Cooking and cleaning

June 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm

The boys are at Pioneer Camp this week.

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While they are busy making bricks, digging holes, forging iron, and mostly just getting dirty, I am trying to get the house back in order after termite-ageddon.

Yesterday the screens on our pool cage were repaired.

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See Maggie…that is a pool cage. Or a bird cage around the pool. Or a screened-in pool. Or whatever you want to call it. Apparently not common in California? Very common in Florida. When they tented the house for termites they had to cut all the screens abutting the house. It was so sad. All of the accumulated debris on those screens just fell through onto the pool deck and into the pool.

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It doesn’t look as bad in the pictures as it did in real life. There were branches and leaves and dirt everywhere. It was depressing.

But now…

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no more debris!

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I spent most of the morning sweeping the whole deck. Deck sweeping attire (which I would never wear in public, but apparently I would share with the interwebs…plus, this reflection is nice and blurry, mostly obscuring my squishy parts):

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Next up will be pressure washing the deck with Chad’s new pressure washer. I think it was a pretty nice gift considering labor was included.

Of course as soon as they put up the new screens some more branches fell on them.

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It was quite an ordeal just to find a company to repair the screens. What is it with contractors of all sorts? They don’t return calls. They don’t want to give estimates. I called six companies and was only able to get a written estimate from one of them! Luckily, the guys were great and did a good job, but I have no idea if their bid was competitive because I couldn’t even get a second bid. We went with Reliable Screens and they were nice to work with. They came when they said they were going to and knew what they were doing. It’s crazy how they walk around on those narrow bars on the cage ceiling.

They told me they are a “one call does it all” kind of business, and I am also going to use them to clean out and repair our gutters and clean off the roof. Maybe I can get them to remove all the branches from the top of the pool cage while they are at it.

In addition to cleaning the pool deck today, I also did a bunch of cooking.

I have Chinese five spice pork ribs in the crock pot (recipe from Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed 2).

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I also made cole slaw to have a side dish with dinner (recipe from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain). It is made with my awesome homemade mayo (recipe from Well Fed).

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We’re also going to have cheddar garlic biscuits that I made on Sunday. Everything is #NSNG (no sugar, no grains) of course. I’m almost 10 months NSNG now, and loving it. This is the way to live…for me and my family anyway.

I also have bone broth on the stove, but it’s a 2-day process.

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I am using Wellness Mama’s method for making bone broth. The organic grass-fed beef bones are from Rosas Farms. They are in Ocala, but deliver to St. Pete and other areas twice a month. I pick up my meat in the Home Depot parking lot out of the trunk of some guy’s car…this is normal, right?

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I’m also making a new batch of mayo since I used up all that we had for the cole slaw and we must always have homemade mayo.

Whew. I also did two loads of laundry. I feel like I got a lot accomplished today. The boys will be home soon.

In other random news, I was excited to see the progress on our Trader Joe’s…just a mile or so from my house:

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Since the new Trader Joe’s opened in Tampa in March I haven’t even been over there! I’m not quite as enamored with TJ’s as I used to be, but I’m still psyched to be getting one here in St. Pete. I like options, and I will never run out of coconut cream!