Furnishing a House

When I married my husband we didn’t really ever discuss buying furniture. He had a pretty nice couch (which isn’t my taste AT ALL, but it’s comfy), I had a horrible smelly couch – obviously his couch won.  He had end tables and a coffee table (again, not my taste, and they were big and clunky) – mine were bought at Big Lots (before they started carrying nicer furniture) and were in pretty bad shape – I think I ended up just throwing them away, I didn’t even move them from my last apartment. Needless to say – most of his stuff “won” over mine because it was nicer.

The only thing we ever had a “discussion” over was our kitchen table.

So when I was living in Missouri someone at the church that I was attending gave me this beautiful table – I LOVED it – can I say it again, I LOVED it.  The detailing on it was gorgeous.  It was by far one of the most comfortable tables I had ever sat at.

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This is actually a picture of it set up in my apartment that I lived in from spring 2004-Spring 2006old table 4

It was actually bigger than the pictures make it out to seem.

So I move to Michigan and meet this amazing guy and fall in love and get engaged and we both have pretty nice tables.  And he hates my table, and I felt just about the same towards his table:

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I just felt his was pretty generic – everyone I knew had a table like that. It seemed a little “old” for us – I mean come on we were in our 20’s!  We went back and forth on the issue for quite a while and finally he came up with a compromise (since we found out that his table pedestal was cracked on 1 side) that I get rid of mine and after the wedding we would get a new table.  I was good with that and found a new home for my lovely table.

4 moves,  3 more cracks in the pedestal, and almost 6 years later we finally bought a table! YAY!!  Looking back, I’m actually really glad we didn’t keep my table – because as much as I loved it, it’s really not the style that Brian and I together like.  It took us a while to come up with a style that we really wanted to go with in our home.  Brian really likes the light oak, more country feel to a house. I like a dark wood, hard wood floors and slightly more modern.  It’s really been just over the last year or two that we’ve come up with our style, and honestly I have no clue what to call it!  Rustic/romantic/shabby, I don’t know!

So our table was delivered over the weekend, and well it’s GORGEOUS.  I found this place called The Rustic Oar in McKinney Texas that will build the table the exact way you want it, stain it the color you want and even provide a place to get chairs if you need them.  We are SO happy that we choose to go with them. The table looks amazing and is exactly the style that I wanted.

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Dump Soup

Have you ever looked into your pantry or refrigerator and thought, good grief what can I make with all these random ingredients?? Well that was TOTALLY me this week! I have been trying to use up some items in my pantry so I decided to just dump a BUNCH of stuff in a pot and call it soup….I was really thinking that this would taste horrible – HONESTLY!  But it turned out to be amazing! It’s a little spicy so if you’re making it for the kiddos, you may want to leave out a green chili or two 😉

So for my benefit (and anyone else who may want to read this!) I’m typing it out – sadly I didn’t even take a picture.

Dump Soup  – an Original Recipe

*Do not drain any of your canned items!

2 cans diced Tomatoes with chilies

1 large can diced tomatoes

2 packets of onion soup mix

1 14 oz can beef broth

1 bag mixed frozen veggies

1/2 bag frozen green beans

1 small can diced green chilies

1/4 cup rice

1/2 tsp of garlic powder (I know right? I didn’t have any fresh on hand! so unlike me!)

Put it all in a pan and let it get HOT took me about an hour or so – when it’s hot strain out about 1/2 of the veggies with a slotted spoon and use the immersion blender to blend them until smooth. I’m sure a regular blender would work too – I just wanted to use my immersion blender 😉 Caution – if you use a regular blender hold down the lid with a towel to protect your hand from the steam, and to hold the lid on – if you don’t hold down the lid your blender WILL explode hot veggies ALL OVER YOUR KITCHEN…yes, I speak from experience! Then add 1-2 tsp of cornstarch to blended veggies – blend again so you don’t have any clumps. The cornstarch will help thicken the soup. Return blended veggies to soup, mix well.  Continue to cook soup on low for another 2-4 hours until it starts to get thick (more like a chili)

Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream (although Brian liked it without anything extra!)

So there you go – Something I REALLY had no hope in WHATSOEVER, turned out amazing 🙂  FOR THE WIN!!!