Archive for October, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

apples

Tis the season for apples, organic gala and fuji apples everywhere and at a great price too. Been running them through the Champion juicer, fresh apple juice every morning and simply eating them as is, a sweet crisp apple along with a few slices of my favorite cheeses as an afternoon or late evening snack, easy.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

awesome

Dude just ripping for 3 minutes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Martha

Do as Martha does…right? My husband loves that one, so much so, it’s always received with a heavy eye roll. This home reno process has been a long one so yeah, everyday I’m reminded of the reasons for demolishing and rebuilding a home, it’s so we’ll have a house with finishings to our liking, our aesthetic, right? Martha’s Turkey Hill kitchen with the hanging pot rack and gorgeous copper has always been on my dream list,  “dreaming” of course cause I know it would be the most impractical thing for me, for one, I’m not the tallest and two, I’m far too lazy to deal with the dust that’s sure to collect on hanging  pots and pans, the same reason why the idea of open shelving like her Bedford kitchen quickly was ticked off my wish list too.

Understood I don’t have that kind of kitchen and hate the idea of installing something that requires more dusting nor will I ever have that many copper pots and pans (her hanging collection there is bank). My copper collection only consists of 6 pots and pans and one large beating bowl, my mega scores from weekly trips to the local Home Goods and TJ Maxx, sometimes ya get lucky and find overstock of discounted French Mauviel or Baumalu 2mm copper cookware. So yeah, copper’s too pretty to just store away in a dark cupboard or drawer so I was thinking how about this sort of thing on the side of some cupboards or something that I saw on Remodelista awhile back? scaled down a bit, a humble version? kind of, not really..

Channeling french countryside, a warm copper kinda vibe. Negative. Especially since the only cupboard sides to possibly hang pots and pans off of directly face into the living room or it’d be the first thing you’d see if you came in through the side door, so yeah, no, not happening, visually can’t live with it and who wants to ruin the side of Pete’s gorgeous cabinets. The solution my husband and father-in-law came up with was this one skinny corner off of the dining area/kitchen, in front of walled off ducting, have a custom glass-sided cabinet built in to hold all my pretty bone china, serveware and copper just like Martha’s Bedford house, awesome! compromise we can live with.

So remember, when you design a house with huge floor to ceiling picture windows and glass sliding doors, there’s not much room for furniture pieces unless you want to block the view which goes against the reason for having all the glass installed in the first place. So yeah, just find a nook and cranny somewhere that’s not set off of glass and build something, as skinny of a corner it may be it should work, and as Martha would say, “more storage space, it’s a good thing.” Can you picture it? It’s really teeny, tiny, 119″H x 19.5″W x 12.5″D my skinny corner, stay tuned.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

pinto beans

We do love a Mexican breakfast in this house, my husband especially so it’s a good thing we live in SoCal where it’s the norm, great Mexi joints all over the neighborhood. My husband’s also veggie/pescatarian-ish so I’m always looking for new ways to cook up beans. Beans as a side to anything in my kitchen and this recipe for pinto beans is a staple around here. My friend, E shared her simple recipe with me and it’s a weekly thing we make and store in the fridge, it’s easy, tastes great and is good for you. She came over with a bottle of freshly made beans and her famous green chili sauce the other day. We love it! especially dressed with the green chili sauce and spicy Cholula. Try it.

E’s Simple Pinto Beans

2 cups dried pinto beans

8 cups water

1 medium onion (chopped)

2 tsp salt

1. Start with rinsing 2 cups of dried pinto beans, sort through the beans taking out any bad beans and foreign objects, sometimes small stones and pieces of dirt so rinse well.

2. Put rinsed beans into a heavy cooking pot and add 6 cups of fresh water, place lid on and  bring to boil and boil for 2 minutes more. This is going to be what they call a fast soak. Take off of burner, keeping the lid on and let sit for one hour, this takes the place of soaking overnight.

