Black and white bathroom

I’m so excited to share with you the upstairs black and white bathroom ‘before and after’ from our 1888 fixer upper!

We had a little open house last weekend before we officially put it on the market and I have to say, I think everyone that walked upstairs said “I love the bathroom tile!” It is such a small space, that I knew the walls needed to be white, so it would feel more bright and open. I decided since everything else was white, we needed something bold and fun on the floors. I really love how it came out!

Black and white bathroom makeover on a 1888 fixer upper: white subway tile, oil rubbed bronze finishes + cement tile Here is the before photo if you remember from my first post

Basically we did a complete gut, down to the studs. My husband did most the demo, and pretty much just went to town with the hammer. I really hated how the toilet was the first thing you saw when you walked into the room, so we had that moved to the back left. We also took out the tiny tub and expanded the bathroom about 4 ft. into the master, so that we could have a bigger shower put in.

By the time we were done, everything was completely transformed! It’s crazy to look back at the photos when we bought it. It took us a long time to get here, but it turned out better than I could have imagined!
Black and white bathroom makeover on a 1888 fixer upper: white subway tile, oil rubbed bronze finishes + cement tile

I decided to go with a little more modern feel for the bathroom and go with the oil rubbed bronze finishes. I really wanted a darker grout with the subway tile, but the plumber had started doing the white grout and at that point I just went with it. We just needed to get it done. The white definitely really opens up the space.
Black and white bathroom makeover on a 1888 fixer upper: white subway tile, oil rubbed bronze finishes + cement tile
I found these fun fixtures at Kohler and think they help tie in the “vintage” feel of the home.
Black and white bathroom makeover on a 1888 fixer upper: white subway tile, oil rubbed bronze finishes + cement tile

I also found a few wood accents to help bring in a warmer tone. Definitely makes it feel a little more cozy. Black and white bathroom makeover on a 1888 fixer upper: white subway tile, oil rubbed bronze finishes + cement tile

Here’s a little selfie reflection going on… this bathroom was so hard to photograph ;)

Black and white bathroom makeover on a 1888 fixer upper: white subway tile, oil rubbed bronze finishes + cement tile

My husband added some white floating shelves last minute and it was nice to get some additional storage space.

Black and white bathroom makeover on a 1888 fixer upper: white subway tile, oil rubbed bronze finishes + cement tile

And I’ll just leave with one last photo of the tile because it makes me smile every time I see it! Hope you enjoyed this little tour …let me know if you have any questions. More photos from the house to come!Black and white bathroom makeover on a 1888 fixer upper: white subway tile, oil rubbed bronze finishes + cement tile

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One Pot Caprese Pasta

One Pot Caprese Pasta with Chicken …the easiest, most amazing pasta dish ever. Everything get’s cooked together in one pot and is done in 8 minutes!

One pot meals are one of my favorites. They are simple, require little work (with less dishes) and are done in less than 30 minutes! This one pot Caprese pasta should only take you 20 minutes, from start to finish!

This pasta has everything that you love about a Caprese salad. The tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and balsamic! It’s also light on calories, filling and has tons of flavor. I’ve made made this recipe about 3 times in the past month (tweaking a little here and there), and my family still hasn’t gotten sick of it. I also had leftovers and dropped some by a friend who was moving and she said her family all loved it too! You really can’t go wrong with pasta, in my book. ;)

One Pot Caprese Pasta with Chicken ...the easiest, most amazing pasta dish ever. Everything get's cooked together in one pot and is done in 8 minutes!

If you want the mozzarella a little more golden, you could also pop it in the oven for a minute or two as well.

One Pot Caprese Pasta with Chicken ...the easiest, most amazing pasta dish ever. Everything get's cooked together in one pot and is done in 8 minutes!

One Pot Caprese Pasta Ingredients

  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 1 lb noodles
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • one pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil, optional
  • Balsamic glaze, optionalOne Pot Caprese Pasta with Chicken ...the easiest, most amazing pasta dish ever. Everything get's cooked together in one pot and is done in 8 minutes!

One Pot Caprese Pasta Instructions

Combine the chicken stock, noodles, chicken, tomatoes, green onions, garlic, seasonings and vinegar in a large stock pot. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for 8 minutes, or until pasta and chicken are cooked. Stir occasionally.

Once cooked, stir in the cheese and cover with the lid until melted. Top with fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic if desired.One Pot Caprese Pasta with Chicken ...the easiest, most amazing pasta dish ever. Everything get's cooked together in one pot and is done in 8 minutes!

One Pot Caprese Pasta Printable Recipe

One Pot Caprese Pasta

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 1 lb noodles
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil, optional
  • Balsamic glaze, optional

Directions:

Combine the chicken stock, noodles, chicken, tomatoes, green onions, garlic, seasonings and vinegar in a large stock pot. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for 8 minutes, or until pasta and chicken are cooked. Stir occasionally.

