s January 2011 - The Kim Six Fix
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The Money Pit is Out to Get Me!

Tonight, once again, I was reminded of why I HATE this house. The kitchen windows have no latches so they tend to fall open spontaneously which is not a good thing when it is 21 degrees outside.

As a little "quick and easy" project (never should have thought that, everyone knows that is the kiss of death) I was going to attempt to put latches on the sashes. I go to slide the window open to drill pilot holes for the latches when to my disdain, the plate glass just pops out and cracks. Yep, just falls right out. The glazing has long since deteriorated and the sheets of glass in the windows are pretty much just propped against the frames. (Ahh.. that must be really energy efficient!)


Since this is a second floor window, there is no way to repair it from the outside, so we have to remove them. LabDad and I spent the better part of two hours, using a putty and utility knife to dig out the screws coated in about 12 layers of (probably lead based) paint so we could unscrew the frames and remove the tracks and sashes.

In the meantime the only thing stopping the frigid winter air from rushing in is a rickety old storm window. Great. Eventually we pry the two windows out (of course the broken one was the exterior sash) and patch up the window to the best of our abilities:
That is a drop cloth (old bedsheet) nailed up to the window.

Tomorrow I am headed to the glass shop with these beauties:
Nice paint job hey? You can tell these haven't been taken out since they were first installed. I guess that explains the non-existent glazing.

Here is a close up, where you can see what bad shape they are in:
Jealous aren't ya? Who wouldn't want windows as nice as those?

These bad boys are going back in tomorrow (and oh how I dread that since I know what a bitch it was to get them out.) It isn't in the budget right now to get new double pane windows.

The vast majority of our income right now is going to a complete kitchen remodel. Yes, I am elbow deep in yet ANOTHER do it yourself job. Here is a little preview:

This is what was behind the wood paneling. Ah, now I know why they put up wood paneling!

Some really awesome wallpaper behind more of the wood paneling. It is pretty much the only thing holding up the plaster walls.

Other side of the kitchen.. more wood paneling removal and more (albeit different) wallpaper.

Glad to know that was behind my cabinets.. mere centimeters from my food. YUM YUM.

Hopefully I'll get some good "Kitchen Remodel:Before" posts up shortly. That is just the tip of the iceberg!

I also have the big reveal from my recently remodeled DIY bathroom. I previously showed you the BEFORE and the DURING, but I do have it completed (finally!) At least every time I go in there to pee I know that eventually things will look better, although I will NEVER love TheMoneyPit.

Celebrating the Snow Paula Deen Style

Last week, after getting hit by a big winter storm, ThePrincess and I decided to make snow cream.

I will confess I had never heard of this delectible delight until recently. Some fellow moms in a my local mother's group told me about it, and I had to try it for myself. There are many many versions but basically you mix snow with milk, sugar and flavor and you wind up with a cross between ice cream and shave ice.

For our specific trial, we settled on Paula Deen's food network recipe.

The snow we had here was wet and heavy and quite dense. If I were going to do it again, I would use less snow since I think the recipe means 8 cups of light fluffy snow. It was a little icy for my tastes, but it was still good.

Here is a quick and dirty how-to:

The snow
The other main ingredient (Low Fat: See it is practically diet food.)
Add the whole can plus 1 tsp. vanilla
Yes, it looks gross.. I thought the same thing, and it takes quite a while to get it completely incorporated.
All mixed up and ready to scoop.
The finished product. (Looks a lot like ice cream no?)

The recipe makes TONS (at least 9 cups) and it says to eat it immediately. After eating our fill, we still had a lot left over so I threw it in the freezer and although it was a bit more solid the next day, when you scraped it up with a spoon it tasted pretty much the same and regained most of the fluffy texture.
What to do with the snow you don't eat.
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