Friday, December 28, 2012

Lakehouse Update

Last Update for the Lakehouse for 2012

Time to put the Lakehouse to bed for the 2012 year. It has been a year of eye openers and delays but we both feel that 2013 will be the year we can positively say "The house is complete!"
We finished the guest room t & g wall and ceiling last week. The furnace & boiler are working great and staying at the temperatures we set. Christmas arrived along with festive family occasions and a break from construction. It is going to be almost spring before we begin work again but stay tuned for sun and sand updates from sunny Florida.
Lakehouse on the hill
From the inside looking out
Cold and snowy outside but nice and warm inside by the fire
From the outside looking in. Loved the big bright winter moon
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Monday, December 24, 2012

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Merry Christmas to All and To All a Happy New Year

A very easy drink to make and enjoy. A bottle of your favourite champagne and orange juice. A dash of each and you are ready to celebrate the occasion. Nothing says fancy better than a Mimosa in a flute.

Fill half of a champagne flute with chilled sparkling wine or Champagne (about an ounce) and gently stir in chilled orange juice (freshly squeezed is best). If you like you can add a dash of Triple Sec (personally this is a liqueur that goes great with most any drink). For added presentation, slice up a strawberry to decorate the rim of each flute. 

Enjoy!! I know I will be enjoying one this Christmas morning.

For cocktail techies, the drink made with just OJ and sparkling wine is called a "Buck's Fizz," when you add triple sec it becomes a mimosa. However, most people think of a basic mimosa simply as OJ and a sparkling wine.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Advice From a Tree

What I am Reading

Love Anthony - Lisa Genova

In keeping with the beach theme I swore to read all winter this book takes place on a small island on the east coast. I love this author, her books are very absorbing. 
A young mother is coping with the loss of her autistic son. She moves to the island to separate herself from her life and to try and make sense of her tragedy. Her life entwines with another woman on the island struggling with her own issues. It promises to be a very good read.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Perry's Christmas Coffee

Freeze coffee into ice cube trays a day ahead.
Toss a handful of coffee ice into a whiskey glass.
Pour 1 1/2 oz Bailey's along with 1 oz of Vanilla Vodka and stir.
Try a flavoured coffee for something different.

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Monday, December 17, 2012

Lakehouse Update

Perry and I spent last week working on our nice warm home. I feel like we really got alot accomplished. Something about working in a heated building motivates us. We are almost finished the ceiling in the guest room where we are living for now. I insulated the ceiling from the sounds of the master bathroom above with Roxul Fire and Soundproof insulation. The 1 x 6s were pre-stained  and varathaned before we brad nailed them up there. It is a very rustic look but we love it. And because we were excited and anxious Perry installed the ceiling fan minus the light kit. Apparently the light kit is a little glitchy and we haven't figured it out yet. But we have 5 just like this so I sure hope we can or maybe our electricians can install the light. I ran out of insulation to finish the ceiling. Duh Dorri. I anticipate buying a bundle and getting this ceiling complete on this Saturday.

I pickled and glazed the tongue and groove boards for the remaining wall in the bedroom. Lucky for me it matched the glazing I did up a couple months ago. Whew! I think the two drywalled walls should be painted an icy aquamarine. I want the theme of this room to be "At the Beach" and I hope our guests feel a warm and welcoming vibe in it. I am looking forward to adding the sea shells I find on Sanibel Island this winter to a big basket on the dresser. I am sure there will be driftwood in there too cos I just love it. Maybe a star fish and fishing float too.

