Moving Day

If you want to follow Little House. Big Heart. Horray! We’re so glad you want to stay in the know with what’s going on around our house. Since we’re making a move though, don’t follow us here. Use this temporary link and follow us at our new home!

Three calls and two chats with tech support in, we’re almost done with our move to!

For those of you that aren’t familiar with this whole “WordPress” thing, its a blogging platform. is a free way to host a blog. Its awesome for beginners, but does have some limitations. Which is why, now that we’re growing a little faster, we decided to move to’s cousin, It’s free to use and has a ton more flexibility than, but you have to pay for hosting from a third party.

For someone like me (who used to bake Kevin’s fraternity brothers cookies in exchange for help with my coding in college), this hasn’t been the easiest transition.  We’re almost done, so please stick around. Life’s about to settle down here around the Little House, which means we’re going to be able to start working on all our projects again! We can’t wait to share what we have in store!

We’re Moving!

No, we’re not leaving the Little House. We love it here.


We’re moving from to 

We’re trying to move with no disruption to the site. That being said, we apologize for any outages we might have. We’re not experts (heck, we’re barely even novices), so please bear with us!

We’ll be back soon.


Have you made the jump from to Do you have any tips? Any words of caution?


Thrill of the Grill: Grilled Chipotle Lime Pork Tenderloin

Thrill of the Grill is a weekly feature this summer on LHBH where we’ll be sharing our favorite summertime grill recipes. You can check out our other recipes here!

It’s been a couple weeks, but we’re back with the latest installment in our Thrill of the Grill series, Chipotle Lime Pork Tenderloin! It’s one of my faves. The spicy, smoky chipotle and the tangy lime are the perfect pair for a pork tenderloin and a couple margaritas.

Chipotle Lime Pork Tenderloin Header Image

Grilled Chipotle Lime Pork Tenderloin

prep: 30 minutes (+24 hours marinate time)
cooking: 15 minutes

1 whole pork tenderloin (NOT the kind packed in marinade)
1 c. lime juice (fresh please, not the bottled stuff)
1/4 c. honey
1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo (depends on how daring you are)
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1 Tbsp. cilantro
2 tsp. salt
zest of one lime
1. In a high sided container, add your garlic and lime zest.
Garlic and Lime in the Marinade
2. Add in one or two (or three?!) chipotle peppers in adobo. You can find these in the latin section of most supermarkets. Kevin and I love chipotle peppers (so we tend to go heavy on these), but if you’re not into spicy one pepper will give you the smoky goodness without the bite.
Chipotle in Adobo
3. Add in the lime juice, honey, cilantro, and salt, then hit with a hand blender. If you don’t have a hand blender, your regular blender will work fine, too.  Set aside.
4. Next, remove the silver skin from your pork tenderloin. Silver skin is a connective tissue that’s pretty tough and is typically removed before cooking. To remove it, use a thin, sharp knife inserted under the silver skin about a half inch from the end. Gently wiggle it back and forth until you can get a finger under it, then simply pull it off the tenderloin. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, ask your friendly grocery store butcher to do it for you. If you do try it, BE CAREFUL!
Remove the Silver Skin
5. With the silver skin removed, you’re ready to marinade. Pour half the marinade into a plastic bag over the tenderloin. Seal it up, making sure to get as much air out as possible. Marinade in the refrigerator at least four hours; overnight would be better (we went with a full 24 hours). Oh, and refrigerate the reserved marinade!
Marinade Tenderloin Overnight
6. When you’re ready to cook, make sure to clean and preheat you grill. Place the tenderloin  directly on the grill.
Grill Tenderloin and Corn
7. Every few minutes, turn the tenderloin a quarter of a turn until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F (60C).
Grill to 140F
8. Once the tenderloin reaches 140F, pull it off the grill. At this point you have two options: rest it for at least 5 minutes, slice, and serve OR post-marinade for 10 minutes. We really like to post-marinade pork because it tends to dry out really quickly. To post-marinade, create a little boat out of foil. Place the tenderloin on the bottom, then pour over the reserved marinade. Seal up and allow to rest for about ten minutes.
Post Marinade
9. When your porky tenderloin is done with it’s siesta, slice it on the diagonal and serve.
Chipotle Lime Pork Tenderloin
We served ours with some homemade sangria and spicy grilled corn. Ole!
Grilled Chipotle Lime Tenderloin
What have you been grilling lately? Are there any recipes you’d like us to feature? Are you perplexed when it comes to planking? Vexed when it comes to grilled veg? Let us know and we’ll try to help you out!

