Shed Ramp

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I just realized that I forgot to show pictures of the ramp that Rob built for the shed.  Hey, he has to be able to wheel his lawnmower and snow blower in there!

Here’s the beginning; he laid out some boards vertically.  He had to dig into the ground a bit, to sink the boards into the ground.

Here’s the ramp.  Wheeee!

Handy Boy has been riding his bike over the edges of the ramp.  Fun, fun!

For photos of our shed construction, click here:

Platform for the shed

The beginnings of the shed

The shed walls go up

Framing out the roof

More roof work, and windows

Putting shingles on the shed roof

Hanging up trim on the shed

Organizing in the Shed

Shed Doors

Shed Vinyl Siding

Still to come: What’s IN the shed? (Aren’t you curious?) and: Running wiring to the shed.

 

Baked Taco Sandwich

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Baked Taco Sandwich

This is an easy dinner to make on a weeknight.  This recipe is from Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cookbook.

1 pound of ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
1 cup Bisquick baking mix
1/3 cup cold water
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream, if desired
shredded lettuce
chopped tomatoes

The original recipe says to use an 8×8 pan, but for some reason I started using a loaf pan.

Grease the loaf pan.  Cook beef as directed on envelope of taco seasoning mix.

Mix baking mix and cold water until smooth; spread in pan.  The dough is very sticky and thick, you can use a small spatula or knife to spread it.

Spread beef mixture over dough.

Heat oven to 450.  Bake covered with foil for 15-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Immediately sprinkle with cheese.  Let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Place shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes on top.  Serve with sour cream.

Baked Taco Sandwich

1 pound of ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
1 cup Bisquick baking mix
1/3 cup cold water
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream, if desired
shredded lettuce
chopped tomatoes

Grease the loaf pan.  Cook beef as directed on envelope of taco seasoning mix.

Mix baking mix and cold water until smooth; spread in pan.  The dough is very sticky and thick, you can use a small spatula or knife to spread it.   Spread beef mixture over dough.

Heat oven to 450.  Bake covered with foil for 15-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Immediately sprinkle with cheese.  Let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Place shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes on top.  Serve with sour cream.

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Fall Table Setting

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I keep seeing all sorts of cute table settings on blogs lately, so I thought I’d try to set up a fall-themed setting using our vintage Fiesta Ware. I chose colors of Fiesta that I thought reflected fall.

I’ve been trying to take these pictures for DAYS; it’s been so cloudy that I had a hard time with the lighting.  You can click on each photo for a close-up.

This next photo looks really good in close-up.

This was fun to play with, but I’m not much of a fancy table-setting person, so you won’t see too many of these from me.  I can see doing a cute table set-up with our Christmas dishes, though.

Here’s a close-up of the painting, made by my father.  Check out Don’s Fine Art to see more of his works.

Do you like to set the table with tablecloths and accessories?  I like to do this for special occasions, like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Shed Vinyl Siding (and Giveaway Winner)

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Congratulations to the winner of a $30 Home Depot Gift card, commenter #3, Mary J!  I used a “random number generator” that I found online.  Mary, see your email.  🙂 Congratulations!

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Random numbers generated Oct 3 2010 at 12:5:18

Those things are so cool! I showed it to Handy Boy, and we played with it by entering in ginormous numbers to see what number it would choose.  For our little contest, I just entered in 1-8.

Also, thank you all for the ideas and suggestions for future posts on this site.  I am writing them down.  I did see mudrooms mentioned twice; unfortunately, we don’t have a mudroom in this house!  This house is just a “‘box” with very few details, except for the ones we’ve added.  We have doors that enter right into rooms, which makes cleaning up after the dirt, snow, sand and MUD here in New England a lot of work.  Oh, what I would give for a mud room! However, I can talk about how we work around all that.

Here are photos of the vinyl siding on the shed.  Handy Man has been bugging me to show these.

Remember when the shed was being framed:

Ta daaaaa!  Here it is with vinyl siding.  I helped Handy Man to hold up the ends while he nailed the pieces in with his pneumatic roofing nail gun.

…and here’s the back.  That silver piece is for exhaust for the generator.  Handy Man will be moving our generator into the shed.  More to come on that project.

To see more photos and posts about how Handy Man built this shed, click here.

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Happy 1st Blogiversary Giveaway!

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NOW is the time you’ve been waiting for…our 1st anniversary giveaway. Let’s get right down to it:

We’re offering a $30 gift card to Home Depot!

Even if you don’t “do” tools or renovations, you can still find things to buy at Home Depot: lamps, holiday decorations, area rugs, drapes and curtains, organizing products, etc!

Here are the rules of the giveaway:

– Open to residents of the United States only.

– Make a comment to this post telling us about a project or idea you’d like to see on our site in the future.

– You must include your email address with your comment! Your email will not show publicly, only we will see it.

– Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or let us know if you are already a follower.

– Contest ends at Noon Eastern time on Sunday, October 3rd.  A comment will be chosen randomly.  If we cannot reach you within 24 hours, another number will be chosen.

Ready, set, GO!

**THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!**

House Snooping

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Do you ever check out houses while you’re out driving around?  We do it all the time, especially since we moved to our current house, which isn’t too far from the coast. There are some really fancy-shmancy houses right near the coastline.

I just found this house the other day.  It was huge!

Here are some of the views of the water from this house.  Not too shabby, eh?

When we first moved here, Rob was really interested in buying a house really close to the water.  But then we saw the prices some (modest!) houses were going for, even if they were rundown shacks.  Yikes!  We live further inland, but we’re still within easy driving distance to the coast.  We still get the fun of being able to see the ocean whenever we want, without the huge price tag.  We still like to look at all the fancy houses along the shore, and wonder what they cost.  I also wonder what it costs to heat some of those houses during a New England winter!

Do you ever peek at big houses when driving around?  Do you wonder what they look like inside? (I do!!)  If we see a “for sale” sign on a house we’re curious about, we like to snoop around on the real estate web sites, so we can see pictures of the inside.  (Told you I’m nosy!)

BLOG NEWS!

Tomorrow, October 1st, is the first anniversary of our blog!  I really can’t believe that it’s been a year.

In honor our our 1st Blogiversary, we’ll be doing a giveaway that starts TOMORROW!  Be sure to come back and check it out!

A great big THANK YOU to all of our readers over the past year!  We really appreciate all of our readers.

Wordless Tuesday

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Hey, I can make up “Wordless Tuesday” if I want, right? 😉

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