Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend Recap + Dec. 12 Menu Plan

Friday morning, we were so excited to wake up to this...

I know what you're thinking. Big deal, right? But would you believe me if I told you this is the first snow we've had since last winter?!? The weather guy says this time last year we had a whopping 17.5 inches of snow already, so to have this 1-inch coating was actually kind of nice. 

Saturday, Nathan and I spent the entire day tackling the kitchen. We finally have every. single. last. bit. of tile cut, and ready to be slapped down and grouted. This is such a relief, because this last little bit of tile was quite the headache. 

Let's just say that whoever built our house in the 50's wasn't quite exact when they went to put up the walls...we've discovered in this remodel that several of them are a little crooked. This meant that we had to measure every single tile separately in order to cut it. It took us 7 hours quite a while to cut 53 tiles. This might be why we've waited so long to tackle this particular item on our To-Do list. :)'s done! 

This wall in particular gave us trouble, but as you can see we have the last little pieces cut and ready to be slathered in mortar. 
Oh, and don't worry about that naked part of the room where the wood floors meet - it will get a nice thick piece of pretty trim to cover it all up! 

The other pesky section was along the cabinets where the sink is, but those little slivers are now cut and ready to be permanently placed.

And this angle is one you may not have seen's the section in between our basement door (left) and our garage door (right). It's sits off the back of the kitchen, so it doesn't get in a lot of the photos. We cut all the the tile for this section, and they are ready for install!

This eyesore bad boy is the last section we have to tile, but we're waiting until spring. Because that's the front entrance, we're worried all the winter time moisture might mess up our new tile, so we've decided to wait until we have some warmer/dryer weather before we rip up the old and lay down the new!

And if tiling for 7 hours wasn't enough to make us want to fall over in pure exhaustion, we also finished caulking our french door and kitchen window trim. 

It just needs a nice fresh coat of paint, and then it's curtain-hanging time! :)

Oh and before you start thinking we were just super ambitious crazy workaholics this weekend, just take a peek inside our garage after using a wet saw to cut tile all day.

We love keepin' it real!

Here's what we're chowing down on this week:

Tuesday - Barbecue Pineapple Chicken (using this method, without the buns and bacon), veggies 

Wednesday - Leftovers

Thursday - {Meat Free} Baked Potatoes in the Crock Pot


  1. What progress! That is amazing - you are so close to the end. What a productive weekend - garages don't count. HA I hope you're celebrating and not working tonight.

  2. Congrats you guys! You've made awesome progress! =) And I love keepin' it real too.

  3. You guys have been busy! It's also crazy that that has been your first snow so far! We have been warm here which is unusual. They say it's going to be warmer this year, but we shouldn't expect less snow. In fact because it may be warmer we may see more ice! Yuck!

  4. if you have any good cookie recipes, stop by our merry monday blog event!

  5. what progress, my friend! I'm glad you carved out this weekend to do it, even if it took 7 hours ;-) With the snow, you had extra time to do so, right?! I can't believe it... but I do think we won't have a white Christmas here. Last year we had 37 inches already. All the snow we've gotten already this year is gone and none forecast to make an appearance just yet. We'll see... but it's not looking promising.

    Lovely eats this week too -- wild rice soup is a traditional Minnesota winter soup; I'm sure you'll love it!

  6. I love it! I'm sure it seems like a daunting process, but look at all you've accomplished! How fun to look back and see what you guys were able to do together. I'm a sap, but I think it's romantic :)


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