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10 Decorating Ideas for Your Modern Mountain Home

Here are more design ideas from the Summit County Parade of Homes. Enjoy!

1. Windows that go all the way down to the countertop (or countertops/desks/tables that come all the way up to the bottom of the window) look amazing. Stretching the window wall to wall is even better.
2. Frame square cubbies right into the drywall for a modern bookcase. When we build our dream home next year, I'd like to do something similar but with wood on the bottom of each shelf. Or stone. Or maybe a bright, fun color painted onto the back of each cubby - a different one in each square.  Our poor builder doesn't know what he's gotten himself into.
3. For maximum impact, you need many, MANY pendant lights.
4. Have a little nook/hallway? Don't just leave it plain and boring. A little stone on the wall makes all the difference.
5. I would never have thought to do this, but it makes so much sense. For extra storage and countertop space, squeeze a dresser along the wall of the water closet. This…

Photos of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms in Springtime

For fun ideas for your next trip, visit my post 6 Reasons to Love Washington DC.

Sexy Nerd was in Washington DC for business last week and I jumped at the chance to join him, eager to escape the darn allergens (my annual nemesis) at home. Unlike our last visit to DC, which was so brutally frigid I actually considered death-by-icicle rather than continuing to trudge along, the weather was sunny and perfect this time. On the day we flew home to Albuquerque, the daytime temperature plummeted down to the low 40s (30s with the wind chill - brrr!) so our timing couldn't have been better. We were supposedly too early in the year to catch the famous DC cherry blossoms in bloom, with the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival still several weeks away, but I can't help thinking this year's festivities may be mistimed. By the time visitors arrive to see the cherry blossoms, they're all going to be gone!

You'd never know it from this photo, but Sexy Nerd was actually having a g…

The Challenges of Life with a Beard

Long before Duck Dynasty turned the crazy mountain man-look mainstream, there was Biscuit.

She will tell you that having a beard is not all it's cracked up to be. Sure, the ladies love it. But your confidence flies right out the window when you realize you've been strutting all afternoon with a leaf dangling from the matted mess, utterly oblivious.
Things are especially rough when your mom and dad laugh at you and post your beard faux pas for all the internet to see.
Though, some might argue that referring to yourselves as your dog's mom and dad qualifies as a faux pas of its own.

Savory Hot Ham and Cheese Crepes Recipe

For something so simple, don't these look so fancy?
I have a fantastic recipe for you today. But first, behold the 50 calorie giant cookie...

 Giant YUM!
And only 1 measly gram of fat. Can you believe it?
Best of all, with the help of your toaster oven, these mega-cookies crisp up in less than ONE minute! Prepackaged crepes, where have you been all my life?

Of course, it couldn't be easier to fancy up a crepe. Filling them with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows before their party in the toaster oven gives you smores crepes. Blueberries and whipped cream (skip the toaster oven!) is also yummy.

But, have you ever thought to make a savory crepe?
Broccoli and Cheese for Mees, Please!
Hot Ham and Cheese Crepes Recipe Serves 4 4 Frieda's French Style Crepes (available near the berries in most produce departments)(Ralph's if you're in Southern California, you lucky duck)1 Tbsp Olive Oil 2 Garlic Cloves (diced)1/4 C Onion (diced)2 C Spinach1/2 C Broccoli Crowns (finely ch…

Christmas...or Halloween?

There's a screech owl who has been flying all around my neighborhood. Our weekly newsletter pointed out this "cute visitor" at the beginning of December. Here he is, perched on a neighbor's front door.
It's called a SCREECH owl, not a fluffy owl or a cutesy owl or a buddy owl. Think of a kitten. Now, think of a SCREECH kitten. Scary, right? Perched nonchalantly, he's plotting his next evil deed in that evil feathered head of his. It's what they do.
This is exactly why all houses need multiple ways in and out. You say you love owls, but you wouldn't dare open this door with him sitting on it. Insist all you want that it's just so you don't disturb him. We both know it's because owls are scary little f*ckers.
The next weekend, the screech owl was photographed at a neighbor's wood pile. Supposedly, it's the same "cute visitor" as before, but this one looks bigger to me. And scarier. And, though I wouldn't have thought it…

Construction Update: 6 Week Deadline

Our house needs to be finished by July 1st...and we don't even have our flooring, stucco, roof, or cabinets installed! In fact, I don't think anyone from Panorama Homes has even been to our house this entire week. The deadline is quickly approaching and our house is just sitting there, empty and forgotten. I email the builder and the foreman for an update and am ignored. I ask our builder in person what the plan is for next week and am told, "I don't know".

We're screwed, aren't we?

"Screwed and tattooed," my boss says. It's not the sort of language one expects to hear from a little old lady, and especially not from a children's dentist, so it sticks with me. Screwed and tattooed, I think, staring at the unfinished, well, everything. Screwed and tattooed.

On the plus side, the work that has been completed looks great. The interior walls have all been painted (Sherwin Williams Polite White), the tongue and groove ceiling is up, and Strahl…

Kitchen and Dining Room Photos

I forgot all about our current house.

For the past two years or so, the only home we've cared about has been the one we're building with Panorama Homes. It's hard to love the house we're in now - it's just a storage unit. We were able to save thousands on construction costs by purchasing all the fixtures ourselves and storing them, but it didn't take long for the stacks of boxes to suck the romance right out of the place. There has been a sauna in our dining room for more than two years. There's a clawfoot tub next to it. Oh, and did I mention the toilets? Just try to enjoy your home with three toilets stacked to your living room ceiling. I dare you.

We hadn't expected the construction process to take this long.
Also, I'm a bit of a shopaholic. If it's an open-box clearance item, it's heavily discounted, one of a kind, and this is the only chance to buy it! Did I mention we've saved thousands?
I can't wait to get all my bargains move…