A few things I was reminded of as I read your comments...
- I am blessed! And, I shouldn't question or envy the way that God has chosen to bless someone else. He blesses us all in different ways, gives different gifts to his different children. I am blind to the ways God has blessed me if I'm focused on someone else's blessings.
- In that same train of thought....I need to be thankful for all I have. A couple of you mentioned the woodwork in my home. And, I do love older homes for that very reason. I love the character. But, it's a tradeoff - the house won't be perfect. Instead of looking at the imperfections (and this applies to every area of life...not just my house) I need to be grateful for what I have.
- I should worry less about what other people think. I let embarrassment over my home keep me isolated sometimes. I rarely invite people over. And, one of my passions is hospitality. One of the best things I read on this topic of showing hospitality was at Antique Mommy. It was called "No One Drops In For Coffee Anymore". I loved it!
Today I wanted to share a couple pictures with you and get your opinion. Our neighbors recently moved & they were loading some things to take to Goodwill. I saw this piece and something about it appealed to me.
They said I could have it if I wanted it. It definitely needs work. But it's sturdy & I love the feet on it. So, do I add this to my summer 'to do' list? I was thinking of sanding it down & painting it white. What do you think?
Also, the last few days have been nice & cool. Temps are in the mid to upper 70's. It's been sunny, but breezy. Such a nice contrast to the extreme heat & humidity we were experiencing. I figured it was perfect weather for baking...something a don't do a lot of it the heat.
So, I pulled out my recipe for Chess Bars. Very buttery, very decadent, very yummy.
They are crispy on the outside & gooey on the inside. They are definitely a temptation as I am getting serious about weight loss. Nonetheless, my family enjoys having baked goods around. And, I feel better about them eating home-baked treats than packaged stuff.
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
10x sugar for dusting top (optional)
Heat oven 300 degrees. Butter 9x13 pan (or 2 small square pans). Dust with flour. Combine butter & sugar until smooth. Add eggs. Combine dry ingredients and add to mixture. Bake 1 hour.
Easy & awesome!