My Kentucky Home Tour



Hi, Y’all!

Welcome to my Ol’ Kentucky Home!

house tour

If you are visiting from the Summer Tour of Homes…WELCOME!  You may be coming over from my sweet friend, Rhoda’s, house.  Wasn’t it beautiful?!!! She is truly amazing!

Have you been enjoying the tour?   I have visited every home, every day, and have enjoyed it so much!  I am so honored to be a part of this tour.

We have lived in our current home for exactly two years.

It was a 1400 sq ft ranch that needed a lot of updating.

Here is what our kitchen looked like before we got our hands on it.  Smile


kitchen makeover before

My husband and I renovated our whole kitchen top to bottom, and we are so pleased with our new kitchen.  It doesn’t even look like the same space.

To see more of our kitchen renovation, click HERE and HERE.

kitchen makeover after

The above picture was taken the day before Christmas, but I have also had fun dressing my open shelves up for other seasons too.


kitchen open shelves



Another room we have renovated in this house is our guest bathroom.

It was a green, outdated mess!

guest bathroom "before"

We gutted the whole thing and created a new guest bath with the cottage feel that we love.  To read the details about this renovation, click HERE and HERE.

guest bathroom makeover

My handy husband also built this beautiful butcher block vanity for our bathroom.  You can read about how he built it HERE.


DIY butcher block vanity


Another area of our house that definitely needed updating was our fire place.

It was just plain ugly.


fireplace makeover "before"

Last fall, my husband and I built a new surround for our fireplace.  You can read about how we built it, HERE.

fireplace makeover "after"

Here is what our fireplace looks like right now…


One of my more recent renovations is my craft closet makeover.

Here’s the before…

craft closet makeover

And the after…

craft closet makeover

I love this new space!  It feels so good to be more organized.  You can see how we created this space HERE.

craft closet makeover


This craft closet sits in the room that will become my new office.  You can see the beginning of our custom built office desks HERE.


A few months after we moved into this home, we started building an addition to the side of our ranch.  It is a two story addition.  I love the new newel post that my husband built for our staircase.  You can read about how he built it HERE.

newel post

The door you see behind the stairs leads to our master bedroom.

This is the biggest room our the house, and I love it!  It’s like our own little retreat.



Our dog, Champ, loves it too.  He loves to lay on our bed and soak up the sunshine that comes through the windows.






We still have more work to do on our master bathroom, but it’s getting there.

You can step inside our bathroom through the antique wood door that we got for free!  I absolutely love this door.  You can read about how we refinished it HERE.

master bathroom antique door

We also refinished an antique dresser and turned it into our vanity.  You can read about that transformation HERE.

And I LOVE our faux wood beams that we got from AZ Faux Beams.  You can read about how super easy they were to install HERE.

master bathroom

We found this antique claw foot tub off of Craigslist, and my husband refinished it.  You can read about how he did it HERE.

claw foot tub

Since our master bathroom is part of our new addition to the house, we decided to white wash the exposed brick that was once the exterior brick of our original ranch house.  You can read about how we did it HERE.

white washed brick

We live on 5 beautiful acres with a very secluded back yard.  We still have some work to do outside, but we have been enjoying our back patio.

back patio

Do you see that little guest house in the background of these pictures?  That is what made me fall in love with this house two years ago when we bought it.  We haven’t renovated it yet, but when we do, it’s doing to be awesome! I hope you follow my blog so you can share in that fun little adventure. Smile


outdoor dining


outdoor dining


This arbor was already built when we moved in, but we added the swing that my dad made for me.  We love sitting in this swing in the evenings and enjoying the peacefulness of our home.

arbor swing

And our latest the latest addition to our home?…



Yep!  Chickens!  My four boys helped their daddy build a coop this past Spring.

chicken coop

The chickens love their new coop, but I hope to make it a little prettier someday soon. Smile

chicken coop


Maybe some paint?  Landscaping?  {hee.hee.}

Anyway, that concludes my tour of our Kentucky Home!  Thank you for stopping by!


