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?

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Kitchen Update

We’re just over a month into living in our new house, and the verdict is in: I am in love with my new kitchen. Getting to design a kitchen from top to bottom was the very best and most exciting part of building a house for my cooking-obsessed self. Here’s what it looked like just a couple months ago:

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What  difference a few months makes! Here are a few things that I really, really love about our new kitchen:

My brick-faced island:

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Our butcher block countertops:

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The apron fireclay sink:

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Our coffee station (because, yes.):

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The lighting:

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HUGE, deep drawers for pots and pans:

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My behemoth pantry (and that extra-cute bread thief!)!!

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The totally open concept with the living room and our little eating nook (we just added some new blue chairs from Target in here (second picture)… the old ones I borrowed from the dining room are in a few of these pictures. I can’t wait until Trevor build us our banquette seating in this area- we’ll have the two chairs and a wraparound bench.):

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There it is- my favorite space in our house. I’ll be back later this week with more pictures of our living room area. Happy Monday!

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