And then there’s the floor…

So I got my hand filled up with some more steroids today…

Then I went to work…

Then I came home to this…

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My laundry machine was fixed by the washer repair guy.

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They (I am assuming the faeries) removed the floor that did not belong/was not properly installed.

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As you can see the floor is all different layers.

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The door to the upstairs room has been moved to the sun-room.

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More damaged areas have been removed.

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Sub-floor.

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More water damage.

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A step up instead of a step down.

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Frozen rice and beans for dinner.

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The fairies told me that I could not place anything on the counter.

I can’t have them telling me what to do.

So I left them a cookie and a straw and told them that they needed to be stored there.

See if that shows them.

~Emme

How Not To Use A Grocery List…

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list?

  • Ziploc Bags
  • Garlic
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Crock Pot Liners
  • Bananas
  • Butter
  • Fat (for the birds)
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Chocolate Milk

What did I come home with?

  • Crock Pot Liners
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Bananas
  • Eggs
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Garlic Salt

What was thrown out this week? Or what I found in the back of the pantry and fridge while moving everything…

  • Refrigerated Pizza Crust… expired
  • 2 yogurts… expired
  • Can of potatoes… expired
  • Can of gravy… expired… and no idea where it came from
  • And technically I threw the fat out… out on the lawn… for the robins that were out looking in the snow for something to eat.

Total Savings This Week: $6.87.

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

And then there’s the floor…

Sorry if I had appeared to have disappeared… I’ve been… well… thinking about my floor… urg… floors…

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So after you have the knowledge that you need to replace the floor, you need to go and move everything that you had just finished unpacking into other rooms.

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Oh look… it’s the majority of my kitchen in my dining room… where is the rest?

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Mostly on the other side.

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The laundry room and our sun-room have been moved into our “World Room” also known as the big room in the front of the house that we have no furniture in usually. We keep our board-game bookcases in there, mostly because everyone needs bookcases full of board games.

You can probably guess that this is going to be a picture filled post.

You are most correct.

Now all you have to do is leave for work in the morning and when you come home the floor will have removed itself…

… or it could have been removed by the family friend whom you’ve contracted to do the job…

You also get a call in the middle of the day to tell you that, not only had the original tile floor been placed on the improper material, but also the floor under the stove was getting ready to cave in.

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Then you find out the sink probably used to be on the other side of the room and at one point it apparently had a serious leak.

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They had replaced the floor with the wrong type of sub-floor.

Thankfully that’s not mold or we’d have a bigger problem than the floor disintegrating. Also notice they did not put the proper spacing in to hold the backer-board to the floor joists. There’s only about 6 screws per board instead of a screw every 6 inches… whoops.

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On the bright side… after we go and replace the sub-floor we will be able to install the dishwasher that started this journey.

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They removed more of the floor than I thought they would today.

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After the washing machine repair man comes to fix the washing machine (which is a whole different can of worms), they will be removing all of the cabinets we just installed in the laundry room and tear up the floor in there. Here is what it looks like now:

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They will also be taking up the laminate and the tile floor that is underneath that in the sun-room.

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I should also probably move that plant before they start…

~Emme

100 Foods: Bean Sprouts

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Bean Sprouts

When you hear the term bean sprouts it could either be referencing Mung Bean Sprouts or Soy Bean Sprouts. It really depends on where you are geographically. Sometimes I pick them up in the summer to put on top of salads or Thai Peanut Chicken and I don’t know why it is only in the summer I pick them up. Then again, I am not sure why I am buying them instead of just growing some sprouts myself, it only takes about a week to grow them.

Depending on the cuisine that you are having they can be raw, blanched, cooked or stir-fried. If you have them raw they are very high in Vitamin C.

Do you like bean sprouts?

~Emme

What’s local to me in February?

What is local by you right now?

I had no idea, so I asked the internet what is local to my state and what should be freshest this month.

  • Apples
  • Fennel
  • Kohlrabi
  • Winter Squash
  • Turnips

We do have quite a bit that are year-round foods. My assumption is that this is due to storage of root vegetables/pods and greenhouses.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes

Last February was when I started this project. Since then I have learned how to prepare and cook Kohlrabi and several types of squash. I am not afraid any more of winter vegetables and you shouldn’t be either!

What are your favorite February foods?

~Emme

27 Goals – Week 6

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1. 6 Dinner Parties/Game Nights: 2/6

2. 12 Non-Fiction Books: 1/12

3. 12 Fiction Books: 1/12 – Working on Harry Potter Book #4

4. 12 Recipes: 2/12

5. 6 Quilts: 0/6

6. 12 Teas: 4/12

7. Loose 30 LBS with food diary: 156.5

8.  6 Movies: 1/6

9. 12 Date Nights: 0/12

10. 3 New Wines: 3/3

11. 365 Day Photo Project: 21/365  This project is gone.

12. Debt: 62.94% on new goal

13. 2 Out of State Vacations: 0/2

14. Remodel Yard: Too Cold… as in… it is 20°F outside and my compost heap is a frozen mass

15. Remove Wallpaper From 3 Rooms: Not yet

16. 4 Weekend Getaways: 1/4

17. Complete 24 Pintrest Projects: 1/24… working on #2… a plant growing experiment. If it fails that means I have to buy baby plants instead of growing seedlings as now is the time to star the seedlings.

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18. Meal Plan: 6/52 weeks. Complete fail this week with my kitchen in disarray.

19. 12 Pinterest Recipes: 1/12

20. Cards for 2 holidays: 1/2

21. Switch Banks: I still really need to do this.

22. Ride 35 Miles a week on bike: None this week. Coming home to late after work and then going to look at tile…

23. 100 Sit ups Challenge: Not this week… did some situps on my own

24. 100 Push-ups Challenge: Not This week… did some situps on my own

25. Read 6 of Rory’s books: 1/6

26. 6 Craft Nights: 0/6… working on scheduling.

27. Finish Papa’s Book: Done 3 chapters

What are your goals this year?

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list? (Please keep in mind we are trying to use up perishables before the move)

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Onions
  • Tortilla Shells
  • Quiona Pasta
  • Re-fried Beans
  • Eggs
  • Chips
  • Beer/wine
  • Potatoes

What did I come home with?

  • Chips
  • Re-fried Beans
  • Quinoa Pasta
  • 2 Packages Tikka Masala Sauce (On sale for 25% off… brand usually doesn’t go on sale)
  • 2 Packages Korma Sauce (On clearance for 50% off… brand usually doesn’t go on sale)
  • Beer & Cider
  • Pork Chops
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Milk
  • Tortilla Shells (Corn and Wheat)

What was thrown out this week?

  • Half a pie that was hiding in the back of my fridge since Christmas…

Total Savings This Week: $16.05. We went $8 over budget this week on groceries, but that cost all came from the 4 packages of sauce we bought, but we could not pass up that kind of a sale).

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme