strip tease.

6 days, 144 hours, 8640 seconds.

Until what you ask? Well until I can officially call myself a home owner. It certainly does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

I am stoked! Well more than stoked, but I think you’ve all gotten the idea. Haha! I think I am more stoked about the possibilities, and the projects I see in store than the actually house itself. Don’t get me wrong, I am in love with the place. It’s got great charm and character, a nice and mature treed lot, but most importantly (to E & I anyways) is that it needs some TLC.

Yep, that’s right. It’s a fixer upper absolutely, and that’s part of the reason I fell in love with it. To many, the very idea of purchasing a fixer upper is a scary thought. To me, it screams LOADS OF FUN.

We’ve got a long, long, long list of things to do. And I can’t wait to tackle each and every one. Once the keys are in hand, look out because you’ll be seeing a lot of DIY posts. And you better like it. Hahah.

So, I’ve mentioned here and there that I’ve been dabbling in a couple reupholstery projects and I am happy to finally report that chair number one is now complete. It was a long road, a lot of trial and error, but overall I am very happy with the results.

There she is. She’s definitely an improvement over the previous version. And all for the cost of around $40.00. Yes, you read right. This chair only cost us $40 dollars. When E and I moved into the apartment we were put in touch with a someone looking to get rid of a chair and couch set. It was UGLY, as you’ll see in just a minute, but it was free and so we said SOLD! Err, I mean we’ll take it! Hahaha.

So, the chair was free. I scored this fabric (along with a matching brown colour) for $66. It was off the clearance rack, and Fabricland had an offer of buy two metres, get one free. Hells yah! This chair ended up using 6 metres of fabric.

Here she is pre makeover. I don’t know where the cushion got put, but you get the idea right. Pure, unadulterated ugliness.

So let the strip tease begin.

So, there you have it. Don’t mind the random things, such as the broom, in the photos. Reupholstering is a messy job, and when your apartment is < 500 square feet you’re going to have mess. I’ve got a few spots that I have too tweak, or aka: sew by hand, but other than that I am happy as happy can be.

Next stop: finish the 6 foot couch.

 

 

orange sesame pork!

Hola! Things are busy busy around here. The house closing is fast approaching and I’ve got a mile long list of to-dos. What else is new right? I’m happy to report that the DIY chair reupholster project is finally complete. It’s been a long few months, but I’m definitely happy with it! I’ll be writing a post on that shortly!

So, anyways, I was in the mood for a little something different for dinner. So, off I went to my trusty binder of favourite recipes and voila! I stumbled upon a sweet dish that I haven’t made in a while! Orange. Sesame. Pork! And, man did I forget how tasty it was!

Hello Chinese Takeout… only better!

Alike my eating habits, this recipe was tweaked slighty from the last time I made it. The old recipe called for a sh!t tonne of corn starch, no thanks, and egg replacers… Nah, I don’t think so. So without further redo, I would like to introduce you too the new paleofied Orange Sesame Pork!

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin (also tastes great with chicken)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 T soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • dash of seas salt & pepper
  • 2-3 T coconut flour (or cornstarch)
  • Vegetables of your choice (E had cauliflower & carrots)
  • 1 t. coconut oil or EVOO

Directions

  1. Chop pork tenderloin & vegetables into bite size pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Cook tenderloin over medium heat until no longer pink inside. Once cooked, transfer to a bowl.
  4. Place your vegetables in the frying pan, and add 1/4 cup of water. Place a lid on the pan and let them steam for 5-6 minutes, or until tender.
  5. While vegetables are cooking, mix together maple syrup, soy sauce and orange juice. Set aside.
  6. Once vegetables are cooked, remove them from the pan.
  7. Pour the orange juice mix into the heated pan and let it cook down for a minute or so.
  8. Next, add the pork back in. Add coconut flour by the tablespoon; the sauce will begin to thicken.
  9. As the sauce thickens, add in the vegetables.
  10. Coat everything in the sauce, and serve with a sprinkling of sesame seeds!

You know you want some!