Another Tuesday Tidbits after another busy week! Trent has been out of town for a few days on a fun, annual fishing trip that he does with some guys from our church. Our pastor and friend happens to be an amazing photographer, so we end up with incredible photos from this trip. I love that Trent gets to hang in the middle of nowhere with a group of guys that he loves to be around.
As for the house, I have been in deep cleaning mode this week. I know that fall is still technically 32 days away, but I can just feel the change and it makes me want to get ready for the best seasons ever (I love fall and winter). I realized this week that we have officially been in the house for 6 months…which means it was due for a deep cleaning. All the light fixtures, scrubbing baseboards, cleaning out closets, you name it. It feels good to enter a new season with everything clean. While I love summer (flowers, flags, long days) I was looking outside yesterday and realized I’m ready for mums. The little impatient flowers are on their final days.
Niles does not share my love for the season change. He would choose a sunny summer day every single day.
As we head into this next week (maybe two weeks) we have a couple of larger projects to tackle. We are just about ready to knock out the brick and install the original door on the side of the house. The trim is being recreated and should be almost complete. Our concrete guy is planning on starting sometime in a couple of weeks (weather permitting) and that means we need to re-adjust the irrigation system. There are 3-4 sprinkler heads in this corner and we need to move them (or remove them, or cap them, or something). Trent has a plan and my plan is just to help! Either way, I’m super excited about having this door open soon…lots more light!
It’s taken awhile for us to figure something out. Our fireplaces were both done by the same person and it was a horrible experience (there is just no way to sugar coat it). The smaller fireplace has felt odd and I have not been able to clean the mantel or the walls…not even dust off. We finally realized that he never painted it. The “paint” is just the primer…which is why it’s so impossible to clean. So, this week I plan to paint the fireplace mantel/wall/hearth. I also plan to strategically pick a time when Niles is chillin’ elsewhere so I can avoid having white paint all over the house.
On a completely unrelated house note (but still sort of house-related since it involves the kitchen), if you have followed along for any length of time you know we have a kitchen intended for someone who cooks. Neither one of us really cook (we can both pull off a few things, but it’s a short list), but I have decided to change this. The easiest way for me to want to be in the kitchen is to prepare something I want to eat. I love (love, love, love, love) a good cobbler. If it’s on the restaurant menu, I order it! For several years I have tried to find a good cobbler recipe and have failed miserably. One fail was so terrible that I actually gagged with the first bite. Well, I follow several other bloggers and one of them recently posted a fruit cobbler recipe. It used simple ingredients and looked so easy that I was certain it wouldn’t taste as good as a restaurant. Either way, I decided to try it and man alive….it’s amazing! Even Trent loved it and he is a fairly particular audience with food. I made the recipe exactly as written the first couple of times and it’s great. Personally, I like my cobbler to fruit ratio to be more of a 3:1, so I now make it with half the fruit amount called for in the recipe. For me, this is perfect! Also, I bake mine in a Le Crueset ceramic dish that is 5 x 10 “…it comes out perfect in my convection oven after 45 minutes. Those are the only changes I have made though (and the fruit is just personal preference). Since peaches are in season here, I plan to make a peach cobbler this week using the same recipe. The best part about this recipe is that is takes 5 minutes to throw together! Recipes often make this claim, and either they lie or I’m the slowest person in the world (5 minutes in recipe land is usually 35 minutes in Leah land). This recipe is actually fast! If you love cobbler, try this recipe – you won’t be disappointed.
And here it what mine looked like (again, I adjust the fruit amount to get a little more cobbler).
As always, thank you for following along and have a wonderful week!