Handyman Wednesday: The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On…No wait, it’s off!

If you’re like most people, you’ve never put a roof on a house.  That’s ok!  I’ve helped my family re-roof their houses in Illinois, but in Texas, no one wants to be on a hot roof…especially if insurance is paying.  Perhaps you remember this post.  As you can see, there was a hole in the roof of our garage!


He’s a play by play photo log of the re-roofing process.  Let me know if you have any questions (and I’ll ask my dad or dad-in-law, who have re-roofed about 50 houses in their lives).

1. Strip the old shingles, felt, and decking off the roof

Re-Roof_32: Remove broken 2×4 braces (underneath the horizontal boards you can see they’re removing the supporting structure because it was broken when the tree fell on it)



3:  Replace with new 2×4 boards.


4:  Replace horizontal support boards.


5: Lay decking down to cover roof.  I prefer 1/2″ plywood or OSB but most code requires only 7/16″.  Something to ask your contractor when getting quotes!




6:  Lay felt down for under your shingles (I like 30 lb felt paper over 15 lb.  It gives the roofers more grip on their feet and provides better protection to your roof).



8: Lay your shingles on your roof.  We went this GAF Timberline HD shingles on our house in January and garage here. Our color was Weathered Wood (most homes in our neighborhood have the same color!).


If you have any questions on the process, ask here and I’ll ask my dads.  Thanks!  Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?  Whose idea was it to put an ‘S’ in the word ‘lisp’?  Why does mineral water that has “trickled through mountains for centuries” go out of date next year?  Where in the nursery rhyme does it say humpty dumpty is an egg?


Lighting Bugs

I love Little House. I really do. And yet, just like any relationship, there’s a few things about her that just drive me bonkers (like the laundry room and the office carpet and the bathroom tile).

And then there’s the light fixture over kitchen sink. It drives me bananas! I’m not sure what it is about it that I hate so much, but I just don’t like it.

Kitchen Before

While Kevin and I were spring cleaning the kitchen last week, I took the fixture apart to clean it. When I put it back together, I forgot to add one of the pieces… and something magical happened.

The fixture got less ugly. The ones on the left were put back without the dish thingys (for lack of a better term), while the ones on the right were installed with them.

kitchen lights 2

To me, the fixture looks so much simpler without the additional dish things (does anyone know what they’re actually called?), so we went ahead and removed them from the two lights on the right.

What do you think? Which way would you leave the fixture? Do you think it’s as ugly as I do?

Thrill of the Grill: Grilled Margherita Pizza and Balsamic Romaine

Welcome to the first installment of Thrill of the Grill!

Today’s recipe is one of our favorite summer meals. We love grabbing a couple tomatoes and a few sprigs of basil from our garden and having a simple grilled Margherita pizza. Throw in some balsamic grilled romaine and it’s the perfect Meatless Monday meal!

Fire Grilled Margherita Pizza and Romaine from Little House. Big Heart.

