Lazy Pie


Ever feel like making a super easy dessert?  Look no further than lazy pie.  I started making this in college because it is cheap and fairly figure friendly.  And it really could not be easier.  Let the laziness begin.

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Doing Laundry….In Style


When we moved into our house, the laundry room in the basement was completely unfinished (much like our furnace room that Dain has been busy insulating and man-decorating).  Last fall Dain insulated it and added drywall, and we painted the floors gray and the walls a very bright color that basically screams “get excited to do some laundry.”  It was a huge improvement, especially when it came to the bearable factor in the winter because before that was done, it was an icebox in there.  Now it is nice and toasty, but it’s not quite finished.  We added a new utility sink (that was a huge improvement from the 1964 model), new gas lines, a countertop with undermount cabinets, a laundry organizer, and a few large shelves for storage.  But as always, there are still projects in there.  The most obvious is the need for a ceiling and new lighting with the next most pressing issue being finding a way to maximize the space for our needs.  We put on our thinking caps, and here’s where we are at.

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Pinterest Challenge: Fall Edition


It’s back, and we’re moving on to the fall edition of the Pinterest Challenge.  Once again, it is hosted by Sherry at Young House Love and Katie over at Bower Power along with new hostesses Ana from Ana White and Erin at House of Earnest.  A big thanks to these ladies for inspiring us to once again make something that we have pinned on Pinterest because I look at Pinterest on a daily basis (whether I’m adding pins or not).  It is ridiculously inspiring to look at all the beautiful pictures and clever ideas, and it has become an addiction.  For the summer challenge, we made some scrabble art, and this time we are back with a different kind of art.

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Custom Built Workbench


Last week we did a couple of posts about insulating our furnace room closet walls (that you can catch up on here and here).  After all the insulation and plywood was in place, I started to plan and take measurements for built in shelves. While measuring I realized that there was enough room for the solid wood table that I got for the affordable price of $5.00 a couple of years ago. The table came with metal legs, but the only problem with our furnace room is that the floor is very uneven in the corner, so I decided to take off the legs and custom build a frame for it. This also made it possible to make it a higher counter top height of 36 inches, and now I am one step closer to having my tool cave complete.

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Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween everybody.  It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again, and now the holiday season is going to fly by.  20 years ago we had a large snowstorm on Halloween here in Minnesota, and it looks like a different part of the country is feeling that snow this year.  Wild October weather for those in New England.  Here, it’s going to be a very nice night for all those trick or treaters in terms of Minnesota weather.  We only had 11 kids stop by last year so we’re hoping to break that record by at least 2 or 3 this year.  Here’s how we got into the Halloween spirit over the weekend.

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A Halloween Treat


In anticipation for a family visit this weekend with my brother’s rugrats, Dain volunteered to bang out a Foodie Friday post.  His treat of choice: popcorn balls.  They were completely his brainchild, and he did an awesome job except for one minor error.  Which is why he usually cooks with me around to supervise the recipe.  I wondered why they “have a funny aftertaste” until I started looking at his pictures.  You live and you learn.

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Recycling Rookies


In plotting our storage and organization plans, we realized that we had a lot of extra stuff we’ve been hanging onto.  Most of which came with the house.  For obvious reasons, there are a lot of hazardous materials that you’re not supposed to just toss in your weekly trash, which complicates the effort quite a bit.  But lucky for us, we learned that our county has a few recycling and drop-off centers where you can recycle some materials and safely dispose of others.  We hit the jackpot when we learned that we could unload much of our junk for free.  Music to my ears.  Because nobody likes to pay to get rid of something.

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Insulation? We’ve got that covered.


Following the insulation party, the next step of our basement furnace room was to cover up all that bubble gum pinkness. We didn’t want to use drywall in this room because it’s heavy and messy, and it involves taping, sanding, priming, and painting. A lot of unnecessary steps for a room like this.  Since it is such a small room and is going to be used mainly for storage and a workbench, we decided to go with plywood instead. This method only required some cutting and hanging.  And now we’re in business.

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Weekend Insulation Party


Not exactly the best party that I’ve been to, but probably one of the most productive. I got a jump start on this project Friday afternoon after a supply run on Thursday night, and I was able to finish installing all of the insulation by Saturday evening.

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Pottery Barn Decorating Class


Looking for a great (and free) way to get a few extra design tips?  I always am as I’m still learning how to style our house to match our personalities and still trying become a wonderful hostess like my mother.  I’m not hosting the holidays this year, but that didn’t stop me from attending Pottery Barn’s How to Entertain with Style class with my mom yesterday.  It was a fun weekend activity, and it gave my mom (who does host large Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter gatherings) and myself some new ideas for entertaining on Thanksgiving.

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