UPDATE ON SHIPLAP WALLS

September 20, 2016

Alternate title: This is Taking a Minute. To review, I am diy-ing shiplap walls in my office. The emphasis is on the “y” in diy because I am trying to complete the project without asking David for help. That has not gone 100% because I have had to go to him a couple times (higher up parts!), but overall I feel I have stayed true to my if-you-are-going-to-try-and-squeeze-this-project-in-you-don’t-have-to-force-David-to-as-well.

He frequently reminds me that I do not have to avoid asking him for help. He is nice. But really, I am not going to bother him with it because this project was a stretch and since I decided to go for it, I want to bear the brunt of it.

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So far I have completed the first wall and gotten the first coat of paint on it. I am now taking a brief pause because we are refinancing our house and there cannot be any unfinished projects when it is appraised. (That was effective in lighting a fire under us on a few other problems too – namely the master bathroom.)

When I say I am “done” with a wall, I mean the boards have been installed, nail holes and seams have been spackled and sanded, and I painted on a coat of Ralph Lauren’s Chalk White. Remaining to be done is a second coat of paint, baseboards, crown molding, and final caulking, but we are passable for an appraisal now. And, I will not do those trims until after I install the built in desk anyway.

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Overall verdict on DIY-ing shiplap? It is tough to do by yourself. If you went at it as a two man job, it would probably go more than two times as fast. I originally planned to also do this treatment in the guest room, which I am rethinking how badly I want it because other ways to give the wall character or add some millwork are a lot less detail oriented and slow going.

I also did a really large room so just a bathroom, or even a kitchen backsplash would be not too bad at all. I will share a full tutorial when I am finished!

BACON MAC & CHEESE CUPS

September 19, 2016

Mac and cheese is my favorite celebratory food. You know I always get down with this revolutionary method for making it. Another of the best things about dear M&C is that kids love it, and sometimes a fuss-free meal with the kids is just what I need.

Baking macaroni and cheese in a muffin tin makes perfect little portions for tots. And dare I say, even less messy.

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Serves 3 to 4

1/2 batch of this mac & cheese
1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Fold crumbled bacon into prepared mac and cheese. Divide into greased or lined muffin pans. Top with panko bread crumbs. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden.

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Ingredients
  • ½ batch of this mac & cheese
  • ½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Fold crumbled bacon into prepared mac and cheese.
  3. Divide into greased or lined muffin pans. Top with panko bread crumbs.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden.

 

PECAN & GOAT CHEESE TRUFFLES

September 15, 2016

Cheese balls win the forever award for most disproportionate fanciness to amount of work needed ratio. They are so easy to put together and yet putting out a cool one at a party with just a couple special ingredients has everyone feeling like this is a vanity fair.

Goat cheese is my homeboy. These have mint, dried cranberry, and pecans too. And once again, you make these using the same level of effort you need for when you are absent half-heartedly making play dough shapes with children.

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Serves about 8 truffles

8 ounces goat cheese
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup dried cranberries
4 mint leaves
Crackers, for serving

Divide goat cheese into 8 even balls. In a food processor, pulse pecans, cranberries, and mint one at a time. Mix pecans, cranberries, and mint together and spread on a plate. Roll goat cheese balls into toppings. Serve with crackers.

PECAN & GOAT CHEESE TRUFFLES
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 4 mint leaves
  • Crackers, for serving
Instructions
  1. Divide goat cheese into 8 even balls.
  2. In a food processor, pulse pecans, cranberries, and mint one at a time.
  3. Mix pecans, cranberries, and mint together and spread on a plate. Roll goat cheese balls into toppings.
  4. Serve with crackers.

Adapted from Amy in the Kitchen.

Copyright © Rachel Schultz 2016