The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

For practically as long as I can remember, whenever we would drive past an old farmhouse, we would comment on how nice it would be to fix one up!  Last year, our dream came true and we started tackling a farmhouse remodel project.  This post has been a year in the making!  We talked about sharing pictures a long time ago but I’m finally getting to it now.

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

It was quite a chore – trying to sort through the hundreds of pictures and whittle them down to the few best ones.  Many of the pictures I chose wouldn’t be considered incredible but they tell the story, so that’s why I used them.  Even after all the paring down, I still ended up with too many pictures for one post so I plan to split this into at least two.  Enjoy!


The above picture shows the front view of the house … this is the side where you drive in.  We love having so much yard area!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Kitchen

This was the original kitchen …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

One of the first things we planned for was to replace the one small window with two large ones. We already had the windows so it was a blessing that we didn’t have to buy them.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Finished!  Sort of.  We actually still have to finish the exterior trim (ssshhhh, don’t tell anyone!)The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The floor under the sink was rotten.  That’s what happens when the drain pipe comes disconnected – meaning that the sink AND the washing machine were draining right here under the house.  My father always says it’s a mathematical equation: wood+water=rot!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

How do you like those tree trunk floor joists? 🙂The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Hard workers!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

When we took out one of the kitchen walls, we lost a lot of our cabinet space.  So we decided to move those cabinets over the sink here.  The plan is to thoroughly remodel the kitchen as soon as we get the chance but this works for now.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

See where the wall used to be?  It divided the kitchen from the dining room so we took it out.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Whenever we do the final remodel, we plan to put an island in the kitchen too!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Main Room

This was the dining room.  Cheery looking room, ay? :p  The wall on the left divided it from the kitchen.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And this was a living room – the wall on the left divided it from the dining room.  (The door on the right goes into the parents’ bedroom and the door straight ahead goes into the laundry room/pantry/garage area.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

We like wide open spaces, so we decided to take out all three walls, and make this one big room.  Thankfully, these were not load-bearing walls so we didn’t have to worry about the structural support.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The boys and our friend Clinton had fun busting down the walls!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Walls are out … time to paint!  But first …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Do you see this window here on the right?  Well it looked out into the laundry room … and it wasn’t exactly a spectacular view!  Some of us really wanted to take the window out but we were short on finances and time, and so my parents decided that the window would stay.  Mama suggested that the china cabinet go in front of it, or mentioned even painting the window!  But when I compared the dimensions of the china cabinet to the window area, I discovered that there would several inches of window/trim showing on the sides and above the cabinet.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Finally, after being pretty outspoken about the need to remove the window and sheetrock the wall, I told my father “I will forever regret not getting rid of the window!”  Ruthie heard me and started to explain how it wasn’t a big deal because the china cabinet would cover it.  I grabbed the tape measure and showed her just how far the china cabinet would and would not cover.  She looked a little horrified and said “Oh!  We need to get rid of the window!”  The other children started agreeing so someone wrote up a “petition for window removal” on a scrap paper and signed the whole family’s names to it – including the ones who weren’t around!

Mama and Tommy had gone to pick up the hardwood flooring and Abba said he was fine with taking it out, as the materials really wouldn’t be too expensive, but he knew Tommy wouldn’t want more sheetrock to finish out.  So that evening, after getting the okay from Mama, Abba told Tommy that us girls had busted out the window so that it had to be removed! :p  We didn’t really, but the petition worked and wow – that wall looks so much better now than if it still had a window in it!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And this is what happens when you fall asleep while someone is mudding sheetrock!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

We found a couple cans of “palomino gold” paint on discount at Ace … added about 3 or 4 gallons of white to lighten it up … and we have nice, peachy walls!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The guys did put in a false beam here where the wall had been.  It’s not for support but because the ceiling was too uneven to finish out.
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

This is a more recent picture but it gives you an idea of what the beam looks like!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

There was only one section in the farmhouse that needed support, so they manufactured this beam …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And put it here!  This is where the dining room/living room adjoin with what we call the stove room (pictures of that in the next post).  It used to just be a couple doorways but since we wanted it open, they had to put in the beam for support.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

