The kitchen did not get done over the weekend but we're so close now I can feel it! I ran out of paint yesterday in the home stretch of repainting the walls. The timing couldn't have been better though because I could use a little break. We've been working hard for over three weeks.
The walls look so much better! I love the pine planks walls but the knots showing through the paint were finally starting to bug me. I covered and filled them and the nail holes with sheetrock putty. Jeff prefers it over wood filler. He says it's easier to work with. I then repainted the walls with Valspar's zero voc paint and primer in Garlic Clove (an Olympic color). It's white with a hint of warmness. It's been my go to white for the past eight or nine years and I still love it.
Here are before and after pictures.
I covered literally thousands of nail holes! You can see the yellow knots and knot holes and some of the planks have cracks running through them.
Here it is after filling the holes and knots.
So, so, so much better! It has a crisper, cleaner look now. Next, we need to tackle the ceiling. I'm sure that'll be loads of fun!
One of the nice thing about using sheetrock putty is there's no dusty sanding. If it needs to be sanded after it dries just use a damp sponge or rag and wipe it smooth. No mess!
We're getting into our new fall schedule (even though it's still summer...grrr) which includes getting up at 5:30 every morning to milk the cow. It's not necessary to do it that early but the girls still need Jeff's help at this point and he's got to leave for work around 6:30. Once Bonnie (the cow) learns the routine well enough to get to the stall pretty much on her own they'll push it back to 7am or so. I can't wait. I'm so sleepy all the time!
Yesterday was Evelyn's 6th birthday. Normally I'd cancel school for the day but since it was only the second day and she still looks forward to school I gifted her with a little extra school work. She loved it! She also helped Gracie bake sugar cookies which all the kids had fun decorating.
These are the very best sugar cookies in the world, by the way! Way, way better than store bought. I've had the recipe so long I don't remember where I got it but I think it might be my cousin's grandma Lil's recipe. I hear they were legendary.
Cookies or cupcakes are how we celebrate actual birthday's when the party doesn't fall on the same day and it rarely does. It's a tradition the kids always look forward to since we don't eat a lot of sweets around here.
We also decided at the last minute to pull out Jeff's great aunt Jewel's fine china and wrinkled bunting and fabric scraps and have a "tea" party with milk. As you can see by Evie's face (the one with the heart on her shirt) she's feeling pretty proud. It's fun that it takes so little to make a kids day.
1 c. softened butter (no substitute)
3/4 c. white sugar
2 T. milk
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
3 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
Cream butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl then beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. In a separate mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Chill dough for one hour or until easy to handle. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8th inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes until just slightly beginning to lightly brown. Cool before frosting.
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla or almond extract
1/4 t. salt
1 to 2 T. milk
food coloring, optional
Mix all ingredients well in a medium bowl and frost right away. (It will begin to get dry and crumbly if you wait too long to use it.)
*Update: TODAY is Evie's birthday!!! not yesterday... I guess we'll be making cookies again. Am I a bad mother because I mix up birthday dates? I don't think she'll be disappointed when I tell her. Jeff and I have on more than one occasion celebrated our wedding anniversary on the wrong day. I blame it on the aluminum in my deoderant.