Limited Edition! Homemade Chocolate Coffee Creamer

Chocolate Creamer hostess gift mugI did a double-take walking through the store the other day, as I happened across special limited editions of the usual Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk in the baking section. Nommmm… naturally flavored chocolate and caramel… Imagine the baking deliciousness to be had!

I immediately thought of what a delicious treat this would be in my Homemade Coffee Creamer.  And with house guests and holiday parties right around the corner, what a wonderful way to share homemade goodness with family and friends! Continue reading

Easy Like Sunday Morning: Gluten Free Cranberry Banana Oat Muffins

Cranberry Banana MuffinMuffins are the handiest treats around!  They’re quick and relatively fool-proof – and so easy to make healthy and wholesome without tons of sugar like you might find in packaged or bakery varieties.  I love to stock extra muffins in the freezer for quick grab-and-go breakfasts and snacks, too.

This cranberry banana oat recipe is mildly sweet, and makes a light-tasting muffin that’s gluten-free.  It’s also a great way to use overripe bananas, which are always in rotating stock at our house. I love using ingredients that are naturally abundant and in season, so I threw in some cranberries for Fall flair.   Continue reading

A Week in the Life of a Tree

Tree One WeekAs we meet the first autumn in our new home, this beautiful tree greets me as I leave my house each morning, and watches as I return inside at night.  We come to know each other. This is not a big tree, though it is interesting, and I can see it is strong and vital.  I see life passing through this tree, as it passes through me.  As the leaves begin to turn, I realize that in even just one day, it changes… The fluctuations of states and circumstances, colors, and moods are profound, yet often subtle in passing.  This is one week in the life of a tree.

~ Photo collage originally posted via Instagram October 27, 2015 ~

Love and light,

Samadhi ✷

Whitewashing Honey Oak Kitchen Cabinets: The Process Begins!

 

Of all of the projects on my to-do list, this one Kitchen Beforehas been the most daunting: how to paint the honey oak cabinets and island AND extensive trim in our kitchen for a more updated style that matches our light-and-white French country-inspired cottage decor.  

I previously painted the large family room built-ins solid white, and the process was very time consuming. The result is beautiful, so it was worth it in the end – though at about 3 times the cabinetry, I have not been excited about the prospects of tackling the even bigger project of the kitchen.  Needless to say, this project has since been on the back burner…   Continue reading

Front Door Redoux … And A Giant Lion’s Head

Front Door BeforeEver since we moved into our house, I have wanted to re-paint the front door.  More importantly, I was eager to replace the door knocker, which was personalized with the last name of the original owners – who owned the house before the people we bought it from – and who  themselves were here several years. Like many things in the home, most elements of the decor (down to the lightbulbs… ;) were left as-is since those original owners before, so there has been MUCH updating to do.  The energy of this house needed to be refreshed, STAT – starting here! Continue reading

Video: Creating a Serene Space for Meditation

Snapshot 1 (10-29-2015 2-21 PM)Well, it’s been a busy, busy time here, as in addition to all the usual home projects and, of course, my number one priority of tending to the Mighty O, I’ve been working on getting everything stocked into my new online vintage clothing shop ANNNDD preparing for the launch of my new online studio, which has been on the back burner for ohhhh…… about 6 years now. ;) Continue reading

Busy Day Quick & Healthy Potato (Veggie) Soup

Potato Veggie SoupFall is in full swing now with crisp weather and falling leaves, and the soup is definitely on here at our house.  We just can’t get enough of it – whether light, hearty, creamy, or brothy…. We’ll take it any way, any day! ;)

This is a great recipe when you want something warm, savory, and nutritious, but you need it quick.  And it’s perfect for those in the family who may not typically go in for the veggies… they’re here in force, though blend seamlessly into the rich potato base to get around those picky eaters.  Mighty O asks for seconds and even sometimes thirds on this one!  Continue reading

Tackling a Two-fer: Updating 80s Honey Oak and Old Red Brick

Master Fireplace Final w FireWhat a combination – it must have been awesome in the 80’s!  Though I’m sure it was nice once, our Master Bedroom fireplace decked out in dated honey-stained oak mantle and old red brick has been crying for a facelift.  My first instinct was to go solid, traditional white for the most serene presence in the sleeping quarters … though the more I thought about it (and stared blankly at it, looking for inspiration) – the more I knew that this wonderful feature of our home deserved a more interesting treatment.  I’m thinking soothing, serene Master Retreat… ahhh!!! Continue reading

Breathing New Life into an Old Cabinet: How To Create a Distressed Paint Finish

Hutch Top FinalAt our last house, storage was at a premium.  We made a significant downsize to take advantage of a rare, gorgeous wooded lot with a creek and waterfall (in Texas!), and it was taking a lot of creativity to sort out where and how to put things in our new home.   We also wanted to ensure that our nice collection of heirloom dishes wasn’t just stashed in a box in the garage… which is where it was until we could squeeze some more space out of our place.  So I trolled craigslist for a couple weeks, in search of a large, solid wood hutch to place in the dining room. Continue reading

Quick & Easy Fall Wreath

Fall Wreath Final w OwlAs Fall has descended upon us these past few weeks, beautiful autumn wreaths are everywhere to spruce up homes for the season.  However, my taste is pretty simple, and even on the most basic of wreaths, I have not been admiring the price tags starting around $40 and up – and that’s even at my favorite discount stores.  So I began to wonder if I could create a cute Fall wreath with a few basic supplies and  the stash of craft goodies I have around the house. Continue reading