3. When beans are ready to cook after sitting one hour, then add 1 medium onion chopped, 2 teaspoons of salt and add two more cups of water. Bring to a boil on high heat and with the lid slightly ajar turn heat down to medium and cook for 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally so beans don’t stick and after 1/2 hour turn heat down a notch and again at the last half hour turn down a notch or two more. Finish up checking your liquid level, maybe adding a little more water if necessary, the beans should be hearty and savory tasting. Enjoy.

Monday, October 24, 2011

floor levelling done!

I think I spoke too soon, cutting reinforcements the other direction to match was far from easy, take a look at the pics, no need to explain.

This shim building to level took my husband and brother a total of 8 days and one focused finger, happy to confirm the finger’s still intact, just mangled and healing, good that that’s behind us now. And of course to carry on with the spirit of gibbly, I had both bottom wisdom teeth pulled this past friday too, a week in pain here. Cheers to a speedy recovery says my friend E, she came over today with a freshly baked coconut pound cake and homemade peanut butter cream cookies. Surprise! Blame it on the weather, it’s grey, overcast for days now, and the idea of baking cakes and cookies indoors is in the air, well they are at the Posey house. Living near the coast and this marine layer is not letting up, just drive a bit inland and it’s sunny, blue skies, weird. All good though, pile out season’s officially on. Now if only I could dive into these sweet treats without a stiff jaw and full use of all my teeth…tommorrow for sure. Speak of the devil, the sun’s peaking through the clouds, on and off, it’s trying and what a great way to start the week.

No rest for the injured here, work must go on and they built a frame for the master bath tub too, we’re now ready for some hardwood floors, I think we found them.

Friday, October 21, 2011

macadamia trees

My neighbor, Stu has 3 macadamia trees on his property, macadamia nuts all year round here, who knew? Him and his wife like to roast them in the oven with a sprinkle of salt, I think they’re great just right out of the shell, no fuss. Freshly cracked macadamia nuts right off of the tree taste so good, like really good, the store bought stuff doesn’t even come close. Peel away the first layer which is a husk-like shell, then you’ll need a heavy duty nut cracker like the Krakanut to crack the hard shell, it cleanly cuts the shell of any nut in half, definitely gotta get me one of those, your typical nutcracker’s too flimsy, it won’t work. Agreed we’re planting a couple of trees in our yard, planning for when I’m an old lady I’ll be making dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts from mature macadamia trees in the backyard, I think it’s worth the wait.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Stone Roses

Dude..reunited for a world tour and smashing the record for gig sales in the U.K. too. Selling out all 240,000 tickets for their comeback concerts in their hometown, Manchester, England in less than an hour. Great idea? no doubt. Here’s a favorite.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

laser level

We bought a 50+ year old home, which also means we bought a house on a foundation that just sort of sunk in one corner over an inch, be it because of a tree too close to the house or whatever, shit happens, it’s old. Taking into account the sinking in one corner bit we built the now existing new frame of the house level, so last week we tackled levelling the upstairs floors to match up with the level frame, and success. We couldn’t have done it without our friend, Ray’s laser level, it made the process so much easier, not an easy process by any means but just easier, a few less grey hairs to add to the noggan is always a plus near the end of a 2 year reno. Just waiting on the plywood to be delivered now, we’ll then add a bunch of reinforcement shims spanning the other way and lay the plywood over that, this first part of leveling was the hard part, the rest should be easier, I hope.

Monday, October 17, 2011

mangaris deck

We finished laying out the side deck this weekend, installing hardwood is kind of a bitch, well worth it though. Not only just countersinking the screws, both sides of the wood also needed to be sealed, we took a brush to each new cut as well,  grooves cut out and sealed on the back side on both ends of each board for water proofing too, everything all sealed tight. Mangaris (Indonesian mahogany) looks great and is an extremely durable hardwood, it should be, we broke 4 drill bits installing it. And living near the coast we had to use stainless steel screws which cost an arm and a leg ($360 for a pail of stainless steel screws), damn the salty air!

Now we decide on railings, doing some research and I’m thinking cable railings like the pic below may work.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Tribe Called Quest

We watched Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest the other night, we’re huge fans and despite the shizz between the filmmaker and the talent if you love the music, you’ll love the story. Midnight Marauders came out the year I graduated high school, taking ya back, here’s a favorite.