Jul 27, 2010

a few things you should know...

this rug project is taking me much longer than i had anticipated. for several reasons.
we are busy people. my back does not like leaning over the floor for hours at a time. the drop cloth i bought is MASSIVE. seriously. 9x12 is like…the size of a room. i dont know what i was thinking…but this is what i have so far. i am pleased with the way its turning out :)

maybe i can get our house back today. i was amazed how much a rug can swallow up our apartment.

here are a few more projects i want to make. i mean, i have all of this time at home while work is slow…why not?

loooove. ball jars for dishsoap & hand soap & every kind of soap i can think of…
i will be making several of these.

we have LOTS of wood floors…so rugs will be nice in the winter to keep my toes from freezing. i thought this was a fuuun idea. especially since i keep seeing these amazing UO rugs that are too tiny to fit into particular rooms…just sew them all together!

also, unrelated to house things...i am dyyying to make these!!!
after my rug is done. & our house is closed…this is my tippy top priority.
ballet slippers are the comfiest of all kinds of footwear. keds are a close second.
tutorial is on orange juice etc. 

&&& this is part of the reason i haven't been sharing recipes with you.
jk. not really. but sometimes i mess up. i never said i was a great cook. but i do try awful hard…

be back soon with a real update :)

Jul 20, 2010

make your own: spiffy rug

hopefully, later this week…this will be my project.
making a rug. or rather, painting a dropcloth that will become a rug.

this is the one i want to make for our bedroom. via adventures in dressmaking. i've been sucked into the whole chevron trend. majorly.

i'll post before/during/after's when i'm done :)

Jul 19, 2010

plastic bag holder.

okay. here we go. 
in honor of our new home, i wanted to make another plastic bag holder. i say another because, well…look at the one we have now.

yes. the halloween cats. it was a gift. which was fine while it sat in our hall closet - but not exactly in keeping with what i wanted for our laundry room. sooooo yeah. i decided to try & make my own.

you need:
2 1/2 feet by about 14" of fabric
12 " of elastic

please excuse the two icky yellow pictures that are no. 3 & 4. they were taken deep in the cave of our apartment. there is no light there…

no. 1
i started off with my already made bag holder to decide what size i wanted mine...& a pretty tablecloth from goodwill 
no. 2
cut your fabric/tablecloth/whatever to desired length & width. mine was about 32" long by 8" (16 total)

no. 3
now measure about 6 inches from the bottom & pin down your elastic. sew with a straight or zig zag stitch. you will want to pull the elastic so its stretched out as much as possible while you're straight stitch is going. it should gather like in picture 4. repeat for top.

no. 4
turn fabric so the wrong side (elastic bands & all) is facing you & pin all the way down the long side of fabric. sew with a straight stitch.

no. 5
cut 3 pieces of twine about 14" each & braid together. sew each side along the top of bag holder in an 'x' patter, as shown below.

now you can stuff all of your plastic bags that you really don't want anyways out of sight. its nicer than having them all stuffed under your sink, at least ;)

Jul 16, 2010

Food Fridays.

Because apparently i'm not able to ever post recipes on here by thursday…
yesterday i have the best excuse, though. i was unavoidably detained all day. & by the time i came home - right before daniel, dinner & cleaning up two days of messes & ironing work shirts just became more important.


Yesterday i decided, after watching Food Network in Goodyear all day…that iii want to have a glass of wine out while i'm cooking. have you noticed that? all of the fancy chefs always have a pretty glass of wine sitting on their counter. untouched by greasy messy fingers & batter.


so i did this while making dinner last night.
it could not possibly become a habit - because i can't fit that many bottles of wine into our budget :P
but it was very nice :)
i will do it again. for sure.

SO…this is not a recipe you will want to drink wine with while making (i hope) because this is a breakfast dish!

Herbed - Baked Eggs

1/4 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1/4 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon of fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon of fresh basil
(you can obviously use whatever herbs you like & however much…this is just what i did)
1 tablespoon (about) of freshly grated parmesan cheese
2-3 eggs
1 tablespoon of olive oil or milk
a sliver of butter
sea salt & pepper to taste

no. 1 
preheat the broiler for about 5 minutes and place the oven rack 6 inches below the heat.
no. 2
combine the herbs and the parmesan cheese and set aside. Carefully crack 2 eggs into each of 5 small bowls or teacups (you won’t be baking them in these)
no. 3
now put 1 tablespoon of cream or olive oil & and your butter in each dish and place under the broiler for about 2 minutes, until hot and bubbly. Now quickly crack 3 eggs into your gratin dish (you can do this beforehand in a bowl if that is helpful) & sprinkle evenly with the herb mixture & adding desired amount of salt & pepper. 

no. 4
place back under the broiler for 5 to 6 minutes, until the whites of the eggs are almost cooked. I made the mistake of leaving them in TOO long. Longer than 6 minutes. It didn't look like the yolks were cooked at ALL, but when i pulled them out they were basically hard boiled :P So 6 minutes should be perfect. Allow to set for about a minute.
 serve hot with toasted bread or eat as it is.

