Monday Mindset 8/22/2022

Monday Mindset

Each sucess begins with us believing in ourselves and making the most of each opportunity that comes our way. Use this affirmation for any area of your life you want to work on: career, relationships, health.

Building a homestead from the bottom up it is easy to get overwhelmed but by taking each day and embracing the lessons that life presents in that moment, that is where the growth happens.

Strawberries With Mint and Lime

Sunday’s I love to spend the morning trying new recipes and creating a delicious brunch.

We bought some beautiful duck eggs at our local farmers market to enjoy this morning.

If you have not had duck eggs, they are pretty amazing. They have thick, hard shells. Vibrant yellow yolks and are super creamy.

Look at those yolks

A couple weeks ago, we went strawberry picking with our grandson so we have a bunch of sliced strawberries in the freezer.

Perfect to top some waffles. I used a a gluten free box recipe, so use your favorite recipe.

This would also be delicious on some ice cream or I am going to use the leftovers on some bread pudding I am making for dessert tonight.

To wrap up this delicious brunch, I topped the duck eggs with fresh parsley from the garden and grabbed some fresh mint for the strawberries.

If you do not have a lot of space for growing, herbs are great for container gardening and are a great place to start. Having fresh herbs on hand just elevates all your dishes.

Parsley

I thawed out some strawberries, mixed in fresh lime juice, powdered sugar and mint. Topped our waffles with our favorite bourbon aged syrup, then the strawberries.

The best syrup
Duck egg with fresh parsley and waffles with strawberries and leftover pork tenderloin slices.

Poured a mimosa and had a wonderful, relaxing brunch at home with fresh, local ingredients. What is your favorite brunch?

Strawberries with Lime and Mint

Recipe:

One cup of sliced strawberries

(Fresh or thawed from frozen)

Juice of half a lime

1 Tsp powdered sugar

1 Tbp fresh mint (plus extra to garnish)

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit for 5 min. Serve as a topping to favorite brunch item or dessert. Store leftovers in the fridge.

Low Carb, Keto Friendly Sweet Tea

Since moving to the South and spending so much time working in the garden, some afternoons nothing hits the spot like a glass of sweet tea. I used to be an unsweetened girl but now, well hard work and sweet tea just go together. But, I still want to stay on track with my health goals so I have discovered the secret to perfect sweet tea without the insulin spike and inflammation sugar can cause. Allulose. It is found found naturally in fruits like figs and raisins. The mix I use also has erythritol (sugar alcohol) stevia and monk fruit extracts that are plant based sweeteners. So you don’t get that after taste that you get with certain natural sweeteners. Just a refreshing glass of ice tea perfect for a summer day. Enjoy.

Recipe:

8 cups of water

Pitcher of ice

5 black tea bags

2 Tbs Allulose Baking Blend (I used Whole Earth)

Fresh lemon (optional)

Directions:

Steep tea bags in 8 cups of hot water.

Fill pitcher with ice. Sprinkle 2 Tbs sweetner mix over ice.

Take tea bags out of water after desired strength (about 5 min) and pour tea over the ice.

Fill glasses with ice, pour tea and serve with fresh lemon. Fresh mint and other herbs in your garden would also be delicious. Enjoy

Mobile Home Update for April and May

After a great visit with having both our boys home for Easter, we were back to work.

Shane took the lower cabinets from the main house and brought them up to the mobile. He made some modifications and installed them, plus created an island for us to install a dishwasher. It will be a great addition to the kitchen and there is so much more counter space.

Beginning of redesigning the kitchen.

We finished up the wall repair and painting in the living room so it was time to start decorating.

We found a great table and chairs set and a sofa, both on Marketplace. Then a chair at goodwill. We unpacked some pictures, hung the mantel and the tv and it is starting to feel like home.

New living room and dining room area.

We also were able to bring the cats up into the mobile since the floors were safe and we were able to block off the remaining bedroom we need to finish.

Finn and Olive enjoying the new couch.

Now that our bed is up in the mobile home and we are sleeping in here, it was time for Shane to build a closet. I was keeping my clothes in the RV and using it as a big walk-in closet.

