The progress continues!!! I have to say we are about 90% there in our remodel. Day 58 and hanging in there. (Wow, when I actually calculate that I can hardly believe I’ve been without a sink that long.). What’s been happening?
Our floors are done! It took about a week for the flooring guys to sand, patch and seal our new floors. Our floors were raised about 8″ because of multiple layers of old flooring underneath. The people were lazy (a common theme in our house) and just layered hard wood over linoleum over linoleum over hardwood. Yes, 4 layers of old flooring. Q ripped it all up and repaired the subfloor, so that all the flooring guys had to do was layer, sand, patch and stain to match the rest of the house.
Our cabinets are set! Over many painstaking days, Q built, measured, set up, and balanced our Ikea cabinets. There were many hours involving me holding a level and Q moving the cabinets millimeter by millimeter. We left the doors off of some as we are still painting each cabinet door (they came in a pink tone and Q is painting each one pure white).
Our countertops are installed! We chose a quartz countertop and couldn’t be happier with our decision. It took about 2.5 weeks after templates were made for them to finally be installed. This was agonizing for me because without countertops, we were also without plumbing. So washing in a bucket outside continued. They were installed on Friday (best birthday present ever) and my handy husband…
Plumbed the sink and dishwasher that day!!! Yes folks, we have running water again! I swear, I have never been so excited to wash dishes. I must have been over that sink for an hour cleaning with a huge smile on my face.
So what’s next? As I am writing this, Q is putting up our backsplash (he is SO handy, isn’t he?). The butcher block for the island is coming in next week and Q has to stain and seal it before we install it. The plumbers have to come tomorrow to set up the stove to the gas line and I can actually cook again! The electrician has to come and hook up the under-cabinet LED lights. We have to do the final cosmetic touches: molding, a little painting, etc. and then we should be done! OMG!
Let’s talk about Everlane. They are my one stop shop for extremely well made, well fitted basics. They do simple right. From the V-neck tee (my everyday go to) to their silk blouses (wonderful for work), everything is beautifully constructed and made to last. Every season I find numerous items that could seamlessly fit into my closet and match everything else I own. Their basic tanks and tees are a wonderful staple items and their silk blouses are rich in quality and style. Oh, and did I mention their price point is right on?
Black Wallet: $115
White V-Neck (my everyday shirt): $15
Black Silk Blouse (best work shirt): $85
Gray Tank (order a size down): $20
Green Tote (the perfect everyday tote & a great investment): $385
Black Sandals (weekend shoes): $118
So not having an oven has been interesting, especially when we have last minute company! We’ve been all about the grill (no oven needed), but when it comes to dessert, what is a girl to do? Oh just make a no bake pie!
No bake pies are a cinch, especially if you use pre-made pie crusts (with no oven, this was a must)! I usually go for oreo, but alas the store was out of them, so regular graham cracker it was! I like to spruce my pies up by adding crushed candy bars both inside and on top of the pie. I’ve done chopped up Reese’s and most recently Butterfinger. Both are great choices. Hello indulgence!
No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
Makes 1 Pie (serves 6-8)
- 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 Package Cream Cheese (reduced fat is fine)
- 1 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 Package 8-ounce Cool Whip, thawed
- 4 full sized Butterfinger candy bars, crushed into small pieces (any candy will do)
- 1 9-inch pre-baked pie crust (Oreo is preferred)
- Using either a stand or hand mixer, cream together cream cheese and peanut butter until light and fluffy, approximately 3minutes. Add sugar and beat until smooth. Using a large spatula, fold in whipped topping and 3/4 of the crushed candy bar pieces.
- Spoon mixture into crust and the rest of the candy pieces on top. Refrigerate for 4 hours or if you are in a rush, put it in the freezer for 2.
In my ongoing quest to try new recipes and find interesting eats, I am bringing you some delicious bites found around the web (through all of my blog reading!).
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Soup: What an easy and delicious starter by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Joy the Baker.
Smoked Paprika and Garlic Shrimp Skewers: I’m always a fan of shrimp and these skewers look delicious to serve with rice or on their own.
Crusty Pan Bread: This is a new technique for baking bread that I have yet to try. I love the ease of it and am going to attempt it this week.
Lunches & Dinners:
Caprese Chicken: This looks simple and very satisfying!
Spicy Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheese: What a great fall take on a classic grilled cheese.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Frosted Blondes: The perfect dessert to bring to a Halloween party! And not just your usual pumpkin bars!
Salted Caramel Apple Cake: This decadent beauty looks like it would be a real crowd pleaser!
Pumpkin Streusel Bars: Another fun fall dessert perfect for entertaining!