Sunday, November 25, 2007
Clockwise from top left:
Yayoi Forest Lacy Hemisphere ring, $236 from Catbird NYC
Yayoi Forest Lacy Triangle necklace, $130 from Catbird NYCErica Molinari branch bangle, $1,580 from Fragments
Celebes Ring, $198 from the Sundance catalog
Paper Fig Shell Necklace: $300 from Catbird NYC
Alex Woo Narissa cuff with diamonds, $7,878 from AlexWoo.com (yeah, not gonna happen)
The brother-in-law announced that he'd bring a chocolate rum torte for dessert, but since Thanksgiving isn't Thanksgiving without a pumpkin I decided to make one. I stuck to the recipe on the back of the Libby's pumpkin and just added 2 and a half teaspoons of Trader Joe's ginger spread to liven it up a bit.
For appetizers, I made my favorite cream cheese stuffed dates topped with walnuts. I also topped some brie with the same TJ's ginger spread to smear on crackers (good and EASY).
For breakfast, I made maple cornbread topped with bacon and scallions. For extra flavor, we added a bit more maple syrup just to top it off. So. damn. good.
2 tbsp. butter, plus 4 tbsp. melted
8 slices bacon, cut into ¼" pieces
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1½ cups whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup maple syrup
1½ cups stone-ground yellow cornmeal
½ cup all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. double-acting baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 425°. Grease a 10" cast-iron skillet (if it's new, season first according to the manufacturer's instructions) with 2 tablespoons butter. Heat a medium-size frying pan over medium heat, add the bacon and cook until it begins to get crispy, about 6 minutes. Add the scallions and continue to cook, stirring often, for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. In a large bowl, combine the milk, egg, maple syrup and 4 tablespoons melted butter. In a separate bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir with a fork. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir gently to combine. It's okay if some lumps remain—do not overmix. Pour the batter into the buttered skillet, sprinkle the cooked bacon and scallions on top, and bake until set in the middle, about 25 minutes.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
We started off the morning by installing the ribbed glass panels in the wall cabinet:
(The drywall has since been patched.) I'm pretty sure we had this done before 8 am, but who's keeping track?
Next we removed the countertop and took out the two base cabinets. Not too difficult. And installing the new base cabinets really wasn't all that bad either. We had everything installed and the plumbing reattached by 4 pm.
Here's the end result, which I'm pretty sure is going to mean a complete kitchen remodel for my parents in either of their two kitchens, since I'm pretty sure this is what my mom's wanted for the past 15 years at least.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
We'll do two more base cabinets this weekend so we can make room in the living room for the 8 people who'll be at our house for Thanksgiving next week. Pressure? Nah!
Last night, Chris and I replaced our first wall cabinet. We totally thought we had it done on the first try only to remember that we hadn't left room for the piece of moulding that goes around the top. So we took the cabinet down and tried again. We thought we had it fixed on the second try, only to find out that the door wouldn't open because we had butted the cabinet right up to the wall next to it. So we had to take it down again. The third time was a charm.
Anywho...here are some pics. We installed some drawer pulls tonight, which was more difficult than we expected (expect to hear that phrase repeatedly over the next few weeks). And because it's officially Beaujolais Day, we celebrated:
New cabinets. The glass isn't installed yet, but LOOK!!! New hardware!!!
Drawer pulls and wine
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Well, as you can see from Chris's blog, the new kitchen cabinets took over our house yesterday. I'm already feeling a little overwhelmed, so why not just really push myself over the edge and make a list of everything I'd like to do in our house?
- Kitchen Remodel
- Install crown moulding in hallway, guest rooms
Patch kitchen ceiling and re-paint(done)
- Patch living room ceiling and re-repaint
- Paint kitchen green
- Install moulding in breakfast nook
- Replace screen doors
- Repaint front door
- New carpet in bedrooms
- New Pergo in hallway
- Stain front and back decks
- Add window to master bedroom
- Sitting area for master bedroom (under new window)
- New closet system in master bedroom
- New desk in office
- Buy computer desk for guest bedroom
- Buy flat screen monitor for computer desk in guest bedroom
- New entertainment center
- New tv some day
- Recover living room chair