Before
After. Ready for doors.

We picked up the flooring, so it was time to tackle the last room that needs subfloors.

This room was the most damaged. The floors were badly rotted and Shane found an ant colony and a very large spider while removing the old flooring.

Subfloor damage
Master bedroom and closet.

Once the subfloors were in and sealed it was time to move on to the walls.

They were covered in nicotine and mold so we scrubbed them clean to get ready for paint. There was also some insulation that needed to be removed.

Master bedroom walls before cleaning and paint.

While Shane was busy with the floors, I was working on painting the bottom cabinets in the kitchen and stripping the doors for paint.

Kitchen progress

We are excited to be coming into the home stretch on this project. We are down to finishing out the master bedroom and bath. Laying the flooring. Tiling the backsplash in the kitchen and painting the outside. We will also be building a deck off the front and adding some planters for flowers. Stay tuned to see total transformation.

Woodland House: Weeks 11 and 12

The beginning of week 11, we were excited that our boys were going to be coming home for Easter. That meant getting the bedroom in the mobile home ready for us to move our bed in, so that there would be enough room in the RV for everyone to sleep. We also wanted to get the kitchen up and running so that we could cook while everyone was home.

While Shane was busy up in the mobile home, I was down in the garden. I created raised beds for the vegetable garden. I planted some corn and beans in the first bed and was watering when we had a surprise visitor.

Trenched beds for the garden

A gentleman pulled into the driveway with a tax sticker and said he owned the RV. We were lead to believe in escrow that it was detitled and was included in the property. He was a family member that had been living there previous to the sell of the property. We immediately called our real estate agent, who called the listing agent and the lawyers office that handled our deed. Shane and I got online, did some research and did find tax records indicating that it was owned by this gentleman. So, all work on the mobile stopped. Until the title was settled, we decided that it was best to not move forward. Fortunately, Shane had requested a survey to be done when we were in escrow. This would be the second time that we needed it. The first time, it showed the property was 1.99 acres, not the 3.5 it was listed as. Now, the mobile is clearly marked on the survey, so the lawyers office and the listing agent were well aware it was there and did not do their due diligence to make sure the title was clear.

So will that was getting cleared up, Shane moved onto repairing the fencing from when we had the garage installed and all the grating done. I moved forward with getting the garden planted. I planted potatoes, garlic, onion, and lettuce. I also had to run into town for more rye and hay. Then, I planted more rye grass to help control all the mud from all the rain we were getting. I also used some hay on the walkways in the garden in an effort to control the mud there.

Trenches doing their job collecting rain run off and hay walkways so I can walk in the garden.

By Friday, the listing agent finally made contact with the seller and he did admit that the other family member owned the mobile and he offered him $500.00 for it, never heard from him, so included it in the sale of the property. We gave them until the following week to resolve the issue.

Rainy weekend gave us a little down time to do some online research and order some needed supplies.

Monday, we learned from the seller he was able to secure the title for us, so we jumped into cleaning the mobile. We scrubbed and steamed all the windows and any walls that hadn’t painted yet.

We were back on track getting ready for Easter and picked up a picnic table for outside and a John Deere ride on tractor mower to cut the grass. Then cleaned and prepped the RV for our kids to visit and moved our bed into the bedroom in the mobile so we would have a place to sleep.

Once we received the title, we went straight to the DMV to put it in our names.

The week wrapped up with us filing Easter eggs for the big kids, getting our grandson’s Easter basket ready and grocery shopping for the holiday weekend.

We were ready for a few days off and some family fun!

Woodland House: Weeks 9 & 10

Week 9 started with painting, painting and more painting.

We painted cabinet doors, ceilings, walls.

We also got paint samples for the outside of the mobile home and my She-Shed.

Shane was very busy finishing up the bathroom. Shower was grouted and floor tile went down.

Then we had a rainy day, so we went to check out Campbell’s Covered Bridge.

We wrapped up the week getting grating quotes since everytime it rains, it was running in all the wrong directions, towards the house, the garage. We hired an awesome company that did amazing work and we ordered another bin to get rid of trash.

