Sundays on Silverado #31

Welcome to Sundays on Silverado #31. 💕

Life Lately

It was a busy week around here last week, but a good one.

My daughter had a birthday on Saturday, and it was the first time in years that I actually got to celebrate with her on her actual birthday. Plus, since her husband also has a February birthday, we used the occasion to have a double birthday celebration for the both of them. 🎂

Freezer Foods

In the few days before we went, I made up some freezer pans of lasagna and chicken casserole, as well as a big batch of my daughter’s favorite cookies from childhood. The kids have a lot going on in their lives right now, and I wanted to give them some options for easy, satisfying meals when they just don’t have the energy to cook. Plus, I delivered some to my son and his girlfriend, who are recovering from COVID. ☹️

Birthday Party

My sweet hubs spent his day off smoking two big pork butts on his smoker the day before our visit. To make the birthday party as easy as possible on the kids, we took the whole party to them! We brought pulled pork, buns, chips, cole slaw, Calico Baked Beans, and birthday cake! Then, there was plenty of pork left over to leave them with some for the freezer for easy meals later. Plus, we delivered some to my son, and still had some left for our freezer, too. Big batches on the smoker are the way to go.

Home Renovation Reveal

It was so fun to see their finished basement that they’ve been working on renovating for months! I’ve seen so many pics as they’ve progressed, but seeing it in person was worth the wait. These two are so talented, and did this 100% on their own. It went from an empty cement basement, to doubling their living space with a guest bedroom (we’re calling it the “parents’ suite”😂), another bathroom, a laundry room, a storage room, a full bar, a TV area, and a wine cellar!

Here’s the before and after….

The “parents'” suite, and the new laundry room…

My dad built this butcher block counter in the 70s. He gifted it to the kids when they bought this house, and they custom-built this bar to accommodate it. 💕

And look at this wine cellar! It was an empty cement space under the front stoop before. How clever of them to turn it into this functional and super cool space.

It was a great day, and just what this mama needed.

In other news, finally, some SPRING weather…
My favorite long-stem glasses from Crate & Barrel

We finally have some weather in the 50s. For a short time after work, it’s been warm enough to sit on the patio in the sunshine and enjoy some fresh air. I’ve been craving this outside time– it makes such a difference in my mood and state of mind. I am so ready for gardening, and summer adventures, and Happy Hour on the patio….. <sigh>….

In Case You Missed It…

Old Fashioned Pound Cake

I shared this 250-year-old pound cake recipe from a book I purchased in Mount Vernon– Dining with the Washingtons. I’m in love with book, and the cake was delicious.

Prime Purchases–March

Each month, I link up with some other bloggers to share our Amazon Prime finds. It’s fun to see what others are shopping for! My new lunch box, and another pair of my favorite leggings are my favorite purchases this month.

DIY Blog Hop!

Finally, I’m participating in another fun blog hop today with my DIY blogger friends! Today’s theme is all about “upcycling”. My contribution is 4 Upcycles Using Paint. You can find all the other bloggers’ posts linked at the bottom of mine. Hope you’ll check it out!

4 Easy Upcycles Using Paint

The Weekly Features!

I’m craving spring so badly that all the lovely greenery in neutral decor really jumped out to me! There are so many creative ways to style greenery to make your house look fresh for the season. Just look at these beautiful creations….

Decorating for Spring with Vintage or Salvage Finds | The Crowned Goat

How to Refurbish an Old Mirror | My Hubbard Home

Moss Bowl DIY | The Humble Hearthstone

Pottery Barn Inspired DIY Vase | Cottage on Bunker Hill

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32 thoughts on “Sundays on Silverado #31

  1. Parents will be parents, right? How sweet and thoughtful of you guys to take the party to them. :) I’m sure you all had a lovely time together.
    And your daughter and her husband have done an outstanding job on the basement! The bar just looks amazing! :)
    Thanks for sharing it at the #HomeMattersParty

  2. Great post! So glad your children are recovering from CoVid that must have been a concerning time for you all.
    You’re most welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer for a little inspiration,

  3. Wow – your daughter’s renovation is excellent – love the Parents’ Suite! :) I’m a little late to the party this week, but wonderful features and links, as always! I’m definitely going to check out your new lunch box – very stylish! Thanks so much for hosting, and Happy Wednesday!

  4. So many fun links to dive into this week, Niky! I love all the features you chose and I appreciate you including my post on decorating for spring with vintage and thrifted finds. Thanks so much for hosting. I hope your week is a special one and you get to stay in the parent’s suite soon. It looks fabulous, CoCo

  5. Happy belated birthday to your daughter. How lovely that you got to celebrate with her and take lots of yummy food.
    The renovation looks fantastic. Well done them. I love the wine cellar. x

  6. New to your blog and am glad I found it. Beautiful space! I’m originally a midwest girl, from WI. We moved west 8 years ago. :) Happy birthday to your daughter and her hubby. So nice you got to spend it with them. Love the home renovation pictures!!

  7. Looks like it was a nice weekend, Niky! Love that I found your blog. It’s a beautiful space. Read your bio, and I am originally a midwest girl, born and raised in WI until 8 years ago when my husband and I moved out west. Happy birthday to your daughter and hubby. Those home renovation pictures are beautiful!

  8. What a great birthday celebration you put together for your kids Niky! So wonderful that you were all able to be together. It’s great to see that you have passed your creativity on to the next generation! The downstairs space they’ve created is gorgeous. I hope your son and his girlfriend recover quickly. Thanks so much for hosting and have a wonderful week.

  9. I hope your son and girlfriend will be healthy again soon! I would have done the same by cooking up many meals for an ill family member–it’s our momma’s heart!
    Your basement looks gorgeous–the wine cellar is fabulous!

  10. Thanks so much for the party. Wow- you got lots going on! Sorry to hear about the kiddos and Covid. My son had it too & we were lucky none of the rest of us got it. It can be very scary and I feel very fortunate. Love all your cooking. Cooking for my kids feels my heart so I totally get it. Love that wine space. Very smart. Have a great week. XO- MaryJo

  11. Niky! Love birthday celebrations! Sorry to hear about your son and is girlfriend, I hope they are well on their way to recovery. You are such a sweet momma to cook up some easy meals for them! Thank you so much for hosting this party and for featuring my moss bowl. I appreciate you!

  12. Happy birthday to your daughter and hubby! I hope they are having an amazing day. I also love the idea of bulk cooking. It does make life easy when you just don’t want to cook or just don’t have the energy. I am sure it was greatly appreciated that you did that. We have been having warmer weather too and I agree it does so much to lift the mood. I hope it’s here to stay!

    Maureen |

  13. Cooking a big batch of food is so smart, and I’m sure it was much appreciated by everyone! Glad your temps are warming up, it’s been a long winter. Thanks for the party and inspirations today!

  14. We’ve had a few days of weather in the high 50s, Niky. I agree with you, it really does help my spirit to get out side and enjoy the sun!
    And, thank you for featuring my posts. I’m glad it fit your green theme:)

  15. It looks like you had a wonderful week, Niky! Happy birthday to your daughter and her hubs! And what an amazing basement makeover they did! It is absolutely beautiful and such a wonderful use of space. Plus everyone needs a parents’s suite! I actually wish we had one for my in-laws! Thanks for hosting the link party, my friend. Have a wonderful week!


  16. I just have to say I am super jealous of that wine cellar. Simply gorgeous. Thank you for hosting. Have a wonderful week. :)

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