Good Eats– Thomas Hill Organics, Paso Robles

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Jesse and I got one of those rare date nights, and GUYS. If you are ever anywhere NEAR the Central Coast, you need to stop by Thomas Hill Organics. Jesse and I were here once before on our 6th anniversary date for pizza, but this time we splurged and got the good stuff. These are small portions that focus on amazing taste over quantity (although it’s more than enough!), however, so be prepared to play $30+/plate, not including drinks or appetizers (we had a gift certificate, so…yippee!).

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Their menu is ever changing, since they only buy local and in season, so it wouldn’t do a whole lot of good for me to wax poetic about their AMAZING chicken soaked in bok choy curry, but man….it was better than any Thai restaurant I’ve ever been to, hands down. I also had French Onion soup for an appetizer, and it was the best I’ve ever had, completed with some brie cheese on the side.

And their wine list is above and beyond amazing. Since Paso is deep in the heart of wine country with some of the world’s best wines, why not showcase some of them with pride? I was able to try a few before settling on a glass of my favorite.

Last but not least, the ambiance of this little place is fantastic. Industrial Loft meets French market meets Anthropologie. Just fantastic.

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If you’re up for a cheaper option, they even have a wine/appetizer bar!

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Do yourself a favor– stop by and try it out!

Fantastic Friday #8 and Announcement

Hi! I’m once again hosting for Fantastic Friday! Also, stay tuned because tomorrow morning, I am making a big announcement. I’ve been waiting to share until things are official, and I’m super excited about it 🙂

Before we get to the Blog Hop, here’s a sweet picture for you that I posted on Instagram two days ago. I love the beautiful surroundings that we live in!

Goose and country living

 

And now, without further ado, the Blog Hop! For my readers/friends who don’t know what these are, they are a fantastic opportunity to meet other bloggers around the country. I have met some of my best “bloggy” friends through these blog hops. Link up, and visit a few other blogs too!

 
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Fantastic Friday Link Up
Fantastic Friday Link Up

Let’s start by introducing your hosts and co-hosts!

 

The Fantastic Friday Link Up is brought to you by:

Michelle from The MaMade Diaries
and
Stephanie from Life as a Mommy

This weeks lovely co-hosts are:

Leah from Mama Knows Nest
Stephanie from TinTin & Livia
Kristen from Happiness is a Mood Not a Destination
Kim from This Ole Mom
Jennifer from Mommy Day By Day
Tiffany from Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter
Kelly from Our Cone Zone

The Fantastic Friday Link Up is a place for you to come each week and link up all of your social media sites. Link ups are a fun way to network your blog, gain more followers, and make new friends!

Each week we will also have two or three co-hosts. If you are interested in co-hosting please e-mail me at mamadecreations{at}gmail{dot}com so that we can get you scheduled!

The Rules:

There is only one real rule and that is to please follow your hosts and co-hosts in any area that you add your links. These will be the first few links in each list below, and will also be labeled host or co-host so there is no missing them. Please stop by a few other pages and follow along as well, after all, that’s how link ups work!

Don’t forget to leave us a comment when you follow so that we can be sure to follow you back! 🙂

Besides that we do ask that you please share the link up in any way you are comfortable. The more views and participants we have, the more views and follows we all receive!

 


If you would like, go ahead and grab our button above and placed it somewhere on your page. We would really appreciate it and that’s one more way to help get the word out about the link up :).

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Laundry Room Floor Part 1

Remember our new laundry room? For those of you who are new here, this past summer we paid a friend of ours, who coincidentally was also one of the Cedar Park roofing contractors, to put up a wall in our garage, giving us the laundry/mudroom we’ve always wanted.

Laundry Room During 4

 

Laundry Room almost finished 1

But if you look closely, there’s one important thing missing– a FLOOR! So we cleared out the furniture, swept it out, and got ready to call in Diamond Coating Epoxy Flooring Vaughan to give a touch of elegance to the would-be floor.

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My favorite man dude, sweeping. It’s love, I tell you.

Before tiling, we knew that there was one really important thing we needed to fix. Towards the back end, the floor suddenly slopes down 2-3 inches! This is a straight board held up to the baseboard so you can see just how bad it was.

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For our first round, we experimented with two different kinds of cement. We wanted that awesome “self-leveling” stuff, but Home Depot and our local hardware store BOTH said they didn’t have it. At this point, we had even considered hiring Glasgow carpet fitters to level the gap, and get done with the awkward upheaval.

Floor Project Cement 2

While we filled in the major gap, the result was not nearly as smooth as we wanted. Luckily, our favorite contractor, who also happens to be one of the most Excellent Siding Contractors on Staten Island – C&D Staten Island Roofing was over yesterday, doing some work on our garage roof. He said that the Home Depot people are clueless, and that they DO have self-leveling concrete, but it’s in the tiling/flooring aisle, not in the concrete aisle.

So, back I went. And you know what? This stuff is worth every penny. And at $30/bag, that’s saying a lot.

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Floor Project Cement 1

 

Ah! There it is! So nice and smooth! Now we can actually put furniture in here without propping it up on one end (a see-saw bench in my laundry room is NOT my idea of fun).

We should have the ceramic tile in sometime this week, so I’ll be sure to give you Part 2 fairly soon. That was quite a challenge for us. If I knew, it is so difficult I would have hired a professional flooring service. I have done some research on this subject and found a good company (visit Gettysburg Hardwood Flooring Group’s website for details).

The cutest thing about this whole project was my little Gregory this morning. Because the hutch is in two pieces right now, waiting to go back into its rightful spot, he’s been playing inside it all morning. At first, I tried to stop him, but he kept insisting so I made sure it was safe (ie., put away the cord, and made sure it couldn’t tip) and let it be. As I listened in, I realized he’s been re-enacting Dumbo and the train cars all morning! He keeps pretending he’s a circus animal, waiting behind the door. Mind you, he saw the movie for the FIRST time last night, so he must be pretty fascinated.

Gregory in hutch

 

P.S., Does anyone else get super scared during the “pink elephants”? Sadly, I’m talking about me, not the kids 😉