Property Sisters: Finally Some Home Cooking

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This morning we woke up in our house. OUR HOUSE! With our own kitchen!

But wait. Back up a minute. Yesterday we moved into our new home with the help of two strong friends (thanks guys, a double dipper meal is heading your way soon). We also had some professional help from Two Men and a Truck. These guys are efficient and awesome! No nicked walls. No scratched floors. No lost furniture. Win win win.

Now, back to Day 1 in our home.

We were pumped to eat breakfast in our bfast nook fit for two. We sipped coffee and enjoyed a mixture of oats, pumpkin, Greek yogurt, berries and peanut butter…delish. But the best part was soaking up the morning sun and enjoying the view of the birch tree in our backyard (cannot wait for summer fun out there!)

We put finishing touches on our bedrooms…

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E’s room. The hummingbird room.

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K’s room. The nature room. The bird duvet is a steal we found at Pottery Barn. Love it!

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The living room. Soft contemporary with orange and blue as theme colors. Notice the rug. We bought it online from the Rug Studio. Ok, this was a risky move by us because we weren’t entirely sure if the colors would be right by merely seeing them on an i-Pad screen. But woah. It’s perfect.

 

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Tulips from our Aunt Heidi and Uncle Jeff who have a great eye for design. Thanks for your help today guys!

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The buffet in the den off the kitchen. What’s wrong with this picture? The margarita glasses are empty! But getting back to the point, this buffet will be fun to decorate and change with the seasons.

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The desk and view from the den. It will be a calming view to look at the birch tree as we sit at the desk paying bills. Hello adulthood. We’re also planning on enlisting the help of our artsy Aunt and painting the desk blue. Theme colors baby.

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The kitchen! Enough said.

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New vented microwave and spice shelf. Can’t wait to fill it up with more spices!

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The newly installed light fixture above the sink. Thanks Mom and Dad for all your electrical wiring help. We would’ve burned the place down without you or electrocuted ourselves…or both. There are two of us.

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The dining room with the blue wall. Actually, it’s not blue, it’s called “New York State of Mind.” Sassy. The table was made by our Grandpa and is where we grew up eating dinner in our parents’ home. It comes with great memories and more to come…

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Like our first meal in our new home. Spicy tuna, roasted asparagus with balsamic mushrooms, and twiced-baked sweet potato with paprika. Welcome home.

From the property sisters, happy double dipping.

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Recipe

Spicy Tuna

Ingredients for spice rub

  • 2 4 oz. ahi tuna steaks
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar

Method

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and place tuna on baking sheet.

3. Combine spices and balsamic vinegar in mixing bowl; pour over tuna.

4. Cook for 15 minutes (for medium).

5. Serve with roasted asparagus and enjoy!

Property Sisters

 

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The Double Dippers have a new name…The Property Sisters. We bought a house! And since we’re twin sisters who are now in the business of buying  homes and renovating them, this was the only logical nickname (we’re referencing “Property Brothers” here, just to connect the dots for those of you who weren’t following the nickname. Check them out on HGTV).

This new alias has kept us pretty busy these last few weeks and so our time in the kitchen has been less frequent. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • Put our big girl pants on and bought a house. It’s a 1954 rambler with a blue door and great backyard for all our double dipper entertaining in the summer!
  •  Used our muscles (aka our Dad) and tore up the carpet in the master bedroom, sanded the hardwood floor (don’t attempt without manly supervision. The sanding machine is an animal!), and finished it with a poly coat (actually 5 coats. Finishing hard wood floors is a process!).
  • Had foam insulation blown into the attic and basement walls (good-bye ice dams!)
  • Hunted for furniture that would create the “modern contemporary” look we want. Our inspiration for this style came from the marine blue chair we purchased for a bargain at a local consignment shop. We also bought the black couch above, which is going to look great in the living room (third picture above).
  • Painted every room in the house (we had some help from Bob the painter and his crew). More pictures to come. But as a preview, our favorite wall is the blue accent wall in the dining space. So sassy and sophisticated.  
  • Installed new cabinets in the kitchen, put in crown molding, installed a vented microwave above the stove, and put in a new light fixture above the sink (we had some help from Bob the carpenter, not to be confused with Bob the painter). The kitchen is ready for double dipping.

We have yet to decide what the inaugural dish will be. We’re taking suggestions, so if you have a dish/treat/food you’d like to see, leave a comment and it might just be the first recipe the Property Sisters double dip in.

Happy double dipping!