Yea it's happy day! We have been talking about a making a patio on the back of our house for years and it finally happened.
I'm pretty sure that our family and friends are just as happy to see the new patio go in as we are, because we will FINALLY stop talking about it! It's not that we were dragging our feet on purpose, we just couldn't seem to agree on what we wanted it to look like. Posts, no posts, screens, wood, stone, cement, wall, no wall - so many decisions.
After 8 years of negotiating and debating and analyzing over this patio - it's finally in! I actually did a little happy dance the first day that I could walk on the patio. Are you ready for the before and after pics? Brace yourselves.
Several years ago, we tore down the lattice under the porch because it was deteriorating quickly.
Thanks to the handiwork of my dad, last winter we pulled out a door, replaced it with a window and added a set of french doors to the basement. It was the kickstart that we needed to get this project underway.
We used the space to store our garbage can, a wheelbarrow and any various yard clippings and garbage that we happened to collect. Basically, it was an unusable space - for anything practical at least. We FINALLY came to an agreement and decided to replace the twisted support posts, pour a cement pad and turn the space into an actual patio.
These are the guys who made it all happen...
This team did a fabulous job. They turned our empty space into a patio!!!
And after a few plants, the patio is shaping up nicely.
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon dill
1/2 teaspoon chopped rosemary
1/2 cup marsala cooking wine
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 cups heavy cream
1 strip bacon
9 raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used way more than 9 shrimp.)
6 ounces grilled chicken breasts, sliced (1 large breast or 2 small)
8-12 ounces penne pasta, cooked
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon chopped shallot
pinch salt and pepper
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon paprika
For Penne Rustica: Saute pancetta or bacon until it begins to brown.
Stir in the cooked pasta.
Bake at 475 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
We didn't eat our Penne Rustica on the new patio but that sure would have been a good idea. I can hardly wait until we get a table out there.
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