Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Song: Major Tom by Peter Schilling
Monday, March 30, 2009
I want to Believe!
But here's the truth:
The stove is supposed to go between those two cabinets
Through much of the weekend, my kitchen looked like this:
Notice the stove, it's where my table is supposed to go!
We really did celebrate Jason's birthday, just not till about 8 that night. We got our Chili's take out and Costco cupcakes and sat down to watch Bolt. We paused after we ate to have him open his presents. We gave him How I Met Your Mother (first 3 seasons) Battlestar Galactica (first 2.5 seasons) and The Bro Code (a funny little book / companion to How I Met Your Mother. SO in between all the painting and such, he can also learn how to be a "Bro"
Song: X Files theme
I have to tell you a little story:
My first car was a 1990 Ford Escort with no air, no stereo, no defrost- I drove that thing for 10 years! The Escort was starting to get less reliable, so we bought a Nissan Altima. I got primary use of the car. It was black, with really dark tinted windows, it had a nice stereo with a CD player AND air conditioning! It was (and still is) my favorite car I have ever owned! I used to drive to work and cry because I loved my car so much!
That is how I'm pretty sure I'm going to feel when our kitchen is done! I told Jason he shouldn't be surprised if he were to come home from work and find my crying in the kitchen! You see, I have NEVER loved my kitchen. Ever. Even when we were looking at this house before we moved in, I didn't really like it. BUT with all the things we are doing to it now... I have no doubt that it is going to be awesome! And, most likely, I will bawl when we are done!
So here's the list of stuff we did this weekend:
took out all the cabinets
ripped out all the old linoleum and sub floor
re-installed the cabinets
decided we wanted sub floor after-all, so we took out the cabinets AGAIN
bought new sub floor, installed it
re-re-installed the cabinets
bought our new sink (which we saved $60 on at Costco)
fixed the computer (got a NASTY NASTY worm and my computer was a paperweight since Thursday)
We're on a tight schedule now. Jason has the week off so that he can paint cabinets and walls, and install counter tops, sink, and flooring. This Saturday, our new range is supposed to be installed.
I will post b-day pictures later...I have to get ready for Preschool!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I am going to preface this by saying it is very similar to Monte Cristos from Disneyland but easier to make and a bit healthier too because they aren't deep fried (I can post that recipe too if you would like it)
anyway, here is the recipe for French Toast Surpreme
8 slices Texas Toast
4 slices Canadian Bacon (we used ham because we couldn't find large pieces of C.B.)
4 slices Monterey Jack Cheese
1/2 cup refrigerated French vanilla nondairy creamer
Powdered sugar (optional)
1/4 c seedless raspberry jam (we used blackberry jam)
On four slices of Texas toast, place one slice of bacon and one slice of cheese; top with remaining Texas Toast. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and creamer. Dip sandwiches into egg mixture.
On a hot griddle or large skillet coated with Pam, cook sandwiches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Serve with jam.
so basically, you have these french toast sandwiches which you dip into the jam when they are done. Yummy! The only thing we would do differently next time is add more meat so that maybe each sand. has 2 slices of meat instead of one. You should try it, it was very good.
Oh, and the recipe suggested serving it with a fruit salad, and so we did. I thought it was the perfect compliment to the dish!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Except for the spouse (that's me)
The family was nestled
All snug in their beds
As 5 o'clock rolled around
And mom's loosing her head
I should be fixing dinner
But computer time is swell
If I don't start doing something soon
I'm sure to go to hell!
The end! :)
Enjoy the Silence from Depeche Mode
and Sound of Silence from Simon and Garfunkle
Post the rules on your blog
answer the five questions on your blog
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Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
These are in NO particular order! I had to type them as they were coming to my head, or else I might loose the thought! Remember how I said I'm turning into Dory? Click here
That's so hard to do with only 1 word things!!! By 50 I was struggling. You guys should try it!! Please! I want to see if you can do it! Think of this as a tag. Your it!!!
The only Irish music I can think of is from the Once soundtrack, so I thought I would share my fave from that album: If You Want Me by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
As promised, here are some pics:
I think we have finally nailed down a color too! We have been going back and forth between red, (the one that's in our Living Room) tan, and yellow. We have FINALLY chosen Homestead Resort Pumpkin, which is a nice buttery yellow. Funny thing is yellow was actually our first thought for color when this whole project started! (this little sample is pretty close to the color)
The top one is the Homestead Pumpkin... The bottom one is Kidskin Buff (the trim we used in the Living Room and we will also use it in the kitchen)
We have also made a final decision about the counter tops! We had a company come in and do a bid for some and it came in WAY too high!!! We have decided to go with some in-stock stuff they have at Home Depot! We can do those and pay for a stove and over-the-range microwave for the difference in price!
Tonight, we are taking down the old wallpaper boarder. Shouldn't be too bad of a project! We'll see though! :)
I think the song Yellow works for this post too! (Love it when that happens)
Friday, March 13, 2009
I don't know if it's Spring Fever, or what, but green has been on my mind a lot recently.
Did you know that many of the cleaning products we use can harm the environment? I didn't know that until recently. You can click here to read one article about it, but there are many many more.
Anyway, we've decided to try to be a little bit better at doing our part to save our planet. I went to Costco and bought environmentally safe dish soap, laundry soap, and multi purpose cleaner, and a couple of months ago, I bought hand soap too. I didn't want to do a post about this yet until I had tried out my new cleaners. I must say, I've been 100% satisfied! The only thing I haven't tried is my dish soap. For 2 reasons: 1 - I still have some old stuff left and 2- because we aren't using many dishes. I haven't cooked dinner since Monday!
Another thing we are doing, is trying to ditch grocery sacks all together, but we're not doing so great on that one. We keep forgetting to bring our bags into the store! Dang it! One day, I told the checker to not bag any of my groceries, that I would bag them as I put them into my car. She didn't mind at all, but the person at the door asked for my receipt!!! Here's another short, but true story. About a month ago, Jason and I were doing some shopping at Walley World, and I told the checker to put my stuff my bags as full as she could because I wanted to use as few bags as possible. I explained that I was trying to do my part to help save the environment. She said "It's too late, it's already ruined!" Now THAT is an attitude worth passing down! What a freaking idiot!! This just in: it's too late everyone! Don't even try anymore!
I was just thinking....
Some green songs:
Hash Pipe by Weezer
Green Eyes by Cold Play
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
When it was all clean, I came in to look at it, just as she was putting her camera away. I asked her if she took an "after" shot too, and she said proudly "Yep!"
Hmm. Wonder what ever gave her such an idea?
So here they are, for your viewing pleasure:
Supes room before:
Supe's room after:
Thank Heaven for Little Girls: Maurice Chevalier
My Girl: the Temptations
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I was cracking up at her having to get into the car. She had to drive, which she was NOT looking forward to in her big giant dress and hoop skirt. (plus, she didn't have great luck last time she drove the van... remember the purse incident at Sadie's)
After the dance, they went bowling...in their dresses. Crazy! Our neighbor who owns the bowling alley was working at the time, but unfortunately she was on the opposite side of the building and couldn't get over there to see the girls trying to do it.
How lame is this though...one of the girls who went with the group didn't want to go bowling, so Sue took her home, but the date wanted to stay and bowl. What a trooper! And to do it without a date! He literally was the fifth wheel. Stupid girl!
At the end of the evening...Sue and all of her friends arrived home safe and sound with all of their personal possessions in tact. Now I think that sounds like a successful date! Well, all except for the fact that she never did get a "Persian hello". Dang it!
Let's Dance by David Bowie
BORING!!!! I threw most of the crap away that was on the top of my cabinets before! Durring: