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Friday
May272011

back at the homestead

My mom and I are back and Chris is gone!  We literally passed each other in the skies.  He’s away for a quick trip and will be back Sunday.  Between now + then my mom and I are going to be busy!!  We’re trying to get a few things wrapped up to surprise Chris when he returns home.

1 sweet thing that happened today.

The Greyrock Concrete guys were back today, to deliver + install our last counter piece! 

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Photos from the concrete counter making process, can be found here.

Photos of the first installation, can be found here.

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I was extremely nervous about this piece, because of the stones I laid into the mixture.  I had no idea if it was going to turn out the way I envisioned it! 

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They also added a marbled effect, using 2 different shades of gray.  One matches our existing counters and one is darker. 

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I absolutely love the outcome.  The rock addition was my idea, but adding them in off-center was Chris’s idea.  They line up perfectly with the wall below..

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It would have looked goofy to add them in on the center of the concrete piece, because the concrete is off-center to begin with.  We only have about 2” hanging into the kitchen side and about 6” hanging into the dining room.  The rocks line up perfectly with the arched wall that we added a few months back.

To further accentuate the continuation of the wall, we even brought the rocks down the side.

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The counter is still dusty in these photos, so it’s a little hard to see the marbling effect.  Aside from the marbling, it was also sanded it down to add a grittier look.  It’s a subtle, but nice contrast with the kitchen counters.  I found all of the rocks at a local nature store.  It took me forever to pick them all out!

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After Steve + Greg left my mom and I got to work.  We made a big shopping trip, that included:

  • home depot
  • the bank
  • bed bath and beyond
  • target
  • kohls
  • super target
  • lowes
  • whole foods

I’m sure we’ll be back returning + buying other things at about half of those stores tomorrow as well.

Oy.

Then we played the comforter game again!  My mom said that the green, leafy comforter was much nicer in person and even though it was polyester had a great feel to it.

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We both hemmed + hawed.  Don’t mind the door in front of the window.  I put it there since we don’t have blinds. ;)

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Ultimately, I think my heart was set on the quilt.  The leafy pattered comforter was nice, but had too much white. 

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We finally decided it was going back to Target!

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We worked on a HUGE list of “to-do’s.”  This included things to shop for, do in the house, eat, and see.  Of course when we actually went out on our shopping trip I forgot the list at home. 

Typical!  There were other notes like door measurements on the back too.  Ugh!  Hence our second trip out tomorrow.

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One good find today…

safety treads for the bathtub!  I bought a vinyl suction mat the other week and it smelled terrible.  I try to stay away from vinyl products as much as possible, but didn’t see any other option at a few stores.  Today we went to a different Bed, Bath and Beyond and they had a few non-vinyl solutions.  This was my favorite, because there is no actual mat.

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Ending a post on safety treads?  Enthralling, no?

Our eats were pretty simple + quick today, but will hopefully get a bit more exciting in days to come. :)

Time to rest up and hopefully hit the gym in the morning!

Ashley

Thursday
May262011

on the go go go

This morning started bright and early.  As you can see the clock says 7:09, but really it’s still like 5:09am for me because I never really transitioned to EST.  I was up til 1-2am every night finishing my posts!  This was the earliest day for me and I was happy to be up to help my mom on her last day of school. 

I left my dad a note last night, telling him I would make 2 kinds of steel cut oats for breakfast.  My dad loves oatmeal, but my mom does not.

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I whipped up 2 full batches, so we could split them both in half.

Batch 1:

  • 6T steel cut oats
  • 1/2 banana, thinly sliced
  • 1c Eden Organic [gf] soymilk
  • 1c water
  • 3/4t cinnamon
  • 1t vanilla [stirred in during the last minute]

Batch 2:

  • 6T steel cut oats
  • 1c Eden Organic [gf] soymilk
  • 1c water
  1. Bring to a boil + reduce heat to simmer, stirring frequently until liquid has been absorbed.  ~12min

2 big scoops in each bowl with the toppings piled on.  Dad loaded up on Love Grown Foods granola and loved it.  I had to bring a bag for my parents to try, since it’s not in stores around here yet.  He also topped with a little banana, but no nut butter.

