Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Our Barn Home: Decorations Around The Barn

It has been a while since I posted anything happening in and around our barn.  We have been working on a project, but it will be its own post because it is an update to our upstairs bathroom.  We have just a little more to do up there before it is 100% complete, but when it is, I will definitely share it with you.  In the meantime, I have been busy finding decorations for the barn.  It has been a fun process to find just the right decorations.  I have ideas in my head for what I want and sometimes it takes quite a bit of searching to find them. 
Decorating an old barn takes time and patience to find just the right items.  Check out some of the latest decorations I have found on my blog at A Glimpse of Normal.
I found this menu board on clearance at my Michaels store.  I use a chalk marker on it and I get fewer questions about what is for dinner when I use it.
Decorating an old barn takes time and patience to find just the right items.  Check out some of the latest decorations I have found on my blog at A Glimpse of Normal.
I have searched forever for an affordable milk can for my barn.  Last fall I finally found one.  This one has been painted black, but I am okay with that because I have a plan to add my own touch to it.
Decorating an old barn takes time and patience to find just the right items.  Check out some of the latest decorations I have found on my blog at A Glimpse of Normal.
I am a little obsessed with lanterns.  This one I picked up at an antique store before I even moved and I finally have the perfect place for it.
Decorating an old barn takes time and patience to find just the right items.  Check out some of the latest decorations I have found on my blog at A Glimpse of Normal.
We added battery operated lights from Ikea to it and it hangs in our loft.
Decorating an old barn takes time and patience to find just the right items.  Check out some of the latest decorations I have found on my blog at A Glimpse of Normal.
I recently showed you my feature wall, but I wanted to put it in this post too because I do add to it and update it all the time.
Decorating an old barn takes time and patience to find just the right items.  Check out some of the latest decorations I have found on my blog at A Glimpse of Normal.
We had this cart already, but we have repurposed it from kitchen island to tv entertainment center.
Decorating an old barn takes time and patience to find just the right items.  Check out some of the latest decorations I have found on my blog at A Glimpse of Normal.
This is my spring mantle.  I am still in the process of adding to it, but I haven't found that perfect item yet.  I love having a mantle to decorate for each season, it is fun.  Did you notice the lantern (again, I love them)?
Decorating an old barn takes time and patience to find just the right items.  Check out some of the latest decorations I have found on my blog at A Glimpse of Normal.
I found this sign at a local store that is going out of business.  It sits over our computer.
Decorating an old barn takes time and patience to find just the right items.  Check out some of the latest decorations I have found on my blog at A Glimpse of Normal.
This was one of my favorite antique store finds last year.  This Montgomery Wards sled was something I was on the hunt to find for a while.  I made the wreath for it and it sat beside our door this winter as a fun decoration.
I find a lot of my decorations at antique stores.  I think antiques just fit in a 150-year old barn.  Many of the mantle decorations I find at craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels.  I fill in with odds at ends I find in Target's Dollar Spot, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General.  I usually pick a theme for my mantle and then I fill in as I go out and about and see things that catch my eye.  Where do you find decorations for your home?  I would love to know as I still have plenty of decorating to do.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Something New

This week I have been working behind the scenes on something.  Something out of my comfort zone.  Something big for me.  Something that I hope is successful...
I opened up my own A Glimpse of Normal Etsy Shop.  This is where I will be selling my crochet creations.  I will eventually be adding some altered items and other handmade items.  I have thought about opening an Etsy shop for a little while now and I decided that I would never know if it worked until I tried it.  So I took the first step and got it up and running.  There isn't much in there right now, but I will be adding more as time allows.  Feel free to drop by and check it out.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

4 Years and Some Lessons

This week started the 4-year anniversary mark.  It is not an anniversary I would want to celebrate, but it is one that exists still.  It is the 4-year anniversary of the death of one of my very close friends.  Next month will be 4 years since my childhood best friend passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.  I've been thinking a lot about both of these dear friends lately.  These ladies impacted me more than I can ever tell you.  While it still makes me sad that neither one is here with us today, I am thankful that I will see them again in Heaven.
Sometimes life's lessons are hard, but God is good.  Check out the blog today where I am remembering my friends.
In thinking so much about each one of them, I realized that they taught me lessons that I do my best to live out every day.  I thought I would share some of them with you so that you can help me carry on their legacies.
  • God First - My friends did their best to put God first in their lives, even when times were tough.  M lived this out so graciously and consistently.  She always did her best to point to God in all things and to encourage others to do the same.
  • Family Isn't Just Blood Family - Both of my dear friends taught me this.  If you knew them, there was a good chance that each of them called you family.  I am grateful to be a part of their families and it has been comforting to lean on each other throughout the years.
  • Serve Others - I watched each of these ladies serve others in so many ways I can't even begin to list them all.  They were constantly giving their time, energy, ideas, efforts, and more to help others.
  • Have Fun - My friends were the best at making things fun, even mundane things.  Maybe it was just hanging out with them that made the not fun things fun, but every time we hung out it was fun.  
  • Laugh Often - There were very few times in our friendships that I did not laugh with these ladies.  We almost always found something to laugh about when we were together.
  • Never Give Up - Each of my friends never gave up in life, even through some very tough circumstances for each of them.  They didn't let life get them down.  
  • Cherish Those You Love - Of course, I knew this before I lost my dear friends, but losing them cemented it in my mind even more.  Cherish the friends and family you love because we are never guaranteed tomorrow.
There were many other lessons I learned from my two friends that passed away, but I don't have time to share them all.  Just know I am better because I knew these 2 ladies and called them dear friends.  I was blessed to know each one and I am thankful they were part of my life.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Friday Fun: Listing It

