DIY Disaster: WTF happened here?

So I had this whole post written and just waiting for photos about our exterior doors. They were old and in need of serious repair. In addition, because old houses are hard, all of our doors are custom shapes and sizes; so there was absolutely no chance in just wholesale replacing them. As I said, I had a post written, the project was done, but whilst waiting for a decent day so I could take some pictures, the unthinkable happened…. we’ll get to that in a second.

Andrew and I decided to paint all the exterior doors (2 in front, 1 in back). In order to paint, we had to first take off a bunch of hardware, fill in holes and sand. We also had to fill the door handle and lock holes from the old hardware, and re cut them so we could add modern door knobs and locks. This process managed to kill 2 drills. We are currently thankful for Lowes’ return policy. here are some pictures:

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We got all our shit together, fixed the doors one by one and painted. Every other blogger in the blogging universe gets samples and tests out their desired paint colors in different lights. I’m a little impatient… meaning that I just picked a color and went for it. If I do say so myself, the color is great.

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Everything was lovely. Even small mistakes we made, like installing the lock on our door upside down was livable.

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Until this

WTF is this shit!??!

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Maybe you don’t see it

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I don’t know why this is happening. When it first started, the crack was soft and pliable, over the weeks and months that this crack has been there, it hardened. First I thought, “maybe I didn’t let the primer dry enough between coats.” Then I thought back to this project’s timeline, which started in August and continued well into October and now I wonder if the paint got too hot. I followed the painting instructions for temperature, but our front door does get some direct sunlight, so maybe the paint got too hot?

Has this happened to anyone else? I’m trying to figure out what to do when it get’s warm enough to paint again. Do I drill it out with a dremel? sand it down as much as I can and repaint? what do I dooooooo?

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I hit the MOTHERLOAD!

You guys are NEVER going to believe this, but I got the biggest chunk of cereal that I’ve ever gotten in my entire life the other day. It came out into my cereal bowl and I was like, WHAT. Check this out:

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Biggest.Chunk.Ever.

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I still can’t believe how big this was.

 

Okay, on to the other part of this post- the first recipe! If you want something healthy, you can stop reading now. Dan and I have been obsessed with See’s Peanut Brittle for some time now. It’s so good; seriously, the best peanut brittle I’ve ever tasted. Unfortunately, it’s also almost $18 per pound. And since we usually buy it as Christmas gifts and we’re currently broke, we decided to try to replicate it.

First of all, this is no ordinary peanut brittle. It’s buttery, really peanutty, a good balance of sweet and salty and just plain delicious. It’s not that stuff that’s really hard or super thin and crackly. This stuff is the real deal (I wish See’s were paying me to say this stuff, but they’re not.) Our first attempt did not turn out so well. I did a google search for “peanut brittle” and got  a recipe that made something similar to the crackly, hard brittle, which was not what we wanted. So, I tried a search for toffee. Based on a few things I read, this is what we came up with. And, I have to say, it’s pretty amazing.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup dry roasted peanuts (these are the best, but you can also use other nuts like almonds, pecans or walnuts. Just make sure they’re roasted and salted!)

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter

optional: 1 cup chocolate chips

Tools:

candy thermometer

medium saucepan

parchment paper

rubber spatula (the scraping/spreading kind, not the flipping kind)

baking sheet

wooden spoon

Instructions:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (this stuff is the best!) and evenly spread ½ cup of the nuts on top of the parchment.

2. Using a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the brown sugar and butter together, stirring constantly- I like to use a wooden spoon or the spatula for this. Boil (and keep stirring- you don’t want it to burn!) until the candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees F (the “hard crack” stage). Immediately remove from the heat and pour the mixture over the nuts you spread on the baking sheet.

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3. Top the toffee with the chocolate chips and allow the chips to begin melting. Spread the melting chocolate evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup of nuts.

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Getting melty!

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4. Allow to cool completely to harden for about 20 minutes or so in the freezer or overnight if just out on the counter. When hardened, break into pieces and enjoy!

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Half with more peanuts, half with salt!

Tip: If you don’t want more nuts on top, sprinkling with salt is also a nice way to finish it off. Or, if you don’t want chocolate, you can certainly omit that step.

Hope you love it as much as we do!