Hey there friends!
It’s been a busy couple of days around here. We decided to get started with sanding the baseboards and window trim in the spare bedroom to prepare them for white paint. The first thing we did was remove all the outlet covers from the walls — I guess we could have waited until after sanding to do this, but doesn’t hurt to get them off early. :) I feel like the outlets look so sad without the covers on them lol.
We then put painting tape down along the floorboards. Granted, this may not be the most exciting part of the process, but gotta keep those floors looking nice! Getting the tape down BEFORE sanding also helps to protect the floor from getting scratched while sanding. Back in my early 20’s was the first time I ever painted a room by myself, and I did not use tape… it did not end well — there was definitely copious amounts of paint on the floors and ceilings. #fail
Next step: sanding! We do not have a power hand-sander, so we used good old-fashioned elbow grease to get the job done. The muntins on the windows pop off which made them easier to sand (and will also make them easier to paint)!
Fun fact, we once sanded an entire dining table and 4-chair set BY HAND – it took maaaany hours and my arms were really sore the next day. Luckily the baseboards and window trim did not take nearly as long. :) We should probably go ahead and get a power sander at some point haha! This Black & Decker sander looks like it would be perfect!
We popped out to Home Depot for some supplies (our weekly routine lol). I just love how these wide planks look! If we ever have to re-do our floors, I would love to get wide planks — the lighter colored ones in the middle are my fave. However, for the sake of our budget, let’s just hope our current floors will hold up nicely for MANY years to come!
While we’re on the topic of house projects, I requested help hanging a painting on the wall. Over the years I have come to realize that I move things around in the house every so often… like making little adjustments here and there until everything “feels” right. I’m glad Joel is easy-going and doesn’t mind if the coffee table is suddenly switched out for the ottoman… :)
We got some snow showers earlier in the week! It wasn’t enough to bring out the blower, so Joel took care of the driveway with a couple shovels. I wonder if we will have a white Christmas this year. I feel like the last couple years we didn’t really get snow until January… although now that I think about it, last year we were in the Bahamas for Christmas so I have no idea if it snowed that week!
I almost bought these red bean steamed buns from the grocery store. I really like them, but I didn’t think we’d eat the whole package before they went bad. Maybe next time I’ll freeze half of them for later. We like to get FRESH red bean buns whenever we are in China town. They are best that way!
Another grocery store purchase: salmon! We want to eat more fish, and so far have been enjoying incorporating it more into our weekly meals.
I usually bake salmon in the oven, but last night I decided to cook it on the stove top with butter. It was pretty stellar! I think this way is my new favorite way to cook salmon! So easy! The only things I had to watch out for were the butter explosions which would periodically spray me with hot butter — but this wasn’t an issue after I covered the pan (hah!). I kept telling Joel the salmon was fighting back! :) In any case, it turned out super tasty! We added lemon juice and salt, and ate ’em with broccoli and garlic knots. :)
One of the garlic knots! We got these from an Italian restaurant in Hamden that sells them by the dozen. Yum! It was our first time ordering these (Joel had a hankering for them) and they were so good that we will definitely be back for more.
We didn’t eat all 12 at dinner, and saved the leftover knots in a ziplock bag for later (they are delicious the next day!)
We decided to wrap our White Elephant gifts in newspaper. Our small group is having a breakfast-for-dinner potluck on tomorrow and we’ll be doing a gift exchange via White Elephant. The max amount was $10. I got a four-pack of Starbucks Mocha Frap drinks which are such a delicious indulgence for any caffeine lover! Joel went the practical route, his gift was a flashlight!
Just re-heating some leftover pancakes and bacon (and cooking some eggs) for breakfast — we don’t normally do pancakes or bacon during the week but had some in the fridge from brunch over the weekend. Made for a breakfast of champions! What is your favorite way to cook eggs? Joel and I like over easy, and sometimes sunny side up! My least favorite way to eat eggs is probably boiled…
We had the slow cooker and rice cooker going at the same time, and it felt like one of those “look ma, no hands” situations lol :) I got this slow cooker a few years ago at the recommendation of my sister in law who cooks all kinds of incredible meals in hers. I just cooked a rump roast in ours — it was around 4 lbs and I cooked it on low for 7 hours then cut it up into cubes, then cooked it for another 90 min. I wasn’t actually planning to cube it, and did that on a whim. It turned out really nicely — each cube absorbed the marinade (as opposed to only the outermost layer) and it tasted good.
What’s your favorite salmon recipe? What was the most recent home project you worked on? Got any painting tips/hacks to share?
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