I realized recently that I had never shared images of our bathroom “makeover” that we did…..um almost 2 years ago!! When we moved in the previous owner had taken a cabinet with her that left a white spot on the wall over the toilet so it was high on the list of to dos. I love bathrooms because they are so small – we did all of this in one afternoon!
The before….pink walls – we didn’t mind the color but you know how I feel about blue – since we really haven’t painted any others rooms I knew I needed my happy blue place! We ended up taking down a large mirror and replacing it with a much smaller one so that blank spot needed to be covered up. We took the hardware (towel bars and toilet paper holder) down and spray painted them a darker blue.
In progress – go team!
The after! We still need to lower the picture above the toilette….we are really bad at little details like that that take approximately 2 minutes. 2 months after Christmas and it still hasn’t happened!!
I love the artwork in our bathroom – I framed an instagram photo for our anniversary last year – it’s of Jeff, Norah, and me walking on frozen Lake Champlain last winter.
I bought this print on Etsy a few years ago – it says “as long as you are here with me this will feel like home”
A great Stephen Huneck print – “love is give and take”
My gift to Jeff this Christmas was our wedding vows in calligraphy – I love how they turned out! The artist used our wedding flowers and blue (!!) ink
Fia’s Dad Ave is a wonderful cook and when we were over at his house recently he shared this soup recipe with me. To be honest it sounded a little weird – a hamburger soup? He assured me he had had the same thought but tried it and loved it so I cooked it up and indeed it is delicious! Norah still doesn’t use a spoon so foods that she can pick up are just her speed – this one has lots! I strain the broth when I give it to her and she loves picking up the rest! The next time I make it I’m going to start with more of a mire poix of cut up celery, onions, and carrots sautéed because I think that adds more flavor but the frozen mixed veggies are a great quicker option.
Hamburger Vegetable Soup with Tortellini
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 c. chopped yellow onion
1 (14 oz. can) tomatoes with juice
6 c. beef stock
2 c. tomato juice
1/4 t. dried thyme
2 t. Worcestershire
2-3 drops Tabasco (I omitted this since I was making it for Norah)
1 package frozen mixed vegetables
1 package (9 oz. cheese filled tortellini)
Freshly Grated parmesan
In Dutch oven brown meat with onion until meat is no longer pink ~ 5 minutes. Add oil if needed to keep meat from sticking. Add ingredients through Tabasco and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Increase heat to medium high. Add veggies and tortellini and cook, uncovered, until tender (~10 minutes). Ladle into bowls and serve with parmesan on top.
Happy January Instagram memories!!
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