Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Slowly but Surely

A little more progress on the house this week… 

There will be times when it will seem like nothing has been happening at the house forever…  We’re always waiting on something.  Either the concrete, or the trusses, or the drywall, or the plumbing, or the wiring, or the etcetera.  Like this week, we’ve been waiting on concrete and trusses, but it rained for 5 days in a row, so obviously nothing could get done.  And then we have to pump the water out every day.  Oof I wish it would stop raining on my house!

But the trusses arrived today, and tomorrow we will have a roof!  Yea!  And a bonus room!  Double yea!

You can kinda see the garage in this picture.  (Look at the dirt pile on the left and see the window next to it.  That’s in the garage.)


So wait for the update when we get a roof!  That’s all for now!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Here’s what happened this week on the house

But first, some pictures of the basement:

Party room and pool table/exercise room in the basement

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Party room  - that opening on the left wall will be a bar

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Inside the bar looking into the party room1207 Northfield Court 5-11-2010_02

Sheathing on the outside1207 Northfield Court 5-11-2010_05

This is the back patio1207 Northfield Court 5-11-2010_04

Kitchen with floor system on top for the second floor 1207 Northfield Court 5-11-2010_08


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Kitchen looking into the breakfast room1207 Northfield Court 5-11-2010_07

Dining Room

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Basement Stairs1207 Northfield Court 5-11-2010_10

Front Porch1207 Northfield Court 5-11-2010_11

Second floor!    IMG_1594


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pizza Puffs

Sunday nights are appetizer nights at our little houseFinger foods are just fun and cute, and they're easy to eat in front of the tv catching up on my shows.  Look how cute these little guys are!  All gooey and cheesy!  

You can dip them in marinara sauce or Ranch dressing would be really good (mental note).  
Don't you like to dip your pizza in ranch dressing?? Yeah it's good!

Source:  Annie's Eats

Printable version

  • 1 can pizza dough (such as Pillsbury)
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • pepperoni slices

For the topping:
  • olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • grated parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate.  Divide the pizza dough into 20-24 roughly equal sized pieces.  Take one of the dough pieces, top with a cube of cheese and a slice or two of pepperoni.  Pull the edges of the dough around the fillings and pinch closed.  Place seam-side down in the baking dish.  Repeat with the remaining dough pieces.
Lightly brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil.  Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.  Serve warm, with dipping sauce as desired.

Chicken Tamale Casserole

"CAL Seal of Approval"

Sorry for the bad picture, it was an after-thought because this was SCARFED UP so fast! 

All Recipes 


  • 1 cup preshredded 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg, instead of egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (14 3/4 ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (8 1/2 ounce) box corn muffin mix (such as Martha White)
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
  • cooking spray
  • 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce (such as Old El Paso)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts (I cooked 4 chicken breasts with an onion, green pepper, and 1 jalapeno)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine 1/4 cup cheese and next 7 ingredients (through chiles), stirring just until moist. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9–inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until set. (It takes longer than 15 minutes.  I baked mine for 20-25 minutes and it could have used maybe 5-10 more.)  Pierce entire surface liberally with a fork; pour enchilada sauce over top. Top with chicken; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces; top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

We’re above ground!

Whoo hoo! 



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And the second floor will hopefully get started this week!