Check this out. We are cooler-less now. Yay. This is the Sub Zero mini fridge and 26 bottle wine cooler that are slated for Perry's bar up in the bonus room. They are ready for our cabinet overlays so they look kinda funny. Just gonna keep our fridgeables in it while we are camping out. Ok yes I know the wine cooler is not plugged in, I can see the plug too.... well there is only 4 bottles in there so I thought .... save power. No worries Angela.... we will fill it before you and Gary arrive. Good excuse to try a new kind of wine.
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Peppermint White Russians

Peppermint White Russian, serves one 
Fill a glass with ice and then combine- 2 parts peppermint schnapps, 2 part Bailey's (the coffee flavored kind), 1 part half and half. Garnish the rim with crushed candy canes (I used honey to make them stick) or add a peppermint stick to the drink! 
The recipe above is mildly minty. If you like a lot of mint flavor, try dipping your straw in peppermint extract and stirring it into the drink.

Another great drink for in front of the fire with your beloved.....

Thank you to

Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lakehouse Update

I never thought this day would come but we have "some" heat now in the house. The plumber/heater dudes worked fairly industriously and the boiler is keeping that garage/workshop side very toasty. Perry installed a thermostat and we set it to 69F.  It is amazingly comfortable in there. There are a lot of covers & doors off and loose ends I believe to finish up but we are warm, happy and content. I stained some boards for the skylight in the bonus bathroom in my workshop in my tshirt... yes! Could wear short even!

Saturday was finish the fireplace installation day and first fire Saturday night. Well it was "begin the finish" for the fireplace. Now the blower has to be attached to the furnace, the fresh air intake installed and a thermostat but it makes fire. A frame will be built to accommodate the mantle and the rock work. Nice thick slate for the hearth. It is really nice to know that when we head back up there we can enjoy a fire along with a splash of wine. What is a fire without wine?

I have to pick up some touch screen thermostats this week so we can fire up the propane furnace on the house side. That will be the end of construction heaters yay and cords all over. The furnace on the other side of the house still has to have some tinwork completed before it will be up and running. We moved a construction heater over there into the bonus room. On the weekend I stained 35  boards for the ceiling in the guest room. Walnut. They should contrast nicely with the beachy white tongue and groove on the walls.

The UV Light water treatment and the softener systems are installed but not powered up. Not much purpose until we have a working sink and tub. Everything is sooooo close. But the electricians got the heat tapes wired in for the sewer and the well so we don't have to worry about those freezing up now. Wires are run for the heat mats under the slate and tile.

Perry finished the drywall and the tongue and groove in the bonus bathroom. We are going to change the tub fixtures to accommodate the hand held shower as well as the overhead shower so will have to hold off. I guess I ordered the wrong fixture with the wrong diverter argh....Until we can get a shower door made for the main floor bath that shower is off limits too. But once a breaker is installed for the Master bath we can use the steam shower.... soon.

With the warming of the wood inside the house this little guy appeared from I felt so sorry, he wanted out in the worst way but I thought that was pure suicide so he is just flying around in the house as we speak.

More great things to come next week.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Christmas Eggnog - 12 servings (Make the day before serving)

4 c milk
5 cloves
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
12 egg yolks
1 1/2 c sugar
2 1/2 c light rum (or whatever you prefer)
4 c light creme
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp nutmeg

1. Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 tsp vanilla & cinnamon and heat over low for 5 min. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.
2. Combine eggs & sugar. Whisk until fluffy. Whisk hot milk mixture into the egg. Pour into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stir constantly for 3 min or until thick. Do not allow to boil. Remove cloves and let cook 1 hour.
3. Stir in rum, creme, vanilla & nutmeg.
4. Refrigerate overnight before serving. Garnish with sugar & a candy cane.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy.... but not too many... Dorri

Monday, December 3, 2012

Luggage Tags

Quilted Luggage Tags 
(Tutorial to make a tag for your luggage to find it on the luggage carousel)

Pick a fabric that you like. Something that will stand out on the luggage carousel from everyone elses.
Cut two circles for each tag to desired size. I chose
4 1/2" circles. One for the front, one for the back of each tag.

Cut out one interfacing the same size as circles for each tag. I used white felt to give them a little more dimension and strength.

Pin wrong side of fabric to the felt. Anything or nothing can be then added to the tag. I chose to add a felt letter to the front. Draw or print a template to determine the size of letter you need. Remember to allow extra space for your seam allowance on the edge of the tag. I am a quilter so I prefer 1/4" seams.

