Let Fred In – Kitchen Remodeling Ideas: DIY vs Professional Service
The main concern when doing remodeling work is the cost.
You do realize that you need to spend generous amount of money to get the work done, especially if you are going to involve experts in the business.
That’s why most home owners are torn between the decisions whether they should do a DIY work or consult a pro.
Well, before you make any decisions, it is important for you to understand what common works you need to do in the remodeling project and what you can do to save up more money.
You may be surprised to find out there are handy kitchen remodeling ideas that you can do economically and efficiently.
After all, who says that you always need to spend a fortune just to change the look of the old and tired kitchen?
Painting the Cabinets
Painting the cabinets may seem like a very easy job – everyone can do it, but if you want to create a result as if everything were done by a pro, you will need to have loads of patience.
The process isn’t difficult, but you will need patience to pull everything off.
You see, prepping the cabinet is as important as the painting itself, so you need to follow the steps carefully and patiently so the result will be beautiful and flawless.
You will deal with removing doors from the hinges, removing the hardware (masking it won’t be such a good idea), and sanding the wood grain.
You can always hire people to do the work, but imagine how much money you are going to save when you are able to do this work on your own.
Again, the prepping may require detailed attention, but it will be much easier for you to paint the whole cabinet in the end.
The problem is that most home owners don’t have the patience with the detailed preparation – they just want to get to the painting work.
If you have the patience and the virtue to do the work on your own, it will be a great solution!
But if you are known as not the most patient person in the world and you can’t stand the thought of doing the detailed preparation, it is better to hire the pro than creating a mess.
Keep in mind that you should paint in open or outdoor area with very good ventilation if you decide to do the work on your own.
Replacing the Faucets
This procedure is basically a no brainer, at all. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to replace the faucets; all you need is basin wrench to pull things off.
Most home owners can do this work on their own, saving around $100 for the professional service. But keep in mind that you will have to spend around an hour or two lying on your back.
Crawling underneath the sink and then lie to deal with the pipes that are dripping water on top of you isn’t exactly fun, but it can save you a lot of money in the end.
Tasty and yet Healthy Lunch Recipes for Kids
Preparing lunch for the kids may not be as difficult as you think.
Yes, kids can be difficult sometimes, as they don’t really healthy ingredients like veggies or fruits.
However, if you can come up with clever arrangement and smart way of cooking, you can show your kids that healthy substances can be tasty as well as healthy.
Here are some creative ideas of healthy lunch recipes for kids, so you can pack up their lunch bag without fuss or hassle.
Arnold Palmer Sandwich
Who says sandwich is always a junk food?
When you choose the right ingredients for the sandwich, it can be super fun and super healthy too.
Simply chop pickles and a hard-boiled egg, combine it with mayo and mustard.
Spread the mixture on a slice of wheat or multigrain bread.
Meanwhile, you can make another mixture of chopped celery, canned tuna, mayo, onion, and lemon juice; apply it on another piece of sliced bread.
Sprinkle both slices with torn basil leaves. It is super easy and yummy, and surprisingly fulfilling.
Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomatoes Wraps
Whole-wheat wrap is rich with fibers, which is good for your digestion system.
Mash a pure avocado with lemon juice; apply the mix on top of the wheat wrap.
Add chopped tomatoes, crumbled bacon, and romaine lettuces that are thinly sliced. Roll it up and it is ready to enjoy.
Turkey Salad and Rolls
It is a very easy recipe and it quite flexible too.
Your kids can use hot dog bun or even hamburger bun to assemble everything.
Mix toasted almonds, smoked turkey cut in dices, sliced celery, seedless red grapes, and mayo.
You can keep it inside airtight container for later usage.
Feel free to combine it with hamburger or hot dog bun.
Or even if your kids don’t want to use the bun, they can eat it like that or use tortilla for alternative serving.
Zucchini and Corn Fritters
You can use whole wheat or multigrain pancake batter, if you want to.
It will add the fiber and nutrients needed for your kids. Mix grated zucchini, sliced scallion, thawed frozen corn, and a handful Parmesan.
The zucchini should make the mixture moist, but feel free to add moisture if you feel that the batter is too stiff.
Cook it until it turns golden, around 3 minutes on each side.
If you want to add dipping, pair it up with Greek yoghurt. It is fresh and tasty, and your kids are guaranteed to like it.
It looks like a thinly crust pizza, so it can be a good alternative in case your kids are craving for a pizza.
Use whole-wheat wrap, spread the surface with peanut butter.
Add crumbled bacon on top of the peanut butter, drizzle the rest with honey.
Then add a banana, roll the wrap, and you should come with cylinder form.
If you don’t really like rolling the wrap, slice the banana, place the slices in between the bacon, and then roll.
Whatever ways you use, it is tasty and fulfilling.
Pita Pockets with Turkey and Cheese
Use whole-wheat pita bread, and spread cream cheese all over it.
Add baby spinach leaves, roasted turkey slices, and cucumber slices on top of the cream cheese evenly.
It is creamy and fresh, and fulfilling.
Cucumber, Carrot, and Avocado Sushi
If you want to create sushi-like healthy meal that is filled with healthy substances, you can create this one.
Toast a nori sheet and later on brush it with sesame oil; add salt for seasoning.
Place cold sushi rice in thin layer and add shredded carrots, cucumber sticks, and avocados slices.
Make sure to have them tightly arranged when rolling it.
Once it is rolled, slice it and serve it with soy sauce.
It is unique and the small form makes it easy to eat; simply pop the slice into the mouth and your kids will have a blast!
Gruyere and Asparagus Panini
Use whole-wheat tortilla; layer it with Gruyere cheese slices.
If you want to, add black pepper for seasoning.
Prepare steamed or roasted asparagus that have been prepared the night before, arrange the layers on top of the tortilla.
Sprinkle lemon juice on top of it and fold it over.
By using a Panini press, cook it until it turns golden and the cheese slices are melting.
Sloppy Joe Chicken Barbecue
If your kids are into burger so much, and you are worried about the nutritional value, this Sloppy Joe can be a very good and healthy alternative.
Mix shredded chicken rotisserie, chopped tomatoes, and shredded carrots along with barbecue sauce.
Heat it thoroughly.
Add the mixture with chopped parsley or cilantro, and then keep it into an airtight container.
Use whole-wheat bun (for burger or hot dog) for final assemble.
It is healthy and still tasty, just like the regular burger.
Chips and Dips
Who says chips are always bad, packed with unhealthy substances like fat or salt?
If you can make this chips and dips, it is guaranteed that your kids will realize healthy food can be tasty too.
Mix limejuice, fresh chopped tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and chopped white onion together for the salsa.
Use flaxseed tortilla chips with containers of avocado mash with lemon juice, the salsa, and Greek yoghurt.
Your kids can use whichever dip they want to have, and they are all healthy!
Mini Bagel Sandwich
Toast mini bagel and then split it into two.
Spread the bottom part with cream cheese, pancetta or Canadian bacon, tomato slice, and scrambled egg.
You can add more cream cheese on the top slice before joining the bottom and top together.
Although it is perfect when used with whole-wheat bun for hot dog, you can also use the hamburger bun.
Mix mayo, chopped cooked shrimp, chopped celery, lemon juice, black pepper, and fresh tarragon.
Store it in airtight container.
Healthy Fried Rice
Sauté the white scallions with veggie oil.
Add peas, frozen carrots, corn, soy sauce, and enough water into the mix.
Make sure it is heated thoroughly before you add up leftover brown or red rice.
To make it soft, add another soy sauce and water – but don’t overdo it or it will turn too mushy.
Throw in chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, and green scallions before you prepare it for serving.