house update: what the deck?!

haha! i love cheesy titles. i can’t help it.

now it’s really starting to feel like things are banging along! every time we go to check up on our little baby it seems to have taken on new life in some way or another. here’s the latest! (oh, and i must give credit here: all pictures are courtesy of our aunt colleen and uncle tom. thanks guys!)  pre-sheetrock meeting on monday, so i’m sure i’ll be posting more pictures then! are you sick of this yet?? :) just wait till we have kids…..

our deck is on! i think we may start coming over at night with camping chairs just to hang out on it :)

our deck is on! i think we may start coming over at night with camping chairs just to hang out on it :)

almost all of the window are in! here are the windows in the living room

almost all of the window are in! here are the windows in the living room

kitchen sink rough-ins. or something. this pic is for the more experienced eye.. (ie: not me.)

kitchen sink rough-ins. or something. this pic is for the more experienced eye.. (ie: not me.)

our master bath. tub is in and shower will go next to it. DEFINITELY going to need a shade on that window! :)

our master bath. tub is in and shower will go next to it (to the right) . DEFINITELY going to need a shade on that window! :)

looking our our front door. welcome to suburbia, people. y'all come back now, ya hear?

looking out our front door. welcome to suburbia, people. y’all come back now, ya hear?

savory sweet potato burgers

yep. they really do taste as good as they look.

yep. they really do taste as good as they look. (these are made with the bread crumb coating)

man, i haven’t made these in a while, but looking back on this recipe reminded me how HA-mazing they are! although i do not claim to be a professional foodie by any means, i do have a couple super easy and delish recipes to share that i make *cough cough try to make* on the regular.. you know, whenever i am feeling particularly house-wifeish…………..now where did i put my darn pearls…….

anyway, these are a great fall weekend meal! really. go make them.

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups white beans, drained and rinsed

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

2-3 heaping tbs sun butter, peanut butter, or tahini (sounds strange, but trust me it’s the game changer)

2 tbs agave

1/2 package taco seasoning

1 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tsp garlic powder

2 (or more) cups oats (as in uncooked oatmeal)

salt and pepper to taste

2-3 cups bread crumbs, seasoned with salt and pepper, and garlic powder

OR

1 cup (or more) finely chopped walnuts ( i HIGHLY suggest this option for the coating. its RIDICULOUS.)

olive oil for pan frying

HOW TO:

preheat oven to 400 degrees

place diced sweet potatoes in a glass baking dish and coat with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. roast for 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are soft enough to mash.

in a large mixing bowl, combine beans, roasted potatoes, sun butter, agave, taco seasoning, cayenne, and garlic powder, and mash together with a potato masher until well mixed. Add the oats a cup or so at a time until the mixture starts to thicken and is easy to form into patties. you want the mixture to stick together well so it won’t fall apart when pan fried. form into patties.

on a large plate, place a cup or more of crushed walnuts (or seasoned bread crumbs). coat each patty in the crushed walnuts and pan fry in a large skillet with olive oil, over medium heat. cook on each side about 2 minutes or until golden brown.

serve on a bun, over spinach, or all by itself with your favorite toppings! these are great hot or cold!

you can check out these and other yummy recipes here too!

house update: more of the same

i’m sure you’re all dying to read this with that enticing title, but really what i mean by this is, there is more house….but it all looks the same to me…

each time we go in pauly will say “oh cool they added the support beam over there.”  or “oh yeah! that footing looks set!” ( i don’t really know here what he actually says..i tune out instantly when he starts talking and walking around the house..)   ………..because really all i notice is that all the walls look the same and my floors are still plywood….

however, pauly reassures me that there is progress being made. so….i guess i will choose to believe him…..

we have a meeting scheduled for next monday to meet with our contractor and talk over all the details before the sheetrock goes up! so i know things will really start clicking along now! PTL, people. P..T..L…

Oh! and we have already met some of our neighbors….who are awesome!

so….three cheers for plergville! huzzah!

our roof is on! ...would you look at those rafters....

our roof is on! …would you look at those rafters….

the front entry is framed!

the front entry is framed!

the entire house is wrapped with tyvek wrap...well it's not here....but it will be...

the entire house is wrapped with tyvek wrap…well it’s not here….but it will be…

garage....not much else to say here......

