Introducing: Our New Master Bathroom and Bedroom Remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Confession: I’ve somehow managed to sit on this post for a little bit longer than I should have. Time got away from me. But it’s finally time for me to show a little before and after of our house renovation. Introducing: our new master bathroom and bedroom remodel!

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

We have been talking about a revamp of this space ever since we moved in a few years ago. Our bedroom floor was covered with carpet, which was just a disguise for the water damaged hardwood floors below. I know some people love carpet, but I am NOT a fan. It catches dog hair, dirt, allergens, and is just a pain in the butt to maintain. I much prefer a hard floor that I can easily vacuum and mop. It was such a DELIGHT to see the carpet ripped up, rolled up, and removed from our house.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Let’s talk about a few more details that I was excited to improve upon. The bathroom vanity, to start. Oh boy, how I despised that thing. The sink was mounted above the counter, which made it a pain in the butt to clean. It was a cheaper vanity, with a veneer that was peeling back in some places. The previous owners had drilled holes in the side to mount a toilet paper holder…but they drilled in the wrong place the first time so there was just a set of holes in the side of the vanity. Ugh.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Don’t get me started on the tile on the walls. I am not a fan, and the peachy, flesh colored tiles were just too much for the small space. Whoever had tiled it previously didn’t do the best of jobs either – they were somewhat uneven/not flush to the wall in some places.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

And the shower? The horror. The gold plated track/frame? YUUUUCK! Cleaning it was terrible, and the shower glass was etched horribly thanks to non-softened water and what was probably little upkeep from previous owners. I tried so many times to remove the buildup, but that glass was permanently foggy in appearance no matter what I did. The tile inside was all the way up the walls AND on the ceiling of the shower. Danger. We had a number of different contractors come through our house to give us an estimate on the work, and one of them in particular was telling me a story of how a potential customer of his DIED because a tile in the ceiling of her shower fell and cracked her in the head before he was able to come to her house to do the work. Needless to say, as soon as he told me that tale I no longer showered in our master bedroom. ***Shudder.***

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

But hey – it’s all gone now! After sifting through so many options, we settled on a tile that we would take throughout the entire bathroom and bedroom. I am SO happy with how it turned out. The style is called “wine barrel,” which I found appropriate for me. There are hints of gray, blue, and green throughout the wood-like tile. I am slightly obsessed. After just a few weeks of having the floor in place, I can already vouch for how much cooler in temperature it feels in our bedroom, how much easier it is to clean, and how much cleaner it just FEELS in general in the room. Whew!

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

Let’s not forget about the shower. Be still, my heart. We were able to take the ceiling up to meet the rest of the room’s level – a bit more than a foot of extra space! I picked out a 12″ x 24″ white tile with a leaf-like pattern on it. When pieced together properly, it created a continuous pattern. The grout lines are barely even there – you can’t tell unless you get up close.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

For the shower floor, we were lucky to find that our floor tile was offered in a mosaic tile as well. That decision was easy to make!

Now, this picture doesn’t include the final piece of the puzzle – the shower door! We had a glass door installed that swings in and out instead of back and forth on a track like the previous one. It is sleek, clean, and is barely noticeable. We are getting a water softener/conditioner installed, and I have my squeegee on hand to make sure this glass stays absolutely perfect.

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

master bedroom and bathroom remodel

The bathroom vanity is a DIY project my mother and I took on, and I could not be happier about the final result! I am going to show some more detail shortly, but in the meantime just enjoy! Of course, at this point our mirror was not yet hung over the sink, so I’ll have to follow up with another glamor shot in the near future.

All in all, I am SO happy with the before and after of our bedroom/bathroom! It feels like an entirely new space. Of course, these pictures only show a sneak preview of the room before we added the furniture and decor back in. I have a few things I’m working on to show (changing out the hanging light by the bathroom, revamping our headboard for our bed, etc.), but you’ll have to tune back in for those!

Have you undergone a home renovation in the past? What did you take on?

