Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 05

Bathroom Project: The Demolition and Move

When starting the Bathroom Project I was excited about jumping in and trying a number of projects that I had never attempted. I am also pumped about being able to write about it and having a timeline of steps that took to make it all come together. I hope this segment can help some of you in your own DIY endeavors.
Below is STEP 2 of the Bathroom Project.

I’ve shown you the before picture in the previous post. This gives you an idea of how we reused most all of the pieces from the other room. They normally would have been thrown away, but we were able to put them to great use as a workshop in our otherwise storage room.
Below is the picture of my NEW workshop area.

Bathroom Project: The Demolition and MoveBy reusing a lot of the storage and shelving, I was much more willing to give up “my old workspace” and instead just transfer from one room to another.  We built the above arrangement by using pieces from below.

Bathroom Project: The Demolition and MoveBathroom Project: The Demolition and Move
This is when the demo began on the utility room.  I started by clearing out the space in our back room and then removing the counter piece and the cabinet from our utility room.  I was amazed at how much larger the room felt once everything was taken out.

Bathroom Project: The Demolition and MoveNext, I was able to start getting the pieces in place in my “new shop” area.  As you can see, it doesn’t take me any time to make a mess of the counter top.

Bathroom Project: The Demolition and MoveBathroom Project: The Demolition and MoveIt is really coming along and has provided an excellent work space for projects.

Bathroom Project: The Demolition and MoveThe last step was to get the cabinet hung on the wall.
I finished that and the move was complete!  I actually really enjoy my new space as long as Kelli is cool with me ruining the carpet (which she says we are going to replace soon. Just put it on my tab. )

Bathroom Project: The Demolition and MoveOnce everything was removed, I was able to start taking up the flooring.  For the old vinyl tile that was there, I used a metal scraper to remove it.  I ended up using a worn out wood chisel and a hammer.  This was one of the worst parts of the bathroom project so far. I’m continually investing in newer tools…these just didn’t quite cut it.

That was the demolition and move step of the Bathroom Project.  If you missed the first step, take a look at it HERE

Thanks for checking it out! I will be sure to get another update posted ASAP!

Feb 05

To Pie or Not to Pie: Lemon Blueberry Dessert

To Pie or Not to Pie: Lemon Blueberry DessertSo here’s what happened. I’ve been hearing about Meyer Lemons recently, so when I saw them on sale at the grocery store a couple weeks ago, I couldn’t pass them up. I wanted to know what the hype is about! I searched the blogosphere for recipes, and found one for a pie. Little did I know, we had run out of eggs! SO, back to searching I went to find a recipe that didn’t call for eggs. Let me tell you, that was not easy. I eventually stumbled upon an egg-less pie recipe and here goes:

To Pie or Not to Pie: Lemon Blueberry DessertTo Pie or Not to Pie: Lemon Blueberry DessertTo Pie or Not to Pie: Lemon Blueberry DessertTo Pie or Not to Pie: Lemon Blueberry DessertTo Pie or Not to Pie: Lemon Blueberry DessertClick here: Lemon Blueberry Pie to find the recipe!

I think I owe it to my readers to tell you my true feelings on the recipes I make. Although I’m sure this is a fine recipe, the pie was not the greatest. I’m coming to the conclusion, after several failed meyer lemon recipes as of late, that although I love lemons, I just might not love those of the meyer persuasion.They have a very distinct taste that, in my opinion, isn’t very lemon-y at all. The true definition of a meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and a mandarin or orange. And although I love all three of the former fruits, the combo just doesn’t do it for me.

If anyone has a good recipe you could share with me that you’ve enjoyed using meyer lemons, I would love to try it! I really want to like the little guys. So, I want to know….do you like meyer lemons?

Feb 02

Game Day Food in a Pouch

This is the perfect game day food because each pouch is one serving!  Serve them up on a plate and let your friends dig in.

They are divine. You must try them.

Game Day Food in a Pouch

First, I cooked about a half pound of sausage and let it cool

Game Day Food in a Pouch

 Then I mixed together a half jar of pizza sauce, 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, chopped up chives from my garden, salt, pepper and lots o’ cheese. I’m a cheese freak so I added a lot. This part is really up to you.

I used several kinds of cheese because that’s how I roll.

It’s mozzarella (duh), parmesan, and mexican blend.

Game Day Food in a Pouch

 Doesn’t that look appetizing?

Game Day Food in a Pouch

 I used cheap store-bought biscuits.

I smooshed (yes, it’s a word, geez) together two biscuits and then smashed it out to make a mini pizza-sized portion

Then put a healthy dollop of the mixture in the middle

Press all 4 sides together

Game Day Food in a Pouch

 And that’s my version of a calzone

Now, bake according to the biscuit directions

Game Day Food in a Pouch

 When you take them out of the oven, paint on a butter/garlic mixture and sprinkle with salt.

You won’t regret it.

Game Day Food in a Pouch

The next step is the best.

DIG IN!

These pocket-sized pouches are seriously amazing.

 

 

 

 

Feb 01

Chicken Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

 

Chicken Pasta with Creamy Mushroom SauceI’m about to share with you an easy and delicious recipe that my friend Angela created while she was visiting.
The pictures make this look like an expensive, complicated meal, but I promise it’s not!

It’s a perfect weeknight meal, and a satisfying one at that.

Chicken Pasta with Creamy Mushroom SauceChicken Pasta with Creamy Mushroom SauceRecipe
2 cloves garlic- smashed and diced
2 chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper
1/2 box pasta- cooked
1 tub mascarpone cheese- at room temperature
1 container sliced mushrooms
1/2 c to 1c reserved starchy pasta water

Grill the chicken in a skillet with 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Mix together above ingredients in the same large skillet. Stir together, and enjoy!

Tip: For weeknight dinners, grill and chop the chicken the night before and add it to the mixture that night.

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