Grilled Margherita Pizza and Balsamic Grilled Romaine

prep: 10 minutes
cooking: 10minutes

For the pizzas:
1 box Jiffy pizza crust mix
1/2 c. olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely  minced
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 small tomatoes, washed and sliced about 1/4″ thick
1 ball mozzarella, sliced 1/4″ thick
10 basil leaves, washed
For the romaine:
1 head of romaine, halved
balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
salt & pepper
1. Preheat your grill and clean the grates.
2. Prepare the boxed crust mix according to package directions. You could make homemade pizza crust here, but for time and convenience’s sake we usually go with the Jiffy. After the dough has risen, divide it into two halves. With a dusting of flour on your countertop, roll your crusts out. Don’t worry if they’re perfectly round; ours usually come out looking something like pizza amoebas. Make sure you keep rotating the crust and adding more flour as your roll to prevent it from sticking.  When the crust is about 1/8″ thick, lightly flour the top and fold it in half twice and move it to a cookie sheet or cutting board for transport outside.
Roll Pizza Dough
3. If you haven’t already, slice your tomatoes and mozzarella. You can use shredded mozzarella for this, but I think the ball mozzarella make a big difference in flavor. Go ahead and halve your head of romaine and remove any of the outside leaves that don’t look great.
4. In a small dish, combine the garlic, olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. This is one of my favorite concoctions. We use it for everything from grilling to dipping bread to topping salads. It’s wonderful!
5. Head outside with all of the ingredients, a pastry brush, tongs, and an nice cold beverage.
mis en place
6. Gently place the crusts directly on the grill grates. This is sometimes easier said than done with a hot grill so have someone there to help you maneuver the crusts!
Grilled Crusts
7.While your crusts are cooking, brush the romaine halves with the olive oil mix. Be careful not to add too much oil or they’ll cause the grill to flame up when you add them.
Grilled Romaine
8. When the crusts start to bubble and just turn brown around the edges, go ahead and give them a flip.
Bubbily Crust
9. As soon as you flip, brush on a light coating of the olive oil mixture. If you prefer, you could also go with a tomato sauce here.
Olive Oil Crusts
10. Now for the fun bit (you’ll notice Kevin get to do it): the toppings! There’s no rhyme or reason to how you add your toppings – just get them on there as quickly as you can. Once they’re on turn the grill down to low.  and close the lid for about two minutes.
Add toppings
11 . After two minutes your pizza and grilled salads should be ready to come off. We usually use tongs to slide the pizzas off the grill and directly onto a waiting cutting board.
11. Add the basil to your pizza and drizzle the warm romaine with balsamic. Enjoy!
Fire Grilled Margherita Pizza
These are really fun to do for a group of people because everyone can help make their own dinner and the clean-up is a breeze!

And last but certainly not least, we have a giveaway winner to announce! Congratulations to Christine for winning the Weber Skewer set! Email me your address, Christine!

Give Away!

Have you ever made grilled pizza? What’s your favorite toppings? Have you tried grilled romaine before?

Raisin’ Some Cane

Things are a little slow around the Little House these days. We’re grilling, spring cleaning, and finishing up our backyard reno – but all that doesn’t leave much time for any other projects.

Luckily, I have an awesome sister who was willing to let me share one of her projects with you. Say hi to Steph (and Nate) everyone!

Steph and Nate for LHBH

Like Kev and me, Steph and Nate love hitting up thrift shops, auctions, and yard sales. Although, they’re much better at it than we are. Just this weekend they bought an antique piano for $5. Turns out it’s worth more than $1000!  And take a look at these Louix XV Cane chairs they scored for $40 (for the pair!!) from Goodwill.  Gorgeous, right?


Louis XV Cane Chair Repurpose Before 1

Louis XV Cane Chair Repurpose Before 2You’ll have to ignore Cojack. He’s lazy.

A quick search on Pinterest and Etsy will show you lots of examples of just how gorgeous these babies can be. Click on the photo below to be taken to the source.

Vintage Cane Chairs

Vintage Cane Chairs inspiration

Steph is currently in the middle of completely making over both chairs. When she’s done, we’ll be back with a play-by-play of exactly how she transformed her chairs from Goodwill to gorgeous.

For now, here’s a taste of the direction she’s going (and it’s awesome).

Louis XV Cane Chair Repurpose During

Does thrifting run in your family? Do you have the gene? Or are you at the shallow end of the thrifing gene pool?

Thrill of the Grill: A Giveaway

Kevin and I are really excited to announce our “Thrill of the Grill” series!


We had originally planned on doing a week, but when we sat down to pick our our favorite grilling recipes we couldn’t narrow it down to just five.  Instead, we’re going to be featuring a grill recipe every Friday throughout the entire summer!


So to kick things off right, we’re giving away one of our favorite grilling tools – skewers!

7pc Skewer Set by Weber

We love this set because the handy stand allows for easy turning and keeps your kabobs from sticking to the grill! Plus, it’s made by Weber (and they pretty much wrote the book on grilling).

THE SWAG: One Weber 7-piece Skewer Set

TO ENTER: Comment on this post and tell us your all-time favorite grill story. Have you ever accidentally caught your teriyaki chicken on fire or saved a party with your perfectly grilled burgers? Maybe your dog ran off with your grilled pizza (it happened to us last week) or you trekked out in 12 inches of snow to fire up the grill in January?

GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm

NUMBER OF WINNERS: One lucky LHBH reader

THE FINE PRINT: One entry per e-mail address. Well select the winner using random.org and announce it here on Friday. Good luck!

A {Coffee} Table for Two

Last weekend, while waiting for a dinner reservation, Kevin and I stumbled on the mother of all thrift stores. It was huge! (If you’re in the Dallas area, it was the UGM Super Thrift in Irving right off of 183).

We had half an hour to kill, so decided to wander around a-la the Macklemore Thriftshop Challenge and see what we could find.

We found this beauty and took her home for just under $40.

thrift shop coffee table

coffee table

We’re not exactly sure what we’re going to do with it yet (besides give it a good scrubbing), but right now I’m leaning towards a glossy navy paint job. I haven’t decided what I think about the goldish brass squares (part of me loves them, part of me isn’t so sure), but I do love the corner bracket details.

Heck, I may slap some 4″ foam on the top and upholster the dang thing. I don’t know yet.

What would you do with this thrift shop beauty? How do you feel about the gold squares? Have you found any great thrift shop finds lately?



Posted in DIY


For a while now we’ve been contemplating making some changes to things here around Little House. Big Heart.


kev paintingAnd we don’t mean painting.


For the summer, we’re going to try posting just three times a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). This should give us more time to plan and put together our posts and (hopefully) give you better posts to read.


There’s a lot to look forward to this summer from LHBH. We’ll be grilling all next week with our Thrill of the Grill Week (and giveaway).


We’ll be finishing up our long running backyard renovation.

Rosie Soaking Up The Sun

And we’ll be tackling a few other projects that are driving us crazy.

We hope you’ll stick around the Little House with us!


Two Years

Tomorrow is our two year anniversary.

It’s amazing how time flies, isn’t it?

It seems just like yesterday that my mom zipped me into my wedding gown,

Beals-243Kevin tied his tie,


And we saw each other for the first time on our wedding day.


And then just like that, my daddy walked me down the aisle and gave me away.



We said our vows (and I made Kevin cry and laugh at the same time),


And suddenly… we were married. Beals-529

We danced.

Bowersock PhotoWe ate cake.

Beals-707We tossed the bouquet

Beals-715And went for the garter.

Beals-723We danced some more.


And then we snuck away through the thunderstorm.


Kevin’s nerdy, goofy, and a little hard-headed, but the two years since that day have been the best of my life and I wouldn’t spend them with anyone else.

Here’s to two years, Kevy!

Innsbruck Hafelekarspitze 1

For more about our 100% DIYed wedding, head on over to our wedding page!

Cocktail of the Week: The Classic Mojito

For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink -sometimes a classic like a Gimlet or Old Fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own- and learn to make it properly.

This week we’re making my all-time favorite summer cocktail, the classic Mojito. This refreshing rum cocktail was a favorite of Earnest Hemingway (weren’t most cocktails?) and is our go-to late summer afternoon drink. Its minty, citrusy flavors are an AC in a glass.

Summer’s just getting started, so why don’t you give one of these classic mojitos a try?

mojito 2

The Mojito

1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice (as always, use real lime- not that bottled stuff)
2 oz. white rum
1 oz. club soda
2 teaspoons sugar
8 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1 cup ice
lime slice for garnish

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker add the sugar, mint, and lime juice. Using a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) and gently crush the mint leaves into the sugar. You just want to bruise the mint, not shred it. Add the rum and stir well.
Pour the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice. Top off with the club soda and garnish. Enjoy!
You can see some of our other Cocktails of the Week here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Finishing the Backyard

After our two week trip to Europe, and impromptu camping trip to Oklahoma for Memorial Day weekend and a bout with food poisoning, I think we’re finally back to business around the Little House.

Our main goal at the moment is to push through and finish the backyard. We’re so close to being 100% done with this project that we don’t want start anything else until we’ve finished.

Outdoor Target String Lights Over Patio

So what do we have left to do?

We’re nearly done painting the deck. Once that’s finished, we’ll be able to make the final push to the end.

Capture 3

I think that if we work at it, two more weekends can have our backyard completely finished and we can get started on our next project… the office floor!

How do you push through to the finish of projects? What projects are you trying to finish up?