Today I have lots of randomness floating around in my head.  I have sat down to write a post a few times this week and it just hasn't developed because I have too many posts floating in my head that I can't settle on just one.  So since it is Friday and I can't decide, I decided to make it a fun post instead.  Today I will be sharing some fun lists with you of totally random stuff going on in my life.  Ready for random lists?
Today's post is just a fun post of lists rolling around in my head.  Hop on over to the blog to see what I have been up to in list form.
Books I Am Currently Reading:
Letters to the Church by Francis Chan
The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges by Rosanna Casper
When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke
Coming Home by Laura Breton

Books I Plan to Read:
It's Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst
Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup
Laugh It Up by Candace Payne
Zingerman's Bakehouse by Amy Emberling
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

Craft Projects I Am Working On:
Crochet Unicorn Pillow
Crochet Cable Hat
Crochet Claire Bun Beanie
Cross Stitch Deer

Craft Projects I Plan to Work On:
Tulip Wreath
Crochet Hats
Crocheted Garment
Sewing
Wood Signs

Blog Posts I Plan to Write:
Projects Around the Barn
An Updated Vanity
The Milkcan
Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteaks
Decorating the Barn

Recipes I Repeat in My Menu Plans:
Jambalaya
Lemon Butter Chicken
Italian Meatball Soup
Zucchini Skillet
Green Beans, Potatoes, and Kielbasa
Pizza Soup
Taco Crunch Salad

Dessert Recipes We Love and You Should Try:
Copycat Hardee's Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits
Peanut Butter Balls
No-Bake Energy Bites
Snickerdoodle Cookie Granola Bars
Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies
Snickerdoodle Brownies

Ways I Am Getting Healthy:
Cardio Drumming Class
Walking (every day)
Getting Water In (at least 64 oz.)
Eating Healthier

Movies We Have Watched Recently:
Christopher Robin
The Greatest Showman (yes we have watched it multiple times)
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Monster Family
Hotel Transylvania
Healed by Grace

Movies I Want to Watch:
Mary Poppins Returns
Indivisible
Incredibles 2

Shows I've Been Watching:
Hell's Kitchen (the censored version)
Forged in Fire (my guys really liked this one)
Seventh Heaven
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman (this is a great family show)
Eureka (the family enjoys this one too)
The Cowboy Way
Jack Ryan (hubby and I are waiting for season 2, this is NOT a kid-friendly show)

That's it.  That is some of the randomness going on in my life right now.  I share these things with you so you can get to know the real me, the lady sitting behind the computer typing at you.  Are there other things you want to know?  I would love to share them with you.

Friday, March 1, 2019

March 2019 Menu Plan

Happy March!!!  I am looking forward to all things Spring - longer days, earlier sunrise, warmer temperatures, and more sunshine.  I am even ready to start tackling some Spring cleaning and get rid of some clutter.  I know...bleh, right?  I think this is the time of year where I start getting antsy to get outside more after being cooped up from the cold.  This is also the time of year where I really start craving fresh, garden produce which really doesn't start happening until summer around here.  But I still crave it anyway.  Our grocery stores have good produce, but there is something about food fresh from the garden that is just better.  Anyway, to combat this and brighten up our food while there is no garden, I use store-bought fresh herbs and bright flavors like lemon juice to add a little zing to our food.  Do you do this too?  These are the meals that I will be brightening up this month:
Do you struggle to plan meals for a whole month?  Come over to my blog, A Glimpse of Normal, and check out my March Menu plan for inspiration and ideas.
  1. Deep Dish Pizza
  2. Weekend Braised Beef Ragu
  3. Smoked Bratwurst
  4. Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets
  5. Italian Meatball Soup
  6. Mexican Potroast with Borracho Beans
  7. One Pan Mexican Quinoa
  8. Cast Iron Pizza
  9. Crunchy Taco Salad
  10. Teriyaki Turkey Bowls
  11. 20 Minute Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta
  12. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
  13. Tony's Town Square Meatballs
  14. Carne Asada Street Tacos
  15. Stuffed Pizza Bread
  16. Mini Lasagnas
  17. Steak & Potato Soup
  18. Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef
  19. Easy Italian Bean Stew
  20. One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese
  21. Black Bean & Quinoa Enchilada Bake
  22. Stromboli Sliders
  23. Lemon Butter Chicken
  24. Garlic Butter Steak Bites
  25. Best Ever Wet Burritos
  26. Mexican Chorizo Rice
  27. Chicken Chow Mein
  28. Taco Cornbread Casserole
  29. Pizza Buns
  30. Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa Chili
  31. Chopped Ginger, Sesame Chicken Salad

This is what is for dinner this month at our house.  As always you can find the recipes for our meals on my March Menu Plan board on Pinterest.  There are also extra recipes on there if you would like to substitute a different meal.  While you are checking out my menu plan board for the month on Pinterest, take a moment to follow me on there because I am always pinning something.  What is for dinner at your house this month?