After The Rain...

To keep my sanity during the kitchen remodel and rewiring, I walked down to the garden for a little while this afternoon while Noahh was taking a nap. This whole remodel business is really starting to take a toll on me. Emotionally and physically. I'm just not myself, and I'll be the first to admit it.
Spending a few minutes in the garden defiantly helped lift my spirits a bit. While the inside of my house is torn apart and debris, tools and plastic cover every place imaginable, the garden seemed tidy and well kept, even though I felt as if I had been neglecting it a bit over the last few weeks.   With last night's storm wrapping up, I wanted to take a look and see if there was any damage to my plants or the greenhouse. I'm happy to report, there wasn't. 
I took a few pictures of some of the harvest, but didn't capture everything.  I picked about 12 red beets, 12 turnips, endless lbs. of habanero, cayenne, pepporchini, jalapeno and green peppers. I was almost afraid to walk into the greenhouse. That is for sure a 2 person job, but I stole about a dozen or so tomatoes near the entrance, to bring in so we'd have fresh ones for salads over the next few days.  I also picked dozens upon dozens of cucumbers both regular and lemon.  I somehow managed to get all of those peeled and put into bags so I could freeze them and hopefully pull them out at a later date (once I have a kitchen again), to use in my steam juicer and then can fresh cucumber juice. Perfect for mixing with water in the summertime. I figured that would be a pretty good treat to enjoy next year.   As far as the peppers, I'm pretty much over making pepper jelly. I've made several batches, and I just trimmed, washed, and stuck all of today's peppers into bags for the freezer as well.  In a few weeks, I'll be able to pull them out and make and can hot sauce.   
Well time to get going. My power is about to be shut off again. 

Highway 101, and Hunter Farms

One of our favorite drives in Washington is the scenic HWY 1 loop.  Whenever we venture out on this beautiful drive, we are able to enjoy a number of stops, including one at Hunter Farms. We always eat really good upon arriving home on the evening of these drives.  This time of year, the farm produce stand is packed with fruits, veggies, and fresh seafood.

Can't Believe She's Almost ONE!

I cannot believe she is almost ONE! Where does the time go? The other morning after our daily walk, we stopped at the neighborhood park.  I'm in awe of how big she's getting and how smart she is becoming.  She's just steps away from walking on her own, and I'd be willing to bet, she'll be able to do it before her birthday which is less than a month away. 
This little miracle baby of mine sure has been a blessing to us.  We love you Noahh. 

Bremerton Farmers Market

We had a great afternoon at the Bremerton's Farmers Market on Friday.  We invited Parker and her mommy Lindsay to join us.  I think the girls had a great time playing and it couldn't have been a more beautiful day. 

Jawdropping Rainstorm & Chili Relano

Since we've been hit with a huge rain/wind storm this weekend we are pretty much confined to the house.   Not only are we stuck indoors, but because Erick is rewiring the house, we are going back and forth with and without power. He said this could take a week.  I'm praying it won't take quite that long.

I went most of yesterday without have a kitchen and it was pretty disappointing.  I was all pumped up to make dinner last night but it wasn't feasible due to all the tools, painters plastic everywhere and furniture moved all around.  Just wasn't going to happen. 

This morning when I woke up, I got breakfast on nice and early before all the work started.  By 6 am, breakfast was in the oven and I was a happy woman.  The thought of having to eat take-out during this kitchen remodel makes my tummy hurt just thinking about it.
I was recently introduced to Demarle cookware and I am beyond thrilled and pleased with it.  It really cuts down on clean-up.  I feel so spoiled now when I cook with it. I used the Sunflower mold for this mornings' casserole.
Chile Relleno Casserole
2 4-ounce cans diced green chilies, drained and patted dry
3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed and patted dry
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
6 large egg whites
6 large eggs
salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place green chilies, corn and scallions inside your pan. Top with cheese. Whisk milk, egg whites, eggs and salt in a medium bowl until combined. Pour mixture into bowl over other ingredients.
  3. Bake the casserole until the tops begin to brown and the eggs are set, about 35-40 minutes.
Before serving, I topped it with some mozzarella balls, and my homemade, canned peach salsa. So yummy!

