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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Day At Yule Love It Lavender Farm & Check Out Their Chicken Coop

Hello again!   It has been awhile.

I am so behind in showing photo's of the finished office building I worked on.  Next week - crossing my fingers!

Until then I wanted to share a special place my mom and I just visited.  It is called the Yule Love It Lavender Farm.  This is their tenth year of business, but this Friday and Saturday will be the last days of operation.  If you haven't enjoyed a day at this farm you just might want to plan your visit.  There is a farm tour at 10:15.  You can enjoy the tour or just do u-pick, and enjoy the grounds.

There were many varieties of lavender.

I adored this structure.  This is where lunch is served, and you don't want to skip it.  We enjoyed lavender lemonade, the freshest organic salad with feta, beans, and corn on it.  Also, a chocolate chip lavender cookie.  I want to go back this week for the lunch alone.

The owner, Iris, is also a writer.  She is learning more and more about farming, and growing her own food.  She wants to live off of her land.  As the lavender dies off - which in Michigan that happens - she will be planting more and more crops for her family to harvest.

The chicken coop is adorable.  Love the yellow door.  See the chandelier?  It really works too!

These are her older hens.

Here are the hens that came to the farm this past Spring.

Our day at the lavender farm was one of the most peaceful days I have a had in a long time.  Just pure peace and enjoyment!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Herbed Waffles and Chicken Salad - A Unique Blend Of Ingredients Makes This Really Special!

Good Morning!  I have a great recipes to share today!  This is my very favorite chicken salad recipe.   I have been making it probably longer than I have been a Mom.  The chicken salad is so good with the grapes and the tarragon vinegar.  It makes it a little different than the norm - just so good.  Not overly mayo at all.  I make it for myself, and I make it for gatherings.  Always delicious!  Paired with the herbed waffles it just becomes that much more special. 

The recipes below are adapted from a little book called The Best Of Waffles and Pancakes by Jane Stacey.  I also make both of the dishes at times with dried herbs I have on hand by pretty much just following what seems right - using less of each than this recipe calls for in fresh herbs.  Probably like half as much.  You can also simply make the waffles and use them to make sandwiches.  We made roasted chicken and bacon sandwiches with chipotle mayo.  I think a BLT on them would also be a great idea. 

I hope you make this, and love it as much as I do!

Herbed Waffles and Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

5 cups cubed cooked chicken (just boil the chicken for this recipe)
2 scallions, chopped (white and tender green parts)
1/2 c. red seedless grapes
1/3 c. minced fresh parsley
1/4 c. minced fresh basil
1/4 c. toasted sliced almonds
2/3 c. mayo (I use Hellman's Light)
2 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
lettuce leaves (optional)

Herbed Waffles

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 c. minced fresh parsley
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 scallions, chopped (white and green tender parts)
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon sugar
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups milk
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablesppons butter, melted
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Office Design - Professional Staff Break Room

I think this is my last board of ideas. 

The break/lunch room is really simple.  I lucked out in that I didn't know what the kitchen finishes would be - but the furniture I chose totally worked.  I needed the furniture to be easy to take care of - and to fit into the budget.

I just need to finish off the walls and art.  I hope to add some decals to the walls, and some bright and cheerful artwork.

Getting everything in place in the building is going well.  I'm just waiting for my House of Belonging artwork - then I can take some real photo's and show you how it all turned out!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Office Design - CEO Office

Back again.

This time with my design board for the CEO Office.

This office is large with lots of windows.  The first thing I really wanted to put in there was a Strut table as a desk.   I would really love to have one of these at home.  This office makes me want to redo my entire office.

For this room I chose the navy desk.  Once again they wanted the desk chairs to be able to roll around, and the other chairs to swivel.  They fell for the House of Belonging art I chose for the reception and conference rooms, and wanted another for in here.   After seeing that there were building plans for that table under the art, I had my handy friend Kyle build one.  It is amazing.  Solid and large!

Under the seating area I used a indoor/outdoor rug from Target.  It adds fun and pattern to the space.  I also framed up their first run circuit boards from each of their buildings.  They look amazing!

All that I have left to do in here is add some personal art, and probably some baskets.  The built piece is not going to look as styled as it is in the photo above - think man.  Overall, it is a really roomy and relaxing space.   I'm looking forward to getting the main art piece, and taking photo's!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

High/Low - Pottery Barn Abbott Table - Look For Less

Here is another really good look for less.

While out wasting a little time before I needed to get Noah from baseball practice I decided to take a quick look in Pottery Barn.   I was so surprised to see a table just like the one I purchased for the office building.  I saved so much money, and didn't even know!

This is the Pottery Barn Abbott Rectangular Zinc-Top Dining Table.  $1499.00.  84 inches long.

This is the Art Van Keaton Trestle Table.  I got mine for $481.13.  76 inches long.  It's not quite as long as the Pottery Barn table, but I saved over a thousand dollars.  The legs on this table are darker which I actually really like.  They look amazing in the space.  I'm still waiting for my large artwork so when that is in I will take the final photo's.

I'm really happy with this look for less.  The tables I purchased (I put two together) are really sturdy, and great looking!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Office Design - Large Conference Room

I think that this may be my very favorite space in the office.  I love the mix of materials and colors.  The artwork is a piece that I would love in my own house.  The taxidermy is as well.   Really, the accessories too!  I think this space is just very "me", and luckily they love it at the office as well.

The tables are zinc topped, and in my next post I will show you how I got the look for less! (without even knowing)  They wanted the chairs to be on rollers - not easy to find attractive chairs on rollers - but I did it.

Can't wait to share the reveal.  Right now the tables are covered with telephones!  Looking forward to those all being installed so I can get things back in order.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Office Design - Formal Entry

Here is my plan for the more formal entry of the building.

I fell in love with the beautiful sofa immediately, and worked from there.  Without time to special order pillows I went with what the store sells as their look.  It is not what I would have chosen (the dark pillows on the sofa are deep purple), but after I found the navy leather chair I think it all works together really well.   It's funny how when you have to decide quickly you can actually make something look really great - even if it wasn't what you had in mind.  There were many times where I would like one thing, but it was not available so I had to go to choice 2 or 3.  It has all worked out though.  I did end up using that wooden bench that I have on the Office Entry Board in this area - so I have to search out something to finish off the Entry.  Things change and you just have to adjust the plan.  The biggest thing I have left to do at the building now is to get the rest of the art, and hang the art.  Plus that one piece of furniture.  Oh, and when I can actually see the top of the conference room tables again that will be great.  Right now they have them covered with telephones :)

So I have to get ready, and get to work!

Happy Monday.

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