This picture was taken before it was trimmed out so it isn’t completely finished here, but it’s what I have!
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Laying hardwood flooring!  Everyone helped with this project and it took several days to complete!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Sometimes you just have to take a break while you’re waiting on another piece!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

I wonder if there are any OCD floorers!  It sure can drive you crazy trying to decide which pieces to put where and keep the joints far enough apart.  And yes, there is such a thing as floorers remorse :p
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The dining room and kitchen.  This definitely isn’t a finished picture, as you can see the trim still needs to be replaced, among other things, but this is a good idea of what it looks like now.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And from this angle … the dining room and living room!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

That’s all for now but I’ll post some more pictures very soon!

Modest Outfit By Ruthie – Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

Ever since Ruthie was little, she has always liked big, bold patterns and bright colors!  Her style has always been unique and a bit different from the rest of us girls 🙂  With her sewing skills and talent with using fabric, she manages to put together outfits that suit her tastes and most of us usually agree that they are pretty!

Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

Pardon the photo-bomber!  Cricket (who belongs to Ruthie) decided that she wanted to be in the pictures too!  The pink cardigan used to belong to Abigail and she purchased it from eBay years ago.  Apparently the listing no longer exists but you can find a similar one on Amazon.  Ruthie bought the light blue top from Abigail for $5 – it originally came from Goodwill 🙂 Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

Abigail bought this skirt from a thrift store for a few dollars and planned to give it to Lydia.  She didn’t care for it so much so it ended up being a hand-me-up for Ruthie!  It originally had a crocheted blue tier on the bottom also but it would snag on things, so she took it off.Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

See the pretty sleeves on the cardigan?  And the ruffle flowers on the collar of the top?  Those are the type of little touches that Ruthie really likes!Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

We purchased the headcovering in Israel many years ago.  It’s very hard to find this color nowadays, which is sad because I would like to stock it on our shop.  She is wearing the Lovely Circle bobby pins, which we use often.  I like how they are simple but elegant.Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

Another accessory!  Have you ever wondered how to hold together the loose ends of a cardigan?  Ruthie uses a flexi-clip on hers!  This one is an x-small Freestyle Tiara.Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!

And one more just because!  No actually, this photo was taken because we are updating our puppy website and needed new bio photos for the family page 🙂Modest Outfit By Ruthie - Hot Pinks, Bright Blues & Pretty Ruffles!


And don’t forget – the giveaway for Rosi’s Boutique is still happening!  Click on the image below to visit the post and enter for a chance to win a headcovering/headband of your choice!RB Giveaway

 

Baking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

Baking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

Due to some gluten sensitivities, I have found it beneficial to use almond flour in baked goods.  There are a few recipes that have become favorites so I would like to share those with you, especially if you also enjoy baking with almond flour.  But first, a word about the flour …

It is expensive!  This past Purim, my brother Tommy drew my name for a gift (we’ve shared about this family tradition before) and blessed me with about 25 lbs of Honeyville Almond Flour!  He actually purchased it through some friends of ours that have a membership with Costco.  But if you don’t have a Costco membership, it looks like Amazon prices are the most reasonable.  They do have the Honeyville brand available (3lbs for $28.99) but they also have Wellbee’s Super Fine Blanched Almond Flour, which is a bit cheaper – 2lbs for $17.99.  Their cheapest option is Sincerely Nuts Blanched Almond Flour, which is 3lbs for $23.99.  Some of the reviews said that the Sincerely Nuts product wasn’t as finely ground as some of the others, while other people said it was perfect for baking!

Obviously, almond flour is a bit more of an investment than glutinous flours but if you cannot tolerate those, it can be a great substitute.  Here are five of my favorite recipes!

Grain-Free Spiced Molasses Cookies from Tasty YummiesBaking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

2 1/2 cups of blanched almond flour
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger or 2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
pinch or two each of ground cloves, ground nutmeg and ground cardamom
2 local farm fresh eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (you could also use butter or ghee)
1/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes ever.  My younger brother Samuel even loves it and says we should always have a jar full of them!  I guess we need to talk about him buying some almond flour … 😉  Anyway, as you can see the ingredients are fairly simple and they don’t long to prepare at all.  The texture when they first come out of the oven vs the texture after they cool for awhile is completely different!  I prefer when they’re cool – they’re very moist and chewy.