Technical Difficulties

Good morning!

We’re having some technical difficulties over here at the Little House getting our post for today to upload correctly! Please bear with us! We’ll have a yummy Thrill of the Grill recipe up for you as soon as I can figure everything out!

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This is not what I had intended to post today.

I had intended to share the curtains I made for the kitchen and talk about how I was going to hang them. Riveting stuff, I know.

But I woke up this morning to discover this:

Inky Rug

In case you can’t tell, that’s the remnants of a blue ink pen on our new-ish wool rug that’s been devoured by a dog that shall remain nameless (but it was definitely one of these two).

Rosie & Indy

The trouble is I have no idea how to get ink out of a 100% wool rug. My sister suggested WD40 (having tried it successfully herself) and another friend suggested hairspray. Do you have any tips? I’m desperate!

Happy Day After the 4th of July!

I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend (and if you’re at work, I’ll have an adult beverage on the beach for you).

We’re still working on the site, so please bear with us.

We’ll be back on Monday with a regular post, but in the meantime all we have for you is a pic of the fireworks from last night on Siesta Key Beach.

Siesta Key Fireworks 2013 Little House. Big Heart.

Have a great weekend!

Under Construction (Again)

Happy 4th of July Eve!

As you can see, we’re breaking out the pink hard hat again here at LHBH. Please don’t mind the mess!

Pink hardhat

In the meantime, have a wonderful 4th (if you’re from Canada then I hope you had an awesome Canada Day and if you’re from anywhere else, have an awesome Wednesday just because you’re awesome)!

DIY Citronella Candles

Good morning!

I hope y’all had an awesome weekend; I know we did! We spent as much time outside as possible this weekend since Dallas decided to have some unbelievable late June weather (it was only 90). Of course, we had to fight off the giant, man-eating Texas mosquitoes with baseball bats… but that’s to be expected, right?

Well not anymore.

My lovely sister Steph is back with us today doing her very first guest post on how she makes her (amazing) homemade citronella candles to send those pesky skeeters packing.

Homemade Citronella Candles Little House. Big Heart.


Hey, Little House. Big Heart. readers!  I hope you like my recipe for homemade citronella candles! The regular store bought candles weren’t cutting it for us, so I decided to make my own!

  • What you need TO BUY:
    • Glass or metal containers: I originally planned to make my own using old tin cans, but I found these at a garage sale for free. They were the perfect colors, except the now blue buckets were once pink. I spray painted them to match Jess’ Talavera-themed patio.


    • Wax: I chose soy way from Hobby Lobby because it burns slower and cleaner. A 2lb bag made 5 candles. The cost was $9.99, but I waited until they had a sale on candle making supplies and snagged it for 50% off, $4.99.
    • Wicks: I bought the thickest wick I could find at Hobby Lobby which was also in a package containing 13 feet of wick. That was was way more than I needed but it was only $2.79 and also 50% off (so I only paid $1.39).
    • Wick Sustainers: Again I found these at Hobby Lobby for $2.49 for a pack of 20. They were also 50% off so I paid $1.24.
    • Pure Citronella Oil: I bought mine here at Bulk Apothecary. Because I wanted to make a lot of candles, I went ahead and purchased a larger quantity, 1lb for $24.36.
    • Additional Scents (if desired): I researched scents that go well with Citronella and found that both Lemon Verbena and Eucalyptus were recommended as complementary “smells”. The Lemon Verbena was $2.99 at Hobby Lobby for 0.5oz (only $1.49 after the 50% discount) and the Eucalyptus was $6.99 at Hobby Lobby for 0.5oz ($3.49 after the 50% discount).
    • Super Glue or Hot Glue (if you really want to be perfect)
  • What you need FROM HOME:
    • Measuring Cup
    • Microwavable Safe Bowl that you don’t care if it gets ruined
    • Spare or plastic fork
    • Teaspoon or if you have a baby or toddler in the house one of their medicine droppers works perfect.
    • Scissors
    • Pliers
    • A few sticks from the yard
    • A tarp, trash bag, or newspaper to work on if you want

