Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
1/2 c shortening
3 c sugar
3 1/4 c flour
1/2 t baking powder
1 tsp salt
Cream butter and shortening, gradually add sugar, beating well on med. speed.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
Combine dry ingredients. Combine milk and flavorings.
Add dry ingredients to butter mixture a quarter at a time, alternate with milk mixture, beating after each addition.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 10" tube or bundt pan, or 2 loaf pans.
Bake at 325* for 90 minutes (bundt) or 70 minutes (loaves).
Cool cake in pan for 10 min, then remove to wire rack. Spoon over and brush sides with glaze while still warm.
The Central Vacuum guys are at the house today. They are putting in the "plumbing" for a 50' hose on both floors which will retract back into the pipes when not in use. They will also put in a kick plate in the kitchen, which allows you to kick open a door with your toe, and sweep crumbs into it with a broom. There will also be a hookup in the garage for a 30' hose. They will install the unit and hoses right before we move in.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
...and the air conditioning unit.
Here is a sneak peek at our decking...it is a composite material. The railings, in a white vinyl, have arrived too. No more deck staining for this country girl!
The girls' window at the egress window well has been installed. It has been backfilled along the driveway side of the house.
The window well is still a popular place for the girls to play. It is filled with pea gravel, and will have a lattice or clear plasic cover. I'm thinking...terrarium with ferns and little froggies...?
Because the walls are poured concrete inside of 5 inches of styrofoam, they will not be framing inside the house, or putting up extra insulation...there is no need. The drywall can be fastened directly to the styrofoam, so the wiring is run through channels cut into it.
We dug our folding camp chairs out of the garage and set up in the great room. It was so quiet, with a nice breeze. I'm getting impatient to be there! I'm about to go crazy here in town with the traffic noise now that the windows are open every day. I CAN'T WAIT TO LIVE HERE!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Instead, I sat in the van in the rain with the girls for over 2 hours, waiting for the delivery truck. It never showed up. The girls were remarkably good, watching Toy Story, and only whined a few times for snacks, drinks, and to go potty. I actually spent most of the time reading a very good book (This Organic Life by Joan Dye Gussow).
Ends up that Sears made a HUGE mistake...our appliances that we were expecting to be delivered today (and received 2 calls yesterday confirming such delivery) were taken from the Outlet to the warehouse today, and our delivery was rescheduled for Friday without my knowledge. So, next week I get to sit at the bottom of our driveway again with the girls to wait for the delivery truck. I'll try the appliance blog again next week!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
So, we have finally reached that point in our building experience where I get a call every day or so from the builder with questions. It's nice to know that we've reached the point where we need to pick out faucets and what-not for the bathrooms. But now we've really reached the point where our "Over-Budget" bill is rising. We have decided to have a wood ceiling put in the great room and kitchen, and possibly a Solatube in the kitchen.
The builder is making lots of lists too. This one is downstairs.