Sunday: At Home

It was quite the busy weekend at home, with some baking, deck building, and cabinet painting! With the weather getting warmer, it gives a little more encouragement to get cracking on the huge “To Do” list that haunts us everyday. Some advice: When that motivation to get busy comes your way, you’d better hop on that train! Just look at the projects that I was able to get a head start on:

Last Thursday’s Scones from “What’s Baking?”

The scones turned out to be sensational! It was so easy to bake that I even had my kids involved! The dough was easy to manipulate into a rectangle to be cut into squares, and then cut again into triangles. We brushed them with a little heavy cream, and watched them bake from behind the oven door. Heavenly smells filled the air right around the time they were ready to be pulled out. The required lemon sauce was poured by spoon over each scone, making the masterpiece complete. Delicious!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispy Bars from Thursday’s What’s Baking?”

This was a lot of fun to make, and very easy as well. I will say that the ingredients looked pretty sweet and rich, even though this is more a “natural” baking recipe. I found chocolate chips that were 50% real cocoa, which made the chocolate very dark and a bit bitter. The higher percentage of cocoa in the chocolate, the less sugary it will be. I think that it may be the better way to go if you are trying to avoid processed sugar, but I have to warn you, there doesn’t seem as if there’s much difference between the “sweetened” and “natural” recipes. In this case, I may still have to limit how much of this dessert I can eat. However, it was very enjoyable!

Cabinets for Laundry DIY Project

I have to admit that I’ve been slacking off on this project, but I’ve been steadily reviving it over the weekend. Painting cabinets are not difficult, but just a little time consuming if you are going to do it right. I have already cleaned and degreased them, removed the cabinet doors, sanded them down and filled excess holes with wood filler. I am now in the process of priming both cabinets and the doors. Pay close attention to the type of primer you decide to use. In this case, the best primer for the job is Zinsser Primer, which seals and prevents stains. This will help to make the colour for the cabinets more durable, and longer lasting. I’m definitely on a mission! Hopefully, I’ll have the finished product for you to see by the end of this week.

Outdoor “Backyard Deck” Project

This is our backyard project that has taken a summer, and a bit to get to this stage. I can’t say that I’m doing half as much as hubby here, but I am definitely working. We have a Batman and Robin situation that seems to be working for us;) I’m definitely excited about the progress. Today was an amazing day weather wise, for the work we were able to accomplish. We started on the “pergola” look, with the wood beams that come across the top of the frame.

We did have a disagreement about clamping 6 or 7 of the beams together to do all of the necessary cuts at the same time. I thought it would be a bad idea to do so many, just in case the measurements were off and the cuts were wrong. Guess who was right about that being a potential issue? It ended up being the issue, but don’t tell him I said so;) We did manage to solve the problem, and it turned out to be a very productive day.

I hope your day “At Home” worked out for you too! Let’s make sure we have a nice hot shower and tea, and congratulate ourselves on a day well spent. Get into bed early tonight, for tomorrow is the beginning of a brand new week to conquer. Take care, and Happy Sunday everyone!

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