Absurd!

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I can never make up my mind on my favorite flavor of Love Grown granola.  It might be this one…

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My bowl looked similar, but with a little less granola and a big scoop of fresh ground almond butter.

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I just LOVE the texture of fresh ground almond butter, that you grind at the store.  These oats were smokin’ hot and pretty thick, so we both added a little almond milk to solve the problem.  My dad usually sticks to plain quick oats with cereal on top and milk.  He said he really enjoyed the steal cut but he could only finish HALF of his bowl.  He saved it in the fridge for tomorrow.

Lightweight.

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A few people asked what I picked up at Trader Joes to bring back to Colorado.

Last time I was home, I tried out a shampoo + conditioner that I really liked.  The ingredient list was impressive, especially for $2.99!!  I didn’t love the smell of the shampoo, so this time I went for the tea tree mint shampoo.  I also got the body wash, which really leaves your skin feeling cool + tingly!

The shave cream is honey mango.  It smells like something I want to pour all over my oatmeal!

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I packed my carry on with all of the food goodies. 

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My brother was at a fair in Cleveland the other day and he picked up some chocolate for me!!  So thoughtful!!  They are locally made, use fair trade chocolate, and are vegan, soy free, and gluten free. 

Does he know me or what?  Can’t wait to dig in!!

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I picked up Swiss Dark Chocolate bars, which have vanilla bean infused into them!  They also don’t have any soy included in the ingredient list.  I try to keep as much processed soy out of my diet as possible and I don’t understand why it’s in almost all chocolate bars [soy lecithin].  The bars that don’t use it are always the best!

I found lentil chips, which I have yet to try.  They sounded really good and actually had a decent amount of protein + fiber in them!  The peanut butter pretzels [not gf] are for Chris.   

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I bought a bag of almond meal [$3.99!] for baking.  A few of you said that it works great for your baked goods, so I’ll give it a try!  Most almond flour recipes call for blanched almonds [without skins].  The pita crackers are one of my FAVorites, but sadly I can’t eat them anymore.  I bought 2 boxes for Chris!

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They have a new multigrain with flax kind too!  Chris made out like a bandit.  The dark chocolate pnut butter cups are for him too. :) 

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My mom only had a half day, so we got back in plenty of time, but still had a lot to do.  There were a few errands, last minute laundry, and of course, sticking a spoon into this pint of Jeni’s ice cream!!

One spoonful before I go!!

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Okay.  Maybe a few more than one. ;)  I love their slogan.  “cow to cone” !!  I was looking on their website and Jeni’s.  This flavor is good, but the salted caramel has the most silky, creamy texture you can imagine.  A few readers mentioned in the fall they make a sweet potato with torched marshmallow!!!!!  Honestly, that sounds like THE BEST ice cream I could possibly imagine.

I was on Jeni’s website last night and her ice cream is sold in more states than you would think!  I even found store in Denver that has it.  Good thing Denver is an hour away!!  These pints are $10/piece!  Totally worth it for a special treat though.

Talking about Jeni’s and The Root Cafe spurred a lot of Clevelanders to comment on the blog!!  I was so excited about this.  There will definitely have to be a meetup planned at one of the locations next time I’m in town!

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What do you do when your airport is 1hr away, it’s really small, with little to no food options, you’re flying during dinner time and you can’t eat gluten?

Cube + roast a sweet tater and stick it in a container to-go!

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Also, pack a mini gluten free sandwich, in case of a hunger emergency. 

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Roasted with coconut oil and topped with honey + salt!

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This sandwich is a baby!! GF bread is so small. It’s about 3x3 inches and slathered with almond butter + strawberry jelly. 

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Somehow I’m typing up this post in the car, and don’t feel like hurling! haha  Hoping to post when we sit down at the airport.  See you in mountain time!

Ashley