The Grapes of Wrath

Yesterday afternoon, I arrived home to the smiles of two precious little boys. Soon, however, their preciousness was replaced with pure pandemonium as they transformed into what I like to call “really, really annoying.” Why? The Witching Hour. You know it. Somewhere between 4 and 6 p.m. when your sweet offspring lose their minds and make you want to hide in your closet and cry. That lovely time of the day.

So, this happens every day approximately 57 seconds after I walk through the door. It’s all “Mommy!” “Wuv you!” “Hold this!” “Yay!! Mommy!” for a nanosecond, then it’s suddenly “AHHHHHHH, pop tarts!! I NEED POP TART!!!” “KNOX!!! MY TRUCK!” and my personal favorite “I POOP! HAHAHA!” Y’all. Kill me now. My brain is mush, and it’s really hard not to just run screaming from the house at that point. It’s even better on days when Trevor is on-shift, like yesterday, and I’m all alone: surrounded and outnumbered. I couldn’t stomach the sound of the TV blaring in the background any longer, so I cut everything off and decided to make a cake. Because introducing flour and eggs into an already chaotic circumstance is ALWAYS a good idea. Only this time, it was okay. My mini-foodie, Brody, stood next to me and identified every object I touched or even glanced toward (it’s his job to make sure I know what things are… I’d be lost without him). So, while he told me where my mixer aka “Mommy’s Cake” was, Knox, ran around doing other Knox-things. After I stuck the cake in the oven, I made them some grilled cheese sandwiches. Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of like six things Knox will actually eat, so we have them all. the. time. Anyway, sandwiches were made, and I went to grab some grapes.

Only, they weren’t there. There was a big ceramic bowl FILLED with grapes in the refrigerator this morning. Mysterious.

I called my mom, since she watched the boys that day while I was at work and asked if she knew what happened to them. She swore she put them back, though she had me check the pantry and the freezer just in case the boys had her too distracted to remember where she put them. They weren’t there. In the mean time, I checked every single cabinet in the kitchen and the fridge four more times.

No grapes.

In an epiphany, I immediately knew exactly what happened to them: Knox. That child is as loud as a jet engine until he does something he’s not supposed to, then his volume level becomes impossibly low. I asked him where they were (setting myself up for failure from the start) and he repeated back to me “Grapes? Where grapes?” We went through that a few times before I took him out of his booster seat where he sat not eating his dinner, and asked him to show me the grapes. He frolicked off the other direction. By this time, I am going through every possible place Knox can reach- under the couch, in the dresser, in the toilet- no dice grapes.

Seriously. Where are the flipping grapes?! I know they were there. I checked the fridge again, scanning every inch of the shelves. Nothing. Freezer- nothing. Playroom- nothing. Bathroom cabinets- nothing. No really, where are these grapes?!!

I am beginning to get irate at my eldest grape-thieving- mess of a child. “Knox, seriously, where are the GRAPES???!” He smirkingly mocks me with “Where are grapes?!” and bursts out laughing at me, obviously thinking “you’re an insane person, Mommy. Leave me alone, while I sit here and not eat my dinner. Maybe you should call your husband who always seems to be able to find me grapes when he’s home.”

WHERE ARE THE GRAPES?!! The word “grape” is starting to sound so weird, after saying it 211 times in the last five minutes. Who the heck named it that? What a weird word. I love that Brody is now trailing me saying “Grapes, wh’ are you?” Bless his heart. (<– Brody now says “Bless Him Heart!” and I DIE every time he says it).

I hate grapes. Stupidest fruit EVER.

A final sign that I’ve totally lost it, as my head starts to spin, I look in the refrigerator AGAIN.

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The end.

 

Just the Boy

I am thankful that Knox was born first. As the younger boy, Brody looks at his big brother and sees this perfectly amazing human being, worthy of adoration and  mimicry. He’s always known his brother to be just like this- there’s nothing odd or different about Knox. He’s simply amazing.

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Brody’s brother is his hero, and he sticks to Knox like glue. No matter what Knox is doing, his sweet shadow is close by.

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I love that he looks at Knox and sees all of the good. There is only good.

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Autism is a tricky thing. Sometimes, it hides the “real” Knox and all you can see or hear are the distractions- the way he runs all the time, NEEDS to jump or the random noises he makes can cloud his sweetness, his silliness and his sense of humor. You see the Autism. Then it’s hard to look past it.

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But Brody has this amazing filter that removes the Autism and just sees the boy. He knows Knox. Just Knox without any sort of exceptions. He’s always concerned with what Knox is doing and making sure that he’s included (like we would forget!). “Knox, shoes on!” “Knox, where are you?!” “Brother, come on!”

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I hope they always make each other so happy. I am so thankful today, for two little boys that love each other to pieces and don’t care one bit about anything else.

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Southern Peach Pie with Streusel Topping

Happy Tuesday, friends! Well, here in SC it’s blazing hot and the late peach crop is finally rolling in. My absolute favorite peach recipe is my mom’s peach pie. It’s seriously incredible- and to make it even more crazy good, it’s covered in a crumbly streusel topping. Yes, please, I’ll have some of that. It’s pretty much a necessity in life for you to have and make this recipe- you’ll thank me later!

Southern peach pie with a streusel topping- easy and SO delicious!! From mycoffeeiscold.com.

Southern Streusel Peach Pie

1 Pie Crust (homemade or store-bought)
4 cups peaches (peeled and sliced)
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tbl whipping cream

For the Streusel Topping

1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1) Put peaches in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar.

