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Midweek Motivation: Cooking, Organizing

2019 ‘Favorites” -We’ve successfully tried [and/or modified] all the recipes/methods listed after the main YouTube links below. These ladies have inspired us in many ways over time.

Friends and Confidantes, enjoy this continuation of our original Facebook post here – Top Picks for Midweek Motivation … {A Mother/Daughter Collaboration} Grandma Auburn & R.T.

YouTube: How to get your shit together and Helga’s Pennsylvania Cooking

COOKING Channels Con’t

Sara – Simply Sara Kitchen– Favorites: Apple Pie French Toast, Homemade Mac & Cheese and Buckeye Balls. >Many Meatless Meals! Mocktails and more.

Phyllis – Southern Frugal.com Favorites: Tomato Pie, Southern Pecan Pie. She will mesmerize you with her ability to make pie crust from scratch. >My heart goes out to her; yours will too.

Annette –  ThaSocial Butterfly – Favorites: Enchilada Casserole, Lazy Man Chicken & Rice, and Mac & Cheese >Comfort and Soul in the kitchen.

Dearly – Filipino Cooking at Homesteading Off The Grid — Favorites: Chicken Adobo, Sardines with Eggs  >I now adore fish sauce!

warm cherry muffins simple recipe

Thanks for stopping by today I hope you found a tasty tip or recipe – Gma Auburn {Jen} See also Quick Cherry Muffins

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Moving Part 12: Looking at a Doublewide

In part 11, we backed out of the huge house in the small town due to structural issues. Since then we’ve been beaten to the punch on 2 other properties.  Recently, we viewed a doublewide MH on an acre of woods. 3 bed/2 bath. New roof,, screened porch, patio doors and a wood stove- YAY! {Here we go again!}

{Gratuitous woods and porch pic… at the showing.}Porch pic doublewide

Looking for loans: UGH. They should consider this a house on a foundation, not a mobile home. But she’s older. So we’ve applied with a different mortgage company. Awaiting another pre-appoval letter is torture. As an aside: for anyone purchasing a MH new or used… there are USDA and FHA loans for MH and land/home packages, too.

Getting an inspection and putting in an offer this week – Crossing fingers. {It’s the first place Hubby and I haven’t had some kind of argument over- now that’s a sign 0.o }

Meanwhile snafus abound here at the TinyTrailer… A crack in the van windshield. The lawn mower croaked. Vet and medical bills are due. Rent looming. License plates [x2] are due. Nine prescriptions need re-upped… Can everything just be stasis for a few weeks, please?? It’s already going to be nip and tuck to cover a year’s worth of homeowner’s insurance on top of it all- Yikes!

Work at home and Housework- organizing… I’ve had really good days designing, setting goals and marketing. Later today I’m taking advice from my daughter and Konmari-ing every box/stack of papers hiding in this claustrophobic, mid-moving mess.

Friends and Confidantes, I wish you all a productive Monday- Gma Auburn {Jen}

#moving #midwestlife #organization #indiana #loantypes

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Moving: Part 11 – The Inspection Tells All

The Home Inspection revealed more than we bargained for.  Since y’all have been following our saga thus far- I won’t keep you in suspense… We are backing out of the deal with this particular property.  It was so sad for Hubby and I to come to this decision over the last few days.Lillies inthewindow

Now, if you’ve never went through this process; 9 out of 10 times you cannot back out at this junction in the game. UNLESS the inspection has pointed out grave issues with the structure.

For one, the water wasn’t turned on, so in that respect we couldn’t have the plumbing inspected (and because of that my Realtor will be asking for our money back from the seller.)  The report included: nail holes in the roof and subsequent water damage where some rafters had already been sister-studded, some knob and tube wiring (which may or may not be functional, but will negate a homeowner’s ins policy), and live hot wires not capped. But the worst of it was pylons continuing to sink in the basement with moisture all over. Plus the back half of the house has settled one direction and the front has settled another. Yikes!

Friends and Confidantes, when your inspection guy mentions the movie “The Money Pit” read between the lines.  “We got weak trees!” Tom Hanks  Gma Auburn {Jen}

#moving #homeinspection #midwestlife #indiana

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Moving: Part 10- Offer Accepted! The Countdown begins

Twenty days -more or less- until closing! We’ve handed over the earnest money. Now I’m ticking off the remaining TO DO list ASAP:

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First bedroom upstairs. 7/2019 Before renovation.
  • Homeowner’s insurance that is accepting of and dovetails with AirBnB.
  • {Erie Insurance gave me the agent’s name near us. Very nice lady understood what I needed. 🙂 }
  • Unwinterize?? pipes for the…
  • Home Inspection
  • Estimate for electrical work
  • Order Appraisal
  • Call the city & county offices/services
  • Coordinate times with and…
  • Email Realtor and Loan Officer all paperwork.

You know that feeling like you’re 3 days behind and still missing something?? Meanwhile, boxes are stacking up in my hallway.

  • Looking online for deals on construction materials, bath fixtures, paint etc.
  • {Menard’s has paint for less than $30/gal. -some are $26 with rebate}

Browsing interior wall colors makes me smile, Friends and Confidantes! DIY headboards, matching comforters soft sheets… and warm muffins for breakfast!  – Gma Auburn {Jen} Contemplates aqua and gold accents 🙂

#airbnbinsurance #airbnbdecor #homemade #DIYrenovation #midwesthospitality #goals #moving

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Moving – Part 8: Off to Underwriting

Flowers 12Underwriting is the black hole at the bank where all the documents go; while you nibble your nails all weekend with anticipation.

We had to fill out a lengthy ‘Letter of Explanation’… so I made the coffee extra black this morning.  It took a few days to reset passwords and dig up lost folders. Won’t mention my snafus with the printer/scanner settings.  Even well-caffeinated, I suck at technology.

Just now having slight heart palpitations upon the realization that we’ve signed ourselves up willingly for several thousands of debt over years. Friends and Confidantes it’s scary and exciting all at once. Next week’s possibilities – Appraisal and inspection hopefully...

#homeloans #moving #smalltownlife #buyerpaysforWHAT #Indiana #summerflowers #retirement