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More Whimpering and a Partial Tour of My Loft

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It still smells like I’m living in an auto body shop which is really unpleasant. After basically freaking out on every social media channel I’ve gotten some advice to follow. Several people told me to place sliced onion in small bowls of water inside and on top of the locker. Reluctantly and a bit quizzically I’ve just finished doing that and crossing my fingers that it will absorb the smell rather than adding to it.

I figured I’d post some pictures to show the final placement that I fought for as well as a few shots of my loft to explain why I thought this particular piece of furniture was a good idea. I’d love to get your feedback and see if you agree. Sorry the photos are a little dark. We have a million windows in here with southern exposure (okay, 8) and they make it really hard to get a good shot.

This was where I thought the console table was going all along (and where it finally ended up). Note the little dachshund prince who is bored with this whole thing. He’d like me to sit down or throw a baby.

UPDATE:

Slightly improved version of this picture:

 

The rest of the living room area. We’re planning to start a slate tile installation floor to ceiling on the wall with the TV soon. I’m nervous about it though because what if it doesn’t look like we thought it would?

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We have a lot of wood components and the dining table isn’t quite as modern as I wanted it to be so I thought a modern industrial console table would help even that out. Also, I thought introducing a new medium (more metal) would keep things interesting and play off of the metal accents on other pieces.

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Our kitchen, which isn’t really relevant, but I thought I may as well post it since it’s all visible at the same time with the open layout.

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Domestically Disabled

I know I haven’t been very active (okay, active at all) on here lately. I apologize for that and can only offer the usual weak excuses that I’ve been busy with work, school and real estate. The real estate portion is over now – we sold our condo in June and bought the new loft in September. Whew!

Since then we’ve had some more big life events like my husband getting laid off and (thank God) quickly finding a new, better job. The new, better job means that he travels four days a week though. My being left unsupervised has led to some silliness, the latest of which being that I recently baked a $36 pan of brownies.

I was more or less done with my homework for the week and knew that I’d be bored that night, so when I saw the muffin top pans at Marshalls I got excited. It was one of those neato non-stick pans that make six perfect little muffin tops without any of the boring leftovers; I was sold. Smiling like an idiot, I paid for my new prized possession and started walking over to the supermarket for muffin mix. This is when things start to get stupid.

To make a long story short, I’ll summarize with the email I sent to my husband:

I randomly got it into my head to make muffins so I went and found a muffin top pan ($5.99) on my lunch break. Of course we don’t have a mixing bowl so I bought that too ($6.99). Then I was walking to Shaws to get muffin mix and vegetable oil but thought CVS might have it – they only had brownie mix. So THEN I bought that and went BACK to Marshalls and got a brownie tray ($7.99). Try not to kill me; you like brownies, right? Brownies!

This was just two days after he hinted that maybe I shouldn’t keep buying things on my lunch break when I get bored. The brownies came out awesome, by the way.

Enchilada Lasagna Recipe

This is the recipe for our delicious enchilada lasagna mentioned in the Mouse post. It was written mostly by Husband.

What you need:

2 large red onions
7-8 cloves garlic
16 oz can pinto beans
16 oz can pink beans
16 oz can vegetarian refried beans
32 oz can pureed tomatoes
Bag of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
8 oz Queso Fresco
bag of Quorn crumbles
8 oz jar Cilantro Chutney (in Indian food section of your grocer)
3 – 4 chipotle peppers & sauce OR good chipotle salsa
Small can mild salsa
Chipotle chile powder
Cumin
Oregano
Sal e pepe
24 small corn tortillas

Filling:

Medium dice one large red onion. Add salt and sweat on low heat. When translucent, add minced garlic, a 2 tablespoons of chipotle powder, a tablespoon of cumin and a generous grind of pepper. Cook until the garlic starts smelling sweet. Add the mild salsa. Stir and cook for a few minutes. When the salsa cooks down a bit , add a splash of water and the drained beans. Cover and cook for twenty minutes. Incorporate the quorn crumbles. Cook for a few minutes, check for seasoning, then cover, remove from heat and set aside.

Sauce:

Fine dice half a large red onion and sweat over low heat for a spell. Add tomatoes, chipotles, two heaping spoons of cilantro chutney, some chile powder, cumin, oregano and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  Give it a taste; if needed, add some sugar or BBQ sauce to balance out the heat.

Bean spread

Combine refried beans, cilantro chutney and half of a finely diced red onion in a skillet over medium heat. Cook for a few minutes.
Assembly:

Ask wife for help – especially if you live in a city and your kitchen is the size of most suburban bathrooms – as you’ll need to assemble the lasagna without dropping something on your dog and without the benefit of ample counter space. Or move to a larger condo.

In a large Pyrex baking dish, layer sauce, tortillas (6 should cover the layer), more sauce, black beans, other beans, shredded cheese. Repeat until full. On the final layer place only tortillas and sauce then cover with thin slices of queso fresco.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven at 350 for 30 minutes . Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Allow to cool slightly before serving as the layers will glue themselves together. Cut and serve with a spatula.

The Denim Guide

Every woman’s worst shopping nightmare, second only to the bikini, is designer jeans. I have literally tried on 20 pair in one visit to Saks and found only pair that fit. True story. 

If denim’s on your wish list this year, this guide is here to help you find the right pair of jeans for your body type – with as little pain and suffering as possible.

 I’ll warn you, they aren’t cheap, but they’re designer jeans. You only need one great pair, maybe two and you’re all set. They’ll last forever and get butter soft – so worth it.

Be sure to wear the shoes that you will wear most with them so that the store attendant can mark them for the tailor and send them on their way that day. I also advise that you wear a light weight comfortable shirt. You’d be surprised how hot it can get trying on jeans.

 For women with curves

It’s amazing how many denim manufacturers don’t seem to think that women have hips and thighs. News flash – we do! Most of us anyway… *cough, bitch, cough*

 Joe’s – Honey Fit: sizes 25-32 ~$174

Citizens of Humanity – Kelly Bootcut sizes 25-32 ~$198

 Larger sizes

CJ by Cookie Johnson, Plus Size Grace Bootcut: sizes 14-22 ~$174

CJ by Cookie Johnson, Plus Size Faith Straight Leg: sizes 14-22 ~$144

 For petites

Obviously all jeans have to be hemmed but if you’ve found that they don’t fit right in other places due to your vertically challenged stature, try…

 Citizens of Humanity Petite’s “Dita” Bootcut: sizes 24-32 ~$189

 For the stick figures

Yes, I do kind of hate you (joke!) but that’s not why I chose the term. There are women out there who must have a hard time shopping because they have such slim features that jeans don’t look very feminine on them. Try…

 AG Adriano Goldschmied “Stilt” Straight Leg: sizes 24-32 ~$178

Citizens of Humanity” Avedon” Slick Skinny Superstretch: sizes 24-32 ~$209

 Women with thighs and small waists

Again with the overly slim thigh cut. If you have a slim waist but your thighs are a little out of proportion, try…

 Citizens of Humanity “Ingrid”: sizes 24-32 ~$149

7 For All Mankind Bootcut sizes 24-32 ~$159