Yes, it's the holiday season, and it so appears that I tend to get an overactive nesting instinct every time this season rolls around. I hadn't noticed it before, but every November our home gets a little homier. We've lived in this house for 4 Novembers now. The first 2 years were painting jobs, then we had an outdoor kitchen built on, and now, this year's project...hardwood floors.
Updating the floors are something we have hoped to do the entire 4 years we've lived here. We have beautiful hand scraped hardwood floors in the front part of the house, but we wanted to continue them throughout the first floor. If any of you have ever gone through a conversion from carpet to true hardwood flooring, you know it is a looooonnng, tedious process.
To make, what I could definitely make a long story, much shorter, it was just about a 2 week process. During which time, we had little access to the majority of living space we use the most. Add to that a smelly staining and coating process, which prompted a short hotel stay, and there you have it. I can finally say that we have made it through to the other side, and we've survived. We've taken the past few days to put back most of our belongings, tidy the place up, and we are prepped and ready for Thanksgiving.
|The new wood has been laid. Waiting to be scraped and stained.|
Besides showing you some before and after flooring pictures, I'm also going to share a little Thanksgiving recipe with you. My sweet sister-in-law flew in to watch our sweet princesses so that we could attend the Lone Star Emmys for broadcasting excellence in the state of Texas. (By the way, I must proudly state that my amazing hubby is the best meteorologist in the giant state of Texas-2 years running. Yup, I'm a super proud wife.) Back to the story, during my sis-in-law's visit, we crafted a yummy little something that you may wish to share with your family and friends this Thanksgiving. We made Pumpkin Monkey Bread.
That's right folks, a recipe exists combining the beauty of pumpkin flavored food, and the overall sugary goodness of monkey bread. Because this is a "from scratch" recipe and you are making bread, allow yourself loads of time for rising and such. There are 2 one hour bread risings that need to occur, so just a little FYI, so that you can plan your time accordingly.
Ready for the photo montage?
|The dough mixing in my Kitchen-Aid.|
|The dough in the bowl getting ready for its one hour rise.|
|The sugary monkey bread balls after rising yet another hour.|
|After some baking and a maple icing topper, voila, some festive Pumpkin Monkey Bread.|
Link to Sugar Crafter's Pumpkin Monkey Bread Recipe