When we first talked about buying the farmhouse, I was a little worried about how much work we would be taking on. I was scared we’d mess it up or it would cost a fortune to turn it into a home, but through it all my dad has been there cheering Garrett and I on. Telling us we can do this. We can make this into our dream home with our own hands, and what we don’t know he is willing to teach us…and what he doesn’t know we can look up online, haha.
He has always taught me to be handy and learn to do things myself and in many ways it was this life-long encouragement from both my parents that gave me the courage to start this blog all those years ago. It’s about learning how to do things and sharing it so that others can do it too.
I’m so grateful for all the help and support my father has given us since we bought this house. He’s always been one of my greatest cheerleaders in life, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he would support me in this too, but I still appreciate all the countless hours he has already put into helping us make this a home. It’s not uncommon these days to find out he’s been by the house while we were at work to fix or install something. Garrett and I are both very lucky to have parents who are supporting us through this adventure and we’re so appreciative of all their expertise and knowledge as homeowners. Just about every day my parents or Garrett’s parents are over to help us out with something. I don’t know how we’d do it all without them.
After a long day of working away, this is our “work crew” admiring what we’ve done so far.
While we were outside, four huge hawks were circling around the property.
Using a combination of recipes from books and online, I wanted to develop a Strawberry Cream Pie that used real strawberries with a rich cream cheese filling. I used a frozen pie crust to make life easier and then got to work making the filling while it baked.
Next came the fresh Ontario strawberries on top. It was already starting to look good.