Get cookin’

I might as well use this amazing kitchen, right? I started off by treating myself to my 1st cast iron skillet. And made pancakes from a recipe in Homemade with Love. (Linden and I made the baking mix the night before; she’s a good scooper.) Since I had leftover buttermilk, we had pancakes the next morning as well. That night I told Linden I had to make dinner. “You gonna make pancakes, Mama?” So, my daughter thinks I can cook one thing (she’s not too far off, if I’m being honest).

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Today I decided it was time to try a real meal. Something new. Thai chicken curry from my Williams-Sonoma cookbook (wedding present from my Aunt Susan & Uncle Terry). I swung by the grocery store on the way home. Got all but one of my ingredients. Where the hell do they hide fish sauce? Oh, right there where the shelves are empty. Are you kidding me?! This kind of crap is why I hate cooking. I grabbed some fish stock that I later came across with the hope it would suffice. I get home. I get over-excited about starting and get going before I’ve measured or chopped. Really, Sharyn? Thank goodness for my hubby-as-sous-chef, who opened cans of broth and coconut milk, trimmed green beans, etc. And then as I scooped dinner over the rice. “What are the green onions and basil for?” Crap, everything back into the skillet. Add onions and basil. Simmer. Re-dish. De-lish. Taking leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

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The loo

Let's take another look at the bathroom before it was gutted. And the after. An improvement, right?   … [Continue reading]

Kitchen after (aka THE BIG REVEAL)

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Kitchen & bath before

So that you can truly appreciate the transformation, here are an overview and pics of the old kitchen and bathroom pre-reno for you to chew on. Here is the kitchen before we moved in and filled it with all of our boxes and stuff piled up … [Continue reading]

We’re baaaaack!

Hallelujah, we're living in our house again. That couldn't have come a day too soon. But we're nowhere near settled in, even three weeks later. It's a process. … [Continue reading]

A wooden roller coaster

The butcher block countertops. Sigh. I thought I had scored when I found an almost-local (Oroville, California) company that would make a reasonably priced 4' x 12' butcher block for part of our kitchen countertops. Little did I know what an ordeal … [Continue reading]

Confessions: I didn’t breast-feed

No small part of the reasons I don't want a second baby is the bullying, judging and sniping that non-breast-feeding mothers are subjected to, in particular by other mothers/women. I tried. And tried. And hated my baby because it just wouldn't work. … [Continue reading]

Pining for home

So close! Yet so very far away. I think I can safely say we will be able to move back into the house the 1st weekend of August. (Knock on wood!) What a learning experience this whole process has been, in both good and bad ways. Regardless, the … [Continue reading]

Marathon 4th of July

(Excuse the belated post; I've been a tad preoccupied.) In keeping with the "4th", we had four engagements scheduled for our first Fourth back in town. First up, our very first East Sac 4th of July parade. It's nothing fancy; we were the parade. Just … [Continue reading]

5 weeks down & counting

Our kitchen and bath gut remodels are well under way. We are in the "rebuilding" phase. The process has not been without a few bumps, hiccups & near crises, but I think that is to mostly be expected in any renovation. But I'm over it. I'm ready … [Continue reading]