The Renovation Report: Week 3 & Week 4

During week 3 and week 4 of our renovation….it snowed! Just kidding, of course. These last two weeks included LOTS of painting. First, we had a professional painter come in and spray the ceilings. Ross and I are doing 90 percent of the painting project ourselves, but painting 2,700 square feet of ceiling was a project […]

What Nightmares Are Made Of…(What I Found In The Garage)

A 70’s renovation wouldn’t be complete without a few surprises, right? Ross and I made one last trip to the new house on Sunday to check on drywall work and drop off materials in the dumpster. While Ross unloaded the truck, I went through the front gates to unlock the house. I had not been […]

The Renovation Report: Week Two

Week two is in the books! If you’re stopping by Jane’s Dish for the first time, you can read about our fixer upper here and catch up with our first renovation report here. This week was all about drywall. First, we had over 2,500 square feet of popcorn ceiling scrapped. Glitter popcorn ceiling. Okay, the previous owner […]

How I Cheated In The Garden Before Moving

I like to be honest here on Jane’s Dish. If you can’t trust me, why would you keep on stopping by? 🙂 That’s why I’m coming clean today to let you know how I cheated in the garden before moving. I found an amazing no-fail option to speed pass the first 4 to 6 weeks […]

Week 1: Renovation Report

Whew! It’s been a wild week. After closing on our old house and buying our new house, my family came down to visit. It was great to see everyone and take a much needed mental break from all the selling and buying and packing and moving. On June 1, we jumped back into reality and […]

Before: My 70’s Kitchen

I told you about my “new” kitchen last week in this post. Today, I want to share more details of my 70’s kitchen so you can appreciate what my kitchen will look like in 4 to 6 weeks. 🙂 In this first picture below, you can see the wall of cabinets and bars that created […]

We Bought A Fixer Upper!

You may be wondering why my gardening and cooking posts have slowed down lately. (Especially if you missed this post about our home on the market!) The truth is, I haven’t been doing much of either lately. Why? Because last Friday we officially closed on our brand-new-to-us fixer upper! That’s right, we bought the EXACT opposite of […]

Can I REALLY grow food from Dollar Tree seeds?

I’m going to answer the questions that every frugal gardener has asked while passing the quarter seed packets at Dollar Tree. Can I grow food from Dollar Tree seeds?  Will the seeds even sprout? Will the food I grow be edible?  Will the vegetables be blue or neon pink?  Will the plants last longer than […]

How To Grow Jalapenos (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Do you like spicy food? If so, jalapenos are a MUST in your garden! I’m a hot food wimp, but my husband judges how good a food tastes based on how spicy it is. I always joke that as long as I cut up a fresh jalapeno and sprinkle it on his plate – seeds and all […]

How To Deal With Armyworms (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Something happened this weekend while we were camping. I left the house with a raised bed full of kale, spinach, beans and tomatoes and I came back to this swiss-cheese-esque MESS. After examining the plants a little closer, I came face to face with dozens (maybe hundreds? maybe millions?) of tiny black caterpillars hiding on […]