Up North Vlog #4: Earlier than Renovations, Reward Concepts for Males, Cooking

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Amazon Retailer Toys For Large Boys:  thrower 

Bookmarks Journal 

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Tacky Poblano Potato Chowder Chunky Chef Recipe  Poblano Potato Chowder
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Loaded Tacky Rooster Noodle Casserole: 
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Nature 00:34
Renovations “Earlier than” 2:50 
Chores 4:55
Cooking 7:53

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Comments (46)
CherryA19 Johnson
December 15, 2019

Very nice. I think the windows will make a big difference & taking that wall down. LOVE all the trees you have there. Thanks for sharing the recipes. I'm going to try them.

Kristen Kay
December 15, 2019

Such a lovely spot Elle and so many different types of birds. It was very good to hear your voice and see what you’ve been doing 💛

Betty Pecoraro
December 15, 2019

Everything looks so beautiful and peaceful!

Cheryl Summers
December 15, 2019

Happy Wednesday…. oh my goodness😂 I was thinking the chowder didn’t look good at first either and then when you showed it the second time and it was so creamy it looks delicious!! All of the recipes look delicious!! I’m so excited to see your renovations… it sounds like you’re going to open everything up beautifully!! Your views are breathtaking… I agree it is magical💫 Sending you love my friend😘

CMkarma 555
December 15, 2019

Amazing vlog I love them thanks for sharing ❤️🤗

Kim Motley
December 15, 2019

God paints beautiful pictures 💕 Amazing !
Thank you for sharing !!

Patel Sikandar
December 15, 2019

What can I do if I can't sleep all nigh
I'm Sjogren's syndrome patients

claire steinriede
December 15, 2019

Loved this Elle~passing thru Phoenix with the hubby coming home from Cabo and thought about you❤️…I told him I have to tell Elle we were around her “stomping ground”

December 15, 2019

Love, love love the vlogs from this house! The views and nature are spectacular!

Dee B
December 15, 2019

Every minute spectacular❣❣

December 15, 2019

I love seeing the birds! You have some species we don't see here. Beautiful fireplace. If you aren't keeping the sides I would do wooden built in bookcases. I love mine. Your such a great cook! It looks yummy. Love the views and seeing the gorgeous color changes. I'm happy everything is moving along for yall! Have a blessed Thanksgiving my friend. Love ya! xoxo

Vicki hinton
December 15, 2019

The birds are so beautiful! What a nice place!

December 15, 2019

I absolutely LOVED this video. Thank you for sharing your fabulous hideaway in such a sweet way. You two work so hard and I’m so, so happy that you have this special place to relax and enjoy nature. Having our place near the beach has been life changing. We can’t wait to move there permanently once Scott retires. The mountains are gorgeous, I love the birds, and your fireplace is just perfection. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

G. Dub
December 15, 2019

The Jay is a Scrub Jay. Here in Southern California we have a pair in our hillside backyard we give raw peanuts in the shell to. They take them and bury them They are very smart and you can get them to take the peanuts out of your hand.

December 15, 2019

Isn't Fall such a beautiful time. I love the colors.  I love your fire pit. You need that Merlin app. It will identify birds for you. It's was just gorgeous. I can see why you love it so much. Love you! Melissa

Laura Lee
December 15, 2019

Whoever 👎🏻 must be so jealous of all this beauty,poor things!!!

Laura Lee
December 15, 2019

Absolutely magical!! Gorgeous sunsets, Beautiful colors in the skies! The chirping of happy birds fill the air! Gorgeous fireplace to enjoy together,delicious food and wine !! A beautiful blessed couple!! What more could you ask for? Absolutely spectacular!!! Big hugs beautiful Elle ❤️!!! Enjoy enjoy with wonderful hubby xoxo

Kathy S
December 15, 2019

There's something so healing in nature and there you are right in the midst of it! Wait until it snows!! It's going to be so beautiful! So happy for you❤

Jackieblue beautytips
December 15, 2019

This looks beautiful and love to hear the birds !! Lovely place and TFS !!! Hugs and TFS !! Much love ❤️xoxo

Jean Jacobs
December 15, 2019

How beautiful, Elle! What a wonderful place for retreat. Take me with you! Blessings!

