The Zarb Homestead

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Country Living March 28, 2013

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Over the past weekend I went to visit my parent who live out country about an hour away from our home in the city. While I was there I decided to snap a few photos.

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Good old Loudon, Tn; I miss growing up here. I love the simple life country living brings. You can’t get peace and quit like that living the city life but I like where I live now. Growing up in the country it was always a 40 minutes+ to go department store shopping and a 15 minute trip just to run to Wal-Mart. I love that I can ride my bike to Market Square, listen to the fireworks booming when the Vols score at the University of Tennessee and it is only 3 miles to Wal-Mart.

Knoxville maybe where I live now but Loudon will always be my home. I may not ever to move back home but dream home would be in the country. I want land more than anything. I do not need a huge fancy home; I could live in a 2 bedroom shack if I had at least 20 acres. I have been wanting backyard chickens for over 5 years now and I am sure my husband would love for me to drop this idea but I am stubborn. I just love animals of all kinds.

Maybe I will find some land outside of the city (not too far) and build my small ranch.  I girl can only wish.


Bird Watching In The City March 25, 2013

DSC_0003 (2)This is how I know I am getting older, I am writing a blog about watching and taking photos of birds in my backyard. I have been feeding and housing birds since I moved in our house however I did it more for the cats to watch them through the windows in the house but my indoor/outdoor cat tends to eat them.

The first picture is a Coopers Hawk that lives in my woods. He/she sits up the dogwood tree watching the small birds eat at the bird feeders and picks them off. Hey, it is a bird of prey. Below are a few of my better shoots of the birdies in my backyard.

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Project 365: Weeks 10 and 11 March 19, 2013

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Cajun Dinner Week


Had a light dusting early one morning


Um, no


Reddit Gift Exchange Scarfs: Homemade Harry Potter! I love it


My birthday present ❤


Finally, finished.


Making my mom’s tablecloth and Mr. Mal is trying to help out


Crazy husky had a cat up the tree


Been wanting this for year finally broke down and got it


My fish sleeps on the filter. Scares me all the time


Waiting at the airport


Went into the husky’s cage and my husband locked him in. Sad puppy


Trying to sell our snake. I am not a fan


Red Beans and rice, yummy


Sewing Burlap Curtains with Lace March 11, 2013

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I have been trying to lighting up my dining room because 2 walls are knotty pine and the other 2 are drywall. All that pine along with hardwood floors and a bamboo table I needed something to break the darkness up. I added a new rug thinking that would break the hardwoods with the table and it did but I still was not happy. I needed curtains, so I set out to make new curtains out of burlap.

This was my first time trying to make something that big but I would not let that stop me. 20130308_083304

First step: I had to purchase the burlap. I ordered a bolt online of 10 yards for about $29.00 ( I did not use all ten yards)

I also purchased a new curtain rod, threads, lace ribbon, lace, and canvas.

The canvas came from the packaging from my new comforter. It arrived from Anthropologie wrapped all fancy in a canvas roll. I seam ripped the labels off and I was good to go.


After a few days of waiting my shipment finally my burlap arrived. I cut 2 pieces of 90 inches each ( I had a 4 inch rod pocket and a 4 inch bottom seam) The width was perfect (40 inches) so I didn’t have to mess with that.

I pinned the lace to the bottom of the burlap and sew

Added one layer of canvas (ruffled) pin on the seam if the lace ribbon and sew

Added another layer of canvas pin and sew

Turnover and hot glued lace under first canvas layer and bottom canvas layer


After, I had the bottom finished I needed to make the tie backs. This small task wore on my patience because I have never sown a button or a buttonhole with my machine, or any machine before. It took me over 3 hours to get this down to a science but I never gave up. I sown around all edges and added a bit of lace via hot glue on the ends. I was very happy with the result.


I am new to sewing so it took me a lot longer than a normal seamstress. It was a total of 6 hours but I am in love with them!



Project 365:Week 8 & 9 March 10, 2013


Ice Bears Hockey Game


Won Tickets to Side Splitters on my Birthday


Birthday present: Galaxy leggings


Got a little bit of snow on Sunday 3/3


Got a hoop to get in shape for summer time


Trip to Coral Fish fish store. This is their “pet”, he is a puffer fish


It has been super cold in Tennessee. Here are the cats snuggling. I felt bad to make them move where I could make the bed.


Wearing my new socks


Trying a new recipe


Strawberry shortcake


Got a new table. I didn’t notice until now that the cat is also checking it out


Received my socks from the Reddit Gift Exchange


Our boarding pass to the Tennessee Riverboat


Trying out my new Harry Potter socks


Interest in Pinterest: Blueberry Angel Food Cake March 9, 2013

I found this recipe while browsing Pinterest and thought it was easy enough to give it a try. All you need is a box of angel food cake mix and a 22 oz can of blueberry pie filling.


Mix until blended well



DO NOT cook how the instructions state. I also tried the pineapple one and it overflowed in the oven, big mess.

Cook at 350 in a ungreased 9×13 pan for 30 minutes.



The taste was lite and fluffy. The picture above was my end product however the middle wasn’t cooked and it fell. Make sure you check the middle with a tooth pick.

This is a good dessert and pretty good for you. It is 2pts a slice on Weight Watchers!

Here is the original Pinterest post