THINKING ABOUT THE SUMMER OF 2018

June 21, 2018

This post is part of a series I do to write important things I need to tell you about and a mix of homemaker stuff. And let’s be honest, sometimes popular culture BECAUSE I HAVE THOUGHTS. I love doing things by the seasons, so I share one that often. There are some re-occuring categories such as: “netflix-ing,” “unpopular opinion,” “all is vanity,” “into it!,” and “I am not tech-y, but.”

parties, y’all: I bought this group trivia game for our summer parties. Trivia is SO fun, I wanted a trivia set that was just like, normal trivia, not stupid trivial pursuit weird.

into it!: Also for parties I wanted some drink dispensers that were plastic (for durability) but still pretty. And not expensive. Kind of a lot of demands. I found these and have loved.

for the children: Do you shop for children’s clothes on amazon? I hadn’t done a lot, but they have a lot of good stuff that its low priced and obviously the amazon prime free shipping factor. This and this  (and honestly like a million more things I found) are so like, good stylish children clothes! Rare! And I just got this romper for a friend’s new baby. I like popping in a copy of this book for new parents too.

insta life: v v all about the home renovation progress on this instagram account.

I am not tech-y, but: I got a pop socket because I have small hands and holding an iphone kind of hurts my hand. I’m not sure if it’s really doing anything? It kind of makes my hand just hurt in a different way than before. And now it’s harder to fit in my small purse. Am I missing the pop socket thing?

pretty things: All about finding neutral colored versions of utilitarian things for them to be more pretty. I actually don’t mind the classic green hose because green pretty much always works outdoors. But we got this white garden hose and it is really strong and inexpensive.

OH, MY EYES!: I’m only on the computer for a couple hours a day but I got computer glasses and am really obsessed with them. They make my eyes feel so good when I’m on the computer. I did the roebling in “amber toffee.”

films: Infinity Wars was amazing and Solo was very whatever. The actor for Han did not capture his personality at all. Or look like him. So I feel like you should have one or the other?

renovation progress: we’re about to start our DINING ROOM and I will explode. I like getting dining room inspiration from great restaurants. This is one.

netflix-ing: Sad a few of our most beloved children’s shows left netflix with the whole disney thing! We miss Little Einsteins and Agent Oso the most, two of our very favorites. I have been working on a post of our favorite children’s shows on netflix. I am opinionated about it.

Organization Nation: This is very much a it’s-all-in-the-details thing, but I have liked having cute thumbtacks for our bulletin boards.

foodstuff: I love this cookbook! I don’t ever make homemade ice cream, but the (low) price of the book is worth it for just the baked good recipes. Haven’t made a bad one yet. If Jeni does it, it is going to be good.

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REALLY GOOD BROWNIES

June 18, 2018

The way I see it, every wife/mom/homemaker is on an ongoing journey to gather her kitchen staple recipes. I’d love to reduce box mixes from my kitchen. Not because I’m elitist and think you’re less of a cook if you use them. (I like them for certain stuff: this insane coconut cake, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, cornbreadcobbler, and the thanksgiving must have – pumpkin crisp).

But, I think baking cakes, cookies, brownies, etc. isn’t necessarily always easier with them. And doing it from scratch can be less expensive.

AND ABOVE ALL, let’s make them taste even better! This is my current brownie dude.

Really Good BrowniesReally Good Brownies
Makes sixteen brownies

1/2 cup butter
1 and 1/2 cups chopped milk chocolate
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to stand mixer. Whisk in sugar. Once incorporated, whisk in eggs and vanilla. Fold in flour and salt. Transfer batter to a parchment-lined and greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake 40-45 minutes.

REALLY GOOD BROWNIES
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 and ½ cups chopped milk chocolate
  • 1 and ½ cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
  3. Transfer mixture to stand mixer. Whisk in sugar.
  4. Once incorporated, whisk in eggs and vanilla.
  5. Fold in flour and salt.
  6. Transfer batter to a parchment-lined and greased 8x8 baking dish.
  7. Bake 40-45 minutes.

Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.

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ADDING PANELING TO A SCREENED IN PORCH

June 14, 2018

Our sunroom used to have that typical lattice work and it VERY MUCH WORE ON ME. Some places it can look nice, but here and with our house it felt all kinds of bad fussy victorian. The first chance I got last fall I ripped it off. Since we weren’t out there over the winter it was okay the bottom of the screens weren’t protected.

Now it is warm again and we are initiating sunroom sprucing. What I wanted instead of the lattice is some nice modern panels.

They are a clean look and add the functionality of little ones not being able to push through screens.

Adding Paneling to a Screened in Porch

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS! I love them so much. (Though this is a before and “progress” photo).

First I did some experimentation to decide how wide of planks I want, and how wide of gaps between each plank. I compared pretty much all sizes between three and six inches and was very into the skinny three inch ones. The caution with wider planks was that they could kind of seem a little boarded-up-window feeling in an outdoor area. The thin planks felt not that, and really polished. Also they can let in the maximum light and visibility.

For gaps I was going back and forth between one inch and 3/4 inch, but it was a very subtle difference so I chose one inch IN FAVOR OF ROUND NUMBERS.

Adding Paneling to a Screened in Porch

The material used is 4 x 8 sheets of 1/4 inch plywood. At home depot I had them cut it down into the three inch pieces for me. Sometimes they don’t charge for cuts; sometimes they do, but either way I find it’s worth having them do it for you.

We painted two coats on both sides of behr “polished marble” using their porch and floor paint. (Which I really like! Glossy and cleanable.)

Then we cut the pieces down to the length of each opening and installed with these nails and our 18-gauge cordless nail gun. When a skinnier piece was needed at the end we ripped it down to fit with our table saw.

Adding Paneling to a Screened in Porch

Painting took about four hours and then installation took maybe two hours. Touching up chippy paint and bringing the look up to date makes it feel so good out here. Our family loves having our dinners here and obviously hosting summer parties. Thank you, slats over the screens in our sunroom.

PS: And yes, I have a fence post coming soon. We love it so much and it was completely diy-ed!

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