Jul 14, 2010

design*sponge: i love yous.

Today is all about the pretty bathrooms I've been saving onto my computer the last few days.
just getting ideas :)
because that is one of my (hopefully) first projects before we move in.

i never ever would have thought an all white bathroom was pretty before today…but i may have to change my mind after looking at these.

Okay, so remember the beautiful beyond words pantry that i posted a few days back?
Below is their laundry room as well. I found out today that i actually have a LOT of pictures of their house saved on my computer. It was a completely unintentionally-creepy thing of me to do.
& they have a website. www.emersonmade.com where they sell lots of cutsy things. including that tiny little flag banner above their sink. i think i'm going to make one for our laundry room, too - at some point.
it just makes the idea of ironing so much nicer.
 they said its made out of wool felt, jute string aaand something else i forget. but how hard could it be?

we're also planning on duplicating this pantry. on a much less grand scale. we have room for a shelf in part of our future-laundry room. so i'm looking for a fun bookshelf to fit into the space. something fun & cheap & paintable :) but anyways…i will post all of those things as they happen.

all pictures via design sponge.

i hope this isn't boring for all of yous. it helps me at least to have all of my thoughts in one place.

be back tomorrow with a yummy recipe!

Jul 9, 2010

pita chips.

remember when i posted this picture a few weeks ago?

you prolly thought i had forgotten all about our raw food diet from last month already. & food all together. it is not not not true, folks.
its been awhile since i've posted any recipes, i know. but that has aaall ended.

i'm going back to recipe thursdays (after today!) since i know some house stuff is probably going to creep onto my blog. a lot.

this is adapted from 101 cookbooks. i made the recipe so you can soak the wheat. & they were delicious. seriously. delicious. they were quite a bit like pita chips.

1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp. of sea salt
1 cup of warm water
1/3 cup of olive oil

okay. i mentioned soaking grains before. its a completely new thing to me. you can get quite a bit of info on it here & here. but if you aren't going to click on those, i will just tell you super quickly - the benefits of soaking either grains or your flour is because whole wheat contains phytic acid, which prevents your body from absorbing most of the nutrients IN your wheat. & why else would we be eating the stuff if it weren't healthy for us? by soaking the wheat in water & an acidic substance (i.e. kefir, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar etc…) over a period of 18-24 hours, it breaks down almost all of the phytic acid - allowing your body to absorb nutrients & break down the wheat.

this has been the easiest recipe i've done it with because of the water in the recipe - i've also tried muffins & cookies & they've all been delicious. honestly. i've seen on several blogs people have said that by soaking, the really wheaty "super healty" taste that whole wheat can have is neutralized quite a bit. i think that is true too. i made cookies the other day & substituted 3/4 of the white flour for whole wheat & daniel didn't even know. he ate about 4 before i even told him. so there :P

i will give you MUCH more info about all of that once i figure it all out for myself. but for this recipe its easy peasy.

no. 1
put your 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat in a bowl (i put mine in our kitchen aid so its all ready to go the next day) & add your 1 cup of warm water. now, we're soaking, remember? so you will also want to add about 1 tbs. of lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar etc…) per cup of wheat. mix together well & cover your bowl so it doesn't dry out. i cover mine with a damp cloth. let sit 16-24 hrs on your counter. the longer the better.

no. 2
come back the next day & add 1 1/2 cups of white flour, 1/3 cup of olive oil & 1 tsp. of sea salt. knead for about 10 minutes by hand, or pop on your kitchen aid for about 5 minutes - the dough should be just a pinch tacky, but not too sticky to work with if that makes sense…you can add a bit more flour or water if you need.

no. 3
shape dough into a large ball & cut into about 12 pieces. rub each piece with a bit of olive oil, shape into a small ball & place on a plate. cover with a dishtowel or plastic wrap & let sit for 30-60 minutes.

no. 4
preheat oven to 425 degrees & insert a pizza stone if you have one. i don't. so a cookie sheet is fine.
use a rolling pin to flatten each little ball of dough. you'll want it pretty pretty thin.

no. 5
cut dough with a knife to pretty much whatever size you want & place on a floured cookie sheet.
poke each cracker with a fork a few times so they wont puff.

you can also add any other 'toppings' you want. extra sea salt is yummy. i added fresh rosemary too.

no. 6
bake in oven until deep gold. i think that was about 8 minutes for me? it will make several batches in your oven, so test a few to decide how thick/golden you like them. i liked them best reaaally golden. like, almost burnt looking.

they stay good for several days before going stale. i popped ours BACK in the oven after about a week for a few minutes, & they were just as yummy again.

let me know if you try/like them. they really are easy to make. & yummy with hummus or salsa :)

Jul 7, 2010

kitchen love. house love.

