Friday, October 20, 2017

The Chalet: Popcorn Ceilings

I drove to Trader Joe's on my way home from The Chalet last night, because let's be honest, TJ's has THE BEST cheeses at the lowest prices of any grocery store. A wedge of Brie for $3.65? Don't mind if I do. So I'm in the checkout line, the cashier scanning my items and he looks up at me and goes, "What have YOU been up to? You've got like a reverse raccoon thing going on."

Indeed, I had white dust covering my hair and face, except for where the goggles and mask had protected me. But that's what happens when you scrape popcorn ceilings.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Chalet: Tetanus & The Upstairs Bathroom

I'm sorry for not posting more regularly, but I find myself crawling into bed extra early every night. I was in bed at 7:45 Tuesday night. I'm old, I guess. Anywho, I have been neglecting the regular posts so I'll try harder going forward because a lot has changed in the house already. 

Fun fact: a Tetanus shot is good for ten years. That is, unless you actually puncture the skin. In that case it's not good after five. Bet you didn't know that.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Procrastination Recipe: Gluten-free Banana Bread with Coconut and Chocolate Chips

I was recently at Trader Joe's and bought pancake/waffle mix because it was gluten-free. Except, I hate pancakes. So I'm not exactly sure why I bought it. But I had 4 bananas browning and needed to do something with them, so I decided to repurpose the pancake mix. I also had unsweetened coconut shavings (also from Trader Joe's) so this became an everything but the kitchen sink dish.

1 box Trader Joe's Gluten-free Pancake & Waffle Mix
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup Trader Joe's unsweetened coconut shavings
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I went with mini)

So I mashed the bananas first, then added in half of the pancake mix. I folded it together until blended then added in the butter and the remainder of the mix. After this it's like a cookie dough consistency so I added the oil to thin it out slightly. Then I stirred in the coconut and chocolate chips and spread into a greased baking dish. I baked it at 325 for about 35 minutes, until I could stick a fork in and it came out clean. I should mention this is not super sweet. If you prefer sweeter breads then I suggest adding a half cup of sugar, but I kind of like the fact that it's just naturally sweet from the bananas and chocolate. I had a piece this morning with my coffee and it was perfect. 

Happy Eating!

 ~ Stephanie

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Chalet: A Trove of Treasures

So here's the story with The Chalet as told to me by my father. The Chalet was owned by a couple living down south and they were letting their son live there. He let the propane run out so the pipes froze and then burst and that costs a lot to fix so I'm guessing he abandoned the house. And all of his belongings. 

Below are a small sample of items left behind. Stupidly, I did not take a picture of the chair I asked my mother to have reupholstered and refinished for me. But it was a pale greeny velvet material that had seen much better days. 

My cousin has called dibs on this airplane. Look closely. It's made out of Schweeps cans.

I saw this antique sled when we did our very first walk-through of the house and pictured it hung over a fireplace in a rustic cabin in the woods. 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Welcome to The Chalet

I'd like to formally welcome you to the next DaddyDaughterFlip - The Chalet. My father found this house back in July and within a few minutes of seeing it in all its gross glory, we knew we wanted it to be our next project.

I wonder why we're drawn to contemporary homes, but it seems we are.And this house reminds me of Porchlandia because of the size of the main porch on The Chalet (and there's another porch off the master bedroom) and also there is a fireplace that is in the main level and continues up into the master.

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