A Walnut Counter And Backsplash in the Laundry Room

This laundry room is wrapping up quick. As in, I think (I hope!) this is the last post before the big before and afters of this used-to-be bathroom. Since we write all of our projects in real time as projects actually happen and progress, it’s easy for me to feel super pumped about each piece of progress. Like last time, I was so excited about how awesome everything looked once we got the cabinets trimmed out.


And, I mean, it was great progress. But man! The most recent progress changes everything. (Do I say that every time?) Last weekend, we installed a beautiful plank-style walnut countertop and backsplash in the laundry room.


As I mentioned in this post, we ordered the wood from Craft Art unfinished, cut it down to the exact size we needed, cut the sink and faucet hole (and survived to tell the tale!!), and installed it before sealing it. For the install, we just fastened brackets into studs for the countertop to sit on, and then screwing the countertops to the brackets from underneath.



To secure the backsplash in place, we used heavy duty construction adhesive and it isn’t going anywhere.


Once the countertop and backsplash were secured, it was time to seal everything. You can see in the photo above, the countertop was a little lackluster especially where we had cut the hole for the sink and faucet and sanded everything down.


We used Waterlox on our last kitchen’s counters with great results and knew we wanted to use it again. (Tip–unfortunately this is one of those products that is NOT cheaper on Amazon. It’s expensive regardless, but it’s cheaper to order it directly from Waterlox’s website and a little goes a long way.) I brushed a coat on and let it dry for 24 hours and then lightly sanded it with a high grit sanding block.


I wiped the dust away and brushed on one more coat.


The result is warm and rich and is really pulling the whole room together, don’t you think?



With that, to wrap this room up, our laundry list (ha!) is now looking like this:

Install baseboards (wtf. this is always on our list!)
Trim out sink in base cabinet
Install faucet
Fix (or nix?) the electrical for the under-cabinet lighting.
Bring in art, storage, decor, etc!


So close!!! Although getting any of that done requires us to stop staring at the new counters. Shoot. ;)

eCookbook Launch: Thank You’s and Photos

What a day it’s been. Thank you all so much for your support and interest in these books. It really has been overwhelming and I’m excited to see the food you make (#cljcookbooks and show us!). I wanted to end this truly awesome day with a few more photos from the books, and something that has been on my mind lately.

Food is not some exclusive party you have to be invited to. Unfortunately, that’s exactly how we sometimes approach it, and we get ourselves down as a result. But food is about relationships. It’s about caring, and showing someone they’re important enough for you to sit down and spend time with them. As I grew up, family meals were always about bringing us together so we could talk, and somewhere along the way we’ve lost that. I think there’s just so much pressure to impress everyone around us, that we exhaust ourselves in the pursuit of perfection while missing all the beautiful moments along the way. The purpose of these books is to help people who either don’t think they can cook, or don’t think they like to cook. It’s also for those who are consumed with perfection at the expense of their own sanity.

My point is this. Cooking is about bringing together the ones you care about. New friends, and old. Your food does not have to be perfect. Your food does not have to be someone else’s recipe. And it sure doesn’t have to take you away from spending time with your loved ones. You can cook, and you can enjoy it. I’m confident in that and hopefully you’ll let me help you find that same confidence in yourself.

Chris Loves Wings eCookbook (purchase here)


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Chris Loves Tacos eCookbook (purchase here)


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Chris Loves Burgers eCookbook (purchase here)


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The eBooks are Here!!! Plus, A Chris Loves Wings Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings Recipe

CLJ-books initial launch

Here it is, friends. The 3rd and final preview recipe for our newly-launched eCookbooksChris Loves Burgers, Chris Loves Tacos, and Chris Loves Wings. And it’s a lovely one, I’ll tell you that.

To be honest, the Wing book is my personal favorite of the three (though I love them all). I think it really dives into the versatility of this little piece of meat and gives great tips on different ways it can be cooked, as well as what you need to know for whatever method you choose. The book covers frying, grilling, baking, and stewing, but since everyone has an oven, I want to share a solid baking recipe that packs in the flavor, while sitting surprisingly light in the stomach. Though I’ve also made these on the grill, and they turn out phenomenal. Behold, my Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings:

Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings

These wings perfectly combine each ingredient at the exact right time, to make the most of their flavors. See, when trying to make something taste good, understanding how heat manipulates taste is key. Especially when it comes to fresh herbs and garlic, like in this recipe. To learn more about these techniques and dishes, visit our shop and purchase your own digital version of my eBooks. I really think you’ll enjoy them and my hope is you’ll find the entire cooking process more enjoyable, as well. Thanks so much for all your support, and be sure to share these books with your friends. Lets start taking back our kitchens!

Chris Loves Wings eCookbook Preview: Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings
Servings: 4 (8 wing sections each serving)
Light and flavorful, these wings are perfect for summer, or as a "new years resolution" meal to get into better habits. Their fresh flavors are so light, yet not lacking in any way. And making them is crazy simple, which is always a plus.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Ingredients

    • 16 whole wings or 32 wing sections
    • Cooking oil, 1/4 cup
    • Kosher salt, 1.5 Tbsp
    • Garlic powder, 1 Tbsp
    • Black pepper, 2 tsp
    • For the sauce:
    • Lime juice, 1/2 cup
    • Garlic, minced, 3 Tbsp
    • Honey, 2 Tbsp
    • Olive oil, 2 Tbsp
    • Lime zest, 1 tsp
    • Cilantro leaves, chopped, 1 cup


      Make the wings:
    1. In a Ziplock bag, combine the wings, cooking oil, kosher salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Toss to coat and set aside.
    2. Preheat the oven to 450, with the baking sheet in the oven so it gets nice and hot. Bring the oven to temperature, and let it heat for an additional 5-10 minutes.
    3. Remove the hot pan from the oven and quickly close the door to prevent heat loss. Add the wings to the pan, skin side up, and slide the sheet back in the oven as quickly as possible (again, to prevent heat loss). Cook for 20-30 minutes.
    4. Note - the oven will smoke, quite a bit. Just keep the windows open, have your fan going, etc.
    5. Make the sauce:
    6. While the wings are cooking, combine all the sauce ingredients and whisk together. Set aside.
    7. Finish:
    8. Remove the wings from the oven and immediately put in a bowl, drizzle with your preferred amount of the sauce and toss to coat. Let the wings sit for a couple minutes so the hot meat can cook the harshness out of the garlic. Serve with a side of sour cream for dipping and some tortilla chips.