Once cooked, stir in the cheese and cover with the lid until melted. Top with fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic if desired.

Enjoy while hot!

One Pot Caprese Pasta with Chicken ...the easiest, most amazing pasta dish ever. Everything get's cooked together in one pot and is done in 8 minutes!

Yum! Enjoy!

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Easy Coconut Macaroons

Easy Coconut Macaroons -so easy to make! You only need 6 ingredients and one bowl!

Simple to make coconut macaroons, soft, chewy and full of coconut flavor. Plus lighter and healthier than most cookies! You can make them plain or dip them in chocolate for an added touch! These are for the true coconut lovers out there!

COCONUT MACAROONS -one of the easiest cookies to make! You only 6 ingredients and one bowl!

These macaroons taste wonderful dipped in melted chocolate with a little drizzled on top. It reminds me of an almond joy! They also are adorable with chocolate eggs on top for Easter celebrations.

This recipe/post was shared a few years back by our contributor Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy and I updated with the chocolate/Easter egg photos!

I am a HUGE coconut fan. When I was a kid, my grandma used to sprinkle coconut on top of sliced oranges for a quick side dish. It turned into a little thing she always did for me. From then on, I loved anything involving coconut!

COCONUT MACAROONS -one of the easiest cookies to make! You only 6 ingredients and one bowl!

Easy Coconut Macaroons Ingredients (Find printable recipe below)

I love baking macaroons. They are one of the easiest cookies to throw together. They have only 6 ingredients and are mixed up really quick in a mixing bowl. This recipe was one I got years ago from a friend and I make them every year. It’s easy to cut this recipe to half, or to double, triple, etc. They’re soft, chewy and are chock full of coconutty goodness. These are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie plates!

COCONUT MACAROONS -one of the easiest cookies to make! You only 6 ingredients and one bowl!

Easy Coconut Macaroons

Yield: 1-2 dozen

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 2/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate melting wafers (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.

In a mixing bowl, combine coconut, flour, sugar and salt. Stir in egg whites and vanilla. Mix well.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until the edges have started to turn golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool cookies on wire rack. If desired, dip the bottoms of the cookies in melted chocolate once cooled and then drizzle some on top.

Enjoy!

COCONUT MACAROONS -one of the easiest cookies to make! You only 6 ingredients and one bowl!

Such a yummy treat! Can’t wait to make these again this Easter!

Enjoy!

One Pan Dijon Chicken and Potatoes

One Pan Dijon Chicken and Potatoes Recipe …the caramelized onions, roasted potatoes, juicy chicken, and dijon glaze give this dish so much flavor!

I absolutely love one pan meals! They are all the rage right now, and for good reason! You just can’t beat cooking the whole meal in one pan. It really helps marinate all the wonderful flavors together. The sauce on this dish is seriously divine. The dijon mustard really takes it over the top. I was so glad it made a lot, so I could pour it over the chicken and potatoes once they were plated.

One Pan Dijon Chicken and Potatoes Recipe ...the caramelized onions, roasted potatoes, juicy chicken, and dijon glaze give this dish so much flavor!

If you love dijon, you have to make this dish. I promise, you will not be disappointed. The flavors in this dish are unreal! It tastes like it came straight from the restaurant. It definitely has more of a sweeter sauce, so feel free to cut back on the sugar if you don’t want the sauce to be as sweet.

One Pan Dijon Chicken and Potatoes Recipe ...the caramelized onions, roasted potatoes, juicy chicken, and dijon glaze give this dish so much flavor!

This recipe comes from my friend Carrian at Oh Sweet Basil and her new cookbook: Our Sweet Basil Kitchen. The book is a collection of more than 100 recipes that combine their love of fresh ingredients with unexpected flavor combinations and mashups of tried-and-true family favorites. There are so many recipes I can’t wait to try!

Our Sweet Basil Kitchen

How to Make One Pan Dijon Chicken and Potatoes

Find the printable recipe below :)

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2-4 Tablespoons granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you’d like it)
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 6 to 8 small Yukon or Red potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

One Pot Dijon Chicken and Potatoes Recipe ...the caramelized onions, roasted potatoes, juicy chicken, and dijon glaze give this dish so much flavor!

Preheat oven to 450°F. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper and set aside.

Cook bacon in a cast iron skillet (or oven-safe nonstick skillet) over medium heat, until crisp. Turn half way through. Remove to paper-towel lined plate. Chop bacon and set aside. Drain off all but 1 Tablespoon grease.

Meanwhile, whisk together the broth, vinegar, mustard, garlic, sugar and paprika in a small bowl. Set aside.

Add 1 Tablespoon bacon grease and 2 Tablespoons butter to the pan, and then add in the onion and saute 2 minutes. Add the potatoes and saute an additional 5 minutes. Place the chicken, including any juices that have collected back in the skillet. Pour the broth mixture over the chicken and simmer for 1 minute.

