Today I cooked up a big pot of chili and used the rest of the little tomatoes from the garden. The colors were so bright and cheery before I chopped them all up and tossed them into the pot.
Also I did up a big pot of my calico beans, and a container of my tuna noodle pasta salad, and of course a pan of rice krispie bars. Add in some hot dogs, brats, burgers, and munchies, and we should be all set! I figure if I get most of the cooking done ahead of time, that is less I have to cook at the campsite on the weekend, and more time to enjoy the kids.
The doggers are getting excited to go, as I went back and forth with loads of things for the motorhome. They finally got underfoot so much that I brought them out to the motorhome and let them sit inside while I went back and forth. That made them happy! And got them out from under my feet!
They made sure I packed a bag of their dog food, and a container of doggie treats. Of course their harnesses and leashes, and doggie pooper pick up bags. They are set and ready to go.
I have about 20 bags of candy packed for the trick or treaters... last year we went through over 1,000 pieces, so I hope I have enough. Some are 30 pieces, some are 70 so I hope it evens out.
Around Our Old House we got one project finished .. .and another halfway done.
Back when we bought the house, I found these century old oak cabinets taken out of a butler's pantry in Fond du Lac. Here is the blog post I did about them: Refinishing my Kitchen Cabinets I stripped them down and refinished them for our kitchen. This photo was from CraigsList with the seller in the picture. (note the 2 bins on the bottom left)
We decided last summer to take the leftover bin and have the front panel cut down to fit the space instead of the new one.... That way the wood would match perfectly. We dropped the bin at a nearby oak woodworking place to have it done. (Steve no longer has access to mortise and tenon cutting tools like he did at his old job) The guy just never got around to doing it.... so we stopped and picked it back up and did it ourselves.
Why is it that you can never get something done by someone else in a timely manner? It wasn't a huge job, just one that we thought could be done by another guy with the proper tools.
We decided we could manage redoing it
with some careful cutting.
And we did!
Steve got the panel off the front of the bin. He then cut apart the door carefully along one side of the panels and cut it free from the rest. Shortening it up to only 11.5 inches wide was a bit tricky. He had to cut out 6 and a half inches and make it look balanced. Once it was done, I was able to stain and varnish around the cut edge and make it look the same as the rest of the cabinetry. Steve installed back into place tonight after supper. Ahhhh I think it looks better!
I know it's night time and the photos don't do it justice being dark outside and only the overhead lights to shine on the cabinets. I am glad we took the time to do it right and have it completed ourselves.
The other job partially done is reversing the door on the half bath. We are making it swing outwards instead of inwards so it doesn't hit against the cute little corner sink we are putting in there. On Sunday during the Packer Game half time, Steve decided to pull off the trim around the casing and remove the hinges.
He carefully pulled it away and wow oh wow were there ever long long finishing nails holding that trim on! In 1913 they must have only had certain lengths on hand in our small town, and this is how they held the trim into place.
(back when we cut the hutch away from the wall in the diningroom,
we cut through about 100 of these nails holding that hutch in place!)
Once he had the trim off, then he carefully measured and penciled in the sections for the hinges to be placed on the outside. Then with a wood chisel, he cut out each little section perfectly so the hinges would look as original as possible.
The new faucet is due to arrive tomorrow, so we will get to that next week and finish up the sink. Then our little half bath that WAS a closet with only a toilet will now have a toilet, sink, heat and an outward swinging door!
Well, it's after 9 pm and I better get this posted before heading to beddy-bye. We are looking forward to a great weekend with our grandtots at the campground.....
trick or treating...
sounds like HEAVEN!