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Asheville Adventure: Part One
- Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2013
For Spring Break, Jeremy and I ventured down to Asheville, North Carolina. First we stopped outside Charlotte to visit some family. Then we headed into the Smoky Mountains for a night of camping before exploring the city.
We spent the night at the Cataloochee campground, part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. What is really...
Our Raised Bed Garden
- Published on Monday, 15 April 2013
As I mention in our last post, Jeremy and I are going to try our hands at gardening again. A few Springs ago, we tried planting a garden in our back yard. We planted some string peas (seeds) and some onion bulbs and tomatoes (seedlings). We tilled up the ground in our yard, tended to the weeds and watered the garden (when we...
Garden Plans and Little Seedlings
- Published on Monday, 08 April 2013
A few springs ago (I think 2010) we tried to make a vegetable garden in our backyard. The area did not get enough light, or enough watering/weeding attention from us. We harvested a few peas and tomatoes, but overall it was a wash. This year we are going to try our hand at vegetable gardening again. We plan on building/buying raised...
Preparing the Raspberries
- Published on Monday, 25 March 2013
After our harvest of raspberries last fall, we did nothing…
As the weather got colder, the raspberry canes went dormant. They lost their leaves and the parts that bore fruit dried up.
Here’s a close up of a cane that fruited last season. These withered canes adorned our front porch all winter because I wasn’t really...
Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag
- Published on Friday, 15 March 2013
Well, that depends on how you think of it.
I had this old pair of capris that I wanted to do something with. I love the fabric, and they are in great condition, but they were a few sizes too big for me. They were my grandmother’s. I thought about tailoring them to fit me, but I don’t know much about pants, and that would...
Almond Meal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Published on Monday, 11 March 2013
Since receiving the Soyajoy Alternative Milk Machine for Christmas, Jeremy and I have been making our own almond milk. The byproduct of the almond milk is soggy almond meal. I have been experimenting with the almond meal – attempting to make ”meat”balls and substituting it for flour in baking. I found this recipe fo...
Dishwasher Dreams Come True
- Published on Wednesday, 06 March 2013
Ever since we moved into our house in July 2009, I have been dreaming of a new dishwasher. The one in our house was ugly, loud and didn’t do a great job cleaning the dishes.
Our friends have the same dishwasher in their house, and have the same complaints. In the photo above, the kick panel is missing because (spoiler alert!)...
Pallet Shelf and Nautical Wall
- Published on Monday, 25 February 2013
I’ll just cut to chase:
After updating the bench with a new cushion cover and relocating it, I wanted a way to make the bench blend in more with the media room. Jeremy received the octopus/squid art for Christmas and we had not yet found a place for it. The art is printed on plywood, so it compliments the wooden bench. I also...
Long Overdue Garage Clean-Up
- Published on Wednesday, 20 February 2013
The garage is not a room I like to show guests on “the tour”. It’s where Jeremy’s car lives, and where we hope to have a workshop. Over the past 3 years the items in the garage have varied, but most of the time it looks like this:
Okay, I will try to identify most of this mess. As you can see, Jeremy’s...
Dual Flush Conversion
- Published on Friday, 15 February 2013
A few weeks ago, Jeremy and I converted the toilet in the hall bathroom into a dual-flush toilet. After reviewing our utilities, we saw that the one bill that hasn’t decreased over the years was our water bill. We hoped that converting our most used toilet into a dual flush toilet could help save more water (and monies).