First off, you guys rock. Thank you so much for all of your sweet words about our Dining Room Makeover Reveal. You guys are the reason I blog. You are the best virtual friends a girl could ask for. I’ll be posting more details about the makeover next week.
Last week, I shared about our new roof and the landscaping we have been toiling so hard on. You may have noticed that the “after” picture of our house I have been sharing all week has fancy new shutters. That is because I totally forgot to take “after” pictures along the way, after finishing each step. Oops.
Up until a week ago our shutters looked like this. A deep hunter green. In certain lights, they just looked black. I wasn’t a huge fan.
Today I’m continuing with my curb appeal series. Woo! When talking about curb appeal, one of the biggest things you can do to increase curb appeal is landscaping. I know. That word can totally be intimidating. But landscaping doesn’t just mean hiring a professional to revamp your yard. Landscaping can be a DIY too! Just ask our house when we first bought it. To say that our home lacked appeal when we first saw it, is an understatement. Yikes.
I’m on a curb appeal kick. And it is totally unintentional. I mean, yes. Our house is in some desperate need of curb appeal. The above is how it looked when we first bought it. Imagine years of ignoring the state of your yard. That is what our yard looked like. It was bad.
Then, after discovering some serious issues with the trees, we had 17 removed. And 7 overgrown bushes. Yeah. Seventeen trees in that tiny front yard. Crazy town. We left 3 of the healthy trees and they are flourishing with all their newfound sunlight. And this is how you all last saw the front of our house. Trees removed, gutters full of leaves, and random black spot on the driveway. (What the heck is that!? I didn’t even notice it until I looked at this picture!) I didn’t even give curb appeal another thought. I was all caught up working on the inside of the house.
And then, on Valentine’s Day evening, the wind came. About 10pm that night the winds started to pick up. And they didn’t stop until the next morning. Gusts reached 110 mph. Tornado force winds. For about 9 hours straight.
I’m a mexican food fiend. I love all mexican food. Salsa. Burritos. Enchiladas. Guacamole. You name it, I love it. But I stink at cooking it. Don’t get me wrong, the mexican food I have made in the past was delicious. But that is only because of those amazing seasoning packets. You know, the paper ones that cost $1 at the grocery store? Don’t get me wrong, I love those packets. But as someone who enjoys cooking, I’m a little ashamed that I have never made true, authentic mexican food.
But that has now changed! And seriously guys, these beans are DA BOMB (oh hi, 1990s!). They are simple to make and are the best refried beans I’ve had outside of a restaurant. And that is saying something. I’ve been on the look out for good refried beans at home for a long time. And these fit the bill. Delicious and easy! Yum! You absolutely must try these Slow Cooker Refried Beans!