Life in the Powell household has changed once again.  Two years ago we got Brody and we all love Brody to bits.  We’ve been thinking it would be good for Brody to have a companion (other than our cat Maya who adopted us but because Wes and I are both allergic she has to remain an outside cat.)   So we […]

Menu Magic – 5 ready in minutes meals

Menu for busy people - 5 dinners in 15 minutes or less

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times:  planning is the key to dinner time.  It’s nearly impossible to think that dinner will magically be simple without some planning and strategizing.  We provide weekly menus and grocery lists when you sign up here, but Sandra thought it might be cool to try […]

Porch clean-up and organization #SeriouslyStrong

installation collage

Since we got the porch installed, the side entrance has been great for bringing in groceries and taking out the trash.  Yep, it’s been great!  Except for… all the mulch, leaves and dirt we’ve been tracking in the recycling has basically just been piling up and spilling over and the garden hose ends up in a pile and […]

The Nesting Place – Giveaway

the nesting place

It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! My friend, Myquillyn Smith  (The Nester) recently sent me a copy of her new book The Nesting Place. I briefly flipped through the pages but set the book aside.   I was in the middle of a project, covered in sawdust and paint and wanted to shower and snuggle up […]

Pizza in a Pinch

Fresh, home made, healthy pizza

Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to cook a proper meal.  By proper I mean one with actual side dishes, or at least a salad.  Sometimes I am just up to my eyeballs in projects, laundry, or a good novel.  Er, I mean a good volunteering opportunity at my kid’s school.  Can I get an amen? […]

Pantry demo — say what?


Remember my pantry?  Yeah, the new one in the kitchen. Well…it never got finished because I knew right away that I’d have to change something.  I purposefully left a 48″ wide walkway next to the window in the kitchen because I wanted to add a window seat.  But I don’t want a window seat just […]

Weekend progress update


I worked all weekend and made lots of progress — even though the inside of my house still looks like a tornado blew through it.  That’s just the way it is.  Things look like crap during 80% of the project and then all of the sudden it all comes together and looks amazing.  I think I’m at […]

the Pot Filler

pot_filler_gas_cooktop copy

You might have noticed a blue pipe sticking out of the wall in all my past kitchen updates.    (There it is!) I’ve always thought a pot filler would be handy but this is the very first time in the history of my “remodeling houses for us as we move around the country” career that I have […]

The health benefits of Garlic – Super Food

The Magic of Garlic

Garlic.  It’s aromatic (that’s a nice word for stinky).  It’s also flavorful and extremely healthy–it’s a super food.  Almost everything we cook has garlic in it.  If you are a garlic hater, let me try to change your mind about this smelly herb.  Did you know that garlic has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial properties?  Yep.  It […]

Little paint sprayer that packs a punch

Small paint sprayer that packs a punch

I get asked about paint sprayers– a lot!  I’ve written a post about paint sprayers including the large capacity airless sprayer I purchased to paint my library wainscoting.  I love the finish I get with my sprayer but it’s a large capacity sprayer with a long hose and is not a great choice for small projects because the […]

Dovetail kitchen drawers

I shipped my drawers

I orignially planned on building the drawers for my kitchen remodel. But then I ran into a couple hurdles that changed my mind.  I ended up ordering custom drawers that are 100 times nicer than what I would have built myself and I am 200% happy with my decision to spend the money!

5 Time Saving Tips to make Dinnertime Doable


DIY-ers are a unique crowd. Usually they are quite confident, willing to experiment, and BUSY. My sister and I have done plenty of DIY projects ourselves…home renovations, tiling, painting, small build projects, and more.  Finding time to prepare healthy meals in the midst of that kind of chaos is, well, challenging.  If not near impossible. […]