TWO YEAR VIDEO HOUSE TOUR

July 10, 2017

At first, 2017 was kind of divided up all based on our self-titled Summer of the Exterior. A couple of months ago as we got closer to summer, we found ourselves feeling less excited about some of the exterior projects, and more disappointed about the interior projects getting pushed aside. We did some course correction and are still doing the summer items we really want, and then going back inside for the things that will most increase our quality of life.

Also recently I had a lightbulb about my strategy with decorating our home. In the beginning of renovating a fixer upper (while you live in it), everything is mostly putting out fires – fixing “bones” stuff and glaring problems.

Now that we are about two years in and have brought most areas up to a blank slate, I caught myself kind of just drifting between different projects and rooms. David suggested we try picking a single room and bring it totally to completion and already just the mindset alone has been really satisfying. It is a lot better for momentum to have one room 100% done instead of like, four rooms maybe just 25% better. This new strategy has reorganized what we are aiming to do for the rest of 2017.

ADDING TASSELS TO A RUG!-6

JANUARY

Finish built-in desk – details on the desk construction, countertops, and hardware.

FEBRUARY

Mount tv inside cabients – details here

MARCH

New coffee table – details here
New sofa – details here

APRIL

Concrete counters in kitchen – details here

MAY

Install millwork in living room – details here
Paint sunroom floor – details here
Add tassels to living room rug – details here
New entry rugshown in the video below!

JUNE

Build fence
Board & batten in nursery
Paint nursery
Furnish nursery
Find an extra tall desk chair

JULY

Refurbish basketball court
Remove lattice in sunroom

AUGUST

Furnish living room
Accessories and art for living room

SEPTEMBER

Nothing!

OCTOBER

Demo powder bathroom
Tile powder bathroom
Install pedestal sink
Remove soffit and repair lighting
Install board and batten in powder bathroom
Paint powder bathroom

NOVEMBER

Paint kitchen backsplash
Window treatments for kitchen
Paint kitchen cabinets
Add crown moulding in kitchen
Move laundry to second floor (!)

DECEMBER

Wood floors in kitchen
Widen door from kitchen to living room

I a tiny bit dread getting out the camera and doing an update video. There are many things that are not yet where I want them to be, and it can feel frustrating! But I force myself to because they are so, so nice to have to look back on. Watching our 2016 (one year in) and 2015 (just moved in) ones were crazy!

So right now the Summer goals are 100% finishing the living room, new nursery, and then the certain outdoor projects that are important to us. It feels so much better than wandering between rooms and projects.

For October, I have powder bath pencilled in right now, but we are deciding between doing that or the master bedroom. Main floor stuff is seen and used more, but having a nice master retreat is so refreshing. And then maybe we’d tack on gutting our master bath and bringing it up to master suite status too. Then, November and December is kitchen and mudroom!

EASY SKILLET CHILI

June 29, 2017

If you like your chilis the heartiest of hearty, this one is for you. Plus, it gets pulled together in a skillet which feels so much easier. One pot meals, I love you.

We topped it with jalapeños, or if you prefer less spicy, try green onions. And we love it served over corn bread!

EASY SKILLET CHILIEASY SKILLET CHILI
Serves 4

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
15 ounces kidney beans
1 cup tomato juice
1/2 cup water
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup rice
15 ounces corn
1 cup cheddar, shredded
3 green onions, sliced
1 jalapeño, minced

In a large skillet, brown beef with onion, pepper, and garlic over medium heat. Strain liquid from pan. Add kidney beans, tomato juice, water, chili powder, oregano, salt, and rice to skillet. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low for 25 minutes. Add corn to skillet and top with cheese and cook for five more minutes, until cheese is melted. Top with green onions and jalapeño.

EASY SKILLET CHILI
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 15 ounces kidney beans
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup rice
  • 15 ounces corn
  • 1 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown beef with onion, pepper, and garlic over medium heat. Strain liquid from pan.
  2. Add kidney beans, tomato juice, water, chili powder, oregano, salt, and rice to skillet. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low for 25 minutes.
  3. Add corn to skillet and top with cheese and cook for five more minutes, until cheese is melted.
  4. Top with green onions and jalapeño.

Adapted from Taste of Home.

TOMATO PESTO ANGEL HAIR

June 26, 2017

What is it about angel hair that is just so much tastier than regular spaghetti? If I have angel hair for a while and then go back to regular, comparatively I’m just like who are these doofuses trying to be in my italian dish? Perhaps needless to say I used angel hair for this out of this world tomato pesto dish that some friends made for us over for dinner one night.

This tomato pesto is now how I like to make pesto when I don’t have the stacks of cash to lay down for pricey basil. And there are walnuts instead of almond which adds a change up of flavor. Eat it! Eat it all!

TOMATO PESTO ANGEL HAIR SPAGHETTITOMATO PESTO ANGEL HAIR
Serves 4

1/4 cup pasta water
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 cup almonds
3/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound angel hair spaghetti, cooked al dente
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
Parmesan

When preparing pasta according to instructions, reserve 1/4 cup pasta water. Pulse tomatoes and almonds in a food processor or blender until coarsely chopped. Remove 1/3 of mixture and set aside. Add olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and continue to pulse until a smooth pesto forms. Toss al dente pasta with tomato pesto, reserved tomato and almond, and bacon (optional). Add pasta water as needed to loosen sauce. Top with parmesan (generously!).

TOMATO PESTO ANGEL HAIR
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup pasta water
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound angel hair spaghetti, cooked al dente
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • Parmesan
Instructions
  1. When preparing pasta according to instructions, reserve ¼ cup pasta water.
  2. Pulse tomatoes and almonds in a food processor or blender until coarsely chopped. Remove ⅓ of mixture and set aside.
  3. Add olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper and continue to pulse until a smooth pesto forms.
  4. Toss al dente pasta with tomato pesto, reserved tomato and almond, and bacon (optional).
  5. Add pasta water as needed to loosen sauce.
  6. Top with parmesan (generously!).

Adapted from Lidia’s Italy.

Copyright © Rachel Schultz 2017