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Put the Kettle on....

Major Remodel Update 
Mar. 9, 2011 2:59 pm 
Updated: Mar. 17, 2011 10:19 am
The remodel job is moving right along.  My husband is really working hard to get this job done.  Sunday's drywall hanging went well.  Sunday night's dinner was Cheesy Chicken Meatballs  with mashed potatoes, gravy and steamed broccoli.  Monday morning came and hubby went off to work.  It was also hubby's 50th birthday.  So - he got to choose what dinner would be. He chose grilled ribeye steaks, baked potatoes and a spinach salad with my homemade raspberry vinagrette dressing. 

I took Monday off to have some bonding time with my son.  We headed to the nearby farm & winery to pick up some wine and have lunch.  Then we headed to the flea market.  It was a fun day and a nice diversion from remodeling.

He got home from work, and immediately went to work "mudding" the ceiling seams and nailholes.  Once he got that done we had a late dinner.  The steaks were great and the salad was good, too.  I just use baby spinach, sliced strawberries and pistachios.  Then I mix raspberry vinegar, olive oil, dry mustard, tiny diced onion, and throw in some sesame seeds and poppyseeds.  Yummy! 

Tuesday's agenda was supposed to be "stomping" the ceiling.  Well, when hubby got home on Tuesday it was decided that the ceiling needed another coat of mud.  He did that chore while I made up a nice comfort food meal that would be filling yet tasty. I made Chicken Noodle Casserole I and had corn on the side.  That casserole was good - we all LOVED the buttery, cracker topping. 

