Monday, November 16, 2015

A Peek Inside

Slowly but surely the boxes are dwindling.  Here are a few shots from inside our new old home.

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When you walk in the front door, you are in the middle of a huge, rectangular room.  Basically, two living areas in one really large space!  Soooo my antiques on one side........

And "his" stuff on the other.

Eventually, we want these two spaces to be cohesive, but for now, it's working.

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There's a chimney in the middle of our kitchen.........

I'm not kidding.  You can walk all the way around it.

Once upon a time, it was the home's source for heat and cooking!  Now it's filled with ductwork for the furnace.  A neat, yet challenging feature.

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I love glass doorknobs.  I love skeleton keyholes.  This house is full of original doors with the hardware still intact.......

So when I saw this at Target...........

I had to have it.  (And those slippers too.)

It just made sense.

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And finally, the natural light in this place is insane.  The windows.  So many windows.  I wish I could bottle the view from our upstairs bedroom.....  

This is a favorite perch for our pups.  Even though they aren't really allowed on that vintage chair.

(I'm a terrible disciplinarian.)

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Definitely a work in progress!  Lots of painting to be done.  And one of these days, hardwoods to refinish.  

But for now, we are getting settled and relishing these nice fall days while they are still here.    

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Happy Halloween (a week late)

So about those "fang looking things" on our porch.......we bought the monster house!  Complete with eyes and a mouth........

The previous home-owner had done this for years.  They already had the decorations up for us when we moved in.  We plan to carry on the tradition each October.

Halloween in Rountree is serious business.  And sort of magical.

I'm getting all kinds of giddy for snow and Christmas.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dreams Do Come True

Ever since my college days, I've longed to live in a certain neighborhood not too far away from campus.  A neighborhood with big trees and old homes.  Where porches are sprawling and there's a strong sense of community.

Last Friday, that dream came true.  We sold our 1967 Fixer Upper, and bought a 1921 Craftsman.......

It's crazy how it all came together!  We were actually viewing an open house one Sunday when a high school friend messaged me on FB asking if we knew anyone interested in her neighborhood.

ME!  ME!  ME!

We looked at her house that very night.......listed our home shortly thereafter..........and here we are!

As sad as we were to sell our house, we knew the timing was right for us.  I'll admit to shedding a few tears over saying good-bye to that place.  We loved it so much.  But we were ready for a change of scenery.

All my dreams came true on Friday.  This neighborhood.  This house.  I feel very blessed.  I can't wait to share more of this new adventure with you!  Check out my Instagram for a few extra interior pics!

(Oh, and I'll explain those strange fang-looking things on my porch later!)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

What I Wore (Vintage Edition)

It's a well established fact that I'm a hoarder.  (I'm really trying to work on that.)  There's just about nothing I can think of that isn't safe.  As in, my love knows no bounds.

I read that Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up book.  And no magic happened.

My master plan says I'll get it under control if we ever buy another house.  I won't pack anything that doesn't "spark joy."  I think that's a great idea!  Purge as I pack?


I did attempt to purge some clothes recently.  In my attempts, I came across this skirt, purchased on Etsy over two years ago.   This skirt hung out in my virtual cart forever, until one day, I finally took the plunge......

It arrived, and I loved it!  It fit perfectly.  The condition was great.  But then it went to live in my closet for two years.  What is wrong with me?

Luckily, I caught that bout of the purge-bug and rediscovered this beauty.  She went to work last week, paired with a simple white tee and some (also forgotten) red flats.

You can be sure that I won't forget about her again!

Linking up with:  Still Being Molly & Pleated Poppy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thrifting Frenzy

Last weekend, the thrifting fairies were on my side..........

I haven't had a haul like this since the end of June!  This was all from just two shops!

Now the hard part will be deciding what to keep!  I think the chair is here to stay.  I mean, look at the back of it!  I have added the magazine rack, tray, and crewel pieces to my booth already, so I'm not hoarding it all.

Other recently gifted or thrifted items have made it to Relics too.......

It's been a good summer for the booths!  This little hobby is so fun, and I'm thankful that it has been a successful venture!

Now, who wants to buy an ancient building downtown for me to fill with vintage?  I'd love you forever!!!!!!!

*Follow This Vintage Grove on Facebook or Instagram to see items that are added to the booth!!!*

Linking up with:  Woman in Real Life

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Chicken Vegetable Pesto Tortellini

Instagram is my favorite of all the social media outlets.  There is such a sense of community on Instagram.  You truly build relationships with people!  Mostly because you find folks with similar interests.  You banter and share!  You become friends. You meet in real life!  I love it!

But this post isn't just about Instagram.  It's also about food!

A friend posted a photo of her dinner on Instagram, and I just had to have the recipe!  Next thing you know, I'm getting all domestic.  Thank you, Bethany!!!

Chicken Vegetable Pesto Tortellini 

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
16 oz package of frozen cheese tortellini
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove of pressed garlic
1 teas. Italian seasoning
1/3 cup of sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup of chopped zucchini 
1/2 cup of chopped squash 
1/3 cup of diced red pepper 
1/3 cup of cream cheese
jar of pesto
shredded mozzarella

Slice the raw chicken breasts into thin, bite size strips.  Sear the chicken in olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasoning over medium heat.

Begin cooking the tortellini as directed on the package.  Set aside.

When the chicken is almost cooked through, add all of the vegetables.  Saute the veggies as the chicken finishes cooking.  Add the cream cheese, stirring often, so it coats the veggies and chicken.

Plate a serving of tortellini.  Add a serving of chicken and veggies on top of the tortellini.  If desired, drizzle pesto over everything and sprinkle with mozzarella!

This will result in about four servings.  It would be very easy to adjust amounts to increase servings.  Oh, and it is very good leftover!!!

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Moral of the story, Instagram is the best for lots of reasons.  Thanks again, Bethany for sharing!  

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cranberry Pork Loin (crock pot style)

Missouri seasons are fickle.  If you don't like the weather, just wait a day or two.  We go from beautiful summer skies to days of rain.  Temps in the 90's to 75 degrees.  Swimsuits to cardigans.

Right now, we are in the middle of quite a few days of rain.  Cardigan weather.  Because 75 degrees is chilly!

And all of that has me dragging out the crock pot.

I love a good crock pot recipe, and boy did I find one!  (Thank you Pinterest!)  This recipe combines some unexpected ingredients that I never would have paired together........

Pork loin doused in cranberries?  YES!  ALL THE YESES!  I've made it twice in the last few weeks.  And you should too.......

Cranberry Pork Loin
(original source:  Julie's Eats and Treats)

3 lb pork loin
14 oz can of jellied cranberry sauce
1/2 cup of cranberry juice
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teas. mustard
1/2 teas. ground cloves
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. water

In a medium bowl, combine the jellied cranberry sauce, cranberry juice, sugar, mustard, and cloves.  Put the pork loin in a large crock pot, and pour the cranberry mixture over the loin.  Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.  

Remove loin from crock pot.  It should shred easily, if it's done.  Set aside.....

Pour all the liquid from the crock pot in a saucepan.  Bring liquid to a boil over medium heat.  While you are waiting for it to boil, combine the water and cornstarch in a separate bowl.  Add to the liquid once it's boiling.  Stir until the liquid thickens.  It will serve as the gravy!

Whip up some mashed potatoes as a side, and cover everything with the gravy......

Unexpected taste explosion.  The leftovers are great too.

So, if you are also experiencing fall-in-the-summer, drag out the crock pot for this easy, tasty dinner!  Then come back and tell me how much you loved it!

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