Monday, November 2, 2009

Soup Giveaway and House Updates #1

First, thank you so much for your sweet comments on our wedding photo slide show!!

I’ve really wanted to share all our house  adventures with you, and we’ve gotten a lot done so far! 

My favorite before/after is definitely the bathroom and I will share that soon…it just needs one more thing before it’s camera ready.

However, this weekend we picked up two new furniture items for the kitchen and dining area, plus came one step closer to re-finishing our dining room table!

Here’s a couple old Before pics, right after move-in:IMG_4602


Here’s after some new paint:

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  • This is taken from the kitchen.  What you don’t see is the lovely metal folding table that used to live right where the tile meets the wood…it matches the equally lovely folding chair you see on the right.
  • The table with the green tablecloth is a cherry dining room table ($20 at a yard sale).
  • We have been sanding it for a while now, and just stained last night.  It will be ready for reveal by the end of the week!!!!

Kitchen View:

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Our two new additions are the black Belmont Kitchen Island and white Windham 59” Cabinet, both from Crate and Barrel.

With the help of mom and my bestest…let the assembly begin!

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Ta Da!!!!!!!!!

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I’m obsessed.  It looks great, plus extra drawer, cabinet, and counter space!!

The other side has a leaf that goes up for a little extra eating space.  We are going to get two stools for this side.

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The beautiful Windham Cabinet:

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I needed this so badly to store all the wine glass, vases, and any other various piece of glassware that I had no room for in the kitchen.

Afterwards, we moved the dining room table back down to the basement to finish staining, and right now the room looks like this!

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Much better. 

  • The dining table will be a darker walnut color, with the white chairs you see, and we will be getting two other white fabric end chairs as well. (table seats 8)
  • and I still really need to get rid of those shades…they came with the house, and while serving their purpose for now, I can’t stand them.  Just not my style. 

Sunday morning, Brian and I went for a MUCH needed 3 mile run, and then enjoyed breakfast at our new counter space.Picture 017

Scrambled eggs, toast with Smart Balance and strawberry preserves, and homemade pumpkin spice iced coffee on the side!

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SIDE NOTE:  Had the best veggie pizza ever Friday from a fairly new place in the next town over from us.

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Farmers Garden:

Fresh broccoli, caramelized sweet onions, sautéed button mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, grilled asparagus, sautéed peppers, and a sprinkle of our cheese blend.

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Heaven in a cardboard box. 

Ok finally time for some giveaway action!
I was contacted a couple weeks ago about

Campbell’s V8 Garden Vegetable Blend Soup!Picture 021

This is a delicious thick soup with only 120 calories per serving.  It has no artificial flavors or preservatives, and provides a full serving of vegetables in every bowl!

For those who like to COUNT calories as a means to stay on track, this giveaway is for you!

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•           Campbell’s V8 Garden Vegetable Blend soup;
•           A Campbell’s V8 Soup Health Journal and vegetable shaped pens to keep track of your servings;
•           A Flip and Tumble shopping bag to stock up on vegetables; and
•           A Pedometer – to count your steps!

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p.s. the red grocery bag is really sweet…it folds up into a pouch that fits in the palm of your hand!

To enter, just leave a comment about your favorite soup (recipes welcome!). 

I will pick a winner at random, and the contest ends at the end of the day on Thursday, November 5th!  Good Luck!


  1. WOW! Everything is looking fabulous! I am terrible about decorating...we've been in our house for 8-ish months and we still need about a million things :) You're doing a great job (I'm jealous!).

    Fun soup giveaway! I love V8's corn soup. My favorite soup recipe is probably my black bean or the pumpkin I made recently. Soup is so perfect for this time of year :)

  2. House looks great! Gives me some motivation to get mine in order. We've been here for two months and it's still a bit of a disaster. :)

    As for soup, I really love corn chowder. Basically like clam chowder only it's just potatoes and corn. So good with a grilled cheese sammy!

  3. the house looks great!

    I love sweet potato soup! MMM

  4. Your house looks great! I love seeing before and afters! It's so fun to see how much a space can change.

    My favorite soup is broccoli cheddar. Especially if it's from Panera.

  5. I really like just plain tomato soup!

  6. yum soup! i love pumpkin soups, and the one they have at au bon pain is my current fave.

  7. Your house looks great, and a kitchen furnished with Crate and Barrel TLC is always a winner.

    I heart baked potato soup!!! :)

  8. you're house looks awesome- congrats!

    my favorite soups are veggie and black bean.

  9. love the house pics!!

    my fav soup is homemade veggie soup - so easy to make1!

  10. Love your big kitchen!

    My fave soup is TJ's butternut squash...I wish I could make it myself!

  11. Looking good!

    I love split pea and ham soup and corn chowders!!

  12. I love the Windham Cabinet!! It would be perfect for us but we don't have Crate and Barrel in Australia :( I will just have to covet yours!

  13. My favotie soup is black bean...extra spicy!

  14. love everything you're doing with the house :)

  15. The house is looking great, congrats!!!

    I am a lover of lentil soup, preferably a Greek version:)

  16. I take all my fave veggies, roast them and then just puree them once cooled with a little olive oil--it's easy, healthy and delicious!

  17. I just love soup, my fave is good ol Vegetable Beef from the can!

  18. Hey congrats everything looks absolutely great!

    As for soup... I love making my own soup: a can of any kind of beef or chicken stock/condensed soup, plus 3 cups of frozen veggies, a couple of cut-up celery stalks and carrots, and chunks of sweet potatoes...delicious on a cold night!

  19. This is my first time commenting- just wanted to say your house looks great!

    My favorite soup is baked potato soup!

  20. hhhhmmmmmmav soup depends on the day. today iam eating tomato totellini....last week was turkey and veg with barley.and then there is homemade vaggie yum yum yum!!!!
    btw the Windham cabinet!

  21. hello! we're considering getting the C&B belmont kitchen island, are you still enjoying it? thanks!