The Stream

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cooking Survival

Cooking Survival 101- Must eat Brownies to stay sane.

We attempted to make brownies in the Easy Bake I found buried underneath the stairs.


The light bulb of a oven did not bake our brownies! Not that I had a whole lot of faith in it, but you let us down EB. You let us down.  At least, there was a lot of brownie batter to test and we were happy it didn't kill us.

This bad boy of a crockpot/pressure cooker is keeping us afloat though! It's made some crazy good fish dinners and has given us 2 hot meals in the last week.


I also pressure cooked my leftover brownie batter in it and they were out in less than 5min I. KID. You. Not. Brownies--crispy on the edges and gooey in the middle.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Inspector Looking to Get Paid

We needed to go with a permit, as much as I didn't want one.  Those inspectors are trouble! We did have some engineering issues knocking out walls and supposedly it is better for resale if you can prove your house isn't going to fall down. BUT, did the inspector have to go snooping around?  He found that our stairs to the right of the entry way were not up to code and he might as well take $45 per sq ft of the whole area. Busted and not awesome Mr. Sir.

Out go the stairs! It does make it handy to toss backpacks our paper towels down to the basement instead of going all the way downstairs.


Here's the view from down below.



One night we passed Micah downstairs through our new not so secret passage. The next day we found it boarded up. No fun.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What we found in our ceiling

When we tore out our ceiling to get to the electricity, we found some nests from our mice friends and wasps friends.  I'm so happy they could cohabitat in our ceiling.  The reason why it was such easy access for these animals was because the builder took a shortcut and just put insulation under the deck instead of a wood board (blocking our animal friends), then insulation.


Here are the remnants of their happy home.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Laundry Room Tear Down

While I was off playing in Moab, Mat was ripping it up until 2AM in the morning tearing up our laundry room. He tore up all of the bamboo wood floor, and underlying vinyl, to prepare it for the tile we'll have installed. I find it funny that in places where we had wood, we're putting tile and places where we had tile, we're putting wood. Go figure! To each their own to make their own. We have Uncle Curtis coming to put in the tile on Wednesday, so we needed to get this area prepped with hardie backer board (a subfloor of sorts). Honestly, I didn't even know what it was, but I like the name. I would love to invent something just so I could name it.

 Our poor cabinets got ripped up during the asbestos removal. We are trying to decide what to do with that mistake. Repaint? Buy new ones from IKEA? I don't like that they aren't adjustable shelves so that is why I was considering new logical ones.image
 Here's our guest bathroom for anyone who wants use it. image
 Our kids think it is so funny that our toilet is in the hall. Funny grade school humor.image
 Mat has been working on a sliding barn door to go across our middle closet. in our laundry room. The other two closets will be cubby storage. The picture is so dark because that is usually how projects run around here. You start in the early morning and finish late at night. photo
 Okay, I took one the next morning and the picture isn't that much better, I suppose I should slow down when snapping?