Farmhouse Update

We have a bathtub and Matilda is pretty excited about it!

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Here we are again with another update on our renovation project…did a week really go by already? If you missed the first update you can read it here.

This week, the bedroom door into the living room got closed off and the new drywall is almost complete.

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We recycled the door and hung it in the new bedroom doorway off of the new hall.

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Reid installed the tub and finished up the hall and bathroom floors that were pieced together out of old pine boards…they just need a light sanding and a clear coat. I love how they are coming out!

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Looking more like a bathroom! We are going to use white subway tiles to finish off the shower.

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I found this little table at an antique shop and we are going to use it for a vanity, with a rectangular vessel sink and a wall mounted faucet. It will just need a couple inches taken off of each end and a shelf added underneath.

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These are some of the inspiration pictures for the bathroom, from my farmhouse board on Pinterest:

White bathroom with exposed copper pipes    bathroom sink

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Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 (if you know the original sources for the second two pictures please let me know!)

And there you have it! We still haven’t ordered the kitchen cabinets but hopefully that will get done this week. We will also start priming the walls and sanding the ceilings, and possibly floors, too.

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Shakshuka | eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce

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I came up with this recipe months ago for a contest and then kind of forgot about it and never shared it. So sorry! It won’t happen again. It didn’t win the contest (thanks to everyone who voted!) but I still think everyone needs to know about it. Obviously.

Shakshuka has been all over my Instagram feed and just by looking at the pictures I knew I had to give it a shot. Something that you use crusty bread to scoop up can’t be anything but delicious, right? If you’ve never heard of it it’s an Israeli dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce and you really must try it. It’s simple, unique, spicy, and savory. My version is kind of a mix between the Israeli version and the Italian version, Eggs in Purgatory, with the use of white wine and mozzarella cheese. I really love the addition of the cheese and wouldn’t make it without it; the gooey creaminess is the perfect balance for the spicy acidity of the tomato sauce.

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Shakshuka | eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce

serves four

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon diced pickled jalapenos
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛-¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 can (28 oz.) whole peeled tomatoes with juices
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 oz fresh mozzarella or feta, cubed or crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley, to garnish
  • crusty bread, for serving

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the jalapeno and garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute. Mix in the paprika, cumin, and red pepper flakes and allow to cook for a minute to draw out the flavor. Pour in the white wine to deglaze the pan, using a spoon to scrape any bits off the bottom. Cook for 2-3 minutes to allow the wine to reduce. Stir in the tomatoes, salt, black pepper and sugar, breaking the tomatoes up with your spoon (don’t go too crazy, the tomatoes will break down some as they cook).

Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly and the flavors have melded, about 20 minutes.

Carefully crack the eggs on top of the sauce, spacing evenly. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and cover the pan. Allow to cook for 4-5 minutes for soft yolks or 5-6 minutes for hard. Halfway through cooking the eggs, lift the cover and sprinkle the sauce with fresh mozzarella or feta, being careful not to disturb the eggs. Cover and finish cooking.

Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and dish up with slices of toasted (or grilled) crusty bread.

A couple notes: The sauce can be made in advance and reheated on the stove top when ready to cook the eggs and serve. If you don’t like chunky tomato sauce, use crushed tomatoes instead of whole ones.

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Farmhouse Update

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I asked on the Three Wooden Spoons Facebook page if there was any interest in weekly house updates and it seems that quite a few of you enjoy seeing renovation progress as much as I do! I’ll try to be consistent with posting updates, though sometimes they might be a little boring if there hasn’t been a big change. We are hoping to move in in a month or two so things should move along pretty quickly. Should is the key word there.

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The first step was to open up the kitchen to the dining room/living area and create a new hallway to the main floor bedroom and bathroom. The unusable chimney needed to be removed (a very dirty job) and a support beam needed to be installed. Oh, and the kitchen had to be gutted.

A friend came through with some old barn beams that we used for the support beams. We removed the whitewash and will sand them down a bit and maybe add some sealant but we’ll leave them exposed and as natural as possible.

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The smaller doorway is the new hallway. It originally connected through the kitchen but we closed that doorway to make room for more cabinets. Old homes always have about ten too many interior doors, it seems. Our first house also had three doors off of the kitchen, not counting the bathroom. We created a new door for the bedroom in the hallway, closed off the one that lead to the old hallway and will remove the one from the living room. So. Many. Doors.

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The flooring for the new hallway and bathroom is being pieced together from pine boards pulled from the interior walls and some we found in the barn. They need to be sanded down and polished up but I already love them. And they were (almost) free!

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Reid had his work cut out for him with the electrical and he rewired a bunch of outlets and lights, and then started on the drywall. There’s not much he can’t do and he is in his element working on this house. We are keeping most of the original drywall so there wasn’t too much to do, just the bathroom, hallway, and kitchen ceiling. He is still working on finishing that up.

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What have I been doing this whole time, you ask? Good question. Mostly posting house pictures on Facebook and Instagram when I should be working, but when my jobs consist of clean-up and pulling a million old drywall nails, what else can you expect?? Only kind of kidding. I did order a sink and faucet for the bathroom and shopped for a vanity, and pulled those million nails and hauled out loads of junk. But mostly I provide meals and chase after this one, who’s about as helpful as a flat tire…

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Gotta love her! She was pretending she was snoring.

Projects for this week: finish up the drywall, order a kitchen, work on the bathroom. I’m really excited about the vanity we’re putting together!

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