores as well for furniture and decor because you find such interesting, well-made pieces. Thanks for stopping by!
Jan. 18, 2012 5:30 pm
You did nice work redoing your furniture! I, too, shop at thrift stores, yard sales and the like. Some of my favorite things are my desk chair ($10 find), my family heirloom sampler, and projects that the kids and I have worked on.
Jan. 18, 2012 5:34 pm
Hi CP!! Thanks for sharing your lovely belongs with us!!
Jan. 18, 2012 6:25 pm
That was sure a nice tour of your favorite things, Citrus Punch. I'm a bit jealous of your spice cupboards. I waste a lot of time looking for spices in my cabinet. Maybe you will inspire me to at least organize them somewhat. Two of my very favorite things are an old hand mixer (cordless) and a cast iron frying pan that were my Grandmother's. I also cherish tea cups that my aunt collected. Most of my favorite things are kitchen related. Thanks for the nice blog!
Jan. 18, 2012 6:27 pm
Shanon, Old blankets are the best! I still have one on my bed right now that my Grandma made me when I was little. Sueb, thanks for the compliment! It's so much fun to take something that looks a little rough and make it all pretty. :) Did you make the sampler? I'm not the craftiest person in the world, but I'd like to be. I'm always so impressed by people who seem to come by it naturally.
Jan. 18, 2012 6:37 pm
Thanks for stopping by, Denise! MN Nice, those spice cupboards are the biggest time-saver. My mom and sister are having their husbands make some for them as well. Cast iron skillets are so wonderful- I'm sure you treasure those of your grandma. I love that they only get better with age.
Jan. 18, 2012 6:53 pm
You have really made your house into a very comfortable, stylish home. I think older, refinished furniture is so much nicer than a lot of what is sold today. Actually, if it is in semi-good condition almost anything older is nicer than what is made today. I too will miss your blog.
Jan. 19, 2012 4:08 am
Come to my house and help me out! Love your taste and decorating. Thanks for posting.
Jan. 19, 2012 9:14 am
BSM, I totally agree about the older furniture. I grew up in a house full of antiques and all of the furniture that survived seven kids is still fully functional today. That's pretty impressive. They really don't make it like they used to. Maggi- thanks for your nice words. :) I would love to have another house to fill with pretty things!
Jan. 19, 2012 9:48 am
Good Morning Citrus Punch, I just LOVED getting a peek at your kitchen. I would love to see everyone's kitchen and how it functions. I will warn you though about having your spices in alphabetical order. Last year I was making Taco Soup and put Cinnamon in the pot instead of Cumin. I gave a shout out on the Buzz as some of you might remember for help in correcting my blunder. Oh, yeah.... CP, you're probably much younger than I am and can see better. LOL! Great blog and so much fun to see your favorites things.
Jan. 19, 2012 2:19 pm
Thanks for sharing your wonderful pics. I love your taste, and know your "antique" home is totally charming! I, too, love older things, and decorate with them almost exclusively, except for gifts. The only thing purchased new in my LR is the TV. (Those don't do well as antiques!) One of my favorite kitchen items is my mom's white metal recipe box, with painted decorations. I like to purchase things with a history, and treasure those having a former life with someone I knew and loved. I use the tall clay tile chimney top from the family farmstead's (long gone) log house fireplace as an outdoor plant stand. Keep on blogging, if you will.
Jan. 19, 2012 9:36 pm
Oh, Candice! Cinnamon in your taco soup? Yikes! I will always be sure to double-check what I'm grabbing. :) Mamaw1- I'll bet your recipe box is great. I wish I had my mom's metal recipe box. I've been keeping my eye out for one in the antique stores. It's funny you mention the tv in your LR. I bought a beautiful antique frame that I love- it's huge and I don't want the print that's in it, so I've been trying to figure out how to utilize this gorgeous frame that I painted white. Well, I decided a while back that when it's time to buy a new tv, I'm getting a wall mounted tv and I am framing that bad boy. :D
Jan. 21, 2012 12:17 pm
Ohh, I just checked back. I LOVE your idea to frame the TV! That is awesomely creative! TVs just do not "blend in" with the comfortable look of older pieces, do they. Now that you have the frame, you can buy the TV to fit it.
Mar. 5, 2013 10:50 am
how long does the raspberry vinagrette keep please?
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I'm a stay at home mom with a terrific husband and three sweet sons. I come from a big, crazy, loving family and am very close to my five sisters. Family is the best.
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I like to make anything. I like to bake and cook and I especially love making new (to me) ethnic foods and baking bread.
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My mom's chicken & rice soup with biscuits, Christmas baking, the "nothing but homemade" rule for family gatherings.
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