Debbie Nerys
December 15, 2019

What gorgeous photos of nature. Enjoy your happy place Elle!

Dawn's Life, over 40
December 15, 2019

Beautiful view, food & birds!! You are getting so much done! Enjoy your Thanksgiving sweet lady!!

Cher B
December 15, 2019

Yes it is such a magical place! So beautiful and peaceful, the renovation is going to be amazing Elle, much love xo🥰💜

Tanya Wood
December 15, 2019

Oh my goodness, what beautiful views you have from different parts of the house!! Just think how it will be when you knock out some of the walls and put windows!!!! Also, I can't wait to try some of the recipes you made!! Tell Mark I can now safely say my husband will like them too!! Is he just a picky eater? Thank you so much my sweet friend for sharing all of this!! Love and Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

December 15, 2019

Wonderful variety of birds 🐦 Loved that blue one! When you have those walls opened up and all those sliders, very single room will have a fantastic view 🌄 Thanks for taking us along! Have a great week Elle 💋 xo

M Bannister
December 15, 2019

Absolutely gorgeous. Certainly a piece of heaven.

December 15, 2019

Very similar to where I live! We have Stellar Jays here…they are beautiful, but boy when they screech! Yummy looking food and a beautiful sunset, how wonderful! So much to be thankful for ❤️. Happy Thanksgiving, Elle! Love you! Julie xoxo

kathy scott
December 15, 2019

Like you I too enjoy listening to the birds but more often than not I don’t know what they are😁 My brother introduced me to an app, I think the Audubon Society, although I’m sure there are many different kinds. You choose a bird, I just use my iPhone but you can use a Bluetooth speaker, it plays the bird calls you chose and within a minute or two you will hear the “real” bird call back, if they are native to your area. I thought you might enjoy using it as I have. Your new home views as well as your home itself are absolutely stunning! Have a wonderful holiday. Kat

December 15, 2019

I love the birds and your house!!! #goals and you can get roasted poblano chili’s at Food City as well 🙂

MaryEllen After 60
December 15, 2019

My favorite part – the views, the birds, the sky, lol. I can't pick a favorite part!! Looks like a piece of heaven to me!! Really like how you've set up you Amazon Store!! Love you, Elle….MEKW

Tammy Valle
December 15, 2019

Y'all have a beautiful place ! The soups look delish , I have to try them . Thank you for sharing!

December 15, 2019

Hello Elle, I am sure that you are grateful to be able to live in such a beautiful place. It's just amazing how beautiful you and your husband make this place. Your environment is heavenly. XOXO

INSIDE BEAUTY with the old girl
December 15, 2019

Beauty, peace , serenity, that is what I see. Calm, gleefully happy and joy, that is what I hear in your voice. You belong there Elle. I love the renovations you are planning! My vote is keep the cabinets on each side of the fireplace, they will really stand out once you put the drywall up. Just add new handles and display things on the top , it will look beautiful. You have the whole package there inside and out. The views are absolutely breathtaking and I hear the love and appreciation in your voice for all of God's creation. I am so happy for you Elle. Thank you for sharing your heaven on earth! Love, Sheila-the old girl

Sherry Reis
December 15, 2019

Hi Elle, Isn’t it fun to watch birds and their personalities. You have made them a little oasis in the high desert. So exciting to see your plans for renovations, your views will be amazing when you’re finished. Way to go with your little pyro pyramid in the fireplace and nice to look forward to on those cold nights. Next week our nights will be in the low 20’s instead of the 40’s, so we have already piled up wood in the garage for our fireplace. Those recipes made me hungry and it almost time for bed. I’m going to try those recipes. Going to TJ’s tomorrow and will grab more of the roasted red pepper soup. Their shelves have been depleted with everyone shopping for Thanksgiving. Have been making ginger tea before bed using 2-3 little frozen cubes of grated ginger from TJ’s. Each cube is 1 tsp. ..just add to boiling water add a little honey (optional) and it makes a good anti inflammatory but soothing tea. I also found cubes of grated garlic …same manufacturer and each packet has 20 mini cubes. Can’t believe Mark is like Mikey and it was nice to see him trying the soup …guess I’m lucky…as Tom will eat anything I make. My favorite part was the sunset, I love sunsets and take so many photos of them on our trips. Wishing you both a blessed Thanksgiving and a wonderful long relaxing weekend. Love you and your popsicle sky……Sherry

