Hey all! I feel like I have been writing this post forever but have yet to hit publish. This is the story of one of the biggest renos we have completed in our house. This is the main wall in our living room. It originally looked like this.
*cue sad "loser" horn* It was less than impressive and we knew when we bought the house that we would be doing something to this space. We originally planned to put in just a fireplace. A gas one. Which posed a bit of a problem since we dont have gas run to our property. Between the gas company wanting to tear up our front yard, and the gas-fitter wanting an arm and a leg, we decided to go for a built-in electrical fireplace. The hubs and I went back to the drawing board...literally.
One night, as he napped, I drew out what I wanted. Thankfully, the hubs and I are super handy (and I'm lucky to have super handy parents nearby!) that we were able to take this drawing,
and turn it into a reality! In my next post, I will get into the how-tos of building your very own custom built-ins (ikea hacks & Youtube videos!!) but for now, I will leave you with these beautiful finished photos. What kind of renos have you always wanted to do?! Feel free to share your design dreams in the comments!!
Hey all! No, I'm not about to discuss porcine massage techniques will you but I am going to let you in on an inside joke in our house.
The hubs has always said I should sell my spices/sauces/dressings and it has always been something we joked about. We even got to the point where we declared his favourite BBQ rub (this one) the Angry Oinker. It's sweet, with a bit of heat, and it is amazing on pork (ahem: everything!). Plus, it's made with simple ingredients that most of us have stuffed into our pantries! Give it a shot and let me know what you think!!
1/2 cup organic sugar (I used cane, but have used coconut sugar as well)
2 tbsp sea salt
2 tbsp black pepper
2 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp mustard powder
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp crushed chile flakes
1/8 tsp cinnamon (can omit but just gives an amazing hint of sweetness to the BBQ'd meat!)
1. Measure all spices into a bowl and whisk together to thoroughly combine.
2. Get rubbing....on a butt....a big butt....a pork butt! (Obviously, ya weirdos!).