The best part….. our grating contractors used their equipment to load it which saved me a bunch of time.

They also cleaned out the overgrown garden area so I could get ready to start planting.

Meantime, I was learning to do subfloors.

Week 10: The grating was done and my garden area was ready.

Then more rain and with all the new grating, everything was a muddy mess. Planting rye seed to grow some grass and help our new slopes for water drainage not just wash away, became a priority.

I prepped the soil, planted and covered the seeds with hay so the birds and guinea hens would not eat the seed to give it a chance to grow.

Next week I start on the vegetable garden and Shane will begin repairing the fencing.

Monday Mindset 3/28/22

I was recently asked if I thought I bit off more than I can chew with this project. 2 acres, 2 homes to completely renovate, a garden to start, learning to raise chickens and other animals, being away from friends and family. It does sound like alot in that context, but I have a clear vision of what I want. The most clear I have ever had. In the past, it was to be the best I could be in the moment. Wife, mom, friend. Now, I clearly see a life that will being me joy, my spouse, my kids and my grandkids. I have a spouse that shares that vision. We are building a legacy. Something I never imagined when I was younger. To become more than you thought possible before, you have to think it into existence.  You have to believe it. Pick thoughts that grow your dreams.

Woodland House: Week 7&8

Week 7 and 8 brought lost of progress.

I started painting the kitchen cabinets, which took several coats.

Kitchen cabinets.

Shane was busy in the bathroom getting the shiplap paneling up and the sink and countertop in. We also picked out the paint colors and the bathroom flooring.

Mobile home bathroom

The yard began to bloom with some beautiful signs of Spring.

Tree in our yard

Then the bathtub tile went up and a shower nook was created by my talented husband.

Bath tile before grout.

The big excitement of Week 8 was the arrival of our new garage! The same day we also had an HVAC company out installing the new unit into the mobile home.

The new garage

This gave us an opportunity to work in the yard and clear lots of overgrown, thorny areas. We found 3 burn piles and lots of trash that had not burned and bags of abandoned trash.

Clearing out over grown areas and trash

The week ended with more painting, Shane grouting the shower tile and a glass company coming out to replace broken window panes in the mobile home.

Monday Mindset 3/21/22

Happy Monday.

In life, as we work towards our goals, it is hard to stay in the moment and appreciate all the abundance we already have. When we are focused on where we are going, it is easy to miss the little joys we have in our everyday life. This week, take time each day for gratitude for where you are and who you are. The journey towards your goal is yours to be proud of and to enjoy.

Woodland House Week 6

Week 6 finds me back home and ready to work.

We ordered a trash bin, scheduled quotes for HVAC systems for the house and mobile, glass quotes to repair broken windows in mobile and had our internet moved up to the mobile while the power is down to the main house. Shane continued to work on the mobile home.

He repaired the flooring under the water tank, ran the plumbing for the water tank and did all the plumbing under the mobile.

Water heater floor repair and installation

I got busy loading the trash bin as soon as it came.

I made a dent in the pile, but we are going to need another bin.

Meanwhile, Shane got the shower surround framing done with a shower nook, moisture barrier and backerboard up for the tub, and the drain working.

The power line was taken down, ready to be moved under ground and the cable line was taken down and moved under ground, so we are ready for the garage installation.

Bye bye to low power line

We wrapped up the week meeting with the architect and making some changes to the floor plan of the house and picking out paint and tile for the mobile home.

Woodland House Week 5

Week 5 began with a visit from our son and grandson. We took pictures at Ceasers Head, played in the water at Falls Park, had some delicious food and more playtime at an indoor playground.

Ceasers Head
Eli exploring SC.
Downtown Greenville

Then, I was off to CA for a wedding and to visit my other 2 grandbabies.

Wedding ready, breakfast and pool time.

But, my husband was busy at work on the mobile home.

He framed the new tub base, and got the backerboard down for tile.

And did more floor repairs to the hallway and laundry room and lots of cleaning

Then it was onto bathroom and laundry room plumbing.

The electrical inspector also signed of on the panel so next week power to the main house will be cut off so the power line and be moved and dug under ground.