Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mascarpone Cream Dessert

Who does not like a super simple, fast and delicate dessert that will make you and your guests wanting more?

I am sure many of you had the Italian dessert known as Tiramisu'.
Well, this dessert is mascarpone cream without the coffee taste and the carbs (from the ladyfingers).
Given that Tiramisu' is my favorite dessert ever,
and given that I literally run on coffee and carbs,
I have to say that this mascarpone cream is pretty good too.

When I was in high school,
I worked for a little bit in the kitchen of a restaurant called 
L'Antico Giardino,
just outside Ferrara's city limits,
in Italy.
Every time I go back to Italy to see my family, 
I make sure I stop by to hug the owner
Signora Maurizia.
Such a sweet lady.
...end of rabbit trail...

At this restaurant they have this dessert,
and it was there where I had it the first time.
So, let's make it

Friday, July 22, 2016

Evolution of the Garage

Slowly but surely.
The idea started with turning our garage into living space + laundry room.
(our washer and dryer were already down there).
It has been a year since we started this process...
yes, we are taking our sweet time.
Right now we have a mess, but the concrete walls have finally drywall on it.
We had already done electrical and connected heat and air to this room.

The next couple of weeks will be finishing the walls, with second mudding, priming and paiting...
and floors???
Then the fun part of actually putting the room together.

When I say the next couple of weeks...
it does not really mean exactly that. 
It will probably take me longer...
much longer.
Remember when I said we are taking our sweet time?
don't worry. This has since been covered with plastic until further notice :)
But this is the mess in that room right now, 
so I am going to do my best to get this room in presentable conditions ASAP.

Here is the slow process in fast motion.
First of all I applied 2 coats

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cleaning a Wooden Deck (naturally and easily)

Do you have a wooden deck that is covered with green gunk?
Algae, mold, will grow on decks that are in the shade.

Our deck has been in need of some cleaning...
but I am happy to report that our deck is looking like new again.

I spent just a little over $1 to clean the entire deck.

I am not a fan of chemical cleaners, 
not inside nor outside the home.

So my quest for cleaning the deck came down to