The basement reveal….

A lot has happened since I last posted. Well, actually, a whole month has passed. First we will start with the basement finally getting its finishing touches. Don’t worry there will be more posts in the coming days about all of the other happenings in our house.

If you can remember back to September of  2014, we started having work done on our basement to get it finished. We knew that we wanted to try to get it finished before having kids, as we knew, that it would be mainly a playroom / living room along with a room for my office. We knew that we were going to do the project in two stages so that we were able to afford all that we wanted. Once the first stage was complete, we knew that we would have to save some money and wait a bit before starting the second phase.

Fast forward to October 2015, we knew that we should probably start the project since we had found out I was due in March. Upon contacting our contractor, we knew that it could potentially be done before the holidays. Well one thing lead to another and they decided not to start on it until mid January, hoping that it would only take a couple of weeks to complete. A few bumps in the road with ordering products, the Blizzard of 2016 and other things caused it to last about a month in total but it is done before the baby gets here and that is what I was most concerned about. Thank goodness!

I didn’t take any pictures of what the basement looked like before we had anything done. This is as close as it gets. This was the basement on day one of the renovation back in August of 2014.

What does it look like? Well, here you go! No furniture quite yet but we will hopefully have that and the tv in soon enough. More pictures of that of course once we get it finished!

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Oh so good Cranberries

A couple of weeks ago I was looking at Pinterest and wasting time. I came across this recipe and thought it would be easy enough to try out. I really like cranberries but they are so super sour that I wasn’t sure of a good way of fixing them except for making jelly. I am starting to get over the whole jelly thing except for maybe at Thanksgiving, so I thought this would be fun to try. It worked out well and they were so good. I can’t wait to fix them again sometime soon. They also just happen to be really pretty to look at too. UntitledUntitled Untitled

30 Before 30 – Month 8

1. Run a 5k. – Paws for Life 5K and Sean’s first 5K. He kicked my butt big time.  You can see more here.

6. Cook something new each month. The month of May was another busy month and lots of traveling. We did try soft-shell crabs on the grill. We did scallops on the grill as well. Sean, I think, actually gets this one for the month because he made a soft-shell crab quesadilla. I will have to put that recipe up soon, just so he doesn’t forget how he made it.

28. Pay for someone’s order in the drive thru. Done.

 

Hopefully more to come in the summer months.

 

The Birthday Cake

Each year I make my dear husband a birthday cake. Last year it was Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes, the year before a train cake, and the year before that it was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Extreme cake.  This year he was very selfless in his choice of cake, a chocolate flourless cake. I was super pumped since I knew that if he had chosen something else I would not have necessarily been able to partake in it.

I looked through tons of different recipes but found this one on the King Arthur Flour website and decided that it would be worth a try. It was fairly simple and I had all of the ingredients that I needed to make this cake.

After trying it, I will make sure the coffee gets ground a little better next time but overall it gets good ratings from both me and the husband. We have had a couple of pieces and really enjoyed it!

I think it will be a keeper!

Sadly this is the only photo I took of the cake. Boooo to that!
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Some projects…

It has been a while since I worked on some of these projects but I have completed a couple of things recently.

The first thing I completed was a baby blanket for a co-worker. I did enjoy making this but the fabric was very toxic. As soon as I finished all of the scraps went in the garbage.

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The other project I finished was a quilt that I wanted to try to make. I had no idea how this would turn out but it was fun to make. I realized I only screwed up in one place with the colors and I even lined things up pretty well for it being my first time trying to to make a quilt of this magnitude.UntitledI also made all of the letters to go with it, so we can play a gigantic game of Scrabble. Lots of fun.