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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

First Flight

We had a lovely Easter at the T&C House. 
On Saturday, there was limited interest in coloring eggs, but Little helped me set up the dye.  Middle joined in, and wowed us with his egg-dying skills.IMG_3819
In the T&C House, the Easter Bunny not only hides eggs, he also hides the baskets.  In fact, this year that was all he hid!  He is pretty clever in his hiding places as Middle discovered.
After attending church for a wonderful time of worship, we returned home and were joined by a few family and friends for a traditional Southern Easter meal of ham, sweet potato souffle, deviled eggs, roasted asparagus, sweet and sour green beans,scratch macaroni and cheese, and Sister Schubert’s rolls.  We washed it down with sweet tea, and then we brewed some coffee and indulged in homemade butter cream eggs.IMG_3836
After such a meal, some of us napped, but at all times we had a sentinel posted on the side porch, keeping an eye on these guys.IMG_3821 Orville, Wilbur, and Amelia—our feathered friends
They’ve kept us entertained all spring, and we eagerly await first flight!


  1. Hello:
    Your Easter sounds to have been a delightful mix of family, friends, fun and delicious sounding food. We have enjoyed traditional Hungarian fare of home boiled ham, horseradish, and, of course, painted eggs but not, in our case, done with the sophistication of yours which really do look lovely.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful Easter celebration. I love the idea of hiding the baskets too! Your birds tucked away in your porch are such a wonder...I look forward to sentinel stories :)

    Jeanne xx

  3. Love the birds - how fun that you've been able to watch them grow! Sounds like you had a wonderful Easter. Blessings to you and yours!

  4. I keep hearing about these buttercream eggs...I will have to try making them next year!

  5. So sweet! How fun to get to watch those birdies grow and get ready to take flight. Kind of like kiddos huh? I'm glad you had such a wonderful time celebrating with your lovely family! :-)

  6. i just had my first buttercream egg today. your menu sounds
    delicious and your day very special. He is risen!

  7. My mouth is watering! Sounds like you had a delightful Easter.


  8. Sounds like a lovely day!! My poor youngest was the only one home so I'm afraid we didn't do a hunt but I did make two baskets - one for her and one for my husband who is a chocolate lover. Your meal sounds delicious - and your sweets plate looks extremely tempting!!


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