Our Wood Home

Our Wood Home: November 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I've been MIA

I have been sick since last Thursday -ugh.  Hence my lack of posts...until I'm well enough to write  a full post please enjoy these random pictures of our home.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pulled Pork Buns-yum

On Tuesday I made something like cinnamon buns...but with pork instad of cinnamon sugar filling.  I know, it sounds weird but it was pretty good!


I found the idea here but in typical Christina fashion, I didn't follow the recipie.  Instead, I looked for a home made BBQ sauce recipie and used my own for the dough (I've had this recipie since I was 15 and have used it so much. It's actually for cinnamon rolls).
I've been searching high and low for a Guiness BBQ Sauce recipie and finally found one! 
I followed that recipie but used less garlic and aded a teaspoon of pulled pork spice (found at Bulk Barn).  We don't have a blender so I just strained all the onion chunks out at the end.

Here is what I used and what I did for this meal.

  •  place 2 boneless pork chops in a slow cooker and cover with the sauce
  • cook on Low for 6 hours
  • remove the pork chops and shred them using a fork and knife (it's suuuuper easy!)
  • cool before placing on dough
  • pour remaning sauce into a colinder and strain out an large pieces
  • store strained sauce in a container in the fridge and use for dipping or adding to cooked buns
Dough Recipie and Instructions:
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup cold milk
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and cut in the butter until crumbly
  2. Make a well in the centre of the dough and pour in the milk
  3. Stir to form a soft dough and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface
  4. Knead 8-10 times and roll into a rectangle
  5. Lay the pork evenly across the dough, roll and cut into equal pieces (I made 4 large buns but the recipie usually makes 12 normal sized buns)
  6. Place in an ungreased muffin tin and cook at 400F for about 30 minutes

That's it!  I found that the pork dried out a bit when cooking so I added a bit of extra sauce part way through.  Since the buns were so large they didn't fully cook all the way through, so be mindful of that. 

This recipie was so easy to make!  I made the sauce on Monday evening and cooked the pork in our slow cooker overnight.  I strained the sauce and cut the pork the next morning and it took me about 5 minutes.  The dough took about 10 minutes to make and I cooked the buns for about 30.  Easy peasy!  Since I made 4 buns we were each able to have 1 for dinner and take 1 for lunch today:) And I doubled the sauce recipe so we have lots of extra for steak, chicken, etc.


Monday, November 19, 2012

pizza casserole recipie

Last night I made my husband pizza casserole and he said it looked like a "manly meal"!
I was inspired by this recipie but I modified it slightly.

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • little olive oil
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • package of pasta (amount depends on how many servings you want.  I used enough pasta for about 4 servings)
  • pepperoni
  • cheese (however much you want!)
  • jar of pasta/tomato sauce
  • chili powder (this can be skipped if you don't like spicy food)

  1. Pour the oil in a large skillet, add beef and garlic powder and cook until browned
  2. Cook pasta in a seperate pot
  3. While the pasta and beef are cooking shred the cheese and cut the pepperoni (if not already pre cut)
  4. Pour the cooked and drained pasta into a slow cooker
  5. Add the cooked and drained ground beef, pasta, pepperoni, cheese and chili powder.  Mix well.
  6. Add a layer of cheese and top with pepperoni
  7. Cook on High for 2-3 hours


this week's menu

Before I got married I lived with my mom and siblings.  I rarely had to make dinner as my mom would cook and we'd have leftovers for a few days.  Or I'd stop after work for something or just not be very hungry.  Now that I'm married and have a husband to feed I've discovered it takes a bit of planning to make dinners.  For example, we didn't really think about what we'd eat on our honeymoon (we spent a good portion of it at home).  Therefore, we had no food in the fridge. Therefore, we had to buy some groceries at the only grocery store in town (which was pretty pricey!). 
Last week we ate leftovers but I decided that I'd prepare for the week ahead by making a list of the meals to make so that we can shop for all the ingredients on our weekly shopping trip.

Here is this week's menu.


I had a small chalkboard laying around so I wrote the menu on that.  It's pretty, functional and environmentally friendly because I'm not using paper (if I clean it with paper towel I will compost it.  And if I use a cloth I'll just throw it in the wash).