    DIY Citronella Candle Ingredients


1)      Make sure your containers are clean

2)      Measure wicks so they stick up about 1.5” about the top of the container

3)      Slide your “cut to length” wicks through the wick sustainers (the little metal discs), then use needlenose pliers to pinch the wicks between the metal and secure them in place. Be sure you do not let too much of the wick show through the bottom of the sustainer or your wick will not sit evenly on the bottom of your candle. You make have to bend the circular metal part of the sustainer to straighten it back out after to pinch the wick in place.

4)      This is the step where you would glue your wick sustainer to the bottom of your container if you wanted. I chose not to do this, because well, honestly, I was being lazy. I didn’t have any super glue and was too lazy to hunt down the hot glue. Thank goodness I had little desire to be a perfectionist while making these!

5)      Next take the sticks you found in your yard and cut (or just break) them so they are a few inches larger than the “mouth” of your container.

6)      After your glue is dry, pull the wick up and tie it loosely to one of your sticks so they will be held in the center of your candle when you pour the wax. If you aren’t sure about the whole “stick from the yard” deal, Hobby Lobby does sells sticks that you can use for this purpose.

Wick Stick

7)      Now it’s time to melt your wax. Measure 5 cups of wax out and pour it into your microwavable safe container.

8)      Add your scents. Now, when I researched “how much citronella to add” all of the websites said 3-9 drops…… Upon “trial-and-error” I decided that 3-9 drops was no-where near enough for me. I mean, not even close. The whole reason I decided to make my own citronella candles was to make one that would definitely repel pesky bugs. With that being said, I added 3 teaspoons (or three droppers full) of citronella oil and ½ a teaspoon of either additional scent (but not both combined).

Wax and Essential Oils for DIY Citronella Candles

9)      If you want to add color to the wax, Hobby Lobby sells coloring in several different forms, liquid, wax, etc. I’ve also heard that you can add crayons for color, but I’ve not tried this nor do I think it would be the best solution.

10)   Melt the wax and scents in the microwave. It took my little microwave just 4 minutes to fully melt the wax and scents.

Melt Wax in Microwave

11)   Now use your “spare” fork and mix up your wax, be sure not to splash. Not all your wax will be melted when it comes out of the microwave, but that’s okay. Just keep stirring and it’ll all melt.

Melty Wax

12)   Pour your wax into your containers. If you can avoid it, try not to get the wax on your wick. However, if you do. It’s not a huge deal. It will melt off and the only problem it might cause is when you go to light the candle for the first time. It may be hard to get started and keep burning but once you get it fully lit there won’t be any issues.

Pour in your Wax for DIY Citronella Candles

13)   Once the wax has fully re-hardened, carefully untie your wicks from the sticks.

14)   Cut the wicks so they are just ¼ to 1/3 inch above the top of the hardened wax.

trim your wicks

15)   And, TA-DA! Light your candles and enjoy your BUG FREE outdoors.

Finished DIY Citronella Candles

DIY Citronella Candles Little House Big Heart

The candles above are for Jess (EDIT: I can’t wait to get them!), but we made lots more for home. You can make them in just about anything that’s not flammable. I hope you try them out because they’re seriously better than the ones you buy at the store!


Have you ever made homemade candles before? Do you think store-bought citronella candles even work? Do you have giant skeeters in your neck of the woods?

Curtain Call

Lately, we’ve been working our way through the Little House one room at a time, deep cleaning, organizing, and finishing up any little projects that were left half done. As we’ve been working, I’ve realized that most of the rooms in the LH don’t feel much different than when we moved in. We’ve painted and even hung a few things on the walls, but for the most part, they still feel empty. I’ve decided the reason is a lack of curtains.

Curtains just make a room feel more finished (and the Little House could definitely use a dose of “finished”).  So I’ve decided to try and get some curtains up, even if they’re simple and temporary. First up? The kitchen.

There are two windows in our kitchen, a small one over the sink and a larger one at the end of the room.

