This dresser may contain nuts

Following a pot of coffee and a quick breakfast, Leanne and I took Oscar for a walk, with a quick stop to the Home Hardware in the Glebe. I like going there with Oskie-boy because it’s one of the few stores in Ottawa that he is welcome.

Last weekend Leanne’s mom handed us down an old dresser she inherited from her father — the wood grain looked awesome, but the brass handles and knobs had to go. This was a quick and easy DIY project, especially with the help of Marty cat.

The only hassle was to find handles with mounts that fit the width of the existing holes, which turned out to be impossible with hardware from the 70s. I ended up making new holes, and used the new hardware to cover the old ones. All said and done, it cost us $30 and took less than 20 minutes. Too easy.

Helpful hint: Rub a walnut on wood blemishes to make them disappear!

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Weekend soup

Spring is here but the weather is still a bit chilly, so it was a perfect day to make a good homemade soup. Chris and I decided on a hearty mushroom and barley soup from the KitchenAid Recipe Collection cookbook I got a few xmas’ ago (which is full of a lot of great recipes). There’s just something about having the smell of soup stewing all day, it’s the best. Anywho, the recipe is below and I highly recommend this soup for when you are low on ingredients, you can pretty much put any vegetable you have in the fridge and it works. Enjoy!

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Hearty Mushroom and Barley Soup
  • 9 cups of chicken or vegetable broth (I used one of each this time and it was awesome)
  • A bunch of sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of pearl barley
  • 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms (I have never used these but I’m sure it would be awesome)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (I double this!)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
Makes 8 Servings
  1. Combine everything in a 5-quart slow cooker or dutch oven.
  2. Cover; cook on low 4 to 6 hours and then you’re done!
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Easter goodies

This past weekend Chris, Oscar Dog and I travelled home to visit our families who all live in and around the Toronto area. It was a weekend filled with Euchre games (which gets pretty intense on my side), delicious meals, lots of beer and wine and, of course, chocolate.

Every time we go back home for a visit, we always come back with more than we left with. This weekend was no exception. I’m pretty stoked with the goodies we got — a spring cactus and some Pisanki (Polish easter eggs) from the original Mr. and Mrs. Czed, an old cuckoo clock that belonged to my Godmother’s Mother, an old dresser that belonged to my Grandpa and some paintings that my Grandma painted way back in the day.

Below are some *pics of the goods, the dresser is going to be our first DIY post so stay tuned to see a picture of that. Cheers!

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*Chris and I are both getting back into photography so hopefully our skills get better as the posts keep coming.

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Six months later…

Six months ago today, we tied the knot and became The CZEDs.

From the very beginning we both knew we wanted our wedding to be as DIY and “green” as possible, with help from friends and family of course. For the venue we went with the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Kleinburg, ON. The entire centre runs on green energy and the menu is all organic and locally sourced. Everything from the decor, to the flowers, wedding dress and invites — all was made by us, a friend or family member. The entire process was so much fun and the actual day turned out amazing, we loved every minute of it.

Our wedding party consisted of our brothers and sisters, Michelle, Jenn, Dan and Nick — it was literally a family affair. We even got our brother-in-law Joe (Michelle’s husband) to be the ring bearer and our little cousin Quincy as flower girl. Uncle George, now known as “The Reverend,” led the ceremony. It was so special to have a family member be the one to marry us, even if it wasn’t “official” (we went to city hall prior to get our license). The MC for the night was Chris’ best bud Jacob, a Nova Scotian who has the biggest of hearts and an awesome sense of humour.

We are so stoked to have such wonderful people in our lives and can’t wait to share with them, and you, the next 6 months and beyond here on the blog. Stay tuned for future posts on more DIY projects, home renovations, recipes and other shenanigans that we get into. Until then friend, cheers!

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Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Pink Moon” by Nick Drake
Bride’s Processional: “Heartbeats” by Jose González (The Knife’s cover)
Recessional: “All I Want Is You” by Barry Louis Polisar
Bridal Party Entrance: “A Family Affair” by Sly & the Family Stone
First Dance: “Slow Dance” by John Legend
Mother-Son Dance: “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
Father-Daughter Dance: “You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry

Venue: Kortright Centre for Conservation
Flowers: Mrs. Czed (Chris’ Mom)
Wedding Dress: Khala Morgan, a friend of a friend and she’s awesome
Wedding Photography: Kara Lodder Photography (Jenn’s friend from school) – amazing!
Engagement Photography: Jenn Kavanagh Wedding Photography (Leanne’s sister and the best ever)
DJ: Justin of Indie Wedding DJ, he is the best of the best of the best!
Invitations: le DESIGN


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