Well it’s finally happened. We’re in the new house, we’ve unpacked, and we’re starting to finally feel like we belong there 🙂 Here are a few of some before-and-after pictures of the rooms we re-did:
Living room – Before
Living room (another view) – Before:
Dining room – Before:
And look at this fantastic kitchen! (we didn’t change anything here)
LOVE all that workspace, and love having the stove/oven in the middle of the kitchen. I am looking forward to lots of great recipes taking place here! This is also my first time cooking with gas, so I’m sure I’ll be learning a lot along the way.
The cats were initially less than thrilled with the move, with Pirate spending the entire first day curled up IN the litterbox (gross), but now they love the place. They especially like sliding around on the laminate floors, which provides quite a bit of entertainment for us!
On to more delicious things, unfortunately I don’t have a picture of this, but I highly recommend you try it. I’ve made some rice and bean dishes in the past, but I’ve usually just thrown them together, and they’ve been okay. But this time I followed a recipe and it turned out fantastic. JW said these were the best beans I’ve ever made, and that I should make them more often. So we have another vegetarian meal to add to our repertoire!
Classic Black Beans and Rice (Original recipe here)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans (undrained)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chicken boullion
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt (or a little less – to taste)
- 1 tablespoon cooking wine or cider vinegar
- 2 cups cooked white rice
Heat oil in a medium sauce pan, and sauté onion,green pepper, and garlic until tender, approx. 8-10 minutes.
Add in remaining ingredients and stir until boiling, reduce heat and simmer until sauce is reduced, approx. 20 minutes.
Serve over white rice.