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Those Lousy Republicans

Sexy Nerd, frustrated by the many smoke detector false alarms in our home, has been suggesting I buy a deep fryer. I was reading reviews on Amazon to find just the right one, when I came across thePresto 06006 Kitchen Kettle Electric Multi-Cooker and Fryer. It can be used as a fryer and a steamer, in a sort of dietary yin yang. Score! As a surprise bonus, someone had written the following...err...helpful review:
"very handy as it does a lot of different things well and doesn't take lots of precious kitchen space not like republicans in washington"
WHAT?! I was on the fence before, but now they're hogging all the space in my kitchen? Geez.

Custom Bathroom Ideas

While designing our custom mountain home, our biggest fear has been that we might build something boring. I mean, we don't want to end up with a crazy, zero resale value house, but what's the point of going through the hair-graying experience of building if we're just going to end up with something everyone else has already done?

The design process has taken a looooong time for this house!

There are 3 bedrooms and each is connected to its own bathroom. We still have a few tweaks to make before finally breaking ground, but here are our bathroom floor plans so far:

Guest Bathroom/Mudroom Bathroom I'd like to have a stunning mural behind the shower, framed with real curtains. The floor to ceiling window is going to be stained glass, which will reflect in the mirror across from it.
Guest Bathroom/Hallway Bathroom Whether you have the door open or closed, it's impossible to see the toilet from outside the bathroom. There is going to be a river rock stripe leading from the…

Open Shelf Decorating Ideas: Sand and Sprinkles

Open shelves and glass cabinet doors are popular right now, but the stress of keeping them tidy can be a deal breaker. A great solution is to create a display that won't change often. Think fine china instead of everyday dinnerware. Cookbooks instead of your go-to coffee mugs.

My favorite idea ever? A delicious wall of candy and sprinkles!

We're going with an all-white kitchen in our new home and a colorful display like this will be perfect...as long as I put everything out of reach.


I had to take a break from posting this to go grab a cookie!
Feeling sentimental? How about a wall of sand, each jar a reminder of a fun vacation.


As soon as we're done building our mountain dream home, I'll be dreaming of a beach house. (Who am I kidding. I'm dreaming of it now!)

These neat photos, along with scrumptious desserts, are from bakerella.com.

Chocolate Pudding Recipe with Coconut Milk and Coffee

You know that 1/2 can of coconut milk that's leftover after you make curry? The 1/2 can that is going to go to waste because your Sexy Nerd whined when dinner what served that he hates curry (maybe someone should not have pretended to love it just to impress me when we were dating, but whatever.)

Fellow thrifty-minded bloggers, don't you dare throw that coconut milk away! It's the secret ingredient to making a plain Jane instant chocolate pudding taste fancy.

Especially fancy if you serve it inside a dainty Australian china teacup.
This recipe couldn't possibly cost any less to make. $0.33 a box? You know there are about 20 of these in my pantry.
While creating my fancy schmancy pudding, I decided to throw in a little bit of coffee. There was none left in our coffeepot, so I swiped the rest of Sexy Nerd's morning cup when he wasn't looking.
I then confessed to my crime so that I could share his ridiculous coffee mug with the world.
Is that frog...ummm...nevermi…

The Waterfall House

A while back, Sexy Nerd and I had the opportunity to purchase a unique house in our dream neighborhood, Glenwood Hills. It had a charming bridge to the double front doors, incredible views of Albuquerque, and an interior practically glowing in natural light, but also a few flaws. The cosmetic fixes, such as a new kitchen, new bathrooms, new walls, new everything, we could tackle, but there were also severe structural issues.

After much debate (and finding the skeleton of a bat inside the house), we decided it wasn't a good fit for us. Still, I wonder if we made the right choice. We drive by it sometimes and see that the new owners are slowly destroying it, little by little. They cleared every living thing from the yard, leaving just a wasteland of hot dirt, and replaced the garage doors with ones that are super-boring. The house is crying out for a modern, contemporary face lift - boring garage doors are all wrong!

We should have just purchased it. I mean, where else are you going…

Kitty's Amazing Homestyle Mayonnaise!

See the yumminess below?

Ooooh, yumminess.

Today, I have a recipe for you that is unlike any other you have ever tried. I owe it all to a teenie tiny tub of concentrated stock.

Make that a teenie tiny CUTE tub of concentrated stock.I adore that sweet chicken on the lid!

My recipe breakthrough came last Tuesday. I had the day off from work and was faced with a long list of things to get done: nap, blog, watch TV, nap some more, read magazines, etc. After reading a blog post about an attempted home robbery, I began to comment about the time I lived alone and an irate intruder tried to break down my front door. Just thinking about it makes me want to double check all our locks. In typical "life has a cruel sense of humor" fashion, as I wrapped up my scary story, the doorbell rang, sending my dogs into a frenzy and me about a foot off the ground!
I couldn't stay mad at the delivery driver though. He had brought me a package of Knorr Homestyle Stock! Big deal, you think? Don…