About A House in Holland

I spend much of my time these days helping other bloggers, but I got my start in the blogosphere sharing stories about my children and home improvement projects. Every once in a while, I share updates here on projects in our current home, the California Cottage.

A Window Seat Made from Ikea Stolmen

Here’s a quick update on one of the projects we’ve recently completed in our California Cottage.  It’s something that I’ve always wanted to have–definitely a must on my dream house list–a window seat! Before I tell you all about how we DIYed this window seat using components of the Ikea Stolmen closet system, let me… [read more]

Furniture Gifts, Reupholstery, and a Giveaway!

Here for the Spruce giveaway?  Scroll down to the end of the post to enter. Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, we bought our first home. We were living in Connecticut at the time, and had scrimped and saved and searched for months before we found this pretty little white cottage perched… [read more]

Taste of Holland: Delicious Brown Sugar Muffins

What you are about to see is my family’s absolute, very most favorite muffins.  Brown Sugar Muffins. We were on vacation when we tasted Brown Sugar Muffins for the first time.  They were so, so, so good.  Over time, I’ve tested at least five different recipes that I came up when I Googled “brown sugar muffins”.… [read more]

DIY Holland: Easy Autumn Medallion Wreath

Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve remodeled my blog(s).  Again.  How do you like the new look?  I’m still working out some of the bugs so that you’ll be able to find all of the old posts from A House in Holland and A Trip to Holland here at Windmill Words.  It’s been a bit of a… [read more]

A Taste of Holland: Navajo Fry Bread

I have made it a goal this school year to add more beans and legumes to our family fare.  My first foray into the world of cookin’ beans  last month was highly successful, thanks to this recipe for slow cooker refried beans from Six Sister’s Stuff.  Um, those beans were amazing!  When I made them… [read more]

DIY Holland: Selling Furniture on Craigslist

Let’s be frank:  the thing that led me to learning how to sell furniture on Craigslist was a total First World Problem.  Simply put, after a cross country move from a large house to a small one, I had too much furniture. Too. Much. Stuff. Due to size constraints and room layouts, we had quite… [read more]

Insta-Holland: The Daily Cute

It’s Insta-Friday! It’s time for a re-cap of real life as seen through my Instagram.  If you’d like to follow me, I’m windmillwords.  I’ve linked up with other Instagrammers over at Jeannett’s Insta-Friday. The Daily Cute  Several months ago, my favorite (and only) son Justone pointed out that the word “cute” was overused at our… [read more]

Taste Holland: Lemon Blueberry Crepes

You know I’m a fan of crepes.  Chocolate crepes with berries and buttermilk syrup have been one of my family’s favorite super-special breakfast dishes for a while, now.  (Click over for the recipes:  Chocolate Crepes with Rasberry Cream and Chocolate Crepes with Buttermilk Syrup.) Last week, for Father’s Day breakfast, I decided to switch things… [read more]

Insta-Holland: First Insta-Friday

It’s time for a re-cap of real life as seen through my Instagram.  If you’d like to follow me, I’m windmillwords.  I’ve linked up with other Instagrammers over at Insta-Friday. My life was a little less than ordinary this past week, since I had the opportunity to visit the fun city of Austin, Texas for… [read more]


Up until a the first week of April, I was the proud owner of a “vintage” cell phone.  No data plan, any texts I sent or received cost me dearly, and the camera was laughable.  For years, I had held out against the snazzy marketing campaigns of smart phones and unlimited texting.  (Hello, I majored… [read more]