Mom Wants This for Mother's Day

Let's take a break in our regular home renovation coverage to talk about an important holiday that is fast approaching. Mother's Day is almost here and there's still time to get your online orders in! Even more time for your last minute, Saturday, May 9th shopping. Now, I've tried for the past 3 years to request nothing but a coupon book of 3 hour long naps, but I never seem to get what I want, so why not go for the gold right?

Mom Wants This For Mother's Day

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Turmeric Pasta: It's like a classy Mac and Cheese for Adults

For a meal I could eat pretty much every day of the year, I'd turn to Turmeric Pasta. The recipe that I have was passed down to my husband from his parents on a print out in Courier font. We kept that trusty paper around for years before we finally typed it up (in Courier font) and placed it safely on our USB drive where it lives today. To ensure that recipe (and our drive) stands the test of time, I'm putting it up on the blog so I can always find it.

I have no idea where the original recipe came from (actually I may update this because now I'm recalling a vague memory of my Mother in Law telling us she saw it on a cooking show in the 80's or 90's and then wrote it down to the best of her memory - buuut that could have been a different recipe.) San regard, I did a Google search and couldn't find anything similar so there.

You know when you're grocery shopping and you suddenly have that desire to make your favorite dish and your grocery store has no service so you're forced to recall all the ingredients by memory? That's one of these dishes. Luckily Matt and I were shopping together last night so we could tag team this one. He's been on the no-carb wagon for months so we haven't made this recipe in far too long. It's a good thing we were both there or else someone would have been trekking out again for the light cream. It's always the light cream I forget.


3tbsp. olive oil

1 yellow pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced


1/2c white wine

1c ham, chopped

1/2 chix bouillon

1/2tsp. crushed red pepper

3/4tsp. thyme

3/4c roasted red pepper, chopped

1/2tsp. salt


1/2c chix broth

1/2tsp. turmeric


1/2c light cream


1lb. bowtie pasta

1tbsp. butter

1/4c parm

Want to feel even better about your choice to indulge in Turmeric Pasta? Did I mention the health benefits of Turmeric? Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric is associated with taming heartburn and upset stomach, warding off heart attacks, delaying diabetes, and even fighting cancer!

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Our Renovation Story: The Paint Palette

I love paint. I love to paint rooms. My husband is a control freak with perfectionist tendencies so he hates when I volunteer to paint. Luckily for him, paint was included in the price of our renovation.
That didn't mean that I didn't get to have a grand ol' time selecting paint colors. I did. 

Once again we went with our ol' standby - Sherwin Williams. Actually, our contractor's choice, but also the paint we used in our last house exclusively. I really like the Sherwin color palette and felt like I was comfortable navigating their swatches.

Not gonna lie, Pinterest was my guiding light in this department. You can see some of my research in these two boards. 

Follow Melissa Carrier [@Jemstaa]'s board Master bedroom renovation on Pinterest.
Follow Melissa Carrier [@Jemstaa]'s board Bathroom renovation on Pinterest.

I really fell in love with Sherwin William's Sea Salt first. From there, the search was on to find coordinating hues that would leave the upstairs with a fresh, coastal feel. Surprisingly, it took me a until the last minute and the painters were literally on the way to the paint store for me to decide to go with Comfort Gray for the master bedroom (Sea Salt was designated for the bathroom). Duh. Of course it's going to coordinate with Sea Salt, it's right next to it on the damn swatch.

Here's a look at the view from our room, into the hallway, and then Grace's room.
Comfort Gray, Heron's Plume, and Rainwashed (a color we loved in our bedroom at our last house)

Terrible lighting, but Rainwashed in Grace's room.

Now that we're this close to moving in upstairs, I'll be sure to have some updated photos soon!

What are your favorite or go-to paint colors?

Our Renovation Story: The not so glam part

Once the walls went up there was a period of activity that was much more behind the scenes. You know all the wires and pipes in your home? Yeah, well those are kind of a big deal and it takes a little time to get those into place. There was also the activity of plastering, sanding and priming the walls. Not so glamorous but all quite necessary.

 Gracie loves to give tours and any stage of the progress. Stop by today and she'll give you a tour of the latest happenings.

 At the "it's going to look worse before it looks better stage."

Gracie showing off her expansive new digs and freshly primed walls... Our Renovation: A Paint Story is coming up next!

Our Renovation Story: Drywall Day

Drywall Day was a big event in our house. Framing is fun and all, but after a drywall session you can really see it all coming together. Once everything was framed we really got an idea of how big all the rooms ended up - it was a nice surprise! This was also the point where Matt and I patted each other on the back for our decision to go with a vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom. A decision Matt originally brought up because he's tall and has a fear of ceiling fans that are too short. 

 Existing stairway leading to 2nd floor and 2nd floor hallway looking at bathroom. 

Bedroom sitting room view left and view right.

View of master bedroom and vaulted ceiling. View of bathroom with shower enclosure.

View of Melissa's giant dream closet.

View of Gracie's room.

Timeline-wise, this must have been in January. Keep in mind, I didn't get any shots of the plumbing and electrical that went into the walls.

Our Renovation Story: Framing

Framing was an exciting step to see because it was the first time we saw our floor plan come to life. 

But first, let's take a look back at the outside

Framing was also amazingly fast and done in a day or two. 

View of cathedral ceiling in master bedroom.

Hallway looking toward window in bathroom and the former attic/new storage space at the other end of the house.

My closet from door and turning left (looking into Grace's room)

And finally, Grace's room from the doorway.