Saturday, October 22, 2016

Kitchen Reno: Plugging Along

One last outlet (Neither Meijer or Walmart carry outlet boxes OR four hole outlet covers!)
and a lot of dry walling!

Poor E came home so tired,(and kinda down because he just found out his company has been sold and he will have a new boss)  but he had one last hole to patch, another layer of mud to put on the drywall, a floor to level, and cabinets to dry fit.
E turned back on the fuse that runs the dishwasher and washer so I could catch up laundry. The sweet Ware family brought us dinner (in disposables, yay!) and we carried up more cabinets to dry fit! The opening to the lazy susan is too narrow for my slow cooker :(
(I was HELPING but I accidentally ripped a toe kick board off, then later, tipped a set of drawers in the wrong direction and gouged E's shin....oopsies!)
E was still able to cut the plumbing holes in the base cabinet, though!

E visited his mom's new headstone, and put up the corner upper cabinet.
Cutting baseboard so cabinets can go full length of kitchen.
far left and corner base cabinets affixed. Another upper cabinet added.
 Hutch moved and floor swept for the countertop measurements tomorrow.

They came to measure for the countertops but wouldn't do it because everything was not screwed in.
:( That night we added another upper cabinet
and moved the microwave outlet AGAIN (because I didn't inform E that the new over the microwave cabinet was shorter than our old one.) Whoopsies!
 That's all for this week, Saturday is booked with fun fall activities!

After a baked, no dishes dirtied breakfast (shake and pour pancakes and sausage)
and busy morning at the pumpkin farm, I went to the grocery store (and discovered a good iced coffee)

while E put up the over microwave cabinet.

The neighbor guys came over and measured the window for drywall, shimmed in the window sill (that I hate and am going to replace with our countertop granite)
and helped E set up the spice cabinet. (We thought we were going to have to open the wall up because there was no stud close enough due to a pointless vent, but we didn't! Phew!) We finally have our microwave back up!!
E finished installing all the base cabinets except the two under the window, and put up the cabinet over the fridge (We call it the red-headed step child cabinet because we always forget about it!).


Corn Maze Masters

An early Saturday morning (in matching plaid) for the corn maze at the Pumpkin Farm!
12 acres, here we come!
The goal was to find six shaped punches hidden throughout the maze.

Three punches and 40 minutes later, we were ready to give up! E gave W control of the maze gps map (His favorite part, yay technology!!) and we soldiered on! At one point, I was on the bridge, standing right in front of punch #5 and didn't even see it, ha ha!

It took us a little more than an hour total, but we found all the punches and got our free pumpkins!
Victory for Team Fryman!
We left E to stand in line for apple cider and honey, while we ran around the photo opps!

me ignoring the sign that says "Please do not climb on pumpkins"....
B wanted to stay for a hayride, but we have one at church in a couple of weeks, so we headed back home! Lunch, more kitchen work (for E) and grocery store (for me)! Trunk or Treating is tonight!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Homemade Halloween

Building B's costume
B had originally wanted to be Jabba the Hutt, but there were no costumes to be found. His second choice, Gamorrean guard had one vintage mask on ebay, so we bought it!

Twenty dollars for that, plus another 50 dollars for green clothes, leather, fur, cheap "armor" and brads, then some pattern making and hand sewing,
I found two knight helmets at the dollar store that I cut apart to make the shoulder armor, and added belts we already had....

We added arm muscles with an old Spider-Man costume underneath, and I hot glued the leather circle and the shoulder armor in place!

While I had the glue gun running, I made some "hobbit feet" using second hand shoes for W's costume....
Same fur as B's costume! (I'll use the rest as a fancy fur stole for my church Halloween party costume.)

I made a costume for me, too! (I might wear an actual iced coffee lid as a hair accessory...) Only cost me $12.00 for shirt and poster board!
 I made it to wear on Wednesday at AWANA costume theme night, but I will probably also stop in to Chick-fil-A on Halloween to show all my friends!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cheesy Potatoes and Monster Toes

Despite not being able to find most of my dishes and having no countertops or sink, I was still able to make a new recipe I saw on facebook for my family (and double it so I could bring some to Kara's family)!

Potato Lasagna (Ham and Cheese Bake)
5 potatoes, peeled and sliced
8-10 slices ham (I used the
9 thin slices mozzarella cheese (think I'll try cheddar next time)
6 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I used Monterey jack)
salt, pepper, garlic salt
¼ cup parsley, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
2. Slice the peeled potatoes into ½-centimeter slices.
3. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper, tossing them to make sure they’re coated evenly.
4. Press a layer of potatoes evenly into the bottom of a greased, square baking pan.
5. Place half of the ham slices evenly on top of the potatoes, followed by half of the sliced cheese.
6. Follow with another layer of potatoes, then the remaining ham and sliced cheese.
7. Sprinkle the bacon and parsley evenly on top of the sliced cheese, and place one final layer of potatoes on top.
8. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the potatoes, then press it into an even layer.
9. In a small bowl, mix the heavy cream and eggs. Pour on top of the shredded cheese.
10. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the cheese is a deep golden brown.
11. Cool slightly, slice, then serve!

Since I was already killin' it on the home front, I decided it would be the perfect night for Monster toes and a movie for the boys! (circus peanuts and runts candy)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Kitchen Reno This Week

Our biggest Home Improvement Project is in full swing!

Our new cabinets are here!!!
We got the estimates for the countertops- 50-57 a square foot, plus 800-900 for installation/sink/plumbing.

E moved an electrical outlet

and I posted our cabinets on Craigslist. We got two replies right away! (Wahoo for recouping a little bit of our remodeling costs!) They even wanted to countertops, which saves us from having to dispose of them ourselves, sweet!

E removed the under cabinet lighting and the upper cabinets. (And broke two drill bits in the process!)
I packed up the stuff from the kitchen cabinets, (Thanks for the boxes, Kari!0 E had to remind me about the over fridge cabinet!)
 and browsed kitchen faucets online.
E came home from basketball with a jammed finger,
but still worked on my broken external hard drive when he came home at ten!
E took off work and removed all the rest of the cabinets and the sink.
An evening break to hang out with the Falks, (Bdubs!)
I haven't talked to Kari Falk in FOREVER, so we caught up on essential info,
like what kind of spices she doesn't use! One giant coffee mug (no carafe or saucer :( )and one game of Settlers
won by "Crab Claw", then a fire! 
(I was going to make these  Take 5 Bars,
but the kitchen was too much of a wreck
and I have no idea where all my baking stuff is,
so I bought five of these choices!)
we didn't get home until midnight!
While I cleaned the rest of the house (this mess is driving me insane!!), E had to make five trips to the attic and army crawl to the deepest edge

to run electrical lines for an outlet...
that when he was completely done, I told him was too far away and I couldn't reach it from the sink! Sorry E!

He also moved the stove outlet! (I am amazed at how much he is getting done!)

Meanwhile, we handed over the cabinets to the craigslist buyer, bought our faucet (E vetoed the motion activated one...)
and finalized our countertop choice!
The winner is....
E wanted me to point out that even though that was his favorite all along,
I didn't agree until the choice was confirmed by my two best friends,
E's cousins and dad, Sherry AND my step-brother and his fiancée! ha ha

It's really coming together!!
Can't wait until I get a sink/dishwasher back!!