I realize my menu only goes until Thursday, but I'm planning on having leftovers for Friday and Saturday. 

I made the pizza casserole last night and will be posting my recipie today.



Friday, November 16, 2012

bathroom reveal!

As you can see it's quite the change! (our bathroom counter is a little cluttered...we just moved in a few weeks ago and this is how we live. plus, it was after we both got ready for work in the morning)

But wait, there's more!

Maybe our little makeover will inspire you to do one of your own. 


Thursday, November 15, 2012

bathroom make over-before

This was our bathroom.  It's actually really spacious and has good bones but it's hard to see through all the wall paper and kitch and everything else! 

As you can see, the bottom half of the walls are blue tile and the upper half is a wallpaper/border combination.  The toilet is blue, the tub is blue, the shower is blue...The only thing we really liked was the dual vanity and the neat window shutters.

Oh...I forgot to mention there were sliding glass doors on the shower.  They were SOOOOO easy to remove.  The fram was screwed into the surround and there was caulking on all the seams.   My dad ripped the top part of the frame off and David and I removed the rest.  Once the top was off the glass doors were lifted off really easily.  We used a knife to cut the caulking and a little bit of strength (from David!) to pull the frame off.   There was a lot of caulking and dirt on the bottom where it rested on the tub...it took a lot of scraping and cleaning!

yep...that's wallpaper above the shower.  We decided to keep the tiles and tub for now as it may end up being a costly project to remove them. 

It already looks better!  We removed the cabinets on either side of the mirror so we could paint and just never put them up.  We actually like them but it made the space feel smaller so we will probably reuse them in another room.

We stripped the wallpaper first, then cleaned the walls to remove any leftover glue.  There were a lot of holed so they all had to be patched and sanded.  Then we taped and painted!
The toilet was replaced at the very end. 

I'll post an After picture soon;)


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The dresser reveal

Yesterday I did a DIY post about distressing a dresser.  As promised, here is the final product:

Aaaaand in case you need a reminder of what it looked like before...

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

my first DIY project as a wife

I don't know why but I really wanted a dresser in my dining room.  Before we even bought this house I knew that's what I wanted.  Not for storing clothes (because that's just silly!) but for keeping extra dishes, linens, etc...
I brought the idea to my then fiance, now husband, a few months ago and he said that was fine.  I suggested maybe we use one of his dressers and just get a piece of glass made for the top (to protect the wood).  Again, he said that was okay.   A little while later he said he just wanted to keep the dresser in the bedroom so I suggested we buy a secondhand one and I can paint it.  He struggled with the concept of painting a potentially old and lovely piece of wooden furniture...so my next idea was to buy new and paint that.  He approved!

I found this really neat tutorial for making painted wood look worn.  It is a 3 step process for my project: distressing, painting, staining.

 I found this brand new dresser for $99 at a store similar to Ikea.

It's just unfinished pine and comes with 6 drawers.   I wanted to create a piece that looked worn and beat up...like it had been painted a couple times.
So my husband gave me some tools (screw, crowbar, hammer and hatchet) and I went to town beating my dresser.
(this is just a small section of the 'damage')
Then I went outside to paint it!  I bought 2 cans or Rustoleum "Colonial Red" spray paint but only used 1.  I apologize in advance for the picture of me painting...I woke up one morning and said to my husband "I'm going to paint now" while I was wearing old PJs and my husband's coat. He sneakily took pictures through the back door.

Painting is done! I did a couple coats and let it all dry outside for a couple hours (it was pretty chilly out, but also sunny.  The sun dried most of the paint so we could move it inside after a couple hours).
Side note...wear gloves while spray painting outside.


I spray painted in the morning and we left for our honeymoon that afternoon.  The dresser had a full 2 days to dry before I started the staining process.
I used Minwax Wood Finish in cherry and a staining kit that came with gloves, an applicator sponge and a cleaning rag.  I also used a brush for painting walls.  The process was really easy:  paint the stain in an even layer over a small patch of dresser, wait a minute or two and rub it in with the rag.  A lot of the stain came off but that's the look I was going for. 
Here is a teaser of how it turned out.
I haven't taken a picture of it all set up in our home yet, so check back soon!

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