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

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Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

I’m pretty sure that summer is the perfect time to break out the burger recipes, am I right?!?! There is something about the months of June, July, and August that make me want to break out the sandwich buns, all the fixins, and a refreshing beverage to wash it all down! Justin is all about creating a burger with meat, but when it comes to me, it is ALL about the black bean burger! And in this case, a spicy black bean burger with habanero aioli that will give you a kick in the pants and won’t have you missing the meat whatsoever!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

I love the flavor profiles you can create with a black bean burger. I immediately want to take mine into a spicy flavor profile, with the use of El Yucateco brand sauces as part of the burger patty AND as a creamy aioli to boot! Layers of spice my friends: that’s what I’m talking about. I have always been a bit of a “hot heat,” so to speak. If it is spicy, BRING IT ON! I perpetually have a shaker of crushed red pepper on hand in my kitchen, as well as black pepper, cayenne, chili powder, and more. And of course: hot sauce. I like to add hot sauce into a plethora of items. I’ll add a dash to my eggs, I’ll mix some in with my ketchup to make it spicy, I’ll add a few dashes in to a bowl of soup for an extra kick. You name it: I’ll add spice to it! For me, the El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce was the perfect pick for this recipe. It features a crisp habanero flavor that pairs well with vegetables, but also blends wonderfully into a creamy dip or spread. On a side note, I want to try stirring some of the El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce into the next batch of ranch dip I make for a party – a spicy kick of goodness! I also love the El Yucateco Red Hot Sauce for a “classic” red hot sauce option for everyday. And when I’m feeling REALLY adventurous – the El Yucateco XXXtra Hot Sauce is an order! Do you dare?

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero AioliEl Yucateco hot sauce

What I really like about the El Yucateco sauces is that there are quite a few flavor profiles to choose from. From habaneros, to jalapenos, to chipotles, you can select the pepper of your choice for your hot sauce! Of course, I am all about a habanero sauce, but the jalapeno and chipotle options are a little more up Justin’s alley, as he can’t handle the heat QUITE as much as I can! Wimp. Picking up the El Yucateco sauces is a cinch – they are easily found at Publix (for me, in the Ethnic/International Foods section). No matter which flavor you prefer, they definitely take a basic black bean burger and kick it up a notch in the flavor department!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

Let’s break it down: you’ve got the spicy burger patty, which is great on its own. But then – how about a spicy aioli as well? Paired with a slice of cool avocado (or guacamole), crispy lettuce, and maybe even a slice of pepper jack cheese for even more kick, you’ve got perfection on a bun!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

And…if you’re really adventurous, you can add another additional dash of El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce on top of your aioli. If you’re brave enough, that is…

I love that you can create these black bean burger patties in advance, which makes it so easy to grab them out of the fridge or freezer and heat them up (in the oven or on the grill) when you have friends and family over for a get together! If you happen to have leftovers, you can even get creative with them – no bun necessary! You could use them in a tortilla as part of a black bean quesadilla, or you can top them with a fried or poached egg at breakfast time: YUM! I may or may not have done that for my morning meal today…

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli
 
Spicy black bean burgers featuring a kick that will knock your socks off! Plus a fiery hot habanero aioli to top them!
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • For the black bean burgers:
  • ½ large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus additional for frying
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup fresh corn kernels (or frozen, defrosted)
  • For the aioli:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Juice from ½ lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce
Instructions
  1. To make the burgers, start by sauteing the yellow onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Cook until onions are translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Next, set aside about ¾ cup of the black beans, then add the remaining beans to a large bowl with the edamame and mash them (I used a potato masher). Add soy sauce, El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce, and panko crumbs. Mix until ingredients they are combined. Then, carefully fold in the remaining black beans and the corn into the mix.
  3. Next, create the burger patties. Scoop a generous portion of bean mixture into your (clean) hands and roll into a ball. Flatten on a clean surface and shape into circular patties about ½ inch thick. I made my burgers a size that would fit the buns I had, and this mixture created 8 black bean burger patties.
  4. When patties are shaped, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. When you are ready to cook the black bean burgers, preheat your oven to 400° F. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, and add a small amount of olive oil. One or two at a time, set the burger patties in the pan to brown the outsides. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, then remove from the pan and place on a foil lined baking sheet. You don’t have to take this step if you don’t want to, but I like getting the browned/crispy texture on the outside of my burger patties.
  6. When all of the black bean burger patties are browned and on the baking pan, place in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, make the aioli! Add mayonnaise, lime juice, and El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce in a small bowl. Mix well until combined. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  8. When baked, you can serve these burgers immediately, or refrigerate them for later use. If you want to place them on the grill to heat up, wrap them loosely in tin foil and place on the grates for 5+ minutes until warmed through.
  9. Place burger patties on a bun and dress with the toppings desired - the habanero aioli, soem pepper jack cheese, lettuce, guacamole, and more! Enjoy!

