29 Aug

A Carpenter + A Designer = A DIY TV Show?


…or in our case, just a pretty sweet blooper reel.

It’s true what they say about getting a little too comfortable around the cameras and even forgetting they are rolling on those reality shows. The first day Sonne panned my way I was all “no, I look like crap!” covering up my face with my hands and ducking my head under the nearest table/pillow/dog. But by the middle of the first week, not only was I immune to the glowing green light, I was appalled when she missed some of my best off-the-cuff one-liners. In fact, I may have made her back it up for a retake or five. Some things – like my coming out of the closet – were so completely camera-worthy it would have been a shame not to pause for a redo.

I mean, of all things for her to miss.

Of course, she was a little tied up turning my designer pipe dreams into reality. Remember this triple dose of awesome? Read More

22 Aug

I’ve been on a 7 day diet and lost an entire week

Hot Pink Butterflies

I’ve been out in the garage trying to put a dent in all the crap I’ve acquired awesome pieces standing in line for make-overs. When I paint, I come up with all sorts of great ideas for posts and directions to take my business and blog but damned if I have the energy or time to put any of that into action after I’ve cleaned out my last paint brush.

Anyhow, here is Sonne’s recap (Episode 1 of 4 I’m told) of our first few days together. I hope you enjoy (and don’t laugh too much at my unshowered, unkemp, drunk ass). I’m nothing if not real people. Read More

07 Aug

An Update on the DeeTour & My Liver

Insinkerator Sonne

Just a quick note to update ya’ll on the Sonne Dee-tour in full effect. Not sure who the heck Sonne is? That’s ok – feel free to turn back a few pages and catch up, we’ll wait…

Alrighty then, so Sonne’s been hanging out with the boys and me for over a week now. She got in last Monday night and slept late Tuesday morning. After the initial “it’s so great to finally meet you”s it took all of 3 whole minutes for her to get situated and the pups to decide she was their new best friend. She seemed to get on just fine with the kid too. Read More

25 Jul

Wilted Lettuce Salad

Wilted Salad Recipe

When I’m not hanging out updating my deeConstructed Facebook page, I’m cracking up at all the funny puppy photos that fill my personal news feed. One of my favorite ‘people’ to follow is this little Frenchie named Bubba Louie. Bubba has a ton of puppy pals and they chat all the time. The other day, Bubba started a photo chain so he could have all his friend’s faces in one spot. Oooh the ooey gooeyness of Frenchie & Boston mugs that filled that thread melted my heart!

One pup, Rocco, stood out to me and his mama sent me a friend request. Turns out, Katie and I have a lot in common. When I saw a pic of the dinner she was preparing, I mentioned the fare share posts and she sent me her favorite recipe saying “my parents have made it for a long time, and now I make it for my husband”.

Wilted Salad Recipe

– 4 bacon strips, cut up
– 1/4 cup white vinegar
– 2 tablespoons water
– 4-6 green onions with tops, sliced
– 2 teaspoons sugar
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon pepper
– 2 heads red and green leaf lettuce
– 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
– 1 hard-boiled egg, chopped

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, move to paper towels to drain. To the hot bacon grease, add the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Place lettuce, tomatoes, bacon pieces, and onion in a large salad bowl; immediately pour dressing over and toss lightly. Top with egg.

Katie says she sometimes microwaves the whole thing right before serving. Don’t you love making new friends who know how to cook? I do! Especially when we can share pictures and stories of our pups…doesn’t this make your heart smile?

Katie & Rocco

Gah, I just can’t get enough of those shmooshed faces. Speaking of, my guy is hanging out in the spare room now that the bed is finally cleared off (and accessible). I’m heading back in there to finish up some cool corner book shelves I designed and put the finishing touches on the room since Sonne will be here on Sunday, er Son-day?


If you haven’t already, ‘like’ my page on Facebook so you can follow along with the play-by-play updates because I have no idea when the crazy-ness will make its way to the blog.

And as always, here’s a printable recipe card for today’s Fare Share. wilted lettuce salad recipe printable

See ya back here soon!

17 Jul

Easy Strawberry Angel Food Cake

strawberry angel food cake

It seems most of the nation is suffering from scorching temperatures this week so today’s recipe share is a perfect cool-down treat.

My friend Kelli from Pretty Painted Things sent in the following treat for ya’ll to try.

strawberry angel food cake Ingredients:

– 1 quart strawberries, cleaned, sliced (if berries are out of season or not very sweet sweeten with 1/4 cup sugar)
– 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 tsp. vanilla
– 1 angel food cake, torn into bite size pieces
– 3 cup sweetened whipped cream (softened Cool Whip will work fine)


In a mixing bowl, whip softened cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla and mix until completely incorporated. Fold in whipped cream (or Cool Whip). In bottom of serving bowl, begin layering, beginning with cake pieces, then whipped cream mixture, then strawberries. Continue until bowl is full, ending with the whipped cream layer. Chill before serving.

Kelli says this recipe is great if you’re watching your waistline since angel food cakes are naturally fat free. Many grocery story bakeries are now offering sugar-free cakes too. If you use reduced fat cream cheese and fat free Cool Whip then substitute Splenda or other non-sugar sweetener for the sugar, you can easily adapt the recipe to your specific dietary restriction.

strawberry angel food cake printable And if strawberries aren’t your thing? Switch them out for your berry of choice or use a mixture of berries for another delicious option. If you think about it, this is like 5 desserts in one! Thanks for sharing with us Kelli.

We’ll see ya’ll again next week for another fare share. Stay cool!

If you have a recipe you’d like to share send me a message on Facebook or shoot me an email.

11 Jul

Chicken & Mushroom Pasta

chicken & mushroom pasta

Since I spend most of my free time in the garage and not in the kitchen, I’m teaming up with some friends to feature their recipes. The ulterior motive here (besides diversifying the blog a bit) is that maybe I’ll start using my spatulas and wisks for more than just mixing paint too! Oh Dave can only dream…

First up, Eleni shares a yummy and easy chicken and pasta dish. For the best flavor, she recommends marinating the chicken overnight and then tossing it on the grill. Read on for the full recipe and cooking instructions (a printable is available at the end for safe keeping!)

chicken & mushroom pasta

– 2 large boneless/skinless chicken breasts
– 1 box penne pasta
– 1 small container of feta cheese
– 1 pkg mushrooms (I used baby bella)
– 1/2 stick butter
– 1/2 cup olive oil

– 1 cup basalmic vinegar
– 1 T oil
– 1 T dried basil
– 1 T minced garlic

Mix all marinade ingredients and marinate overnight. While grilling chicken, boil pasta in slated water until al dente. Then drain. Next, saute mushrooms in small amount of olive oil until tender. Once chicken is done, cut into small slices.

Melt together butter and olive oil. Pour over pasta. Stir in mushrooms. Add chicken and container of feta. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Enjoy! ~ Eleni

chicken mushroom pasta printable

Aside from the feta (I’ve never been a fan) this sounds like something even I could plate up for the family. Feel free to print out this handy recipe card and check back next week for another hump-day fare share. You can also click to sign up for updates – via Email.






20 Jun

The More Things Change…

Sometimes, smack dab in the middle of adulthood a sweet memory catapults me back to another place and time. The tail end of a favorite song or the faint smell of a familiar cologne triggers thoughts and feelings I’d long since forgotten.

It seems like a lifetime ago that my older sister and I shared a cozy 11′ x 11′ bedroom not quite big enough for our collections of books, records, cassette tapes, musical instruments and journals. Keeping that compact space neat and tidy was near impossible. How either of us survived living in such close proximity is mind-blowing. Read More