Smith Family Renovations

Small town Nebraska does thoughtful, realistic renovations

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transformation tuesday | Painting The Prospector

Have I ever mentioned that Tim and I hate painting? It’s not that it’s hard, it just sucks.

We are not great direction followers.  We like to skip steps.  In painting, the steps are important. We want to follow the directions and do the steps, but we don’t. We want to get beautiful, meticulous results, but we don’t.

Don’t get me wrong.  Our finished projects turn out fine.  Especially if you don’t look super closely. I’m assuming we’ll get better over the years.  Maybe even grow to love painting. For now, it sucks.

It’s no different with this camper project.  If we didn’t know we hated that paneling and didn’t know how much better The Prospector would look with a fresh coat of white paint, we would have said forget it.  But here we are, trying to follow the steps, trying to get it right. Continue reading “transformation tuesday | Painting The Prospector”

Blender Guacamole Ranch

This quick and easy guaca-ranch sauce is perfect for chip dippin’, burger toppin’, or veggie coverin’.

My favorite way to enjoy it is on turkey burgers.  We buy Jennie-O ‘all white meat’ turkey burgers from our grocer’s freezer.  They are tasty tasty tasty.

Here in cow happy Nebraska people are a little hesitant of non beef burgers. “What, you don’t like beef? You too good for beef? Why use something besides beef?


Well, disgruntled neighbor, it’s just a nice change from your regular beefy cheeseburger, which, duh, I love too. Not to mention, turkey is healthier. Topped with provolone or pepper jack cheese and you’re in for a real treat. “What, now American cheese isn’t good enough for you? Don’t you love  America?!?” …. sigh.


Back to the sauce, this creamy, ranchy, spicy guacamole sauce is just the best. And it is easy to make.  All the ingredients go right into your blender! A little chopping, a couple vroom vrooms from the blender, and you’re ready to go. Continue reading “Blender Guacamole Ranch”

Summer Treasures

Well life has been busy. I’m feeling like we are not getting much accomplished in any certain aspect. But we are happy and healthy and can’t complain.

I thought I would do a quick post of the fun stuff we (I) have bought recently. Junkstock is coming up this weekend and we’re not going. So instead of pouting, let’s enjoy the the new items we have.

Continue reading “Summer Treasures”

Getting to work on our vintage travel trailer

Work has begun on our vintage Champion travel trailer — The Prospector

Our first steps were to basically demo whatever is not staying in the camper. Some things are coming out because they are damaged/broken. Some are coming out because we need or want something different.

Here’s a quick look at the before pics. Click the photo to see the whole post.



  • The ‘desk’ on the right end of the camper had to go. It’s just not functional for us.  Custom ‘dinette to bed’ area coming soon. It’s in the works!

Continue reading “Getting to work on our vintage travel trailer”

Jazzed up Knorr Pasta Sides

Here’s the scene. Friday 5 pm. Tim’s at work. Kids are getting hungry.. We already had hot dogs twice this week.. I’m out of bread.. Need to get a veggie into them tonight.. Kids are whining.. I’m tired.. What am I gonna make us for supper?!

Making supper while Tim is at work is a challenge that is always evolving. My two little ones are finally at stages where they’re both eating about the same amount and they pretty much eat what I eat. That being said I’m not one to have a sophisticated pallet or be picky about eating kid food (grilled cheese, hot dogs, mac n cheese, etc).

This Knorr Pasta Sides meal has become a weekly staple in our quick and easy supper plans. It’s great for the end of week when your cupboards are bare and your patience is thin. Continue reading “Jazzed up Knorr Pasta Sides”

Rural Route Rust Sale Recap!

We had a great time at The Rural Route Rust sale a week ago this  last Saturday! The weather was cloudy, but it didn’t rain.  There was plenty to look at, stuff for Ivy to do, and yummy food. It was great to see Tim’s sister Suzie and her son Easton there, too!

Continue reading “Rural Route Rust Sale Recap!”

Taco Tater Tot Casserole

It has been so long since I’ve posted a recipe! When I started this blog, my main focus was going to be home renovations, diy projects, and the like.  Well, turns out continually renovating your home is expensive, even when you do it on the cheap like us.  That’s when I turned to sharing recipes.  I’ve got to  say that I am not a chef. I do have a passion for cooking, being creative in the kitchen, and sharing connecting with others about food.  So here is the first Smith Family Renovations recipe in about two months…

Taco Tater Tot Casserole

I love tacos. I love tater tots. I love making casseroles.  This recipe is a TRIPLE WIN.  I love tacos and tater tots, because, duh.  Yummm.  And I love making casseroles also because they’re yummy, but secondly because by following a basic formula you can use almost any ingredients on hand to make a hot and delicious meal for your family.  Prep the casserole the day before and pop it in the oven for a quick and tasty meal.  Continue reading “Taco Tater Tot Casserole”

Our Vintage Travel Trailer: Meet The Prospector (Before)

Here’s the official BEFORE photo post of our sweet vintage camper, AND guess what, we’ve given her a name….

Meet The Prospector


Continue reading “Our Vintage Travel Trailer: Meet The Prospector (Before)”

Can’t Miss Spring Junkin’ Events

In springtime, the only pretty ring time, birds sing hey ding… a-ding, a-ding, sweet junkers love… the spring.

Alright, so it’s “sweet LOVERS love the spring“. And if you caught my reference, congratulations- you’re awesome🙂

Seriously though, I have been waiting and waiting for spring to roll around to get back on the junking trail.

Here are three of the can’t miss sales on my radar!

Junkstock Special Spring Edition

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Junkstock is celebrating their five year anniversary by hosting a Spring Edition of their popular event. This sale set on  a picturesque Omaha dairy farm never disappoints. There are vendors from all walks of life selling vintage, antique, rustic, primitive, and handmade goods. Why go to Junkstock twice a year when you can go three times! The special Spring Edition is April 8-10. Click the link above for directions and more information.

Farmyard Flea Market, hosted by Whispering Acres Tails and Treasures

image from their facebook event page, linked above

A farmyard flea market sounds like a perfect combination. This is the first year for the sale which will feature face painting, petting zoo, and concessions, and OF COURSE vendors selling their junk and handmade items. This fun-for-the-whole-family event is located in Janssen, Nebraska and goes down April 29, 30, and May 1 from 9 to 5 each day. For more info click the link above.

Rural Route Rust Vintage and Handmade Market

photo from their facebook event page

This is one sale that I’ve always wanted to go to, but we’ve never made it. I’m reeeeally hoping to change that this year. I love that it’s located on a historic farm and pumpkin patch near Avoca, Nebraska. They’re boasting 55 of the best vendors in the Midwest along with a play area for kids, farm animals to visit, and tasty concessions options. This one day sale is happening April 16, 10 to 5 pm.  You can find out more on their Facebook event page, linked above.


Well now you’ll know where to find me this spring– at these sales or getting our camper ready to roll! Happy spring!


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