Kitchen Remodel Update

So many of my readers have asked about our home, and wanted to see more of it so I thought it might be a good time to give everyone a little "tour".  By "little", I mean just that. "LITTLE".  Our small cottage is a mere 800 sq. feet or so, but it is more than we need and we are very thankful for it.

We moved into our home in 2009, and since then...have done a tremendous amount of remodel work.  The house was hideous before we started making changes...
Let me take you on a brief photo tour of the kitchen. Yes, let's spend some time today looking at the kitchen...

So here's a photo looking into the kitchen. Only one light in the whole room, above the sink. Broken formica countertops, a terribly ugly stainless steel sink with outdated hardware, YELLOW cabinets with GLITTER mixed into the paint (seriously who did that?), and low ceilings covered in tiles.  This picture was taken when we purchased our new appliances, and just got them in. So you're looking at the new dishwasher, stove, and fridge.  The laundry station with washer and dryer WAS where the stove is sitting in the picture. (again...who thought of that?)   The original stove, was sitting behind a wall divider kind of where the fridge is sitting in this picture. The kitchen was small, overcrowded, and totally not functional. Unless you wanted to do a load of laundry and make spaghetti at the same time.

So no more washer and dryer in the kitchen! Yay! ...and a new gas stove. PERFECT.

Here's a built-in cabinet that was really, pretty useless. The spaces divided inside were really a mess and we had a hard time utilizing this space. Especially since the houses fuse panel was located in the back of this cabinet. Not convenient to get to at all...

So you get the idea, ugly stick on tiles on the floor, low ceiling with hideous ceiling tiles, yellow paint with GLITTER mixed into it for the cabinets, ugly and cracked formica countertop, gross sink, even grosser faucet. No lighting.
So the ceiling came down...

...and the cabinets all came down.

 Having the cabinets out, and ceiling raised, REALLY made the room start to feel a whole lot bigger!

We installed recessed lighting and got rid of the "one light wonder" that was in the room before.
Put some "bead board" up, and gave it a coat of white paint...
Started painting what would be all of our new "open shelving", and bottom drawers and cabinets...

ps. check out the wood walls in the living room. Could it have made the place any darker or felt any smaller? I don't think so.
 It's already looking brighter in this room at this point...

New painted drawers (with no GLITTER in the paint), and new hardware. Check out how cracked the countertops were. Yuck.

Now, time to get the floor up. Yep, all of it's gotta come up.

 Time to get rid of that yucky sink! ewww...
 Brand new cast iron sink, in white. :)
We also ripped up the countertops, and cut boards to fit the new space before placing the sink inside...
 We stained them, and lacquered them to a shiny and durable finish.
Seriously, I LOVE my new countertops and they cost less than $100 bucks total. Complete WIN!
 After the countertops, we installed brushed tin paneling for a backsplash. I love the rustic-ness it brings to the kitchen.
 One of my new favorite features of the kitchen, is that there are no upper cabinets and everything is at arms reach on new open shelving.
 I adore the shiny new countertops, and beautiful new faucet. It's a pleasure being in this space now.
 Where there used to sit the family washer and dryer, I now have the perfect cooking space with my new gas stove, and open shelving with my pots and pans. Everything I need, is right there in front of me.
So far, the kitchen has been a total success. We still have to put in the new ceiling, and relocate the power panel when we re-wire...but it's miles ahead of where it was.  My beach cottage kitchen is becoming everything I dreamed it could be.
Tine for a new power panel! Last night in the midst of the jaw dropping rain storm, they mounted the new panel outdoors.  This morning they are beginning to run all the new wire out to the new panel...

