Friday, April 29, 2011

Other Projects Around the House

Well, our biggest project was all of the work in the bathroom, but we were able to get a few other things done around the house:

*JD & his dad insulated & put "walls" up in our laundry room / storage room (this was really special for me as I am the one who spends the most time in this room & can REALLY APPRECIATE insullation & organization)
*They also built up new shelving for extra storage!
*Pam & I went through everything in our outdoor storage unit & threw a bunch of stuff away & organized what was to remain
*Pam & sweet Aunt Denise really helped us out with our outdoor areas (patio, yard, & porch) - lots of pictures below...


We kicked off our Spring / Summer entertaining by hosting Supper Club last weekend! We had 11 people over for one of our favorites, Mexican! We had a taco bar with all the fixins', beans, rice, grilled chicken, ground beef, queso - JD even made a cerveza home brew for the occassion! It was delish! A lovely evening with great friends :)

I also want to share a recipe I tried for beer-margaritas - really easy & super yummy! For those who don't like margaritas, the beer cuts the sour / tangy taste of the margaritas...

(my recipe was for 16 cups, the size of my drink dispenser)
4 cups 7up
4 cups Corona Extra
4 cups silver tequila
3 (12oz) cans of frozen limeade concentrate (thawed)

Mix together ingredients & serve over ice with lime for garnish!

Baker Bathroom Project, 2011

Here it is! We've finally completed the bathroom re-do! Here's a run down of what we did:
*new beadboard ceiling
*new tile in the shower (w/ accent tile)
*new tile floor
*new crown molding

...and here's what we have now:

WE LOVE IT!! SOOOO many thanks to our sweet families who helped us out with this project! It was our first try at a real renovation project & I am confident that we will be able to do more!

Over the week, we were able to get a little more stuff done around the house, but I will touch on that in another post...

Monday, April 25, 2011


Aren't these the 2 most precious little things you've ever seen?!? Totally smooch-worthy...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bathroom Reno - Sneak Peek

More to come....

my recent tv obsession...

Oh. Em. Gee.

I just finished watching season 6 of Weeds this week with my MIL (she's a Weeds lover too!) & I am blown away!!! I won't spoil it for anybody who hasn't seen it yet, but talk about a way to end the season! I will say that I usually don't read too much in to movies / tv shows, but I couldn't fight an overwhelming feeling that really all Nancy ever wants is to do right by her children (which I think was evident at the ending of this season...)

And although the next season premiere will air on June 27, I won't be able to watch it live as we do not subscribe to ShowTime (sad face). Guess I'll be in that sad group of folks who waits for it to come to Netflix, or maybe Hulu... we'll see.

Until then, I'll probably be re-playing that final episode in anticipation!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Growing Old...

Within a 10 day period, I found my first grey hair {gasp!} & had to get these....

So far, 27 has been a rough year for this gal.

over. the. weekend.

This was a pretty nice weekend for the Bakers...

Friday we went to Big Blue Bagel to see JD & the Man perform! My sweet friends {Katie, Tonya, & Leah} came to keep my company! We even made friends with the bartender, Todd.

Saturday morning we got to catch up & hear all about Katie's recent vacay to Puerto Rico with her boo Dwain! {Katie B spent the night at our house Friday night :)} WOW. After hearing her talk about their trip, I am so ready for a beautiful, relaxing, tropical vacation! Her pictures are incredible - check them out!

I also made a cake for JD's birthday {coming up this Wednesday} - I saw the recipe in last month's Southern Living magazine & knew that it was something I had to try: Key Lime Pound Cake! Here's the cake when it came out of the oven, but before I poured the glaze over the top:

...and here's the picture from Southern Living:


Saturday afternoon we grabbed a little lunch in Crestline & then got ready to meet up with the Knechts for the Boil in the Hood crawfish boil!!

Sunday was really chill around the house - JD didn't have to work at Mellow, so we had the whole day to do whatever we wanted. JD ended up brewing a new batch of beer & bottling another one (a CERVEZA) that we'll serve at supper club this month! I hosed off all of the patio furniture & started to spray paint the wicker furniture. Keeping it the same color, but just patching up some chipped places from where we painted it last summer.

There was also a lot of this going on this weekend:

We are looking forward to next weekend when we start our big house projects!!! JD's sweet parents are coming up to help us - I'll post progress pictures soon!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kate + Nate :: Wedding Pictures

a few of my favorites from their big day...

how lucky am I? have a GREAT guy who tolerates my craziness?!?!?!

Monday, April 4, 2011

itchin' for a hitchin'

I love the title of this post becuase it was what Katie's sweet grandfather (Daddy Woody) said before the blessing at her wedding rehearsal on Thursday night... and he couldn't have been more right.

This past weekend we attended the Davies / Kivett Wedding in Nashville, TN. What a beautiful wedding it was - Katie really did an excellent job in planning every last detail for their big day. Everything was so beautiful, & so personal, & reflected both Katie & Nathan perfectly.

This weekend was also really special to me because it was a chance for me to catch up with all of my *favorites* from high school & all of my *favorites* from college! I thought my head was going to spin with excitement! Seriously, how lucky am I?!?

I want to go on & on about how much I love my bestie & her terrific *hubs*, but I'm afraid that little sensitive / emotional me won't be able to hold it together long enough to get through the post... hopefully my pictures will be able to do it justice.

Katie & Nate - You both hold a very special place in my heart & I am so very happy that you have found one another. You are the perfect compliment to one another, & I can't tell you enough how your love for one another radiates to everything that you do. I know that you will have a lifetime of happiness together! MUCH LOVE & CONGRATS!

I'm going to load some more of my pictures from the weekend this week to share - but until then, here's a sneak peek...