The Quiet Blog & Our Allergy Home Meal Plan

You may have noticed some quiet space around here lately and on The Willing Cook Facebook page.  Our family is in the middle of a major master bathroom renovation.  We gutted the bathroom when we moved into our home 4 years ago and it hasn’t been touched since {we’ve been busy with a new kitchen, flours, windows, doors, trim, and who knows what else!}.  As much of our life is purposefully budgeted, so are our home renovations.

We’ve been doing some of the work ourselves and have had a couple workers in and out of the house.  Along with the renovation comes the need for finding all of the supplies for the facelift.  I have been scouring craigslist, auctions, amazon, local stores, big box stores, and other online outlets to find the rock bottom prices on the supplies we need.  This takes a lot of time.  It does pay-off though, with some patience.  For example, I happened upon Lowes after they had just swapped out their bathroom displays (I call it providence, not happen-chance).  I was able to score a brand new bathtub for $50.  It isn’t the exact model that we wanted that ranges from $1,000-2,000, but I was willing to sacrifice the “ideal” for the “good enough”.  With a little detail work, no one will ever know that we only paid $50 for a nice soaking tub.

Now you see why I’ve been a little quiet around blogosphere lately.  {Not to mention the horrendous mess that comes with home renovation.}  I hope you’ll be a little forgiving of this time away.  Even though I’m having a slight break, please do not hesitate to continue to ask questions, make suggestions, or simply leave a comment.  While the computer has been off more lately than usual {I can’t really complain too much about that!}, I still check my email, facebook page, and comments.

It’s a long process, but completely worth it.  I can’t wait to share the end product with you.  Some out-takes…


double shower framed in with bench

concrete poured

ready for tile

Who says you need to change out of your work clothes to mud?

Are you a DIYer? What kinds of things have you done?


February 3-9, 2013

Sunday: OYO – We were gone for most of the day visiting family, so we just munched here and there.  It was fine with all of us.

Monday:  Salsa Chicken Taco Salad with Black Beans & Guacamole

Tuesday: Gumbo {1st of 2 new magazine recipes I’m trying this week.}

Wednesday: Kefta Meat Sauce {This is a new recipe to us too.}

Thursday: Roasted Asian Chicken Legs {2nd magazine recipe}, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Vegetables

Friday: Pan-Seared Salmon Filets, Sauteed Balsamic Spinach, Applesauce

Saturday: Refrigerator Round-up

Breakfast: GF Blueberry Bread

What is on your meal plan this week?

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