Berlin, OH - Events of Tuesday, June 21 to Sunday, June 26, 2016
Even though we don't own a sticks-and-bricks home, we still like to watch programs about home remodeling on HGTV. One of our favorite programs is "Fixer Upper," which features a couple (Chip and Joanna Gaines) in Waco, Texas, who remodel run-down homes and redecorate them for their clients. Their style has a rustic, country look while still remaining somewhat sophisticated and modern at the same time. In addition to their remodeling business, Chip and Joanna also sell their Magnolia Home line of rustic furniture and decorator items in their Magnolia Market store in Waco and online.
We recently heard about a store in nearby Millersburg called Modern Farmhouse that features rustic items for home decorating similar to what is seen on "Fixer Upper." We decided to stop in last Tuesday to check out the store.
Modern Farmhouse has new items made to look old, old items that have been refinished or re-purposed, and old items sold as-is so you can refinish or re-purpose them yourself.
You can pick chairs from their selection to use around your vintage dining table or re-purpose one into something else like the wall shelf in the next photo.
The store not only has their own items that are similar to those seen on "Fixer Upper," but they even stock some items from Magnolia Market.
Paul had an appointment for a colonoscopy in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. As always, the prep he had to do late in the afternoon and into the evening on Tuesday was the worst part. The colonoscopy itself went well with no problems reported. Now Paul knows how a Muppet feels.
After we returned from Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Paul spent most of the rest of the day sleeping off the anesthetic.
We hung around the 5th wheel on Thursday, then went to see "Now You See Me 2" at a theater in nearby Massillon on Friday. We recently saw the original movie on TV and liked it so we went to see the sequel. The story is about a group of magicians who use their illusions to right past wrongs. There are parts of the story that are a little far-fetched, like how they set up such elaborate illusions in such a short period of time, but it's a fun story. The original movie had an unexpected twist at the end, and so did the sequel.
On Saturday, we fired up the smoker to make honey-barbecued chicken thighs. We have previously used this recipe for wings and for boneless, skinless thighs. This time we smoked four, large bone-in, thighs with skin. We had two thighs for dinner and saved two for a future meal.
Since smoking is done at relatively low temperatures, the skin doesn't get very crispy. Therefore, Paul grilled the thighs after he smoked them to crisp up the skin. He brushed them with honey-barbecue sauce while they were on the grill.
We also smoked some mac and cheese. If you've never had smoked mac and cheese and you like smoked foods, you're missing a real treat.
The thighs were delish! Boneless thighs are obviously easier to eat than wings, but the ones with the bone in and with skin are juicer. The mac and cheese was to die for!
Paul cleaned up the smoker on Sunday, and we relaxed the rest of the day. We had no concrete plans for the upcoming week, but we'll wait to see if anything pops up. Stay tuned.