Pumpkin Spice Bread from The Barefoot Cook
Baking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

1 cup blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
½ cup roasted pumpkin or winter squash
3 eggs
2-3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon stevia drops (optional – this makes it slightly sweeter)

I enjoy making this bread year-round but especially in the autumn and winter!  It is very tasty and makes a great snack or breakfast.  When you read the recipe you will see that Amanda recommends halving the spices if you don’t like them very strong.  I have made it with several different spice measurements and I think I prefer it with 3/4 the spice that the recipe calls for.  In other words, instead of 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, I use 1 1/2 tablespoons.


Fluffy Little Almond Flour Pancakes from The Nourishing HomeBaking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 large pastured eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup pure coconut milk
1 tbsp unsalted butter (or coconut oil), melted
1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar

These are one of my favorite breakfasts!  They are so simple to prepare … you just put all the ingredients in the Vitamix (or blender) and mix it up for a minute.  Then you pour it into the pan and cook for a few more minutes!  They also make wonderful afternoon snacks.  I like to eat them with butter and homemade maple syrup, or peanut butter.  Sometimes I even lather them with cold coconut milk and fresh fruit.  My siblings say they taste almost like donuts!


Very Blueberry Almond Flour Muffins from Chef Shane KellyBaking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

2 eggs
⅓ cup honey
4 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from 2-3 lemons)
2½ cups almond flour
½ cup chopped pecans
1 cup fresh blueberries plus a little extra to top muffins!

I started making these muffins in the winter and so I used frozen blueberries instead of fresh.  They turned out great but did need to bake a little longer than recommended.  I have also made them with fresh blueberries and they are very tasty either way.  One change that I do make is instead of using lemon zest (which I don’t really care for!), I add 3 to 4 drops of lemon essential oil.  I love the flavor that this adds!  These muffins are good hot or cold so I’ll often have them for breakfast and then a snack later in the day.


Gluten Free Lemon Pound Cake from Paleo NewbieBaking With Almond Flour – 5 Of My Favorite Recipes

1 1/2 cups almond flour
3 Tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Zest from 2 lemons
2 lemons, squeezed – about 1/3 cup of lemon juice
2 tsp pure vanilla
3 eggs, whisked
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup raw honey
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil

Mmm mmm!  This was a very nice dessert!  I didn’t have enough fresh lemons for juice so I used part juice and part essential oil.  The flavor was very nice and the texture was so moist.  This recipe is definitely a keeper!


That’s all I have for today!  Have you ever baked with almond flour and if so, do you have any favorite recipes?

 

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Deborah – A Feminist Warrior Or A Mother?

If there is one Biblical character whose life could be used to support the flawed theory of feminism, it would have to be Deborah.  Most people view her as some sort of superwoman!  The popular opinion is that she was a prophetess who ruled Israel, leading them into battle and winning a victory over their enemies.  On the surface, it would seem that one can use her actions to advocate the idea that women can pursue careers and hold public office.  If we dig a little deeper into the story, we find a different perspective.

Deborah - A Feminist Warrior Or A Mother?

The first rule in discovering Scriptural truths is to allow Scripture to define itself.  We serve a God of order; He is not an author of confusion and He does not contradict Himself.  If we find principles in Scripture that would seem to contradict other principles in Scripture, we need to rethink the way that we are interpreting those principles!

So what about Deborah?  Was she a military commander?  A ruler in Israel?  A prophetess?  A judge?  A career woman?

Does the story of Deborah, Barak and Jael support the theory of feminism, or of Godly womanhood as described in passages such as Proverbs 31 and Titus 2?

My personal belief is that Deborah was a Godly woman and her life did not contradict the Biblical standards of a woman’s role.

There are several reasons that I believe this; one of the main ones being that Deborah is described as a “mother in Israel” – Judges 5:7.  Deborah did not rule Israel.  The Scriptures say that she judged Israel, which is a totally different word than ruled.  To rule, means to have dominion or authority.  This would be contrary to 1 Timothy 2:12 where women are instructed not to have authority (exercise dominion) over men.