If you would like to take a tour of our previous home, just click on the picture below.

house tour


Next stop on the tour is Stacy from Not Just a Housewife!  She one of my sweet blog friends and the mother of four boys as well.  You are going to love visiting her home.  Tell her I said, “hi!”


And here are the rest of the homes on the tour if you want to check them out!

Full code:

DAY 1 (June 3rd)

2 – The Nester @ Nesting Place
3 – Mandi @ Vintage Revivals
5 – Ashley @ The Handmade Home
6 – Kristin @ The Hunted Interior

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DAY 2 (June 4th)

1 – Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative
3 – Chris @ Just a Girl
4 – Brooke @ All Things Thrifty
5 – Karen @ The Graphics Fairy
6 – Emily @ Decor Chick
7 – Roeshel @ DIY Show Off

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DAY 3 (June 5th)

1 – Melissa @ The Inspired Room
2 – Wendy @ The Shabby Nest
3 – Donna @ Funky Junk Interior
4 – Marianne @ Songbird
7 – Brittany@ PrettyHandyGirl

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DAY 4 (June 6th)

1- Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
2- Traci @ Beneath My Heart
3-Stacy @ Not Just a Housewife
4-Jen @ Jennifer Rizzo
5-Lindsay @ Makely Home
6-Sandra @ Sawdust Girl

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DAY 5 (June 7th) – Link Party at The Shabby Creek Cottage

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Skinny Banana Chip Cake


I made a precious new friend at the SNAP conference in April.  She was my roomie, and she was so cute and sweet.  She has a fabulous cooking blog that I knew my readers would just love, so I asked if she would guest post for me sometime.  Thankfully, she said “yes!”

Please warmly welcome, Ruthie!




Hi to all of Beneath my Hearts friends! I’m Ruthie from Whats Cooking with Ruthie and I’m SO excited to be here today to share a delicious recipe with you!

It’s that time of year when we’re all trying to shred a few of those winter pounds…

I’ve written about my weight loss story here (part A & part B) and even though I am a foodie-

I try to make my recipes as healthy as possible without sacrificing any flavor :)

This delicious Skinny Banana Chip Cake that I’m sharing with you today is a fabulous example of having your cake and eating too (with less calories!)…


Skinny Banana Chip Cake by


Skinny Banana Chip Cake

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
  • 1 (15.25 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 1 1/4 C water
  • 3 eggs or 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites- like I did
  • 2 1/2 medium overripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 C mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 C minced pecans
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Spray with cooking spray a fluted bundt pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine cake mix, water, and eggs; mix well.
  4. Add bananas; mix well.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans, mix until incorporated.
  6. Pour batter into pan.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes on cooling rack, turn out cake and complete cooling on rack.
  9. Enjoy!


You’ve probably notices there’s no oil listed in the ingredients and that’s the really AWESOME part— there’s not any!

Don’t worry though- this Skinny Banana Chip Cake is still moist and flavorful and delicious :) Hmmm, mmmm.

Skinny Banana Chip Cake by

I’m so glad to have been able to visit with you all today and share this mouth-watering Skinny Banana Chip Cake!

While we are thinking about delicious recipes here a couple of my other favorite Healthy/Skinny recipes that you may enjoy…

Tomato Basil Soup by

Tomato Basil Soup

Healthy Omega 3 Cookies by

Healthy Omega 3 Cookies

Easy 7-up Biscuits by

Easy 7-up Biscuits

I just LOVE Traci… I was able to room with her at Snap a blogging conference a couple of months ago and let me tell you she is just adorable! Oh my. She kept me laughing the whole conference! Here’s photo of us that weekend…

Tracy Snap

I love all the friends I have made through blogging… it’s a part of blogging that I didn’t realize, that I’d have the chance to meet and make friends with so many amazing and talented people.

Such a big thanks to Traci for having me visit today, I’d be happy to have you come and visit me anytime at or connect with me on on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest!

Happy Cooking!

xoxo~ Ruthie

Ruthie Knudsen
Author/Owner/Creative Mind




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