Farmhouse Decor – Bathroom Cupboard

We found this old cupboard years ago at a barn sale in Oregon City, OR.  At the same sale, we found some towels from WWII (still in the brown paper wrapping) and a sealed case (24) of never used (I’m absolutely sure) urine specimen jars.  I used to teach science so all of these vintage medical finds are great!

We hung the cupboard in the bathroom and use it as a medicine chest over the toilet rather than having one above the sink.

The towels were wonderful in the kitchen (heavy and absorbent) and we use the urine specimen jars for juice glasses.  The boys loved this when they were younger and gave their friends apple juice in them.


30 Days of Hygge – not necessarily in this order

  1. Make a proper hot chocolate with all the trimmings.
  2. Make a London Fog.
  3. Read a favorite book from childhood
  4. Start a book by a favorite author
  5. Start a book by a new author
  6. Bake bread and give a loaf to a friend
  7. Bake a new cookie recipe and take the to school
  8. Bake a pie for the lunch crew
  9. Hang a new string of fairy lights somewhere in the house.
  10. Go for a walk to gather pretty leaves, twigs, feathers, berries, flowers and nuts then make a nature mandala.
  11. Cosy up with a favorite film from your childhood.
  12. Go to a great movie with a friend
  13. Cook dinner with fresh herbs.
  14. Wear something woolly.
  15. Wear a warm sweater with comfy leggings.
  16. Dress the bed with fresh, clean, linens.
  17. Have an at-home facial.
  18. Have a pedicure.
  19. Fill the bird feeders.
  20. Have a candlelit bath.
  21. Blow the dust off your board games and spend an evening away from the TV.
  22. Try out a new farm shop
  23. Try out a new local restaurant
  24. Try restorative yoga
  25. Go for a nice walk
  26. Make a scented or beeswax candle.
  27. Find the perfect lightbulb for the bedside lamp.
  28. Start knitting a new scarf
  29. Start crocheting a washcloth
  30. Make a playlist for cooking dinner and eating

Summer Vacation Day 9: Bakery visit #10, garden work and Chia Seed Pudding

This morning the weather was glorious – blue sky, warm (but not hot), just lovely. DH and I decided to visit a bakery because DS23 had a friend sleeping on our couch. We drove into Mulino to try breakfast at Tammy D’s. Tammy D’s is nothing fancy, just a pretty nice breakfast/lunch joint that sells some of their house-made bakery items. I’ve been avoiding processed sugar for nine days so, even though the cinnamon rolls were calling out to me and the cookies looked delicious, DH and I settled for a beautiful loaf of brioche. Breakfast was tasty, DH had the traditional breakfast ($10.50 was maybe a bit high) and I settled on the biscuit and gravy from the senior/kids menu with an egg on the side ($6.50). It was fine….not the most remarkable breakfast we’ve had, but well cooked and the service was friendly and terrific.


When we got home, we spent some time in the garden.  We fertilized and watered, put strings up on the pea trellis and DH repaired a couple of fence posts that had rotted out.  The cement should dry tonight so we can put up fencing tomorrow to keep the deer and rabbits from (hopefully) snacking on my veggies.

This evening I really wanted a sweet snack from the Dairy Queen – – Day 9 No Sugar had been going really smoothly until then.  I remembered that I had stirred up a batch of Coconut Milk Chia Seed Pudding yesterday and it was waiting in the refrigerator.  I topped it with a little fresh mango and some raw milk from my favorite cow and dug in.  Now I’ll be the first to admit, grayish-purple pudding is not chocolate soft-serve, but it was cold and just slightly sweet and pretty darn delicious.

Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

1 cup chia seeds
1 can coconut milk
1 T honey
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Combine and chill
top with fresh fruit and a little milk