Saturday, October 23, 2010

What's New Around Our House--Master Bedroom

We have had a very busy Saturday and a little more satisfying that the Longhorns first loss to Iowa State, ever...Our bedroom is finally in a state that I can blog about it! This is what our bedroom looked like before. What these original pictures failed to capture was the horrendous paint job on the walls. There was a beige-ish color rolled onto the walls in some places with one stroke...perhaps a bad attempt at a faux finish. Or maybe an attempt to cover up the original flat, flat, paint? It wasn't really noticeable unless you were looking for it, which of course, we were when we did our first walk through of the house. Some weekends ago, Nicholas painted all four walls and the ceiling a brilliant white. You heard me...we painted a room in our house white!
The difference between the old and new paint:

4 gallons later and several days of airing out the very fumy room, we moved back in and did some rearranging. A couple of weekends ago, you may remember that we bought a comfy loveseat for our bedroom. Voila!
After a day of curtain hanging and picture hanging, and deep cleaning, we have a mostly complete bedroom! I can't wait to sleep there tonight!
These pictures are one of my favorite additions! Here you will find scenes from our travels. Lincoln Memorial in DC, at night; Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnesota; Bunker Hill Monument in Boston, MA; An empty frame for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA; The Statue of Liberty, New York City; Mount Hope Bridge in Bristol, RI; and the Chace Center at Rhode Island School of Design.
While Nicholas was busy precisely measuring and hanging stuff, I was busy cleaning, baking bread, and cooking pinto beans in the crockpot to freeze, and now I am just about ready for a shower!
And remember how Nicholas still needed to fix a floor board outside the downstairs bathroom? Fabulous!

Friday, October 22, 2010

What's New Around Our House--Laundry Room

I have been on a mission to get the laundry room in a fully functioning efficient workspace. We are pretty close. We had decided to put the doors back on that were laying in the garage, but found out why they weren't there in the first place. They are folding doors that need a track on the top and bottom. When the previous owner tiled the upstairs, the track was removed on the bottom. It doesn't really make me too sad, since neither of us actually like the doors. However, the laundry room is right at the top of the stairs, and the sounds of getting clothes clean and dry pretty much reverberate throughout the house. Here is what the laundry room looked like around this time last year:
Then we happened into a free washer and dryer to tide us over until we are interested in buying a new energy-efficient set. Nicholas flipped the storage shelves, and we bought baskets to hold all the dirty clothes so we no longer have laundry hampers in the bedroom.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Delectable Dishes

You may recall how much I love Fall food, because I may have mentioned it once or twice. Here are some of the recipes that have been gracing our table.

Smoky Stuffed Peppers--I have been making this recipe for a couple years, and I love it! Try's yummy!

Mushroom and Provolone Patty Melts--I used bison instead of beef. I was kind of afraid that there wouldn't be enough flavor since you don't really have any condiments. They were delicious without condiments, although, they were a little dry when reheated.

Fall Vegetable Curry--Nicholas loves cauliflower, so I am always on the lookout for fun recipes. This one is a keeper. He also LOVES curry, of which I am not a fan. This is a perfect combination. The magazine suggested serving with cashew basmati rice. (Cook 1 c. of basmati rice omitting salt and fat. Stir in 1/4 c. unsalted cashew pieces and 1/4 tsp. salt. Yield: 4 servings). Also, if you don't have madras curry, try using 1.5 tsp regular curry and 1/2 tsp. red pepper.

I just finished going through the November issue of Cooking Light (which is a double issue!!). Here are a few recipes I am really looking forward to making:

White Bean Soup with Kale and Chorizo

Pecan Spice Cake with Maple Frosting

Crab Eggs Benedict

Quick Cassoulet

Orange-Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Flag Football

I had a nice morning yesterday watching Matt Turman play a little flag football. His team won, and Matt scored a couple of touchdowns. It was great preparation for an afternoon of much better Longhorn football!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Busy Holiday Weekend

I may still be recovering from the very busy weekend we had last weekend! We had dinner plans 4 nights in a row with family and friends. It was lovely, but I was definitely ready for a little husband and wife time. Most of my days involve thinking about preparing for baby with priority #1 being the nursery and making room for baby in the house.
We spent most of Saturday looking for a comfy chair for our bedroom for me to nurse. After some disappoint at the outlet malls, we finally settled on a loveseat. Comfy chairs were just as expensive if not more expensive than loveseats, so why not get more surface area? You'll have to wait for pictures once I do our big bedroom unveiling...after we finish hanging pictures on the walls!
Nicholas also spent a lot of time de-junglefying our backyard. Oh my!
Of course, Nicholas has a long list of projects to do before baby comes. November will be a busy art month for him, so he is knocking things off his list left and right! It also helps that there are so many weekends in October! He modified a china cabinet that lived in the nursery to fit under the bar in our dining room. It went from this:
To this:
He is busy again this weekend redesigning the nursery closet. Stay tuned for more project pictures!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What's New Around Our House---Downstairs Bathroom COMPLETED!

You may recall that back in July I blogged about Nicholas redoing our downstairs bathroom. I am pleased to announce that the bathroom is finally complete! Here's a breakdown of what was done:

--Old toilet removed (where it was promptly placed in our backyard for the lizards to enjoy until this past Monday).
--Wood laminate flooring removed (part of it was damaged, the reason the bathroom was completely redone.
--Baseboards removed.
--Sink removed (with a few complications--The backsplash tiles were grouted to the sink, and the sink was attached to the wall with adhesive, much to Nicholas' chagrin.)
--Nicholas tiled the floor with 6x6 tiles.
--Marble threshold added.
--New toilet installed and the best toilet in our house.
--Molded drywall removed and repaired.
--Baseboards replaced and painted.
--Door reattached and painted on both sides.
--New doorknob installed.
--Sink reinstalled after much deliberation, leveling, and adhesing.
Nicholas does still need to replace the board outside the bathroom, but when you are in the bathroom with the door closed, you can't see it. :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I found Fall at the grocery store last week...
Then I was inspired to add Fall to the rest of my house.