Sunday, January 29, 2012

Stupid Fights

Are we the only ones that find stupid things to argue about?

We don't fight over money, there is no need to. I mean we own our home and his truck (still making payments on mine.)

We don't fight over not spending enough time with each other, I see him 6 days out of the week and since we work together I see him quite a bit. Wondering about the seventh day aren't you, I have class and work all day one day of the week and when I make it home it an hour after he has left for work.

We don't fight over children; we don't have any yet.

We don't fight over what to watch on TV; we don't have cable therefore we don't really have much to watch. I mean I'd rather not watch college basketball but I just let him watch it and find something else to do.

We don't fight about cleaning the house because I like to do laundry and enjoy cleaning the house; I just have to find away to get him out of the house long enough for me to clean it.

We don't fight over sex well because we are both in our twenties and there is no need to fight over that subject just yet.

We don't fight over him leaving the toilet seat up. He doesn't leave it up, he's trained.

No we manage to fight over what one could consider the world's stupidest things to fight over.

For example, this morning we went to Tim Horton's for breakfast. He thought he order two breakfast sandwiches when I heard him only order one. We argued over this for like five minutes about the number of breakfast sandwiches he ordered. I know life altering subject to be arguing about.

Another example, where things are in the kitchen. Come on you live here you should know where the mixing bowls are, where serving utensils are, etc. I hate it when he asks me where something goes or where it is several times over. My usual response is "how do you not know where it goes? In that cupboard, I am going to draw you a map of the kitchen cabinets if you ask again."

Even when we are driving somewhere we tend to bicker over what is on the radio. I tend to skip over "his favorite song" which by the is every song I skip over. Not really a true fight; usually goes like this "I liked that one." "I know but I like this one more."

Add in remodeling a house and there are even more stupid fights. Removing the cabinet wrong, easier if you remove that trim this way, just screw the damn drywall into the ceiling my arms are breaking (personal favorite). I was holding the piece of drywall up and he was taking his sweet time describing on how he was going to put this said piece of drywall in. I was like I don't care just screw it in my arms are hurting from holding this nice light piece of drywall above my head.

There are so many stupid things we argue about; I think that we are crazy.

I do love him, very very much.

Now stop laughing at us.

Over and out,
A Engineer in the Kitchen

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mini Cinnamon Rolls

I love cinnamon rolls for breakfast on the weekends but I don't like having to make them so I usually cheat by buying Pillsbury's Sweet Rolls. Then I went recipe hunting on Google and combined a couple that I liked of the one sounded really easy and I am madly in love with how easy and fast these were.

Butter, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

First open up the can of crescent rolls, take half of the dough and press all of the seams together. Repeat for the other half of the dough.

Then roll of the seams together. Spread melted butter over the dough. I had to melt the butter on the oven because the microwave is still no hooked up.

Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar over the dough and add as much cinnamon that makes your heart happy.

Roll and then cut into even pieces. Grease a mini cupcake pan and place them into the pan. Cook the cinnamon rolls according to the package (375° for 10 to 12 minutes for the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls).

While the rolls are cooking you can make the yummy icing to go on top of them.

Milk (I used low fat but you could probably use whatever you wanted), maple syrup and powder sugar.

Mix the milk and the syrup together.

Add powder sugar until you reach the desirable consistency for your icing. I really don't know the amount of powder sugar that I used fiveish(yes that is a word) spoonfuls.

Pull the yumminess of cinnamon rolls out of the oven.

Drizzle the icing over them and make a big mess for your other half to clean up. Rule in this house is the one cooks doesn't do the dishes. And since he his cooking skills are about maxed out at boiling water and putting something on the grill, I don't do the dishes all that often. 

Put then on a nice plate; grab two forks.

Then give to the hungry man and enjoy. Sadly to say the two of us ate them all.

  • 1 tube of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple syrup
  • Powder sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  1. Open the crescent rolls, press the seams together and roll out.
  2. Evenly spread butter on the dough.
  3. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon over the dough.
  4. Roll and cut into even pieces.
  5. Place in mini cupcake pan and cook according to the packaging.
  6. Mix syrup and milk together. Then add powder sugar until your icing is at a desirable consistency.
  7. Drizzle the icing over the cinnamon rolls and serve while still warm.

Seriously cinnamon rolls in 15 minutes I am madly in love. Only a few minutes longer then the premade Pillsbury Sweet Rolls.

Over and out,
A Engineer in the Kitchen

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Michigan's Birthday

On this day in history the great state of Michigan officially joined the union as the 26th state of the United States of America.

On January 26, 1837 the United States Congress accepted Michigan into the union after a war between Michigan and Ohio was settled. And when I mean war, I mean the Toledo war and well that was even an official war.