Isaiah 3:12 indicates that women ruling over the nation are part of the consequences that take place when a nation is rebellious and being punished.  It’s not a good thing – it’s a bad thing!  Deborah’s position was that of mother, instructing the nation in righteousness … not ruling over them in a position of authority.

The Scriptural record implies that Deborah was a keeper of her home.  We read in Judges 4:5 “she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.”

Interestingly enough, this is the only time in the accounts of numerous different judges that the record specifies “and the children of Israel came up to him/her for judgment”.  It seems to indicate emphasis on the fact that she was at her home and the people came to her.

Was Deborah a military commander?  I think that we often have this idea of Deborah strapping on armor, grabbing a sword and leading all the men into battle!  Is this an accurate representation of her actions?

In the recorded conversation between Deborah and Barak concerning the upcoming battle with the Canaanites, she informed him of YHWH’s instructions for attacking their enemies.  He was to take ten thousand men of the tribes of Zebulon and Naphtali and meet Sisera’s army at the river Kishon … and YHWH would deliver them into his hand.  Barak was fearful and refused to go unless she accompanied him.  He told her, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!” – Judges 4:8.

Deborah’s response was a key to understanding this Biblical account from a proper viewpoint and not through the lens of feminist agenda.  She told Barak, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for YHWH will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.”

We read on and see that Deborah accompanied Barak and the army to Mount Tabor and Barak led the men against their enemies.  There is nothing in the account that would indicate Deborah even went into battle.  The Canaanite army was destroyed and Sisera, the captain, fled.  He found refuge in the tent of a woman named Jael.  She invited him in, gave him milk to drink and a place to rest.  He fell asleep, certain that he was in a safe place.  While he slept, Jael brought a hammer and tent peg … driving it through his temple and killing him.

Deborah - A Feminist Warrior Or A Mother?

Here we have a heroine who gained glory and honor, while in her home!  She could not have been available to play the role that she did, had she not been at home.  The Scriptural account of Deborah and Jael supports the idea that a woman should be at home, as much if not more than any other account in the Bible

In Jael’s case, we see that if she had not been at home, she could not have performed the glorious action of ridding Israel of its archenemy.  Yet this does not mean that a woman can never leave her home, as we see that Deborah’s presence was temporarily required away from it.

Godly womanhood does not have an exact formula that is the same for everyone … it is about using wisdom and discernment, listening to the voice of the heavenly Father and following the pattern that is laid out in His Word.  This story of Deborah and Jael emphasizes the importance of a Godly woman’s role, presenting a beautiful example of two women who were used to impact a nation, while their focuses were centered on their homes.

Gluten Free Pancakes And A Lilla Rose Sale!

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How’s that for a random title? 🙂

If I had to choose one season of the year to use my flexi clips, it would be summer.  On these hot muggy days, it’s so nice to be able to get my long thick hair off my neck!

Lilla Rose is having a sale right now.  It’s been awhile since they had one!  There are a whole bunch of items that are 20-30% off.  The sale ends Wednesday June 22nd, at midnight pacific time. Read more

A Day On The Lake (Modest Swimsuit Pictures)

I have been wanting to share a post with pictures of our modest swimsuits and it just so happened that we were provided with the perfect opportunity to get some photos recently!

A Day On The Lake (Modest Swimsuit Pictures)

Our friend Silas has been visiting from Maine to work here in Tennessee during the winter/spring months and before heading back home this week, he wanted to take us to spend a day on the nearby lake.  It has been a long time since our family went out on the water and we had an absolutely wonderful time! Read more

Some Ways To Lose Your Child’s Heart

It seems that many parents are concerned about winning their child’s heart. I believe parents need to be more concerned about not losing their child’s heart.

Some Ways To Lose Your Child's Heart

A child is born with the natural instinct to see his parents as “good” and to trust them. I am sure you have noticed that when a baby is in unfamiliar or uncomfortable surroundings, his instinct is to find his parents – or to cry until he is safely in their arms. In a young child’s mind, his parents are his entire world …

The rest of this post can be found at Faith Along The Way!

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