garage….not much else to say here……

our front door! it will eventually be painted black but it was so exciting seeing it! (oy. sometimes i reread this and i think...i need a life...) :)

our front door! it will eventually be painted black but it was so exciting seeing it! (oy. sometimes i reread these house posts and i think…i need a life…) :)

we found a list of things that need to be done written on an old board in our (what will be) living room..i thought it was cool...again...this house needs to be finished so i can stop finding joy in what is essentially trash....

we found a list of things the builders left, that still need to be done written on an old board in our (what will be) living room..i thought it was cool……again…..this house needs to be finished so i can stop finding joy in what is essentially trash….

things are really clipping along so i will try to stay on top of it and keep you all updated!

 

 

 

 

warm cinnamon vanilla pancakes

happy monday! be sure to like this post or save it in your recipe files because this is one you will want to make and make and make…..

these pancakes will change your life. and i am not kidding. i would not kid about warm cinnamon and vanilla. or pancakes. i never joke about pancakes. i make these anytime i feel the need to spoil myself. or, lately, anytime i feel the need……. to eat. i made them 3 times this weekend alone. yes. 3. and the best part is that they are really pretty healthy. no sugar. no dairy. BUT don’t let that scare you. it’s SUPER easy to make and you can substitute any of my ingredients for whatever you have in your house. (ex: no nondairy milk? no problem. add water or whatever milk you have in your fridge!)

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cup oat flour (i make mine by blending oatmeal in a food processor or blender until it’s a flour like consistency)

3 T agave (or whatever sweetener you have in your house)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1-2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon or to taste

1 cup water or non dairy milk

How to: 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until well mixed. We use coconut oil to grease the pan before cooking the pancakes. Pour a 1/3 cup (or so, depending on how big you want your cakes..)  of batter onto heated skillet and cook until small bubbles start to form on the top of the batter, then flip.

Serve warm with heated, real maple syrup……. hey. look at me: real. 

ya welcome, my friends…. ya. welcome.

be still my pancake loving heart.

be still, my pancake loving heart.

raise the roof!

cheesy, but i had to…

they put up the attic *what i now know are called* trusses! it’s looking more and more like a real live house!

here’s what happened today!

the roof from the back!

the roof from the back!

steady.....steady......

steady boys…..steady……

a little closer up....in care you were very curious...i'm sure you all are..

a little closer up….in care you were very curious…i’m sure you all are..

we were told today our *estimated* close date will be november 15th….which is a little later than we were hoping….so….all in good time, i suppose that sucks… :)

okay stay tuned!

life lately

here’s what been happening lately…besides the house :)

oh! and i just signed up for stitchfix! it’s kinda like birch box, but for clothes and accessories!  here’s the link! i was introduced to this site courtesy of a great blog i follow: espressoandcream.com. here is her story with stitchfix, if you want to know more!

 

so, here’s our life lately….or at least some of it! :)

haha! ashur got ahold of my phone again! check out these faces!

haha! ashur got ahold of my phone again! check out these selfies!

 

 

ashur2 ashur3

taking a walk at preschool on thursday...love my job

taking a walk at preschool on thursday…love my job

these two and their bro-mance...

these two and their bro-mance…

paulholdjustin

allieari

my cousin allie was here from nyc and she and her niece performed some dance numbers for us. it was pure, adorable, bliss.

my cousin allie was here from nyc and she and her niece performed some dance numbers for us. it was pure, adorable, bliss.

a little blog......a little breakfast club....not a bad friday night.
a little blog……a little breakfast club….not a bad friday night.

 

house updates!

i am going to TRY to update this more consistently now that there is really something to show.  but here are the pictures of our house progress to date! (personally, i never look at people’s pictures unless they are of people or food…so no offense will be taken if you skip through all these..)

so…without further ado…here is plerg-ville: in progess!

here's where we started...just a few weeks ago!

here’s where we started…just a few weeks ago! our very own plop of dirt…i’m pretty sure ‘plop’ is the correct term here…

basement walls up!

basement walls up!

first floor getting framed!

first floor getting framed! this is looking straight on from the front:  front window and main door.

a view from our 'backyard'

a view from our ‘backyard’

i *think* the official term for these is 'tresses?' i like to refer to them as chevron boards...