It took over a year after Michigan had met the "requirements" to become a state to actually become a state.  On December 9, 1835 President Jackson addressed US Congress in a letter stating that Michigan had met the requirements for statehood. Over a year later on December 29, 1836 the senate passed a bill granting Michigan it's statehood. However, Michigan had to do one thing before it could become a state. Michigan and Ohio had to deal with the boundary dispute.

Since Ohio was already a state and had seats in Congress, while Michigan was not yet a state and no had seats in Congress, Ohio was awarded the "Toledo Strip". Michigan was awarded more of the Upper Peninsula, we already had the eastern most part and we received the rest. Michigan lost about 470 square miles from the Toledo Strip but gained approximately 5000 square miles. At the time the UP was considered worthless until the discovery of iron ore and copper. Making the UP quite valuable.

Over and out,
A Engineer in the Kitchen

(I used previous knowledge and (which I found is a really cool website))

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 34: Discovery in Master Bedroom

While were tearing everything out of the master bedroom and cleaning up the major mess that we had, I had the great idea of why not just take up the carpet while we are tearing stuff out.

Guess what I found under the carpeting...

If you are guessing more carpeting you'd be wrong.

If you are guessing just carpet padding you'd also be wrong.

If you are guessing beautiful hardwoods, I'd be dreaming and you'd be wrong.

No this is what we found under the carpet...

I found tiles, was completely amazed when I saw them. By the way I said "Look at what I found." Big-D thought I found hardwoods.

Still wondering why someone ever put tiles in a master bedroom.

Anyways since there is no more left for me to rip out of this room and I have a massive pile of garbage bags in my hallway cause my garage is full of scrap wood, appliances and drywall. The windows will be replaced but Lowe's is doing that. And replacing the outlets but that is easy to do.

Well off to pretend like I might actually be working,

Over and out,
A Engineer in the Kitchen

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights were out last night.

Luckily, Michigan is just far enough north that we can see the Northern Lights if the activity level is high enough.

I was at work but I brought my camera to sneak out and take some pictures and since I walk outside between two plants constantly throughout the night I knew I wasn't going to miss them.

However, as I was standing in the middle of the parking lot (pretty sure security thinks that I maybe crazy) I got a few pictures. Was hoping some of the would have came out better but being that it was cold and the "night version" on the camera probably isn't the best, they didn't come out that great.

This one is the general picture taking version.

The big yellow thing in the middle isn't anything special just a light in the parking lot. Definitely me favorite.

Kind of blurry, but still looks like cool.

I've never seen the Northern Lights before so it was really cool to see them. I guess 2012 and 2013 is suppose to be a very active year for solar flares which cause the northern lights to illuminate. Hopefully I will get to see them again and maybe get some better pictures.

Over and out,
A Engineer in the Kitchen

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 32: Demolition in Master Bedroom

I sit here stress free. I love how knocking down drywall with a hammer relieves the frustration and stress from the day.

The master bedroom had this tissue paper faux finish on the wall and I HATED it plus it was painted red and I HATED that more. Instead of trying to chemically remove it and waste all that time and money, we decided it would probably be more effiecient to just replace the drywall.

I am kind of happy that we decided to take down the drywall since we found a carpenter ants nest in the wall by the window, that we most likely wouldn't have known was there if we didn't. Was really nice that we found the way that they were getting in really really quickly.

There was some drywall left up when I took these pictures because I had to go to work, but Big-D said that he was going to dry to take down the rest before I got home.


Hopefully tomorrow we can put up some new insulation by tomorrow and start putting up some drywall as well. I want to replace the outlets as well.

Then we have a major mess to clean up and one room in the house will be ready to paint some time before I go crazy.

I will have post very soon with the paint colors and room theme.  It will be a big surprise to all of you.

Over and out,
A Engineer in the Kitchen

Friday, January 20, 2012

Lyndsey's Amazing Meatloaf

Okay I might be bias but it is surely the best meatloaf that I have ever had.

You need two pounds of ground beef, I like to use the extra lean ground sirloin because for one the meatloaf doesn't get as greasy from the fat and because it is better for you. A box of Stove Top Stuffing, two cans of Campbell's Beef Gravy, two eggs and a cup of water.

First mix in the box of stuffing.

Next add in the two eggs.

Lastly mix in one can of the beef gravy. I pour some of the water into the can and swirl it around to make sure I get most of the gravy out of the can. Then add the rest of the water, this helps from the meatloaf from getting dried out, so make sure you use water!

Place foil over two cookie sheets for easy clean up.

I make four mini meatloaves and then use the second can of beef gravy to pour on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45minutes to a hour. Baking time depends on your oven.

And enjoy!
Over and out,
A Engineer in the Kitchen

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Day 27: STOVE!

That right there is the clock on my stove!!! Yes I have a stove and I am so very happy that I can cook once again at my own house, in my own kitchen.

