Homemakers

April 1, 2012

Matt and I have done our share of crafty things. We painted the dining room in our old house (right over the wallpaper!), we turned light fixtures from bronze to black, we’ve hung shelves, spray-painted, built tables, planted gardens, and taken a stab at electrical work. [Matt gets most of the credit here!!]

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But I don’t consider us to be very handy people. Compared to some blogs ; ) Because Our my work is rarely done to perfection. [His almost always is!]

Anyways, today we accomplished a ton! Matt finished the garden beds and I got my paint on!

[Hoping he’ll write a post on how he built them soon]

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I turned the ugly beige nursery closet blue, and we removed the door to add a curtain due to a rug location issue.

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All the details on BERF this week!

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I also touched up 100 little dings and spots in the house – like this one where blinds came down that was driving me nuts:

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Much better!! I just love our gallon of trim paint : )

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We wrapped things up around 7. Fresh paint [and house work] is sooooo satisfying!!

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Bean burgers, roasted asparagus and an orange! Using the old KERF bean burger technique, we combined about a cup of the Rancho Gordo beans we had in the fridge with a few tbsp of sautéed mushrooms, 1 egg, salt, southern seasoning and mashed into patties. They were then seared in a pan.

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Needed more ketchup…

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The asparagus was coated in olive oil, salt and smoked paprika and roasted for 15 minutes under the broiler.

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The orange was perfectly peeled!

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I’m going up for a small bedtime snack…before one…more…episode of LOST! We just finished Season 5 and MUST know how Season 6 begins!

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1 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Oh how cool, a garden! I know they take some work, but that will be so nice to have your own fresh veggies!

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2 Allie@LiveLaughEat April 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I’ve been craving a burger slathered in ketchup for the past hour (yes, at 9 PM) and this post did NOT help! I’ve been missing my daily orange. Must change that.

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3 j3nn April 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

We don’t own our home yet but I am SO looking forward to these home improvement projects!! Who looks forward to work? Me! haha All of your touch-ups look great, and I hope Matt does a garden box post. I love them!

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4 Emily @LivingLongfellow April 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

pretty closet!!!!!!! these pastels are killin me this season-just looking at them makes me want to make a nursery, and there’s not even a baby in my life.

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5 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

The garden beds look great – it will be so fun to have fresh, homegrown vegetables! Love the color in the closet – the walls, rug, and closet look great together. Very productive day! And the bean burgers sound delicious. I need to go get some fresh asparagus soon!

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6 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles April 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

So, that is how you solved the rug issue. Looks great! :) Especially the BLUE closet!
That garden work is ROCKIN! Way to go Matt!!! It makes me realize that I need to get busy on ours! Enjoy Lost!

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7 Anna April 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

What sort of ketchup do you use? (I’m always so wary of ketchups!) <–sentences I didn't expect to type today.
Looks like you had a lovely Sunday :)

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8 KathEats April 2, 2012 at 8:29 am

Right now, Whole Foods Organic. But I don’t mind regular kind with a little HFCS. I don’t eat it by the cupfull…everyday :)

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9 jasper April 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

ya’ll are some perdy badass homemakers!

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10 Michelle (Better with Berries) April 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I’ve never had the opportunity to start my own garden, but as soon as I have the chance I’m doing it!

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11 Grace @ Healthy Dreaming April 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Sounds like you had a really productive weekend! I feel like when you become a home owner, it’s a never-ending list of things you want to fix/add-onto/improve… but it’s definitely exciting. I’m still exploring this since I just bought the house late last year.

Food looks delicious!

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12 Presley @ Run Pretty April 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I’m almost 28 weeks and y’all are definitely ahead of us in prepping for baby. Isn’t it so exciting/nerve-wracking? :)

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13 KathEats April 2, 2012 at 8:30 am

Yes!

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14 Miranda April 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm

You’re craftier than you give yourself credit for. Very productive Sunday.

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15 Tiffany April 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Love the blue closet that you painted and dinner looks delicious :)

I remember a whole back you spoke about how when you froze canned pumpkin the texture would be off (looks curdled) after it thawed. That happened to me today…my first time using canned pumpkin so I’ve never experienced this. Does this always happen to you too?

(I’ve only ever used homemade pureed pumpkin and when I froze it and thawed it out at a later time the texture was exactly perfectly smooth)

Thanks Kath! :)

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16 KathEats April 2, 2012 at 8:30 am

I froze about 4 pounds and all 4 had that texture :( It was OK for oatmeal, smoothies and baking but not for yogurt or other more simple eats. I haven’t tried it again

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17 Megan April 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Everything looks great! What did you do about painting over the seams of the wallpaper? Bf and I are about to do the same to our living room, but are worried about the paint will look over the wallpaper ?

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18 KathEats April 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

We just painted over and you couldn’t tell at all! We were 24 and inexperienced and just didn’t care that much, but it turned out better than we could have imagined. It wasn’t peeling or anything, so that helped.

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19 Björg April 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Ohh Im on season 5 too! I’m so excitedddd!

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20 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

The asparagus looks perfect and glad you were able to put that bucket of paint to good use!

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21 Laura @ She Eats Well April 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm

That garden looks amazing and peaceful. Great job! One day…when I’m not living in a city (SF) with a tiny kitchen and no backyard, I shall have a garden! Oh and that burger looks delish too.

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22 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm

sounds like you guys made some great progress on things today!
are you still liking LOST as much as you did at the beginning? my husband and i found that we LOVED the first 3-4 seasons, but the last couple got a little weird and weren’t quite as enjoyable.

