At the beginning of summer, we arrived home from vacation to a busted pipe. After dealing with the plumbing portion of the problem, and replacing the plumbing in our entire house, we then had to deal with the aftermath of water damage. The pipe burst on the second floor in my office closet so the flooring (carpet) in 50% of the second floor was affected. We originally had Berber carpet in two bedrooms (office and guest room) and the hallway. The guest bathroom had ceramic tile and our master bedroom had laminate flooring.
We had to remove the carpet in the office and hallway immediately and so we decided to replace all of the flooring on the entire level. With our awareness heightened, we wanted to choose flooring that was resistant to any water damage in the future, but we also have and like real wood flooring on the first floor. We chose Aquaguard flooring (in Coco) from Floor & Decor. Aquaguard is water resistant and really does have a great look of hardwood. The finish is durable and promises a lifetime warranty. The product is thick, it seems to be double the thickness of regular laminate. It would be a good choice for laundry rooms and bathrooms too.
Laminate flooring is a bit easier to install than real wood as it is a floating floor and the pieces click together over a noise reducing underlayment. Although we have done flooring installs in our house ourselves in the past, this time we chose to hire someone to install it. It took about five days to install in three rooms (including closets) and the hallway, about 700 square feet.
We really like the way it turned out! Take a look.
Master bedroom before and after:
Office before and after
I scream, you scream. We all scream for ice cream! I just had to.
- 2.5 cups half & half
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tsp Stevia (in the raw) (or use your favorite sweetener)
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
Combine half & half and vanilla in a medium sized pot. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; remove from heat.
Whisk together eggs, stevia, and salt in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in half of milk mixture. Pour egg-milk mixture back into pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, 6 to 8 minutes.
Pour custard through a fine sieve into a bowl set in a larger bowl of ice water; . Let cool, stirring occasionally. Cover and refrigerate until cold; Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions. I used a Cuisinart machine and churned mixture for 25 minutes.
*For the butter pecan, I added in roasted pecans (roasted in butter and brown sugar) in the last 5 min of churning. For the green tea ice cream I added organic matcha green tea powder to the custard mixture while cooking.
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