Kitchen Before

I’m pretty sure that I want to make a faux Roman shade for the larger window (maybe something like YHL did here?), but I’m not sure what I want to do for the other window. Because it is so small, I’m worried that a Roman shade might block too much light.

Instead, I’m thinking of going with something like this (the original link is broken, so if you know where this came from let me know and I’ll link up to it).


Oh, and I think I might use this fabric. It’s actually curtains from Ikea that I bought for another room and decided not to use. It seems a waste not to use them for something.


I’ve got a few free nights coming up, so I hope to tackle these curtains this week!

Do you have curtains in your kitchen? What would you do on the smaller window? Is that Ikea fabric crazy or what? I’m still not sure what I think about it.

Thrill of the Grill: Pineapple Teriyaki Grilled Chicken

 Thrill of the Grill is a weekly feature this summer on LHBH where we’ll be sharing our favorite summertime grill recipes. You can check out our other recipes here!

I am so excited to share this recipe with you. It’s so easy (even if it seems terrifying at first) and is one of my absolute favorite things to grill for friends! That big, juicy bird looks so impressive coming off the grill! Anyone you serve it to will think you’re an amazing grill master (and that’s all before they take their first bite)!

Pineapple Teriyaki Grilled Chicken from Little House. Big Heart.

I will throw a disclaimer out there right off: this is not true teriyaki. I’m aware of that. This is my interpretation that I threw together in my kitchen and while it may not be 100% authentic, it’s awesome. In fact, it led one of our friends to introduce me as “Jess. She just made me some awesome chicken.”

So if you want your friends to introduce you as the creator of chicken deliciousness, try this recipe. If prepping a whole chicken scares you, try it with some whole leg quarters. If you’re not into dark meat, try it with some skin-on chicken breasts. Seriously. Just try it.

Pineapple Teriyaki Grilled Chicken

prep: 30 minutes (+24 hours marinate time)
cooking: 45 minutes

1 whole fryer chicken, about 4 lbs
2 c. pineapple nectar
3/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced fine
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
1 whole pineapple, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch slices
1. Clean your chicken, being sure to remove all the, um, “good stuff” from inside and making sure there aren’t any feather stubs left on the skin. This was our chicken. We called him Alfie (aka. Stormageddon).
Meet Alfred
2. Spatchcock your chicken. Yes, you heard that right. Spatchcock. It’s a real word that I try to work into conversation as often as possible. If you’ve never spatchcocked a chicken, watch this video. It shows really simply how to flatten your chicken into a little birdy pancake. If you’re too chicken (harhar) to attempt spatchcocking yourself, ask at your local grocery store. Any butcher worth his salt ought to be able to spatchcock your bird.
Spatchcocked Chicken
3. Once you’ve dispatched of your chicken, you can turn your attention to the marinade. Combine the pineapple juice, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic into a bowl and whisk to combine. If you have fresh ginger, feel free to sub it in for the dried. We would have done the same but our grocery was out of fresh ginger!
Homemade Pineapple Teriyaki Ingredients
Homemade Pineapple Teriyaki
4. In a large plastic bag, add your chicken and the marinade. Remove as much air as possible from the bag before sealing and place on a cookie sheet on the lowest shelf of your fridge. You could get by with just 8 hours of marinade time, but given 24 hours this bird will really shine.
5. The next day, preheat your grill. Once hot, pat your chicken dry with a paper towel and add to the grill cut side down. Turn your him every 10 minutes or so. I found the easiest way to do this was to grab him by the legs and flip. I tried tongs, but the legs were definitely the easiest! If the skin starts to look black, don’t panic. It’s supposed to look that way. I promise it will be delicious.
Grill the Chicken
6. When your probe thermometer (you do have one of those, right?) reads 155 degrees Fahrenheit in the fattest part of the breast, it’s time for this birdy to come off the grill. Cover him with foil and let him chill out for at least ten minutes. In the meantime, grill up your pineapple.
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
7. Serve with the grilled pineapple and a few good friends (ours was poolside).
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken with Grill Asparagus and Pineapple
Give this recipe a try for your next cookout. It’s sure to impress your friends and it tastes pretty good to boot. Have a great weekend!
Have you ever spatchcocked a chicken? Do you also giggle like a 12-year-old when you say “spatchcock?” What’s your favorite thing to grill for friends?