Fireplace Makeover

Fireplace Makeover // The Haas Machine

Don’t you just love makeovers? I get drawn into them all the time & it really doesn’t matter if someone’s appearance is getting an overhaul, or if it’s a house (which is a good reason for us to never to get HGTV). I just love them! This fireplace project has been something that we have wanted to do since we moved into the house, oh, almost 5 years ago, for obvious reasons. The previous owner had covered these gorgeous hardwood floors with tacky white carpet, so we ripped that out the moment we signed the papers. And then we found this lovely brick-style tile hidden underneath.  Continue reading

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Posted in Random Projects.

Greek Yogurt Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Greek Yogurt Mac 'n' Cheese // The Haas Machine

My kid would eat mac ‘n’ cheese every day if it were an option. It’s comforting, warm & cheesy, & simple to make. I totally get the obsession. We usually like to stick to the homemade versions, but we most definitely dig into the boxed stuff every now & again because sometimes life just doesn’t allow the time to shred cheese. I know it sounds ridiculous, but when you get through an entire day of chasing kids around, working a full-time job, or studying your brain off, the last thing you want to do is add one more task before dinner can happen. But for the times when you feel like you can be a bit more adventurous & commit a couple more minutes to the meal, this recipe is where it’s at.

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Posted in Happy & Healthy, Vegetarian.

Chocolate Cinnamon Scones

Chocolate Cinnamon Scones // The Haas Machine

There’s nothing like starting your weekends off with a strong mug of black coffee & a bit of something sweet. One of my favorite morning sweets are scones, mostly because they are so adaptable but also because they are so easy to make. Although they aren’t difficult, some recipes require more ingredients than others, like my old (possibly retired) recipe that calls for buttermilk. It’s not something I usually keep on hand & I know it’s simple enough to make, but sometimes just one more step in the process is enough to unmotivate me. The thing I love best about scones is that they are incredibly versatile– you can change what “kind” of scone you make with some minor adjustments. Say one day you’re wanting something nutty or chocolatey or berry-y…. you can mix & match to your heart’s content!

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Posted in Breakfast, Sweeties.

Peach Rooibos Punch

Peach Rooibos Punch // The Haas Machine

Summertime is famous for sweet umbrella drinks, serious hours logged in at the beach, & lazy BBQ’s. In our family, summer means more meals eaten outdoors than in, evenings spent watching our daughter frolic in our fenced-in yard, & too many bike rides to our local ice cream shop to count. For us, summer is about enjoying extended amounts of family & community time & one of the best ways to do that is over a meal. We’ve hosted quite a few BBQ’s in our day & even though our house is tiny & cramped, it has worked. One summer, before we got our front yard fence, we grilled out every week in our “back yard” (aka alley by the garage) & invited people over. Thankfully since then, we have finished our back patio & now have a fenced in yard so we have entertained more comfortably since. Continue reading

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Posted in Drinks, Happy & Healthy.

Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto

Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto // The Haas Machine

This is my favorite dish, ever. I know most people say that they can’t tell you what their one favorite dish is, or they will say that it depends on their mood, the season, or time of day, etc., but ever since I sunk my teeth into this risotto a few years ago, my life has been forever changed. This has become my most sought after recipe whenever I need something reliably tasty, comforting, & fresh. It’s our go-to recipe for special date nights, birthdays, anniversaries, or whenever we need just a bit of a pick me up. And it’s absolutely my favorite springtime side. I now will officially apologize for keeping you in the dark for so long. I’m sorry. How did this happen? I blog about food all the time, so I have no excuses. Let me attempt to redeem myself…  Continue reading

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Posted in Sides/Apps, Vegetarian.