Thursday, May 15, 2014

What I am Reading

Connections - Sheila O'Flanagan

My second book of hers. I was enthralled by her book "Things You Never Say" and was a little disappointed in this one. I am not a huge fan of short stories. I thought they would link together a bit more but all in all I enjoyed the book. Nice easy beach read though.

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

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pinterest Inspirations - Recipe Audition #4

Coconut Flour Banana Bread

1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup ground flax
6 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 really ripe bananas

Mash the bananas and add the eggs & vanilla, whisk together until well combined.
Combine the dry ingredients, add to the banana mixture by spoonfuls. Pour batter into a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes.

MY CHANGES for next time
change salt to 1/2 tsp
add 1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of chopped pecans
add a piece of parchment on the bottom of pan, mine stuck
reduce baking time to 40 minutes

This flour smells amazing. Store in the freezer.
I used frozen bananas because I had them not sure if that would change anything.
Ready to bake....
Ooops broke as I removed it from the loaf pan.
Very nice colour, texture was moist. Could be sweetened up by spreading jam on top.

I give this Pinterest Recipe a pass with a little fine tuning.

Relax... Respect...Enjoy...healthy clean eating... Dorri

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lakehouse Garage Bathroom Update

We are getting very close to calling the Garage 1/2 Bath complete. I am having a lot of fun "decorating" the room. I am not sure what the style should be called. Rustique - Cabiny - Eclectic? We have the toilet left to install and the rest is mainly decorating. The mirror is going to be framed with driftwood before we can hang it. I have drawn up a pattern for the stained glass panel that hangs on the north wall. I still want to build a driftwood shelf for over the toilet, design a transom panel for the top of the door and strip a couple of paddles to hang on the painted wall. On the lookout for neat little curio items for the shelves. 

Perry getting the pendant light assembled.
The Progress Lighting - pendant light in all it's shining spender.
Progress lights over the vanity. I love the little leaves and vines on them. 
www.nativetrails.net - Old World Vanity with an amazing hammered copper top
Waiting for the toilet. Those pebbles were no fun to grout. But the finished product is fantastic.
Old window frame that will have a leaded tree of life installed soon. We hung the driftwood shelf on black iron shelf brackets, I found the wood in the water last summer. Likely a piece of old dock. Looks great. The trim board between the barn board and the slate was scraps from lumber piles. They weren't weathered enough so I tried a trick I learned on Pinterest. Soak steel wool in vinegar for about 30 minutes and rub across the wood. Let dry and it turns greyish and weathered..... Pinterest Rules it worked perfectly. Works awesome for the barn board fresh cuts.
Relax... Respect... Enjoy....will update u soon... Dorri

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lakehouse Update

My Week of Odds and End Finishing Jobs
I spent a great week getting lots of little jobs complete. All those small items that seem to just drag on. You live with it so long you forget about that partially painted wall! I made long lists and cheered every time I crossed a job off.
Finished staining the top south wall of the workshop, Sico - Driftwood Grey. 
Stained & varnished the Mechanical Room door and painted the top panel magnetic and chalkboard. Good place for lists in the workshop I thought. I also painted a chalkboard on the top panel of the pocket door between the kitchen and the pantry. Grocery lists and notes spot maybe?
Ok so maybe I never finished all the odd jobs haha I did start the hall linen closet. Oiling the walls with Danish Oil. 
Painted the east side of the hallway Benjamin Moore - Olive Branch.
Crawlspace Access... I Danish Oiled the pine tongue & groove and painted the walls Benjamin Moore - Flagstone. Per installed the light fixture over the door.
 I painted the front hall closet Flagstone and I measured it for a closet organizer. Soon there maybe a place to hang our "hats"!! 
There has been an unpainted area over the stairs here for months. We are installing mirrors there for the exercise area eventually but at least we don't have to look at the unpainted hole anymore. I am working on a dolphin design for the opening to the master bathroom you see here.
The pine doors in the garage for the bathroom and the 2nd Mechanical Room. I stained them Dark Walnut, pine tends to the yellow side of the spectrum but I like them. They will look great with the pine on the walls. I varnished and we re-hung them. Not a fun task with solid wood doors but we persevered!!!
Stained the sides of one of the glass shelves and hung up a sign!
The last door complete. Yay!!! This is the Guest Room closet bi-fold door. It was a long haul but the doors are now finished. It won't be installed until the flooring goes in.

My list is marginally smaller and it feels pretty darn good. Next up on the agenda will be rock walls on the main floor. All this terrible spring weather we have been experiencing has kept us on track doing inside jobs so maybe that has been good thing! Not really!

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