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Welcome Home...Almost! 

Many of you may know that the man & I are building a home. Building a home is quite the experience for me. This is our first house together so to build it from the ground up is exciting and scary all at the same time. I have been very blessed to live in brand new properties for the last several years, but they have all been apartments, so to extend that to our very own home is sometimes surreal. Really, I sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure this life I’m living isn’t some cruel fairytale.


I know this is a blog dedicated to food, but so many of you have become my faraway friends that I feel safe sharing this part of my life with you. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m super excited about this new phase in my life and just wanted to share a glimpse with you!

The beginning of the process was very interesting for us. To begin our journey Nick and I watched hours and hours of HGTV. Purely from the standpoint of efficiency, we would watch these property virgins attempt to find a house. We watched them complain, coo, throw tantrums, and demand everything on an incredibly limited budget. We judged these people on HGTV, we laughed at them, we cringed, and even got frustrated. However, it was like we were shopping for our own house from the very comfort of our house.

Interesting enough we were reminiscing on this very thing last night. As we began discussing our own process we realized we had only seen 8 physical properties. Yep, we only saw 8 properties. {However, we saw HUNDREDS of houses online. Fear not, fine folks. Nick and I did plenty of due diligence, but mostly from the comfort of our home!} It was the last property that we ended up choosing. It was such a dreamlike moment. We literally walked through the model home five minutes before the woman was set to close her doors for the day. We ended up putting a deposit on the LAST set of walkout basements that were available. And our property is butted up against a retention pond that is zoned so NOBODY will ever be able to build behind us.

Me Celebrating on Deck-nobody will EVER build back there!

Divine Intervention? You bet your ass! 

Kitchen Progression w/ BacksplashHuge Window in Kitchen!

The best part about building a house is choosing all of the fantastic options to put into your house. We spent a lot of money in a couple of places because we knew it would be tons more expensive in the long run if we didn’t and we saved on some things knowing it would be much easier and cheaper to do it later {ex: hard wood floors}. Unless you have an unlimited budget I would suggest not choosing hardwood floors from any design studio. The price is highly inflated for no reason at all, in my opinion. Also, in my opinion, I would not do much to the basement. We were really lucky that our basement was fully finished. If it had not been fully finished I would have been frustrated, but I don’t know if I would have wanted to spend any money down there!

Okay, so I’ve rambled… a lot. Why on earth would you let me ramble so long?

Nick wants a Wind Turbine - he's measuring

Nick is scouting out a place for a wind turbine - in his dreams!!

Part of the back, including our beautiful deck with stair lights.

The worst part about building a house is waiting for the finished product. It was easy at the beginning because 7 months seemed like a long time, but now with less than 3 weeks remaining it is very difficult to push the house out of my mind. It is what consumes my thoughts every single day.

Because of this house process I have been slacking on the blog. I hope you can all understand. By the end of the holiday season I intend to be back up and running consistently.

I cannot wait to share this new chapter with all of you. I hope you come along for the journey. I cannot wait to invite you into our new home with delicious recipes and new pictures of my beautiful kitchen!!

Ciao for now,


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Reader Comments (4)

WOW....Beautiful house

November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Thanks!! :)

November 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterCooking With Mel

Absolutely beautiful! Wishing you much love,luck&happiness in your new home x

November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Ok, I went looking on Pinterest for soups and wound up checking out your house. Ah, internets, you rabbit hole!
I am an Interior Designer so I, too, watch HGTV with the eye for...criticism. My pet peeves on House Hunters mainly centers around the 100% likelihood of hearing these phrases:
"Oh, look - hers and hers closets!" which is invariably followed by "That's going to be great for my stuff. Where will you put your clothes?" said to the partner, a man apparently wardrobes with 2 shirts and the pants he's currently wearing.
"We want stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, open concept and move-in condition." Some people HATE stainless. Some despise granite. Don't just parrot what you've heard - pick what you LIKE. I bet your new house, Mel, was picked out this thoughtful way. You don't seem to be the ME, TOO type. Also despised is:
"This will be good for a man cave!" I've married for 19 years (I was 18!) and we still like being together. Why keep all "his stuff" separate? Doesn't he live there, too? My husband and I collect Japanese art and swords. ALL of my girlfriends said our new house should have a great Asian-theme man cave. Our collection is in our great room. Because I kinda like him and his stuff. And lastly:
"This will be great because we like to entertain." Ok, this is the worst. I literally yell every freaking time I hear this. Unless you and your husband do an awesome Sunrise, Sunset duet or a tango, you do NOT entertain. You hang out. Or have company. Gah! Parrots. They drive me bonkers! :)
Ok, enough time killed. Love your site. Love your honesty and I say to hell with the people who seem to comment only because you aren't the endlessly forgiving, understanding and supportive do-gooder. I tried reading a Mormon's blog once and felt like I needed therapy afterwards. I wanted casserole recipes, not a sermon. I also wanted to slap my husband in case he had ever had fantasies of being the head of our household. We are all a little bit bitchy if you are a REAL woman because you exist in a tough world with hard choices. We aren't lead around like poodles, beribboned and trained. Why try to act soooo Mother Theresa when, if you can be real and get real, you can actually work on yourself and really BE a better person?!
Now I'm going to be late. And all for some soup. :) Good luck, Mel.

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKestrel

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