Lay the template onto the felt and trace around the letter with a marking pen. Carefully trim the letter out of the felt.

A dusting of temporary adhesive along with pinning will hold your letter in place while hand sewing it on. Of course this can all be done with a sewing machine instead of by hand too. I like to mix a little hand sewing along with machine work. 

Cut coordinating fabric into strips to make a strap to hold the clip. I cut 2" wide strips and folded in 1/2" strips to make the strip strong . Iron the creases and then topstitch all along the strip. Cut the strips into approximately 2" pieces to hold the tag. Place ring on the fabric and fold over and zig zag closed. Place over tag and straight sew to tag with interfacing.

Centre the two circles right sides together over eachother and sew a straight stitch to join. Remember to leave a small opening to turn the tag back right side out. About an inch should do it. Reverse or knot each end of the opening. Clip carefully around the circle with sharp scissors.

Turn tag right side out and press. Fold raw edges inside the circle and pin to hold in place. Whip stitch opening securely closed.

Top stitch 1/8" from edge of tag to finish. Hand or machine quilting could be added around the letter if so desired. Any questions... just ask me.

Press tags and enjoy!

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri
...and always be creative!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Nothing says Christmas like Hot Apple Cider (with alcohol!)

Recipe make 4 servings or 2 depending on how big your mug is.   

4 mugs apple cider
1 mug caramel vodka (Smirnoff)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar

Mix all the ingredients in a large pot. Heat over medium low heat stirring occasionally until liquid begins to steam. DO NOT OVERHEAT OR YOU WILL BURN OFF THE ALCOHOL!!!) And we don't want that.

Serve in mugs or glasses that you have rimmed with brown sugar. 

Enjoy on a nice frosty winter's evening in front of the fire with friends and loved ones.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Sunday, November 25, 2012

What I am Reading

Moon Shell Beach - Nancy Thayer
Just finished this book and I loved it. From start to finish I enjoyed it all. A story of two best friends and a secret beach. My great idea for this winter is to only read books about beaches or islands. While in the snowy north or on a beach in the Caribbean. Will help keep me motivated. Along with this Mimosa Per just brought me too lol!

The Cottage at Glass Beach - Heather Barbieri
I just began this new book about a mother and her two daughters on an island on the east coast of the states. The reviews were not exactly stellar but I like to make up my own opinion. So far it is feeling pretty light with a touch of mystery involved. But no matter what I read I always finish to the end even if I absolutely hate it. I will finish this in a couple of days and update you all with my thoughts.

I have a couple more books waiting in the wings in my IBook library. Then I am going to have to google for more sun, sand and surf location books. Ahhh surf... will I get to surf this winter? Spring surfing in Australia on a visit to see Brandon and Meg and maybe some diving in the Great Barrier Reef. I found my Padi dive card the other day while I was searching for Brandon's vaccination cards so it is a possibility!!!

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Plumbers Heaters and Drywall Hangers?

The plumber/heater dudes finally arrived on Wednesday. We are well on our way to getting the furnaces and boiler rock and rolling. Monday is the scheduled day the propane runs down that line into the house. I am still kinda confused regarding boilers. I know it is the reason we have hot water and in- floor heat in the garage. But doesn't a hot water tank make hot water too? Plumber Andrew is installing faucets, taps & drains in the showers and tubs. Very high tech, the guest bath is equipped with 6 sprayers and a computer to run it!!! If there is ever a problem I am sure we will be calling 911-plumber!! I remember trying to shower at Heather's house once and the shower operated by a pull down thingy on the faucet. I couldn't figure it out lol. Gonna be some stories to tell when our guests step in the shower here.

On Tuesday Perry and I (but mostly Perry) built a deck for the jacuzzi. Decisions decisions...where to place the taps and faucets. I think you get to a point in the home building process that you just realize how many decisions you totally took for granted compared to buying a house and living with someone else's ideas.

