Home Decor and Improvement

Days Three and Four: Making it Right

We love watching Mike Holmes (of HGTV fame) rip apart the work of fellow Canadian contractors, but it has been more of a treat to see our contractor and the professionals he teams with in action. Because they’re making our lives and home safe, and you can’t put a price tag on that. The last few days have been super busy… Continue reading Days Three and Four: Making it Right

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Recipes and Entertaining

Southwest Bean Soup

I love Mexican and Southwest-inspired dishes. Vibrant and flavorful, this soup (2 PointsPlusTM ) looks delish! Courtesy of Taste of Home, Southwest Bean Soup, published in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p25. 13 Servings Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. Ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 1 medium green pepper, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 3 cans… Continue reading Southwest Bean Soup

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Day Two: Let the Sunshine In!

Windows are such a wonderful thing. If attractive and properly installed, they let in fresh air, and bright, sunny light. Our contractor has replaced our ill-fitting octagon bath window (which, because it never closed properly was particularly useful in the Winter) with a rectangular version from Andersen. With dual-sliding obscured glass and a proper screen, it’s a much better… Continue reading Day Two: Let the Sunshine In!

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On the First Day of Reno’, My Contractor Gave to Me…

On the First Day of Reno’, My Contractor Gave to Me… …a completely demo’d main floor bathroom! There comes a time in every bathroom’s life when a complete overhaul is necessary. For sanity and safety. Our bathroom’s time is NOW. So, goodbye barn wood siding! Hasta la vista “charming” pitched roof! See ya later naughty wiring and Mop ‘N’ Glo’d… Continue reading On the First Day of Reno’, My Contractor Gave to Me…

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Tile? Check. Wine? Check Please!

Is it so wrong that I am super excited that new bathroom tile has been ordered? After several stores, we finally found “the one”.  We wanted ivory/cream hexagon tile, for our country, vintage bath, and we got just that. That, and a glass of wine.  I think we’ve done really well so far with all of our choices,… Continue reading Tile? Check. Wine? Check Please!

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Recipes and Entertaining

Herbed-Parmesan Crisps

These look absolutely gorgeous! Saw this recipe yesterday and though I haven’t made it myself yet, it looks too yummy to not share immediately. I read some of the reviews and one reader posted that in the absence of parchment and non-stick spray, cooking on stoneware works too. With many of you home from work… Continue reading Herbed-Parmesan Crisps

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Cozy Dinner for a Cozy Winter’s Night

Friends are coming for dinner tonight! It’s warmer than usual today; though I can’t help but think of summer with these colors, the meal is most certainly meant to warm us up (Baked Rigatoni with Prosciutto-Fontina Bechamel ala Giada De Laurentiis). This is not a low-cal meal, but still fits in with our Plan. I’ve been power walking like… Continue reading Cozy Dinner for a Cozy Winter’s Night

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