Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bathroom reno

I've shown you before what a talented, self taught carpenter/ cabinet maker Adam is. The pieces of furniture around my house are many and he's made a lot of pieces for friends also. 

This particular project came about more than a year ago. Dinner with good friends and a discussion about the renovation they wanted to do on their bathroom and by the end of it Adam had asked if he could build a cabinet for it. I really think it took some time to convince them that he was serious about it, but once Jen & John decided on Midwest Remodeling and Renovation   to do the work Adam started his drawings. 

It turned out better than even I had anticipated! Just beautiful. 
They decided to go with oak. That thing is going to last FOREVER

Door panels were a great excuse for new router bits

Almost there!

The hardware choice and dark stain made it much more contemporary
Jen & John did all their own demo for this project and even found some cool old wine bottles inside the walls. The rest was done by the remodeling company, but the before and afters are so amazing I've got to share. 

After... the tub and pedestal sink were re-glazed since they are original to the house  


Almost done


It was such an amazing transformation, and that cabinet is absolute perfection. There's still the upper to make when he has time to take a breath. 



Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tailgate food Vanderbilt edition

We have season tickets for Mizzou Football this year, their first year in the SEC. Not that this is magic or anything,  I think it's like taking AP classes in high school .. it's really hard and at first you don't really measure up, but in the long run it makes you better. Now until this year we went to about half the home games each year so when some friends thought they'd let 2 of their seats go Adam bought them instead. 

 This season got started with 3 weeks of home games, all in the evening, and when you add tailgating into the day and the fact that Adam has been working most Saturday mornings, it makes for a reeeealy long day. 

So this week brought Vanderbilt to town and it wasn't the outcome we hoped for with a loss and a few injuries to the team. Also, this week our weather turned from crisp to cold (in my opinion) and even with quite a few layers on, I froze. 

There's always a wide variety of food to eat. I tried a new recipe to take this week, it was good but needs some tweaking.  

Jalapeno Popper Dip
6-8 slices of bacon  Confession- I used the whole pound minus what I snacked on. Don't judge.
2  8 ounces packages of cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayo
4-6 jalapenos copped- you know the rules get rid of seeds and veins if you want less heat
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped green onion  

1 cup crushed crackers- they suggested Ritz, I used Town House
1 cup Parmesan.
1/2 stick butter- melted

Pre-heat oven to 350 
Combine all the ingredients and mix well. I just put them all in my Kitchen-aid and let it do the work for me. Spread in baking dish- I used a browning pan and it worked well. Obviously, the bigger the pan, the less baking time. Combine the toppings, and cover the top.  Bake approx 20-30 or until bubbling.
We used Frito's scoops but it would be really good on crackers too.

Like I said it needs something... more heat for me I think. Since I wasn't sure who liked spicy and who didn't I played it safe. 

I use a grapefruit spoon to get seeds out

Yummy bacon

Cookies travel well and are always a hit

Here's hoping for more wins, and more warm games! Go Tigers!



Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Much loved visitors

Hope you had a great weekend. I know I did. Two of my favorite ladies in the world came for a visit! Kelly & Emerson were here and we did as little as possible. We worked very hard at relaxing.

We did head over to the Farmer's Market just to look around and see what we might need. This week, what I need ended up being some meat and a pumpkin. 
I didn't catch their names but they were really good!

These gourds were so cool

I got a pumpkin with lots of warts

Emerson is a great pumpkin picker-outer

Love them

This kid is one mean bubble blower

Hangin' at the park with Aunt Lissa
  Saturday, my friend Jenny came over for dinner and Adam grilled us an amazing meal.

I'm so thankful for the weekends I have with my friends.