 

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Be sure to check out all of the hot sauce options on the El Yucateco website. I’d love to hear your favorite!

Things I did before 30

Yesterday was kind of a big day. It was my 30th birthday. I don’t know exactly how I feel about it – I didn’t want to make a huge deal of the event, but it does seem to be a birthday that has a bit more significance than others.

A lot of people I know have made lists of things to accomplish before their 30th birthdays – a “30 before 30″ list, or something similar. I truly thought about that, but instead thought that it would be a good thing to reflect back on the things I did on my own before this birthday…without being prompted or feeling a sense of urgency.

Before turning 30 I….

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Couscous Salad with Arugula

Became a vegetarian. I probably should have done so sooner (I officially became veggie early 2014), but I did finally decide it was the right thing for me to do. I’d thought about it for years, and always told myself that I should be a vegetarian, but taking that leap and actually doing it was scary. But why not? It all hit me one day when I went to order a salad at a restaurant and as soon as I told them my salad order, I said “and add chicken.” When my salad arrived, I started to think, why did I just automatically order chicken? Is the salad just as good without it? Yes. So why was I pre-programmed into ordering meat? I decided to take a look at my habits and the next day I stopped eating meat. I’ll be honest – I don’t crave it whatsoever anymore. Can it be a little bit of a challenge to eat out at restaurants? At other peoples’ houses? Yep. But hey – it’s all good. I’m so happy that I made the decision and I’m not looking back.

Learned how to fold a fitted sheet. You guys – I NEVER thought I would be able to do this insane feat. Folding a fitted sheet is basically impossible. Mine usually ended up being wadded into some sort of wrinkled ball nowhere close to what it should look like. But after watching a few videos on YouTube, I freaking DID IT. Now, they aren’t perfect – maybe by the time I’m 40 my fitted sheets will be in a perfect, smooth fold…but hey – you’ve got to take victories when you get them.

Pure Barre equipment

Got in shape. This one sounds kind of silly, but it’s true. In my teens/early 20s I really knew nothing about fitness. I was one of those lucky individuals who had a fast metabolism and could get away with not working out in some way. I didn’t step foot in a gym even once in college, which kind of shocks me now. I wish I would have taken the initiative to get into a fitness regimen earlier on in my life, but I suppose my late 20s were the time that finally happened. I highly recommend everyone do the same: it doesn’t have to be anything intense. It doesn’t even have to be every day of the week. Finding something you enjoy doing and sticking to a schedule, whether it is a barre class, boot camp, weight lifting, or simply walking around your neighborhood, is what it’s all about. Signing up for a membership at a Pure Barre studio was one of the best things I ever did. When I knew I was paying for a class package, I got my butt in gear and made sure I didn’t miss classes. If you don’t currently have a fitness regimen you enjoy, don’t be afraid to try new things! I was terrified to take my first Pure Barre class, but if I hadn’t branched out to try something I’d never done before, I never would have found the workout I absolutely love to do every day!

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Learned to relax a bit more. If you knew me when I was in school, you would know that I was an insane perfectionist. I was a straight A student, my attention to detail was ridiculous, and I never wanted to do anything less than 100% perfect. It served me well academically, but when you get to the real world and when you get older, it just can’t happen all the time. I struggled with this in my early 20s, I really did. I don’t know if it was age, I don’t know if it was that the world beat me down a little bit, but somehow in my late 20s I started to realize it was ok to just CHILL. I don’t mean “be lazy,” but to be ok with putting something off for a little while, or to let myself accept that sometimes things are out of my hands…there is nothing I can do to change them, and to just MOVE ON.

