Monthly Archives: December 2016

Spring Recipes That Great Ideas to Stay On your Home

While it may not seem like it some days, spring has arrived—at least from a grocery point of view. With the return of farmer’s markets and vibrant vegetables coming into season, it’s time to turn the page from winter to spring.

Say goodbye to the monochromatic winter scenes as well as those dull root veggies. The wide variety of spring produce will surely bring your kitchen back to life and make cooking much more fun.

Below are five recipes inspired by the most popular spring ingredients —asparagus, beets, artichokes and strawberries. Enjoy the most beautiful season with these delightful springtime dishes!

 

Asparagus: Simple is Best

As Martha Stewart said, the key to delicious asparagus is freshness. Fresh asparagus is sweet, succulent and crisp-tender that doesn’t require anything fancy to taste great. You can simply blanch them, top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil and some lemon zest to elevate the natural flavor of asparagus.

Too boring for a spring dinner party? If you’re looking to add a colorful presentation to your dinner table, I bet you’ll love this refreshing twist.

Repair A Broken Stair on Your Home

In any multi-level home, stairs are a necessity. While you may not give them much thought, if there’s an issue, it can cause problems for the overall flow of the home and even pose a danger to family members. If you notice an issue with a creaking stair or feel the board crack under your foot, it’s time to repair your stairs.

While repairing an entire set of stairs is a big job, if you have a basic knowledge of carpentry, you can replace a single stair tread on your own. If you choose to do this as a DIY project, you should set aside at least a day to complete. Follow these instructions to repair a broken stair tread.

Before you begin any DIY project, you’ll need plan your budget. While you’ll save money by doing this project yourself, you’ll need to invest in the materials and tools needed to repair your stair. This is a project recommended for experienced DIY-ers, so if you’re just starting out with a few home improvement projects, you may want to leave this to the pros. The average cost to repair stairs is $566, with most homeowners spending between $360 and $654.

 

Materials Needed

  • Tape Measure
  • Replacement Wood
  • Liquid Nails
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Cardboard
  • Pry Bar
  • Saw, if customizing size at home

With any DIY project, there are safety concerns to be aware of. Your stairs are a utility that’s needed daily. For this project, you’ll be removing a vital part of the stairwell. For this reason, you’ll need to alert anyone in the home that the stairs are being repaired. When you aren’t working on them, be sure to block them off and remove any sharp objects from the area.

In this instance, we’ll be talking about a single tread in a rectangular shape. For rounded or oblong shaped treads, you’ll need to take more measurements to get the cut you need. You’ll need to be sure that the new stair tread is secure once the project is finished. If you’re uncertain, contact a pro who can help.

 

Step 1: Measure & Inspect

Before you make any cuts or remove any parts of the stair, take the measurements of the tread, railings and riser. These will all be necessary for the cuts you will need to make into your new stair tread. You’ll also want to inspect the source of the damage. If the board is cracked, try to understand why. Was there a lack of support under the tread? Is the board rotting? These issues must be addressed by a pro before the tread is replaced.

 

Step 2: Remove Old Stair Tread

Be sure that any carpeting, rugs or decorative element is removed from your stair tread before you begin work. Take your pry bar and carefully remove the stair tread from the riser. Though you took measurements, do your best to keep the tread still intact. If you’re not refinishing the entire staircase, be careful not to damage the riser as well.

Once you’ve removed the stair tread, trace the outline on to cardboard. You will use this as a template to guide your cut for the new tread. If the stair tread comes out in pieces, use a piece of cardboard to cut a template of the space.

Craft Ideas on Valentine Days

February is always a great month to celebrate love, especially when Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday, making it a perfect night for a romantic dinner date. Unfortunately, you’re not the only one thinking of enjoying the special night at a fancy restaurant. If you hate the idea of being intimate with other couples right next to you this Valentine’s Day, consider skipping the line and have a DIY at-home dinner date.

Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, who has time to cook a Michelin Star meal? Well, believe me, it won’t take more than a few hours. While I’m certainly not a professional cook, I’m happy to share how I pulled it off last year.

Get inspired with a few secret tips, from simple recipes to table decorations. I’m sure you’ll make your at-home Valentine’s Day dinner extremely romantic and most importantly, cozy.

 

Simple but Flavorful Recipes

When it comes to planning last-minute Valentine’s meals, you should pick not only easy-to-cook recipes, but also those that allow you to cook all three dishes at the same time. For example, I’d avoid turning on all the burners, overcrowding your oven or moving pans and baking sheets often. As you can imagine, this will only result in chaos, ruining the mood.

Here’s my strategy: make a cold appetizer on the counter, cook the entrée in the oven and use the stove for a side dish. What about the sweet dessert? I opted for a pre-made torte from my local bakery so that I could spend more time on my main course and table setting.

 

Cold Appetizer: Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

Tomato and Mozzarella salad is the perfect light meal to start with. For one, the recipe is so simple you can make it with your eyes closed. The best part yet, the fresh ingredients and the mild acidic balsamic vinegar with a hint of sweetness will totally open your appetite. Additionally, I love how the radiant red ripe tomatoes match the holiday theme—all about red.