On the menu for tomorrow night meatloaf and chocolate cupcakes (okay maybe no the cupcakes but I promised the guys at work that I would make them cupcakes for Thursday morning).

The best thing is the electrician canceled on us and me being the impatient person that I can be sometimes decided that between our two engineer minds and a contractor's son, we could figure out how to wire up a stove.

First I went to Lowes, my new favorite store, and got the proper plug. Unfortunetly when I got there I had forgotten which type of plug I needed; so I decided to get both the three wire plug and the four wire plug to prevent from having to run back to Lowes. For our stove we needed the four wire plug.

Mikey trying to get the wires into the proper terminals.

Close up on his work.

Big-D drilled the wire box and plug receptor to the cabinet and then drilled a hole through the cabinet so the plug would fit through. All of which is now hidden behind a cabinet.

So happy that I have a working stove, no more fast food for a very long time (or Friday, I always get Taco Bell on my way home from work at midnight.)

The cabinets in their new homes, all I need is some counter top and we will be good to go.

Next up on the kitchen work is...dishwasher installation.

Over and out,
A Engineer that can cook in her Kitchen

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 26: Fixing the Closet Wall

You may ask "Lyndsey why did you need to fix the closet wall?"

I need to fix it because I broke it.

You may ask "Lyndsey how do you break a wall?"

I would answer "because I went to go remove the shelves that the previous owner had used 4 inch nails to put the shelves in so we could put nice closet organizers in. While removing these nails I went right through the wall. Comes to find out the only thing that separated the two closets was ONE piece of drywall."

Anyways we put together a nice little frame in the closet and now all it needs is some new drywall and it will be good to go.

Before, you can see right into the guest room closet.

Look at the pretty wall frame that we made.

Off to the next project!
Over and out,
A Engineer in the Kitchen

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Giants Beat the Packers!


Very short post tonight as I am very tired from being at work until midnight. Also very hungry since Spaghettio's really don't fill me up anymore and for some odd reason I only pack them for lunch, so now I'm cranky do to lack of food.

But I am very happy to find out that my second favorite team (New York Giants) beat the Green Bay Packers. Sorry Aunt Laura but when it comes to the Mannings I must root for them.

Yes I am a Giants fan mainly because Eli Manning is my beloved Peyton Manning's brother. And I miss Peyton very very much, just ask Big-D how much I miss my Peyton.

Go Giants,
A Engineer Missing Her Quarterback

Friday, January 13, 2012

Few Things About Michigan

I love the state that I am from. I love it so much that I really have no plans to ever move away, even though come March when it is still snowing I would give anything to move far far away from Michigan.

Here is the reason that I wish to move far far far from this place...

On Wednesday it was a lovely 53° degrees by Thursday afternoon it was snowing and Friday morning when I woke up, I woke up to 3 to 4 inches of snow.

My backyard covered in snow, it looks so pretty maybe I will get someone to build a snowman out there and make a couple snow angels. (If you didn't know what I meant by someone, I meant me.)

Tree fort would make a perfect place to throw a snowball at someone...don't tell Big-D where I will be hiding. :) 

She looks so cold out there all covered in snow.

I love the farm with a blanket of snow. Just so you know this is the farm that I grew up on (aka my parents farm).

The white fence seems to blend in.

Oh the joy of living in Michigan, maybe I will post again about Michigan and the interesting things about the great state.

Going to go freeze,
A Engineer in the Kitchen

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Things You Learn In College

This picture came from my Engineering Mechanics Dynamics book. The very last line of the problem states "Moral: If you must drink, please don't drive!".

Yeah, that's right my college book totally told us not to drink and drive, then after solving the problem my teacher says " I hope you apply what you just learned in real life."

In case you care the sober person's stopping distance was 517 feet and the person with 0.1 alcohol level person's stopping distance was 616 feet. If you would like to see the math, contact me.

Okay back to the rest of my hills of homework.

Over and out,
A Engineer in  the Kitchen

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Two Years Ago Today

Two years ago today, January 10th 2010, I got into my first car accident. This car accident wasn't like any other car accident; it involved just me and some black ice. Unfortunately my truck lost but I come out with only a little cut on my thumb.

I first went into a ditch then rolled three times into a farmer's field.

Here are some of the aftermath pictures:

See that White Jeep off to the left, it went through the owner's house. Guess it wasn't a good day for Jeep Grand Cherokees.

That cardboard box was in the back seat.

Things that were once attached to my vehicle.

All of the windows in the my truck were busted out except the windshield and ironically the sunroof.

This car accident has left me terrified of driving in the snow. I think I might be getting over that fear but I don't know if I will truly ever get over it. However, I do think I've become a more careful driver, well if there is a potential for there to be snow and ice on the road.

Careful driving,
A Engineer in the Kitchen
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