Place pan in the preheated oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are fork tender. Remove from the oven and spoon the sauce over the top. Top with chopped bacon and parsley. Serve while hot.

One Pan Dijon Chicken and Potatoes Recipe ...the caramelized onions, roasted potatoes, juicy chicken, and dijon glaze give this dish so much flavor!

One Pan Dijon Chicken and Potatoes Printable Recipe

Dijon Chicken and Potatoes

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2-4 Tablespoons granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you'd like it)
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 6 to 8 small Yukon or Red potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°F. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper and set aside.

Cook bacon in a cast iron skillet (or oven-safe nonstick skillet) over medium heat, until crisp. Turn half way through. Remove to paper-towel lined plate. Chop bacon and set aside. Drain off all but 1 Tablespoon grease. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 3-5 min, then flip and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until the skin is golden brown. Remove the chicken to a plate.

Meanwhile, whisk together the broth, vinegar, mustard, garlic, sugar and paprika in a small bowl. Set aside.

Add 2 Tablespoons butter to the pan. Add in the onion and saute 2-3 minutes, or until they have began to caramelize. Add the potatoes and saute an additional 5 minutes. Place the chicken, including any juices that have collected back in the skillet. Pour the broth mixture over the chicken and simmer for 1 minute.

Place pan in the preheated oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are fork tender. Remove from the oven and spoon the sauce over the top. Top with chopped bacon and parsley. Serve while hot.

 

Slightly adapted from Our Sweet Basil Cookbook

One Pan Dijon Chicken and Potatoes Recipe ...the caramelized onions, roasted potatoes, juicy chicken, and dijon glaze give this dish so much flavor!

Enjoy!

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25 Easter Crafts for Kids

25 Easter Crafts for Kids – Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!

Nothing says the arrival of spring like Easter!  Easter is the perfect time to emerge from hibernation and get those creative juices flowing again. These Easter crafts are a super-fun opportunity to spend some quality time with the little ones while getting ready for the holiday.

Whether you and your child love creating food crafts, decorating eggs or decorating the house, these creations will be sure to add to the festive atmosphere in your home. You and your kiddos will have a blast putting together these adorable projects, and for sure, they will love being a part of the holiday preparations!  Some are perfect to do together, and others would be an awesome surprise for them to wake up to on Easter morning!

There are crafts that are suitable for all age groups, so pick one, two – or ten!

Easter Crafts for Kids: Food Crafts

Easter Chick Treats with Free Printable from I Heart Naptime
 Easter bunny treats + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Easter Bunny Treats from I Heart Naptime
easter peep pops + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Easter Peep Pops from Love from the Oven
peeps pudding pops smores pies + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Peeps Pudding S’mores Pies from In Katrina’s Kitchen
easter nutter butter chicks 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Nutter Butter Easter Chicks from Frugal Coupon Living
rice krispie Easter eggs + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Rice Krispie Easter Eggs from Two Sisters Crafting
Peeps Houses + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Peep Houses from Yesterfood
No-Bake Caramel Coconut Nest Cookies l+ 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
No Bake Coconut Caramel Nest Eggs from Love, Life and Sugar

Easter Crafts for Kids: Egg Decorating Ideas

carrot cascarone + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Carrot Cascarones from I Heart Naptime
chick easter eggs + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Chick Easter Eggs from It All Started With Paint
easter egg masters of disguise + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Easter Eggs Masters of Disguise Printables from Small for Big
easter bunny eggs + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Easter Bunny Eggs from Little Red Window
DIY Spring Easter Eggs + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
DIY Sprinkle Easter Eggs from Studio DIY
DIY Washi Easter Eggs + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
DIY Washi Tape Easter Eggs from Lovely Indeed
Dyed Ninja Turtles Easter Eggs + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Dyed Ninja Turtles Easter Eggs from A Pumpkin and a Princess
Mosaic Easter Eggs + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Mosaic Easter Eggs from Sugar and Charm

More Easter Crafts for Kids!

bunny ear treat bags + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!

Bunny Ear Treat Bags from I Heart Naptime
Easter bunny printable party favor labels + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Easter Bunny Printable Party Favor Labels from I Heart Naptime
Pet Easter Bunny Printables + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Pet Easter Bunny Printables from I Heart Naptime
bunny boxes + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Bunny Boxes Free Easter Bunny Printable from I Heart Naptime
popsickle stick easter chick craft for kids + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Mini Popsicle Stick Chicks from Crafty Morning
Easter egg Easter wreath + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Easy Paper Easter Wreath from The Resourceful Mama
foam cup bunnies + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Foam Cup Bunnies from Crafts from Amanda
easter chick paper plate + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Paper Plate Easter Chick from Simple as That
Easter candy jars + 25 Easter Crafts for Kids - Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
Easy Easter Egg Candy Jars from Crazy Little Projects
25 Easter Crafts for Kids – Fun-filled Easter activities for you and your child to do together!
 Looking for more festive decor?  Take a look at these Pretty Easter Party Printables!