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My house was kind of an impulse buy. By that I mean that I decided one day that I was sick of renting and that I wanted to buy a house….less than a month later I had a contract on my current home. And I only looked at 3 other houses before deciding on mine. It was impulsive to say the least and I’m thankful everyday that I didn’t get some dud of a house that fell apart 2 months after I moved in.

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The first year that I lived here was definitely a honeymoon phase. It felt good to be able to do whatever I wanted to the house! I painted almost every single wall (half of which I now regret) and put all kinds of holes in the walls hanging up shelves and curtains and weird DIY art.

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Then at some point along the road I started daydreaming about a bigger house with more property, more bedrooms, a nicer kitchen with a gas stove top. My yard seemed to get so small as I thought of the extensive garden I wished that I could have, the chickens I had to have, and the goats that I wanted (do I really want goats? That seems like a lot of trouble). And while children are not in the near future for me and Stephen (sorry mom), I started thinking about all the things we needed in a house before a baby could come. gah, why do we stress ourselves in these unnecessary ways!!?

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ALL of this is to say that I’ve learned to let all of that go recently and instead be overjoyed with what I have now. While it’s not a huge house and I still don’t have the gas stove that I so desperately want, I LOVE the heck out of my little house and I realize how lucky that I am to have it. I have also rid myself of the idea that I have to get a bigger/ better house before we can think about having a baby. After all, the dogs have their own room so I think the hypothetical baby could probably bunk with them. :)

SO, my goal this year is to continue doing little things around the house to make it feel like more of a home (we’re going for all the cheesy sentiments today!). Like my new kitchen table.

This is one of the only pieces of nice furniture that I own and I love the heck out of it! The table and the bench were custom made for me by a friend who has a small furniture company. He makes some really awesome custom furniture and I knew that is what I wanted. The table and the bench are 100% wood and have no metal or hardware on them at all. The wood for the top of the table came from an old barn in east Tennessee which I happen to think is pretty cool.

I’ve spent a lot of time sitting at this table lately and it’s been a constant reminder of how much I love my little home.  It’s nice thinking about my hypothetical children sitting at this table eating breakfast and doing homework and feeding the dogs their veggies when I’m not looking. I plan to keep this table forever (and I love knowing that it will hold up that long with how well it was made).Cucumber Apple Juice-10

Whew! I haven’t had a good ramble in a while. Let’s talk about the juice now: this yummy green juice is a copycat recipe of sorts. There are several juice bars here in Nashville but my favorite is Juice Nashville. And my favorite juice at my favorite juice bar is a juice that they call “Zing”. Zing consists of 4 simple ingredients: cucumber, green apple, spinach, and parsley. It’s light and refreshing and of course, I knew I needed to try and recreate it at home.

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Of course, I don’t actually know their recipe or ratios so I had to do some serious testing. Truth be told: I couldn’t seem to get the taste quite the same. But, I still managed to get a very lovely green juice that I’m calling the Cucumber Apple Juice since those are the flavors that really prevail in this drink.

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  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 2 small green apples
  • 2 packed cups of spinach
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 bunch of parsley


  1. Juice the Parsley and spinach first. Once they have gone through once, take the remains and juice them a second time. I find that I get almost double the juice by doing this.
  2. Juice the apples and cucumber.
  3. Stir and ENJOY!!
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes