Is this or is this not a thing of beauty? It’s a papasan chair and its new home is in the corner of my bedroom. It’s the coziest little nook in my house. I can’t wait to curl up in there with a tea and read a book while its snows big fat flakes outside. (Yah ooooooh, I said snow, big whoop. Curse me all you want but I actually don’t mind the stuff until March).
I love my bedroom however, for the past six months I have somewhat disliked it. I used to have a rockin’ lazboy in this corner that I nursed and cuddled the Daughters in when they were sweet babes but it was forced into the youngest Daughters’ room when the Farmer moved in a piece of exercise equipment. I fought him tooth and nail on it too but he just barged it in here with it so I dealt with it as best I could. And that time is over.
All of a sudden the feng-shui in my room was completely gone. I went from walking around in here feeling like a laid-back hippie to being on edge like a wanted criminal. It sounds so ridiculous but I felt like I lost the cozy, chill connection with my peaceful retreat.
I will make it known that I like my bedroom like I like my groceries from Costco; packed perfectly in their places in that big box they give you. Right after I set this chair up, my room looked like that perfect Costco box again. The Farmer even commented on how nice our it looked tonight so he must have got his room-groove back too!
It started Friday when I sat down on the bed to type out a post. I couldn’t do it, I was too antsy. I started moving and cleaning and next thing I knew I had a monster bag of trash (I honestly don’t even know where it all came from), the exercise machine was on the opposite side of the room (fit perfectly by the way), my plant found a new home downstairs and I had my corner back!
It looked like the perfect place for this chair and ever since I’d sat on my sis’ on her balcony over 3 months ago, I’ve wanted one. I got lucky and found the chair and ottoman on Kijiji for a fraction of the price of a new one. Then I just splurged and bought myself the plushy, fuzzy ecru cushions plus that killer blue throw pillow. The best part is I up-cycled the old cushions by giving each to our two dogs. I love up-cycling! I saved myself money while making use of everything I had; it was a win-win!
All-around I had a great day yesterday. It started out wonderfully with a photo session of our little fam-jam with and then in the afternoon I went into town with the eldest Daughter to pick up the chair, grab the cushions and wash my filthy vehicle. Then the four of us watched a movie with popcorn and afterwards I retired to my new chair to paint my nails (which I have an obsession with lately).
I also had a great chat with my BFF. She brightens my day. If you haven’t read my BFF post, you should. I’m really so lucky to have her and a select few more in my life. So as a tribute to my satisfying day, and an ode to regaining my inner-Hippie, this is a recipe she shared with me for homemade granola bars. They’re delish and there’s lots of ways to make them plus they’re free of all the ends in “ose” sugar families that the grocery store ones have.
Put the rolled oats, cereal, and coconut in a bowl and set aside. Then put the butter, syrup, sugar, vanilla and salt in a saucepan and bring to a slow boil. Once it’s boiling, set a timer for 2 minutes and when it’s done, remove the mixture from the heat.
Pour the pot of buttery goodness over the granola mix. Form it into an 8×8 greased pan and put in the fridge for 20 minutes then eat it up! The mix on the left of the pan is puffed wheat/peanut butter chips and on the right it’s rice krispie and craisins.
The BFF’s Granola Bars
2 cups quick cooking oats (I like porridge oats because there’s flax and bran in them also)
1 cup rice krispies
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup add-ins of your choice (I used craisins in one and puffed wheat in the other but you can use anything; nuts, pretzels, candy pieces, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips)
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with my new chair. Happiness to you all! Kim.