Welcome to the Valentine's Day edition of the Foodie Friday and Everything Else party. Thanks so much for coming today. I hope you have a heart-shaped weekend, filled with chocolate and flowers.
I've been busy, with ups and downs in the kitchen. I made a complicated marble swirl cake that crumbled to pieces, but it was still fun to eat. Like Mimi used to say, "If a cake breaks, all the calories escape."
Here's what I've been up to this week:
One dessert was a keeper (even though I overcooked it): Buttermilk Brownies with Chocolate Ganache Icing. They're super easy, made with a mix (substitute buttermilk for the water). Ganache is my new best friend.
The renovation is in full swing, and this week I was busy Redefining the Interior Space of a 70s Ranchburger.
I went shopping for granite and marble in Adventures in the Stone Yard.
I hit a tiny design speed bump with the Ranchburger's dining room walls. Can you guess what it was?
Last Sunday, we toured a cottage in Laguna Beach. The cottage has 950 square feet, but it lives big. All of the rooms are white, which contributes to the spacious feel. Colors are drawn from a Persian rug--the red tones are echoed by the brick fireplace; blue notes are repeated in the pillow and art.
The ranchburger renovation is moving along. We're ordering more doors for the sun room; Murdock sent over a dozen sketches of front elevations, which I'll share Friday evening. We're working on the pool house (re)design, too. Mike Cox is getting ready to break ground for a small powder room addition; Lisa is looking for honed Danby marble for the master bath vanities and tub. Medana is keeping us all on track.
Did you have a good time at last week's Foodie Friday and Everything Else party? Here are the features that you liked best.
Find out the secret ingredient in Grandma Ree's Texas Sheet Cake by Cooking with Carlee.
"I remember this cake was quite a treat at Grandma's house when I was a kid. It is a great cake for a crowd because it is baked in a half sheet pan. Which is good when there are a bunch of Rees kids running around. The icing really makes the cake. This is a fudgy wonderfully sweet and smooth frosting. You just pour it over the cake, so there is no concern of getting it smooth and perfect. Besides, it is fun to make a cake and frosting from scratch and not have to drag out the mixer!"
If you share your world with a four-footed critter, you'll enjoy reading the article by My Kentucky Living.
"We live with a sweet eleven year old golden retriever...Mikey. Or, maybe he lives with us? Still trying to figure out the dynamic here! If you have a pet you get this. They learn to manage "us.'" --My Kentucky Living.
You'll by wowed by the stunning living room make-over by A Stroll Thru Life.
"I love how light and bright the family room is now with the new white paint. This room was white before, but it was a sort of yellow white. I chose Reliable White by Sherwin Williams and it is a gorgeous warm white. No yellow, pink, or grey undertones. Just a really clear soft white."
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