Home improvement and home cookin’

Mike has been posting about all the home improvement projects he’s been up to, but he’s left a few of them out.

I had my Weber gas grill shipped from LA and it arrived in about a million little pieces.

Weber Gas Grill

Weber Gas Grill

In about a million pieces (really like 100 but still!)

In about a million pieces (really like 100 but still!)

It only took a couple hours and he had it all back together!

Weber gas grill- easy to assemble!

Weber gas grill- easy to assemble!

All done!

Weber Gas Grill

Weber Gas Grill

Meanwhile, I had a Woodchuck pear cider. It was ok. There are others I like better.

Woodchuck pear cider

Woodchuck pear cider

And fixed some white bean and chicken “chili” which was really more like just a stew because it wasn’t that hot or spicy.  Although you could adjust the heat however you want. It was really, really good, even just as is. The recipe came from Better Homes and Gardens.

Sunset Magazine Speedy Chicken Posole

Better Homes And Gardens Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili

You remember when Mike hung the new chandelier? Well, of course the ceiling underneath was all creepy and gross. So he fixed it. Then he had to paint it.

Painting the celing.

Painting the ceiling.

Painting the ceiling.

Painting the ceiling.

Then we decided since the ceiling looked all nice and new, that the walls also needed painting.

We tried a bunch of yellows, oranges, and tangerines. But I had just been to L.A. and gone to a cafe called Recess for lunch and their color scheme was light blue and white and I just really liked it so we grabbed a blue color tester and eventually that’s what we decided on.

Painting the kitchen blue.

Painting the kitchen blue.

While he did that, I made egg salad sandwiches. Yum.

Creamy egg salad.

Creamy egg salad.

Tasty egg salad sandwiches.

Tasty egg salad sandwiches.

After lunch, Mike decided to fix the dishwasher racks. A professional dishwasher repairman told us about this spray-on plastic stuff that you can use to recoat the racks where the original plastic has come off and it’s started to rust. I guess it worked pretty well. It’s no longer scary.

Using Plasti Dip to recoat the dishwasher racks.

Using Plasti Dip to recoat the dishwasher racks.

Mike has been obsessed with the hockey playoffs that his favorite team The Montreal Canadiens, are in. They aren’t doing so well, be he continues to hold out hope.

He put on the shirt first thing in the morning.

He put on the shirt first thing in the morning. Then he made me put one on.

Go Canadiens!

Go Canadiens!

I tried another cider- Wyder’s Hard Apple. It was good! I liked it a lot better than the Woodchuck pear.
Wyder's hard apple cider.

Wyder's hard apple cider.

While Mike watched the game.

Watching the hockey playoffs in the livingroom.

Watching the hockey playoffs in the livingroom.

One day I made a tiny batch of strawberry jam with some leftover strawberries. it was good but would have been better if the berries had been fresher.
Homemade strawberry jam.

Homemade strawberry jam.

More home improvement!
Fixing a drippy faucet.
Fixing a dripping faucet.

Fixing a dripping faucet.

And changing out the air filter in my car.

Changing the air filter in my Jeep.

Changing the air filter in my Jeep.

Finally, the other day I made a tasty oatmeal concoction.

Steel cut oats co0oked with regular oats, walnuts, brown sugar, and vanilla extract, then topped off with blackberries and half and half. YUM!

Fancy oatmeal for breakfast.

Fancy oatmeal for breakfast.

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