Brian and Jami recall the “bargain” riverfront property that had one major problem. Jami talks about why their house hunt has taken so long, and what we’ve learned are fixable and what are deal-killers when thinking about buying a house that needs work. Jami then explains why she hardly ever buys salad dressing at the store anymore. Plus what we’re excited about in our “This Is Really Cool” segment, and much, much more.
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The house we were glad to have seen in our record-setting wet spring. (Tip: This was shared only in my weekly newsletter – you can sign up to become an email subscriber here and get more behind-the-scenes stuff like this – plus other cool things like recipes and links to interesting articles.)
When we first saw our 1982 ranch house, we could see it had good bones, especially for that era of ranchers. With double-hung wood and vinyl windows, custom original cabinets, tons of built-in storage, some wood floors, and lots of storage, we knew it could be updated easily.
We did a lot of small and large remodeling projects on our 1982 ranch house to give it cottage character, which we talked about in the podcast. The one we’re probably most proud of is revamping the front of the house to be more welcoming by cutting down a door-blocking tree and adding a larger porch and gardens. Our guests had no problem finding the door after!
Take our ranch-to-cottage house tour here to see more.
Brian’s favorite salad dressing: Homemade Classic Caesar Salad Dressing. This recipe also includes a quick recipe for making your own croutons. It’s a 2-minute task and once you do it, you will never buy those hard packaged croutons again, trust me!
Jami’s favorite: Homemade Vinaigrette 4 Ways (or more, really – this is so easy to adapt!).
Also, The Best Honey Mustard Dressing, American-French Dressing (and this salad that uses it specially), and the Caesar dressing, too. Our kids favorite is ranch, which is why Jami worked to perfect the Best Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe.
This is Really Cool!
Brian’s: The Servefest community-wide service project our church had one Sunday morning in late August. Here’s a video showing the 800+ people who participated in action.
Jami’s: This book written surprisingly by Lauren Graham of Gilmour Girls that’s a light-hearted, easy and fun read.
And finally, these are the reCap Pourable Lids Jami mentioned liking for storing things like homemade salad dressings, homemade peanut sauce and even giving as a gifts in mason jars like shown above. Do you use these, too? What for?
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