Showing posts from November, 2017

recipes worth sharing

I'm loaded with recipes for you this month (after skipping October), so get your pots and pans and baking dishes and food processors ready. As per usual, the lovely images belong to the original recipe bloggers as notated below each photo.

The Chunky Chef: One Pan Cheesy JalapeƱo Chicken
My youngest brother sent this one my way. It was easy and delicious.
image: The Chunky Chef
Simply Scratch: 15-Minute Enchilada Sauce
If you need a quick and easy enchilada sauce, this one works perfectly!
image: Simply Scratch
The Kitchn: Kale & Goat Cheese Frittata Cups
I made these for a MOPS meeting. I put them in a pie plate instead of muffin cups, and served them as slices. (It's gluten free, too.)
image: The Kitchn
Inspired Taste: Easy, Fall-Off-The-Bone Oven Baked Ribs
You can skip the barbecue sauce recipe and just follow the prep and baking instructions. Use your favorite BBQ sauce or just eat them with the salt and pepper. They're perfect as is.
image: Inspired Taste
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so long, farewell, to the kitchen wall

We're gearing up for some home improvements over here, so last week Aaron removed the kitchen floor.

I relocated everything in the upper cabinets to boxes or to the lower cabinets, so we could get the upper cabinets out.

This wall will become a kitchen island (with support beams as it's a load-bearing wall.)

We set the kids to work with hammers.

On the other side of the wall, we gave them special permission to color on the wall.


Here's where we are for now. We already love the new view and light in the kitchen!


After constructing the Roof Music Theater, we visited our summer creek spot.

Roof Music Theater

We put together our Christmas gift early! On Black Friday, we constructed a theater in the basement (hanging red curtains).

Using bicycle hooks from the ceiling and electrical conduit pipes, we hung red velvet curtains.


Screwing in the red bicycle hooks.

Next, we had to cut the poles.

Then we put the curtains on the poles.

The pulley system to open the curtains was the last part.

I stitched the curtains to the rope.

I'm still working out perfecting the pulley system, but it works!


Lydia named it Roof Music Theater after Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music, two of their favorite musicals. Tickets available upon request.