23 November 2013
Welcome to My Kitchen!
It's time to show off the kitchen! The shelves are all painted, the kitchen has been cleaned and polished and even a few early Christmas decorations put out! I'm so happy with how it turned out! This view is from the dining room door as you enter the kitchen. It's not a big room, so it's difficult to get everything in one view!
This is from the Studio doorway (which was probably the breakfast nook at one time). Thomas is happy with the new kitchen too and has been sitting in it all afternoon! The morning and afternoon light in the kitchen is wonderful! It's one of my favorite things about this house!
Here is a look back at the sink corner. I can't guarantee it will always be this neat and clean, but I love how it looks right now! The hooked rug on the floor was a gift from a friend. She had bought it to use in her little cottage, but when they renovated, it no longer worked. It works beautifully in this space and I'm so happy to have it!
The microwave had been sitting in the studio for the past year. Not an ideal situation. Nice to have it in the kitchen again! You can see the wiring overhead waiting for the stove hood to be installed. The hood has lights in it as well, so I'm looking forward to getting this task done in the near future. I'll need my handy BIL to come for a visit to build the wood surround for it when it finally goes up.
This is looking along the stove wall. Loving how it all looks!
The teapot has moved from the studio into the kitchen as well! It's one of the important parts of my day, so I'm glad to have it in a more convenient spot! That yummy bread is a Red Bean Bread from Pacific Ocean Market in Broomfield, Colorado. Each pull apart slice is filled with a tasty sweet red bean paste! It's one of my favorites!
The cutting boards all have a spot on the counter too. Using them helps to keep my counters in great condition! My kids give me a hard time about having so many of them, but I use them all! I picked up the little mouse cheese board in Vermont when I went to meet Tasha Tudor a number of years ago. Most of the striped cutting boards were made my Brother-in-Law George. He does beautiful work, not just putting up shelves, but with all sorts of woodworking! My mother's cutting board is there too, as well as two tiny ones tucked out of view that my Dad made years ago when he was dabbling with woodworking.
On the Shelf over the microwave, I set up a few things in preparation for Christmas Baking! It's almost time! The first Sunday of Advent is only a week away!
On the main shelves, I was able to use a few items I've had tucked away. Some old silver plated candlesticks that I've had tucked away and a silver bowl that was presented to my Dad as a thank you for having directed the church choir.
Since it's nearly Christmas season, I thought I'd go ahead and get my Christmas dishes out. It saves me the effort of redecorating the shelves again next week after Thanksgiving! The pale green Japanese dishes that I usually use have been tucked away in the china cabinet until after the holidays.
At the garden center, I found these cute little LED star lights that I wrapped around two little faux trees. A perfect Christmas accent! The little silver bowl is from my Mom. I always loved it and am happy to be able to see and enjoy it now! She had so much silver ~ always lovely, but a lot of work to polish and keep presentable! I only kept a few small things.
While scanning photos in the past couple weeks, I found this recipe tucked in among them. It is from my Great Grandma Nieveen on my Dad's side of the family. I've made it before, but this recipe is special to have since it's in my dear Aunt Olive's handwriting! I tucked it on the refrigerator door and am thinking we might have to makes some for Thanksgiving to go with the pumpkin pie!
The refrigerator also hold this Irish Blessing, one that I wish for all of you!