After 27 episodes of projects, ideas, and things we tried, we decided share some updates from past shows, including our wood countertops, grilling with an infrared grill, what's happening with the hundred-year-old farmhouse, and more. We also pulled a few items from the "This Is Really Cool" segment to see if they are are still working great. And how do you update food? With videos of course!
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Episode 7 Update: As if all the vole and mole issues weren't enough, our new property is riddled with gophers! Huge mounds with large holes in them. I've seen them happily tossing the dirt out. I don't even want to imagine what their underground tunnel home looks like.
Other updates we talked about included:
- Brian's new, fancier grill from Episode 1.
- Will we use wood counters similar to those from Episode 8?
- How our 'cord-cutting' cable techniques we shared in Episode 12 are working in the new place.
We promised a photo of the wood floors Brian uncovered in the farmhouse's living-dining room. That green stuff is what we were trying to describe - it feels and looks like felt that's been pulled off. We're not sure if it was a carpet backing that stuck to the wood finish or if there was a light glue added. It comes up by scraping with a putty knife.
The area you see that's bare wood (old-growth, tight grain fir from what we can tell) is where the original wall separating the living and dining room was. We were told about this wall from a neighbor and that small bump out in the wall was where the 'fireplace' was. It's obviously too small to have been a fireplace, so it was probably a wood or oil stove of some kind with a pipe that led up to the chimney. Which would explain why the inspector couldn't find a fireplace footing under the house.
If the wall were still there, we might've left it, but we won't put it back since we like open room in this smaller house (1700 square feet total).
In the food section we talked about the latest recipes that we've created videos for like the popular homemade butter mints recipe. Here are the links to the other recipe videos we've completed to update our popular recipes, as well as the link to the recipe:
- Best Homemade Ranch Dressing: see video here, get recipe here.
- Flourless Coconut Almond Bars: see video here, get recipe here.
- DIY Roasted Almonds: see video here, get recipe here.
This is Really Cool!
Brian is still recommending this Anker iPad Keyboard with amazing battery life and sleek look. Also LastPass.
Jami's- Brandless just keeps adding more and more great organic, non GMO, etc. foods as well as house goods, personal products, and office supplies - and everything is just $3. Plus they now offer free shipping with a minimum $39 order. Love this!
We're LOVING the quality of the grass-fed beef and heritage pork that we got in our ButcherBox. We will definitely be ordering 3-4 times a year. Here is that link I said I'd have for you if you'd like to try it, too:
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