Monthly Archives: November 2009

Hallway & 1st Bedroom – Complete.

We can hardly believe we are getting to the point of having rooms and areas finished in the apartment.  We’re thinking we’ll be moving furniture in this week even!

Here is the picture of the hallway, coming into the apartment:

And here is one of the bedrooms, with the exterior pocket door to allow for more space:

Here is the same bedroom, with the painted wall.

We’re having some plumbing work done tomorrow, to install a water heater and the lines to the laundry, as well as updating the shower and faucet fixtures.  All that we’re waiting to put in is the kitchen cabinets, but those will come with time and funds!


Posted by on November 29, 2009 in Building, Julie


A Clean Floor

A couple of weeks ago Madie asked if she could come over when we were ready to mop the floor upstairs.  I am certainly not above turning away help, especially when said help has offered to clean up dirt (and accepts Red Vines as payment).  This afternoon I picked up Madie and we headed over to the building to make that upstairs floor shine.  We picked up tools and garbage and boxes and bubble wrap and threw out that which needed to be thrown out and kept that which needed to be kept.  Then we each grabbed a broom and swept the floor upstairs, and down the stairs into the hallway.  Filthy.  Dusty.  Ah-choo!  Then came the good part – the wet mop.  Or at least, a Swiffer with a wet cleaning pad on it.  Scratch that.  Not just one wet cleaning pad – make that Six wet cleaning pads.

In the picture you can very easily see the line of where Madie has already cleaned, and what hasn’t been done yet.

While us gals worked on the floors, Justin hung the bi-fold door to the closet.  Three doorways done, two to go.

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Posted by on November 22, 2009 in Building, Julie


November 21st – Apartment Update

Phew!  It has been a busy week.  Between working forty hours a week, showing the house a couple of times, and baking for a birthday party, I have had little time to take pictures of the apartment, much less blog about it!  So here is the great room as of this afternoon.

We are getting CLOSE!  Justin has been working on trim and hanging doors this past week.  The electrical work is finished (Hooray! No more work-lights!), and carpeting is down in the bedrooms.  Today was spent painting more baseboard and trim, windowsills, etc.  Putzy, time-consuming projects that still make a big impact.

We’re hoping to start moving things in as the week progresses.  We’ll see how far along we get!

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Posted by on November 21, 2009 in Building, Julie


“Tres Leches” Cake

I kept meaning to take photos of this cake.  The process of making it… the end result, etc… except I kept forgetting.  Until I was on the last bite of my piece tonight after dinner.  So really, I think we got lucky.  Though really, to be honest, Tres Leches (Three Milks, in Spanish) Cake doesn’t photograph all that well.  It is an uber-moist vanilla cake with a whipped cream frosting.  Kinda sloppy.  But sloppy in a “must eat immediately” kind of way.

I got this recipe a number of years ago from our then-Missions Coordinator at church, who got it from her language teacher in Honduras.  So I guess you could say it is authentic… at least to that Honduran family!

Tres Leches Cake

4 eggs, separated
1 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/3 Cup Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 – 12 oz. can Evaporated Milk
1 – 14 oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 – 8 oz container of Cool Whip (or about 3 cups of sweetened, whipped cream)

Whip egg whites till fluffy.  Add sugar in a steady stream, continuing to whip.  Add egg yolks, one at a time.  Add flour and baking powder, alternating with 1/3 Cup of milk.  Mix in vanilla.  Pour into a greased 9X13 glass baking dish.  Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Let cool completely.

Poke holes all over with a fork.  Slowly pour the can of evaporated milk, the can of sweetened condensed milk, and the cup of heavy whipping cream all over the top of the cake, allowing the liquid to soak into the cake.  Cover and refrigerate at least one hour, allowing milks to soak in completely.  Uncover, then spread Cool Whip (or whipped cream) over the top of the cake.  Refrigerate again until ready to serve.

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Posted by on November 17, 2009 in Baking, Julie


That Time of Year

Even with the warmer temperatures this past week, the chill of winter is definitely in the air, and frost can be found almost every morning.  And while the Willett Ice Arena is open (nearly?) year round, it doesn’t quite feel right writing about ice skating in July.  Justin and I happily agreed to pick up Madie from her skating lesson last night before heading to the King’s for dinner.  Several different classes were being held at the same time for kids of various ages and abilities.  Madie and her class were working at making turns and curves by crossing one foot in front of the other, as well as playing “Red Light-Green Light” to practice stopping quickly.

Madie was at the far end of the ice, so it was hard to get a good picture. Can't wait to get a good zoom lens!

I also had fun watching the younger kids learning to simply stay upright.

Can you guess which of these two boys stays on their feet?



They’re both looking pretty shaky…



already getting back up again...

Did you guess correctly?

Every child on the ice was so determined and seemed to be having a great time, even the ones with wet rumps. 🙂

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Posted by on November 11, 2009 in Friends, Julie


What a difference! Nov. 8th Building Update

A picture of the great room upstairs, less than a week ago, all taped and mudded:

large room taped and mudded

A picture of the great room in the apartment today:

large room

A picture of one of the bedrooms upstairs about two weeks ago:

bedroom wall drywall

A picture of the bedroom today:

bedroom wall

I really wasn’t sure if painting was going to make a very big difference, but boy, was I wrong!  I can’t even imagine what it will look like once the flooring is installed!  So exciting!

jonathan painting

A huge thank you to Jonathan and Jane and Abi, Jim and Madie, John, Paul, and Nancy!  You all made the day a great success, and we got so much more accomplished than we could have imagined!

girls on the roof

Justin showing off the view from the roof!

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Posted by on November 8, 2009 in Building, Julie


Filler Post

Okay, I promise I’ll give you an Actual Post with Pictures tomorrow, documenting The Painting of our apartment.  It is exciting, and I know you are on the edge of your seat, but we finished late after it was dark, and the pictures would have been bad.

So in the meantime, here are some recommendations that I’d like to share.

Watch these movies (available on Netflix):

shakespeare retold

There are actually four separate movies in this 2-disc set, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Each is a retelling of the Shakespeare story, but set in modern day, with modern language.  And they are all superb.  I was feeling very girly this week, and watched The Taming of the Shrew (my personal favorite of the four) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Shakespeare definitely had the Romantic Comedy genre down pat.

Make these cookies:

chocolate sandwich cookies

At least, that is what I plan to do with my time on Sunday afternoon!  I’m thinking I’m going to try filling them with peanut butter cream cheese frosting, and seeing if that doesn’t blow my mind.

Read this blog (especially since I’ve been lax at updating mine!):

the sneeze

A friend just clued me into this one, and I haven’t laughed so hard in quite awhile.  Definitely research The Face, and Tree Brain.  And don’t wet your pants.

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Posted by on November 7, 2009 in Julie, Miscellaneous