Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thinking about what the fireplace mantel should be like this Christmas

I have started to think about the Christmas fireplace mantel and will soon get out a few things to start decorating.   I really liked the simple "woodland" feel that I went with last I don't know if I will change it up a whole lot.  There are so many wonderful ornaments and things in the stores now and it is hard to remind myself that I really don't need another thing!!!  Does that happen to you too?

I enjoy this cozy corner of our open concept kitchen/dining room area.  For anyone new to my blog, I thought I would show you some before n afters and some of the ways I have decorated for the seasons.

This is how the room looked when we first looked at the house

 Lots of work removing all those tiles!!
So glad that job is behind us!

 Removing the window and getting a visual for the fireplace

 Here are some pictures of ways I have decorated in the past

Christmas 2014

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Fall 2015

Hmmm... what should I do for this Christmas?
So glad there is Pinterest and wonderful blogs to get inspiration from!

How I do like a before n after!

Have a wonderful week end!

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Dreaming and Planning....Guesthouse 71

Well, today I took our permit application to Cypress County for building a small guesthouse on our property here!!  Yep...its the first step to another opportunity to get involved in the tourism and hospitality that we both enjoyed while operating That Country Place on our previous farmyard.

Since we live on Range Rd 71,  the name "Guesthouse 71" seems to be a favorite name for this new venture. Of course, I am putting the guesthouse way before the guests...but one can dream and plan.

Here are a few of my inspiration pictures, of course all are taken from Pinterest.

Just a simple exterior with a farmhouse country feel

A loft would be a good option to accomodate a few more people

Open shelving for above the sink and mini fridge area

I love subway tile and the rough shelving

Wide planked floors, and a fireplace make this area cozy

Love this moulding

 This would be interesting for the bathroom

Don't want it to be too feminine, so some industrial farmhouse
would be a good idea.

 Inspiration for the day.

Today is my big birthday...can't believe that I am turning the big 50
Wonder what year 50 will hold for me?

Thanks for stoppin by the country today.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

From Minions to Princesses to Lego Men to Pirates,,,it was a good week end!

Hard to believe it is November!! Yikes, time just keeps on tickin away.  We had a fun Halloween with some of the neighbor kids stopping in for treat bags made just for them!  When you live in the country, you often don't get too many kids stopping in.  I knew we would be seeing about 10 of the special little people that live on our range road, so it was fun preparing some treat bags with them in mind.

 Feel so lucky to have our niece and her family living just down the lane from us....
We enjoyed breakfast together...password "BACON" and then looked forward 
to seeing the boys in their costumes later on in the day.

Darrell and I had a fun evening out with friends at Blues at the Bow.
The small town of Bow Island is about 30 minutes from us, and they are known
for great blues music.  Bands from all across the country have played in the old 
theatre...and the event is called Blues at the Bow.  We danced and enjoyed the music 
and the company.  Got home around 2 am, so was glad for the time change!!

Thankful for these "groovy crazy cats"

Jack Sparrow was my date!!

Have a great week everyone!
November here we come!!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Let's have lunch in the Hayloft...

 Last Sunday we enjoyed a wonderful lunch with friends in our hayloft!  The weather was perfect, the food was tasty and the company was great!  Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Autumn.

How this all started was, after 30 years we have purchased a new dining room table.  Of course, the old table was sent to the hayloft.....and that was when I thought it would be fun to have lunch in the hayloft.

Vacuming up the cobwebs, sweeping the floor and hauling a whole lot of stuff to set the mood was done to get it all ready.   So, come along and see what I came up with.

Favorite thing about these pictures is the grains and tones in the wood...

 The menu was simple,,,homemade soup, salad and cheese n crackers
with apple crisp for dessert.

Just a few fall leaves left on the trees

I'd have to say I would eat in the barn any day!!

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Pumpkins + Barn Window = a favorite photo

Love this simple shot of pumpkins by the window.
I think it speaks for itself

Have a great week end everyone!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Apple Crisp an Autumn Favorite

We had a wonderful lunch served in the {HAYLOFT} this past Sunday!  It was the perfect place to enjoy some homemade soup, salad, cheese n crackers , apple crisp and wonderful conversation.

Stay tuned for how the hayloft has become another favorite place to entertain!

I have been using the same apple crisp recipe for years.  It was a favorite when we operated That Country Place Tea Room.  Crisp Macintosh apples, crunchy oatmeal with brown sugar,  and vanilla ice cream with a sprinkle of cinnamon makes for an easy delicious autumn favorite.

~Recipe for Apple Crisp~

Mix the following together and place in a 9x13 pan

6 chopped apples
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tbsp flour
Sprinkle of cinnamon


1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup margarine
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda

Using a pastry blender, mix the topping ingredients until crumbly
Place on top of the apples and sprinkle with cinnamon

Bake at 350 degrees until top is golden brown and the apples are cooked

Enjoy with ice cream or whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Autumn in the Room without a Roof

Good Morning,,,thought I would finish up the post about my "autumn photo shoot " in the room without a roof.  You can click here to see how this room came about.  Enjoy the tour !

I moved items from the house outside to get some decor shots.
Leaf carpet is from Mother Nature Home Decor!

I think I may look for a clock to stay out here in the summer ..
May have to water proof it somehow though.

 Lil red wood shed at the end of the shelter belt

Dining out

These cute little clip boards were from Michaels
I just used my stamps to make some Fall Sayings

Give all things

White pumpkins of course!

Thanks for stoppin by the country today!

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