Tonight hubby got home and he and son immediately got to work "stomping" the ceiling.  Hubby is spreading the mud on the ceiling and my son has the job of "stomping".  He has this tool with 2 long-haired brushes on it and he's simply pushing it into the mud - making all those cute little swirls and "dimples" in the ceiling.  They'll be done soon and son is going to get cleaned up and meet some friends at the local Firehouse Grille Restaurant for $1 burger night and a beer.  Hubby & I are going to eat the leftover casserole from last night.  Since we don't have a livingroom to sit in and the very small family/computer room we have is packed full of our livingroom furniture I guess we'll sit around the diningroom table and talk.  Maybe we'll pop open one of those bottles of wine I bought on Monday....
Mar. 9, 2011 4:52 pm
Seems like you're keeping the remodelers engines well fueled. Good job, Mother Ann!
Mar. 9, 2011 7:29 pm
You are moving right along MA! I'm very impressed. It usually takes us about 6 months to remodel a room. But, then we don't get after it like ya'll are. Thanks for the update. I am really enjoying reading about your remodel.
Mar. 10, 2011 3:18 am
Mike: I don't really have much of a role in these remodel jobs. Clean-up and cooking - I'd rather cook....
Mar. 10, 2011 3:18 am
Candice - Our remodel jobs usually take a very long time. However this one has cut access to TV so hubby is really wanting to get it done. Now I know how to get him to do things around the house - pull the plug! LOL
Mar. 10, 2011 7:51 am
Hey Mother Ann, sounds like the remodel is going great. Hubby stopped at a winery in Hershey, Pa last week and brought home a raspberry and a pomegranate wine....too sweet for me. I'm glad everything is moving smoothly and before you know it , hubby will be in front of the boob tube with his feet propped up ; ) Take care.
Mar. 10, 2011 12:41 pm
I like dryer wines, too. The only time I like a sweet wine is either on the deck on a hot summer's evening or in the hot tub. I've had some raspberry I really liked; not too sure about pomegranate. Hubby can't wait to get his feet propped up! :-D
Mar. 10, 2011 5:24 pm
Sounds like things are going well, Mother Ann. I just had to chime in on the wine front. We have a friend who makes delish blackberry and elderberry wines in his basement. Every summer they have a cookout, and we all sample Lester's successes. I can't wait for summer!
Mar. 10, 2011 6:55 pm
Mangel - how cool! My son tried to make strawberry wine last year. Of course he did a little research and was sure he was an expert... LOL. It wasn't what I'd call a success, but he's decided to try again and this time follow a recipe.
Mar. 11, 2011 6:28 am
Anytime I here "elderberry wine " I think of my favorite movie, "Arsenic and Old Lace"! I may be 37 but Cary Grant is sooooo hot!!!!!
Mar. 11, 2011 2:22 pm
@dragonfly22: Right there with ya, baby!!! We once had a dog named Mortimer after Grant's character in Arsenic and Old Lace.
Mar. 11, 2011 6:16 pm
I'm so impressed with the progress and that you are able to cook these wonderful meals when there has to be a lot of dust. I'm sure your "workers" appreciate it.
Mar. 12, 2011 7:20 am
It has been a real pain to cook actually. Before I can begin I have to wipe everything down. And... my living room furniture is all stacked along one wall of the kitchen which has drastically cut into my space. But, I can't really complain - the boys are working way harder than me. Monday night it will all be finished!
Mar. 13, 2011 5:54 am
Cheesy chicken meatballs. Those sound wonderful!! I'd love to have a day with my son like that. I'm with you dryer wines vs sweeter. The DH wanted to plant grape vines to make our own wine. By the time I got the vines planted and growing well, I'd figured out who'd be making the wine. Same person that was making the beer and she can make some excellent beer!
Mar. 13, 2011 6:39 am
Cat Hill: Yum, beer! We made beer once. We went with a group of our friends to a place that helped you make it - they had the recipes and equipment and you mixed it up then went back and bottled it. It was good, but after that we decided we want to give it a shot at home. Maybe once the remodeling is complete....
Mar. 13, 2011 2:34 pm
MA, I have all the equipment just not the patience anymore :) Got the setup for the DH for a birthday but I ended up making it all the time. My speciality beer is Screaming Cat's Wild Cherry beer. I used the wild cherries off the tree out back. Made a killer dark beer with a hint of cherry flavor. If you need recipes I can email them if you decide to try to make your own. It is good :)Of course, I'm of French & German descent. Beer, wine & good food what could be better?
Mar. 13, 2011 3:25 pm
I think your Screaming Cat's Wild Cherry sounds fantastic!! And, nothing is better than beer, wine and good food!! :-) I'd love a few recipes! nyenulonis@aol. feel free to e-mail me some. I can always save them until we decide to embark on that adventure.
Mar. 14, 2011 6:36 pm
I still have your email from the peanut brittle recipe:) You do realize this is a time consuming process? Not drinking the beer, making it:) I'll put together some stuff and email it to you. I'd make it IF someone else would do the weeding, gardening, cleaning, laundry and so on. Now I have a puppy. Oye those little tykes need to come with a warning label. "If I'm awake, I'm moving(sometimes VERY quickly)! If I'm asleep, I'm out!" He is too cute though!
Mar. 15, 2011 3:18 am
Oh Cat Hill - I had totally forgot about the peanut brittle! I still have your e-mail from that saved, though. I want to try making it, maybe this summer when I'm home on break. Wine is even more time consuming. My son did wine last summer, I think I wrote about that, and we did do the beer at the "beer place". Waiting is the hardest part!! Glad to hear you're enjoying your puppy! My "puppy" is now 2-1/2 yrs.old and weighs 77 lbs. Thanks for helping me out! BTW - living room is done except for the hanging of pictures, etc. I'll do a new blog with pics when we get everything up.
Mar. 15, 2011 7:59 am
LOL! Glad the remodel is going well. I HATE remdodeling! Bane is a doll. I'm having trouble with the cats though. It will be a bit before I get the recipes for you together. I'm in gardening mode now. Trying to get ahead of the weeds:)
Mar. 16, 2011 3:18 am
Don't hurry on my account with them - I'm a little busy, too. LOL Good luck with your weeds - and gardent!!
Mar. 17, 2011 10:19 am
Oye, expected to spend the whole morning in the garden but my 3 month old is proving to be a bit of a handful. He either eats his lead or chews the chain link on the pen. Good thing my sister gave me "Dog training for Dummies" LOL! I'm going to win this year! Weedfree garden and well trained pooch! I think I can.......:)
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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