December 15, 2019

Your new place is so great. Love your remodeling plans. You might consider painting the cabinets on either side of fireplace same color as the treatment you use on the drywall part and changing out hardware. That noodle casserole will be a great idea for my leftover turkey. Enjoyed your moments of nature. Laurie

Mel C's Makeup & Style
December 15, 2019

What beautiful scenery, very lucky! 💖💖

December 15, 2019

Beautiful house and view Elle!! Wow girl you are chopping wood!! Good for knocking the wall down..great idea! Isnt Mark the little busy bee!! :):):) What a gorgeous sky!! Looks like a slice of heaven!! Have fun you two kids!! Muah!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxooxox Carol

Linda Peck
December 15, 2019

Hi Elle! I’m so happy that you feed the birds and put out water. What a treat! I think you had Mexican Jay, Western Bluebird, Lesser Goldfinch, Pygmy Nuthatch, and Acorn Woodpecker. I heard hummingbirds too! Secret holiday gift message to Mark… get Elle some binoculars (Nikon Monarch 8×42) and bird guide (Sibley Western Birds). Gonna turn you into a birder Elle! Happy Thanksgiving!

Yacky Cat
December 15, 2019

Absolutely beautiful Elle! I love the house and what a plus to have the variety of birds. We have the blue Jay you showed near Seattle. I call them 'screech jays' and we have the other blue Jay's too. They cohabitate well.
What contentment. I hope you can retire there. 🐦

Mayra Blanco
December 15, 2019

I really enjoyed being the video. It's so pretty and relaxing. I think once the renovations are done it's going to be pretty amazing. Loved all of it and that soup looked yummy! Happy for you both
Happy Thanksgiving!

December 15, 2019

So beautiful and your vlogging is amazing, Happy Thanksgiving to you both.🥰

December 15, 2019

Oh Elle the view and sunset are magical..The mountain are so relaxing…I am so happy you have such a beautiful place to go to relax…How far is this from your other home…I have a similar rock in a rental we have…I like the rock and the cabinet is so handy for your wood…Wood can be so messy..we ended up buying a pellet stove and it heated the whole downstairs and part of the lobby upstairs…I do love a real fire so much better…but hate getting the wood…lol Can wait to see it when you remodel..love ya..Loretta

Karen Presley
December 15, 2019

I love all the nature around you. It's beautiful there. You might wake up to a big cat on your deck one morning. lol The most we had where we lived out in the country were stray cats and snakes. But my husband did see a panther at the back of the property. There were 37 acres and a big pond. I do miss living out there at times. I'm looking up the Chunky Chef. Those recipes sounded good. My grandmother used to burn the skins on bell peppers and other peppers and put them in a paper bag before stuffing them. They are so bitter if not. This was another great video. Love you much Elle. xxx 💖💖💖

December 15, 2019

The tour you gave us was fantastic! I love all of your ideas for your home especially putting in more sliding doors and taking down walls. Great ideas!
This was an exceptional video!

Susanne - RangerMommy
December 15, 2019

The stone on both sides of the fireplace is interesting. I don't know if taking it out would modernize the look. Stone is more organic than drywall for sure. I'm the fire starter too…I get it. Glad you are loving your second home!

Sherry G
December 15, 2019

I’ve never heard of the Chunky Chef, but the recipes looked delicious. It looks very peaceful and beautiful there. I was in Prescott a week ago for three days visiting my family and it was wonderful. I really enjoyed it, and I feel like it reset my brain. I was also able to take a long walk in the neighborhood, which was nice. Enjoyed seeing the views at your place!

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