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23 KathEats April 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

I feel the same way, but loved 1-4 so much that 5-6 is just like the necessary ending. Can’t wait to see what happens!

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24 Angel7 April 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm

To me, burgers, veggies and fruit are the perfect dinner when you want low-key.

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25 Khushboo Thadani April 2, 2012 at 12:29 am

I had chickpea burgers yesterday and seriously, bean burgers are as good (or even better) than any meat burger I’ve eaten till date!

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26 Maria Braganza April 2, 2012 at 1:18 am

was catching up on your weekend. Been going through your blogs for two months now…..

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27 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) April 2, 2012 at 6:12 am

We spent a lot of time completing home projects this weekend too. You are right – so satisfying. I always feel so productive after a weekend of checking off home to do’s. :) Especially with a baby around the corner…. 4 weeks 4 days until due date!

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28 Amelia April 2, 2012 at 6:17 am

Y’all are awesome on the home improvement/ projects! You have done more to your new house since you bought it than we have done with ours (and we purchased last June). However we did redo our hardwood floors and have some things done BEFORE moving in so I guess I just don’t count that. I put in our garden last week. Gosh it’s hard work digging up sod! Whew!

I doubt you still have the color/ number but by any chance if you remember the shade of green from your dining room walls, I would greatly appreciate it!! I have been looking for that particular shade for our living room (found one that was too bright and ended up having to put old color back over it was so bad. :( ).

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29 KathEats April 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

I do because it’s one of my most frequently asked questions! It’s La Fonda Olive from Lowes : )

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30 Amelia April 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

OMG Thank you!! I’m stopping at Lowes on my way home from Pump today. :)

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31 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes April 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

The house looks awesome!! :)

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32 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

Your house looks great! :) Those burgers look yummy!

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33 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 2, 2012 at 6:47 am

Love the blue! Will have to try smoked paprika on my roasted asparagus…sounds yummy!

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34 Paula April 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

We have been married 42 years and some of them were very lean years, so we have done everything from renovating a 100 yr old house to pulling a truck engine and replacing it. With some veggie gardening,camping and raising two boys in between. We painted houses together for a living so I guess you could say we work well together. We are retired now and still doing projects together. That’s one thing that helps keeps a marriage good.

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35 mary @ minutespermile April 2, 2012 at 7:18 am

pretty house! i can’t wait till i have one :)
i always have to toss breadcrumbs in my bean burgers to make them stick together…

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36 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 2, 2012 at 7:22 am

Projects like that make you feel so satisfied! The bean burger looks delicious!

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37 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio April 2, 2012 at 7:33 am

I can’t wait to be able to paint… some time soon I hope! Great job on all the house work.

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38 Rachel Mefford Morrone April 2, 2012 at 8:27 am

Hi,
I was looking for the blog you wrote on turning light fixtures from bronze to black. My husband put up a bronze chandelier in our dining room about 2 months before we started dating. I was wondering what type of paint you used to change it, ours looks similar to yours only without the shades (which would be awesome if I could add). I am just looking for ways to modernize our house on the cheap and not hurt my husband’s feelings. Thanks so much!
Rachel Mefford Morrone

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39 KathEats April 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

We did it so long ago that I don’t remember the exact paint. I would recommend the stuff I used in this post. It goes over metal beautifully: http://www.katheats.com/rusty

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40 Rachel Mefford Morrone April 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

Thank you!!!!!

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41 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings April 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

“Fresh paint [and house work] is sooooo satisfying!!” I absolutely agree. Would love to know how Matt made the planter boxes…getting ready to make some myself. And I love that they’re so level on that slope. I’m doing the same thing. Home sweet home :)

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42 Annie April 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

Burning question: What can your husband *not* do? LOL, lucky woman! :D

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43 KathEats April 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Haha. He’s not the best at rescuing me from roaches…a little slow on the reflexes. But I can hardly complain!

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44 Alaina April 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Love the garden beds! Once my husband and I get into our new house, we want to plant a garden and have some fruit trees too. And we’re getting bees! Honey for me, mead for him. :-)

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45 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth April 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Enjoy the veggie beds. I spent all weekend sowing seeds for summer and Autumn crops and harvesting Swiss Chard and spinach from last years crop which survived the winter. It is so exciting picking it and eating it. Enjoy!

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46 sandy April 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Girl, if you do not love the color of that nursery, just paint it! I know you just had it painted, but seriously, paint is cheap and compared to the impact it will make on your room, it is the best bang for the buck. You could spend 5K on nursery stuff, but with bad walls, it wont matter. I would suggest painting the room the same color you painted to closet, except just add 25% white to the blue paint. (You can have the paint store do this for you, or mix yourself if you have enough of both.) That way, the blue colors will complement eachother, and will not overpower the other decor. I know, opinions are like a**holes, but I just had to share!

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47 KathEats April 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I like the green now – because of the closet!! I never hated it, I just didn’t know if I loved it, but I like it enough to keep it now

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48 Lauren April 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Nice garden beds! Just don’t make the same mistake we did… we framed out our organic veggie garden with pressure treated wood. After learning the wood is toxic (leeches arsenic into your soil/veggies), we had to rip it all out and dispose of the soil. :-(

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49 Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama April 4, 2012 at 2:08 am

I so wish I had a place to garden. It is such a deep rooted passion of mine.
I love the closet, too. The colors are fantastic!

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