Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Roof is complete!

After two long days of hard work it is done! We still have to paint all of the red, but we don't think we will be able to get to it this fall. Due to holidays, family events and especially winter is upon us (or so it feels like it).

Well you can tell guys were here this weekend! Do they have enough beer? 

The hubby doing work!

With the new roof and peak it adds a warmer feel to the house! Now we won't have leaks or any problems for the next couple of years. The total roof since Alex did the work was a total of $2700, it sounds like a lot but it was a great deal!!!! I can not wait till spring, then we can add some curb appeal to this baby! Lets see where do I start painting the ugly red, new glass door, landscaping...oh the list goes on and on!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mini Apple Dumplings

I have been thinking since it is colder out and it's fall. What perfect dessert than apple dumplings to get us in the mood for fall! I have had the crescent rolls in the fridge for a couple of weeks because I was going to do a different recipe with them but since I bought apples I needed to get those used up! 

When I normally make apple dumplings I use pie crust and split in fourths. But I thought MINI since I have the crescent rolls! So this is the mini recipe for apple dumplings! Besides we don't need the big ones anyway...wait what am I saying we always need bigger! 

Mini Apple Dumplings:


2 Granny Smith apples 

1/2 cup of margarine 

1 cup of corn syrup

3/4 cup of brown sugar

2 cups white sugar 

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

2 Tablespoons of ground cinnamon

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, butter pan
Step 2: Cut apples and pull apart the crescent rolls and place chopped apples in them, put a little butter in with it and sprinkle with cinnamon. Then fold and place in pan.

Step 3: In a saucepan combine margarine, corn syrup, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla and ground cinnamon. Bring to a boil and boil for about 5 minutes. 

Step 3: Pour over dumplings 

Step 4: Place in oven for 50 minutes 
Step 5: Serve and Enjoy! 

Well they didn't turn out as mini as I was thinking but still a lot smaller than normal! Taste just the same! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Oh my gosh it is cold....what happened to fall yall? There is no fall we went from summer heat straight to winter. 

So what perfect time for SOUP!!! To warm the tummy.

This is my first time making homemade chicken noodle soup? Susie homemaker over here! 

The Richie Life Recipe: 


Extra wide egg noodles

1 lb of chicken

32 oz chicken broth

1 cup carrot (chopped)

1 cup celery (chopped)

1/2 chopped medium onion

1 cup wild rice 

1 garlic clove 

salt and pepper


Turn stove on medium heat put everything in a pot and cook for 30 min. It probably would be better to cook longer so that the seasoning can really soak in! 

Easy peezy lemon squeezey! 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Weddings and Projects

So last night I went to the first wedding after mine! It was so nice to not be planning a wedding any more. It takes up so much time! I was to do my wedding DAY over but not the planning. I just want to keep marrying my husband over and over! 

Anyways, it was an outdoor wedding in the middle of October in IOWA! Brrr it was cold but beautiful. It was one of my moms good friends from middle schools daughter who got married. So my mom asked me to be her date, and of course I said yes! 

Here we are at the reception, my mom is my best friend. I love her to pieces! 

So today my husband is re-shingling our roof. Exciting I know! Its project after project around here. We had to get it done before winter, it was bad you can tell from the first post. But we have a lot of family that has come to help and a few of Alex's friends. 

Pictures to come of today's adventures with Life of the Richards! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

The bathroom is finally done!!


The bathroom is finally done, and I am so excited! No more going downstairs to shower! Yay!!! My husband did such an amazing job on it, it is so great to be married to a contractor! So shall we get started!

So here is how ugly our bathroom was before! I wanted to remodel everything in the bathroom, but easy for me to say I don't do the hard work! So I was originally going to paint the tiles as seen on Pinterest. Alex was going to tile the floor, change the window, toilet and we would paint. But our plan went to shreds when we had a water leak. Yay! We get to remodel the whole bathroom! 
We are getting there! 

It is so pretty! I love it! He did such a great job! We bought the big tiles from Home Depot for $84.50, it was 400 and some but since we had gift cards from our wedding we got them for a great deal! Then we had leftover little tiles from the kitchen back splash so instead of wasting those we incorporated them into the shower! Yay! We bought the glass tiles from Lowes we had to buy 8 of them so $80.00 for those. We got a FREE toilet, faucet and sink from jobs Alex has done! The vanity was around $250, the mirror over it was close to $100. The bath tub was around 300. For the floor we used what we had left over from our kitchen but we had to buy a couple more so we will say around $25. Then the bathroom accessories the shower head etc was $179. We did this bathroom under $1100 dollars! 

The Beginning

Hey guys!

So, I am very excited to start my blog! I have been wanting to do this for a really long time but just haven't had the time! I am Courtney Richards (wow that is weird to say), I am a newlywed, full time worker, house-wife, remodel girl (handy wife), etc.!!! 

Here we are on our wedding day! It was the best day ever, I married my high school sweetheart. We have been together since January 5, 2007 (6.5 years WOW)! He is the best thing and look how cute he is!!! 

I wanted to start this blog to blog about my day to life as a newlywed, our lifestyle, recipes, DIY, anything you can imagine we will be bloggin about! 

So here we go, today I am very excited to post these pictures we have been remodeling our house since we have closed on it in March of 2013. We have refinished all of the hard wood floors, which are beautiful now!!!

Still a lot of work to do, to add some curb appeal. Coming Spring 2014! 

So stay tuned, get excited! Thanks for coming to my blog!