Greenbuild - Philadelphia

Last week I hopped on an air vehicle towards Philadelphia for the Greenbuild Conference. Greenbuild is the worlds largest conference dedicated to green buildings. The U.S Green Building Council puts on the event which is attended by over 30,000 nationally and internationally. All week I attended sessions which rolled out the new LEEDv4 rating system. LEED is a building (both commercial and residential) rating system which analyses the performance of a building based on set criteria. This rating system looks at how buildings interact with the surrounding community and site as well as how it handles things like water, waste, energy and lighting on site and in the building. 

What is unique about this version is that is is beginning to ensure transparency in the market through materials and products we purchase for our built environment. Materials and Resources is a section analysed in the LEED rating system. Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) has been added to this section to ensure the products we are purchasing are adequate for a high indoor air quality. Life Cycle Analysis provides details of every item and process a material goes through from raw material extraction to the final disposal. It's quite an intense process, but the materials that come out are at the top of the market.

Another system which rolled out last week is the 2030 Palette. To understand this system we have to step back a bit to the 2030 Challenge. Edward Mazria (pictured below) rolled out this initiative a few years ago in an effort to reverse climate change and become carbon neutral by 2030. This isn't an arbitrary year, it is a very calculated one which I won't get into, but read more here if it suits your fancy!

What's great about the 2030 Palette is that it connects low-carbon, sustainable initiatives around the world. This is huge, it reduces the need to reinvent the wheel, instead you can look at what others are researching and building around the world and take it as a precedence. Three cheers for the work this gent does.

Of course, the conference wasn't JUST educational. It was fun too! Like, what!, Bon Jovi concert? Hillary Clinton in the house? (look at how many phones are out during Hillary versus Bon Jovi haha)

After a week of Greenbuild I stayed an extra day to catch up with a High school friend, and after a long night of 'unwinding' we schlepped ourselves around to see some touresty (Liberty bell for the win!) and artsy sights. Namly...where Rocky worked out...

Aside from that being an awesome draw to see the art museum, and I know, you are supposed to look at the art at these places (which, omg was awesome) THE FLOORS. I just, can't get over how beautiful, detailed, GUSH.

I always thought that putting in new wood into a space with existing wood would (haha) be difficult. Matching colors/sizes seems like a chore for it to just look mediocre. BUT what do we have here? Just change out the orientation, put a sweet transition strip of herringbone and be like whaaat new wood? It was supposed to be this way!

Anyways, after getting home and watching the Vikings TIE (what? Football is harrrd), and going to see Hunger Games (omg, amazing.) I decided to buy a bag on concrete (the obvious next move right?). p.s Don't act like a strong baller like you can carry a bag of concrete out of Home Depot like it ain't no thang and refuse help the entire way. YOU CAN'T (which is why I went to the gym early this morning). shame. 

Wondering what i'm making? Well, it's drying so I can't tell you now. But maybe later, k?

Hutchy McHutcherson

Another week, another restored piece of delicious cabinetry. A few weeks ago a co-worked dropped off this gem to my house. It was dated, both in the stain color and in the decorative etching on the cabinets. I spent some time sanding down the doors, removing the glass and then got to work modernizing it. 

It took 2 coats of primer and about 4 coats of BM Simply White in semi-gloss which provides a nice finish for furniture. I added knobs to the bottom doors and put a little ORB finish on all the hardware to tie it all together. I reinserted the glass panels, and... here she blows!

I love how the white really brings out the depth to the molding in the piece. The ORB handles provide some contrast and functionality, there is even a nice little light inside. Now it just needs to find a deserving home...any takers!

Tasty Breakfast

Last weekend the famdamn and I went up to Breezy Point, which is a few hours north of Minneapolis. We spent the weekend recharging our batteries with the help of some vino and a deck of cards. On Saturday morning I put on my Betty Crocker apron and dished up some delicious breakfast. It's a little sweet and a lotta yum! You will rarely catch me in the kitchen, I tend to find any way to ruin a recipe and just order pizza. So if I can accomplish this recipe, anyone can!

Here's your shopping list:

2 Ripe Bananas sliced into 1.2" pieces
1 1/2c frozen mixed berries
1/4c honey or agave
1c uncooked oats
1/4c nuts (I use almonds and granola)
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4tsp cinnamon
1c milk (any type will work!)
4 eggs
1tsp Vanilla extract

Prep: Preheat the oven at 375* and grease a baking pan (8x8 or 9x9)

Coat the bananas with 1/4tsp cinnamon and 1tbsp honey, place at the bottom of the pan.

Sprinkle half of the berries on top and place in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the bananas get soft.

While that is in the oven, combine the oats, half the nuts, baking powder and cinnamon; mix together. In a separate bowl, mix together the honey, milk, eggs and vanilla. 

Remove the bananas from the oven, pour the oat mixture over the bananas and spread evenly. Then, pour the milk mixture over that. Sprinkle the remaining berries and nuts over top (I place granola at this step for extra crunch!)

Cover the mixture and bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm with honey or syrup to top!

Side note and totally unrelated to delicious breakfasts...we say a HUGE hornet? nest up there!

Have a great week everyone!

Oh, Hallow's Eve.

As per usual, my friends and I went all out on Halloween. Hinting on our love of childhood memories, we played on a past theme and went with Disney Villians. Can you tell who is who in the photo below?!

Everyone nailed it, if I do say so myself. 

Can ya tell who the boyfriend is?

A popular theme this year, minions! But I especially love the Gru costume!

This one is just hysterical because that beautiful lady is from Austin, MN (home of SPAM!)

Also a tradition, dressing up for our soccer game. Cruella would have been a bit difficult in cleats running around, so in an effort to wear my forever lazy (if you recall it was a key ingredient to my last year's costume) I went as a Care Bear! I would like to note that we have a history of losing our Halloween Game (probably a combination of running in a costume and laughing at a Winnie the Pooh, or a Peter Pan run across the field)...BUT this year we TIED. So we have that going for us...