today was day no. 1 of planning for our new little hopeful-home-to-be. 
we went over loan things with my perries, & went by the house to take measurements & start making little lists of what is most important for us to have done be fore we move in.

we have five weeks until our closing date, & a month & a half between our closing date & the time that our lease is up on our apartment.

no. 1
clean & scrub & get rid of all ants & buggies. meaning lots of white vinegar, baking powder & bleach. & my pink rubber gloves.
no. 2
insulate for winter. we have lots of windows. they all have single panes. that may not mean much to a lot of people, but come around mid-winter & you will.
so we'll at least put weather strips or whatever you call them in the doors & check for any cracks or air holes. & probably get a good sized space heater.
no. 3
deep clean & seal the floors. 
no. 4
mini bathroom renovation. we have 1.5 bathrooms. both are cute. but have potential. but they have that icky old plastic tile halfway up the ceilings - we're going to take all of that off & go over it with wood paneling. im pretty sure. & paint. & find a cute sink on craigslist.
no. 5
another mini project. this time with the kitchen. painting the cabinets, pulling down MORE plastic tiles & putting up wood panels. 
no. 6
give garrett lots of chic-fil-a so he will do yard work for us :)))

we also need to strip all wiring & install new electric throughout the house, but umm…yeah. we are contracting that one out for sure :P

it sounds like a lot, but then again...we have almost 2 months to do it all.

speaking (above) of kitchens...these are some that i liked. we obviously wont be doing all of this now, but i like to store them away.

okay. don't even get me started on those lower cabinets on this one...they pull out. uhhhmazing.
& this is the wood paneling we're going to do i think...

i like these wood shelves…maybe i can work them in somewhere...?

i'm about 90% sure my parents have these little shelves. & they are from ikea. so...another idea to store away...

okay, this one...seems to fit us best i think. or at least i can realistically see us having a kitchen like this. i wish i could remember where i found this picture. maybe it was from design*sponge ? i don't think we will never have a perfectly posh - stainless steel & antique white kitchen. & i looooove the idea of wood or butcher block countertops. its my all time favorite.

& this is my dream...
yes, please. two massive, beautiful, expensive farm style sinks. this picture is heaven to me. you would never see dirty dishes hanging over your counters again. ahhh bliss.
can you not tell i'm liking the bead board style paneling? its in every single picture...

does anyone else enjoy this kind of thing? little (or big) home projects? 

Jul 6, 2010

boone town.

so this past weekend, we went to boone for our friend chris's birthday celebration + fourth of july celebration. 

& this happened.

i'm sorry for all the people that never wanted to see a close up of my nose. i feel awkward about it. honest i do.

it was not a planned thing. although i guess you could say that i've been planning it since i was 15, but it wasn't planned. Girls came on the patio - said "hey, its a tradition that we go get piercings every year, what are you getting pierced?"

i said def. my nose.

& this is the shocker…
daniel said ok!

so we left. off to king street. one of my very favorite places. &&&

you better believe i read every single word before i signed my life away…
abi & gen both went first. i waited right outside & listened for screams. & i wanted to make sure they sterilized everything :P

 i am still smiling because i don't yet know what it feels like to have a nose pierced. (it really isn't that painful, though. & i cry when i get splinters if that tells you anything…)

i will spare you the picture where my nose is being attacked by a very long needle.

now it is all done. & i can sleep on my right side still, which is a nice surprise.

kids, don't go telling your parents that i told you it was okay to go get piercings now…i still had to ask my husband first ;)

we had much fun with the flanigans & fam. relaxing on the deck. eating & drinking & playing piggy, which daniel & i have formerly called skunk. setting off fireworks & a bonfire.

daniel is such a man.
he is trying to roast a marshmallow for me :)

these are the only two pictures i personally took. & they are on the way home with our ginger ale. i should have done more, but its nice to take a break from taking pictures & just enjoy the moments, sometimes.

i'll leave you all now. this week is very busy. very very busy.
hope you all had a wonderful 4th of july weekend! what did everyone do?

Jul 5, 2010

a quick looksie at a housie.

so right now…it looks like we maaaay have a house!

we have a signed contract & are looking at closing on august 12th. so, lord willing, this will be our very own home in less than 6 weeks.

& i'm finally able to go back through all of those starred decorating posts in my google reader. for maybe reals :)

i think one of my favorite things, though, is going to be shopping for curtains. we have none right now. & thats been okay. but curtains & rugs add so much to a room. so i've found two that i like already. & some of our windows look like this…so thats kind of fun. daniel will probably be the one that ends up deciding. maybe the one on the right would be a little too feminine for him…? but i love the colors :)

(from urban outfitters - just don't buy them all up before i do :P)

so lets see what happens. i've always enjoyed packing & unpacking. its like christmas time. & its fun for me to get rid of things, too. & i'm sure we'll be doing some of that as well.

i am most looking forward to:
1.) lots of projects
2.) having a yard
3.) a bigger kitchen

maybe not exactly in that order?