i *think* the official term for these is ‘tresses?’ i like to refer to them as chevron boards…

first time walking through our 'front door'! and...let me just say...a picture at night, after a long day of teaching, taken from the ground, shooting up towards (what are apparently) multiple chins...i've never looked better.

first time walking through our ‘front door’! and…let me just say…a picture at night, after a long day of teaching, taken from the ground, shooting up towards (what are apparently) multiple chins…i’ve never looked better.

and two stories! almost roof time!

and two stories! almost roof time! so, for perspective: left: garage, right: (obviously) house.

more pics to come! stay tuned!!

california love!

okay, pauly and i know all the lyrics to ‘california love’ by tupac……..truth. and it’s pretty amazing. i’ll try to post a video soon. but you can listen to it here while you scroll through this post. (FYI: if you right click on the link and then hit ‘open in a new tab’ you can play the song in a new tab and read my post at the same time….aaaand that’s as tech-y as i get, folks. ya welcome).

a few weeks ago we had the incredible honor and pleasure of attending (and participating in) the amazing wedding of our friends josh and hayley. we met josh while at school in AZ, and he quickly became one of our absolute best friends. there are not very many people in this world more generous and fun and encouraging to be around than josh……. and then we met hayley.  it’s so so SO cliche to say, but they are LITERALLY perfect for each other. hayley is SO fun, loving, kind, and hilarious….we told josh after we first met her “well…we choose her. if you guys break up…we choose her. so don’t screw this up!” :) needless to say, their wedding was incredibly special to us both and we are so excited that they are married now!!

the wedding took place in newport beach, CA right on the ocean and it could. not. have been more beautiful. the sun was just starting to set, the weather was PERFECT, and having the ocean as your backdrop…i mean…..come on……

so, by the power vested in me by the state of…my blog… i present to you, for the very first time: some california love. (in no particular order, because..i’m too lazy….)

on the flight! ready. set. california!

on the flight! ready. set. california!

this is as crazy as our bachelor party got with josh. brownie dessert. at true food kitchen. it was wild.

this is as crazy as our bachelor party got with josh. brownie dessert. at true food kitchen. it was wild.

rehearsal dinner. don't they look like a disney prince and princess??

rehearsal dinner. don’t they look like a disney prince and princess??

pauly was a groomsman, along with these lovely ladies' husbands...we gals got to hang out the whole time, and LET ME TELL YOU: i LOVE THEM!!

pauly was a groomsman, along with these lovely ladies’ husbands…we gals got to hang out the whole time, and LET ME TELL YOU: i LOVE THEM!!  we called ourselves the ‘groomie-gals!’

at the end of the night we lit and sent off over 70 chinese lanterns. it was such a beautiful ending to a truly beautiful wedding day.

at the end of the night we lit and sent off over 70 chinese lanterns. it was such a beautiful ending to a truly beautiful wedding day.

handsome groomsmen. handsome groomsmen.

truth moment: i BAWLED when hayley walked down the aisle. to be fair, it was because josh was crying. HOW COULD I NOT CRY AT THAT?!

truth moment: i BAWLED when hayley walked down the aisle. to be fair, it was because josh was crying. HOW COULD I NOT CRY AT THAT?!

beautiful bridesmaids

beautiful bridesmaids

yep. the ONLY pic we took of all 4 of us...at the end of the night...all sweaty...after a night of dancing...cuz i'm good like that...

yep. the ONLY pic we took of all 4 of us…at the end of the night…all sweaty…after a night of dancing…cuz i’m good like that…

father/daughter dance. i LOVED her family. her dad called me "minnesota" the whole weekend.

father/daughter dance. i LOVED her family. her dad called me “minnesota” the whole weekend.

groomie-gals dancing it up!

groomie-gals dancing it up!

one last pic of the three amigos. we love you kraak......but are so thankful for our hay-bop addition!

one last pic of the three amigos. we love you kraak……but are so thankful for our hay-bop addition!

oh yeah...we got down with our bad selves....

oh yeah…we got down with our bad selves….

who gets wedding pics like this?? stunning!

who gets wedding pics like this?? stunning!

what a great gift! (not given by us...have we met?)

what a great gift! (not given by us…have we met?)

pre wedding pic! let's do this!

pre wedding pic! let’s do this!

magazine. unreal.

magazine. unreal.