Southern peach pie with a streusel topping- easy and SO delicious!! From mycoffeeiscold.com.
2) Beat egg and cream together, then pour over peaches. Stir it up.

Southern peach pie with a streusel topping- easy and SO delicious!! From mycoffeeiscold.com.
3) Pour peach mixture into your prepared pie crust.

Southern peach pie with a streusel topping- easy and SO delicious!! From mycoffeeiscold.com.
4) Mix streusel ingredients in medium bowl. Mix with pastry blender (or two forks, if you don’t have one… you really should get one, though- they’re awesome) until mixture is crumbly.

Southern peach pie with a streusel topping- easy and SO delicious!! From mycoffeeiscold.com.Southern peach pie with a streusel topping- easy and SO delicious!! From mycoffeeiscold.com.
5) Sprinkle streusel over pie. Really pack it in there… don’t be shy! Take it all the way to the edge of the crust, too. Trust me. You’ll like it.

Southern peach pie with a streusel topping- easy and SO delicious!! From mycoffeeiscold.com.

Southern peach pie with a streusel topping- easy and SO delicious!! From mycoffeeiscold.com.

6) Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes. Check it after 25 minutes and add time, if necessary. Mine needed 35 minutes to get fully brown.

Southern peach pie with a streusel topping- easy and SO delicious!! From mycoffeeiscold.com.

Let pie cool, then refrigerate. Best served cold (in my opinion!). Sometimes, this pie can get very juicy (depending on ripeness of peaches), and it’s okay to pour off some of the juice if it makes its way up to the top. Trust me when I tell you that you NEED this pie in your life! Enjoy it!

 

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Master Bedroom Artwork

You guys. I am so, so excited about the art I just hung up in our master bedroom. I’ve thought a lot about what I wanted to go in there, and I wanted more than something that “looks nice” to hang over our bed. I wanted something that had some meaning behind it, but was also really unique and fun. I was on Pinterest the other day (shocking, I know) and saw this from View Along the Way.

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The letters are from 163 Design Company- aren’t they awesome?! They’re wooden with canvas over top. I absolutely love the wording because that is my very favorite hymn, but I already have something with “It is Well” on it in our entryway. Plus, that wasn’t really in keeping with what I wanted in our bedroom. I’ve been wanting to incorporate our wedding song, “Stand by Me,” into our room somewhere, but I figured I would just frame the sheet music and frame it. Then, it hit me. I contacted 163 Design Company (they were AMAZING to work with and crazy fast), and they created me a little something custom for our bedroom.

Here’s the blah before:

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And after:

Wedding song lyrics over master bed- from mycoffeeiscold.com

Wedding song lyrics over the master bed at mycoffeeiscold.com.

Wedding song lyrics for "Stand by Me" over the master bed at mycoffeeiscold.com.

I am obsessed. I may have stood there for a really long time staring at it and smiling.

Not only was this project budget-friendly at under $100, it was also a surprisingly simple process to hang them up. I laid the design out on the floor, first. Then, I measured the width of the design and figured out where the center was. Then, I put up a painter’s tape guide and made sure that was level. Then, starting at the center, I worked my way out and up. It was really nice to have my sister here to help, that made it go much faster and helped to get things level. I discovered that my secret super power is being a human level- I was shockingly accurate!

Wedding song lyric artwork on mycoffeeiscold.com

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I hung every letter with a command strip (the letters aren’t heavy, so it is pretty secure). I was going to paint them to match our wall, but the canvas color was really close, so I saved myself that step. Plus, I liked the detail of the actual canvas a lot.

Wedding song lyric artwork on mycoffeeiscold.com

I absolutely LOVE the way this turned out, and I love having a little piece of our wedding day in our bedroom.

Do you have your wedding song displayed somewhere in your home, too? Did you frame lyrics or do something different?

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Living Room Update

As promised, I am back to show you guys some updated photos of the living room. We haven’t done much else in here since moving in, aside from clearing out boxes and decorating the fireplace a bit more. Eventually, I’m going to hang curtains in here- once I have the time to remake our old ones. They’re way too short for these high ceilings, so I am going to get creative.  They’re a burnt orange color- I am obsessed with blue and orange together!

Here’s where we started:

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Here are some photos of our living room as it looks today, just a couple months later:

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Living room with Palladian Blue walls and rustic accents from mycoffeeiscold.com
Living room with Palladian Blue walls and rustic accents from mycoffeeiscold.com
Living room with Palladian Blue walls and rustic accents from mycoffeeiscold.com
Living room with Palladian Blue walls and rustic accents from mycoffeeiscold.com

We love our living room, especially the open concept with the kitchen. Other favorite aspects of this space are our reclaimed mantel (an old support beam from a local house that hosts weddings and events), our faux beam in the ceiling (it’s essentially a box made by our carpenter that was stained and tacked to the ceiling) and the new Ikea couch. Let me tell you, having a slipcovered couch is ESSENTIAL with little boys. I’ve already washed all of the seat cushion covers in the 1 1/2 months we’ve lived here thanks to endless chocolate milk drips and breakfast crumbs. Trevor’s leather “man chair” recliner was an amazing Craigslist find from right before we moved- it was in pristine condition and we paid $250. We found the tag under the reclining portion and it retailed for $1,300!! I also love our media cabinet- it’s from a local furniture store and was already the fun turquoise color. I made the name art that rests on it in Photoshop a few years ago after seeing this tutorial online. There are still projects to be done in this space, but I still love it as-is, in the meantime.

What’s your favorite thing about your living room? Any upcoming projects?

(Linking up today with Tatertots and Jello and Thrifty Decor Chick)

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