The Loo

So I typed in “loo” into my Yahoo search bar to discover the proper spelling of the term used for a toilet or or a bathroom and quickly learned it is spelled just like it sounds (duh!).  The first item that comes up in my options of delights to read is “Toilet” on Wikipedia.  Let me just say that this, the Wikipedia entry for toilet has got to be one of the longest I have ever read and now I know more than I ever wanted to know about it.  And you know you’re going to go and look it up now, aren’t you?

Our loo, and I mean this in referring to our bathroom not our toilet, has officially been updated with a double sink!  We had it installed in the main bathroom in our house because of our growing clan, and it’s also a great selling feature.  Potential home buyers love double sinks.

Now while I would love to go all “vintage” on it, the home stager in me says to keep it contemporary and neutral for the next happy owner of this loo.  This nest is not our forever nest, so while we are renovating it to make it more our style, we are practicing some restraint.  Permanent fixtures in this home will remain neutral.  Our style and personality is being brought in by way of accessories and items that can be taken down or moved easily.  That’s the key to living in the house you love, while still making it appealing to the masses.


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For the love of dogs

I warned you in my very first blog And So It Begins that some posts would have nothing to do with decorating or anything related to furniture.  Sometimes I just want to share with you what’s going on in our nest and today is just that sort of day.

I love to bake.  Cake anyone?  Anyone that knows me knows this.  I don’t need a reason.  I’ll do it for absolutely no reason at all.  I’ve been called a cookie monster before and with good reason!  I love me some cookies.  But I decided it was time to share the love and bake something special for our furry friends.  Yes, we also have two dogs: a Golden Retriever and a Chocolate Lab (oh, and a cat, but he doesn’t do much and I’m not about to bake tuna cookies.  I do have baking limits).  I decided it was time to treat them to homemade dog treats!  I found a recipe online that’s super simple and I already had the ingredients in the pantry.  Saweet!

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup milk
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Preparation Instructions:
Combine peanut butter and milk with an electric mixer.  Add flour, a little at a time, until all is moistened.  Add baking powder and continue to mix.  Lightly flour a work surface.  Remove dough from bowl and knead until a solid ball is formed.  Roll into a tube form and wrap with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for one hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Remove roll from refrigerator and slice the roll into 3/4″ discs.  Place discs onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake for 15-18 minutes (depending upon your oven), until discs are firm.  Remove and cool.

Four ingredients and a cute jar.

I made a tag using some of my new stamps and leftover scrap paper from The Nest project, tied some jute rope around it and now the jar has personality!
I was going to take a photo of each part of the process, but I’m sorry, there is no photographer or angle that can make a long log of brown dough sitting on a counter top look appetizing in any way whatsoever!!  Sooo, I left that one out!
Sliced and ready for the oven! 

Look at ‘em!  They turned out really well.  While they may look ready to devour, and you could technically eat them, they don’t contain sugar, so they’re very bland AND they’re rock hard.  That is not this cookie monster’s idea of a good cookie.
Oh, but they look so cute in their jar, don’t they?

To say that my taste testers were eager is a little bit of an understatement!
And because we share up in these parts, this little jar of treats is being sent to some other furry friends we know and love.  Lucky dogs!



  1. Chloe and Murphy also enjoyed them! They appreciated you thinking of them:)

  2. Thomas made this for his fifth grade market! He sold them at school–doggies around the neighborhood were delighted! Our own furry friend, Phoebe (don’t ya just love the name) was an eager taste tester!

  3. You’re very welcome, Joie! Colleen, that’s fantastic! I love her name!! It’s such an easy thing to make and it was great to do something for the dogs for a change! XO Laura

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