EASY GARLIC GRAVY

July 21, 2016

We are really into potatoes as sides. French fries, of course, are everything. But also the more healthy ones too – mashed sweet potatoes, roasted red skins, yukons in a stew.

If you love potatoes, you need a good gravy as side kick. Lots of garlic has never steered me wrong.

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Serves about 1 and 1/2 cups

8 tablespoons butter
12 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Sauté garlic in butter for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Add flour, vegetable broth, and pepper to sauce. Stir occasionally for 2-3 more minutes. Remove from heat.

EASY GARLIC GRAVY
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Sauté garlic in butter for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Add flour, vegetable broth, and pepper to sauce. Stir occasionally for 2-3 more minutes. Remove from heat.

 

FINISHED WOOD FLOORS IN THE LANDING

July 19, 2016

My name is Rachel and sometimes I have dreams where I am laying wood floors. That is because on occasions we do it for a few hours every day for a week and then I cannot readily get them off my brain.

It is a small price to pay to have clean, smooth, pretty planks to look at.

FINISHED WOOD FLOORS IN THE LANDING

The landing gets the award for most underestimated room. It is small, so I viewed it as a quick item to check of the list on the way to finishing the bedrooms. I knew lots of doorways make for more work, but man, did this install drag. It took us nine work days compared to the living room (which is like, four times as big) taking six days.

I credit this to having to spend time working on the stair nose transition. I am okay with it taking more time, because having that look good is important and noticeable.

And also, that closet on the wall near the stairs I never really thought about because it scared me and had the worst green shag carpet. Well, now it has my beloved hardwoods, but I forgot how it was a pretty hefty nook. I mean, we plan to turn it into a second laundry closet, so I should have at least remembered it was big-ish. So more rows to lay. In a confined space. With special cuts. This equals a slow going pace as well.

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But now it is done and that before and after comparison has your girl feeling so fly. I am still in the honeymoon phase when as I am walking up the stairs they take me by surprise each time. THEY ARE MUCH NICER THAN BROWN AND GREEN CARPETS.

Having the landing done was in a way the last remaining vestige of chaos in the house. Now that all we have left is isolated bedrooms, the whole second floor does not have to feel out of control while we are working on floors.

THE FLOOR TRANSITION FOR THE STAIRCASE

July 18, 2016

In the saga of refinishing our staircase, I completed up to the floor of the second level. This left the carpet curled over the top stair, and we were not sure what was underneath. The biggest mystery of laying wood floors in the landing would be how complicated (expensive?) it would be to figure out the stair nose transition.

Oh, staircase. You are always one for mysteries.

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The good news was we uncovered a nice wood stair nose under the carpet. This could be refinished in the same way I did the rest of the steps (with Minwax’s American Chestnut).

The obstacle was that the stair nose was level with the subfloor. The hardwoods go on top of the subfloor, which would then make the floor and the stair nose different heights.

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This was not terrible; all we would need to do is rip off the stair nose and put a piece of subfloor underneath so it would be the same height as the wood floors.

And again, it was a bonus that there was a nice nose at all. We were prepared for the possibility of needing to go to Lumber Liquidators and trying to find one to match our floors. Instead, this nose already had the perfect cuts and would be no extra cost.

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The nose piece was not the exact thickness of the hardwood floors, so we had to do some tweaking for their net height to match. We did not want to mess with the stair nose itself, so we worked on tweaking the subfloor.

With a combination of sawing and sanding, David got the subfloor pieces down to the perfect size to be flush with the wood floors. It is good we attempted to alter the subfloor’s height and not the stair nose’s because we had to do some trial and error to figure out the best way to get it thinned out.

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As non-experts and makeshift-ers I was really pleased with how the final transition looked. I told David to just add it to his portfolio as one more cool thing he figured out and taught himself how to do.

It is, just, like, so much better than brown carpet.

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Better yet, we are finished with the whole landing!

I am sharing all the photos tomorrow!

Copyright © Rachel Schultz 2016