My lunch today. Chicken with saffron, kale and rice cooked with bone broth. Pumpkin seeds and a nectarine. Maple grassfed yogurt and a trilogy kombucha. I didn’t eat the yogurt but everything else was great. Who says paleo/primal folks don’t eat good food?
Week in Review:
This past week, well I can’t remember most of it. For the most part I was working on freelance projects in the evenings. This makes for busy, yet uneventful weeks. Though I guess there are a few highlights:
I made some really awesome smoked veggies.
We sanded the chair down to bare wood. However, it did not accept the stain very evenly, so we have to resand it and try again. Heartbreaking I know, but I would rather spend the time making it look perfect than just accept it as subpar.
We got the last missing furniture piece for the living room: a tv stand. It is an Ikea piece, but has real walnut veneer. It looks very nice and modern. If we ever get that chair done it will look really great sitting next to it.
I had some really good workouts this week which left me super sore. I guess that means that I am doing something right.
It rained a lot this week. It was actually sort of chilly a couple of days. I can’t complain too much though because it did water the lawn and plants and it was a nice break from the summer heat we have been experiencing.
Our paleo challenge with Ron and Emily came to an end. Todd lost 8 pounds, Emily 6 and me 4. Not bad for three weeks.
This upcoming week I have a new freelance job starting. Hopefully it won’t take too long to complete. I am finishing up a packaging project at work and then beginning a new packaging project with a new client. I can’t believe this month is already over. Where does the time go?
So excited to try this tomorrow. They sell it at my local store now. I’ve been curious about it before but never wanted to pay the $15 shipping or whatever. Tomorrow’s dinner is gonna be a hit!
Just like porter I love my veggies. I threw some eggplant, onions, tomatoes and small baby bell peppers in the smoker this evening. 275 degrees for an hour or so with hickory chips.
I made babaganoush with the eggplant. It’s easy, just blend it up with some tahini, lemon juice, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt and olive oil. It’s smokey and insanely delicious.
Then I took the peppers the onion and tomato and blended those up with garlic, basil and yogurt. So amazing on top of zucchini noodles.
Two amazing and easy smokey veggie based sauces. I could eat them by the spoonful!
A couple more photos of the progress. I should really be taking these with my real camera, but this weekend was so busy I didn’t have the chance. But maybe after today when Todd finishes sanding the chair I will get to it!
The house is really starting to come together. The chair is coming out wonderfully and Todd has been working super hard on it. Refinishing it is taking much longer than I thought. I purchased a cool floor lamp and simple side table for it from Target. The side table needs a new top so we will be keeping an eye out for a cool wood top for it.
In addition I modified the light fixtures. We had some really ugly and out of style ones that came with the rental. I bought these paper covers from Ikea and modified them to work with the current fixtures. The put out a lot more light than the old ones and look like they go more with our house now.
I decided this weekend that it would also be a good time to paint the scuffs on the walls. We had some cans of paint here in the bathroom which I assumed were for the walls and baseboards. Well, I was only partially right. The paint for the baseboards and doors was correct. However, the wall paint was the wrong finish, eggshell instead of flat. So when it dried I could see where I painted.
So I went out and bought another small can of paint, too white… So then I went to Sherwin Williams, where the paint was from and bought the same color as was in the house. The guy gave me some long explanation about how the color “Pure White” has some color in it, but if you buy the small can then there is so little color that it’s just white. He told me that it would match… well it didn’t.
Instead of giving up though I had a the “great” idea of just painting the whole little hallway that needed it. Easy enough. Two minutes later I knocked over the paint can (luckily it was a little one) the paint went through the drop cloth and onto the rug and all over my feet. Off to a good start!
I did my best to paint the two walls in the hallway with the leftover paint. It looks ok, not great. I’m going to have to go get the right color this week I think and do it all over again. This time though I will try not to spill an entire can of paint on the floor.
Ah, simple weekend home projects. So easy and relaxing and not hard at all.