Took risks. None of these were terribly earth shattering, but as a person who was oh so very calculated for most of her life, closing my eyes and diving into something where I wasn’t sure of the outcome was pretty terrifying. But I’ve done it now…multiple times. Has it worked out perfectly every time? Nope. Not really. But if you don’t take risks or take yourself out of your comfort zone, you’ll never change. You might miss out on some wonderful opportunities. If I hadn’t taken a leap of faith and contacted my studio about becoming a Pure Barre teacher, if I had been too scared to show up to the airport for training knowing NO ONE, I would never have realized how much I would love becoming a teacher and I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing right now. No risk, no reward. It doesn’t have to be high stakes, but taking yourself outside of your comfort zone every once in a while can truly reap benefits.

Changed career paths. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what you wanted to be when you grew up back when you were a child? Maybe that happens for some people, but I am pretty sure that question of what you are passionate about does tend to change over the years. It did for me. If you asked me what I was going to do for a career at age 21, my answer would have been different than at age 24. And different yet again by age 26. Annnnd again now at age 30. Whatever. Life is a journey, and sometimes you have to figure out what makes you happy. It doesn’t come to you all at once. I’ve learned through different jobs, through different coworkers, and more – sometimes things weren’t a good fit for me. Sometimes a job made me miserable and it wasn’t worth my well being to stay. It happens. You live, you learn, you take steps in new directions and hope that ultimately you will land in a place that makes you happy!

So…what will the next 10 years bring? Who knows! Here’s hoping my 30s will be a wonderful time to be alive!

Spicy Watermelon Salad for #SundaySupper

Spicy Watermelon Salad

It’s backyard BBQ and potluck season! Bring on the get-togethers, the sun, and the fun! I love the relaxed atmosphere of summertime, and when it comes to putting together items to serve to friends and family, there are a lot of options to consider. I know that I tend to gravitate to chilled dishes in the warm months of the year, so this spicy watermelon salad is a no-brainer summer staple in my book!

Spicy Watermelon Salad

This salad is fresh, easy to put together, and is a taste of summertime. To me, watermelon screams summer. It makes me want to break out the swimsuit, sunglasses, and flip flops and head to the beach! The slightly sweet melon paired with a kick of jalapeno, peppery arugula, and some soft feta cheese is a great combination. When you add a drizzle of homemade honey lime dressing, it takes it over the top. It is a great accompaniment to all of the wonderful grilled creations that are sure to be headed to the table for the meal.

Spicy Watermelon Salad

I don’t know about you, but being able to prepare for potlucks or BBQs in advance is always a huge help. I make sure there are at least a few dishes that can be prepared a day or so ahead of time, or perhaps in the morning on the day of the get-together. The less time in the kitchen and the more time with guests, the better! This salad comes together in minutes: slice your watermelon in advance, then simply toss all of the ingredients together right before serving! To keep the greens from wilting, you can always set the salad dressing on the side and allow guests to drizzle their desired amount on as they dish up their portion.

Spicy Watermelon Salad

I like when I can find a dish that hits so many different flavor and texture profiles – sweet, spicy, peppery, soft, crunchy…it’s all in there! You can always choose to omit the jalapeno if you are a bit afraid of the spice: it’s up to you! You will still get a slightly spicy kick with the peppery arugula. But for me, I like to live on the spicy side of life! Of course, having a refreshing beverage to sip on is ideal. This week, Sunday Supper is teaming up with Gallo Family Vineyards to bring you a collection of BBQ and Potluck recipes that are perfect to pair with their wines. For this recipe, a glass of Gallo Family Vineyards’ Sauvignon Blanc is one to consider: it is light, crisp, and pairs well with salads. Alternately, a glass of Red Moscato would pair well against this watermelon salad. It has flavors of bright citrus and peach and complements soft cheeses and spicy food. With either choice, you won’t go wrong!

So – what are your favorite dishes to bring along to summer BBQs?

Spicy Watermelon Salad

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Spicy Watermelon Salad for #SundaySupper
 
A bite of summer! This spicy watermelon salad is sweet, spicy, peppery, and has notes of citrus! You definitely want to whip this up for a summer BBQ!
Author:
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add arugula, watermelon, and jalapeno to a large salad bowl. Drizzle lightly with honey lime dressing (to taste), and toss gently to combine.
  2. Garnish with crumbled feta cheese. Enjoy!

 

Make sure you take a look at all of the delicious dishes created by the Sunday Supper family today –

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