Before we know it, there won't be one piece of original wire running through the house, and it will be nice to have that ugly panel out of my kitchen.
What a mess. AND a fire hazard. These old homes are so scary when you take a good look at the wiring. I'll be able to sleep a little easier once this is all replaced, and "right".  Until then, I'll shut myself in one of my clean and finished rooms and wait until this project is over.  The mess of it all drives me nuts. 

Daily Walk-through, Monday Morning

 Oh Hello Monday!

As I was doing my daily walk through of the gardens, I couldn't help but lust after the neighbors nearby apple trees. They usually tell us to take all we want, and I'm hoping they do this year too because I have a hankering for apple juice! It's almost that time!

Bedroom Remodel Update

Our bedroom used to be less than glamorous. For years, I settled with a mattress on the floor, mix-matched bachelor furniture, damp and dirty carpet. Less than glamorous is almost giving it a compliment.  For a small room, the dark green walls made you feel even more closed in. Needless-to-say, I hated it. Just like every other color that was in this house when we moved in.
When we ripped up the carpet to install the new flooring as we had in the kitchen and livingroom we discovered beautiful, untouched hardwood. UNBELIEVEABLE. We were so gitty... until we realized it ended in the middle of the room where there had been an addition and it was just plywood from there on out.  Lame. Oh well, we carried on with the flooring we had already installed in much of the house. 
 So the floor was put in, walls painted an antique white, except for one wall that was a shade of yellow. When we started moving furniture into the room, Erick insisted on putting our huge freaking TV at the foot of our bed. I was concerned about how ugly that would look. You walk into the room and the first thing you see is the back of a huge, black TV.  My solution was finding this gorgeous, large frame and add a collage of some of our favorite memories. Perfectly disguises the back of the TV!
I love our king sized, real log, canopy bed. I adore having to jump up to get into my bed. Let me mention that it was a complete nightmare to put up, and we'll never get it down. It will remain in this room even if we sell the house. It will have to be cut up into pieces to be removed. Hopefully, we don't have to move it. EVER.
One of my favorite areas is this corner of my room. I scored the dresser on the curbside while I was on my way to work one day. It came out of the old "Bay Bowl", in Manette. 
 So for the most part, this room is finished. We purchased a new ceiling fan and light already and once the ceiling, crown molding, and base boards go in, it will just be a matter of adding a few final touches.

So here we are again, working on this room. Last night Erick ripped down parts of the ceiling again, and screwed the drywall back up tight where it belonged. Amazing how far it had sunk over the years. 
Sometimes the bedroom gets really cold in the winter, so we installed a duct vent in the ceiling to help bring over some of the warm air from the livingroom fireplace. This will keep us cozy this winter!

 Here you can see he screwed the ceiling back all up tight where it belongs.

I've been busy staining boards all morning!

 ...we cut and stained the trim as well...

 It's rainy and wet outside today, unlike when we were doing the bathroom, so the boards are taking a little longer to dry than they did last time.  Now it's just a waiting game.

I'm debating on taking a walk through the gardens. I'm mildly afraid to because I know once I get down there, I'll end up harvesting a bunch of produce which will just lead me into another canning project and I really should be focused on helping Erick with the bedroom!
 Ahhhhh..... It's finished. We woke up early Sunday morning and got right to work. No messing around.   We got all the boards stained, sealed, and cut.  Assembly went fairly smooth, it took about 6 hours to put it all together.  So here it is...the finished bedroom in our humble little beach cottage.
I love this old window on the wall. It came off a building at Fort Warden, in Port Townsend, Wa.
 I absolutely love it.  When we came upon it, it was in pieces and pretty bad shape. We put it in the trunk, hauled it home, and Erick meticulously pieced it back together, gluing it so it would be strong enough to hang on the wall.  He really can fix anything.

I'm loving that it actually looks like a "real" room now.  Baseboards, molding and a ceiling! Whoohoo! We also installed duct work to pull heat from the living-room where the fireplace is so we'll stay warm all winter. Oh that reminds me, we have to go pick out a new gas insert for the fireplace this week....

I'll be having lots of cozy winter afternoons in this room, and I'm looking forward to every minute of it.

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