Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A dining room table, made out of a door? You gotta see this!

Lets start with a picture of the finished product:

Now that I have your attention, here is the story!

Faux Stainless Appliances!

In October 2013 we bought a house - a VERY OLD house. It was built in 1920 to be exact.
Said house was owned by a slumlord who did not do regular repairs, and was a section 8 rental for the last 30 years. It was in need of MAJOR love and TLC.

Throughout the past year, we have re-roofed, completely remodeled 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms, refinished 94 year old fir floors, lifted and leveled the house, cleaned out a nasty crawlspace, insulated said crawlspace, carpeted, demolished a rotted deck, replaced exterior doors, built new steps and landings, replaced rotted beams, painted hundreds of walls, hauled thousands of pounds of trash to the dump, and SO MUCH MORE!

Why and I telling you this?

I'm trying to make excuses for why I have not been keeping up with the blog and my cooking.
And I've decided to share some of these adventures with you!

Lucky you!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Crepes, Crepes and more Crepes!!

So - everyone says crepes are so hard to make.... I'm here to tell you THEY'RE NOT!!

We made both sweet and savory ones - they were easy, and delicious!
  • Ham and swiss cheese
  • Mushroom, spinach and swiss cheese
  • Macerated strawberries and whipped cream

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mushroom Leak Soup

Alright - it's been awhile, but I am going to try and get back into regular posts!
We bought a house, remodeled said house, had 2 boys in football on 2 different teams at the same time and life just got in the way for a bit! But here goes...

I made an AMAZING yummy soup a couple weeks ago, gave the recipe to my cousin and she's made it twice a week since then for her kids and husband. I also brought some to work for a co-worker and he LOVED it! Guess it must be good, huh!?

Who doesn't like mushrooms and onions and garlic - and creamy soup!

My kids LOVED this, my husband liked it - but wanted a chunky consistency, hence the reason I now end up with 2 pots of soup at the end of the night :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Pepper Sandwich

Tonight, I didn't want to cook!!

It all started when I went to leave work and my car wouldn't start.
I had to get it jumped.
How embarrassing!! At least I was embarrassed - sitting in front of my office with my hood up, in the middle of Seattle on the side of 4th ave, cars rushing by, in the wind and rain, with dirty hands - things you have to touch under a hood are dirty - gross.

Then I had to get a new battery. Good bye $116.00, I will never see you again. Who knew batteries only lasted 5 years?
The guy at the auto parts store, my husband and my dad - that's who.

Then, it was storming with thunder and lightning on the drive home so bad that it knocked the power out on the hill where we live and closed my kids school early.

That also means the traffic lights were out, so, what is normally a 30-45 minute drive became a 2 hour drive. Have I ever mentioned that I HATE traffic.
Ask my kids - they can tell you just how much I hate traffic....

So, when I finally got home, not only did I have a nice shiny new battery, and dirty hands, but I DID NOT WANT TO COOK.

But I have kids and they need to eat.

So, dinner......

Grilled sandwiches with anything you could find in the fridge... fun!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Mustard Grilled Onion Burgers - an homage to In N Out

When we used to live in California, Nate would eat at In N Out burger about once every two weeks - more if he could get away with it. Once, he told me that he thought they put crack in the burgers, cause its not like they are out of this world, but he CRAVED them!

Needless to say, when we went to Anaheim in February for vacation - we had to eat at In N Out 2 times in 7 days!!

If you know anything about In N Out, you know there is their basic menu and their secret menu. I guess its not really that secret - it's on their website - just not on the menu at the restaurant. You can get grilled onions, animal style, mustard grilled, grilled buns.... and a few others - you just have to ask!!

Nate likes a double double mustard grilled with grilled onions and all the toppings - that means 2 quarter lb patties grilled in mustard, cheese on each patty, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, pickle and raw onions, mayo mustard and ketchup.

Tonight I made my own version - Mustard grilled Onion Burgers - and I made Nate's about a 1/3 of a lb, a little bigger than a single patty, but big enough that he didn't need to make it a double.

(forgive the blurry picture - I was in a hurry!)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Southwestern Baked (Chicken) Pasta

Julian wanted "a casserole".

"We haven't had casserole in a LONG time, mom!" He whined.

(I don't think he really knows what a casserole is, but I thought, lets go with it!)

We pondered over Tuna Casserole, Baked Ziti, Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole, some sort of vegetable pasta... and Nate suggested Southwestern Chicken Pasta, with "creamy enchilada sauce...."

And thus, Southwestern Baked Pasta was born!!

You can call it Southwestern Chicken Pasta, if you're putting chicken in it - it makes more sense that way! :)