White Dining Chairs with Black Lights

Favorite Dining Chairs

Truly, I am in love with Eames molded chairs.  They are my favorite dining chairs right now.  I have four knock-off’s in white around our small round wooden dining room table and every time I pull one out from under the table they make me smile.

Since I’ve had a hiatus from the Abode Cafe (reason being: life), I’ve decided to come back with a topic that brings me great joy. Chairs. Chairs that I know my favorite people will sit in and enjoy a homemade dinner together.  Where risotto will get spilled on the floor and dogs will be begging to be under our legs the entire time. 

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Party in an Empty House

A few weeks ago I celebrated my 32nd birthday with a handful of friends in our newly purchased home. There was nothing in the home but dreams of what it will become. I was eager to show it off – but how? There are no chairs, no couch, no carpet to get cozy on. A dance party was one thought – but our tenants may not appreciate the loud music on a Wednesday night before we’ve even met them.

So, I gathered all the extra blankets, sleeping bags, sheets, and pillows I could and piled them in the middle of the living room floor. Purchased a feast of cheeses and wine, and had some girlfriends over.

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How to jazz up boxed cake - the Abode Cafe

How to Jazz Up Boxed Cake

Haven’t you always wondered how to jazz up boxed cake?

Last weekend, I was buying food for dinner and we were having some friends over (carnitas taco night) and I was thinking I needed dessert.  About the time I was having that thought I walked down the baker aisle. I NEVER buy boxed cake mixes, it is so crazy easy to make a chocolate cake – that buying the boxed makes zero sense to me.

However, when I saw the lemon cake sitting there for $1.50 – I couldn’t say no. How easy is that?! Box mix, eggs, oil, water, cake pans, baked, done.

Well, almost done – you still need to ice the cake.

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Proverbs 2: The Lord Gives Wisdom :: The Abode Cafe

Wisdom

Reading Proverbs 2 today got me thinking how little wisdom I actually have, and how readily the God of the Universe wants to give us his.

To paraphrase verses 2-4: If you turn to a glimmer of what God says is true, you will find truth in Him.  To put it next to John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” So much goodness in God wanting to give us HIS wisdom!

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When I Don’t Feel Like Starting

Sometimes, when I don’t feel like starting something that I’ve been wanting to – I have to find a way to get out of the funk. Somehow, flowers always make me see my home in a fresh way. When I choose to bring the random stems home, rearrange them and place them where they are most visible – it changes my attitude.

There is something to them being a temporal enjoyment. These six beautiful buds are only going to be with me a week or two. It forces me to enjoy them more. And somewhere deep down, forces me to consider inviting others over to invite them as well.

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