We are very grateful and blessed for the opportunity to make these decisions even if they can be somewhat annoying. We hope that we and our families will appreciate and enjoy the results for many years to come. New traditions and memories.

Guest bathroom main floor
Moen IODigital Vertical spa system in a Mirolan shower unit. Should be fun to order the doors correct for this shower.

Bonus room bath
Delta faucet and shower system Venetian Bronze in a Mirolan tub/shower unit.

Sneak peak at the temperature inside the house today while a miserable snowstorm batters the exterior. Yep, not quite the tropics but much warmer than the camper. The  constructions heaters actually do a very good job of keeping the house warm enough for working conditions. My nose gets a little chilly at times and Zzoe definitely sleeps under the covers!! With any luck the mercury on this thermometer will climb substantially on Monday or at the very latest Thursday? Can we hope? Santa can we have heat for Christmas?

To finish on an exciting note the first of the custom cabinet drawings arrived by email today. More to arrive next week. We can start double and triple checking measurements and fine tuning the plans.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Favourite Drink Tuesday

I know that I should be sharing recipes more geared for the winter weather we are now enjoying but I am not. I am sharing ones that make me happy spring, summer, winter and fall.....Live on the edge!

When it comes to beverages, I am a huge fan of bubbles; sparkling water & champagne. I love wine but here is something about a glass of champagne that elevates an occasion. Maybe I just really like my crystal champagne glasses! My daughter Ashley went thru a period where all her beverages had to be drank from wine glasses, maybe she was on to something?

Champagne & Strawberry Slushies
16 oz fresh strawberries hulled
750 ml champagne (pink or white)
2 tbsp liquid honey

Divide the bottle in half, pour half in the blender store remaining champagne in the fridge. Add strawberries and honey and blend until smooth. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Remove from trays and place in blender. Add the remaining champagne and blend until thick and slushie. Pour into your good champagne glasses and enjoy with the ones you love. No special occasion required. Enjoy!!

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bonus Room Bathroom Finishing

I am singing the same ol' tune I have been singing for weeks. The plumber/heater dudes are arriving to finish their jobs on Monday. My fingers are not crossed anymore. Life is what it is, they come, they don't come, whatever!

Perry and I have been working on finishing up one bathroom to use while the rest are getting prepped. We chose the bonus room bathroom as it is the only tub that doesn't require an electrician and we don't want them to come until the plumbers are done. All these crazy spray and steam showers need the electricians to wire them. There is a recessed light in the tub but maybe we can wing that ourselves. Danny can tell us how to install it, the hole is already drilled and the light is just sitting there?

Last week we moved cut central up into the bonus room and Perry started tongue and grooving two of the walls & the vaulted ceiling. Every 12 boards or so he would cut, fit and bring down to the workshop where I stained them. I used Old Masters oil based stain - Fruitwood on poplar wood. A couple coats of satin Diamond Finish Varathane will seal it when all the wood is on the walls. He ran the wire that operates the sky light thru the rafters and out and will t & g the skylight box vertically. There are a lot of confusing angles in this bathroom and I commend Per for keeping the swearing down to a minimum lol. He did a wonderful job with the t & g.

Since this is a small room we are going to hang the drywall ourselves in here as well. Really only a peaked wall behind where the cabinet and toilet will be and about 5 feet of wall above the bathtub unit. Easy peasy right? A small mud job and the horrible job of sanding is not something I look forward to. The reward is painting the drywall a beautiful beachy shade of aqua. The fixtures are all oil rubbed bronze. Slate and pebble tile will then be installed by yours truly. Since all our cabinets in the house are custom (and not complete by any means) we are going to borrow the garage half bath cabinet. It is a very cute copper topped white washed barn board 24" cabinet from Native Trails.

Well that bathroom isn't progressing much while I am blogging so I am off to work.

Respect... Relax... Enjoy... Dorri